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What is the rationale for a separate “National Insurance” tax in the UK?

In the UK there's a type of income tax called "National Insurance", similar to regular income tax. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ni/ What is the rationale for having this separate income tax? How does it ...
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401k Hardship withdrawal (First home), without buying home?

Not saying this is a good idea, but honestly it was something I was just curious about. My and other 401(k) plans allows you to withdraw from your 401(k) before 59 years of age for "hardship" for the ...
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What are the economic benefits of owning a home in the United States?

I am trying to figure out if owning a home is more economical then renting. According to all the tools, according to the rent I pay now (< $800) owning a home is not economical, even in the long ...
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Lump sum investment vs SIP when I have the lump sum

I am fresh out of college and placed with a good job. It's been two months now and I have with me (after making all deductions): Two months salary Signing bonus = Equivalent to another 1.5 months of ...
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are my calculations for PV, NPV, and rate of return right?

Note: This is not a homework. I teach myself some financial principles and I made up this example to find out if I understood these principles. This example is a just a normal example nothing is real. ...
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What is the difference between an Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) and an Accountant?

I'm looking for some advice on various small personal financial matters relating to pension, salary, taxation etc. I've been given a personal recommendation for an accountant, but looking at their ...
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Loan math problem

There was a 9gag post some time ago with the following problem: A car dealer offers Lachlan a car that is priced at $21800, but he only has a $600 deposit. Lachlan's trade-in is actually worth $500. ...
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How do companies like WhatsApp and Hike earn money?

How does companies like WhatsApp ,Hike earn? As these are free , they only require internet so does our network provider pay them
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Will I see a collection on my credit report if I paid the bill in full?

I received a call from a collections agency a couple of days ago about an unsettled bill of $200. Turns out that during my grad school days (over 7 years ago), we used a water delivery service and I ...
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Should I get a bank account since I recently got my first job?

I'll be starting work this Friday (yay!) and haven't got the slightest clue about any of this. It'll be washing dishes at a restaurant, and I really don't know anything. Do I set up a bank account ...
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What are some way to decide if a e-commerce site is reliable?

I am planning to travel to US for holidays, and my friend in US told me that gift card from mygiftcardsite. Here's the website, and here's where you can register/view your transaction details. Truth ...
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What is a good service that will allow me to practice options trading with a pretend-money account?

I want to get a little more practice before I put my money on the line. I was using Paper Money from thinkorswim through school, but my account is bugged where the buying power will not update. The ...
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What standards should I expect of my CPA when an error was made?

I was storing some product at a fulfillment company in California in 2011 & 2012. I live in Florida where I do business from my home. I have been doing my taxes with a CPA so it would get done ...
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What is the difference between direct plans and Institutional Plan?

When I look at ultra short term funds, I generally see at least these two options for a given fund house. If the fund house name is "ABC", then I generally see these 2 options: ABC Ultra Short Term ...
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What do I need to know before getting a loan?

Recently, due to a series of events, I've been finding myself... uncomfortable with my financial situation. I'm not in debt, but my account balance did drop into the low three-digit figures a couple ...
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What's the difference between a certified check, a cashier's check, a money order, and a bank draft?

The question comes from reading this answer. I've heard these terms used somewhat interchangeably, but I have no idea what the differences are. What's the difference between a certified check, a ...
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Best way to invest money as a 22 year old?

I currently have a small sum of money of less than $1000, but will be reaching greater than $1000 over the summer due to a summer waiter job. I have been reading about the stock market, but so far I ...
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Making Sense Of This Sentence

Some random browsing brought me to the Wikipedia page on Financial Independence, and I'm having trouble making sense of something it says. Below is the whole extract, provided in full to make it easy ...
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What is the “rule of 70” or “rule of 72” with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?

What is the "rule of 72" (sometimes called the "rule of 70") with regards to investment, and how do I apply it?
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What amount will I get back if I hold a bond to maturity?

If I hold a bond to maturity, then on day of maturity, will I get back: The price of the bond at maturity? or, The price I paid when I bought the bond? or, The par value of the bond? My guess is ...
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Do I need to repay back my line of credit in the form of monthly payments?

When I take a line of credit, do I start making monthly payments, like with a mortgage? Or do I make a lump sum (principal + interest) payment at the end of the term of the line of credit? Or is there ...
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financial statement

i'm a student and in my academic financial statement there is the money which i am supposed to pay for the registration and modules fees on the debit side, which is less than the one on the credit ...
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Buying life insurance at the age of 25

Given that, the person is unmarried and without any dependent, is it advisable to buy life insurance (which is not a term insurance) at the age of 25? Considering it as an investment tool plus a ...
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Is having a Critical Illness Insurance worth it?

I am aware that the typical argument for having a CI insurance is because we just really don't know what will happen in the future and it's better to be protected. But is it really worth it paying for ...
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Is there a term that better describes a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) when it is negative?

