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BRIEF: Cool travel website: current currency news

June 15, 2014

By Ellen Creager, Detroit Free Press



June 15--Site:www.xe.com online, or download the app version for iPhone, Android, Windows, Firefox or Blackberry.

Lowdown: The easiest way to check current exchange rates around the world. Also gives you historical rates -- for instance, we see the U.S. dollar recovering from last year's humiliating 1-1 equal value to the Canadian dollar -- you now get $1.09 Canadian for every American dollar you exchange. (It's hardly the glory days of 2002 when the U.S. dollar bought $1.62 Canadian, but improving.)

Rates quoted are bank to bank, not consumer rates, but are within a few cents of what you'll get withdrawing money from a foreign ATM, the best way to get local currency while abroad.

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