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Am I obligated to file through a tax preparer after an unsatisfactory consultation?

I have been doing my taxes for 25 years with TurboTax. Like others, I was a bit upset at them for doubling the price of their software, so I decided I would make an appointment with H&R Block, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 expenses do 401k funds charge?

What expenses do 401k funds charge? For example, do they charge front-end or back-end loads (commission when buying or selling funds)? Also how do I find out if the 401k administrator charges a fee?
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Do I need to insure a large check when sending via mail?

My girlfriend has a bank account that is on hold because of a stolen debit card number. She recently signed a contract for 90k but has the first check in my name for 60k. She is stuck in London for a ...
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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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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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How Do Fund Fees Turn Up Exactly?

Regarding the overhead or expense fees associated with holding shares in a mutual fund, how do the fees affect what I'm holding? Is it taken out of the share price? Is it taken out of the ...
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Overnight charges for brokers holding stocks?

I'm trying to learn about stock markets. I eventually want to invest a small amount over a long period. Yet, I notice on a lot of broker sites that they tend to charge an overnight fee for any stocks ...
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In what circumstances will a bank waive the annual credit card fee?

I've had my credit card for two years. I use it extensively for all kinds of purchases and I have never gone over my limit or incurred a late payment fee. The card has an annual fee and I was ...
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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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Do “growth of $10k” charts for mutual funds account for fees? I've found conflicting information

I've had several people advise me that the growth of $10k charts that you see for mutual funds, and provided by, e.g., Morningstar, account for the expense ratio of that fund (but not sales loads). So ...
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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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What's the difference between credit unions and banks?

Is one better than the other? I've noticed that national banks seem to charge more (and higher) fees. Is that just me?
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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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What are reasonable administrative fees for an IRA?

I have a couple of IRAs (one roth, one traditional), at a local credit union for state employees where I live. I'm fairly young, so the money has simply been in interest-bearing accounts to date. ...
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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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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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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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How much does it cost to buy mutual funds? Where can I find about about the charges?

Regarding investing in mutual funds: How much does it cost to buy mutual funds? Where can I find about about the charges?
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When buying / selling a house in the UK, is it normal for solicitors' fees to be due before or after completion?

When we made our most recent house move (selling one house and buying another) we had to pay the solicitor's fees in advance of completion - the fees for searches etc. had to be paid upfront before ...
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Pros and cons of different methods to transfer money from India to the U.S.?

I live in India, and I'd like to transfer money to a friend in the U.S., to settle a debt. Which of the following options work well: Give a rupee-denominated cheque. This would be denominated in ...
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IRA advisory fee?

I have a traditional IRA which I rolled my previous employer's 401(k) into. I've noticed that there seems to be a quarterly advisory fee, which seems to be about 0.5%. Is this reasonable? I ...
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How does CD early withdrawal fee work?

I am looking at one of the "internet banks" and they have CDs for 1 year at 1% and 5 years at 2%. The early withdrawal fee for 5 year CD is 150 days of interest. Doesn't it mean that 300 days the CD's ...
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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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UK fee-free foreign transfer to own account

I have a bank account in the UK and in The Netherlands. Transferring money from my UK to my Dutch bank account costs £25 with my current bank and most other banks have similar fees. The Money saving ...
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How soon in advance to cancel a credit card to avoid the annual fee?

Last year I applied for a credit card (Delta Gold Amex) in order to get 50K bonus miles with the first year annual fee waived. I'm about to cash in the miles and I have never paid a dime in interest. ...