December 8, 2013 |
They met by night, in the glow of a Wells Fargo ATM. Twenty men ages 20 to (if you count me) 60. Some dark conspiracy? No. This was a meet-up of the Philly Bitcoin Society at 30th Street Station on Thursday. Announced on Meetup.com, Facebook, and elsewhere, this was a gathering of people excited by one thing: Bitcoin. Wait. What? Bitcoin is a Web-based system of monetary exchange. It went live in January 2009. Its inventor's pseudonym is Satoshi Nakamoto, one of the world's most famous fictional people.
August 5, 2013 |
John V. Gedeon, 101, of Abington, a retired printer and engraver who helped print the nation's currency, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday, July 23, at Abington Hospice at Warminster. He stayed vigorous and mentally sharp, writing his own checks until a week before his death, said his daughter, Kathy Gedeon Scott. Born in Cleveland, Mr. Gedeon graduated from West Technical High School in 1930. He worked for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, where he managed and operated printing presses and engraving machinery to print money.
July 1, 2013 |
Processing a credit-card charge for overseas purchases used to be pretty simple. You swiped your card while on vacation, your bank changed the money from pesos or euros into greenbacks, and the amount you spent appeared on your bill. Maybe you paid a small conversion fee, but you also got a competitive exchange rate. Not anymore. Just ask Jae Cuadra, who recently tried to buy a round-trip train ticket between the Swiss cities of Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen. The purchase at a train station in Interlaken went on his Capital One Visa card, which doesn't charge to convert foreign currencies.
February 20, 2013 |
European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said he urged finance chiefs from the Group of 20 nations to be prudent when talking about currency movements. During a G-20 meeting in Moscow last week, "I urged all parties to very, very strong verbal discipline" because "the less we talk about it, the better it is," Draghi told European lawmakers in Brussels on Monday. "Exchange rates should reflect fundamentals" and "looking at the real and nominal exchange rates of the euro, it is by and large around its long-term averages," he added.
February 14, 2013 |
BRUSSELS - The Group of Seven leading industrial nations, which includes the United States, Japan, and Germany, warned Tuesday that volatile movements in exchange rates could adversely hit the global economy. There have been increasing concerns around the world that countries might manipulate their exchange rates through their domestic economic policies in order to gain an edge. A lower foreign exchange rate can make a country's exports cheaper, thereby boosting growth. But one currency can fall only if another rises - which in turn will create trade problems for other countries.
October 24, 2012 |
A Kingsessing baggage handler for US Airways was arrested by the FBI Tuesday for the theft of $20,000 in uncirculated hundred dollar bills at Philadelphia International Airport two weeks ago. Alex Price, 25, of the 5500 block of Malcom Street, confessed to the theft after completing a polygraph exam Tuesday. Price then led FBI agents to his two cars, parked near his house, and the FBI recovered the stolen cash from one of the cars. In an affidavit supporting a warrant for Price's arrest, FBI special agent John Deven Sermons gave the following account of events: A shipment of hundred dollar bills - a new design not yet in circulation - containing sixty packages of approximately $3.2 million each was being transported from Dallas to the Federal Reserve in East Rutherford, N.J. Between the landing of US Airways flight 1210 at 10:35 a.m. October 11 at Philadelphia International Airport and the shipment's arrival at East Rutherford, however, one package was opened.
September 3, 2012
Peter Vanham is a financial reporter and a Belgian fellow of the Pascal Decroos Fund for investigative journalism who is writing for The Inquirer this summer I felt sorry for the party organizers on that New Year's Eve of 2002, the night the euro was introduced. Everyone paid the entrance fee in Belgian francs. But the cashier had to give the change in euro. The poor man went crazy, unfamiliar as he was with the new currency. I went home with more money than I had coming in. I love the euro, I thought.
April 22, 2012 |
European debt problems have kept financial markets on edge during much of the last two years, but it is the debt problem in the United States that is far more likely to precipitate a global crisis. Recently, Lawrence Goodman, a former crisis-prevention analyst at the U.S. Treasury, sounded the alarm that investors balked at low coupon rates last year, forcing the Fed to buy "a stunning … 61 percent of the total net issuance of U.S. government debt. " His view that ballooning deficits and excessive debt put the U.S. economy and markets at risk for a sharp correction also explains why the recovery is so weak and why trillions of dollars remain sidelined.
February 7, 2012 |
TEHRAN, Iran - A trip to the store in Iran these days offers a crash course in life under Western economic sanctions. The prices of many imported goods - from South Korean refrigerators to Turkish crackers - can be double what they were last year. The money to buy them, meanwhile, has plunged in value against the U.S. dollar and other foreign currencies. But there are no apparent shortages for those still willing to buy. Chinese products fill gaps left by European businesses and others that have left Iran's consumer market following economic sanctions over Iran's refusal to rein in its nuclear program.
December 15, 2011 |
CHICAGO - If you need to pay a babysitter, send money to a kid in college, or reimburse a friend for lunch but don't have your checkbook or cash on hand, pick up your smartphone. An increasing number of banks are rushing to offer or enhance person-to-person money transfer services. In many instances, all you need to send money to someone is that person's mobile number or e-mail address. Person-to-person mobile payments are still in their infancy in the United States, with only 4 percent of Web-connected adults using them in 2010, according to a November report by Forrester Research Inc. More than half of all mobile person-to-person payment users conduct such transactions at least monthly, and interest has been growing in the last three years, Forrester said.