Currencies

Chart of the week: Turkish lira slumps to all-time lows

The Turkish lira slipped by more than 5% against the US dollar in October alone, and is now close to revisiting January’s all-time lows.

Hold your nerve over bitcoin

Matthew Partridge holds steady with his latest bet on the cryptocurrency, bitcoin.

The greenback makes a comeback

A weak US dollar is usually a good thing for stocks, says John Stepek. So it will be interesting to see how much higher it can go before it impacts on earnings.

Chart of the week: government splits rock the rand

The South African rand slipped by almost 3% last week, its worst five-day showing since August amid worries that President Jacob Zuma may be set to sack his competent and economically literate deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.

A new rival for bitcoin – and for cash

Cryptocurrency Ripple was created by a California-based start-up of the same name as a way for financial institutions to make cross-border payments quickly and securely.

It’s time to short bitcoin

For now, the bitcoin bulls are winning big. But Matthew Partridge thinks it might be time to bet on a pullback.

Chart of the week: Thai baht defies gravity

Tourism is booming, the current account is in surplus, and the yield on local assets is enticing. No wonder the Thai baht has risen by 8% against the US dollar this year.

How to confront the most toxic emotion in investment

It’s easy to beat yourself up about missed investment opportunities that made fortunes for those who bought in early. But it does nobody any good, says Dominic Frisby.

Jamie Dimon: no fan of bitcoin

It’s not the technology that investment bank boss Jamie Dimon has a problem with. It’s the cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin is not a fraud – it’s dotcom 3.0

Most investors don’t know what to make of bitcoin. But the best brains see the potential and are flocking to this new asset class, argues Charlie Morris.

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