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Is it Fair to Single Out China for Currency Manipulation?

China has oftentimes been accused of manipulating its currency to derive significant economic and international trading benefits. A recently released report by the US Treasury Department concluded that China cannot be considered a currency manipulator. The report did indicate however that the Chinese RMB has appreciated at an unusually slow rate. The semi-annual report that Treasury Department delivered to Congress intimated that the Chinese currency had appreciated on a trade-weighted basis during the course of 2013, but at a far slower rate than expected. The Chinese currency gained 2.9% in value against the greenback during 2013 and the Chinese current-account...

Time to Trade Some Forex

Whenever I take a bit of a short-term battering with my mid to long-term investments, I tend to look to FOREX trading to focus my activities. Long term, I'm usually very bullish with the equities I've chosen to invest in - often despite prevailing economic conditions - so it's nice to switch to FOREX where I can let fly with any bearish sentiment. I stick almost exclusively to trading the US Dollar and British Pound (USD/GBP) where I at least have an inkling of what's going on - well as much as anyone really can when trading FOREX. I'd like to think...