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Why exchange rate is important for international transactions

International transactions

The exchange rate is one of the most important factor affecting international transactions. With increased internet usage, people are more likely to buy and sell products and services worldwide. For most international trade, the product and services prices are listed in US dollars. The actual amount which a person receives …

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Five predictions for investors over the next 10 years

Adrian Lowcock, head of personal investing at Willis Owen, outlines the big themes that he thinks will play out for investors in the future.  ‘We overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10 years.’ In the …

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Should Ryanair be trying to get people to fly uninsured and against

It says a lot about Ryanair’s reputation for customer service that writing a column critical of it feels daft. Nonetheless, the airline that made its name by combining cheap flights with cheap shots at customers had until recently somewhat stepped up its game. Seemingly, having decided that it had taken …

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Chill descends on two continents divided by common appliances

What is the true measure of civilisation? For Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American transcendentalist, it was a state that secured the greatest good of the greatest number of people. In his novel Travail, Émile Zola conjured the image of the last stone from the last church falling on the last …

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SMALL CAP IDEAS: Blackbird sees the contracts flying in

While the past five months have seen the unfolding of an international health emergency with a very human dimension, when Blackbird boss Ian McDonough looks back on lockdown, he may remember this unprecedented period for different reasons. For around the end of March is when the tectonic plates started shifting …

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ECB should ignore latest central bank inflation fad

As dedicated followers of fashion, European central bankers have also been following the intellectual trends set by others. When inflation targeting was in vogue in the 1990s, the European Central Bank adopted the new regime and became a paid-up subscriber to the economic theory that lay behind it. Inflation targeting …

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Nightclubs are next for a jobs purge as the industry faces collapse

Nightclubs are preparing to axe thousands of jobs as the industry faces collapse, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Britain’s biggest nightclub operator has launched a consultation to slash 402 roles ahead of crisis talks with the Government on Monday. The move by the Deltic Group, which runs 53 clubs …

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Morrisons fires gun on ‘recession’ price war

Supermarket giant Morrisons is poised to slash the price of hundreds of products as the industry braces for a major price war this autumn. The chain will tomorrow cut prices by an average of 23 per cent on 400 products, including fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry, bread, breakfast cereal, rice, …

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