A question for you....

agnespuffinAugust 13, 2012

My math skills seem to have fallen by the way side. Or maybe things are different now....?

Anyway, I was taught (I think) that you would read 30% as "thirty percent, " and .03% as three percent.

Got a notice from the bank on a CD renewal. It read 0.03%.

I somehow doubt it is 3 percent. I fear that it is 3 tenths of 1 percent.

What's your guess? Would any bank be paying 3% nowadays?

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mawheel

Agnes, my math skills have never been good, but I think ".03" means 3/100(s) of 1 %!!! "3 tenths of 1 percent" would be ".3" Any number on the left of the decimal point is a whole number; on the right side, a fraction.

I won't be offended--stupid, maybe, but not offended--if I'm corrected. In a way, I hope I'm wrong; even 3 tenths of 1 percent is better than 3/100 of 1 percent!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 6:08PM
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west_gardener

'Would any bank pay 3% nowadays?' I have not found any bank that pays 3% on any CD. I don't know how to the % math, but you are right in questioning the numbers.

See the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: CD rates

    Bookmark   August 13, 2012 at 7:06PM
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gmatx_gw zone 6

Here is what I copied from the site listed below:

"Percent to Decimal

Percent-to-decimal conversions are easy; you mostly just move the decimal point two places. The way I keep it straight is to remember that 50%, or one-half, of a dollar is $0.50. In other words, you have to move the decimal point two places to the left when you convert from a percent (50%) to a decimal (0.50). Some more examples are:

27% = 0.27
104% = 1.04
0.5% = 0.005"

I wish banks WERE paying 3% again like they use to! I think the best rates for a 1 year CD is around 1%-1.2%.

Here is a link that might be useful: Percent to Decimals

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 11:15AM
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gmatx_gw zone 6

Here is a site that is helpful with converting percents to decimals.

It's disgusting the low rate that CDs are earning now.

Here is a link that might be useful: Percents to Decimals

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 11:19AM
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gmatx_gw zone 6

Sorry about the double post! My computer was acting as though the first post was never completed. Oops...........

    Bookmark   August 14, 2012 at 1:10PM
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