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 Dollar Euro 1 USD = 0.818 EUR 1 EUR = 1.222 USD
US Dollar Japanese Yen 1 USD = 120.246 JPY 1 JPY = 0.008 USD
US Dollar Pound Sterling 1 USD = 0.642 GBP 1 GBP = 1.557 USD
US Dollar Australian Dollar 1 USD = 1.231 AUD 1 AUD = 0.812 USD
US Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 USD = 1.162 CAD 1 CAD = 0.861 USD
US Dollar Swiss Franc 1 USD = 0.984 CHF 1 CHF = 1.017 USD
US Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 USD = 6.197 CNY 1 CNY = 0.161 USD
US Dollar Mexican Peso 1 USD = 14.723 MXN 1 MXN = 0.068 USD
US Dollar Swidish Krona 1 USD = 7.767 SEK 1 SEK = 0.129 USD
Euro Japanese Yen 1 EUR = 147.018 JPY 1 JPY = 0.007 EUR
Euro Pound Sterling 1 EUR = 0.785 GBP 1 GBP = 1.274 EUR
Euro Australian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.506 AUD 1 AUD = 0.664 EUR
Euro Canadian Dollar 1 EUR = 1.420 CAD 1 CAD = 0.704 EUR
Euro Swiss Franc 1 EUR = 1.203 CHF 1 CHF = 0.832 EUR
Euro Chinese Yuan 1 EUR = 7.598 CNY 1 CNY = 0.132 EUR
Euro Mexican Peso 1 EUR = 18.003 MXN 1 MXN = 0.056 EUR
Euro Swidish Krona 1 EUR = 9.505 SEK 1 SEK = 0.105 EUR
Japanese Yen Pound Sterling 1 JPY = 0.005 GBP 1 GBP = 188.679 JPY
Japanese Yen Australian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.010 AUD 1 AUD = 98.039 JPY
Japanese Yen Canadian Dollar 1 JPY = 0.010 CAD 1 CAD = 103.093 JPY
Japanese Yen Swiss Franc 1 JPY = 0.008 CHF 1 CHF = 121.951 JPY
Japanese Yen Chinese Yuan 1 JPY = 0.052 CNY 1 CNY = 19.342 JPY
Japanese Yen Mexican Peso 1 JPY = 0.122 MXN 1 MXN = 8.170 JPY
Japanese Yen Swidish Krona 1 JPY = 0.065 SEK 1 SEK = 15.480 JPY
Pound Sterling Australian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.917 AUD 1 AUD = 0.522 GBP
Pound Sterling Canadian Dollar 1 GBP = 1.808 CAD 1 CAD = 0.553 GBP
Pound Sterling Swiss Franc 1 GBP = 1.530 CHF 1 CHF = 0.653 GBP
Pound Sterling Chinese Yuan 1 GBP = 9.669 CNY 1 CNY = 0.103 GBP
Pound Sterling Mexican Peso 1 GBP = 22.934 MXN 1 MXN = 0.044 GBP
Pound Sterling Swidish Krona 1 GBP = 12.085 SEK 1 SEK = 0.083 GBP
Australian Dollar Canadian Dollar 1 AUD = 0.943 CAD 1 CAD = 1.060 AUD
Australian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 AUD = 0.798 CHF 1 CHF = 1.253 AUD
Australian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 AUD = 5.046 CNY 1 CNY = 0.198 AUD
Australian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 AUD = 11.957 MXN 1 MXN = 0.084 AUD
Australian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 AUD = 6.298 SEK 1 SEK = 0.159 AUD
Canadian Dollar Swiss Franc 1 CAD = 0.846 CHF 1 CHF = 1.182 CAD
Canadian Dollar Chinese Yuan 1 CAD = 5.346 CNY 1 CNY = 0.187 CAD
Canadian Dollar Mexican Peso 1 CAD = 12.679 MXN 1 MXN = 0.079 CAD
Canadian Dollar Swidish Krona 1 CAD = 6.690 SEK 1 SEK = 0.149 CAD
Swiss Franc Chinese Yuan 1 CHF = 6.317 CNY 1 CNY = 0.158 CHF
Swiss Franc Mexican Peso 1 CHF = 14.972 MXN 1 MXN = 0.067 CHF
Swiss Franc Swidish Krona 1 CHF = 7.893 SEK 1 SEK = 0.127 CHF

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