Money

Cautious investors should wait before they dive into this latest bond sector

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

The Analyst

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.

Geithner reassures Chinese their dollar assets are safe

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

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.

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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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee