CNBC Explains Currencies


  • Bitcoin: CNBC Explains
    By: Chris Morris | Special to
    Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 3:03 PM ET

    As investors scramble for bitcoin, they're finding that when it comes to virtual currencies, the rules of economics are less predominant than those of hackers.

  • CNBC Explains: How to mine bitcoins on your own Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 1:48 PM ET

    With the price of bitcoins soaring, miners are striking it big. How exactly do you mine? It's easier than you think.

  • Capital controls: CNBC Explains Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 10:52 AM ET
    People are seen in front of a Eurobank branch in Athens, Greece, March 19, 2015.

    The ongoing currency crisis in Greece has thrust the talk of "capital controls" back into the global financial conversation.

  • The big losers from China's currency gain Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 12:05 PM ET

    The renminbi's elevation to the IMF's SDR basket means the pound sterling and euro will be losing ground.

  • 5 ways China's devaluation could shake the markets
    By: Tim Mullaney, special to
    Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 | 2:52 PM ET
    A teller counts yuan banknotes in a bank in Lianyungang, China, on Aug. 11, 2015.

    The 2 percent drop in the yuan's value has broad implications for the commodities market and global trade. Here are the spillover effects.

  • China-U.S. Currency Situation: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:41 AM ET

    Salman Khan of the Khan Academy explains what China's currency situation means for U.S. consumption and how it affects the entire U.S. and global economies.

  • China’s Currency Peg: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:39 AM ET

    Countries around the world keep their currencies pegged to the U.S. dollar, but how is this balance maintained? We saw in a previous video how a floating exchange rate can significantly affect international trade, but how is this achieved?

  • China’s Floating Exchange Rate: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 | 10:36 AM ET

    You've probably heard about the global controversy surrounding the Chinese currency: international leaders have criticized the Chinese government for keeping the value of the Yuan artificially low, because an artificially undervalued Yuan has serious implications for international trade.

  • Currency Carry Trade: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 9:39 AM ET

    When there is a disparity in interest rates between countries, investors have an opportunity to employ a currency trading strategy called the carry trade.

  • Deflation: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 5:07 PM ET

    If you understand inflation, deflation is simply the flip side of the coin. In fact, sometimes it referred to as “negative inflation.”

  • A clerk handles dollars and euros at a money exchange office in Paris.

    The dollar-euro parity signifies an ongoing trend in changing money supplies and disparate global central bank policies.

  • It's time for that European vacation Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 12:59 PM ET
    Actor Chevy Chase and actress Beverly D'Angelo on set of the Warner Bros. movie National Lampoon's 'European Vacation' in 1985.

    American tourists could be among the biggest beneficiaries of the weak euro.

  • Hyperinflation: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 7:55 AM ET

    Although inflation is not necessarily a bad thing for a growing economy, there have been numerous historical examples when inflation runs wild, a situation called hyperinflation. CNBC explains

  • Inflation: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 5:06 PM ET

    In a good economy, gradual inflation is considered a good thing, but in tougher economic times, too much inflation is a serious problem. CNBC Explains.

  • Stagflation: CNBC Explains
    By: CNBC Explains
    Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 2:37 PM ET

    While moderate inflation is actually a good thing for a healthy economy, inflation can also occur when the economy is stagnant.

  • Ending the Swiss peg: What it really means Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 10:22 AM ET
    A man holds a 100 Swiss franc bank note in front of an ATM in Bern.

    The Swiss National Bank's move to break the franc away from its set value against the euro stunned financial markets and has substantial real-world effects.

  • The dollar's competition for safe haven supremacy Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:35 PM ET

    The Japanese yen hit a seven-month high on Monday, as the dollar hit a seven-month low. Is there a new currency king in the markets?

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