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Australia is swaggering, unarmed, in the global currency war

The Australian dollar isn’t losing against commodity competitors but manufacturing and service economies. So how long will it last and can anything be done about it?

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How bitcoin is transitioning from nerdy quirk to big business

When businesspeople start taking the cryptocurrency seriously, it’s time to pay attention. Crikey intern Ania Dutka meets the people who are staking their future on a shadowy digital currency.

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Australian dollar shot as currency cold war turns hot

It’s been a wild ride for the Aussie dollar. Here’s one theory as to its recent path — and what’s likely to happen next.

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Kim Coindashian? How bitcoin is going the way of the tulip

Defenders of digital currencies seem to believe bitcoin and its ilk will continue to gain value forever. You know who also thought along those lines? Dutch people in 1637.

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Bitcoin: your handy guide to digital pickpocketing

Bitcoin, like any other currency, can be stolen or laundered. But if the digital currency is not linked to any government with law enforcement powers, is theft really a crime?

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Koukoulas: is the dollar back on the rise?

Higher commodity prices, looming interest rate hikes and stronger GDP growth point to a rising Aussie dollar in 2014. A return to parity could be on the cards, writes Stephen Koukoulas at Business Spectator.

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Bitcoin creating a decentralised currency

Bitcoin hoarders are making “money” through a new currency, uncoupled from any government. But is it real money? And who benefits?

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Ask the economists: what’s driving the $A rise against the euro?

The Australian dollar hit a record high of around 85 euro cents overnight, as investors continue to flee the debt-stricken euro zone. So what’s driving the Aussie’s rise?

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Strong dollar will wreak havoc on the out of touch in business

The continuing strong dollar will have implications for governments as well as the Australian economy. It’s time we faced up to it.

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Labor’s life is in foreign hands …

A gathering economic storm overseas may wreck Labor’s entire political strategy, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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The digital economy: trading coins for clicks

The future of money could be far less about dollars, superpowers or coinage if virtual currencies ever cross the line from virtual to real, writes Charis Palmer. Bitcoin electronic currencies says it is changing finance the same way the web changed publishing.

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The Independent | ECONOMY|

Why the €500 note has been dumped

The €500 note has been taken out of circulation in Britain — not because the European economy has collapsed, but because it’s making things far too easy for the country’s crooks: $1m dollars’ worth weighs an easily smuggleable (or swallowable) 1.43kg.

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Gawker | ECONOMY|

The $US100 bill, as designed by Coogi

The classic green US$100 bill has been given a colourful makeover in order to prevent counterfeit copies and not everyone is happy with the new “god damn child’s crayon scratch pad” design, as Gawker calls it.

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Telegraph (UK) | ECONOMY|

How Paul Krugman will bring down the US economy

Economist Paul Krugman reckons the US should impose a 25% surcharge on Chinese goods until the country caves in and floats its currency. It’s a dangerous proposition, warns Jeremy Warner: it would simply ruin both economies.

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Der Spiegel | ECONOMY|

How the Euro was built on a lie

The Euro is fundamentally flawed, says Der Spiegel: built on broken promises, fudged figures and dodgy deals. An excellent analysis on everything that’s wrong with Europe’s currency — and how it might be fixed.

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Time | ASIA-PACIFIC|

North Korea nukes the won

It’s economic reform, North Korean style: cut a couple of zeroes off the country’s currency, declare old bank notes worthless, and wipe out the entire country’s savings.

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Business Pundit | ECONOMY|

Become a millionaire for under $200

Become a millionaire on the cheap by trading your unimpressive Aussie dollars for ridiculously overinflated currency from the developing world. For only a dollar, you could be flashing around 4669 Zambian Kwacha, 9560 Indinesian Rupiah or 14,308 Turkmenistani Manat!

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China’s dirty Yuan devaluation

China’s dirty devaluation of its currency to allow it to move in value with the fall in value as the US dollar is hurting its rivals in recovering Asia, such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

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Weekly Standard | ECONOMY|

In search of a new global currency

The dollar may be on the decline as the world’s standard currency, but replacing it is harder than it sounds: China’s renminbi, often touted as the natural successor, is out of contention so long as it’s pegged to the dollar. Could this be the euro’s moment to shine?

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Minyanville | ECONOMY|

Your dollars are just Monopoly money

Ultimately, your dollars are just bits of paper, says William Fleckenstein with no more intrinsic value than those in your Monopoly set. Gold, on the other hand…

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The Independent | COMPANIES|

The Middle East’s secret plan to bring down the dollar

Arab states, along with China, Japan, Russia and France, have been holding secret meetings to plot a move from doing oil deals in US dollars, instead moving to a mix of the yen, yuan, euro, gold and a new, unified Arab currency.

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Money: the paper painkiller

Scientists have found that money weilds more than just economic power: just handling cash can help reduce social discomfort and even physical pain — and our brains may even unconsciously substitute money for love.

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The Times (UK) | ECONOMY|

China’s “redback” set to rise

China’s renminbi could become one of the top three traded monetary units in the world by 2012, say analysts, with the country’s economy booming and the government making moves to speed up internationalisation of the currency.

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Wired | PLAYERS|

One man’s fight for digital bullion

Douglas Jackson, founder of E-Gold, a pioneering digital currency, is under house arrest for money laundering-related crimes and more. But he’s determined to start again. Kim Zetter chats to the flawed visionary.

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Maclean’s | ECONOMY|

The story of nine failed currencies

From Germany in the 1920s to the recent hyperinflation in Zimbabwe, Mint looks at the story behind nine currencies that went completely bust.

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