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Posted on: 16 January 2014
Wednesday's economic statistics brought little to the table. Spanish consumer prices were up by 0.3% on the year, Swiss retail sales by a respectable 4.2% and American factory gate prices by 1.2%.
Posted on: 15 January 2014
At the rear of the field was the Australian dollar, losing by a neck to the Japanese yen. The Aussie's problem, which also affected the Canadian and NZ dollars to a lesser extent, was comments by two Federal Reserve chiefs.
Posted on: 14 January 2014
With Scottish independence only a referendum away there has been uncertainty about the fate of that part of Britain's national debt attributable to Scotland.
Posted on: 13 January 2014
Friday's UK manufacturing and industrial production figures both showed zero growth in November. Investors had been led to expect increases of 0.4% for both measures and expressed their disappointment by selling the pound.
Posted on: 10 January 2014
Right now, sterling is a winner. Over the last one, two, three and six months the pound has been unbeaten by any of the other dozen most actively-traded currencies.
Posted on: 9 January 2014
In the virtual currency world the bitcoin has won most media attention in the last twelve months but it isn't the only cryptocurrency out there. At the last count there were nearly 50 of them.
Posted on: 8 January 2014
The Electoral Commission recommends, in order to reduce electoral fraud, that voters should produce a photo ID when casting their ballot. There have been the inevitable objections from the usual suspects.
Posted on: 7 January 2014
The only currency taking a haircut on Monday was the Canadian dollar, and even that was not an aggressive one; the Loonie lost less than a cent and a half to sterling.
Posted on: 6 January 2014
It looks at the moment as though Leonard Cohen is doing the PR for sterling. The pound is not getting anything like the same enthusiastic support in January that it received in December.
Posted on: 3 January 2014
As part of the coalition's efficiency drive the Environment Agency is reducing its staffing levels by 1,450 this year. The media cunningly link the story to our dismal weather, with headlines such as "flood experts face lay-offs", "homes left exposed", and "cuts could impact managing floods".
Posted on: 2 January 2014
The minister of transport believes overcrowding on commuter trains would be eased if underused first class compartments were scrapped...
Posted on: 23 December 2013
The caveat today is as before: Beware of a seasonally thin market and the spoofing that it allows...
Posted on: 20 December 2013
As everyone knows, Father Christmas is a portly, bearded, middle-aged buffer who wears a red suit and delivers presents once a year to children who have been well-behaved.
Posted on: 19 December 2013
In the space of a month the value of a bitcoin has doubled to $1,200 and halved to $600. Its latest plunge came after the Chinese authorities prohibited financial companies' involvement in the virtual currency.
Posted on: 18 December 2013
Since 1853 British banknotes have been made of cotton. Cotton paper is more durable than the cheaper stuff made of wood and it is better at absorbing ink. But it is still susceptible to wear and tear, it absorbs dirt almost as well as it absorbs ink and it does not hold up too well in the washing machine.