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Recent college grad. Down payment on a house or car?

So here's the situation I'm facing. I've recently graduated college but have been working for a while now. I've managed to save up around $10,000 aside for my "money to live" stash. And like most ...
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Is it worth it to re-finance my car loan?

I have 60-month car loan at 4.75%. My bank sent me a note saying that I am able to re-finance at 3.25%, to either 60 or 48 months. I am calculating that it will probably save me about 400-500 ...
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Federal Stafford Loan deferment options?

I have a question pertaining to Federal Stafford Loans, I think it goes here, let me know otherwise. I have several student loans, Federal Stafford Loans to be exact, and the National Guard has ...
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mortgage math problem

There's a 30yr home loan for $100,000 at 7%. After 15 years the loan is paid off in order to refinance at a lower rate. The loan has a prepayment penalty of six months interest of 80% of the ...
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Will paying off a loan early hurt my credit?

I recently purchased a vehicle and took out an Auto loan from the local credit union. I have run into some extra cash and can actually pay off the car completely. I have a very little credit ...
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How does “taking over payments” work?

I will be purchasing a new car fairly soon here, and could help my SO out a lot by having her "take over" payments on my current car. I've heard this term colloquially, but I'm not sure how it works ...
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Will paying off my car early hinder my ability to build credit?

I don't have much credit because I am young but I did recently purchase a car which I am paying 9% on. This seems ridiculously high to me and I was thinking about pulling out some of my stocks to pay ...
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Should I try to optimize my credit score before applying for a loan?

I am considering shopping for a house somewhere this year, which of course would involve shopping for a mortgage. And mortgage rates depend on the credit score. My credit history is clean from ...
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How to transfer money to yourself internationally?

I tried to find a question that already answered this but surprisingly I wasn't able to. My situation is this: I'm from the U.S. and I have student loans there I need to pay off. However, I am now ...
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How does the lender benefit from offering a Reverse Mortgage?

It is always a good idea before entering into any financial arrangement to understand what benefit the person on the other side of the deal is getting to fully understand whether the deal is equitable ...
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Lending Club is not available to my area. Is it possible to invest via somebody else?

I live in DC and can't invest using Lending Club. My brother lives in CA and does. Is there any way to 'gift' him money or any other way to have him invest money for me? I want it to all be legal but ...
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Is installment the same thing as amortization?

Trying to make sense of the difference between installment and amortization. They seem to be used interchangeably in some places but to me it seems like amortization should be amount that you pay off ...
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Credit life & disability Insurance on vehicle loan for elderly buyer: Does it make sense?

An older gentleman needs reliable transportation to replace his 10 year old vehicle with over 100k miles. He can afford the payments, but doesn't want to burden his younger wife with payments she ...
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In a very tough credit/financial situation

So here is my situation. I have a car that is very dangerous to drive at this point. Like I am seriously worried that either I or the car won't make it through the upcoming winter months. Now, I would ...
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Lender benefits/perks comparison website or resource?

I was trying to research different lender housing loans in the US. I realize only the true rates and approved amounts would be after meeting with each lender and going through their pre-approval ...
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5/1 ARM: Lifetime cap, First Adjustment Cap, Margin, and Annual Cap?

I am looking over some paperwork for a 5/1 ARM. The loan information is as follows: Interest Rate: 2.75 Lifetime Cap: 5.00 First Adjustment Cap: 1.00 Annual Cap: 1.00 Margin: 1.75 I ...
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Where can I get a car loan for roughly $2000?

I'm looking to buy a new car and have found one that I really like. It is priced at $4500 (with taxes). I currently have $2700 in my savings account. I would like to get a loan for $2000 (leaving me ...
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Should I get credit life or credit disability insurance with my auto loan?

Is it worth the extra $10 or so that would be added to a car loan in order to get credit life insurance and credit disability insurance? For a relatively young person looking to get the most out of ...
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Is it worth paying off my loan early with only 4 payments left?

I only have 4 payments left on my loan and have recently sold an asset so now have enough cash to pay the remaining balance. Is there any benefit to paying off the loan fully or as I've only got a ...
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What actions can I take against a bank for lack of customer service?

I currently have a mortgage with a bank. Two months ago, they had an offer to fix our home loan interest rate for a year. We accepted this offer, we signed a document and they signed it too. In ...
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How do amortization schedules work and when are they used?

Specifically, I notice that on a mortgage statement, my payment is "amortized" so that at the beginning of the loan, I am paying almost entirely interest and very little principal. However, on a ...
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Are Kiva or other microlending institutions a decent way to improve overall yield?

Have you used Kiva.org, Microplace.com or any other microlending institutions? Any positive or negative experiences? Does this seem like a decent way to improve overall yield, assuming I'm willing ...
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What is the most efficient way to pay a student loan in the US from the UK?

