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How is Barclays Everyday Saver interest rate calculated

I searched online and they said it's 0.25%-0.30% per year. But since my balance is ever-changing, how do they really calculate the interest? Do they just snapshot your balance on a certain day of a ...
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Why would one buy a bond with negative rate? [duplicate]

I see presently that many countries outside the U.S. have negative rate government bonds. So you buy one for $101 and in 5 years you get $100 back (face value). (I picked numbers for simplicity). I ...
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Why does the Fed change rates in quarter points rounding?

I have always seen( since 1990s) that the Fed changes( cut/increase) interest rates in quarter point increment /decrements in USA that affect the world bond, stock market and borrowing rates, while I ...
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what is the possibility of USA having negative interest rate [closed]

There has been attempt at reducing the interest rates. Apart from, elderly and savers depend on the bank interest and Stock market is driven by interest rates, the true cost of money if becomes ...
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Why Do People Continue Using Expensive Payment Services Like Paypal And Western Union [closed]

Paypal - the 'industry standard' for online payments makes this opportunity inaccessible to Africans in most cases. Most, who qualify to be a part of the workforce for some internet companies are not ...
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Why does bond price go up with interest rate decrease?

I understand that a decrease in prevailing market interest rate causes a downward pressure on the bond yield and, equivalently, an upward pressure on the bond price. But what if a decrease in interest ...
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How to calculate equivalent interest rate of gains with monthly contributions?

I started the year with a known amount of funds in my account and I make regular (assume equal) monthly payments into the account. I know how much my gain/interest for the year is. I believe the ...
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Yield on municipal bonds versus treasury

I'm looking right now at the yields in Municipal bonds and Treasury bonds on Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/markets/rates-bonds/government-bonds/us and I see that yields on Municipal bonds are ...
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Definition of compound interest

The textbook by John Hull (9/e) describes "quarterly compounding" on page 80: If the interest rate is measured with annual compounding, the bank’s statement that the interest rate is 10% means ...
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Term deposits in Sri Lanka have a high interest rate - what's the catch?

This website here shows a comprehensive comparison of term deposit rates in Sri Lanka. Currently you can get a 12 month term deposit at a rate of 10.75% with an AA+ rated bank. Compare this to ...
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Taking a loan with a low interest and putting it into a Savings deposit with High interest [duplicate]

Can I make money from taking out a loan from a country with a low interest rate (such as Switzerland, that has an interest rate for loans from 4.9%) and put it into a fixed savings deposit account in ...
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Fed funds rate and probability of a recession

From an article today on Investopedia: Bonds Signal up to 60% Chance of Recession Earlier in 2019, the Federal Reserve announced a pause in its program of interest rate hikes, re-energizing the ...
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Eurodollars: How many days in 3 month LIBOR?

The CME webpage states that Eurodollar futures settle to 3 month LIBOR: My question is regarding the underlying LIBOR term deposit rate mentioned in the contract spec. Suppose today is Tuesday, Feb ...
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What kind of interest rate is used on treasury bills?

Let me use an example. If we say the yield to maturity of 1 month treasury bill is 2.414% now, what exactly does it mean? In actuarial notations, this number can mean effective interest rate (APY), ...
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How to get information about LIBID rate?

I can find the information regarding LIBOR rate, for example like in this link, but I can't find anything about LIBID rate even though there are many sites providing the LIBID definition. Can anybody ...
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Bonds, interest rates and inflation

I was reading Learn to Earn by Peter Lynch and I came across a paragraph that has confused me to say the least. It is regarding bonds - If you buy a $10,000 ten-year bond and hold it for ten years,...
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Bond prices changing due to interest rates

I feel as if I'm missing a fundamental step here. I'm aware that bond prices fall as yields go up; but what makes yields go up? If I had a bond issued in the UK for example, and the base rate went up ...
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Formula for previous months interest payment and balance - Reverse Amortization

I am trying to resolve an issue I am having where a system calculated incorrect additional payments on a loan for a couple of months, resulting in the new current balance being incorrect. I want to ...
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Should I take advantage of “interest-free” credit when buying something? [duplicate]

If I buy something like a smartphone or a new PC, when you have these choice: Pay all the cost at the moment. Pay it in 6/12/18 months (with loan but without any interest rate and any extra cost). ...
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Reasons for not taking loans with negative interest rate

At the moment, negative interest rates sounds totally obscure. Basically, the lender has to pay the borrower for lending money from him?!? If this is the case, why shouldn't I just go out to take ...
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Visa balance transfer from one loan company to another

I have a Visa loan with company A that has an interest rate of 10%. Company B is offering to let me transfer my balance with A to them for a 12-month 0% interest rate. I know that company A also ...
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What's the interest rate in this example of irregular payments?

Loaned out $10K, with the following payments (like, these are all the payments there will ever be) Period 1 2 3 4 5 6 $0 $0 $0 $0 $26K $4K How would I ...
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Loan payment strategy: Private vs federal?

I am a young professional trying to determine the most efficient/cost effective method for paying off my student loans and would greatly appreciate any advice. Currently, I have about $170,000 in ...
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interest compounded daily vs monthly

I want to compare two saving accounts with same APY, but one has interest "compounded daily and credited monthly" and the other has interest "compounded monthly and credited monthly". Which will yield ...
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How does a bond's coupon rate differ from its market yield rate?

