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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 open for further easing if needed. Any comment on the strength of the Aussie dollar could have an impact at the margin.   The Antipodeans hold firm on the yen, which remains under selling pressure as Japan signals it will push ahead with aggressive monetary easing, having escaped criticism from G20 countries at the weekend.   The Aussie at 96.72 close to Monday's local level, and in sight of a four-year high of 97.42 touched earlier this month.   The Aussie ...

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, ...
Aussie & kiwi dollars steady as data bolsters sentiment WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were steady on the US dollar on Monday as strong Chinese and euro zone data underpinned risk sentiment, while holidays across much of Asia kept flows extremely thin.   * Aussie around $1.0319, from $1.0289 late locally on Friday, after ranging $1.0296 to $1.0358 in the offshore session. It touched a three month low of $1.0256 last week.   * Aussie seen supported around $1.0295, Friday's intra-day high, and below that the ...
A$, NZ$ soft on euro, firm on yen WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars trailed an invigorated euro on Monday on optimism the euro zone may have turned the corner in its debt crisis, but hovered near multi-year highs against the yen as investors expected more monetary easing in Japan.   The euro had broadly rallied on Friday as data showed European banks are repaying more than expected in loans this week, signalling some stabilisation of the region's financial system.   It settled around A$1.2900 from ...
A$ worn down even as China flash PMI rises WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian dollar lost altitude on its US counterpart on Thursday as a failure to rally on upbeat Chinese data led speculators to cut back on long positions, though the New Zealand currency had no such trouble.   The Aussie eased back to $1.0513, from an early $1.0552, while its kiwi cousin crept ahead to $0.8430, from $0.8410.   "It looks exhausted, having failed at $1.0600 for a week now," said David Scutt, a trader at Arab Bank ...
A$, NZ$ volatile vs yen as BOJ gets bold WELLINGTON/SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars briefly rose against the yen on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan delivered its most radical action yet to beat years of economic stagnation.  But both Antipodean currencies quickly fell prey to profit taking as markets digested the bold moves that had pretty much been leaked to the media over the past few days.   The BOJ doubled its inflation target to 2 percent, to be achieved as soon as ...


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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 $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln