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Why is the money factor defined the way it is?

In some loan situations, especially car leases, people like to talk about the money factor, which is a number given by interest percentage/2400 Where does the 2400 come from? I understand that it ...
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Lending Club - Interest rate and interest received compared with total payments discrepancy?

I have a Loaner's Lending Club account. There seems to be a discrepancy between some of the numbers on my account (the discrepancy would be in my favor, I just want to know why they are the way they ...
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Calculating APR

If I have a loan at 5% interest over a year compounded semi-monthly does this loan have a higher APR compared to a loan at 5% compounded annually?
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Formula that predicts whether one is better off investing or paying down debt

This is more of a statistics/probability question but the implications for personal finance are obvious. Let's say you have extra cash (assume tax-advantaged space is already maxed out) and are ...
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How much should I pay to bank for educational loan?

I have a bank loan taken from one of the nationalised bank and I owe 4.54 lakhs at 11% interest to the respected bank I have not paid since last 2 years towards interest So I wanted to know how much ...
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How to calculate interest charged on my loan given a series of dates & payments?

I want to calculate the interest rate payed for this loan using Mathematica. The initial amount was of 12000€, then they asked to pay 240€ for opening the loan and another 870€ for the insurance for ...
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Is an interest-free loan to a charity an asset when applying for financial aid

We have an opportunity to sell our house for a great deal more than we paid for it. We plan to buy another house but will have $50,000 to $100,000 left in cash. We also have children in college for ...
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Do I have to pay taxes on PPF in USA?

I am going to work on H-1B in US for next 3 years. I am sure that I will return to India after 3 years and do not want to permanently settle in US. In order to invest money in India I am planning to ...
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Average interest rate vs compound interest rate

(1) Taking an average of %profit (2) Is calculating %profit by (end-start/start)*100 (3) Is (2) divided by 10 periods My questions are; What is the REASON why (1) and (3) are different values? ...
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Is 6% too high to trade stocks on margin?

Lets assume I understand the risk of trading on margin and that I can lose the money. My question is if 6% is too high? I do have dividend paying stocks that could almost cover the monthly interest ...
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Why is paying mortgage interest considered by some to be beneficial?

When discussing buying a home I often hear people say they like having a mortgage because they get the benefit of writing off the interest. Am I misunderstanding something? My simple thought is if ...
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Should credit card refunds within the payment period (but after the statement date) be charged interest?

My wife signed up for a 0% balance transfer offer with BarclayCard (UK), and transferred around £1000. The 0% interest is always listed as a line item on the monthly statement. Each month she pays ...
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What is the logic behind peak interest rates for 390 days FDs in India?

Currently fixed deposit (FD) rates in India are around 9% p.a with various Indian banks. I have observed that there are tenure brackets which start from 7 days till 5 years. There is always a bracket ...
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Where to buy good corporate/goverment/treasury bonds?

I am non american citizen. I read a portion of Benjamin Grahams, "The Intelligent Investor" he suggests that one should always have a portion of ones savings in bonds. Specifically, he mentions SERIES ...
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Auto debit vs slight over-payment - which is better for a student loan?

I have a pair of student loans at 5.12% (the Sub and Unsub halves of a consolidation). My lender offers a 0.25% rate reduction if I sign-up or auto debit - but only if I terminate online billing. As ...
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Understanding Effective Annual Interest Rate concept

I am trying to understand the effective interest rate concept with an example. All I know about it is the following formula: EAR = (1+r/n)^n -1 , where n = number of periods r = stated interest rate ...
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Are UK cash ISA's cumulative?

I have opened a Cash ISA recently and I don't seem to understand how they calculate the ISA earnings. So as an example, suppose I have a cash ISA maxed out at £5,940 (I know this is going up in July ...
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Where should I park my rainy-day / emergency fund?[INDIA]

I was looking at options for where I can put my emergency fund. I came across these questions during my search - #1 and #2 - which are specifically for U.S. and Canada. I want to know what options ...
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Cash needed at low interest for one year. What kind of loan might be appropriate?

I need to borrow about $10k in cash and was wondering what would be the best way to do so(In which I do not have to pay a lot of interest). I need this money for exactly one year. My credit score is ...
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Interest on last month rent deposit

I am not sure if this applies to all of Canada, but in Ontario, when a tenant rents an apartment, the landlord is entitled to ask for a deposit up to the rent of one month. From the website of the ...
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Pros and Cons of Interest Only Loans

I currently have a home with an FHA loan which require me to make mortgage insurance payments for the next 4 years. I am considering a refinance and have came across the idea of interest only ...
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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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Should I pay extra towards my mortgage or HELOC?

My first mortgage has a balance of $147k with 4.75% fixed interest rate. My home equity line of credit (HELOC) has a balance of $87k with prime minus 1.1%. I've been making about $50 extra payment ...
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What is the best safe way to earn most interest of 100k savings?

What is the best safe way to earn most interest of 100k savings? What is the safest way I can maximize my interest income on 100k savings? I want as little risk as possible
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Calculating cost of loan

|fee |interest(5% of 200) |total paying |% of original loan |200 |6 |10 |10+6 |8 (16/200*100) |effective loan |% of ...
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APR without principal repayment?

I've been trying to find out about this own my own but can't seem to work it out via search engines, loan/mortgage websites and excel. When I try to work out how much a loan costs, rates like APR ...
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Do banks give us interest even for the money that we only had briefly in our account?

My father has just deposited ₹95,000 in my savings bank account with Indian Bank that I have to pay as fees to my university. I was thinking of paying the fees 1-2 days later, as I will get interest ...
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Balancing an Interest Accrual Rate Between multiple loans

Tags: multiple student loans , balancing interest accruals , student loan help
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Given a certain yearly savings, how much can I spend on a capital improvement? NPV of future cash flow

I'm seeking a simple online calculator, or explicit instructions for a spreadsheet, for answering simple real-world scenarios like this: Our insurance company is offering a 30% discount on an ...
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Monthly/Annual Payments Calculation with percentage increase to equal exact dollar amount over exact specified period

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this kind of a question, but here it goes. I have the following information: A = Total amount needed B = Number of periods (monthly, 12 payments of ...
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Is it to my advantage to refinance with an LPMI option (Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance)?

My fiance and I bought a house in April 2013 using a FHA loan, 30-year fixed. We only had to put down 3.5% so of course a good bit of our monthly payment is PMI. I got a call today from the same ...
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Are loans that charge a fixed interest amount based on original principal throughout the loan still used? If so Where?

Some loans charged interest on the total amount of the loan (at origination!) until the last payment is made--effectively doubling the interest charge on a loan which charges interest on the declining ...
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How is “Balance Subject To Interest Rate” calculated?

I was approved for a balance transfer of $2,500 to a card, and that month my statement looked like this: INTEREST CHARGES (APR 2013) ...
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Why are mortgage interest and taxes considered tax deductible?

I have trouble understanding the rationale behind why certain things are tax deductible while other things are not. For example, I understand that RRSP contributions are tax deductible because I am ...
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Is my financial plan for buying a house logically sound

All money is in NZD, all calculations done Weekly. Linked house is just example. House in North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand. $600K 30 year Mortgage with ASB, 430K loaned at 5.75% variable, (170K ...
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Why have U.S. bank interest rates been so low for the past few years?

I have some savings accounts in different banks and they all give 1.00% interest or less, and in many cases it is something ridiculous like $0.05 Would anyone be able to explain why this is ...
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How to calculate the proportion interest/principal of this fortnightly (bi-weekly) loan payment?

You would need to borrow $660,000 and your fortnightly payments would be: Reducing loan $2,299.61 given 5.75 variable interest rate How much of the $2300 fortnightly paid is interest, and how ...
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Help with calculation of interest on a security deposit on a rented house?

I know you answered a similar question on another post but I am in dire need of help. I was wondering if you could help me out with my security deposit calculations? We paid $1795 for our deposit in ...
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For most loans, do you pay interest on the principal or amount remaining?

For example, if I take out a personal loan from the bank for 1k for 1 year with 10% interest, I would pay $100 in interest. What would happen if I paid back $900 on the first day of the loan, and then ...
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India Income Tax: Need to Pay Tax on Savings Account Interest for FY 2012-13 Or Not?

As per Indian Income Tax rules and regulations, for the Savings Account Interest accrued during the period of April 2012 to March 2013, do I need to pay any tax if it is less than Rs.10000? Or is it ...
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Does there exist a kind of loan where no part of principal is paid, while interest is still paid?

I know that when debt is being re-paid, one pays interests along with repayment of some parts of debt principal. However, I am wondering a case where no part of debt principal is re-paid while ...
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Loan-with-PMI vs other loan: which is best to pay down

I would like to understand whether it is better to make extra payments on a home loan that includes PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) or a different (high interest) loan. Typically, when deciding ...
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Forex, trading “currencies” or trading “relations”?

I'm newbie in Forex and have a simple question, I guess. Disregarding leverage and things alike, I would like to know what's the difference between opening a position in Forex on a pair through a ...
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Any Canadian tax shelter for lending to friends or family?

I am considering helping friends or family out of credit card debt, which is costing them ~18% per year by giving them a loan at more like ~3% (kind of like consolidated credit/debt). Is there ...
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Paying Off Debt: When CC Companies Won't Reduce APR

For the past two years I've been living, for the first time, under the weighty, grey cloud of credit card debt. Foolish use of personal credit cards to fund asset purchases for an LLC have resulted in ...
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Why do banks want you to pay off interest before principal?

When you take out a traditional mortgage the first payment you make to a bank pays off mostly interest and then later payments start paying off principal. What is the reason for this? Is it just a ...
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Why does the principal/interest applied to my balance fluctuate in spite of making payments on-time?

In my first payment on 6/03/2011, the principal applied to my balance was $261.11 and the interest was $221.64. As I kept making the payment on-time, the principal applied to my balance kept ...
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U.S. Bonds Taxed Interest and Current Value

Series EE Bond just matured and I cashed it in. The current value that I received in cash was only a little more than the original face value. However, the interest I am paying taxes on is half the ...
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Interest on security deposits paid to landlords, in Michigan?

Does the state of Michigan require landlords to put security deposits in interest bearing financial institutions?
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How do I calculate the interest on my deposits to my landlord?

I was renting from this company called harbor house builders. I started renting from them in 2009 and at that time I was renting an apartment at 650 a month so I put 650 for rent and 650 for deposit. ...