News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

Mark Carney's speech implied there would be no early rise in interest rates

Carney should learn the discipline of burgernomics

He can try to talk down sterling, but the Big Mac index, based on the cost of one of the world’s favourite fast food item, shows it’s just about right

University of Cumbria is to accept the online currency Bitcoin as payment for fees

Cumbria becomes first public university in the world to accept Bitcoin in tuition fees

The University of Cumbria is to accept the online currency Bitcoin as payment for fees, it has announced, becoming the first public university in the world to do so.

Unilever beats forecasts on emerging markets rebound

After battering global shares in consumer goods giants with a profit warning in October, Unilever, the company behind Dove soaps and Lipton iced teas, said there had been a considerable pick-up in countries like India and China.

US authorities stuck with $25m bitcoin hoard, seized from the Silk Road

The stash was taken from the servers of the Silk Road - a website for selling illegal wares that traded in bitcoin and was shut down last October

GoldMoney Group adds Bitcoin to commodity vault

One of the UK’s leading precious metals storage firms is adding an altogether more unusual commodity to its vaults – Bitcoin.

Investment advice: Hold fire on emerging market debt

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

Swatch fire hits shares and alarms Swiss rivals

A fire in a workshop owned by Swatch sent shares in the world's largest watchmaker sharply down yesterday and prompted fears about the knock-on impact on the broader Swiss timepiece sector.

European banking watchdog blasts Bitcoin over 'violent' fluctuations

EU banking watchdog warns of violent fluctuations and lack of protection

Bitcoin crashes after China bans banks from using virtual currency

The online currency Bitcoin plummeted more than 20 per cent today after Chinese regulators banned financial institutions from using it.

What's the best way to take currency to Mexico?

Q. I am going to Cancun and have been advised by the travel agent that pre-paid sterling currency cards are not widely accepted in Mexico. We are a bit edgy about taking pesos, as cash cannot be traced if stolen. Marion Morgan

Chinese Yuan surpasses Euro as second most used currency in global finance

China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and Australia among top five countries using the yuan to finance trade

Hamish McRae: Germany has got itself a new government, but how will it face the social challenges ahead?

The deal is a compromise, as it must be, and one that highlights sharply the tension within the country

Angela Merkel, centre, made concessions on pensions and the labour market but not on eurozone policy

Two months after election win in Germany, Angela Merkel forms coalition

Agreement with arch-rivals means introduction of minimum wage but higher taxes are ruled out

Bitcoins in space: Virgin Galactic to accept payment in digital currency, says Richard Branson

6 minutes of weightlessness will now cost you $250,000 or around 326 Bitcoins

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