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US immigrant working for foreign company

I'm going to move to the US next year (legally) as a permanent resident and I would like to continue my current job (for an Italian company) as a software engineer. The company told me they can ...
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Why do grocery stores in the U.S. offer cash back so eagerly?

Most grocery stores and Walmarts I've been to ask you how much cash back you want as one of the steps you punch in after you swipe your credit card. This happens after you have swiped your card so ...
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Is it possible to connect my UBS IRA account with Mint.com?

I'm getting a "Sign in problem!" error when I try to connect my Mint.com account with my UBS online banking account. Does anybody know a way around this? Thanks!
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When shorting a stock, do you pay current market price or the best (lowest) available ask price?

A stock has a last sale price of 2.5 dollars on the NYSE. Say I am shorting 1000 shares of a stock, there's an ask price of 3 dollars for 500 shares. Theres an ask of 3.5 dollars for 250 shares, and ...
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17 views

Which Bank can help me cash a US treasury Check in India

ICICI bank refuses to entertain inspite of having a bank account, any other options. Any guidance is highly appreciated.
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33 views

Do financial advisers in Canada who work at the bank, make investing decisions not in your best interest?

I've been using the same financial adviser as my my family and am wondering if Canadian financial advisers who work at the bank specifically Scotiabank would purchase mutual funds that specifically ...
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115 views

Effects of past unemployment on mortgage refinance

I have gone through all the steps of a home refinance process, including an appraisal, and am waiting for a final decision. Just a few days ago, the loan officer processing my application asked me ...
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1answer
19 views

Tax considerations for outsourcing freelance work to foreign country

I've seen this asked a few different ways (closest was here), but I am looking to find out from the business's perspective, how to report (if necessary) the amount paid to a foreign contractor. My ...
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Purchase McDonald's, make it healthy non-profit? [on hold]

Loads of organizations spend resources on spreading information and advocating healthy diets. Why aren't there any public donation boxes dedicated to taking over damaging junk food outlets, with the ...
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33 views

Weightage of products used for measuring inflation

How does the government fix a particular weightage for a particular commodity which is to be used during measurement of inflation? Is there any specific scientific formula that is to be used?
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What solar panel subsidies does Australia have right now (in 2014)?

So I'm thinking about buying solar panels for my house. Only thing is I'm not sure whether to wait. I've been told that the value of solar power in Australia has remained largely the same - this is ...
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25 views

Can a Canadian student with US resident alien status receive the tax treaty benefit after 5 years? If so, how much?

I am a Canadian citizen who has studied in the U.S. with a J-1 visa since 5 years ago, which means that I have now become a resident alien. I am still studying (for an advanced degree) in the U.S. ...
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What is the purpose of Social Security and Medicare deductions from my paycheck?

Sorry, this might be a basic question, but I'm having trouble understanding this, so would like to ask here. I've recently started a full-time position, and I notice that two things are being ...
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Landlord moves new people in/break lease [on hold]

I am renting a room in a house, and when I signed my lease, I was told that no one else would be moving in. This is a small home, and there is not very much room. Since then, three more people have ...
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71 views

Allocating IRA money, clarification needed

I transferred my 401k to Vanguard IRA and allocated 70% of my money across: VIG (Dividend growth) VYM (High Dividend) VXUS (International) VTI (Total stock market) With market being ...
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37 views

Dual Citizen considering tax implications of working in second country of citizenship

I am a resident of Canada, and am also an Irish citizen. Recently, I've been considering moving to Ireland (for ~6 months, not forever). During this time, I would either try to get hired on by a local ...
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21 views

Alternative to the Mint.com finance Android app?

I've used MINT on android since its first release, but I've never dabbled in the online component. My main issue with mint is that it doesn't pick up on money transfers between bank accounts - - only ...
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1answer
24 views

Tax on Money transfered to India from UK?

I'm from India came to UK on Feb 4th 2014 and I will be in UK till Sept 30th 2014. I'm earning money in Pounds, and paying tax as per UK tax policy. I could save some money which I transferred to ...
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87 views

As a contractor, should I overpay my mortgage or contribute to a pension?

My specific situation is:- Early 30s Software contractor via a ltd company Resident in Scotland Higher-rate taxpayer Mortgage at ~5% I'm allowed to overpay my mortgage by up to 10% in a calendar ...
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2answers
84 views

Why would Two ETFs tracking Identical Indexes Produce different Returns?

-- Edit -- It turns out that the RPG fund creates an index of "pure-style growth" from the S&P 500/Citigroup PURE growth index, where the IVW ETF creates an index from the S&P 500/Citigroup ...
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1answer
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Foreign bequests and gifts

I am a U.S. resident and citizen. My British mother died earlier this year. In her will, she directly bequeathed me 10,000 pounds, and left the remainder to her sister. Said sister thought that was ...
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How to Compare Two ETFs, accounting for Dividends?

(This is a follow up to my expense ratio question, here). Today I am attempting to study and compare the various Large Cap ETFs but realize I don't know how to even do the comparison, namely in ...
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1answer
17 views

How to Compare Two ETFs, Accounting for Expense Ratio?

I'm attempting to compare ETFs but am not understanding how to account for expense ratios. (I'm assuming that the annual returns do not account for expense ratios already -- is this correct?) For ...
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4answers
118 views

Why do the banks charge a foreign transaction fee?

Could somebody please explain why some banks charge a fee for card transactions made in a foreign currency? For example, for a debit card transaction, as far as I know, the exchange from the foreign ...
2
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4answers
68 views

How should I think about stock dividends?

I'm a 19 year old college student looking at some potential long-term investments, but am first reading as many books as I can, since this sector isn't the field I study. I am reading a book and a ...
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2answers
401 views

Why the different fees for credit and debit card payments?

