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Apartment Security Deposit refunds in Maryland

I paid $158.00 security deposit in April 1972. How much should I get back? I moved out on June 30, 2015 with no deductions for damages. I lived in Maryland.
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Compounded and Simple Interest Rates

Suppose we have a loan worth 10000 that is being repaid late as a lump sum on a given day 30 days after the due date. Suppose the original interest rate is 5% so that the amount owed before late ...
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Annuities and varying interest rates?

The gist: Let's say I have $12,000 and have $240 a week in which I can invest into an ordinary annuity. Let's say I invest $1040 a month as opposed to $240 a week. The interest rate is 3% p.a. ...
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Why the interest does not stop on the day of paying off the whole loan

We are trying to pay off our 20 years fixed mortgage after 12 years and when I called the mortgage company and asked for the balance (in my calculation is only 57000 of the principal left) the ...
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Shouldn't nominal interest rates be illegal? [closed]

First of all, I'm really new to anything related to financial math and the like, but I just can't get my head around these nominal interest rates. The way I'm getting it is that it's just a euphemism ...
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How does a variable interest rate loan work?

I took out a $100,000 loan on my house on a variable rate loan at 4.5% for 30 years. For example, see this calculator. Assuming the interest rate stays the same, the final cost will be $145,000. In ...
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Who gets to write off (deduct) interest part of a mortgage payment?

On a U.S. Federal tax return, you can write off interest and property tax payments on a mortgage. Who gets to do that? Just the person in whose name the mortgage is? Or anyone on the title of the ...
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Can you subtract credits/returns/refunds from statement balance?

Most credit card companies in the US do not charge any interest on any purchases if you pay at least the statement balance every month. E.g. you effectively get between 25 and 30+25 days of interest ...
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What is the formula for loan payoff with daily compounded interest and monthly payment?

My goal is to make a graph using this formula for all possible monthly payments. Let's say... Loans: 21750 Monthly Payment: 220 Daily Interest: 4.0% / 365 What formula would I use to get the total ...
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Is the interest on EE series US Savings Bonds accrual dates prorated If I cash in just before an accrual date?

I have several EE series US savings bonds which I would like to cash, they were all given to me on the same date in different years, and I calculated the interest online, the calculator said that ...
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Effective Interest Rate Interpretation

Assume a $1,000 loan for 24 months, with monthly interest rate 2.5%, and monthly payments ($55.91 as calculated by any online tool, e.g. here). This will give us annual interest rate (air) of 30%, ...
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What is the formula for calculating the amount of money I end up with in a given period (salary and compounding effect)?

I'll give a concrete example (couldn't find a similar question): Let's say I have an amount of money M at time t = 0 (first month). Every month, I get a given amount (let's say constant) of R On my ...
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Is interest on a personal loan tax deductible?

My father loaned me money to invest in a company and the company pays me quarterly profits. I have to pay back the loan to my father plus interest. What I would like to know is whether or not the ...
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Does Maxing my Roth IRA Early in the Year Provide More in the Long Run?

Recently, I've been looking into investing into a Roth IRA since I'm in the lower end of my twenties. Due to no employer match and feedback from co-workers, I felt this would be a good option to ...
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Should I put a small amount of savings in a high interest savings account?

The highest in Canada that I've found is 2.8% interest, compounded annually where the interest is calculated daily. I have $2000, and the initial amount and the interest earned is guaranteed by a ...
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401K or Indian CD

I am debating on contributing to 401k(which is being invested fully) va putting a sum (say $10k) in Indian CD. I am assuming investment in stocks would return about 6-8% where as Indian CD would ...
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Pay down mortgage or low interest student loans [duplicate]

I have both a mortgage and student loans, as many now do. My mortgage is at 5.5 % with ~ $250k balance and my student loans are at ~ $98k with 2.125 % interest. The remaining number of payments are ...
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Deferring mortgage interest expense to next year when filing taxes?

I paid around $25,000 in mortgage interest payment last year, however, I had no income. I was wondering if I could defer this expense to next year and omit it this year. Since it will not benefit me ...
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Low-interest 30yr mortgage - can the bank pull a fast-one?

I'm on the cusp of signing a 30-year fixed mortgage at 3.8% interest (I might even be able to negotiate it down to 3.6%). Looking at historical interest rates, it's a dead-certainty that interest ...
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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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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 ...