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#301192 - 05/12/17 02:24 AM 'Splain This to Me, Please
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I'm not a mathematician, so help me out here.

When I use the bank's money ... for a mortgage, a car loan or a credit card ... I'm ok if the interest is around 6% (I chose that number because the math easy). Paying 6% per annum means I'm paying (6 divided by 12) .5% per month. So, if somehow, I consistently carried a balance of one thousand dollars, I'd pay five bucks a month in interest on that debt. Right?

But if I consistently have a thousand dollars in my savings account, for three freaking months, I get less than a quarter. For one month, a few pennies.

Using someone else's money, for 'them,' costs pennies, for me (us?) it costs bucks.

What???? Is that right? I'm so confused. It HAS to be my math. Help me out here, Am I doing it wrong?
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#301193 - 05/12/17 05:48 AM Re: 'Splain This to Me, Please [Re: Spag-hetti]
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You're only doing it wrong if you don't own the bank....
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#301194 - 05/12/17 05:50 AM Re: 'Splain This to Me, Please [Re: Spag-hetti]
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No, you are right. That's how banks, savings and loans, and credit unions make money. And they make A BUTT-LOAD of money!

It used to be they would pay savers 5% and charge lenders 10%. Now interest rates are low, so pay savers nothing much (pennies) and charge lenders 3%, 5%, 19%. Depends what kind of loan and how credit-worthy you are.

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