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Mortgage vs. Loan?

I understand the math behind how banks calculate the interest to principal ratio throughout the amortization period. I want to know why banks want you to pay as much interest as possible first? In a ...
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The Pure Expectations Theory - Term Structure of Interest Rates [migrated]

If you are familiar with the "Pure Expectations Theory" on the term structure of interest rates, you probably know why it is generally dismissed. Apparently it neglects the risks inherent in investing ...
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Do I need to pay tax if I earned 10 pounds interest from peer-to-peer investment?

If I earned 10 pounds in tax year 2014/15, do I need to pay tax? I just started investing in Funding Circle, I earned few pounds. This just looks silly to pay tax from 10 pounds but maybe that ...
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Calculating a simply complicated return?

I have been tracking investments in a spreadsheet for some time. Each row is an equal time period, the balance includes dividends for that time period, and the transfers in our out for that time ...
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What to do with this cash- pay off ONE card, or pay down a few?

I've got a $5k payment coming through with about $12k in CC debt, over 4 cards. 1 card is at $3000 (total line is $4k), 14.8% interest rate, another at $3450(total line is 4.5k), 19.3% interest rate, ...
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Can someone explain to me how should I go about paying off my student loans?

I have two loans right now: $72k Balance - Minimum of ~$500/month payments and $30k Balance -Minimum of ~$350/month payments The part that is confusing me is how much of my ...
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Child is on the way, invest for college and car fund options - opinions

I have a baby on the way and own my own business. Because I have my own business my income is volatile every month, and don't want to count on contributing monthly for 20 years for my child college ...
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Student loans: Invest money until just before graduation (capitalization) or pay interest now?

There are lots of questions on SE about investing versus paying off student loans. This is not one of those questions. This question is about investing while you are still in school to pay off student ...
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Should I make partial pre-payments on an actuarial loan?

I discovered today that a loan I took out for home improvements doesn't use simple interest. I'm pretty frustrated with myself for not realizing this before I signed for it. Regardless, I'm trying ...
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How can a 'saver' maintain or increase wealth in low interest rate economy?

If low interest rates disadvantage 'savers' what are they supposed to do if they are not inclined to buy and spend? Where should you put your money (instead of it stagnating in low interest rate ...
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What is the best way to increase the earned money staying in US for an NRI?

Im living in US from last 1 year due to work assignment and will be here for another 3-4 years. What is the best way to earn interest on earned money? Shall I send all earned money to India ...
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How to calculate Annual Percentage Rate

How to calculate Annual Percentage Rate (APR) given the following: A - Loan borrowed at the beginning (USD 1000), B - Loan total costs paid at the end (USD 2000), c - Number of compounding periods ...
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Capital gains on foreign investment?

An American "tax person" living solely in Canada must report any interest income earned in Canada on his/her US tax return. But, does this income include any gains or losses caused purely by currency ...
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Automating high- bank or credit union requirements (e.g. X debit card transactions per month)

Banks (and credit unions, etc.) that offer high interest typically require the customer to take some kind of action every month, such as performing 10 debit card purchases. I'm wondering if people ...
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Paying a Navient Loan's Principal

I have the following loans: A) $12,818 @ 9.25% B) $11,499 @ 2.25% C) $10,059 @ 2.25% D) $ 3,365 @ 10% I recently received a $5000 inheritance so I would like to allocate this in the best way ...
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Can a Roth IRA be used as a savings account?

If my understanding is correct, you can take out your contributions from your Roth IRA whenever you want without paying any penalties. If this is true, then other than the limit you can contribute to ...
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Income in zero-interest environment

In a zero-interest environment, what are safe (conservative) alternatives for income?
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Is it a good idea to max out a zero interest revolving credit account?

I have a 0% interest overdraft that's currently up to a £1200 limit, but I can request an increase. Would it be a good idea to transfer up to the limit (minus what I'd float in the account to make ...
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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 ...