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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 when 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 ...
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Who owns NASDAQ? Does it collect fees from stock transactions?

If NASDAQ is a corporation, does it make profits by charging fees on transactions? When I pay a fee for buying stocks, am I paying the broker or NASDAQ?
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What are these fees attached to mutual fund FSEMX?

Could somebody please explain these fees attached to FSEMX? Annual Report Expense Ratio (net) Prospectus Net Expense Ratio Prospectus Gross Expense Ratio Finance.yahoo.com indicates that they are ...
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Are there Canadian banks with low or nil user fees?

My banking institution is [again...] raising their fees for the second time in 12 months starting March 1st, 2012. I would like to find a Canadian bank or type of bank that has lower fees, of course. ...
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Do ETF managers charge management fees on top of transaction fees?

I see that ETFs do work very similar to diversification of individual stocks following either an industry or an index. I am thinking of changing my strategy to reduce my cost of investing which at ...
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What extra charges and fees will I be billed for an international credit card transaction?

I've never traveled abroad in the past. I live in the US, and am taking a vacation shortly to Italy. At this time, I'm trying to understand what additional fees will be incurred if I attempt to use ...
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How do 401(k) mutual fund expense ratios work?

Simple question - how do expense ratios work? Is there a fee that is calculated regularly, and the amount is taken out of my account? Is it subtracted from the funds earnings? Context: My work has ...
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Any financial institution that offers free or low fee international money transfer?

I would like my younger brother to start studying in a school here, and this requires frequent international money transfers: The primary source (sponsor) would be family funds that would be wired ...
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Should I have be worrying about selling a mutual fund before keeping it 1 year in an IRA account?

I am considering selling a mutual fund in a Roth account that I have had for less than a year. Since Roth and traditional IRA accounts are tax sheltered and capital gains only apply when distribution ...
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How can I pay off tuition fees from a past semester so that I can enrol in school again?

I still owe my tuition fees for a university of California school from fall 2010. I have been out of school since then with two semesters to go before I can graduate. I've been trying to take out a ...
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Are there downsides to switching from Scottrade to OptionsFirst?

Are there downsides from switching from Scottrade to OptionsFirst? I want to buy stocks, write calls, and write puts. Scottrade lets me buy stocks, write calls, but not write puts. I talked to my ...
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What is an appropriate level of 401k fees or expenses in a typical plan?

I am aware that there are fees involved in a company 401(k) plan. These can vary widely depending on where you work and the particulars of a plan. What would be an appropriate amount of fees and ...
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How do debit card interchange fees work cross-border?

In some countries (for example US, UK), only credit cards have a hefty percentage (usually around 2%) interchange fee, while debit cards have only a small fixed fee for each transaction. But in other ...
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In which European countries do ATMs impose an extra surcharge for withdrawals?

Usually you pay a fee (if any) set by your bank for withdrawing money with your Visa/MC card from ATMs other than those your bank owns, but some ATMs charge the customer an extra fee on top of that ...
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Do ETF dividends make up for fees?

Do ETF dividends generally make up for the fees of the ETF? For example, lets use QQQ.
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Best bank without incoming wire transfer fees, for receiving money regularly? [duplicate]

I'm going to be receiving monthly wire transfers, and I found out that my bank (US Bank) charges $20 for each one. Are there any good banks that don't charge for incoming wire transfers?
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Consider Paypal fees in accounting

I'm a freelancer. I sent an invoice to my client (using InvoiceBubble.com), which he decided to pay via Paypal. Paypal took a fee. How do I take this fee in consideration for my accounting? I marked ...
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Can I recover my deposit (for a future purchase) from a company whose assets are frozen?

We recently paid a catering company $1400 as a deposit for our upcoming wedding. The company was highly recommended by a number of previous clients and had been in business for over a decade. Then ...
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How can I determine the exchange rate and fees that were applied to an international wire transfer?

I received a wire transfer from Europe a while ago. The money was sent as EUR and converted into USD by HSBC. Since the incoming transaction showed an amount that was around 3% less than expected, I ...
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Best / cheapest way to exchange USD for foreign currency cash?

I'm considering taking a trip abroad in a few months, and would like to exchange a moderate amount of money (say less than $2,500) into a couple of currencies (probably 60% Euro, 30% GBP, 10% ...
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Is there a fee if you used your debit card as credit card?

Is there a fee if you used your debit card as credit card? I see people recommending to always run debit card transactions as credit. There is a similar question here as well: What does it mean to ...
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How much “one-time fee” do I have to pay to be able to use PayPal to send money?

From http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/smallbusiness/webhosting/sitebuilder2/paypal/paypal-04.html: Personal accounts are meant for use by individuals. With a Personal account, you can send and ...
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How do I research, analyze, and choose the right mutual fund for a roth ira?

I recently opened a Roth IRA in the USA and I'm new to investing. How do I research a mutual fund and what aspects should I analyze to figure out if it fits my investment strategy (I might not even ...
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What is the fee charged for ADRs, which is deducted when dividends are paid?

My brokerage charges me a fee to hold ADRs; this fee is deducted anytime the ADRs pay dividends. I'm told that this is a standard fee and could not be negotiated. Is this fee truly carved in stone, ...
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Minimum investment per year to make Roth IRA worth it?

So I've decided to start a Roth IRA but talking to a few colleagues of mine they said that there's a few fees and stuff that comes with it such that if you don't put in quite a bit of money each year ...
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Evaluating Fees Involved with Combining IRAs

I have several Simple IRAs with several different companies a few of which are not being contributed to actively. I recently received the advice that "as a rule" having a single account is better. ...