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Why is a home loan (mortgage) cheaper than gold loan?

I am not sure if this is a India specific issue. I understand that gold is a basically non-value add asset and real estate business generates jobs and people do need houses to live in. My doubt is ...
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Why can't the Fed lower interest rates below zero?

Ben Bernake said today that he can't lower interest rates further because they can't be lowered below zero. IIUC benchmark interest rates are determined by what someone is willing to pay in an ...
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What is the opposite of Economic Bubble? [closed]

A deflationary event or.. ? Also, I'm interested in seeing if it's as negative as a bubble or it has positive effects.
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Will U.S. downgrade actually help large, financially sound corporations?

From everything I read, the U.S. debt downgrade is expected to drive up borrowing costs all across the board. But I have a theory that it will actually lower the borrowing costs of large, financially ...
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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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Relative worth of investment versus spending for the economy

OK, we all know that investment is good for the economy because it creates jobs, which allows people to go out and spend money. However, spending is also good for the economy because it attracts ...