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Six global currency-dealers have agreed to pay a total of US$4.3 billion to regulators in the US, UK and Switzerland. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

The fix is in: how banks allegedly rigged the US$5.3 trillion foreign exchange market

Suppose you’re in the supermarket shopping for groceries. While you’re strolling the aisle with your cart, a shadowy figure looms over your shoulder and changes the prices on the items you want to buy…
The dollar’s sharp rise in recent months stands to benefit consumers but exporters will suffer. Shutterstock

King dollar is back – for now

Recent months have seen a sharp jump in the value of the greenback, with more gains expected in the months ahead. After a period of prolonged weakness, the US currency once again is walking tall. Americans…
Punching above its weight? The Aussie dollar has captured the attention of Australians and international investors alike. Rebecca Le May/AAP.

Key events in the tumultuous life of the floated Aussie dollar

Further reading The float Australia had to have? Intervene or wait? The RBA faces a tricky path to a lower dollar Reasons we should expect a lower Australian dollar The boom has made the dollar a dazzler…
It’s hard to keep track of all this currency. epSos.de

Changing traders and tech won’t stop currency rigging

Authorities in New York have announced they are launching an investigation into the manipulation of the world’s biggest financial market – the US$5.3 trillion a day traded in currencies. New York regulators…
Can - and should - the RBA intervene to lower the Australian dollar? Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Intervene or wait? The RBA faces tricky path to a lower dollar

Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens has again weighed in on the value of the Australian dollar, telling a group of economists the bank is open to the idea of intervening to bring its value down. With the…
China has far more to lose from too few US dollars than it does from a dollar surplus. Urbanartcore.eu/Flickr

US economic policy: the right settings, disastrous process

The US debt crisis is over for now, but legislators have just kicked the can down the road. In this series on the US debt ceiling, academics from Australia, the UK and the US assess the lingering global…
What does a shilling get me? epSos.de

Bankers have no reason not to fix currency rates

This week it was revealed that the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is investigating allegations that London-based currency traders in large financial institutions were manipulating exchange rates…
Burning a hole in your virtual pocket. zcopley

Bitcoin’s dilemma: go mainstream, or stay radical?

Bitcoin enthusiasts and libertarians the world over are in a state of confusion about the slowness with which the outside world is catching on to their new way of exchanging money. But regulators and lawmakers…
Unrest in Syria has raised concerns about world oil supplies. potomo

How the Syrian unrest affects world markets

Prospective US and UK military action in Syria has created jitters in the financial and commodities markets around the world. Stock markets have experienced significant losses, whereas commodities and…
A currency conversion deal between Australia and China, which would allow the renminbi to be traded directly against the Australian dollar, would slash costs for thousands of businesses. AAP

What would a Chinese currency conversion deal mean for Australia?

Julia Gillard leaves Australia for China tomorrow, her second trip to the Middle Kingdom as Prime Minister. As befits China’s status as Australia’s most important trading partner, the trip has attracted…
Gold and silver are traditionally considered “safe havens”. Image sourced from shutterstock.com

Explainer: what are safe haven investments?

Safe haven investments are investments that provide a low level of risk during periods of extreme economic uncertainty. The problem is that a safe haven investment is a safe haven investment until it is…
Some commentators have suggested that the RBA should intervene in currency markets to tame the Australian dollar. But is this a wise move? betta design

Should the RBA act on the high Australian dollar? Experts respond

As foreign central banks continue to park their money in our triple-A rated bonds, the Australian dollar continues its inevitable ascent. The dollar traded as high as US106.03¢ after the RBA left the interest…
The Australian dollar has dropped to its lowest level in six months amid continuing global uncertainty: but does it remain over-valued? AAP

Australian dollar continues to drop; but is there more to come?

The Australian dollar has dropped to a six month low on continuing fears over a Greek exit from the Eurozone, despite pleas from European Union leaders. Head of discipline, Economics and Winthrop Professor…
Who would emerge better under a trans-Tasman currency regime: New Zealand or Australia? AAP

Is a trans-Tasman currency union on the money?

The idea of a shared currency between Australia and New Zealand is not new and has engendered discussion over the past two decades. It has recently come to the forefront as a result of our Prime Ministers…