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NZ dollar rallies after RBNZ, drags Australian dollar up SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars regained some ground on Thursday after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand sounded less dovish than some had wagered on, while the US dollar suffered a shakeout of long positions. The kiwi surged nearly 2 percent to $0.7850 after the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) said "some further increase in the cash rate is expected to be required at a later stage" to return rates to a neutral level. There had been speculation the central bank would shift to a more neutral stance given falling prices for dairy exports and restrained inflation, both at home and globally. Debt markets, however, were unfazed as investors still assumed any hike in rates was a distant prospect. Government bond yields dipped as much as 4 basis points, while rate futures edged higher. The Aussie jumped as far as $0.8378, before edging back to $0.8340. It ...

Dollar drop eases pressure on metals SYDNEY: Metals edged higher on Thursday as the dollar weakened against an index of currencies on year-end positioning and partly due to risk-aversion triggered by steep losses in oil. "All these extreme moves in the oil markets have repercussions on sentiment in other asset classes. But generally metals have held up extremely well," said analyst Mark Keenan of Societe Generale in Singapore."A lot of that is because metals discounted the Chinese slowdown quite early on ...
Dollar under pressure after shake out of crowded bullish positions SYDNEY/TOKYO: The dollar nursed hefty losses on Wednesday following a brutal shakeout of bullish positions as investors found incentives to take profits as the year-end loomed. Spooking markets, political uncertainty in Greece appeared to have reignited worries about Europe, prompting a slide in equities and flight to safety into US Treasuries.That drove yields lower, which in turn knocked the dollar index off a near six-year perch. The greenback slid to 118.780 against the yen, a ...
Australia & NZ dollars slip to multi-year lows, bonds in demand SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars dropped to multi-year lows on Tuesday as another slide in oil prices and global growth concerns fuelled a flight to safety. The Australian dollar shed half a US cent to its weakest in more than four years at $0.8247, having made fresh lows in the last five sessions.It was last at $0.8251, just ahead of the next chart target at $0.8200. Michael Turner, a strategist at RBC Capital ...
Sterling, Aussie, kiwi hit new lows against stronger dollar LONDON: Sterling and the New Zealand and Australian dollars were the main losers among major currencies in early European trade on Monday, extending losses as the dollar continued to draw support from strong US jobs data on Friday.Both the Aussie and the Kiwi were hurt by trade numbers from China showing a sharp drop in imports with another 1 percent slide from oil also feeding sales of currencies traditionally dependent on commodity prices.Sterling hit a ...
Australia & NZ dollars stung by China data, strong US jobs SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were nursing hefty losses on Monday as weak Chinese trade numbers only added to the selling pressure unleashed by a surprisingly robust US employment report. The Australian dollar was pinned at $0.8298, having sunk nearly 1 percent on Friday to its lowest in more than four years. It dropped as far as $0.8288 with support found at the June 2010 low of $0.8269. The New Zealand dollar skidded ...
Aussie dollar sinks to 4 year lows after weak GDP, brings rate cut into view SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar tumbled to four-year lows on Wednesday after a surprisingly soft reading on economic growth prompted markets to raise the chance of an interest rate cut next year.The Australian dollar slumped two-thirds of a cent to $0.8392, its weakest since mid-2010. It was last at $0.8403, having shed more than 3 percent in a month. Charts were bearish with 5-, 10 and 20-day moving averages pointing south. Support was found at $0.8315. ...


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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 $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln