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Why have U.S. bank interest rates been so low for the past few years?

I have some savings accounts in different banks and they all give 1.00% interest or less, and in many cases it is something ridiculous like $0.05 Would anyone be able to explain why this is ...
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India Income Tax: Need to Pay Tax on Savings Account Interest for FY 2012-13 Or Not?

As per Indian Income Tax rules and regulations, for the Savings Account Interest accrued during the period of April 2012 to March 2013, do I need to pay any tax if it is less than Rs.10000? Or is it ...
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Why doesn't the government pay interest on tax withholding returned via a refund?

When the US government pays you your tax refund, it doesn't include any sort of interest payment for what is essentially a loan to the government. Why doesn't the government pay interest?
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First time home hunters. Pay debt or save for down payment

tl;dr We want to buy a house. We've done all the pro's and con's of home ownership. We have 1/2 a down payment and some highish loan payments Would it be wiser to pay down the loans and go ...
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Entering the stock market in a poor economy

I'm sitting on a reasonable pile of cash, earning negligible interest in a bank savings account. After determining that I can live without this money for 5-10 years, I decided it would be best put ...
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Where should I park my rainy-day / emergency fund? [US]

This is the US companion of the same question for Canadians Where can I park my rainy-day/ emergency fund?. Basically I want to know what options I have for my emergency fund?
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Where can I park my rainy-day / emergency fund? Savings accounts don't generate much interest

Savings accounts don't seem to generate much interest. What other options do I have for my emergency fund?