Currencies

Chart of the week: The Mexican peso has peaked

The Mexican peso has gained 8% against the dollar this year. But that’s as far as it is likely to go.

Hong Kong dollar will stay stuck to the greenback

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has had to intervene to prop up the HK dollar – the first time since 2015. But the peg to the US dollar will remain.

The Canadian dollar's "loonie swoon" is not over yet

The Canadian dollar, AKA the loonie, has spent most of the past two years recovering from long-term lows against the US dollar. But now it has hit the skids again.

How the world’s biggest financial market is affecting share prices

US stocks are going from strength to strength while European markets falter. But there’s no mystery. They are at the mercy of a much bigger market than equities.

Why bitcoin isn’t money

Cryptocurrency speculators claim that bitcoin and its peers will mean the end of state-controlled money. That’s economically and politically impossible, says Edward Chancellor.

Forget bitcoin – the best hedge against inflation is gold

The usual answer to the question of how to hedge against inflation is “gold”. But these days, some people prefer bitcoin. Those people are wrong, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

The charts that matter: it’s cryptogeddon out there

Bitcoin is crashing, bond yields are rising, and equities are a sideshow. John Stepek takes a look at the charts that matter to global markets.

Sterling regains some shine

The pound has perked up. Last week it jumped to $1.43, the highest level since the referendum on leaving the EU.

No “Trump bump” for the US dollar

US equities have enjoyed a ‘‘Trump bump’’ since the 45th president took office. The US dollar, which is close to a three-year low, hasn’t.

The trials of turning bitcoin into cash

Making your fortune in bitcoin is all very well. But how do you actually turn it into cash you can spend? Ben Judge explains.

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