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Why doesn't stock market help to boost the economic growth directly? [closed]

For example, during the recession, the central bank often goes to buy financial instruments that are riskier than government bonds (such as corporate bonds)- which is called "quantitative easing&...
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Is being cheap and poor wrongly considered synonymous? Does “cheap-ness” have any merit at all then in a financial sense? [closed]

People throw the word "cheap" around whether one is poor or rich, assuming one is thrifty or such. My concern is, what merit is there to an accusation of "cheap" and/or even frugal?...
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Why did the Baltic Dry Index rise by 65% (YTD)? [closed]

The global economy is (almost) stopped and the price of crude oil is very low, so why did the Baltic Dry Index — an index that shows the cost per unit time of transportation in principal routes around ...
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What is Real versus Nominal value?

The last version of the Wikipedian article "Real versus nominal value (economics)" has this definition of the subject: In economics, nominal value is measured in terms of money, whereas ...
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At what % about the stock price should I sell and take my profits? [closed]

at what percentage above the cost price should you walk? prices fluctuate therefore? what should the end point be?
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What is the safest asset to hold if you think a longterm depression is coming?

I'm obviously not a financial advisor, nor do I have a crystal ball. But the more I read/think about the global macro-level outlook the more I believe a long and deep correction is coming. Anyone with ...
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What determined the “cost of borrowing money” or the interest rate in a gold-based economy [closed]

In the modern economy, the central bank decides the cost of borrowing money using interest rates along with other several tools and technic. But I was wondering, in a gold-based economy (not the gold ...
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How much value has the US Dollar lost or gained in 2020, compared to the US Dollar in 2019?

There's a lot of news about the Federal Reserve printing money. I have a hard time imagining the relative change in value of the USD. (or EURO for that matter) I tried to calculate but it's hard: ...
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Assumptions in Conventional Finance

These are the 3 main assumptions used in Conventional Finance: Price of assets are correct, ie equal to it's intrinsic value Resources are allocated effectively World is fair and so are the market (...
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How likely is a total economic collapse due to the potential coronavirus impact? [closed]

Most signs show that lockdown could easily stretch through the summer. A freeze in consumer spending would cause multiple industries to fail causing a ripple effect. To be specific, if lockdown lasts ...
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Shall we expect high inflation when government provides financial aid during covid-19?

I am not clear about the source of money when UK and US announced the COVID-19 financial help. For example, in the UK an employee may be eligible for 80% of the wage, capped at £2500, given their job ...
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Should I ask the seller of a house for a price reduction given a recession is almost certain?

I've gone sale agreed (note: "sale agreed" means the sale has been agreed in principle - no contracts have been signed, no non-refundable deposits have been made etc.) on a house. The market I'm ...
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Am I less likely to get approved for credit during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I've been thinking about applying for a new credit card or two, as I've been building up credit for awhile and basically all my hard pulls have fallen off of my credit report. Given that COVID-19 is ...
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Where does the money from the US $2T stimulus package come from? [closed]

The US Senate announced to $2T stimulus package to help keep the economy up and running. Where does the government come up with that type of money? Surely they don't have that much cash available?
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Are Social Security payments threatened by the Coronavirus crisis?

I would like to know if it is likely that the United States government may have to reduce Social Security payments for the remainder of this year to help fund economic stimulus packages to help bail ...
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What is the point of using percentages if you are going to have different “tiers” anyway? [closed]

I often see things like: People who make between "this and that" (range #1) amount of money per month/year must pay 1% in taxes. People who make between "this and that" (range #2) amount of ...
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Are lower interest rates bad for the lending perspective of banks?

I know that in times of lower interest rates borrowing from the bank is an easier task at least because its cheaper. However I am not yet convinced why a textbook source is stating that lower interest ...
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Repaying with buying common goods

If two people share the expenses and person 'A' pays 20 in a supermarket then that person should receive 10 from person 'B' in cash to be fair If the person 'B' decides to repay instead of cash by ...
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Is the assertion 'loans create deposits' true in banking? [duplicate]

I have read that banks don't really need deposits to make loans but rather it is the other way round. I thought that banks could only lend out money that customers deposited. If this is the wrong ...
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What does it mean by Global recession? [closed]

I am bit curious to understand what it actually means when I read global recession is coming soon. There are some questions which pop in my mind reading such news. Some of them are: What causes ...
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Interest rates and what does “discount” mean?

I was reading an article that says "Interest rates play an essential role in financial markets. Foremost, they represent the rate at which investors discount risk-free as well as risky future cash ...
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The Fed Lowered Interest Rates, Are they going to buy Bonds?

The Fed just lowered interest rates yesterday by 0.25%. I haven't heard anyone mentioning a resurgence of quantitative easing (QE). Are they buying bonds in order to influence the interest rate? If ...
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Does yield curve inversion refer to the shape of the curve, or just its sign?

Yield curve inversion has recently been talked about as an indicator for recession. Mostly, I've heard this described as "10-year Treasury rates fall below 2-year Treasury rates." I would expect ...
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How exactly does redenomination work?

basically I was having a history lesson in school and we were learning about inflation and how countries employed redenomination to save their suffering economies. I don't really understand how simply ...
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Why do currency rates have an effect on the value of goods? [closed]

It is common to hear explanation like "Yuan has lost value, this helps Chinese exporters". Why does currency exchange rate have any effect at all on the price of goods? Let's say I own a widget ...
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Is credit the principal force behind the business cycle, as claimed on a Dalio youtube video?