Could somebody explain why the merchants are charged different fees when the customers use credit and debit cards?
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1answer
65 views

What's an account called that always balances to 0?

I use a pretty standard double-entry system in GnuCash (Income/Expenses, Assets/Liabilities). With my wife going back to school this fall, I did something in my accounting that I haven't done before: ...
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1answer
157 views

Risk tolerance as I age

Now that I am 47 and am starting to think about risk tolerance, I find it difficult to move my funds to safer investments as I age. I don't see a need to move money out of the stock market if I will ...
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161 views

Chart analysis: What does this mean: 200 period moving average?

In a chart analysis I read the sentence the red 200 period moving average can be seen rising from the lower left of the chart. I know what a moving average is, but what is meant by the 200 period? Is ...
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1answer
21 views

Which date to record for a transaction?

I need to record a transaction in a journal. If I take the date of the paper receipt, this might be different to the date on my bank statement. Which one should I use? Should I use one, and then ...
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What is the cheapest way to get funds from the sale of stocks in a Morgan Stanley BenefitAccess account to India?

I hold ~ 200 MSFT shares and am planning to sell them... Last time I sold shares and opted for a wire transfer, I lost nearly 3% in fees and commissions (as compared to a naive conversion of No. Of ...
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33 views

upside down auto loan + car accident [on hold]

Okay so here's the deal. I had an old car (well not that old) but it wasn't worth much and it was giving me electrical problems. After trying in vain to fix it, I decided to get a new car. By "new" I ...
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3answers
70 views

IS it the wrong time to get into the equity market immediately after large gains?

I was planning to get into a few equity MF's (till now I've had > 90% investments in Debt funds and Fixed deposits), but looking at the performance, most have had massive gains in the last 1-2 months. ...
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3answers
19 views

IRR Calculation

I have a series of cash flows, a $1000 deposit, and then 5 annual withdrawals of $500,$400,$200,$200,and finally, $100. I understand this is an IRR calculation, and set it up as follows: ...
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2answers
102 views

Variable universal life insurance vs traditional long-term investments

I have been considering different ways to generate some returns on my money, rather than just having it sit in a savings account at the bank. My understanding is that the obvious first step is to ...
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3answers
37 views

Share holder or company getting the money when investor invests?

Let's say I have a company and I own 100 % of it. An investor wants to invest $1000 and gets 10 % of the company, I now own 90 % of the comopany. To who pertains the $1000 - to me or to the company? ...
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1answer
28 views

Applying additional student loan payments directly to principal while on a income-based repayment plan

My sister has a federal student loan with a total balance of about 60K and an interest rate of 6%. Her income isn't high so she's eligible for an income based repayment plan with a monthly payment of ...
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2answers
56 views

Total assets and current assets

I was looking into company investment data and was doing some ratio calculation when I stumbled upon 4 Terms "Total Assets", "Current Assets", "Total Liabilities", "Current Liabilities". My instinct ...
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1answer
55 views

Does insurance cover injury playing rec sports

If I get hurt playing recreational soccer after work, will my employer insurance cover my medical/hospital expenses?
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1answer
55 views

How to transfer money from the US to India without paying taxes?

During my tenure in US, I deposited money in Wells Fargo checking account. I had to move to India last year. Now I would like to close the Wells Fargo account and get money transferred to India. ...
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20 views

Adjustable rate loans based on LIBOR spreads

I'm trying to create an operating model for a company based on a macabacus.com template. I'm working on the debt schedule and need help understanding LIBOR rates. If you scroll to line 248 in the ...
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80 views

Landlord retracts email offer of lease (Michigan, USA): What recourse do I have?

I rented a room (Michigan, USA) and stayed there from Jan to June 2014. The entire agreement was done through email, including 'signing' a lease (there was no actual signature, the landlord and I ...
2
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2answers
111 views

Formula for how to distribute a loan payment between multiple loans such that the remaining principal accrues the least interest?

Assume 4 loans (Balance @ monthly interest): $10,000 @ 5.5% $5,500 @ 7.25% $2,000 @ 5.5% $1,000 @ 4.5% If I am looking to pay $7,250 towards principal only, how would I calculate the ...
2
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2answers
126 views

Employer is making a student loan payment on my behalf. Does this need to be claimed as personal income?

As an incentive to employment my company is making a large lump sum payment towards my student loan debt, lets for this example say $5,000 (the real amount is different). They have inquired about my ...
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17 views

Taxation when indian company gets collaborated with US company. [on hold]

We are an Indian company working with US clients and we got collaborated to US company for collecting the amounts from the US customers.Now how the amounts will be transferred to Indian account.Say we ...
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1answer
42 views

How are derivatives different from bucket shops?

How are derivatives like covered warrants or CFDs different from the bucket shops that were made illegal in the US? Should I worry that some regulator decides that my "market maker" is an illegal ...
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2answers
82 views

Loan math problem

There was a 9gag post some time ago with the following problem: A car dealer offers Lachlan a car that is priced at $21800, but he only has a $600 deposit. Lachlan's trade-in is actually worth $500. ...
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3answers
486 views

Why and why would/wouldn't a company split their stock?

When Apple was in the high $600 or so range, it split 6 times and made it more affordable to purchase more shares for less, even though the value was technically the same. I see companies like Google ...
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1answer
80 views

Are Roth IRA withdrawals within the same year as contributions tax free?

A couple of months ago, in this calendar year, I contributed $1,500 to my Roth IRA. I didn't invest it, so it still is worth only $1,500. I now need $1000 back, and so started to fill out a ...
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48 views

sell stock with unsettled money

let's say that I have: Bought some stock on Monday day1, and then sold them in the same day. The settlement for those stocks will be Thursday day4. I then went ahead and bought other stocks on day2 ...

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