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Australia & NZ dollars skid on oil slide, bonds in demand SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were heading for a second week of losses on Friday, weighed by a drop in oil prices, while bonds were in demand as a muted outlook for inflation globally pushed yields to 18-month lows. The Australian dollar slipped to $0.8507, from $0.8552 in early trade, pulling closer to a four-year trough of $0.8480 touched Wednesday. It has shed one cent and a half this week, putting it on track to end the month more than 3 percent lower. Not helping the Aussie was weaker local equities with the energy sector hard hit. The Aussie was nursing hefty losses against the euro and pound which both gained more than 2 percent this week. The New Zealand dollar was subdued at $0.7842, from an overnight high of $0.7927, and on track for a 0.4 percent weekly loss. For the month, though, the kiwi was up ...

Australia dollar rebounds on upbeat capex, NZD steady SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar bounced off four-year lows on Thursday after an upbeat report on business spending, while the New Zealand dollar held steady. The Aussie edged up to $0.8564, from $0.8532, in a relief rally after Australian business investment rose by 0.2 percent last quarter to confound forecasts for a fall. Importantly, spending on equipment jumped 4.4 percent for the biggest rise in three years and a healthy contribution to economic growth. The data ...
Australian dollar slides to 4-year low against greenback LONDON: The Australian dollar hit a four-year low against its US counterpart on Wednesday ahead of a clutch of data likely to prove crucial for the immediate prospects of a handful of other currencies against the greenback. The euro, up almost a cent against the dollar this week, dipped briefly after a senior European Central Bank official pointed explicitly to the chances of it opting for outright purchases of government bonds in the first quarter ...
Australia & NZ dollars bounce, but still lower for the week SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars bounced off lows on Friday as commodity prices showed tentative signs of stabilisation, but the currencies were still on track to end the week lower. The Australian dollar was on a firmer footing at $0.8641, from a low of $0.8566 touched Thursday. It has slipped 1.2 percent this week, partly due to a rout in iron ore prices, Australia's top export earner. While the steel-making ingredient looked to ...
Australian & NZ dollars weighed by iron ore and dairy declines SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars struggled to make friends on Wednesday, following another slide in commodity prices - particularly iron ore and dairy. The Australian dollar dropped to $0.8683, from $0.8728 in early trade, pulling away from a high of $0.8796 touched Monday. Support was found at $0.8667, and more solidly around $0.8637-40. It hit a four-year trough of $0.8540 earlier this month. Much of the weakness came after the price of iron ...
Australian & NZ dollars supported by carry trades SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars edged up on Tuesday, as the outlook for sustained monetary policy support from the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan favoured carry trades. The Australian dollar was holding at $0.8710, having met stiff resistance just ahead of $0.8800 on Monday. The Aussie received some support after Australia and India said they will push for a free trade pact.The news came a day after the finalisation of a ...
Australia, NZ dollars jump on yen as Japan slips into recession SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars extended their meteoric rise on the yen on Monday as dismal Japanese economic data only served to reinforce the case for aggressive stimulus in the country, including from a weaker currency. The Aussie shot to a 20-month peak of 102.40 at one stage before steadying at 101.90, a rise of three yen in just five sessions.The kiwi reached its loftiest level since August 2007 around 92.79 yen. The ...


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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