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Asian capital controls are a real risk once again

August 21, 2015

Malaysia’s prime minister has ruled out a repeat of the country’s 1998 hot money curbs. But slumping Asian currencies suggest it’s too soon to be complacent. Raising interest rates could mean deep recessions. Some politicians might decide to prevent capital from leaving instead.

China’s currency could fall another 5 percent

August 13, 2015

The central bank says it’s not out to weaken the yuan. But to recoup China’s competitiveness without slipping into deflation, a slide to at least 6.75 to the dollar would be welcome. That could help the mainland, but would give the rest of the world a new headache.

China’s yuan devaluation push looks far from done

August 12, 2015

The central bank weakened the official exchange rate by another 1.6 pct against the U.S. dollar. It’s a clear sign the new “market-oriented” yuan is heading down. Until China uses its foreign exchange hoard to prop up the currency, investors will assume there’s further to go.

Yuan devaluation raises currency war anxiety

August 11, 2015

China’s central bank weakened its currency by almost 2 pct against the U.S. dollar in what it called a “one-time correction.” A deflating mainland economy may justify further depreciation. That would put pressure on other countries, raising the risk of tit-for-tat moves.

Thruppence: Which woman should grace the $10 bill?

By Breakingviews Columnists
June 18, 2015

The U.S. Treasury will finally put a female face on its money again. Judy Garland, Victoria Woodhull, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Beyoncé, Edith Bolling Wilson, Rachel Carson, Katharine Drexel, Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Melinda Gates, Oprah and Caitlyn Jenner make our list.

Anyone have change for a quadrillion dollar bill?

By Edward Hadas
June 12, 2015

The African nation is paying one U.S. dollar for every 35,000,000,000,000,000 of its old scrapped scrip. Zimbabwe is a byword for monetary disaster but the outcome is unusual. It shows it takes truly exceptional incompetence to create hyperinflation.

Rob Cox: Bitcoin enters age of Goldman and lawyers

April 30, 2015

For libertarian early adopters, the discovery of the cryptocurrency by Wall Street’s top firm and a bevy of legal eagles is a pivotal moment. Diehards will mourn the lost privacy and edginess of bitcoin. The flipside is the prospect of mainstream financial industry acceptance.

Swiss give scary lesson on central banks’ limits

January 15, 2015

The monetary authorities are expected to control inflation, deflation, growth and the financial system. But the Swiss National Bank, an above-average institution, has managed to mess up badly by breaking its word. Others may not do much better.

China on the horns of a volatility dilemma

December 10, 2014

Gyrating stock markets are a reminder that motion matters as much as prices. China has encouraged swings in some areas, like the currency, while trying to control them in others like house prices and employment. It’s a losing battle. Volatility affects behaviour, and is catching.

Wen paves way for yuan depreciation

November 21, 2011

China’s premier said the currency should be more flexible “in either direction”. The idea of devaluation might sound strange, but the Chinese trade surplus is shrinking and inflation is cutting into the yuan’s real value. This could be a good time to let the market decide.