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    1. March 26, 2015

      Foreign exchange still has the power to shock

      It is official: foreign exchange still has the power to shock. When the Swiss National Bank ended its currency’s euro cap in...

    2. March 18, 2015

      Swissie and Kiwi among the FX vulnerable

      If the US dollar is to continue its longer-term rally, which currencies will suffer most in comparison? Candidates will be...

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    1. Foreign Exchange April 2012

      US dollar: The past four years have taken their toll and most strategists are wary of ...
    2. Foreign Exchange 2013

      After long months in the dark, currencies are coming back into the light...
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    1. March 16, 2015

      Lafarge: carpe diem or die

      This had better be about the money. Holcim and Lafarge’s planned €41bn “merger of equals” fell apart on Monday when Holcim...

    2. The Exchange

      March 5, 2015

      Deflation poses central banks with an existential problem

      In the 1970s, even the best-performing, most credible central banks struggled to tame inflation. Today, even the...

    3. February 19, 2015

      The central bank minutes guessing game

      Call it too much of a good thing. After 21 pages of dusty prose from the US Federal Reserve about its January meeting on...

    4. February 12, 2015

      Central banks take extreme action to stave off deflation

      Central banks are resorting to ever more radical means to prevent deflation strengthening its grip over European economies,...

    5. beyondbrics

      February 12, 2015

      Keeping the pegs and the ceilings

      One of the few African proverbs that appears to exist other than in the minds of journalists searching for an intro is:...

    6. February 3, 2015

      Danish activism expands monetary policy

      In an age of central bank activism, few have been as active or innovative as Denmark’s. The Danish were the first to...

    7. February 2, 2015

      Swiss franc falls on Swiss National Bank trading band talk

      The Swiss franc fell to its lowest rate against both the euro and the dollar since the country’s central bank shocked...

    8. February 2, 2015

      Julius Baer cuts costs in bid to offset Swiss franc’s surge

      Julius Baer is to cut its costs by SFr100m ($108m) in a bid to offset the appreciation of the Swiss franc, which has surged...

    9. Gavyn Davies

      February 1, 2015

      How negative can interest rates go?

      As global bond yields plumb new depths, an unprecedented experiment in monetary policy is underway in two small countries in...

    10. January 30, 2015

      Dollar rally stalls on rate rise rethink

      The Federal Reserve this week offered no new clues as to the next rise in US interest rates, which left dollar bulls feeling...

    11. FT Alphaville

      January 30, 2015

      Is the DKK the new CHF?

      It’s been a long time since so many developed central banks were tested by free market forces. And free market forces aren’t...

    12. January 30, 2015

      Swiss franc drifts lower

      Switzerland’s franc fell further on Friday as speculation lingered that the country’s central bank could intervene to weaken...

    13. January 28, 2015

      Beware Hungary’s cure for the Swiss franc mortgages hangover

      When the Swiss National Bank scrapped its cap on the Swiss franc two weeks ago and sent the currency soaring, authorities in...

    14. FT Alphaville

      January 28, 2015

      Why did the Swiss franc spike? Blame the locals

      There is a straightforward answer to the question in the headline: more money has been trying to get into Switzerland than...

    15. FT Alphaville

      January 26, 2015

      It's not the euro that's getting cheaper; it's the dollar that's getting more expensive

      You may have noticed that a US dollar goes a lot further in much of Europe than it used to. In fact, it goes about 25 per...

    16. January 23, 2015

      BNYM eyes higher charges on big deposits

      Bank of New York Mellon is considering higher charges for customers who deposit large amounts of money in the latest example...

    17. January 23, 2015

      Markets’ misplaced faith in central banks

      Our Draghi, who art in Frankfurt, hallowed be thy name. Mario Draghi’s €1.1tn of shock and awe — €60bn a month of bond...

    18. January 22, 2015

      Why ECB action is likely to stoke global currency wars

      Will quantitative easing by the European Central Bank succeed? Here’s a tip: watch the euro. Although Mario Draghi,...

    19. FT Alphaville

      January 21, 2015

      Just how big a day was Jan 15 for FX markets?

      The first numbers by way of CLS, the continuous link settlement system used by the vast majority of the FX market to settle...

    20. January 21, 2015

      Swiss central bank faces struggle to curb rise of franc

      By scrapping its currency cap, the Swiss National Bank solved one problem: It is no longer under pressure to fulfil an...

    21. January 20, 2015

      BlueCrest suffers losses in Swiss franc fallout

      BlueCrest has closed down the trading books of one of its senior currency traders in the wake of the sharp moves in the...

    22. January 20, 2015

      Bolder steps from Europe’s central bankers

      These are exciting times in European central banking. Last Thursday the Swiss National Bank suddenly terminated its...

    23. January 20, 2015

      Gold rally due as central banks add risk

      Carry traders are squeezed, the odd foreign exchange broker goes to the wall, central Europeans who borrowed in Swiss francs...

    24. FT Alphaville

      January 20, 2015

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Tuesday, - Cass Sunstein versus the libertarians. - The retail FX market is a joke, redux. - The (worrying)...

    25. January 19, 2015

      Gold rises amid expectation of ECB move on QE

      Gold rose to its highest level since August on Tuesday as investors sought safe places to park cash amid concerns about a...

    26. January 19, 2015

      Swiss franc fallout claims more casualties

      A leading European foreign exchange broker filed for administration on Monday and a Danish bank conceded it faced heavy...

    27. January 19, 2015

      Speculators hit by Swiss franc move

      Speculation the Swiss franc would fall in value hit its highest level in nearly two years just days before Switzerland...

    28. January 19, 2015

      Are central banks a destabilising force?

      Few pity the speculators who lost money when the Swiss franc surged last Thursday after the Swiss National Bank removed the...

    29. January 18, 2015

      Swiss minister says companies can adapt to franc policy

      The Swiss economy can cope with the consequences of the Swiss National Bank’s shock decision to end its currency ceiling...

    30. Gavyn Davies

      January 18, 2015

      The Swiss currency bombshell - cause and effect

      The completely unexpected decision of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) to remove the 1.20 floor on the Swiss franc against the...

    31. January 16, 2015

      Investment banks count losses from Swiss move

      Investment banks and hedge funds were scrambling to do their sums on Friday, analysing the impact of the rise in the Swiss...

    32. January 16, 2015

      Swiss franc turmoil hits retail currency traders

      Tafadzwa, 39, a computer programmer in Harlow, near London, put his entire savings of £22,000 on Alpari, the foreign...

    33. January 16, 2015

      Hapless horde of retail forex traders take hit in Swiss havoc

      Whenever havoc arrives in the financial markets there is always a cruel and immediate search for the victims. It is an...

    34. January 16, 2015

      The economy is worse than you hoped but better than you think

      The oil price has fallen by more than half in a little over six months, and you might expect investors to be cheering....

    35. January 16, 2015

      SNB succeeds with its policy of surprise

      When the Swiss National Bank introduced its ceiling against the euro in 2011, it spent weeks in negotiations with the...

    36. January 16, 2015

      Currency brokers: special FX

      “There are reasons to be optimistic that the recent increase in currency volatility will not fade quickly.” So said Drew...

    37. January 16, 2015

      Lessons from Switzerland doffing its cap

      So now we know. Throughout the three years that the Swiss National Bank stopped the Swiss franc appreciating beyond the...

    38. January 16, 2015

      Euro at 11-year low against US dollar

      The euro hit a fresh 11-year low against the dollar as the fallout from the Swiss decision to remove their currency controls...

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