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Sterling skids against euro in choppy summer trading LONDON: Sterling fell more than 1 percent against the euro in choppy trade on Tuesday, with currency moves exaggerated by low liquidity as traders head off on their summer holidays.The pound reached a 7-1/2-year high against the euro on Friday as investors refocused on the diverging interest rate paths of the UK and euro zone, having for months been distracted by Greece's debt crisis.Most strategists reckon the single currency still has further to fall against sterling, with the European Central Bank pumping 60 billion euros into the economy every month and with the Bank of England expected to start raising rates by the first quarter of next year. But with some caution ahead of minutes from the BoE's latest policy meeting due on Wednesday morning, the pound weakened to 70.33 pence per euro on Tuesday, making a euro worth just over a penny more than Friday's trough. "I don't think ...

US dollar hits three-month peak, NZ dollar jumps LONDON: The dollar reached its highest in three months against a basket of currencies on Monday, with the New Zealand dollar the only major standout after comments by Prime Minister John Key gave investors pause for thought on the scale of its slide.Solid U.S. inflation and housing data helped the U.S. dollar to its best performance since May last week after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated that U.S. interest rates will probably be lifted ...
Czech crown hovers near cap, investors watching central bank BUDAPEST/PRAGUE: The Czech crown hovered close to the central bank's cap of around 27 to the euro on Monday, and investors were on the lookout for official intervention to prevent any further strengthening.Other central European assets were rangebound with turnover in regional markets thin due to a lack of major economic data this week and less nervousness over Greece's debt crisis.Illiquid trade, however, makes it easier for investors who want to test the Czech central ...
Trade-weighted sterling at 7-1/2-year high, strongest run since 2010 LONDON: Sterling powered to a 7-1/2-year high against a trade-weighted basket of currencies on Friday, after the head of the Bank of England (BoE) signalled that an interest rate rise could come around the turn of the year. Markets took comments from Governor Mark Carney that a decision would come into "sharper relief" around the turn of the year as pointing to a rise as soon as November or February, when the bank releases its ...
Euro slips to six-week low after Greece approves bailout plan LONDON: There was no silver lining for the euro on Thursday after Greece voted through austerity demanded in return for another bailout, as improved interest rate differentials drove the dollar higher across the board.The New Zealand dollar sank to a six-year low after weak inflation data cemented expectations for a cut in its official rates next week, while the Canadian dollar remained on the defensive after a cut there on Wednesday.The euro did inch up ...
Sterling unmoved as UK inflation slips back to zero; wage data eyed LONDON: Sterling fell against the euro but inched up against the dollar on Tuesday, as investors bet a fall-back of British inflation to zero would be temporary, with prices still suffering from a slump in oil prices last year. Figures released on Tuesday showed that consumer price rises fell to zero percent in June after nudging into positive territory in May, as food and summer clothing prices fell. An underlying measure of inflation, which strips ...
Russian rouble slips after Iran nuclear deal reached MOSCOW: The Russian rouble tracked oil prices lower on Tuesday after Iran and six major powers reached a deal over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme. Forex sales by exporters checked the rouble's losses, however, and the central bank said the market had already priced in a deal over Iran. At 0945 GMT, the rouble was 0.8 percent weaker against the dollar at 56.97 and had lost 1 percent to trade at 62.82 versus the ...

 



 
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Banking Review 2014


Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
MonthlyJune
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyJuly 23, 2015
Reserves $18.677 bln