I'm trying to understand how bonds work and am confused by coupon rate vs market yield rate. Suppose company Foo issues a bond with a face value of $1 million, a 4% annual coupon rate payable semi-...
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Fed's interest rate vs. effective rate?

I'm trying to understand the "Fed interest rate". Wikipedia says: "Financial institutions are obligated by law to maintain certain levels of reserves... The bank can borrow the requisite funds ...
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Shortcut for calculating interest rate risk

Is there a rule of thumb to calculating the inverse relation between a bond’s price (or any fixed income payout) and its interest rate? I’m actually more interested in bond ETFs, so something along ...
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Saving rate higher than the Fed rate: Too good to be true?

Recently I saw this Intrx company advertise a savings account with 2.91% APY on Facebook, and claim it would be FDIC insured up to 100M. They explain their business in the following: We are an ...
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Can I make financial/investment decisions just by comparing percentages?

I see a lot of investment and personal finance resources that propose scenarios like the following: if you have a loan for a house with a 5% interest rate and additional income after the minimum ...
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Annuity vs Bond Returns

The way I understand it buying a simple term annuity from an insurance company is like depositing money in a account that earns fixed interest compounded for the duration of the annuity and taking out ...
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Interest rate risk of bond that is held to maturity

While reading online about interest rate risk associated with bonds it stated that if an investor plans to hold a bond until its maturity then interest rate risk is insignificant since the final ...
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Calculating Bond returns as an annual compounded rate

I've been reading up on bonds and the different methods there are of calculating the yield of the bond. So suppose I bought a $1000 face value with a 5% coupon that pays semi annually for $995 with a ...
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Bonds Yields and Coupon Rate

I read about bonds. Let's say the face value is 1000 rupees and the coupon is 10%. The coupon will be 100 which will be issued at the end of the year if the maturity is one year. Is that correct? ...
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Are you out of pocket if moving before paying mortgage interest?

Please could somebody clarify the following scenario for me (first time buyer)? Are there any tips? Any differences if moving from one lender to another? Supposing I take out a 25 year mortgage on a £...
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How are micro-finance banks able to offer interest rates so much higher than traditional banks?

Recently while browsing on google I came to know that there are few small-finance banks which offer great returns with the high amount of interest rate up to 7% and fixed deposits up to 9-9.5%. like ...
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Selling Interest Rate Swaps

Suppose two parties have entered into an interest rate swap. Would it be possible for one party to sell their portion of the contract to another party? Or would that party have to enter into an ...
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Understanding effective interest rate and compounding period

An article I'm reading says "An effective monthly rate [on a loan] is quoted over a one-month period. Since it is effective, it is compounded once per month." Is that still true if there's no ...
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How to compare the APRs of different currencies?

I want to take a loan and I have two options: Euros APR: 7.2% terms: 10 years Yuan APR: 9.2% terms: 5 years I have taken some financial classes so I have a vague idea about it. I know there is an ...
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Arbitrage on Libor rate and Swap rate

I must be wrong here, but still want to know where I am wrong. I found the data of Libor rate and swap rate from this link: http://www.interestrateswapstoday.com/libor-rates.html At the time, I read ...
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Optimizing pay down of multiple loans

Most resources seem to indicate that you want to pay down loans in order of decreasing interest rate. However, I did some manual calculations and found I should be paying down the loans based on the ...
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minimum repayment on home loan

How to calculate home loan minimum repayments (before taking out the loan). For example, with a credit card, they clearly state, that you need to make X amount as minimum repayment (maybe 10%) with Y%...
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Is a bank account or branch manager able to give higher interest rates on CDs to preferred clients? [duplicate]

Can an account manager or branch manager of your bank give you higher interest rates on savings or CDs (Certificates of Deposit) if you are a preferred client? For instance, if a long time client who ...
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Present value of a sequence of payments doubt

Assuming the nominal interest rate is greater than 0, rank the following three sequences of payments according to their present value: Sequence "A": $90, $100, $110 Sequence "B": $100, $100, $100 ...
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How to get my head around FRAs

I'm completely befuddled by FRAs - forward rate agreements. Take a look at this definition ....But, how EXACTLY does that fix an interest rate for me at all? There's nothing in that definition that ...
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Is it possible to lock in a high interest rate in savings, when general interest rates are high?

I've heard anecdotes about high-interest savings accounts (4.5% around 2006, even 8% in the 80s), that were opened when interest rates (federal funds rate) were high. The implication seemed to be ...
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Effect of FED/ECB interest rate on EUR/USD exchange ratio

In 2016, the ECB has lowered interest rate to 0%. Some people assume that within the next few years, the ECB will increase the interest rate. How would that most probably affect the EUR/USD exchange ...
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Why would anyone go for the shortest term no-penalty CD with lower rate?

Consider below's no-penalty CDs offered by the same bank with the same rules. Why would anyone go for the shortest CD (7 months) if one can get a better rate getting the 13 month CD and close early ...
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Extension risk with IO bonds

I'm trying to understand the extension risk associated with interest only bonds in a CMO. When rates rise, prepayments drop, and so the life of the IO bonds is extended. This causes the value of the ...
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Bond sell off vs stocks

U.S. stocks fell following a bond selloff that sent yields to multi-year highs. New filings for unemployment fell unexpectedly to near 49-year lows. The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose ...
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European banks, low interest rates and “free money” for home owners?

Where I live in Scandinavia and across Europe, interest rates are very low. More and more people are using the rising value of their home to draw out money. I would almost call it "free" money when ...