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I have an “excellent” credit rating. Do I need to get a preapproval mortgage letter?

I'm in the infancy of buying a residential property. I have a credit rating of EXCELLENT. Do I need to get a preapproval mortgage letter? I thought that getting preapproved would expedite the ...
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How can banks afford to offer credit card rewards?

I understand Visa and MasterCard make money on transaction fees, but how much (if any) of those fees do banks see? Do banks make money on people who pay their bills on time, or are reward programs ...
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Having trouble with APR calculation

I am using the formula listed on the following site to try to calculate APR: http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/rules/6500-1950.html#fdic6500appendixjtopart226 go to appendix J, if it doesn't auto ...
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How to select a bank based on availability in two areas?

Suppose I will be frequently moving back and forth between Country A and Country B. I would prefer to work with a bank which has many offices and ATMs (so I can avoid the fee for using another bank's ...
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I have $12k in a Chase checking account, but want to start earning interest/saving/investing/etc to make more money. What should I do?

Basically I'm tired of money just sitting there doing nothing. Is it wise to open a savings account with my bank (Chase)? Should I take it elsewhere? Should I get into stocks? Do I even have enough? ...
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Are bank accounts (same bank) accessible from outside of the U.S

This is a bit of a subjective question, perhaps more of a safety concern. I currently bank with Citibank (U.S), and since I know they have branches in other countries, could bankers in those other ...
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Is it smart to move private (euro) savings to a different currency?

Lately, I'm hearing a lot of talk about the euro's impending demise (I don't know how true that is by the way). And it's making me a little bit worried about my savings. I don't have a lot of ...
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Where do large corporations store their massive amounts of cash?

Apparently Apple has more cash on its books than combined market values of Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Nokia, Yahoo, Sprint Nextel and Research In Motion. Where do companies like Google and Apple keep ...
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How to pay U.S. bills while living in Canada with Canadian income?

I'm from the U.S., but I'm living in Canada and all my income is in Canadian dollars. What good options do I have for paying my American bills? Currently, the best option that's been presented to me ...
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Common practice to closing a checking and savings account?

Is there a common practice to closing a checking & savings account? For example, should I transfer all the funds electronically to my other bank then call and close it or is it better to get a ...
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Good yield vs. safer route (Checking vs. Savings)

My checking account yields just over 3% APY. This may sound very high, and it is for a checking account, but it's a credit union and they make money off the multiple transactions I have to use their ...
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FOREX: Pair Trading, What is Really Happening?

I am starting to study FOREX again and one thing about trading on the market through means available to me personally is that one can take positions on 'currency pairs'. This has made little sense to ...
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What is the “Bernanke Twist” and “Operation Twist”? What exactly does it do?

I was reading the article Bernanke’s Twist Sharpens Year-End Anxiety Over Stimulus and In the article it says The Fed on June 20 extended its Operation Twist program to swap $267 billion in ...
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Is there such thing as a Checking account requiring pre-approval / white-list?

Since account numbers are re-useable for fraudulent transactions, anyone you write a check to has the opportunity to print their own check with your account number on it. One way to help reduce the ...
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What is a maximum amount that I can wire transfer out of US?

Say, I would like to buy a property in Thailand. The price is about $200,000. I might wire it to my Thailand's checking account. Just want to know is the limitation of wire transfer. Also, is there ...
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Difference between the multiple cash withdrawal options on these ATMs?

I always get confused when selecting the options. I just go for the normal cash withdrawal option. But, I would like to know the difference in them. And, is the bank charging you different to use the ...
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Are bank account numbers unique?

If somebody sends me money and I write the swift code wrong, will the money go somewhere else? I know bank account numbers are unique within a bank, but will are they unique globally? Update: I ...
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Who creates money? Central banks or commercial banks?

Which of these is a better description of money creation: Scenario 1: Central bank creates money Customer A deposits $10 at his bank. Customer B wants to borrow $100. The bank is in good standing ...
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Should I make a copy or scan of a check before depositing checks whenever possible?

Or can I simply take a picture of the check with my cellphone before depositing the check, just in case there is a disputed transaction?
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How can my friend send $3K to me without using Paypal?

My friend is a paraplegic. He can't go to the bank and wire the money. He used to send money from our partnership via paypal. Now I am banned from paypal. What's the alternative? Google checkout? I ...
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Do I understand currency exchange rates and bank buy/sell rates?

Preface: I've just run into a bit of an issue with a bank, regarding an international money transfer that I made from the UK (with Lloyds TSB) to Australia (St. George). The transfer was sent on the ...
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How do I evaluate risk exposure to my U.K. bank in light of the possible collapse of the Euro or Eurozone economies?

I understand there are concerns about runs on banks in Eurozone countries like Greece and Spain. Should this happen, it might put pressure on banks elsewhere. How can I evaluate the risk exposure of ...
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What happened in Argentina in 2001 bank sector? did the banks closed? all or some?

What happened in Argentina in 2001 bank sector? did the banks closed? all or some? i am trying to figure out whats the possible scenario to greek banks if greece goes out of euro and into drahma and ...
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How are days counted when funding a new account within 10 days

I just opened a new CD today and it told me I have 10 days to fund the account. I think the specific wording said "within 10 days." I'd like to know how these days are counted as I am unsure if any of ...
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Where can I place my savings in to limit my exposure to the risk of European bank failures and sovereign debt defaults?

