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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 solid 0.6 percentage points to Q4 economic growth.   The Aussie up around $1.0245, just above Tuesday's late local level, and a marked contrast to Monday when it plumbed an eight-month low of $1.0116.   The currency gained a quarter of a US cent after the Reserve Bank of Australia held its cash rate at a record-matching low of 3.0 percent, as expected, saying the impact of past cuts had yet to be fully felt.   The RBA, which has slashed ...

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 ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars retreat vs firmer euro, resume yen rise   WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were softer against the euro on Tuesday after a policy maker said it was not overvalued, but resumed their climb against the yen.   * The euro gains across the board after the head of the Bundesbank Jens Weidmann said talk of an overvalued euro is a diversion from governments sorting out their economies.   * That sees the euro halt three days of losses, rising 0.4 percent on the Aussie ...
Euro choppy, yen struggles to hold its ground SYDNEY: The euro dipped to a two-week low in Asia on Monday, continuing to pull back from 15-month highs following what markets perceived as slightly dovish comments from the European Central Bank and political uncertainty in Italy and Spain.   The embattled yen has found some support since Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the currency has weakened more than intended following its recent eye-watering slide.   But with much of Asia shut for the Lunar New Year holidays, ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.795 bln
Exports $1.995 bln
Imports $3.790 bln
WeeklyMay 28, 2015
Reserves $17.494 bln