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.

The dollar is due a rebound – but long-term, it looks like it’s in a bear market

The plummeting US dollar has been the stand-out financial theme of the year so far. Dominic Frisby looks at its prospects for the rest of the year.

The charts that matter: it’s all about the US dollar this week

The US dollar is near its lowest level since 2014. John Stepek looks to the ten charts that matter to find out how that could affect the global economy.

Here’s why the US dollar is weak – it’s a sign of a global bull market

Many people are baffled about the weakness of the US dollar. But it’s easy enough to explain, says John Stepek. Investors are busy putting their money in everything else.

It’s time to short bitcoin

Matthew Partridge explains why, after a tumultuous few weeks for bitcoin, it’s time to start selling the cryptocurrency.

Missing the point on bitcoin

It may be boring to say that bitcoin is useless as a currency, but that blockchain technology has a future. But it’s true, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

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