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What does it mean to borrow short and lend long?

What does it mean that institution borrowed short and lent long?it would be great if u may use a comprehensive example. Thank you very much.
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Please explain the terms “Access Pricing”, “Pricing Request” and “SCA” [closed]

I am currently going through the design document of a project which I will soon start working on. I am trying to understand some jargon used in the design document. They are marketing/financial terms ...
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converting annual interest rate to monthly when compounding frequency known

Just like the title I'm looking for the formula to convert APR to monthly when I also know compounding frequency eg APR is 8% and being compounded daily what is the monthly interest rate I earn. Or ...
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What does bank do with “Repaid Principal”? [closed]

When a bank on its loaned amounts receives payments towards repayment of the principal, what does it do with this amount received by them as "Repaid Principal"? Does this amount received as "Repaid ...
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Is Bitcoin practical? How does Bitcoin actually work in real life? It's a good way to invest? Did you use it only for shopping? [Edit] [closed]

How can I use Bitcoin? Is it convenient to convert euros/currency to Bitcoin and use it for shopping? Or is it better to hold the Bitcoin hoping for it to become more valuable and reconvert some back ...
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Learnvest vs. Wealthfront: Advantages and disadvantages for a beginner investor

I am very beginner in terms of investing, financial planning and growing my money to save for the future. My objective is to be able to start covering those bases by getting education as well as find ...
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College student lacking investment experience: How to begin investing money? [closed]

I am right now a college student with very little experience investing. I have a little bit of money now that I am looking to invest to increase it. how should I go about this? I have access to stock ...
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What do the points in a stock market index epresent?

For instance after the GFC, the ASX All Ords fell to about 3200. It last closed at 5777.2 (http://www.asx.com.au/) But what do these points actually mean in terms of what they represent?
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Would the lender care about getting regular payments, or just their total interest? [closed]

What will be the banks or lending institutions be more interested in; Making interest on a loan in a uniform manner Simply netting the required amount of interest In the second case, it wouldn't ...
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Why do stocks go up? Is it due to companies performing well, or what else? [duplicate]

I searched for this question but I didn't get any convincing answer. What everyone says is that if a company does well (I assume this means the company has good returns on its projects) then people ...
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What does “interest rates”, without any further context, generically refer to?

There's an old Far Side cartoon where someone discovers a guy in a room full of telephones behind a door labeled 'They' and shouts something like "MORTIMER STANLEY! So you're the they in 'That's what ...
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How does a CFD work behind the scenes?

I'm curious as to how the Contracts For Difference (CFDs) work. I understand how they work for the consumer side - you enter into an agreement to pay/be paid the difference between the stock price at ...
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Good habits pertaining to personal finance for someone just getting started?

I'm in college right now. I'm in my 20s and will graduate next year. I haven't invested in any funds/stocks or anything of that sort. I am not working currently (part time or full time) — well, ...
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Building financial independence

In my very late 20s I am working hard to become financially independent. I have a good job paying between 74-80k a year. I can live (pay rent, food, entertainment) for $1k a month. So after taxes I ...
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What is an “RRSP deduction limit” for?

I'm not asking what my limit is—I can see what is the dollar amount of my deduction limit. Rather, I don't quite grasp what is an RRSP deduction limit for? Why is there a limit? A limit to ...
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What's the difference between a company's after-tax profit and their sales/revenue?

Two fundamental analysis formulas have got me confused. One is the EPS (earnings per share) and the other is P/S (price/sales ratio). If I understand the formulas correctly, EPS is calculated by ...
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What is the opposite of a sunk cost? A “sunk gain”?

Here's an example of the sunk cost fallacy: You decided to buy a solar panel because you heard that you can make money from them over time. Unfortunately, you didn't do enough research and bought an ...
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How does a company get money by going public in an IPO?

If a company goes public, how does it get the money? Will the underwriter pay the company once it goes for initial public offering (IPO)? Does that have anything to do with the valuation? Say a ...
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Online resources for understanding credit reports, including a sample?

Could someone provide me sources where I can find some examples of a credit report (in the USA), how it looks like, etc.? I want to understand each and every section of credit report. Any ...
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What's the difference between Market Cap and NAV?

Here's my understanding: Market Captilisation is the market value of all of a company's shares. Then this sounds like the market value of a company's equity. NAV is Asset minus Liabilities. Wouldn't ...
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Given advice “buy term insurance and invest the rest”, how should one “invest the rest”?

It is often recommended that people buy term insurance for a lower premium cost, and invest the rest of the money. It is said that the returns from your own investment are higher than the ones from ...
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Financial times vs free news

I am a student living in the UK and I am trying to improve my 'commercial awareness' for applying to finance related jobs. (In particular algorithmic trading) What advantages, if any, does reading ...
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Are there any agent-based software for the stock-market?

I am looking for game theory agent-based software to run simulations of the stock market. Ideally it would be a software where i could manipulate the variables and possible the underlying assumtions ...
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calculating no. of payments

is there a formula to calculate the no. of payments "P" required to pay off a loan amount "X", with an interest rate "Y" and a monthly payment amount "Z". I think "X/Z" would be an approximation for ...
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What is the rationale for a separate “National Insurance” tax in the UK?

