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How do credit union loans and dividends vs interest work?

Since a credit union's customer own shares/stocks, then what is really happening when a credit union makes a car or home loan to a new customer? Is it shorting selling stocks at an interest rate? ...
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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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When can you use existing real estate as collateral to buy more?

My grandfather owned a dozen apartment buildings, and when I asked him when I was little how he got so many, he said he just bought one, and then used it for collateral to get the second, and so on. ...
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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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How to get the lowest mortgage rate on a new purchase?

Looking for a home loan in the mid $400,000, with 20% down on the value price, a first home purchase and in the U.S. What strategies can be applied to ensure the best interest rate possible? What ...
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Basic Info On Construction Loans

My wife and I are looking into possibly buying a lot in Chicago and having a custom home built on it. My most basic question: is it possible to get a loan that covers buying the lot AND the cost of ...
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Interest rate question

I'm having a little trouble figuring this out. Suppose I took out a loan with the following terms: Loan Amount: 1,000 Interest Rate (APR): 10% Compound Frequency: Monthly (12 compounding periods) ...
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How to Split a loan, and how much should be my investment

I am from india, my idea of the question is to understand what is the loan amount i am entitled to, what should be my plan for applying a loan, and is there any ways to reduce interest rate after a ...
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Mortgage-based budget spreadsheets?

Got my first pre-approval on a mortgage loan, for an amount much larger than I thought I would. At first glance, it looks like more than my conservative mind would think is reasonable to spend on 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 should I calculate the opportunity cost of using a 401(k) loan?

I've seen a number of financial articles that discuss the "opportunity cost" of using a 401(k) loan; however, I don't seem to recall ever seeing a good formula or calculation that can be done to ...
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How to deal with my job change & 401k loan that I can't fully pay back?

It's been 60 days since I changed my job and I have an outstanding 401(k) loan of $30K(+30k non loan amount). I have only $20K to pay and my 401k plan won't accept the partial amount. I still didn't ...
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Quick formula for calculating total interest in my head

Is there a rough, quick and dirty, formula that I can do in my head for calculating the total interest on a loan? Something like: TotalInterest = Principal * (Yearly Interest% * Term In Years / 2); ...
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Best software to import finances [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best software tools for personal finance? I'm looking for a tool to manage my personal finances with. I've got various loans, credit cards, a few ...
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In what state do usury laws apply?

Let's say that I live in Connecticut and take out a loan with a bank in another state (for this example, let's say New York). Is there a general principle on which state's usury laws would apply, or ...
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Do I have an option to transfer parent plus loans to myself?

My wife and I are currently about to start our payments for student loans. All of our loans are federal student loans through Direct Loans. We also have a parent plus loan, which is technically under ...
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Are there loans for buying businesses?

You want a house or something, you get a mortgage. But what if you're buying up a hotel, or a restaurant? I see these things for sale online at reasonable prices but not so reasonable that I could ...
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Why am I getting “Pre-approved” loans from random financial institutions in the mail?

Lately I've been getting letters in the mail saying that I've been pre-approved for a $2000 dollar loan by some random bank or financial institutions. I've never given out my address to anyone. I ...
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Does it make sense to get a 401k loan for land purchase?

Does it make sense to use a 401k loan as a downpayment on land that you intend to build a house on? I am currently in one house, however, I do not have much cash to make a downpayment on land that ...
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What is a 401(k) Loan Provision?

I'm considering a few job offers for post-college, and I'm wondering how this (Roth) 401(k) plan stacks up against the average offering: After one year of service, [Company] will: ...
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My Co-Signer is the Primary Account Holder for my Car Loan - Does this affect my credit?

I recently financed a car purchase, and my father co-signed for me. I received the first bill, to find out that he is listed as the primary account holder with the finance company, although I am the ...
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Building Credit for a Young Person with No Credit

I don't have any credit established but I'm a computer programmer and I make pretty good money. I'm 21 and I would like to buy a new car. I can't get a loan because I don't have any credit and I've ...
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How can I get a loan secured with free and clear land?

I own a piece of vacant land free and clear. I have an immediate need for cash and would like to take out a loan secured by my property. The land was last appraised at $980,000. I cannot pay a ...
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Any smart way to get the interest down on our student loans?

Trying to figure this out. I have a student loan $24,000 at 6.55% with Nelnet, and my wife has $48,000 at 5.2% with Mohelo. We have a home worth $220,000 with $40k in equity, and the rest at $180k at ...
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Can a friend put up collateral for my secured loan?

I'm the friend. My mom needs a loan from me and figures involving a bank might avoid some headaches. She wants me to lend her 20K. Wire it to the bank. Then the bank will (presumably) lend her 20K. Do ...
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New car price was negotiated as a “cash deal”. Will the price change if I finance instead?

I am planning to buy a new car. I went to a dealership and when talking to a sales person I said I can pay cash. He knocked down the price quite a bit. Since the dealership did not have any low APR ...
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How to read interest/principal payoff table

I have this data (modified dates) in my transaction history: (APR=.99%) I have made 4 payments till date. 4th Paid on: 06/25/2001 $1000.00 Principal $1000.00 //Paid ...
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What does a 30/360 day count convention mean?

