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Online brokers with a minimum stock purchase lower than $500

Right now I am considering starting investing in stocks on my own and using the Commonwealth Bank Comsec to do it. What's stopping me is not the $20 brokerage to buy, and then another $20 to sell. ...
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Double-entry bookkeeping conundrum - how to log built-in fees?

So today I was trying to figure out how to do some double-entry bookkeeping for one of my projects. The service is similar to a bank teller - it accepts money on one end, charges some fees, and gives ...
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What does it mean to be a “high fee” or “low fee” 401k?

I keep hearing the phrases 'high fee', 'low fee' 401k. What fee range constitutes high or low fees?
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Is it possible to get a debit card for a non-US-citizen nephew without foreign transaction fees?

Here is my predicament: I am a US citizen, and I have a nephew in Russia, who is not a US citizen, and whom I would like to support financially. I have easily been able to make him an associated user ...
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Why do you think there is a difference in these 2 funds' expense ratios?

For my 401k my employer offers 49 different investment options. The default option is the FID FREEDOM K 2055 (FDENX) which I have been in for the past year. I recently dug around checking out all the ...
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What happens to checking account monthly fees when you have a 0 balance?

Many checking accounts charge a monthly fee if you don't maintain a minimum balance or other qualifications. However, what happens if you have a $0 balance and they can't deduct the monthly fee from ...
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Frequency of investments to maximise returns (and minimise fees)

If I have a certain amount of money to invest regularly, how do I calculate the amount to let accumulate in my bank before I make that investment, assuming there is a fee associated with each ...
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When does a mutual fund's “expense ratio” deducted? [duplicate]

In a mutual fund's prospectus, there is usually an annual "expense ratio", representing annual expenses of that fund as a percentage of the net asset. When/how does this get deducted? I'm curious how ...
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How to save money on currency conversion

I do business with a few companies in the United States, and as such, get paid in US currency for my services. I have a US account with my bank, but anytime that I make withdrawals from this account, ...
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UK university student finance - should I use my sponsorship money to pay the debt?

I am in the fortunate situation of having both an unconditional offer for a (UK) university I really want to go to, and a sponsorship offer from the company that I have worked for in my gap year, in ...
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Can an ETF's expense ratio (fees) change after I buy it?

In researching ETFs I've found a lot of dire warnings about expense ratios. Evidently, they can really eat up your money. Ok, so look for funds with low expense ratios. But, if I understand this ...
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How to invest in stocks without using an intermediary like a broker? Can shares be bought direct?

I am looking to buy stocks but I would like to do so without a broker. From what I can tell, the exchanges are good ole boys clubs that require you know (or pay) someone in order to participate. Am I ...
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ETF vs Mutual Fund: How to decide which to use for investing in a popular index?

How do you decide between investing in an ETF, vs. in a mutual fund, for the popular stock indexes? Trading costs, tax efficiency, capital gains?
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How do deferred sales charges affect cost basis for first-in, first-out sales?

Consider a mutual fund with a 5.75% load fee. However, there is a contingent reduction in that fee to 5% if you intend to invest $25,000 with the fund company over a 20-month period. You select to ...
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Passing money through a different account to avoid cash pay-in fees

I have recently sold some company assets (not a large figure) and the buyer insisted on paying cash. My question is, my BUSINESS bank charge 0.6% on cash deposits, which is annoying - In theory, is ...
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What is a “single side debit: QMC charges” in bank transactions?

My bank account is debited with description single side debit QMC charges. For what purpose the single side debit is charged. BANK NAME: CITY UNION BANK COUNTRY: INDIA
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What's a recommended minimum amount for buying an index ETF, to minimize fees/commissions?

Let's say every month I transfer $559, which is about 3 shares of VOO. The commission from Fidelity is $7.95, which is about 1.42%. Is it worth doing that, or better, every other month buy worth of ...
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Why is early exercise generally not recommended for an in-the-money option?

Why is it said that early exercise of a (call) option is not recommended and it is always better to sell the option instead? Is it just to avoid assignment fees? Of course, we assume that the option ...
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Possible to purchase multiple securities on 1 transaction?

I'm curious, can I purchase multiple securities from my online broker (TD Ameritrade) in 1 transaction? i.e. Purchase ABC and XYZ at same time, but only pay the transaction fee ($9) once.
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Why are wire transfers and other financial services in Canada so much more expensive than in Europe?

Why are wire transfers in Canada so expensive compared to Europe? The simple answer I've seen is because bankers are crooks, but I find that this oversimplifies the situation — I don't believe ...
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What does a reorganization fee that a company charges get applied to?

Recently, one of my holdings underwent a reverse split. I was surprised (but not all that surprised) that there was an additional fee of $20.00 assessed, labeled as a "reorganization fee". This was ...
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Limiting Fees for Monthly Contributions

I'd like to start making more investments throughout the year to maximize earning potential with the goal of long-term financial growth. I've gone through the process of setting up a portfolio on TD ...
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Filing late taxes in October

I'm a non-resident alien in the US with a work visa. All this taxing process is new for me since I moved into the US on July 2012 as my first job and never knowing much about tax processes here. Then ...
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Invoice for solicitors fees when selling house in the UK

We have had conflicting information: Some solicitors take their fees (balance) prior to transfer of sale funds to seller. Solicitor must submit invoice prior to disbursement, and that seller can ...
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What's the maximum single withdrawal amount from an ANZ bank ATM in Laos?

I'm travelling in Laos and it's time to withdraw some money. Now because all the fees between my home bank, the local bank, the local country, sub optimal spread for the currency conversion, and ...
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Is a broker's fee equivalent to one month's rent reasonable in San Francisco?

