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CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
CHANGES TO INSTRUMENT CLASSIFICATIONS
In this publication, for hedging policy and strategy information foreign equity assets combines both direct equity and portfolio equity assets. The previous survey collected the components separately.
CHANGES TO CURRENCY CLASSIFICATIONS
In this publication, the Swiss franc is not collected separately, and is now included in the Other currency class.
CHANGES TO MATURITY CLASSIFICATIONS
In this publication, two maturity classes have been introduced to replace the 'greater than 5 year' class published in previous issues. Maturity classes for 'greater than 5 years but less than or equal to 10 years' and 'greater than 10 years' are now available where applicable.
Results for 31 March 2013 exclude expected future foreign currency receipts and payments from trade in the 'greater than 10 years' time horizon. It was identified that these data would distort the analysis because of the greater uncertainty regarding individual unit's capacity to forecast estimates, in addition to the bias introduced by smaller businesses having greater difficulty reporting this information.
REORDERING OF TABLES
Tables presented in this publication and through the ABS web site have been reordered since the 2009 issue of Foreign Currency Exposure, Australia (cat. no. 5308.0). As a reference for users, a concordance to enable analyses across the current and previous issue of the publication has been provided in paragraph 21 of the Explanatory Notes.
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