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My credit card company is asking for my current income citing “Federal Regulations”

So I received an e-mail today from a bank from whom I have an existing credit card as follows: To consider you for a future credit line increase, federal regulations require us to have your ...
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What regulations are in place to protect consumer's investments in UK?

I know about FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme), which will cover you in case your broker defaults, but it will only cover up to 50K GBP for investments; not particularly much. What ...
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Can I trade more than 4 stocks per week equally split between two brokers without “pattern day trading” problems?

Do pattern day trading issues arrive from having to many trades (4+) per week based on account or person? If I had another brokerage account at a different firm could I use this to increase the number ...
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What is the added advantage of a broker being a member of NFA in addition to IIROC

If my broker is a member of the national futures association, what extra protection does it give me over the fact that it is also a member of IIROC? I am particularly referring to this: ...
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Can we buy and sell stocks without worrying about settlement period

When I buy stocks in my brokerage account(non-margin), I heard that there is a settlement period of 2 -3 biz days after which the clearing house will deposit the stocks to my account. Same thing for ...
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Why aren't Paypal donations allowed in some parts of Europe?

I know that Paypal donations aren't available for Croatia, and maybe some other parts of Europe, but I always wondered why is it that way? Are there some legal issues or what? I'd really like to know ...
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Does the current Dodd Frank Act ban speculation in OTC swaps?

Does the current version of Dodd Frank ban speculative positions in non-exchange cleared (OTC) swaps? It does not refer to any specific type of swap. But my current understanding of the bill is that ...
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Should the price of fuel in Australia at this point be so high?

Checking the government websites (Australia) regarding the fuel prices and what influences them: International benchmark prices Taxes Other costs and margins Additionally there is this strange ...
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Why can't I short a stock that sells for less than $5? Is there another way to “go short” on them?

I don't like satellite radio as a business and I want to short Sirius (SIRI). The stock sells for less than $5, so my broker won't let me short it. Is this a limitation of my broker? Or some SEC ...
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When entering a Futures contract, must the margin deposit be idle or can I profit from it?

Let's say I am trading in a Reg-T Margin account. When entering a Futures contract, a certain amount of cash is needed as collateral (usually 5%-15%). I'd like to see that collateral generate income ...
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Is the no surcharge rule universal with regard to credit card purchases?

I am referring to this question. My situation is similar, except that I am in Malaysia rather than US. In US it is understood that it's part of their merchant agreement that they can not ...
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What is the difference between the different types of bank in Canada?

In Canada banks are referred to as tier 1 and tier 2. What are the differences between them? What services are they allowed to offer and not offer? Are all covered by the CDIC?
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What effect will the financial reform bill have on everyday Americans?

It looks like Congress made substantial progress towards passing the Financial Reform Bill today, but I really know very little about what is actually in it, and what I do know seems very complex. ...
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Is there a limit on the dollar amount of a personal check?

Is there a limit on the dollar amount of a personal check?
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Is there a law or regulation that governs the maximum allowable interest amount that can be charged on credit cards or in agreements where credit is extended?

When I worked in the corporate world, I remember dealing with a company from the U.K. who cited a U.K. regulation on maximum interest/finance charges that necessitated a change in their contract. ...