Global Edition. September 2, 2014  Updated: 16 min ago
    Finance

      ECB Exchange Rates (September 02, 2014)
    1 EUR=1.3115USD -0.00180graph »
    1 EUR=0.79330GBP +0.00305graph »
    1 EUR=1.2072CHF +0.00000graph »
    1 EUR=8.0630CNY -0.00490graph »
    1 EUR=79.5949INR +0.09430graph »
    1 EUR=137.63JPY +0.66000graph »

      Key ECB Interest Rates, effective from June 11, 2014
      Deposit facility -0.1000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Marginal lending facility 0.4000 % p.a.  -0.3500  
      Main refinancing operations (fixed) 0.1500 % p.a.  -0.1000  

      NY Foreign Exchange Noon Rates of August 22, 2014
    1 EUR=1.3237USD -0.00470graph »
    1 GBP=1.6574USD -0.00150graph »
    1 USD=0.9142CHF +0.00300graph »
    1 USD=6.1510CNY +0.0000graph »
    1 USD=60.4700INR -0.09000graph »
    1 USD=103.9700JPY +0.19000graph »
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