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Are Jim Rogers, George Soros, Warren Buffet converting their stocks into cash holdings?

According to the article “Buffett's $55 Billion Gamble is a Bet on U.S. Collapse, Warns CIA Economist”, a number of billionaires have taken a cash position on their holdings at the expense of stocks. ...
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Does rubbing a rejected coin against the ticket machine make it likelier to be accepted?

When a rapid transit ticket machine in Germany refuses to accept a coin, I've often seen the ticket-buyer scratch the same coin on the machine's metal surface before re-trying it. Some scratch with ...
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Is Social Security headed for insolvency?

I can drag up a bunch of different articles either claiming that the US Social Security system is or is not headed for insolvency. The most recent reference to the concept was in a PBS interview with ...
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Did JFK Attempt to eliminate the power of the Federal Reserve Bank to loan money to the US?

According to this site: On June 4, 1963, a virtually unknown Presidential decree, Executive Order 11110, was signed with the authority to basically strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power ...
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Is cash value or whole life insurance a bad investment? [closed]

This claim is frequently made by Dave Ramsey, who is a radio host with a very big audience, so it is notable. It is also featured in his website - ...
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Is the US debt between 15 and 20 trillion dollars?

www.treasurydirect.gov puts the debt at around $17.3 trillion (this will change, so I'm not putting an exact amount). A related quote from Wikipedia On December 12, 2013, debt held by the public ...
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Do the Jewish control a larger proportion of U.S. wealth than their proportion in the population?

As per StormFront (warning: neo-nazi website): While only 3% of the population, the Jews control over 25% of the nation's wealth and this percentage rises every year. Is only 3% of the ...
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Did USA send Federal Reserve System officers to Iran to print cash for Iranian oil

Short introduction: Recetly some russian newspapers talked about airplane, lost in Moscow Sheremetevo airport. And this airplane was claimed to be full of Euros in cash, up to 20 billions (20 000 000 ...
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Does Germany want their gold back?

There is a meme that is going around that states: The German government has been storing about half of its gold supply with the US FED, apparently in the NYC FED vaults. Germany decided to ...
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Does pumping gas when the tank is half full and on the low flow setting provide an economic benefit?

There is a chain post making the rounds in my social networks. It asserts that gasoline vapors can affect how much fuel you actually get. To minimize the amount of vapor passed through the ...
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What 'openness' information are EU officials asking of the Vatican? [closed]

NY Times edition Sunday March 10 has an article on reform within the Vatican Bank. Vatican representatives are reported to have said "How can you ask such questions?!" What questions were asked ...
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Was money invented because barter was deemed impractical?

When the history of money is described, very often the claim is made that people invented money because barter was impractical: a quick Google Search lists many places where this claim is made, e.g. ...
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Are Apple products sold at a premium price?

I have often heard people talk about to an Apple tax in reference to Apple products (especially their Mac products). This is one of many references to Apple having overly high prices compared with ...
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Does a customer have the legal right to receive change in whatever denomination they want if the cashier can cover it?

I am a cashier at a gas station in California and I recently had a customer put me in this situation. They prepaid for $50 in gas with a fifty dollar bill and filled their car. They had $19 in ...
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Did Americans coin the phrase “to make money”?

This claim comes from a work of fiction but it is often repeated as true by fiscally conservative individuals who respect the author. In Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, a character named Francisco gives a ...
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Does the $20 bill predict the 9/11 attacks?

I am referring to claims such as those made at this site. Basically they claim that a certain folding of the bill shows burning images of twin towers. The new U.S. $20 dollar bill contains hidden ...
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Does UNICEF use less than 14% of the donated money for the advertised causes?

I have heard claims from several people in relation to the occasional donation my wife or I make: that some charities have so much waste in their organization, or use so much money to market their ...
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Is the US $20 bill the most counterfeited?

In a comment on "Is it illegal to refuse US currency for a purchase?", @Dan Neely said I don't think the main reason many businesses ban $50/100 bills is that they'd deplete their ability to make ...
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If you raise taxes, will the rich will leave the country?

I often see/hear this argument used as an argument against raising income tax, at least here in the UK. The argument being the rich will leave, taking their cash out of the country, resulting in ...
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Is the income of the porn industry 50% of the revenues made on the Internet?

Yesterday a friend of mine told me that most of the money which is made in the internet is going to the porn industry. First I didn't believe any word and I was like "Hey, shut up! There is still ...
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Is it possible to identify where Euro banknotes are from?

With the events in Greece, some websites are claiming that you can know which country printed an euro banknote, by looking at the serial number. Is that technique fool-proof ?
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Is there a gold stockpile at “Fort Knox”?

I heard an interesting conspiracy theory recently with the basic idea that there isn't a gold stockpile at "Fort Knox" (anymore or ever). With the level of security so great there and reportedly few ...