I've been trying to understand day count conventions, but the Wikipedia article is confusing. It was my understanding that interest is usually compounded daily - I don't quite understand how it fits ...
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Optimal way to use a credit card to build better credit?

I have a credit card with a $700 limit and I am curious how to optimize credit gain with it. Right now, I use it once a month (usually on something small like a drink from a convenience store or ...
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Can someone help me understand my student loans?

I have more loans than these but I am wondering how to handle these three (all with the same bank): 3%, last payment ~$36, current balance $6153, original amount $5500, payoff balance $6170 2.5%, ...
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Which loan should I offset?

Imagine I have two loans, one is 300k and the other is 50k. I also have an offset account with 35k in it. All income is going in to the offset account and so it should rise rapidly. If i offset the ...
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How to calculate outstanding Graduate Plus Loan balance currently in deferment?

Can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong here? If I have a $56,500 loan and the interest rate is 7.9% how much will I owe after 8 months? I thought this would be fairly simple. I would ...
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Can I get a housing loan for my father's property?

I want to apply for a home loan, but the property is registered in my father's name. Is it possible? Can anybody help clarify my understanding of home loans?
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How do Islamic Banking give loans for housing purposes?

Islamic banks do not give loans they invest in financial activities of their clients. Am I correct? If yes, then how can they provide loans for housings? Home loans have nothing to do with business. ...
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Credit score impact of shopping around to get the best home loan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Multiple mortgage pre-approvals and effects on credit score My wife and I are starting the process of buying our first house. We would like to shop around a bit to get ...
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Why can I refinance my recent car loan at a lower rate than I had received originally?

I just purchased a new car a month ago at 3.2% APR. This was the best rate I could get at the time. I currently have an offer from a bank to refinance at 2.25% APR. For a $25k auto loan, this ...
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Formula for recalculation of a bad loan, i.e. where payments were missed?

I need to know if exists any formula to calculate interest rate, principal interest, total amount to be paid, in the case of a bad loan. Ex: In a bank exists a 20 year home - loan. The client was ...
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Go for Fixed or Floating interest in Mortgage

Which type of loan is best, a Fixed interest rate or a floating interest rate? In India most banks offer mortgages that start with a 12% floating rate or a fixed rate mortgage with a 13.5% interest ...
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What's the Effective Interest formula used by this loan calculator?

I used a loan calculator which gives an effective rate of 80.781 whereas wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annual_percentage_rate gives a rate of 49% for these parameters: borrowed: 100 fees: ...
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Credit Card: Charge from the bank

Let's say I have a debt of $50. Let's say I don't pay for my credit card debts. Next month they will charge me interest upon the money I should have paid ($50 + interest). Now let's say I pay more ...
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PCP or Bank Loan for Car Purchase?

I'm trying to figure out the best way to pay for a car we're about to purchase. I had a figure in mind of between £6-7k when looking at cars, so I also knew I wanted to pay around £200-£240 per month ...
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Refinancing a vehicle, longer term with extra in the kitty, or shorter term and just make scheduled payment?

My truck is currently financed with $31k owing @ 9.9% interest over 72 months = $565/month I've been approved to refinance my vehicle with the following $31k owing, down payment of $3.5k & 5.9% ...
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First time home hunters. Pay debt or save for down payment

tl;dr We want to buy a house. We've done all the pro's and con's of home ownership. We have 1/2 a down payment and some highish loan payments Would it be wiser to pay down the loans and go ...
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What are the tax implications of lending to my own LLC?

Well, as I mentioned before, I'm buying rental property under the name of my LLC (California). I used cash for the purchases, but the initial investment I made in the company was not enough to cover ...
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Did my salesman damage my credit? What can I do?

I am in the process of purchasing a new truck. A few months ago I put a $500 security deposit down on a truck. I was told that the truck was at a neighboring dealership and that it would take 2-5 days ...
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Is there any kind of unsecured stock loan?

I am interested to buy some shares in the future. Can anybody tell me is there any kind of stock loan which doesn't need collateral?
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How smart is it really to take out a loan right now?

With the economy in its current state (i.e. horrific), interest rates on loans are very low right now. I have heard people say that right now is a 'good' time to take out a loan, and that it is a ...
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High Student Debt - Will Mortgage Lenders Take Into Account Repayment Assistance Program?

I am a few years out of professional school, and am starting to think about buying a home. Based on my credit, income, and available down payment, I would be easily eligible for a good-size mortgage. ...
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What does “parity” mean with regards to student loans?

I read in a newspaper that interest on part-time student loans was made the same as a full time student's loan in order to "achieve parity between part-time and full-time student loan programs" ...
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What is Loan to Value Ratio?

Suppose if I am taking a $50,000 on loan for home or for car or for anything,I have read it many times that LVR is 85% or 80%.what does it mean actually? Is it applicable for Indian citizens too?