But Bitcoin isn't the only digital currency. In fact, there are hundreds of "altcoins" out there, all of which are different from Bitcoin in varying degrees. New York - By now you've probably heard of Bitcoin. One of the hottest new currencies is ZCash, a digital currency designed to provide more anonymity than Bitcoin. And unlike Bitcoin, whose founder is pseudonymous and unknown to the public, ZCash was backed by a company with a known team.
A reader sends us this chart of the US Dollar against the Franc since 1970. It's a little blurry, but the dollar's lost 3/4 of its value since then against the Swissie, meaning you could've made a cool 4X on your money since then. On the other hand, there are numous stocks that have gone up way more than 4x since then (when priced in USD) so maybe the weak dollar isn't THAT bad.
Every week, hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance and economics. It's no secret that international trade has been criticized lately. But why exactly are countries generally happy to trade within their borders -- from one state or town to another, for example -- but more reluctant to trade across international ones? And why are countries so focused on making things domestically?