INSIDE INVESTOR: How the dollar affects your investments

For most people, consideration of the exchange rate only comes into play when planning a trip overseas. But as Australia's main conduit to the global economy, it's influence can be tracked almost everywhere.

You know that office comedian, the one who always has a smart line for every occasion.

Whenever global markets look like tanking, the quips begin with lines like: "I’ve shifted all my investments into Australian dollars.” And then a bunch of coins are produced.

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