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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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Daily interest calculation combined with monthly compounding: Why do banks do this, and how-to in Excel?

I often see banks advertise (for accounts with fixed yearly interest, let's say 1.5%) – "interested is calculated daily, and compounded monthly". I have 2 questions: Why are they calculating ...
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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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How easy is it to open a foreign bank account via the internet?

Has anyone attempted opening a foreign bank account, if so what was your experience? how easy was it? Which country?
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As a US citizen, should I only have $50,000 in non US banks due to FATCA?

The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) act was enacted March 18, 2010 with the goal of increasing employment in the US. It also included the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) ...
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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 ...
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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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Should I switch to this high rate checking account for my emergency fund?

Okay, so I bank at a local credit union, AllegacyFCU. (Here is their rates sheet.) Currently I have through this bank: Daily Access Savings account with 0.2% interest Totally Free Checking (no ...
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Would you withdraw your money from your bank if you thought it was going under?

The Texas Ratio attempts to measure how well a bank can cover its losses on nonperforming loans. A ratio over 100 indicates the bank is in trouble. I cross referenced the texas ratio for banks ...
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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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Can a check be indorsed anywhere, or just in the specified area?

So I wanted to know, but nobody has been able to answer me. Can an indorsement be made anywhere on a check, or does it always have to be made in the designated space on the back of the check?
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Why is the fractional-reserve banking not a Ponzi scheme? [closed]

Operating a Ponzi scheme is a crime which I suppose has some sort of definition in the penal code or criminal law. It is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors from ...
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How to store millions of dollars?

Not that I have it but most banks only secure amounts up to $100k so if you put $1M in there are you at risk of losing $900k if that bank shuts down? How do people store large sums of money, do they ...
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Difference between a (credit union) “share certificate” and a (bank) CD?

I've seen both Share Certificates and Certificates of Deposit available. Are they the same thing? Do they have different names based on whether they are offered at a bank or credit union? Does one ...
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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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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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What's the difference between credit unions and banks?

Is one better than the other? I've noticed that national banks seem to charge more (and higher) fees. Is that just me?
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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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“Savings” account vs. “current” account - what's the difference?

When I draw money from ATMs or open a new bank account, there's the choice of either "savings" or "current" account. What's the difference between these two account types?
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Why do they ask whether it is a paycheck or not in a bank?

I am getting paid with checks so each time I deposit it to my bank account they ask whether it is a paycheck or not. What difference does it make?
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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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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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What are the benefits and risks of doing your banking through a credit union, versus a bank? What's the difference?

What are the major differences to having your mortgage, credit, savings/chequing accounts with a credit union (or caisse populaire, in Québec) versus just a regular bank?
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I'm moving to another country. Where should I keep my money?

I've been working in the US for a number of years, and am shortly to return to Australia. My cash is in an online bank based in the US. Would you recommend I move it to an Australian bank, or leave ...
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Bank Draft vs. Certified Cheque - when is it appropriate to use one or the other?

Bank drafts and certified cheques are similar but have different costs associated with them. When is one more appropriate to use vs. the other?
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Are Square credit card readers practical for individual use?

Has anybody tried using a Square credit card reader for individual (non business) use? The scenarios I'm thinking about are for selling stuff at garage sales or on Craig's List but I imagine there are ...
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Should credit card payments be broken up into amounts smaller than $10K?

As mentioned in this answer about bank transaction reporting, a Cash Transaction Report (CTR) will be generated for deposits (or all transactions?) greater than $10K. So, there are two parts to this ...
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How does bank deposit insurance work in Singapore?

When I check bank web sites in Singapore, they usually post something like below: Singapore dollar deposits of non-bank depositors and monies and deposits denominated in Singapore dollars under ...
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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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What is covered by CDIC savings deposit insurance?

In the unlikely event that a financial institution fails in Canada, what is covered by the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation? What is the limit of coverage?
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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 ...