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What information do you need to provide for a domestic wire transfer?

I need to provide details to receive a domestic wire transfer to my US-based bank from another US-based bank. What details do I need to provide? This Yahoo! Answers questions suggests that the ...
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Why is the total 401(k) contribution limit (employee + employer) so high?

The 2014 employee contribution limit is $17,500. The 2014 total contribution limit is $52,000. (Provided they're not capped earlier based on low income.) Meaning the IRS has left room for a ...
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Can a stock exchange cancel a trade after settlement?

As I understand, only the exchange itself can cancel an executed trade, for reasons such as improper dissemination of news. But can a stock exchange cancel an executed trade even after settlement, ...
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European vs. American mortgage underwriting with regards to the health of the borrower

Whenever I hear about a European mortgage application process, there are always health records involved. They want to know that the borrower is likely to outlive the mortgage (or most of it, I guess). ...
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Can I negotiate a credit card settlement by stopping payments?

I have a considerable amount of CC debt spread over three CCs. As my home refinance is in the process, it looks like I will soon have the cash to pay them all off. However, I have been receiving ...
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US immigrant working for foreign company

I'm going to move to the US next year (legally) as a permanent resident and I would like to continue my current job (for an Italian company) as a software engineer. The company told me they can ...
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Why do grocery stores in the U.S. offer cash back so eagerly?

Most grocery stores and Walmarts I've been to ask you how much cash back you want as one of the steps you punch in after you swipe your credit card. This happens after you have swiped your card so ...
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When shorting a stock, do you pay current market price or the best (lowest) available ask price?

A stock has a last sale price of 2.5 dollars on the NYSE. Say I am shorting 1000 shares of a stock, there's an ask price of 3 dollars for 500 shares. Theres an ask of 3.5 dollars for 250 shares, and ...
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Which Bank can help me cash a US treasury Check in India

ICICI bank refuses to entertain inspite of having a bank account, any other options. Any guidance is highly appreciated.
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Effects of past unemployment on mortgage refinance

I have gone through all the steps of a home refinance process, including an appraisal, and am waiting for a final decision. Just a few days ago, the loan officer processing my application asked me ...
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Tax considerations for outsourcing freelance work to foreign country

I've seen this asked a few different ways (closest was here), but I am looking to find out from the business's perspective, how to report (if necessary) the amount paid to a foreign contractor. My ...
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Can a Canadian student with US resident alien status receive the tax treaty benefit after 5 years? If so, how much?

I am a Canadian citizen who has studied in the U.S. with a J-1 visa since 5 years ago, which means that I have now become a resident alien. I am still studying (for an advanced degree) in the U.S. ...
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What is the purpose of Social Security and Medicare deductions from my paycheck?

Sorry, this might be a basic question, but I'm having trouble understanding this, so would like to ask here. I've recently started a full-time position, and I notice that two things are being ...
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Allocating IRA money, clarification needed

I transferred my 401k to Vanguard IRA and allocated 70% of my money across: VIG (Dividend growth) VYM (High Dividend) VXUS (International) VTI (Total stock market) With market being ...
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Foreign bequests and gifts

I am a U.S. resident and citizen. My British mother died earlier this year. In her will, she directly bequeathed me 10,000 pounds, and left the remainder to her sister. Said sister thought that was ...
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What is the cheapest way to get funds from the sale of stocks in a Morgan Stanley BenefitAccess account to India?

I hold ~ 200 MSFT shares and am planning to sell them... Last time I sold shares and opted for a wire transfer, I lost nearly 3% in fees and commissions (as compared to a naive conversion of No. Of ...
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Variable universal life insurance vs traditional long-term investments

I have been considering different ways to generate some returns on my money, rather than just having it sit in a savings account at the bank. My understanding is that the obvious first step is to ...
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Applying additional student loan payments directly to principal while on a income-based repayment plan

My sister has a federal student loan with a total balance of about 60K and an interest rate of 6%. Her income isn't high so she's eligible for an income based repayment plan with a monthly payment of ...
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How to transfer money from the US to India without paying taxes?

During my tenure in US, I deposited money in Wells Fargo checking account. I had to move to India last year. Now I would like to close the Wells Fargo account and get money transferred to India. ...
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Employer is making a student loan payment on my behalf. Does this need to be claimed as personal income?

As an incentive to employment my company is making a large lump sum payment towards my student loan debt, lets for this example say $5,000 (the real amount is different). They have inquired about my ...
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Are Roth IRA withdrawals within the same year as contributions tax free?

A couple of months ago, in this calendar year, I contributed $1,500 to my Roth IRA. I didn't invest it, so it still is worth only $1,500. I now need $1000 back, and so started to fill out a ...
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401k strategy for NRI planning to return to india

Scenario is for L/H visa holder who is earning salary in USD. The person also has employee sponsored 401k plan. The visa expires in 5 years and person would like to return at that time to India ...
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Is there a standard or best practice way to handle money from an expiring UTMA account?

I have recently turned 21, and the UTMA account that held my college fund is being turned over to me. I have no serious experience with personal finance or investing, and I just don't know what to do ...
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Why is paying mortgage interest considered by some to be beneficial?

When discussing buying a home I often hear people say they like having a mortgage because they get the benefit of writing off the interest. Am I misunderstanding something? My simple thought is if ...
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Add > 5,500 (excess contribution) to Roth IRA for temporary investment?

I have an standard IRA through work and an additional Roth IRA. I split my contributions between the two accounts. I understand the max contributions to the accounts combined is 5,500 per year. A ...
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Early withdrawal from retirement appears to have been penalized at 35% (on top of regular income taxes), rather than 25%?