After looking at this stunning Euro Zone Bank Stress Test tool provided by Reuters, I see the danger and the hight level of interconnections that exists among Banks in EU. The actual scenario ...
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Cashing a fishy cheque addressed to someone else

I agreed to cash a cheque for someone I don't really know. In hindsight, this was very stupid, but now I need to figure out how best to get out of this situation. We both endorsed the cheque, it ...
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How do Islamic Banking give loans for housing purposes?

Islamic banks do not give loans they invest in financial activities of their clients. Am I correct? If yes, then how can they provide loans for housings? Home loans have nothing to do with business. ...
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Why do Central Banks buy gold for their gold reserves?

I read The People's central Bank of China (i think called PBOC) should have bought 50 to 70 tons fo gold in 2011 (Marcus Grubb, managing director World Gold Council). On the same article it states ...
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How long should I keep an uncleared transaction in my checkbook?

About three months ago I went out to eat and paid for the meal with a combination of a gift card and my debit card, afterwards the portion that was paid via debit card was recorded properly and since ...
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Would depositing large cash amounts cause problems?

I saw an article recently where a man withdrew $600,000 USD in cash from his bank. I'm sure many folks here would advise against this move for obvious (and perhaps not-so-obvious) reasons. My ...
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Do you need to be a customer of the bank to use their safety deposit box services?

The bank I want to use in the future doesn't have physical bank office locations so I'm looking into being able to use a safety deposit box service or something similar to store some documents.
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WSJ article about CFDs - am I missing something?

In this WSJ article, it comments Traders held a net $22.6 billion in bets that the dollar will appreciate, a gain of 31% in net wagers over the previous week and the largest such position since ...
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Common practice for start/end date of balance sheet

I'm trying to build a personal balance sheet in Excel for my brother-in-law. Basically, so that we can monitor the hours he works against the hours he's paid. He's paid every two weeks, one week ...
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Bank Statement vs. Bank Solvency Certificate

I am a non-us resident seeking a visa for education and a number of universities ask for proof of funding, in the form of bank statements or solvency certificates, during admission. What exactly is a ...
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How is interest in my bank account calculated?

I am a software professional. I have one question. How do banks calculate interest on money deposited, if I get, say, 10 % per annum? Say I deposit say RS.1000 on the 1st day of the month; then I ...
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How does a big lottery winner cash his huge check risk-free?

You've just won $20 million in the lottery. Until you figure out what do do with the cash, you want to move it to the safest place you know: US Treasury account(s). But the lottery (per the ...
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How do I remotely open a bank account in Thailand?

A friend of mine told me that Thai bank account has no limitations in paypal for transfers, etc. I would like to try it out and open bank account in Thailand, register paypal account for it and use it ...
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Pay check from an old employer

I received a paycheck from an ex-employer via direct deposit. It looks like they forgot to take me out of their automatic system, because I definitely shouldn't have received this check. I am a U.S. ...
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Are there Canadian banks with low or nil user fees?

My banking institution is [again...] raising their fees for the second time in 12 months starting March 1st, 2012. I would like to find a Canadian bank or type of bank that has lower fees, of course. ...
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Accidentally opened a year term CD account, then realized I need the money sooner. What to do?

I opened a year term CD account two business days ago and just found out that I would need that money this year. I searched around the web and it looks like there is a federal law saying that a bank ...
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Books in investment banking

As a complete newbie here, could anyone suggest a good first book on investment banking for me? Without too many equations to befuddle me (although I work with equations all day). Heres my ...
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Islamic Banks and Personal Lending

As per my previous question on "The difference between Islamic Banks and Western Banks", it was answered that Islamic Banks do not charge interest but instead agree on a percentage of profits the ...
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The difference between Islamic Banks and Western Banks

I have been doing some reading on the differences between Islamic Banks and Western Banks lately and found that the main difference is that Islamic Banks do not charge interest when they lend out ...
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What kind of company is USAA?

I'm a member with USAA. My membership eligibility is based on family membership. I'm a little bit confused about what kind of company USAA is. I have the general idea that it is a company that ...
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Buying checks from places besides your bank? How does it work?

I just opened a new account at Bank of America. The checks they sell aren't cheap and I heard that you can buy checks elsewhere. Does this mean that I can just buy a packet of blanket check and just ...
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Difference between clearing a check and hold on funds

Quick question on banking terminology: Can a check deposited in a U.S. bank clear, but still have the funds be subject to a hold? Or are clearing and not having a hold the same thing?
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Keeping money at home

I was in the office of one of the investment companies and on the brochure they said that 13% of people keep money at home. I wonder if there is a good reason to do that. even if banks would fall ...
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In which European countries do ATMs impose an extra surcharge for withdrawals?

Usually you pay a fee (if any) set by your bank for withdrawing money with your Visa/MC card from ATMs other than those your bank owns, but some ATMs charge the customer an extra fee on top of that ...
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Tax consequences of a foreign bank account for a US/Canadian citizen

My wife is a Canadian citizen, I am a US citizen. We live in the US, but make frequent trips to Toronto. The problem we face each time we cross the border into Canada is that we have to change our ...
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Should I have separate savings accounts for various savings goals?

I have read through some personal budgeting articles and saving tips. Most articles and books mention saving money for emergency funds, large purchases, etc. Should emergency funds and saving funds ...