When calculating rates of return for an investment or portfolio over time, whether to report or compare performance, one frequently calculates the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). I've got a ...
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Can someone explain the different kinds of annuities?

So in my retirement and personal investing I have some stocks (very little), a Roth IRA, a Roth 401K and a Traditional 401K (later two are from work and I split things right now). At my age and ...
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What sort of investment accounts are generally used for short term (not retirement) investing?

If accounts such as Roth IRA and 401(k) are designed for investing towards retirement, what sort of accounts do people generally use for short term investing, say 5-10 years? Ideally there would be ...
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What is the point of the stock market? What is it for, and why might someone want to trade or invest?

Sometimes you have to explain this to young people or people unfamiliar with the stock market. Why would a company want to be a stock company? Why would a person want to trade stocks? How does a ...
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How to find if a public company has taken out a loan?

From a company's Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow data, is it possible to figure out if the company has taken out a loan and how much it has taken out?
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How do interest rates work?

My question is very simple. I am considering a CD for my money, but I don't know a whole lot of the financial math that goes into that kind of stuff. My question is about interests rates. Do CD's ...
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How can I come up with a good personal (daily) budget?

I've read a bunch of posts about how to create a portfolio, investments when starting out on your career. I know that a lot (almost everyone) goes through the same kind of things that I'm going ...
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Why do investors buy stock that had appreciated?

I understand you make money by buying low and selling high. But even if the stock price goes up, why are we guaranteed that there is some demand for it? After all, it's more expensive now. It would ...
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If prices are falling, who will lend shares to short sellers?

Short selling is a process that involves borrowing shares from a person, selling them and then buying them back at a lower price, thus realizing a profit. In this situation, knowing that prices are ...
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what are the pros and cons of structured deposits?

This morning, I came across the term, structured deposits. As I am still learning about finance, I am quite curious on different types of deposits. In layman's terms, What is a Structured Deposit? ...
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What are “headwinds” and “tailwinds” in financial investments?

I've seen/heard these terms in various writings & broadcasts lately. What do they mean?
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How to understand expenses matter relative to investment type for mutual funds?

From Wikipedia Expenses matter relative to investment type There are three broad investment categories for mutual funds (equity, bond, and money market - in declining order of historical ...
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What does “LLP” stand for in the name of an organization?

What does LLP stand for? As in the example name "Flood Law Group, LLP".
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Is a budget comprised of expenses, and/or revenue?

From the book website for Economics Principles in Action by O'sullivan:: States have two budgets: an operating budget and a capital budget. But from Wikipedia: A budget is generally a list ...
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What does “running a very large fiscal deficit” mean?

Recently I was reading an article on ft.com, and I came across this quote: They [yield on gilts and bonds] are particularly striking in the cases of the US and UK,which unlike Germany, run very ...
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Physical Delivery vs Assignment?

In options: What is the difference between the two? Assignment: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/a/assignment.asp#axzz1tG3VpKt8 Physical Delivery: ...
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Why do they call them “financial products”?

As far as I know there are no products involved. All they sell are services. Why then this name "products"?
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How can the ROE on a stock be more than 100%?

I looked at a stock's ROE for Q3 2011 and it was more than 100%, but the operating margin wasn't very high, around 5%. How is this possible?
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Has anyone created a documentary about folks who fail to save enough for retirement?

In this question, the OP suspects that she simply needs to select the right annuity to solve her money problems. And in her defense, many financial institution commercials try to convince soon-to-be ...
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“Derivative” and “asset-backed security”: Same concept, or related?

Derivative and asset-backed security seem to be similar, as both are based on some other assets. So I wonder if they are the same concept?
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What is meant by “proof of funds” and what would such proof be used for?

What does it mean when some funding firm or commercial bank asks for "proof of funds"?
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What's the difference between “marketable” vs. “tradable” (tradeable)?

In Bodie's textbook "Investments": Money market instruments include short-term, marketable, liquid, low-risk debt securities. I was wondering about the differences and relations between ...
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Solid reading/literature for investment/retirement/income taxes?

I'm striving for financial literacy and education. I've been really frustrated with most of the literature that's out there surrounding retirement, income taxes, and investment. Most of it seems ...
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What is the difference between a stock and a bond?

I am just learning about finances (only 14 years old) and have heard about Stocks and Bonds and I would like to know the difference between these two things and wonder why would I invest in one or the ...
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Italy BTP vs. German Bund spread. Care to explain?

I hear a lot of chatting about BTP/Bund spread recently. I am not familiar with this concept. Could you explain what it is and what it means, in layman's terms?
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Ongoing things to do and read to improve knowledge of finance?

In this forum, there are a lot of people whose primary job is programming. And yet they are very knowledgeable on a lot of financial topics. Can you please share what you do/read on a regular basis ...