I had to withdraw from my Simple IRA retirement fund last year for emergency reasons. When I withdrew, the IRA company withheld 10% for federal taxes. When I did my taxes at the end of the year ...
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Will canceling one of my CapOne credit cards hurt my credit score?

I have 2 CapOne credit cards, they show up as 1 account with both their credit limits combined on my credit report. My question is; Could I cancel one of those cards and apply for a better rewards ...
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Where can one graph portfolio performance over time?

I'm used to my employer provided 401k website, which allows me to see a "personal rate of return" over a specified time period, plotted on a line chart. It also allows me to see individual stocks and ...
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adjust tax allowances

I need to adjust my income tax allowances I'm classified as single and claim 0 allowances, this is the most debilitating outcome for near term cash flow and I've read I can claim 1 or 2, my dilemma ...
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SEC Form 144 and Form 4 difference

What is the difference between an SEC Form 144 (Proposed Sale) and an SEC Form 4? For example, this company has filed Form 144's, but not Form 4's. I understand that a Form 144 has more basic ...
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How can I transfer my money between US/Canada bank accounts with as little loss as possible?

I am currently living in Canada and have funds in a savings account with a Canadian bank. Say I decide to move back to the US, how could I move those funds to a US bank account with as little loss as ...
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What's the tax rate on Roth IRA contributions for a nonresident alien?

I am considering open a Roth IRA account and I was wondering how much I'll be taxed on my deposits. I am a nonresident alien for tax purposes, and I read online that I would be subject to a 30% rate. ...
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What does this 401K statement mean?

"Your employer will match up to 10% of your compensation that you elect as pre-tax contribution. When you contribute to your plan, your employer matches 50% of the first 10% of your pay." I don't get ...
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Is money sent by my brother to buy a flat taxable?

I am a Canadian citizen living in Halifax. My brother wants to help me buy a flat and plans to transfer money as a gift ($150,000 USD) from the States to Canada. Is the transfer taxable?
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Verizon and I disagree about the duration of a contract. Do I have any recourse?

A little less than a year ago, I purchased an iPad with service from Verizon Wireless and getting what I was told was a one-year contract for $100 off of a device of just under $1000 of the price. ...
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What should I be doing with my money as I save for a down payment on a house? [duplicate]

A bit of background: My wife and I have a combined income of over $100k (before taxes, retirement, etc). We both put 15% of our paycheck into a 401(k), and we have no debts of any kind. We pay off ...
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Employee stock : US tax for non-US citizen

To give a brief history, I am Indian citizen based in India and I worked for a technology start-up in India, it was a US based company which had its branch office in Hyderabad, India. Company was not ...
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Time limit for health-insurance to pay doctor bill and send EOB

I'm in the middle of another dispute between an in-network doctor's billing office and my health insurance company (HIC). My health insurance has not yet paid the bill due to a dispute with over some ...
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Can a debt collector keep my payment info?

Most (all?) bills come with a form to fill out your credit/debt card info and mail back to them. What are the limitations on what they can do with one's card and how long they can hold the info? Like, ...
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How do I check if I have already filed my taxes [Unites States]

I don't know if I've filed my taxes or not! I am due a refund according to TaxACT Deluxe, but I have no idea how to check if I have already filed for my taxes? What happens if I e-file again and I ...
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Want to open a bank account in US from India without visiting USA [duplicate]

I am from India and I would like to open an US bank account for trading but I can't visit US for this purpose. Is it possible, if so can you guide me.
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Can I transfer my RSU/ESPP shares money to a friend working in US?

I am an Indian citizen. I need to sell the ESPP and RSU shares granted for US company. I want to transfer the money to my friend's account, who is working in US but is an Indian citizen. He will in ...
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Should I get a bank account since I recently got my first job?

I'll be starting work this Friday (yay!) and haven't got the slightest clue about any of this. It'll be washing dishes at a restaurant, and I really don't know anything. Do I set up a bank account ...
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For Non US resident is it better to invest in a start up as a individual or as a company?

What are the tax implications of investing as a company versus as an individual for foreigners (Non US resident)in the US? Which would be better for a foreigner (NON US Citizen) to invest as.
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Married filing separately - Can I take standard deduction if spouse has zero itemized deductions

I read on IRS website "Your standard deduction is zero and you should itemize any deductions you have if: Your filing status is married filing separately, and your spouse itemizes deductions on his or ...
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When should you use an actively managed mutual fund in a 401k?

Why should you use an actively managed fund for your 401k? I have read several questions and answers on this and other sites and it seems like it's generally better to go with funds that follow the ...
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What does it mean to be a “high fee” or “low fee” 401k?

I keep hearing the phrases 'high fee', 'low fee' 401k. What fee range constitutes high or low fees?
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Are precious metals/collectibles a viable emergency fund?

My significant other received a gift from a family member in the form of silverware. The exact value is not known but it is likely enough to cover 6+ months worth of expenses if it were sold. It is ...
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Can I transfer HSA into my spouse's account?

The title says it all, my wife just quit her job and we're moving back into my insurance. Her HSA custodian charges $5/mo in service fees, which we don't want to deal with. Can we roll her HSA into ...
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Legality of purchasing uncirculated bricks of USD

What is the legality of "purchasing" an uncirculated brick of bills similar to one like this: 100 NEW $2 Bills Uncirculated Consecutive 2009 Notes BEP Would it be possible (and cheaper) to simply ...