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Could you save money by not paying your student loans

I read an article that discusses a woman refusing to pay her student loans. In the end, she claims she saves money because she defaults on her loans, thus her loans grow without interest, and her ...
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How do I calculate interest on a personal loan with irregular withdrawals and payments?

Several years ago, I loaned money to a family member. They borrowed different amounts at irregular intervals. They are now beginning to repay, so I want to establish exactly how much they owe. I have ...
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I have a loan with a 6.5% interest rate. Should I divert money into my 401(k) instead of prepaying?

I have a loan with a fixed 6.5% interest rate, with an absurdly low minimum payment, so I have been paying extra each month (about enough so that the loan will have a 10-year repayment lifetime ...
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Choosing the duration of a loan, how the monthly payments evolve in function of the loan term?

I would like to visually discover how the monthly repayments of a given loan (for a given amount ; taking about a fixed rate loan) evolve in function of the total duration of the loan. I assume it is ...
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Is there any circumstance in which it is necessary to mark extra payments on a loan as going to “principal and not interest”?

I've heard for years - and not believed - that it was necessary to mark extra payments, clearly targeted towards a particular loan, as "apply to principal" or any other such magic wording in order to ...
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What do you do when a family member won't pay you back?

What do you do when a family member won't pay you back?
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Paying off student loans early/lump sum — best practices?

My wife & I have run into a large sum of cash recently and are interested in paying off/paying down our student loans -- about $30k between us, at about 6.5% avg interest. We're both earning ...
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What happens when you make extra payments but don't specify principal reduction?

Lets say your loan payment is $100 a month. What is the differences between: making a regular payment for $120 making a regular payment for $100 plus an additional principal reduction payment for ...
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Paying off loans early, or is there some way to reduce extortionate interest charges?

I bought a car about 2 years ago on finance. The car was priced at £11k and I was very quick to jump at the chance rather than thinking. Over the 5 year period I'm paying over £18k in total, thats ...