The act of paying off debts (either partially or completely). One may do this to lower or eliminate a monthly payment and regain control of one's personal finances. There are different ways to do this, but the most popular are based either on the total amount of each debt or on the interest rate. ...

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Should I withdraw from my IRA to pay off my credit card debt?

Should I withdraw $45,000 from my IRA to pay off credit card debt? I am 63 years old. Because of a change in employment status for the last 4 years I went from full time to part time. In order to ...
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401K loan repayment Default

I have a 29,000.00 loan from my 401K That I am paying 800.00 per month on. My wife has been ill for 2.5 years and unable to work. Currently trying to get disability. However this has created a big ...
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Do I pay a zero % loan before another to clear both loans faster?

I have $11,000 to put toward one of my three loans. I think I should pay off the 0% car loan and then in two months it will be zero and I can apply that $635 to the 2.5 % car loan and pay it down ...
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How do I obtain copies of 1099-C forms from credit card companies?

I was supposed to receive 1099-C forms from credit card companies for forgiveness of some debt. I have not received them (at a friends place, only 1 received), but unfortunately I am out of country. ...
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How can I get out of the debt-trap as quickly as possible?

I have a credit card with 30% interest and a real estate loan with 11% interest. The amount of debt on my card is lower than the real estate loan. I want to redeem the instalments of the real estate ...
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Using fiancée's money to pay off my student debt

I have a student loan in my name and I just got engaged (Yay!) about 2 months ago. My fiancée has been saving up and is really interested in helping us get out of debt before the wedding. I think we ...
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Student Loan Balance question

My wife and I have recently paid off our auto loans and are trying to tackle our pesky student loan debt next. Following the "debt snowball" pattern, we've applied our monthly car loan payment to my ...
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What does “Settling your Debt” entail, and how does it compare to other options?

My local radio station has been running a bunch of ads from companies urging people who're struggling with paying their credit cards to "settle your debt for a fraction of what you owe." Their claim ...
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Whats the easiest way to restructure debt or go into bankruptcy?

I'm helping some dear friends get through a tough time in their life. They live in Toronto Ontario, Canada. They are accumulating credit card debt to the tune of 30k, retired and due to some ...
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Consolidate my debt? Higher APR, but what does that actually mean?

If I have a monthly payment of $804.54 and an APR of 29.8%, does that mean that, each month, 29.8% of my $804.54 goes to paying the creditor? My situation... I have 3 credit cards and am thinking ...
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How do I determine how long it will take to pay off my all my loans?

Right now I have a spreadsheet with the loans I have, the interest rates the are each at, and how much I am putting toward each in monthly payments. I then calculate how long each loan will take to ...
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Is paying off your mortage a #1 personal finance priority?

Everyone always says and aims to "pay off my mortgage" But in the current climate of low interest rates is this really worth it? Should that money be put to use earning a higher yield? OR Does the ...
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Remedies for Defaulting on a 401(k) loan

I changed employers and am unable to pay back my 401(k) loan within the 60-day period allowed. I realize this will default the loan and I will receive a 1099-R, have to pay taxes and penalties. The ...
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Should I use short term loans to pay for student loans?

I have about $30k in student loans. I graduated last May and have a steady income. Now, my company's credit union offers $3.5k loans at 3% to be repaid over a year (they automatically deduct from my ...
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How often should I pay my student loans?

I've got ~$30K in student loan debt, spread out between different loans with different interest rates. My minimum payment is $190, but I'm in a financial position where I can afford about $750 per ...
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Should I pay off my 401k loan or reinvest the funds elsewhere?

I have a loan out on my employer 401k plan for $50k, which I took out for the purchase of a home (so there was no penalties, or taxes withheld). The interest rate is 4%, which I'm paying into the ...
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Paying Off Student Loans Early

I currently owe $34,558.00 in student loans ($31,000.00 principal + $3,601.83 unpaid interest accrued so far) with an average interest rate of 4.877%. I just started working full time ($70,000 GAI) ...
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Should I consolidate loans and cards, or just cards, leaving multiple loans?

I will start off by saying that I suck with credit cards. I just can't manage them, and if I have access to them, I end up impulse spending money. I should not need to; I earn great money, but I seem ...
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Should I refinance my student loans with SoFi?

I have roughly $97,000 in student loans right now divided between federal loans and a very large private one. Here are the statuses on all of these: Federal Loans - (All fixed interest rates and 10 ...
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Numerous large student loan balances: Pay down principal or refinance to 5-year loan

My spouse and I have almost $150k in Federal student loans. About 60k of this balance is in consolidated loans, and the remaining 90k is split between roughly 20 smaller loan balances (the smallest is ...
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3 loans under my name, 2 are fixed, one is a declining balance interest loan. Which to pay first?

I've searched for this answer for a while, but my loans are set up in a different way and I'd love some advice. (FYI I don't live in the USA) Loan 1: Personal loan. It was $200,000 with a 4.95% Fixed ...
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How to maximise savings?

I am in my late 20s, living in the UK, and in my third year of professional work (one year industrial placement, two years since graduating from University). I have very little in the way of monthly ...
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Should I buy ~$2200 of a hot stock or invest elsewhere?

