The debt tag refers to all situations where money is owed to another party, often a bank or other financial institutions. This tag covers how to get out of debt, how much debt to carry, and other borrowing related questions.

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Is it possible to go to graduate school if I have debt?

I already have substantial debt in the form of personal loans ($15k). The student loans only cover the cost of tuition and living expenses, and of course does not cover existing debt. I was offered ...
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Pay Off Unsubsidized Loan with Subsidized Loan?

I'm currently sitting at about $14,000 USD in loan debt, and am still enrolled at university. I will estimate about $10,000 is unsubsidized, making the remaining $4,000 subsidized. I was fortunate ...
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What to consider when taking out a student loan from a bank?

I am currently in a bit of a pickle as I am taking summer classes at a University (at which I am a student), and my father was denied the parent PLUS loan which I was depending on to pay rent and buy ...
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Will I be chased for debt if I move out of the UK?

I am an International Student studying in the UK. I took some loans for about £3000 from a bank while I was studying here. Since the government has abandoned PSW visa for graduates it's likely that I ...
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Why would anyone want to pay off their debts in a way other than “highest interest” first?

Looking at the math, it is clear to many people that, given a number of debts at different interest rates, if you are trying to eliminate your debt, you will pay less interest overall if you pay off ...
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Do longer term bondholders get preference in getting money back when a company defaults?

When a company defaults on its debt, would the 10 year bondholders be given preference to the 1 yearr bondholders while paying out money? What is the order of preference?
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Am I considered in debt if I pay a mortgage?

75% of Americans are in debt. I'd like to know if I'm also considered in debt if I am paying my mortgage on a house. I didn't think I was in debt if I own the house. I guess I pay 'rent' to a bank ...
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Cosigner death and family responsibility

A family member has cosigned a private student loan for a foreign student. If she dies prior to the holder of the loan, is her estate responsible for repaying the loan?
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Would you liquidate your 401k to pay off debt in this situation?

I have a potentially complex situation that I am looking to resolve in the least painful way possible. I am going through a divorce. My income is nearly twice as much as my ex's, and I am going to ...
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What happen if I don't pay credit card and leave the country

I have a credit card debt of $600, five years ago in Newzealand. I left the country from then, now I live in Singapore. Will the Newzealand bankers come to Singapore and ask my bank to take money ...
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What to do with this cash- pay off ONE card, or pay down a few?

I've got a $5k payment coming through with about $12k in CC debt, over 4 cards. 1 card is at $3000 (total line is $4k), 14.8% interest rate, another at $3450(total line is 4.5k), 19.3% interest rate, ...
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How can people have such high credit card debts?

Apparently, the average US household has 16000 US$ in credit card debt, with even college graduates having 2000 US$ by the time they graduate. In Canada, this figure is almost 27000 CA$. For ...
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To sell the house or not to sell the house?

Needing advice on how to get on track to be financially successful. I am 35 years old single parent and Currently have a home at 3.75% interest rate. Owe 220 and it's worth 290k. Debt totaling 126k ...
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Debt Relief Agency or cash out IRA?

Through many bad decisions on my part, a divorce, 2 kids in college and a third heading there in the fall, I am in over my head. I have been robbing Peter to pay Paul for a few months now (paying ...
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About stamp scrip - Are they useful?

Today I was reading an article on the guardian and it more or less suggested the usage of stamp scrip. To my understanding stamp scrip is a piece of paper that has a nominal value in dollars, on ...
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How to avoid getting back into debt?

I got a windfall last year that allowed me to clear all my debt. I am a student, so my incomes are small. After the debt was cleared there was still some money left, which I gradually used for paying ...
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Who can truly afford luxury cars?

I never really thought about money until one day I checked how much I made compared to the rest of America. The calculator said my household income is in the top 20%. Kind of funny to me, because I ...
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Preference shares vs. common shares and overall holding structure for a public company?

I am trying to understand the overall holding picture for a listed company — like, there can be preference shares, common shares (free float), etc. My questions are: It would be really great ...
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Does settlement of second mortgage count as short sale?

Does settlement of second mortgage count as short sale? Suppose you settle a second mortgage debt (perhaps because the house/home is seriously underwater). That will report to the credit bureaus as a ...
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What are some ways to negotiate with a lawyer to pay off an outstanding debt?

I owe around 7000 for an outstanding debt and they are trying to take me to court for it. If I have 4000 now, how can I get them to accept that money to take care of the entire debt amount? I know ...
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How should I pay off my private student loans that have a lot of restrictions?

I have numerous private student loans, with amounts and interest rates like this: $30,000 7% 25,000 7% 10,000 7% 5,000 6% 4,000 5% My loan provider told me I have two options. ...
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Pros and cons of filing bankruptcy or paying off debt?

My credit has been trashed by me making some dumb decisions, and I'm working with a debt settlement company. A few of the debtors are unwilling to negotiate with the debt settlers and are threatening ...
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How should I invest/spend this 50k inheritance?