Friend and I are looking to move from elsewhere in the Bay Area to SF, found a decent option in an okay location. Have been attempting to negotiate with a broker on the rent, and he surprised us by ...
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What's the benefit of a credit card with an annual fee, vs. a no-fee card?

My credit cards don't have an annual fee. I get mailers from American Express all the time and I see that card has an annual fee. I know a few friends and see a lot of people subscribed to such cards ...
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How to find the smallest transaction fees and commissions available and reduce trading overhead?

I buy and sell stock through my bank. The various bank/broker/tax overheads, if I was to buy stock and immediately sell it at the same price, is roughly 3%. I am seeking to understand what exactly ...
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Are there extra fees for a PayPal Premier account?

I've googled quite a bit, but I'm not sure I have the correct information since I am in Europe, and the info might have been for the US. I currently have a Personal account on PayPal and I have no ...
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Should I be concerned about a loan refinance offer that adds $1000 to my loan in exchange for $1000 in cash?

I am in the process of trying to refinance an auto loan. I got 4.69% a year ago and should be able to do better now. The loan balance is about $13,000. I called to refi through the same company and ...
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What can I expect to pay when meeting my first financial planner?

I recently had a trusted friend recommend a financial planner (close friend of his) to me. I briefly talked with the planner about scheduling a meeting to discuss my current financial situation and ...
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How can one relatively easily show that low expense ratio funds outperform high expense ratio funds?

Almost everybody these days says that passively managed, low expense ratio funds outperform actively managed, high expense ratio funds. I believe it, and have been investing accordingly, but I would ...
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Do transaction fees for mutual funds apply when purchasing additional shares?

My broker charges me a $19.99 transaction fee when purchasing some mutual funds. I believe that they will also charge this fee when selling shares in the fund. What is not clear to me, is if they ...
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401(k) plan/investment fees: Are they the expense ratios, or something else as well?

I have a naive question. 401(k) fees are a popular topic lately. I am very interested in this as I max out my 401(k) contribution every year, well past the employer match. I am not sure if the 401(k) ...
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How can I deposit USD money in my Australian checking account while incurring as small a fee as possible?

I'm moving to Australia next month (from France) and am receiving monthly US dollar checks (from some affiliate marketing activities I have in the US). In Australia, I will have an Australian checking ...
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Retirement Funds: Betterment vs Vanguard Life strategy vs Target Retirement

I'm a 20 something grad student and would like to open a hands off retirement account with beta exposure to the market and would make monthly contributions. I'm fairly illiterate wen it comes to ...
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How do I make a small investment in the stock market? What is the minimum investment required?

I am not rich, so I am talking one to two hundred U.S. dollars per month only. I would like to know whether I can buy stock using that little amount of money, and how to do that if possible? As an ...
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Is there any US bank that does not charge for incoming wire transfers?

I use CurrencyFair to exchange currency between EUR and USD. I was surprised to see a $10 wire transfer fee at the end of the chain when CurrencyFair transfered from their BofA account to my BofA ...
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What is the market rate of non-cash ISA fund administration fee in UK?

A friend of mine suggested a plan that takes a 1% administration fee (from the assets deposited) regardless of the type of investment you make (stock, bond etc.). This sounded quite high from my ...
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Most cost-effective way to purchase individual bonds?

I am trying to determine the most cost effective way to go about purchasing individual corporate and municipal bonds that I intend to hold until maturity. Is there great variation in the fees and ...
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Can I change banks for my HSA account?

My employer provides a High-deductible health plan with HSA option. One thing I was surprised by was how many fees were associated with the HSA account offered through my employer (the HSA is ...
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Are 401(k) fees based on contribution amounts or total account balance? What's reasonable?

I have a good employer match of a straight 25%. Deposits are made weekly. My balance is roughly $150,000. I have contributed $17,800 YTD, and paid $817 in fees, or 4.6% of my contributions. Are ...
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What is the standard real estate commission to sell a million dollar home?

I want to list my condominium for US $1.3 million. How can I decide on a fair real estate commission?
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How can I avoid international wire fees or currency transfer fees?

I'm paid by an American company, but travel to France frequently and need to have a French bank account for various reasons. So far the cheapest procedure I've found to transfer money is withdraw ...
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I have access to a 401K at work but the fees are high. Should I contribute, or do otherwise?

I have a retirement plan 401K from work. The employer does NOT contribute anything. I just enrolled into account and got to know that there are fees associated with the account. The fees is ...
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Is my first 401(k) fund allocation reasonable, and with respect to fees?

I just started my first job after school and am now being enrolled in my company's 401k plan, which is handled by Vanguard. By default, I was put into the Target Retirement 2050 Trust II fund, which ...
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What's the deal with these mortgage-refinancing fees?

currently we have 400k on a 20 year mortgage at 3 and 7/8 percent. We can move to 3 1/8 percent 15 year mortgage. The guy says this should save us around 70k over the life of the mortgage. The ...
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Total fees for buying a house in the U.K.?

I'm thinking about buying a house in the UK (England). It will cost a max of £120,000 GBP. As an estimate, how much will all the fees total to, when put together? And apparently for houses less ...
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It is worth using a discount stock broker? I heard they might not get the best price on a trade?

I read somewhere that using a discount broker such a Trade King could actually cost more money because they may not be able to get the best price on a trade. Is there any truth to that? I am currently ...
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Do transaction fees for investing in funds offset the benefit of a low expense ratio?

When looking for low expense-ratio funds (specifically Target Date funds), they all seem to be one of two options: No transaction fees and high expense ratio (Example: AREVX $0 transaction, %.98 ...