Financial news on December 25, 2014

Business and Financial news
Apps to Ring In the New Year, and for the Resolutions After

Kit Eaton App Smart column recommends variety of apps related to new year; notes anonymous-messaging app Secret has been revamped. Read more..

By KIT EATON - The New York Times

At Takata, President Cedes Job to Chief

Shigehisa Takada, Takata Corporation chairman and grandson of its founder, takes over as president after board votes to replace Stefan Stocker amid airbag crisis; 11 automakers have recalled over 20 million cars worldwide to fix Takata's defective airbags, which have been linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries. Read more..

By HIROKO TABUCHI - The New York Times

Bedtime Technology for a Better Night’s Sleep

Molly Wood Machine Learning column compares wearable devices, applications, and gadgets that claim to improve users' sleep. Read more..

By MOLLY WOOD - The New York Times

For Recent Black College Graduates, a Tougher Road to Employment

Unemployment rate among black college graduates is significantly higher than that of their white counterparts following the recession; Center for Economic and Policy Research economist John Schmitt reports that jobless rate for black graduates ages 22 to 27 was 12.4 percent in 2014, compared to 4.9 percent for whites. Read more..

By PATRICIA COHEN - The New York Times

Retailers Try Offering Expertise Online Along With Products

Small businesses are increasingly benefiting from the use of 'content marketing' tools like blog posts, images and other Internet and social media content to establish themselves as respected experts and improve their search engine rankings. Read more..

By IAN MOUNT - The New York Times

Rise in Loans Linked to Cars Is Hurting Poor

With a crackdown on payday lenders, subprime borrowers are increasingly using auto title loans, whose high interest rates can lead to repossession and financial ruin. Read more..

By JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG and MICHAEL CORKERY - The New York Times

Sony Streams ‘The Interview’ on YouTube, Google Play and Xbox

Sony begins streaming film The Interview, comedy about assassination of North Korea ruler Kim Jong-un, on Google Play, YouTube, Microsoft's Xbox Video and its own website; major theater chains canceled film's release after North Korean terror threat. Read more..

By MICHAEL CIEPLY and BROOKS BARNES - The New York Times

Sound of a Light Going On

A Friday puzzle with all the Patrick Berry flavor you love. Read more..

By DEB AMLEN - The New York Times

Trying to Update an Overloaded iPhone

Personal Tech Q&A on clearing enough space to update iPhone's iOS, force-quitting apps in Windows 8.1 without mouse or keyboard, Tip of the Week on altering size of individual elements on web pages in web browsers. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Unsolved Killing but One of Puerto Rico Bank's Woes

The mysterious killing of a top executive is one of many troubles that have shaken Doral Financial and unnerved investors. Read more..

By MICHAEL CORKERY - The New York Times

Exchange Rates of December 25, 2014
CurrenciesExchange Rates
US DollarEuro1 USD = 0,818 EUR1 EUR = 1,222 USD
US DollarJapanese Yen1 USD = 120,246 JPY1 JPY = 0,008 USD
US DollarPound Sterling1 USD = 0,642 GBP1 GBP = 1,557 USD
US DollarAustralian Dollar1 USD = 1,231 AUD1 AUD = 0,812 USD
US DollarCanadian Dollar1 USD = 1,162 CAD1 CAD = 0,861 USD
US DollarSwiss Franc1 USD = 0,984 CHF1 CHF = 1,017 USD
US DollarChinese Yuan1 USD = 6,197 CNY1 CNY = 0,161 USD
US DollarMexican Peso1 USD = 14,723 MXN1 MXN = 0,068 USD
US DollarSwidish Krona1 USD = 7,767 SEK1 SEK = 0,129 USD
EuroJapanese Yen1 EUR = 147,018 JPY1 JPY = 0,007 EUR
EuroPound Sterling1 EUR = 0,785 GBP1 GBP = 1,274 EUR
EuroAustralian Dollar1 EUR = 1,506 AUD1 AUD = 0,664 EUR
EuroCanadian Dollar1 EUR = 1,420 CAD1 CAD = 0,704 EUR
EuroSwiss Franc1 EUR = 1,203 CHF1 CHF = 0,832 EUR
EuroChinese Yuan1 EUR = 7,598 CNY1 CNY = 0,132 EUR
EuroMexican Peso1 EUR = 18,003 MXN1 MXN = 0,056 EUR
EuroSwidish Krona1 EUR = 9,505 SEK1 SEK = 0,105 EUR
Japanese YenPound Sterling1 JPY = 0,005 GBP1 GBP = 188,679 JPY
Japanese YenAustralian Dollar1 JPY = 0,010 AUD1 AUD = 98,039 JPY
Japanese YenCanadian Dollar1 JPY = 0,010 CAD1 CAD = 103,093 JPY
Japanese YenSwiss Franc1 JPY = 0,008 CHF1 CHF = 121,951 JPY
Japanese YenChinese Yuan1 JPY = 0,052 CNY1 CNY = 19,342 JPY
Japanese YenMexican Peso1 JPY = 0,122 MXN1 MXN = 8,170 JPY
Japanese YenSwidish Krona1 JPY = 0,065 SEK1 SEK = 15,480 JPY
Pound SterlingAustralian Dollar1 GBP = 1,917 AUD1 AUD = 0,522 GBP
Pound SterlingCanadian Dollar1 GBP = 1,808 CAD1 CAD = 0,553 GBP
Pound SterlingSwiss Franc1 GBP = 1,530 CHF1 CHF = 0,653 GBP
Pound SterlingChinese Yuan1 GBP = 9,669 CNY1 CNY = 0,103 GBP
Pound SterlingMexican Peso1 GBP = 22,934 MXN1 MXN = 0,044 GBP
Pound SterlingSwidish Krona1 GBP = 12,085 SEK1 SEK = 0,083 GBP
Australian DollarCanadian Dollar1 AUD = 0,943 CAD1 CAD = 1,060 AUD
Australian DollarSwiss Franc1 AUD = 0,798 CHF1 CHF = 1,253 AUD
Australian DollarChinese Yuan1 AUD = 5,046 CNY1 CNY = 0,198 AUD
Australian DollarMexican Peso1 AUD = 11,957 MXN1 MXN = 0,084 AUD
Australian DollarSwidish Krona1 AUD = 6,298 SEK1 SEK = 0,159 AUD
Canadian DollarSwiss Franc1 CAD = 0,846 CHF1 CHF = 1,182 CAD
Canadian DollarChinese Yuan1 CAD = 5,346 CNY1 CNY = 0,187 CAD
Canadian DollarMexican Peso1 CAD = 12,679 MXN1 MXN = 0,079 CAD
Canadian DollarSwidish Krona1 CAD = 6,690 SEK1 SEK = 0,149 CAD
Swiss FrancChinese Yuan1 CHF = 6,317 CNY1 CNY = 0,158 CHF
Swiss FrancMexican Peso1 CHF = 14,972 MXN1 MXN = 0,067 CHF
Swiss FrancSwidish Krona1 CHF = 7,893 SEK1 SEK = 0,127 CHF

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