I am 32 and work in the non-profit sector making 30k/yr. I own my home, which was recently appraised at 202k. I was given an inheritance of 50k from my grandmother. Based on my financials, how should ...
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Should I cash out my IRA to pay my student loans? [duplicate]

I'm 27 and I have an IRA of around 125K. I'm about to transition into another position with a salary of around 85K-100K. I have around 15K in smaller debts that include credit cards and medical. I ...
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Formula that predicts whether one is better off investing or paying down debt

This is more of a statistics/probability question but the implications for personal finance are obvious. Let's say you have extra cash (assume tax-advantaged space is already maxed out) and are ...
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Is it a good idea to accept a £2 million debt-based investment? [closed]

I am a co-founder of a tech startup which launched earlier this year, we have a live website and iOS app and are in the process of seeking investment to take the project to the next stage and start to ...
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What is a “convertible note”?

I've just read this article on the Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.in/Twitter-To-Raise-Up-To-1-5-Billion-Via-Convertible-Notes/articleshow/42208345.cms I wonder what they mean by ...
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Does your total credit limit or debt affect how much new credit you will receive?

Say a friend of mine owns 10 credit cards with a total credit limit of $100,000 with total CC debt of $10,000. Does the total credit limit affect how much new credit will be approved? Does CC debt ...
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Unable to understand logic behind why there is no exit load on liquid fund

Was reading about the liquid funds and came across this sentence on one of the sites: Considering that liquid funds are ideally suited for investments that may be required to be redeemed at a ...
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Is it okay to be married, 30 years old and have no retirement?

I am a 31 year old attorney with a 10 month old baby. I make $130K a year. My husband is also an attorney, and makes approx. $60K a year. WE both do not have any retirement savings or college ...
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Can I negotiate a credit card settlement by stopping payments?

I have a considerable amount of CC debt spread over three CCs. As my home refinance is in the process, it looks like I will soon have the cash to pay them all off. However, I have been receiving ...
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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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Refused for Debt Consolidation Loan. Why would I be denied this loan?

I have numerous maxed-out credit cards and a half-used store account and I'd like to pay them all off with a consolidation loan, to reduce the interest I'm paying and clear them all up quickly. I'm ...
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Getting over that financial unease? Budgeting advice

I recently moved from Arizona to Oregon to take advantage of free schooling (which ironically enough, I originally moved from Oregon to Arizona because I wanted to go to college there). Before the ...
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What should I do with my credit card debt?

I have almost $20,000 in credit card debt and, though I have stopped accumulating it for quite a while now, I'm trying to figure out the best way forward. Can someone please offer advice based on this ...
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Does using savings to pay off debt in bulk look bad on one's credit report?

I have my house deposit, which is pretty much exactly the amount of debt I am in. If I pay off all my debt in one hit, will it look bad on my credit report, or if a bank looks at it and thinks a ...
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Mortgage Overpayments Two Accounts

I have a capital & interest repayment mortgage that's split into two. The outstanding balance on the original is approximately £100k on a 2.5% variable interest rate, monthly repayment approx ...
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What will happen to my wife's debt when she passes away?

I am currently a Washington state resident but my wife is still an Oregon resident. Recently she has had some health issues and has been given a short amount of time left to live. We are trying to ...
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Why is salary a credit if money comes in?

I am new to keeping accounts. Today I learned that debit is what comes in credit what goes out Then how can we say that salary gets credited when the money comes in?
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Should I avoid credit card use to improve our debt-to-income ratio?

We put all our expenses on a credit card and pay it off every month in order to get maximize our cash back. We never charge more than we have in the checking account, so we always pay it off. Should ...
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In debts now, help please [closed]

Im in bad financial situation. I lost my job as admin manager about 7 years ago and since then getting another job has been impossible. I have spent every dime I have and have sold my two cars trying ...
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What are some ways to determine if taking on debt is worth it?

What are some ways to determine if taking on debt is worth it? For instance, what types of calculations exist for seeing if it's worth it to take on mortgage debt?
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few question about debit credit and liabilities [closed]

i have few question about accounting terms, please help me to figure it out these term and debit and credit flow to our company account. 1) i sold 500$ cost products on account, buyer will pay me in ...
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What can I do to rebuild credit and get out of financial trouble?

My wife and I are in some financial trouble. We are in our early 30s and our credit is terrible. We both have student loans, we have old credit card debt (though we have no current credit cards). ...
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How can I manage my Credit Card Debt in Australia?

35K in credit card debt and personal debt (17K Credit Card 16% interest rate, 18K Personal Debt,Variable Rate 5yrs & 8mths remaining). I used the advice in Battling the credit car debt in ...
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How can someone with a new job but no credit history get a loan to settle another debt?

I was recently hit with a large personal debt, something that can't go against my credit score, but might if it ever went to court/collections. However, it came unexpectedly, and I am now looking for ...
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How will the New credit reporting rules affect people who are already struggling financially?

With the new credit reporting rules in place in Australia and the implications of having a black mark against your file for just being 5 days late in making a payment, whether it be credit card or ...
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In Australia, how to battle credit card debt?

I have $18K in credit card debt. What are my options in tackling this? Every month I am left with no extra money to pay anything more than minimum payment required (car, rent, another personal loan, ...
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What's a normal personal debt / equity ratio for a highly educated person?

I'm trying to figure out what a bad / normal / good personal debt / equity ratio is. Most sites deal with debt / income ratio, which is a cashflow metric, and I want to focus on assets / obligations. ...
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Are Americans in as much personal debt as the British? Are the sources of debt much different?

I recently came across an interactive infographic for the U.K. about personal indebtedness and was shocked at many of the stats in regards to personal debt — e.g. the UK national average ...