Four common pitfalls of the BigDecimal class and how to avoid them

When doing business calculations in Java, especially for currencies, you would preferably use the java.math.BigDecimal class to avoid the problems related to floating-point arithmetic, which you might experience if you’re using one of the two primitive types: float or double (or one of their boxed type counterparts).

Indeed, the BigDecimal class contains a number of methods that can meet most of the requirements of common business calculations.

However, I would like to draw your attention to four common pitfalls of the BigDecimal class. They can be avoided when you use the regular BigDecimal API and when you use a new customized class that extends BigDecimal.

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