Global Edition. August 21, 2014  Updated: 41 min ago
    Finance

      ECB Exchange Rates (August 20, 2014)
    1 EUR=1.3284USD -0.00700graph »
    1 EUR=0.79810GBP -0.00455graph »
    1 EUR=1.2106CHF +0.00020graph »
    1 EUR=8.1562CNY -0.04600graph »
    1 EUR=80.6450INR -0.45820graph »
    1 EUR=137.23JPY +0.11000graph »

      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 15, 2014
    1 EUR=1.3392USD +0.00160graph »
    1 GBP=1.6686USD -0.00080graph »
    1 USD=0.9026CHF -0.00300graph »
    1 USD=6.1470CNY -0.01050graph »
    1 USD=60.7700INR +0.0000graph »
    1 USD=102.1900JPY -0.25000graph »
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