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What should I do with my HSA?

I recently changed companies, and the new employer does not have a HDHP. I have just under $2,000 in my HSA, but without any medical expenses to spend it on, it's just sitting there, slowly being ...
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How does a TFSA work? Where does the interest come from?

I have extremely little knowledge about finance in general, but I have had a TFSA for several years now and know that my money keeps magically growing. Exactly where does the interest I gain come ...
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Minor open checking and saving account

Is it the norm for banks to allow a minor (age 17) to open either or both types of accounts in America?
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Savings account vs Roth 401k

Is there any reason to have a savings account if you have a Roth 401(k), which allows early withdrawal of principal? If pooled together, couldn't you get the liquidity of a savings account and, if ...
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Is amount transferred by third party to savings account considered as income?

If my friend transfers (using Third Party Transfer or NEFT) some money to my savings account, does that amount count as my transfer income and do I have to pay tax on it?
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Do banks give us interest even for the money that we only had briefly in our account?

My father has just deposited ₹95,000 in my savings bank account with Indian Bank that I have to pay as fees to my university. I was thinking of paying the fees 1-2 days later, as I will get interest ...
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Do I need to pay tax on the amount of savings I have in the bank?

Do I need to pay tax for the amount which I have in the bank? If so, what's the tax percentage for a savings account and a current account?
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Switching to PC Savings account from PC Credit card

I currently have a Presidents Choice credit card on which I have kept a low credit limit. I use this credit card for day to day purchases. My primary reason for getting this card were the PC Points. ...
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How can a bank offer a higher interest rate for a savings account than for a GIC?

At this link on rates offered by ICICI, the TFSA savings account rate currently being offered is 1.8% but the GIC rate being offered is 1.75%. But why would anyone put money in a GIC and lock it up ...
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What should I be wary of when opening a savings account?

I'm looking to open a savings account (probably online) but I want to make sure I avoid any pitfalls. After looking at Bankrate.com I put toegether a bit of a list, but is there anything else I should ...
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Why have U.S. bank interest rates been so low for the past few years?

I have some savings accounts in different banks and they all give 1.00% interest or less, and in many cases it is something ridiculous like $0.05 Would anyone be able to explain why this is ...
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What taxes do I pay on interest earned on a savings or GIC account?

If I put 10 000 $ in a savings account that pays 1% interest, then after a year, I get 100 dollars in interest. Is this 100 $ taxed at my marginal tax rate? Does the answer change if the account was ...
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What's the purpose of having separate checking and savings accounts?

It's a simple question, but I'm having trouble finding an answer: What's the purpose of having separate checking and savings accounts? What benefits does it provide?
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Why does my checking/savings account offer a higher interest rate than a standalone savings account?

I have a bank account with checking and savings bundled together; if I make enough purchases with my debit card, I earn a higher interest rate on the savings. Today I decided to look at other types of ...
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Long term saving: Shares, Savings Account or Fund

I'm reasonably disciplined with regard to saving but am unsure as to how exactly I should go about it on a long term bases. Should I favour shares, funds or long term saving accounts? What are the ...
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can the government or debt collectors garnish money from any bank account to which the debtor has access?

A trusted family member has access to my savings account. The savings account is mine, but the family member's name appears next to mine, which means that they are entitled to withdraw money from the ...
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Savings Account Rates vs. CD Rates vs IRA CD Rates

I have an IRA at Fidelity, and was looking into rates I could get for new issue CDs. I found that the best rate offered for a 1 year CD was 0.3%. I was surprised by this, as I currently have a ...
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How to automate and streamline saving for multiple large purchases?

My situation is the following: I want to automate as much of my finances as possible I want to have multiple savings goals (perhaps house, wedding, new car, or recurring 'savings' items like car ...
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Are there any alternatives to ING's Electric Orange that have similar features?

I currently utilize ING Direct for savings and checking via Electric Orange and Orange savings accounts. However, two features of their bank have stopped me from truly utilizing their services to the ...
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Safety of keeping savings in a mortgage account

I have a mortgage account and a separate (yet linked) savings account with a certain Australian bank. This bank draws a minimum mortgage repayment from the savings account into the mortgage account ...
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What are the advantages of using credit card to pay most of expenses?

If I will pay most of my expenses via credit card, then is it correct to assume the following points? 1) My saving account interest rate will increase by somewhat (interest is calculated upon ...
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Is it good enough to close the existing saving account and open new saving account at another bank for higher interest?

I have a saving account which can earn at most 0.25 %p.a on BANK A. I have another despoit account in BANK A for my daily usage. I found BANK B is offering 0.4% per year for the saving account. ...
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Common practice to closing a checking and savings account?

Is there a common practice to closing a checking & savings account? For example, should I transfer all the funds electronically to my other bank then call and close it or is it better to get a ...
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Should I have separate savings accounts for various savings goals?

I have read through some personal budgeting articles and saving tips. Most articles and books mention saving money for emergency funds, large purchases, etc. Should emergency funds and saving funds ...
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Can we compare peer-to-peer loans to savings accounts?

A common argument to get involved in peer-to-peer lending (at companies like Lending Club, Prosper, Peerform etc.) is that savings accounts have an ROI that may be even lower than inflation, thus you ...
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Daily basis interest calculation on Indian savings accounts

I had read that RBI had instructed banks to calculate interests on daily balances from 1st april 2010. Has this been implemented or shelved? I haven't noticed any difference in my interest credits.
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Pros/cons for buying gold vs. saving money in an interest-based account?

Over the years, I have noticed a certain pattern when it comes to money and gold. For example, my father bought a house 30 years ago for $20,000, and today that house is worth $200,000. If my father ...
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Does the interest rate on a savings account always fluctuate? What about for a TFSA?

When we say 'Savings Account', does it automatically mean that the interest rate can go up and down? So by that definition, the interest rate on TFSA can go up and down any time?
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Is a High-Yield Savings Account with 1.25% APY too good to be true?

Okay, Sallie Mae is advertising a savings account with 1.25% APY. That seems incredibly high for a savings account, especially right now. It seems like a too good to be true type thing. Is there a ...
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Should I switch to this high rate checking account for my emergency fund?

Okay, so I bank at a local credit union, AllegacyFCU. (Here is their rates sheet.) Currently I have through this bank: Daily Access Savings account with 0.2% interest Totally Free Checking (no ...
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What are your thoughts (pros & cons) on all-in-one accounts, like Manulife One?

I think it looks very interesting, and certainly promises to deliver. My main concern is, as a single person, is it wise to put all of my eggs into one basket?
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What's the difference between a Chequing account and a Savings account?

Because I know you can draw cheques from a savings account, so what gives?
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Which bank (checking & savings) offers the best interest rates, lowest fees, and is FDIC insured?

We currently use ING for our banking and like a lot of its amenities, but their rates (as most banks, I'm sure) keep going down, down, down. The current savings rate is 1.25% APY and checking rate is ...