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Seasonal Loan Amortization

Hi I can compute a Basic Loan Amortization Schedule, But now I'm trying to Calculate a Seasonal Loan Amortization Schedule . So for example A loan starts at January And Will go on for 3 years, with ...
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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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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 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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Would it be advantageous for me to pay off these two credit cards and cancel them with a 401k loan?

I'm considering taking a loan on my 401k in order to pay off and close 2 credit cards. I have approximately 30 years until I consider retiring. The amount of the loan will be $1700 which is less ...
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How do you declare an interest free loan?

In the discussion around this question about gift tax it was said that a loan must be at market rate, or it is not considered a loan. Respecting the wisdom of the people who said that, I'm unclear ...
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What are the pitfalls of loaning money to friends or family? Is there a right way to do it?

What are the pitfalls of loaning money to friends or family? Is there a right way to do it?
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Shopping around for loans without detrimentally effecting credit rating/chance of getting said loan?

I've found myself stuck in a quandary. I put a deposit down on a car and I'm trying to obtain a personal loan based on this. The problem is that I'm finding that despite passing all initial checks ...
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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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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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Can you pay off lease early?

If I pay off lease amount early for a car, is there any impact on my credit? Let's say I'm paying $400/month for 36 months, which is 14,400 total. If I pay 14,400 within 6 months, are there any ...
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Days in the month affecting loans?

Do the days in the month play a role when the interest rate is compounded Semi-Annually? An example given to me Interest rate of 8.5 compounded Semi-Annually, fixed Blended payment of principal ...
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Using Loan to Invest - Paying Monthly Installments with Monthly Income

I'd like to ask about a different payment method to this question. I use THEAO's first-rate answer there. How much profit or rate of return is required from a financial instrument, say stocks, to ...
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Will our hefty student loans affect our chances of getting a mortgage?

My husband and I live simply but we're content. I'm an avid budgeter and love finding ways to be frugal. My dilemma right now is that we've been able to keep our living expenses below what we make, ...
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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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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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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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Is a car loan bad debt?

I've heard people saying that a car loan is considered a bad debt, while a house mortgage is a good debt and so on. My bank is offering 1.49% interest for a 36 month loan or 2.49% for a 37-60 month ...
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What should I do with my credit card debt?

I have almost $20,000 in credit card debt and, though I have stopped accumulating it for quite a while now, I'm trying to figure out the best way forward. Can someone please offer advice based on this ...
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Co-signed a loan and I need to have my name removed

I co-signed on a car loan with my partner, and now that we are no longer together I want to have my name removed. He has had the car a year now and has been on his job over an year, but he won't do ...
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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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60-Day “Borrowing” From an IRA

In brief, I am projecting out a budget for a personal construction project I am having done, and the numbers are very tight. I have some buffer built in, but if I exceed the buffer amount and my cash ...
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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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Is it okay to be married, 30 years old and have no retirement?

I am a 31 year old attorney with a 10 month old baby. I make $130K a year. My husband is also an attorney, and makes approx. $60K a year. WE both do not have any retirement savings or college ...
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4 months into a 30 month car loan, need new engine, can't sell any body parts

I just recovered from a major health ordeal, and am disabled. I'm just getting back to work, but being that I've been out so long, so finances are very, very thin. The problem is that I recently (4 ...
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Is there a most efficient way to pay off multiple loans with the same interest rate?

My Situation: About $36k USD in graduate student loans. There are 4 different federal loans in play, each with a fixed rate of 6.8%. $12k w/ ~$1.2k in unpaid interest $10k w/ ~$1k in unpaid ...
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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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For the purposes of building credit, does dividing up a loan help?

I want to enhance my credit with share secured loans (I'm a member of a credit union). All else being equal, will paying off 5 $200 loans give my credit score more of a boost than one $1000 loan?
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Is there any reason to NOT pay the minimum on all but one of our loans?

My wife and I have multiple loans to pay off: car loans, student loans, and a mortgage. Currently we pay the minimum on all but one of the loans, and put any extra we'd like to pay into the ...
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I am under 18 years old, in the US, my parents have terrible credit, how can I take out a loan?

I am under 18, currently shopping for a car. Like many people, I don't have enough money sitting in my bank account to purchase a good car, around $6,000 to $10,000. However, credit checks have ...
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I plan on receiving a $200,000 personal loan via wire transfer. Do I have to report this to the IRS?

After researching online, I found many websites that said wire transfers are not reported to the IRS, but others said that they were reported. I just want to make sure that I do not have to pay taxes ...
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Should I seek loan forgiveness, or paying off my loan quicker?

A little background: I am a public worker who recently learned about a loan forgiveness program. I have already been paying off this loan (since before the program began) and was not aware of the ...
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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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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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Using Loan to Invest - Paying Monthly Installments by Selling Originally Bought Shares

I'm trying to determine how much profit or rate of return is required from a financial instrument, say stocks, to break even with a loan taken out for this. I'll use specific numbers to simplify. ...
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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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What are the laws or rules on 401(k) loans and switching providers?

So here's the situation. My employer is switching 401(k) providers. I believe they outsource payroll and employee benefits to Benefits Company A. They want to switch to Benefits Company B. I ...
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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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Calculating long intervals of Interest

Small interval calculations is fairly straight forward. But what about long intervals. If a loan's daycount is set to Actual/Actual and the duration has run into two different DayCount intervals, how ...
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APR for a Loan Paid Off Monthly

A loan is issued for 12 months for 1000 and is paid back with monthly payments of $140 each month. Does this loan have an APR of 68%?
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Amortization Payments with a delay in initial payments

Typically a loan is disbursed and a month later is when payments are to be made. But there can be an agreement where it's to be delayed for a year or as short or as long as they want. I'm wondering ...
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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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Loan Amortization with Insurance

I'm wondering how does you calculate payment amount of the loan amortization schedule if insurance is involved. "Desjardins" insurance on loan is such that for every $1000 outstanding balance, you get ...
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Complete Opposite Calculations and Opinions - Using Loan to Invest - Paying Monthly Installments with Monthly Income

I managed to discuss Using Loan to Invest - Paying Monthly Installments with Monthly Income with a friend and his answer underneath is completely opposite from the current answers. Please understand ...
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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 ...