It pays to do a little exchange rate homework before you travel, writes Daniel Abrahams.
Individuals and companies globally secured almost £1bn through alternative sources of finance such as crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending and invoice trading in 2013.
UK markets opened more or less flat on Friday morning after a three days of declines as investors gave a subdued reaction to the passing of a budget deal overnight in Washington.
After Shinzo Abe took power late last year, Japan has been 2013's undisputed success story.
US budget passes House by large majority; JPMorgan to pay $2bn to settle Madoff claims; Blockbuster to close all remaining stores.
Graham Spooner, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, picks 12 stocks he thinks could benefit from the festive period.
Mainstream emerging markets may have remained thoroughly out of favour this year, with developed nations driving global equity returns, but surprises can still be found in the top ten markets of 2013.
Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined $100m (£61m) by US regulators for violating US sanctions against Iran, Sudan, Burma, and Cuba.
Bitcoins have been causing a stir in the investment world after soaring to record prices this year.
The UK economy has been tipped to breach its pre-crisis peak as early as next year, instead of 2016, as previously forecast, by UK business network the British Chambers of Commerce.
Brian O'Neill, one of the country's longest-serving managers, is to retire from his role running the Henderson Global investment trust next year.
The FTSE 100 is trading at levels not seen since mid-October on heightened speculation that the Federal Reserve will begin to trim its asset purchase programme as soon as next week.
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More than half of investment trust fund managers believe the FTSE 100 could break through 7,000 by the end of 2014, a survey has revealed.
Veteran UK fund manager Anthony Bolton believes that the chance of a Western-style banking crisis in China is "extremely remote".
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