Carrying on

Foreign exchange

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Currency traders have endured a hair-raising few months. After weathering much of the volatility in the financial markets in the third and fourth quarters of last year, the foreign exchange markets have been making up for lost time. Having touched 12-year lows against the yen in March, the dollar hit its lowest-ever level against the euro on April 24 (0.62690 dollars/euro).

The yen's sharp appreciation, in particular, represents something of a nightmare scenario for some. Regulators have long war

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