Currencies

You might think the currency market is an orderly process for exchanging dollars, yen and euros as trade settles around the world.

Learn why it’s more accurate to think of the currency market as a freewheeling, unregulated and dynamic zone open to interventions, rigging and fixes.

It can lead to all sorts of traps for the unwary investor. Brokers, investment firms, speculators and central banks are all trying to get the market going their way. We try to make sure you’re on the right side of the trade.

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Why the Falling Bitcoin Price Is Good for Crypto Investors
A crashing bitcoin market has scared many people. But that could be a good thing. It means all the people speculating on cryptos are most likely pulling out of the market. Leaving it wide open to everyone that believes in the long-term potential of this technology.
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Cryptocurrencies and the History of Money
Throughout history, people have trusted forms of money when those around them have trusted the same value. This trust is enhanced when people can rely on regulatory authorities to keep the system above board. It’s ironic. Cryptocurrencies were invented as a medium of exchange outside the system. Bringing them back into the system with regulatory controls may be the very thing necessary to ensure public confidence.
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Manias and Myths
There’s nothing more mythical than a booming market. With cryptos now re-entering Earth’s orbit, where are the ‘bitcoin to $1 million' headlines? All but gone. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The only thing different about the current mania is the cast. The plot is still the same…easy come, easy go.
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The New Golden Rule
Repeated international economic sanctions continue to encourage Russian President Vladimir Putin to look for new ways to avoid the US dollar. Russia’s increasing gold reserves shouldn’t be ignored. Even though the precious metal isn’t at the centre of the financial system today, gold still equals power. Late last year, however, Russia added a new twist to the story. 
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The Great Crypto War
Ever since cryptocurrencies made their mainstream debut, they’ve been polarising to say the least. In response to crypto mania, companies in the tech and finance industries have split off into two staunchly opposed camps.
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Facebook Wants to Control You
Facebook — while not a country — is the latest in a long line of states and institutions attempting to control the bitcoin market. I find it near impossible to believe Facebook gives two rats about scams and deceptions not operating in good faith. This move by Facebook is all about headlines. It has nothing to do with protecting you.
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An Important Day for Bitcoin
The first month of bitcoin futures trading has been interesting to say the least. It’s taken place against a backdrop of bitcoin rising 50% in a few weeks, only to fall 50% weeks later. So, what do we know now that bitcoin futures have been around for over a month?
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The Demise of the US Dollar
The US bull market really began in 2009, eight years before Trump came into power. Trump continues to take all the glory for the US stock market. Yet he’s ignoring the value of the almighty dollar falling on his watch. Since Trump took over the White House in January last year, the US dollar has rapidly lost value against other major currencies.
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The Old Financial System Is Dead
Whether or not cryptocurrencies are the answer to the banking system’s many flaws remains to be seen. But the attempts by governments to quell the rise of this technology only speaks to the bourgeoning power of this asset class. What we do know for certain is that the financial sector is in a state of flux, and change is occurring rapidly.
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The Great Crypto Crash of 2018
When everyone starts calling anything a bubble, in my view, it’s just the opposite. What we are seeing today is a pullback in the price of cryptocurrencies. Largely coming on the back of what the South Korean government may or may not do. This isn’t the start of any bubble popping. But it may become known as the ‘great crypto crash of 2018’ in time.
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We Were Four Years Ahead of the Mainstream About This
It was a future that we saw four years ago. And only recently have we started to reap the rewards. With cutting edge tech there’s no way to know exactly when things will take off. But with the right amount of insight and research, you can get in early enough to be ready for it.
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Why Buffett’s a Broken Clock on Bitcoin
Warren Buffett admits he doesn’t know anything about bitcoin, but still predicts they will end badly. Unfortunately for his legions of supporters, the ‘Oracle of Omaha’ has a track record of missing out on big tech trends.
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Investing Beyond the Blockchain Hype
The companies that will really benefit will probably not have the word ‘blockchain’ in their name. They will be companies that can strengthen their position by using the technology. Or by making themselves crucial contributors to the data value chain.
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Bitcoin Price Tumbles on Clampdown
The bitcoin price has tumbled since the beginning of the week. In the last 48 hours, the price of bitcoin has dropped over 15%, to a low of US$14,365.88. At time of writing bitcoin is recovering.