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What happens to my savings if my country defaults or restructures its debt?

I live in a eurozone country that a lot of people think will soon default or restructure its debt. My family has a savings account in a bank here. A similar question has been asked before, but it ...
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Why are interest rates on saving accounts so low in USA and Europe?

For example, in USA interest rates are 1-2% percents, while in Russia it is normal to have up to 8% anually for US dollars account. Same goes for Euro. For Russian ruble it can be up to 12%, but with ...
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Should I stockpile nickels?

As the US dollar continues to be devauled the metal content value of US coins will eventually be worth more than the face value of the coins. There use to be silver in US coins but due to the ...
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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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Are you preparing for a possible dollar (USD) collapse? (How?)

After the last crisis it was easy for many to look back and say all the signs were there to indicate an impending crisis. Super-low interest rates from the FED, no down-payment loans, interest-only ...
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If Greece decides to stop using the Euro, how would they implement it?

In particular, if they decide that they want to stop using the Euro as their currency, and have their own currency, how would that work? Since greece euros are the same as other european country's ...
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From Facebook's perspective, was the fall in price after IPO actually an indication that it went well?

Please state if I'm incorrect but the whole point of a company doing a IPO is it wants to sell off a portion of itself in order to raise capital. So in an IPO, I presume a company would aim to sell ...
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Where to find out conversion ratio between General Motors bonds and new GM stock?

I bought some General Motors bonds (ETF-traded under "XGM" symbol) when they were at depressed prices, before GM declared bankruptcy. GM is supposed to be having an IPO sometime in November, and ...
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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 ...