Spurred by the MtGox implosion thread and by a TV episode in which "real", presumably USD funds in US banks were stolen by an evildoer who illegally transferred the money elsewhere, I am wondering: What protections do US dollars in FDIC-insured US banks have against fraudulent electronic transfers? Would a victim of such a theft be likely to see all, some, or none of the stolen money reimbursed by an insurance policy?
posted by jepler
on Mar 4, 2014 -
We want to travel somewhere warm in early March for a week, so the Southern US is on our list. Help us determine where to go with an almost-two year old. [more inside]
posted by evadery
on Feb 25, 2014 -
I'm interested in learning more about late 20th century American history and politics, particularly the Cold War, Watergate and Nixon. What books, fiction or non-fiction, can you recommend to a non-American? [more inside]
posted by mippy
on Nov 19, 2013 -
I'm trying to identify two separate growths I'm unfamiliar with, just for curiosity's sake. The first is a tight, cauliflower-like dome found on the base of a cut tree trunk. The second formed tiny red "spears" on a weed leaf. Pics within. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl
on May 13, 2013 -
The Wikipedia page on statistics about rape
shows a very high crime rate for countries like UK, US and Australia in stark contrast to, say, India. The gap can't be explained simply by under-reporting, as that exists in all these countries (even assuming different rates of under-reporting). Is it because these countries have different definitions of rape? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by vidur
on Jan 13, 2013 -
I'm seeking recommendations for tax consultants in the UK, or in the US, or maybe both, to figure out where I need to pay taxes. [more inside]
posted by olinerd
on Jun 19, 2012 -
Is there a prepaid phone plan in the US that will let me use my Samsung Galaxy S2 at full speeds, for short visits (ie: without having to pay for a full month of use)? [more inside]
posted by Mayma Hosey
on Jun 9, 2012 -
iPhone 4S / Still (Again) in Hollywood Filter: Are there any Pay-As-You-Go type data plans with SIM cards for an unlocked 4s user in the USA? [more inside]
posted by rokusan
on May 13, 2012 -
I don't technically live in the US anymore; I've sold my house, dropped my auto insurance, etc, and I need to figure out how to deal with my US bank accounts. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate
on Feb 29, 2012 -
What is the cheapest reliable way to mail a book (about 10" x 12" x 1") from the continental USA to the UK? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms
on Aug 29, 2011 -
As a US citizen, living and working abroad for many years, I recently heard of a new law that I must file tax returns on the US by Aug 31, 2011 or face a penalty. Anyone know about this? If US citizens live and pay taxes abroad, they generally are exempt up to $91,500.
posted by foxinsocks
on Aug 27, 2011 -
I like Japanese beer. What other beer commonly found in American bars will I also like? [more inside]
posted by olinerd
on Jun 16, 2011 -
I'm looking for a country music song. All I can remember is the artist, male, singing about the presidents of the US. If can remember correctly they were lining up and at a funeral (but, I could be wrong). Any suggestions as to what song it was?
posted by nam3d
on Jan 27, 2011 -
US Citizenship Questionnaire "Time Outside the United States"?
I don't know all the dates I left the US, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by zaphod
on Dec 21, 2010 -
I'm applying for US Citizenship. How should I answer the question about affiliations & groups that I'm a member of? [more inside]
posted by zaphod
on Nov 29, 2010 -
Can someone recommend a good immigration lawyer/law firm in Manhattan? I need someone/practice with deep expertise in H1B and greencard applications(EB1a, EB1b, and NIW). [more inside]
posted by jchaw
on Oct 13, 2010 -
The US states are massively in debt, and public-sector layoffs are causing unemployment to stay high, even while the private sector recovers.
The Federal Reserve can create dollars from nothing, and at the moment inflation is apparently a minor concern compared to deflation.
What would happen if the Federal Reserve assumed much or all of the debt of the states? They could pay off the debts ex nihilo
at a speed of their choosing, while allowing the states to create or save jobs. They could also simply grant money to those states that have relatively little debt. Does anything like this happen, and should it? [Not an economist]
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94
on Sep 14, 2010 -
I am a US graduate student, accepted into a graduate program in the UK. I have been having significant problems getting my UK Visa processed. I'm wondering if this is typical, and if I should be worried about my chances of going to the UK being jeopardized as a result of these difficulties? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Sep 5, 2010 -
In what way(s) might the United States cease to be, how likely are those scenarios, and what would happen as a result? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign
on Jul 7, 2010 -
Which 3G USB key/stick thingy should my Mom buy if she wants to be able to use it in Australia and the US? She'll probably want a prepaid solution in both countries rather than a plan.
posted by obiwanwasabi
on Sep 14, 2009 -
What can I expect from a US border guard if I go into the USA from Canada carrying packages of things I've sold on ebay to mail in the USA? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs
on Mar 23, 2009 -
With all the bickering over taxes in the election campaign, I'm trying to get a broader picture of US income tax history, theories behind past policies, and analysis of how they worked (in idiot friendly language). [more inside]
posted by p3t3
on Oct 17, 2008 -
How does projecting the winner of the US presidential election work? And what is the earliest time at which the election may
be called? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Oct 15, 2008 -
Help me translate my (lack of) qualifications when I emigrate to the US. [more inside]
posted by tallus
on Sep 2, 2008 -
FinancialOpinionFilter: I qualify for the new Federal Housing Tax Credit
! Yay! But since I have to pay it back it hardly seem useful. Plus there's extra hassle with taxes for the next 15 years. Should I bother claiming it?
posted by GuyZero
on Aug 7, 2008 -
International Marriage filter: When a US Citizen marries a foreigner, what process is involved in bringing the new spouse to the US and getting permanent resident status? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks
on Jun 23, 2008 -
I will be doing a very anticipated trip to California for the first time. Please advice with good tips! [more inside]
posted by fcoury
on May 6, 2008 -
Is there something like the Hungarian "Quarelin" painkiller available in the USA?
posted by redteam
on May 16, 2007 -
Anyone have any suggestions for insightful, well-written books on the history of U.S. foreign relations?
posted by Malad
on Dec 8, 2006 -
How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Jun 2, 2006 -
I was looking at a spoof map showing the 'United States of Canada' and 'Jesusland'. In it, the 'blue' states were now part of Canada, and the 'red' states were what's left of the US. With the increasing divide between the two sides, what would happen if those 'blue' states seceded somehow. Don't they represent most of the economic prosperity in this country? And what does that fact say about the this country?
(I know this is not possible, but it is interesting to look at the relationship between economics and political leaning.)
posted by eas98
on Nov 5, 2004 -
What interest rate does the U.S. pay on the national debt, and is that number likely to change as the debt increases?
posted by gsteff
on Nov 4, 2004 -
Can anyone suggest any really great art museums in the Southeast US? The girlfriend and I both have a long weekend coming up and need something to do. Specifically thinking in the states of TN, NC, SC, GA, VA...
posted by auzten
on Jan 12, 2004 -