Right now I'm 23, decent job ($50k/yr), about $6k in the bank, and about $50k in debt (car loan, student loan, no credit card debt or other 'high interest' debt). I'm about to start putting roughly ...
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Using IRA to pay off federal parent plus student loans

I have $165,000 in my IRA which I'm really wanting to avoid using, but am seriously considering withdrawing or taking it all from this IRA to pay down my parent plus student loans. I am 58 yrs old I ...
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Why don't companies buy back their own (cut-price) debt?

A thought occurred to me today. Glencore's debt is trading at about 70% of face-value. If you're Glencore, what's to stop you buying that debt yourself and pocketing the difference? In particular, ...
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What to do with extra money when company doesn't offer 401k

I am looking for advice on what to do with some extra money I have. Currently, I have about $23k in my savings account, gradually increasing. I am (currently) employed, making good salary ($70k/yr), ...
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Student Loan Repayment

I have 3 private student loans. Outstanding Principal Balance taken 08/2011 $15,000.00 Outstanding Accrued Interest as of 08/21/15 $6,678.26 Interest Rate 11.75% Outstanding Principal Balance ...
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Buy house as soon as possible or wait

I was planning to buy a house next year with around 5% - 10% down, but I decided to step back a little, and instead of buying a house next year, I plan to wait paying all my outstanding debts (around ...
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Car Loan upside down--refinance before selling?

I have a 2007 mini cooper that I bought for around 20K 3 years ago with CarMax. I currently owe about 10K but the blue book value is around 6K. I am starting a new job where I will be traveling 70% of ...
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Should I cash out my unused traditional IRA to pay student loans?

Currently I have a traditional IRA that has about $3,000 in it. It was rolled over from a 401k two years ago and has been sitting ever since (due to various reasons). It's not making any money and I'm ...
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Missing opportunity cost of mortgage prepayment

What other opportunity costs of paying off a mortgage early might I be missing? I am in year 2 of a 15 year mortgage at 2.875% with no other consumer debt. I have a 8 month emergency fund, maxing out ...
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What's the best use for this money? Its only a small amount but can make a big difference to me

Around two years ago, after working and living in France for a year I came back to the UK and was £11,000 in debt due to 2 credit cards and an Apple loan for some computer equipment. On top of that, I ...
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Should I invest or repay my debts?

I work in an IT firm company with an average 10% annual hike. Currently I save around 35,000 rupees per month. My family has a debt of 19,00,000 rupees. For the next 5 years I do not have any major ...
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What is the best use of this cash, investment or payoff bills?

I am 57, will retire in 10 yrs. I have about $7000 from a matured CD. My 'portfolio' consists of a 401b with my job, no matching funds, worth about 25,000. My house will be paid off in 8 yrs. I have ...
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Should I cash out some of my retirement to pay credit card debt?

I'm very recently divorced and have accumulated the following credit card debt, both during my marriage and during my separation, when I struggled to get by while paying both a mortgage and rent on my ...
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Should I cash out retirement accounts to pay off student loan debt?

I have an opportunity to cash out my retirement. I have a student loan owing approx $180,000 for medical education. This loan acquires interest daily and I have been unable to get from under this ...
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Should I use my non-tax advantaged investment account to pay off debt?

Hello Personal Finance! So about 8 years ago, I got into a bad car accident which was not my fault, and which I sued the driver because they tried to drive away afterwards. I got a large settlement ...
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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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Cash Out IRA to Pay Off Debt

I have an IRA that I haven't paid into for over 10 years. I also have a State retirement plan that I have paid into for 10 years and will continue until I retire. Besides the penalties, any reason I ...
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Navient Student Loans

I am planning on putting an additional $6,000 to my student loans through Navient. I am trying to decide which option is better. I can put $6,000 to the lower total $13,550 with a 9% interest rate or ...
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Should I withdraw money from IRA or refinance home to pay credit card debt?

Should I refinance or withdraw from IRA to pay off 25K of credit card debt? I am 64, self employed earning about 30K/yr. My wife is retired. credit card debt snowballed and I now want to pay it off ...
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Can someone explain to me how should I go about paying off my student loans?

I have two loans right now: $72k Balance - Minimum of ~$500/month payments and $30k Balance -Minimum of ~$350/month payments The part that is confusing me is how much of my ...
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To pay off a student loan, should I save up a lump sum payoff payment or pay extra each month?

I am a new college graduate with a student loan of $17k at 6.8% interest. The monthly minimum payment due is $193. I have been paying the minimum amount, and then taking that same amount and placing ...
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Is this a valid strategy to reduce interest payments for student loans?

I kind of messed up and didn't pay my unsubsidized grad schools loans while I was in school, so I have quite a bit of interest accrued. In total there are 5 loans and they come to about $100k. All ...
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Put extra payments towards almost paid off house or newer house?

My wife and I have two houses: one her parents live in and has only 4.5 years of mortgage payments left, the other we live in and is only 2 years into a 30 year mortgage. She has been making extra ...
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mortgage vs car loan vs invest extra cash?

I received a good bonus this year and am trying to figure out the best way to use it. I have no credit card or student debt, maintain an emergency fund, and am maxing out tax advantaged retirement ...
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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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Best way to pay off debt?

I have a home equity loan- ~$42K at 7.5% and about $10K in credit card debt at 16%+. I have several hundred thousand dollars in vested stock options from my company (part of my long term incentive ...
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Withdrawing IRA early to pay off large credit card debt?

I am 38 years old and married. Because of a mix of bad luck (multiple lay-offs between my husband and I over the years which led to months of unemployment, unexpected major medical bills), choice (job ...