Using the Singapore Dollar as a “Global Currency” Proxy

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Today’s chart addresses a question I often get “how do I diversify away from a strong dollar, given that the euro, yen, and other currencies don’t look especially attractive with negative yields?”. One way of looking at global currency risk is through the IMF’s special drawing rights (SDRs), a unit of account developed around the […]

Better than Transferwise: Interactive Brokers can save over 90% off these fees

Better than Transferwise: Saving Thousands on International Transfers with an Interactive Brokers account

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One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “what is the best way to transfer a large sum of money overseas, without getting ripped off by terrible exchange rates and high international transfer fees?”.  Fortunately, we have started to see the rise of many financial technology (Fintech) firms like TransferWise and OnePip advertising international […]

Currency futures webinar: Tariq presents with SGX and Interactive Brokers

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Today we completed another successful webinar with SGX and Interactive Brokers explaining how everyday investors can use currency futures contracts to access and hedge FX risk at institutional prices in the US$5 trillion/day currency market. Feel free to contact me for a copy of the spreadsheet, or information on how to sign up for our […]

Currencies for the long run, part 3: Asia ex-Japan

Currencies for the Long Run, Part 3: 6 Asia ex-Japan Currencies that have declined 40-90% since 1980

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Following part 1 and part 2 of this series “Currencies for the long run”, here is a chart showing the long-term trend since 1980 of 6 major Asian currencies: The Chinese Yuan Renminbi, Indian Rupee, Philippine Peso, Thai Baht, Malaysian Ringgit, and South Korean Won.  As the previous two posts showed different trends in relatively […]

Currencies for the Long Run, Part 2: The Appreciators

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In part 1 of this series “Currencies for the long run”, I posted a chart of the “ABC” currencies of Australia, Britain, and Canada, which were relatively stable and range bound, but showed a long-term depreciation trend of 20-50% against the US dollar over the past half century.  By contrast, I wanted to show a […]

Currencies for the long run, part 1: ABC

Currencies for the Long Run, Part 1: The ABCs of Relatively Stable Currencies

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This is the first of three posts titled “Currencies for the Long Run”, in which I post a chart summarizing how three different types of currencies have gone up and down against the US dollar over the past several decades.  This first one is the longest of the three, going back to the earliest exchange […]

How to best convert and transfer large amounts of money across currencies at low cost

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One situation I’m glad to be able to frequently help with, which can often save thousands of dollars, is how to covert relatively large amounts of money from Hong Kong or Singapore back home.  If the money doesn’t need to be moved over as quickly as a relatively expensive wire transfer or remittance service might […]

How different were the German Mark, French Franc, and Italian Lire before the Euro?

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Yesterday I posted a 45-year historical chart of 9 currencies where I described the difference between appreciators, depreciators, and long-term range-bound currencies.  I considered the Euro to be in the latter category, but the Euro was made up of currencies like the Deutsche Mark (DEM) which behaved more like appreciators and currencies like the Italian […]

45-year Historical Chart of 9 Major Currencies Against the US Dollar

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This is one of my favorite charts to update and post every now and again, showing the long-term view of how many different currencies have appreciated or depreciated over time.  I even used to have a version of this chart on the back of my business card as a conversation starter. In the short term, […]