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Bad debts halve profits at HSBC

Banking giant HSBC said today that profits had fallen by more than half during the first six months of the year.

Simon Calder: Surviving the summer squeeze in Europe

Life in 21st-century Britain has echoes of the hyper-inflation that brought down the Weimar Republic. On Monday, I set out to procure the euros I need for the summer. At Thomas Exchange in the Strand in central London, the rate on the board was €1.14 to a pound. I went to the bank next door, and drew out a wad of £20 notes. When I walked back to the bureau de change, clutching my holiday funds for the summer, a man was changing the last digit from "4" to "3". Crikey: in the time it took to procure some cash, sterling had lost nearly 1 per cent of its value. At that rate, I calculated, the pound in my pocket would be almost worthless by elevenses.

Stephen King: China takes small steps towards breaking the sway of the US dollar

For nations sitting on piles of dollar assets, the fall in the dollar's value is hardly good news

Britons 'among victims of credit card scam'

Australian authorities have uncovered a six million Australian dollar (4.8 million US dollar) international credit card scam that used stolen personal information from people as far away as Britain and Spain, officials said.

Mark Dampier: Asian currencies have global appeal

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RBS lost more than any other bank

Part-nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland lost more money than any other bank in the world last year, a leading industry journal declared today.

Market Report: Diving US dollar hits Amlin insurance group

Amlin fell as investors concerned about growing weakness in the US dollar began selling off non-life insurance stocks last night.

Geithner reassures Chinese their dollar assets are safe

US Treasury Secretary politely asks rulers to devalue nation's currency

Gold glisters for investors, but not consumers

Demand rocketed 38 per cent in the first quarter, largely through traded funds

Don't get stung by high fees when you're splashing out abroad

As Nationwide starts charging customers who use its cards outside Britain, Alessia Horwich looks for lower-cost alternatives

The Complete Guide To St Lucia

Cool off with the jazz crowd, retreat to the rainforest or simply wallow in the water: this Caribbean island has it all, says Simon Redfern

Zimbabwe: Is the basket case finally on the mend?

Shops are well-stocked; rubbish is being collected; and teachers are back at work. But Mugabe is still in power and the land thefts continue

Leading article: This crisis affords a glimpse of global power in transition

The G20 summit is already exposing tensions between the US and China

Dollar's status under attack from China

World leaders gear up for reform of global system

Britons' cash will go further in Australia, New Zealand and Canada

British travellers hoping to stretch their money as far as possible should head to the Commonwealth in light of sterling's dramatic slide against other currencies, according to currency expert FC Exchange.

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