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Kiwi & Aussie dollars consolidate as RBNZ looms SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The New Zealand and Australian dollars held their ground against the greenback on Wednesday and consolidated recent gains on the yen and sterling as investors waited for an interest rate decision from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ).While the RBNZ is considered almost certain to leave its benchmark cash rate at a record low 2.5 percent on Thursday, but there is considerable uncertainty about what stance it will choose for its statement.On the one hand booming house prices would seem to call for a hawkish slant, but a high currency and a deepening drought argue for a softer tone."Growth is picking up and house prices are continuing to rise, which has prompted markets to price in hikes from next year," says Paul Bloxham, HSBC's chief economist for Australia and New Zealand."But the RBNZ has flagged concerns about the high NZD and is likely to be cautious about being ...

A$, NZ$ bounce on better risk sentiment SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar bounced back against the US dollar on Tuesday after gains in US share prices and falling volatility pointed to improving risk appetite, which helped lift the New Zealand dollar from a six-week low.The kiwi pushed up to a session high of $0.8283 in early trade, boosted as the Dow Jones industrial average clocked another record high. The Aussie climbed to $1.0278, recovering from a slide to $1.0202.The kiwi outperformed most major ...
A$, NZ$ surf wave of global optimism   WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were firmly on the front foot on Wednesday as world stock markets rallied on a Chinese government pledge to maintain growth and positive euro zone and US data, bolstering risk sentiment and commodity currencies.   Australia has GDP data at 0030 GMT with expectations of a 0.6 percent rise for the fourth quarter and annual growth easing a tad to 3 percent. On Tuesday data showed net exports adding a ...
Aussie dollar plumbs 8 month trough, spooked by China talk WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars hit multi-month lows against their US counterpart on Monday as worries about China's latest property curbs slugged Asian stocks and undermined sentiment generally.A sharp drop in Chinese stocks overshadowed a mixed bag of domestic data which did nothing to alter expectations the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will likely keep interest rates steady at 3 percent at its policy meeting on Tuesday.The Aussie slipped 0.8 percent to as ...
A$ off lows on Fed QE commitment, pressured by yen           SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar clawed back from a 4-1/2-month low against the US dollar on Wednesday after the head of the US Federal Reserve countered speculation of an early end to bond buying, giving a lift to equities and risk sentiment.   The Antipodean currencies remained under pressure against the yen as the fallout from Italy's deadlocked election triggered a huge fall in euro/yen, which spilled over into other crosses.   The New Zealand dollar underperformed with a 1 ...
A$, NZ$ bounce on better sentiment, stg slide        WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were firm on Wednesday as a strong German business survey lifted sentiment in global equity markets while the British pound took another beating.   Market wary ahead of a speech by Reserve Bank of New Zealand governor Graeme Wheeler, in which he is expected to touch on the exchange rate.   The Aussie pushes up to $1.0351, from $1.0325 in late local trade on Tuesday. It ranged $1.0321 to $1.0368 overnight. Support ...
A$, NZ$ hold to ranges, eye RBA minutes           WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The New Zealand and Australian dollars marked time in holiday thinned markets on Tuesday holding close to four-year highs against the yen while notching modest gains on the euro on renewed warnings about the European economy.   Near term focus on minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) February meeting where it elected to keep rates at 3 pct, saying it wanted to assess the impact of past cuts.   Analysts assume it will leave the door ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-22.095 bln
Exports $23.885 bln
Imports $45.980 bln
WeeklyAugust 03, 2015
Reserves $18.536 bln