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How secure is my 403(b)? Can its assets be “raided”?

I work at a state university and contribute to my 403(b) retirement account on a twice-monthly basis, maxing out the matching funds. I also contribute a smaller amount to another account, after ...
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Can customs access PayPal payment data

After buying an item internationally customs intercepted the package and was asking in its declaration form for the PayPal receipt if applicable. Falsifying such a receipt would be beyond easy, so, ...
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For Federal Crimes, where does the money collected from penalties go? [closed]

Today it was announced that Hewlett-Packard, HP, has to pay a $108 million dollar penalty to the Department of Justice, DoJ, for pleading guilty to bribery and money laundering. My question is, where ...
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How does the Pension system work in Poland?

I've been reading articles I found in chat about the Polish pension system and how it is changing. (Chat room: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/22/show-me-the-money) I'm trying to understand how ...
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Why do interest rates increase or decrease?

Do interest rates increase based on what the market is doing, or do they solely increase based on what the Federal Reserve sets them at? Why is it assumed that interest rates are going to increase ...
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Does total US public debt include state debt?

When I see total US public debt, I wonder whether state debt is included. If "total US public debt" used differently for different cases, I will restrict my case to the usage in national ...
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Protecting savings from exceptional taxes

Cyprus sets a sad precedent in the sense that a government considered taxing up to 10% of private bank savings in order to improve the financial situation of a country. The decision did not pass but ...
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can the government or debt collectors garnish money from any bank account to which the debtor has access?

A trusted family member has access to my savings account. The savings account is mine, but the family member's name appears next to mine, which means that they are entitled to withdraw money from the ...
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How can I donate money to the Canadian federal government?

Lots of governments accept donations from members of the public. For example, I know the government of Ontario accepts donations through the Ontario Opportunities Fund. I also know that the US federal ...
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Governments Debt/GDP and Budget (deficit/surplus), how to read the figures to decide what bonds to buy?

After searching for hours on Google I found these two great tables (theya are also sortable): list of Government Debt to GDP ratio list of Government budget (I took hours to find this because I ...
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What does “running a very large fiscal deficit” mean?

Recently I was reading an article on ft.com, and I came across this quote: They [yield on gilts and bonds] are particularly striking in the cases of the US and UK,which unlike Germany, run very ...
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FAFSA: Do I still report my parents' income if I am not claimed as dependent?

I'm 19 and it's nearly time to fill out the FAFSA again. Most of the time, until you're 24 (or is it 25?) you report your parents' income on the FAFSA. However, my parents do not claim me as a ...
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Open budgets in open data

I heard about the idea of open data which aim is to provide various data from governments. Will data about the government budget (money gained mostly from taxpayers), finances, spendings be available ...
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What are the risks of euro deposit accounts in Greek and Cypriot banks?

What is the risk of having 100k euro in accounts in Greek banks and Cypriot banks? Is there a guarantee? I assume that the state guarantee for deposits doesn't hold when a country defaults.
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How can all these countries owe so much money? Why & where did they borrow it from?

When I look at this long list of countries with debt, I get the feeling we've all been sold a load of manure. How can so many countries owe so much money? Generally speaking, why did they borrow it, ...
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Where do countries / national governments borrow money from? [closed]

It seems that every country on Earth is in debt, but nowhere on the news do they ever mention to who. If countries are all in debt to each other then why not just cancel all the countries debt. If ...