The following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHe0bXAIuk0 seems to argue that credit is the principal force behind the business cycle, as far as I cal tell. Is this considered to be a ...
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What condition might cause Equities to rise, and corporate bond spreads to rise as well? [closed]

I was wondering about this earlier and I'm stumped.
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What are the dates that the yield curve inverted?

For the purpose of investing, I've been reading about the yield curve inversion and what it might mean about the economy. Unfortunately, all articles that I was able to find by searching on Google ...
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Could the US demonetize large bills? If so, how can I protect myself if I rely on holding US dollars in cash?

There was a demonetization in India. I heard that this was difficult for Indian residents to handle. I understand most of the money is in digital forms, but there is still a large amount of actual ...
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What (if any) is the reason to buy in small local stores?

Recently I have heard movements from the local stores (say clothes, electronics, foods, etc) and some politicians (of a particular wing) that argue that you should buy in local, small stores. ...
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On a statement of Harry Browne [closed]

I am reading a book on an investment strategy proposed by Harry Browne (1999, Fail-Safe Investing: Lifelong Financial Security in 30 minutes, pp. 39–40) known as the "permanent portfolio". ...
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How exactly are exchange rates determined? [closed]

I was reading about how the exchange rates are fixed. I understand that demand and supply decide the exchange rate but how exactly is it done and by whom? For example, consider US and India. (https:/...
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Does the severity of a market downturn seem to be correlated with the length of the bull market that proceeded it? [closed]

There is a lot of talk on the net, in the WSJ, etc. about how we're in the longest bull market in recent memory, that "this can't last forever", and so on. Does history suggest that when things ...
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Why do public companies give guidance in quarterly reports? [closed]

Warren Buffet and James Dimon recently published an article in the WSJ saying public companies shouldn't give guidance in quarterly reports. From what I understand, they're saying that if a company ...
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How can I survive the economic crisis I see will hit Argentina soon?

I'm from Argentina, where the shit is about to hit the fan just like 2001. We are going to have a crisis similar to Greece in recent times (or us 17 years ago): all debt related. I'm not an economic ...
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Qatar is richest country but not largest economic country [closed]

What is the difference between world largest economic countries and richest countries?
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The proper term for a third party economy [closed]

A friend of mine asked me whether something odd was going on, including the following picture: Basically, the companies listed (Bitcoin, Uber, Facebook, Alibaba and Airbnb) sell a service in a market ...
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Do credit card balance transfer offers dry up during economic downturns? (USA)

I have great credit and occasionally take advantage of low-fee, 0% interest balance transfers offers on existing or new credit cards, always reading the fine print and paying it off without paying a ...
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How to pick from several products/services to maximize utility considering the cost of each option?

What is the proper way to consider the utility of a product/service versus its cost in order to make the best rational decision to get the "most for my dollar" if there are several choices for me to ...
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At what point do index funds become unreliable?

Passively investing in exchange-traded funds that track some broad index is often recommended for private investors that don't have the time or expertise for active investment. In particular, index ...
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S&P is consistently beating inflation?

I read this on a forbes article. From September 1967 to September 2007, the S&P 500 produced an annualized return of 7.14%, compared to the annualized gain of 4.67% in the CPI over the same ...
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How to get a grip on finance? [closed]

I hope this is not too off-topic (theoretical but not necessarily off-topic), but I am just starting to understand the financial world and I am a bit confused while reading publications and books ...
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Why is gold price falling in late 2016 given that it has historically rose when there are fears of inflation? [closed]

Since Trump got elected as president, gold price fall has accelerated. At the same time, fears of inflation heightened given expectation of Trump's fiscal stimulus. The dramatic fall in bond prices is ...
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Is the stock market a zero-sum game?

In the stock market, over both the short and long-term, does someone necessary need to lose in order for someone else to make a profit? If not, then more fundamentally does something — in the most ...
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What is the ratio of homes for sale vs homes occupied

I've been shopping for a home in Alberta and I've noticed a small town of approximately 240 homes, where about 12 of those are currently on the market. That's 5% of the homes currently up for sale. Is ...
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Do governments support their own bonds when their value goes down?

I'm far from expert in finance, so please bear with me. It's my understanding that a company who issued stock typically support it when the stock price go down. Does the same thing happen with ...
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Is there a financial benefit for buyers from using community currencies?

My city is introducing its own local currency, so I've been reading about similar established projects like the Brixton Pound. I understand that local businesses will benefit from it thanks to the ...
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How does trade generate profits for all parties? [closed]

Stupid question, i know, but I'm not financially literate enough and couldn't find proper keywords for Google search on my question. The question arises from the logic that all traders whether in ...
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How are the best way to make and save money at 22 years old

I am currently 22 years old, I work as an insurance biller and make about 800-900 dollars every two weeks cash. I have no expenses because I still live with my parents but I'm trying to branch out on ...
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How does the debt:GDP ratio affect the country's economy? [closed]

I was surpriced when I saw the debt of USA has raised to more than 100% of its GDP. But I saw other countries like Japan having over 250% of its GDP. And a lot of countries have debt near 100% of GDP. ...