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Comment Re:Would FXAll do business with us? (Score 1) 161

On the FXAll site I see that it is for Corporate Treasurers, which I guess you might have at your company. I'm not sure at which size or volume of trades you need to do in order to make going with a company like FXAll more economical. I looked on their liquidity provider page and it looks like HSBC is on there. You could also try looking at a different bank that will give you the features that you want.

Disclaimer: My employer is one of the FXAll liquidity providers.

Comment Re:Streisand Effect for Goldman Sachs (Score 1) 161

If you're going to be transferring large amounts of money, sign up for a site like FXAll.com where banks will compete with each other and you can pick the best exchange rate for you. It's a market, no one institution is setting the rate. But the bank that you do the trade with will add a spread on the rate that they give you to cover the cost of doing the trade with you.

Comment Re:More of the many abuses by banks: (Score 4, Insightful) 161

Someone associated with the big banks, acting for "The Fed", determines the interest rate that will be paid on savings. There are often news stories saying how brilliant he is for lowering the interest rate, which allows the banks higher income, and means that those who save money get less interest.

Huh? Banks determine the interest rate that they will pay you. It's on your monthly statement. If banks need more money, they'll offer a higher interest rate to entice people to transfer more money over to them. If you want a fixed rate, you need to get a CD, which will lock you into a rate. By using a savings account which you can withdraw from, you get less. Less risk (because your cash is liquid), less reward.

The interest rate you are talking about is the inter-bank lending rate, where banks will make very short term loans to each other (overnight, or a few days) so that they have the requisite amount of cash to meet the needs of their depositors. It doesn't always effect the rates at which you can lend at.

In response to your other gripes:
IRAs) Don't invest in CDs. Put your money in managed funds that will get you better returns without you having to do all of the research.
Credit Cards) Don't buy what you can't afford. It doesn't matter what interest rate you have on the card if you pay it off in full each month.
Savings Accounts) Move your money out when the bank lowers the rate. Move it into something with a higher return if you can afford to have it be locked up for a while.
Bank Representatives) Not sure what bank you're with that causes you think this, but it isn't true of all banks. Start shopping around a bit more.

Comment Re:Bad economics (Score 4, Insightful) 809

I think the majority problem that people have with H1B visas is that the H1B visa holders end up working for less than a similarly skilled US worker would normally ask for. As a result it is seen as having their wages pushed down for those who are already here in that particular industry.

So, when you come over as an H1B, don't settle for a reduced wage. Find out how much they are paying for someone with your experience in the area and then ask for that.

Comment Re:Berne convention? (Score 1) 648

Perhaps what we will see from this then is 2 flavors of Mac OS X. One that costs $1200 that you can install on any machine and get no support for, and one that costs $120 that you can install on Apple branded hardware. At least you'd be able to purchase it to use the way you wanted. Apple's OS is very much cheaper than MS Windows to purchase and I think the argument could be made that the hardware purchases subsidize the OS.

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