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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?
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How can I pay off tuition fees from a past semester so that I can enrol in school again?

I still owe my tuition fees for a university of California school from fall 2010. I have been out of school since then with two semesters to go before I can graduate. I've been trying to take out a ...
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How to structure a loan for my owner-financed business sale, so we are paid sooner than later?

My wife and I are in the process of selling our business to a buyer. We have agreed on an amount to sell the business for, and to owner-finance the balance. The buyer has already taken over ...
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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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How do you hedge against student loans?

How do you hedge against student loans? I know people were able to hedge against the housing loans that busted so how do you do the same with student loans?
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Are “hard money loans” meant only for real estate?

I am interested to know whether Hard money loans are meant only for Real Estate or other fields too.
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Home loan transferred to Freddie Mac — What does this mean?

I got a letter saying that my mortgage loan was "sold to Freddie Mac or to Freddie Mac as a trustee." Other interesting wording is that "the transfer of ownership... has not been publicly recorded." ...
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Home loan application factors for self-employed

What factors are considered in applying for a home loan where the primary income of our household is from self-employment? Details: Salaried, W-2 employee of an S-Corp (50% owned) Corporation is ...
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Why would you take a loan secured by your savings account?

I see at least a few credit unions offering these savings-secured loans. I can kinda see the advantage to taking a loan against a CD with penalties for breaking, but share and savings accounts have me ...
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When to trade in a relatively new car for maximum value

I am considering purchasing a new car in the next year to replace my current car. I currently own a 2010 model year vehicle which I estimate to be paid off early spring 2012. My question is, in ...
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Should I pay off my car loan within first year or wait until at least one year has passed?

I have the capability of paying off my car loan of around $15,000 by end of June next year, however this loan started this month. I have heard loans/accounts kept open for more than a year are on ...
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Am I “cheating the system” by opening up a tiny account with a credit union and then immediately applying for a huge loan?

I've always wondered why credit unions require you to open a membership account before they'll approve a loan. Whenever I think about it, it feels like going to a credit union just for a loan is ...
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Why are my auto loan payments calculated differently than my mortgage payments?

Last year I got a home loan that follows the standard Rule of 78s amortization schedule. I can easily predict how much of my mortgage payment will go to interest and how much to principal. A few ...
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Is it possible to get a short term housing loan in India?

Suppose I want to pay for a house with my own funds expect that they are stuck in deposits that I can't redeem immediately. Is there any way I can get say a 40 lakh loan for a tenure of 1 year?
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I have a 401k loan used for a house down payment and now I am changing jobs: What should I do?

I guess this could be a cautionary tale, but I am hoping it can be remedied. I had a job that I am leaving, but I had took a 401k loan to put down on a house. I don't have the money to pay it back ...
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What do I need to bring to the bank when applying for a loan?

What do I need to bring to the bank when applying for a loan? Should I bring pay stubs or other evidence of financial stability? What will help my chances of being approved?
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What is the preferred way to finance home improvements when preparing to sell your house?

Planning on moving and getting our house ready to sell has been more expensive than I expected. I'd like to get this debt off of credit cards. What's the most cost effective way to do this?
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How do loans against 401k / 403b accounts work?

I'm really clueless about these loans. Who gets the interest? Does the account fund the loan, or are they simply used as collateral? What are the tax implications?
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How to tell if you can trust a loan company?

What do you look for? Good UI design? BBB accreditation? Yelp, NYTimes mentions? What should I expect of the customer service when making my decision to take out a loan? What information should I ...
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Where do I get the best interest rates on a loan?

What do you think about Peerform, Lending Club, and Prosper in relation to these other Banks, credit unions, etc.? I am looking for a debt consolidation loan and I have a decent FICO ~700.
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What type of credit or loan to get for job relocation?

I have never had a credit card. The only loans I've had have been student and car loans. Both of those I always paid on time; both are paid off. I have accepted a job offer and am now looking to ...
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Where can I borrow money for investing?

Where can I borrow money in the US if I have a good credit (730+)? I have heard community unions a good place to borrow money..but the lowest they could get is 12 percent. Can I borrow from a ...
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Meaning of “readily transferable”?

From Wikipedia: Cash instruments are financial instruments whose value is determined directly by markets. They can be divided into securities, which are readily transferable, and other ...
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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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Paying off home mortgage and lender wants a “Recording Fee”

So I whittled down my house note to the point where I have enough cash to just pay it off early and be done with it. Yay! I asked my lender (well more accurately their website) for a "payoff" ...
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Will I incur late fees, now that I am making infrequent/late payments on my auto loan?

I have been unemployed for 6 months now. I have been making infrequent payments on my auto loan. I am suppose to be paid up in May of 2012. My lien holder never sends me my balances or a bill, so I ...
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Under what circumstances might getting an ARM be warranted?

Specifically, I'm curious about the 7/1 and the 10/1 ARMs. I'm half-way seriously considering refinancing into one of these, mostly because I doubt I'll still be in this house in 7-10 years. I'm ...
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Are there any catches to a bank's offer of 0% convenience checks?

My bank has sent me these 0% APR checks for years and I recently find myself in a situation where it would be useful. I have a lot of wedding expenses which will not be a problem in the long term (6 ...
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Is it appropriate to borrow money for a vacation trip?

I've planned to have a vacation, but for some reasons didn't put much money for that and now I see that the only mean to have a trip is to borrow some money for it. Should I do that or this is ...
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loan taken on my friends name for someone else

My friend has taken out loan for his brother in law, and is a guaranteer for two other loans taken on his friend's name. Now he is not paying his EMI, and debt collectors are troubling us. Is there ...
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Should I take a loan on my 401k to repay student loans?

I have a student loan that has 6.5% interest (highest rate of many) and would be able to repay it if I took a loan on my 401k. I know the basic trade-off is that my money may do better in the 401k ...
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Are student loans tax deductible in US?

If I have a student loan from finishing my graduate degree, can I deduct its interest payments from salary for tax purposes? Is there any education related tax credit that can be applied for payments ...
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What is the best way for me to invest my money into my own startup?

I've started a company with a friend, and we're looking to find out how to transfer some of our money into the company. Several sources suggest that, since we're the only owners so far and there's no ...
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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 ...