In the UK there's a type of income tax called "National Insurance", similar to regular income tax. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ni/ What is the rationale for having this separate income tax? How does it ...
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401k Hardship withdrawal (First home), without buying home?

Not saying this is a good idea, but honestly it was something I was just curious about. My and other 401(k) plans allows you to withdraw from your 401(k) before 59 years of age for "hardship" for the ...
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What are the economic benefits of owning a home in the United States?

I am trying to figure out if owning a home is more economical then renting. According to all the tools, according to the rent I pay now (< $800) owning a home is not economical, even in the long ...
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Lump sum investment vs SIP when I have the lump sum

I am fresh out of college and placed with a good job. It's been two months now and I have with me (after making all deductions): Two months salary Signing bonus = Equivalent to another 1.5 months of ...
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are my calculations for PV, NPV, and rate of return right?

Note: This is not a homework. I teach myself some financial principles and I made up this example to find out if I understood these principles. This example is a just a normal example nothing is real. ...
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What is the difference between an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) and an Accountant?

I'm looking for some advice on various small personal financial matters relating to pension, salary, taxation etc. I've been given a personal recommendation for an accountant, but looking at their ...
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Loan math problem

There was a 9gag post some time ago with the following problem: A car dealer offers Lachlan a car that is priced at $21800, but he only has a $600 deposit. Lachlan's trade-in is actually worth $500. ...
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How do companies like WhatsApp and Hike earn money?

How do companies like whatsapp and hike earn money? How actually the Internet we use to to operate them will be actually converted into money??
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Will I see a collection on my credit report if I paid the bill in full?

I received a call from a collections agency a couple of days ago about an unsettled bill of $200. Turns out that during my grad school days (over 7 years ago), we used a water delivery service and I ...
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Should I get a bank account since I recently got my first job?

I'll be starting work this Friday (yay!) and haven't got the slightest clue about any of this. It'll be washing dishes at a restaurant, and I really don't know anything. Do I set up a bank account ...
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What are some way to decide if a e-commerce site is reliable?

I am planning to travel to US for holidays, and my friend in US told me that gift card from mygiftcardsite. Here's the website, and here's where you can register/view your transaction details. Truth ...
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What is a good service that will allow me to practice options trading with a pretend-money account?

I want to get a little more practice before I put my money on the line. I was using Paper Money from thinkorswim through school, but my account is bugged where the buying power will not update. The ...
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What standards should I expect of my CPA when an error was made?

I was storing some product at a fulfillment company in California in 2011 & 2012. I live in Florida where I do business from my home. I have been doing my taxes with a CPA so it would get done ...
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What is the difference between direct plans and Institutional Plan?

When I look at ultra short term funds, I generally see at least these two options for a given fund house. If the fund house name is "ABC", then I generally see these 2 options: ABC Ultra Short Term ...
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What do I need to know before getting a loan?

Recently, due to a series of events, I've been finding myself... uncomfortable with my financial situation. I'm not in debt, but my account balance did drop into the low three-digit figures a couple ...
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What's the difference between a certified check, a cashier's check, a money order, and a bank draft?

The question comes from reading this answer. I've heard these terms used somewhat interchangeably, but I have no idea what the differences are. What's the difference between a certified check, a ...
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Best way to invest money as a 22 year old?

I currently have a small sum of money of less than $1000, but will be reaching greater than $1000 over the summer due to a summer waiter job. I have been reading about the stock market, but so far I ...
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Making Sense Of This Sentence

Some random browsing brought me to the Wikipedia page on Financial Independence, and I'm having trouble making sense of something it says. Below is the whole extract, provided in full to make it easy ...
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What is the “rule of 70” or “rule of 72” with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?

What is the "rule of 72" (sometimes called the "rule of 70") with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?
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What amount will I get back if I hold a bond to maturity?

If I hold a bond to maturity, then on day of maturity, will I get back: The price of the bond at maturity? or, The price I paid when I bought the bond? or, The par value of the bond? My guess is ...
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Do I need to repay back my line of credit in the form of monthly payments?

When I take a line of credit, do I start making monthly payments, like with a mortgage? Or do I make a lump sum (principal + interest) payment at the end of the term of the line of credit? Or is there ...
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financial statement

i'm a student and in my academic financial statement there is the money which i am supposed to pay for the registration and modules fees on the debit side, which is less than the one on the credit ...
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Buying life insurance at the age of 25

Given that, the person is unmarried and without any dependent, is it advisable to buy life insurance (which is not a term insurance) at the age of 25? Considering it as an investment tool plus a ...
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Is having a Critical Illness Insurance worth it?

I am aware that the typical argument for having a CI insurance is because we just really don't know what will happen in the future and it's better to be protected. But is it really worth it paying for ...
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Is there a term that better describes a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) when it is negative?

When calculating rates of return for an investment or portfolio over time, whether to report or compare performance, one frequently calculates the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). I've got a ...
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Can someone explain the different kinds of annuities?

So in my retirement and personal investing I have some stocks (very little), a Roth IRA, a Roth 401K and a Traditional 401K (later two are from work and I split things right now). At my age and ...