The loan is in the United States and can only be paid using direct debit from a US bank account which is already established. However, all earnings are in GBP in the UK. What is the most efficient way ...
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How do I get into the over-the-counter derivatives gravy train

Some philosopher, or banker once said: "If you can't fight them, join them". After reading Matt Taibbi's last two pieces on Rolling Stone on how banks have obtained certain rights to sell hot air ...
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Does size of down payment affect chances of home loan approval?

Does the size of my down payment on a house affect the chances I'll be approved for a loan? Can a 50% down payment overcome a relatively low credit score?
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Settlement Loan

I was in a car accident 4 years ago. I had gone to a settlement lender for a small amount after my income benefits were cut off. I guess I missunderstood how the interest was calculated and found ...
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Options for giving an amount greater than the annual gift tax exclusion

Gifting up to $13,000/year (as of 2009) to someone is not subject to gift tax. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gift_tax_in_the_United_States Assuming that the individual receiving the money is older ...
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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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If I co-sign a loan, does it affect my own ability to borrow due to the debt-to-income ratio?

If I co-sign a loan (e.g. for a friend or family member), does it affect my own ability to borrow money due to the debt-to-income ratio?
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Help: Being charged interest on a loan for which I received no statements telling me of this debt for the past 15 years. Surprise!

Is this legal? This was a private loan within a small business. I was under the assumption that the bill was paid in full 15 years ago. My only drawback is that I never got them to sign to verify the ...
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Would it be better to borrow money from an elderly relative than from a bank?

Would it be better to borrow money from an elderly relative than from a bank?
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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 if I co-sign a loan and the borrower or debtor dies?

What happens if I co-sign a loan and the borrower or debtor (the person that borrowed the money) dies? Does the co-signer then assume full liability over the loan, i.e. become the new and sole ...
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Homeowner's association funding a project in a condo: Bank wants an individual guarantor. What to do?

From time to time my HOA (homeowner's association) needs extra money for a project (eg painting fences, fixing roofs, plumbing repair, etc). They typically respond by raising the monthly HOA dues for ...
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Rules for FHA loan availability

I'm trying to find the laws on what makes a condo complex available for FHA loans. I hear it has something to do with the amount of money on reserve and the owner/occupancy ratio. Does anyone know ...
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Why do governments borrow money instead of printing it?

This question is raised in the movie Money as Debt (at time index 29:00). The answer that immediately pops to my head is "because printing money causes inflation". However, according to this movie, ...
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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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A loan or a self loan: Is there any reason I should ever take out a loan when I have that money in saving?

Is there any reason I should ever take out a loan when I have that money in saving? Example: I have 20k in a house fund, and I want to spend 8k to buy a car?
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Co-signing & dying: What if a loan co-signer dies? Is estate of co-signer liable?

A grim and tragic question perhaps, but I'm curious: What happens when a person that co-signed on a loan dies? Is the co-signer's estate potentially liable until the loan is paid off, the same as if ...
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Someone asks you to co-sign a loan. How to reject & say “no” nicely or politely?

Hypothetical situation: A dear friend or family member comes to you and asks you to co-sign for their loan. Let's say the reason they need the money is not a life-or-death type of situation. ...
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If I co-sign on a loan for someone, am I putting up money (is there a cost)?

Does it cost me anything if I co-sign a loan for someone?
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What are advantages & disadvantages of using a Peer-to-Peer lending site or network?

If I was looking to consolidate some credit card debt and wanted to use a peer to peer lending service, what things do I need to look out for?
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What is the difference between “good debt” vs. “bad debt”?

This other question about home renovations makes reference to the concept of "good debt." Could somebody explain the concepts of good debt vs. bad debt, providing examples of each? Are there cases ...
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For a major expensive home renovation (e.g. addition, finished basement, or new kitchen) should one pay cash or finance with a loan? Would such a loan be “good” debt?

This other question is similar, but was referring to a specific renovation/repair (new flooring) that, while expensive ($1500), isn't very expensive – it's feasible to consider saving up for ...
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Why do people use mortgages, when they could just pay for the house in full?

I would like your recommendation on whether you should buy a house with a mortgage, which you would pay as you go, or should you buy it in full.
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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 ...
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Home Renovations are expensive.. Should I only pay cash for them?

Should I save up enough cash to do home renovations, or can I take out a loan? Our house needs a new kitchen floor as the linoleum is actually ripped in some areas, and the wood is exposed... This is ...
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Saving $1,000+ per month…what should I do with it?

I am able to save $1,100 a month, after all expenses and after paying the minimums ($225 a month on my 2.24% and 3.25% student loans). I want to make smart decisions with my money, but am not sure ...
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Should you co-sign a personal loan for a friend/family member? Why/why not?

I know someone who was recently asked to co-sign a hefty loan by a family member. I don't know what I'd do if I was put in the same position as the one asked. What are the risks? What are things to ...
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I've heard that it's never a good idea to go with payment protection plans offered by credit card companies. Is this true?

I'd like to think my bank isn't trying to swindle me when they call and try to sell me one.