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I'm contracting from London for a company based in Paris, and they require Proof of Residence for my Ltd Company. Where can I get this?

I've already gone through the process to obtain a "Proof of Residence" letter on the HMRC website. Once the application was completed, the email I received stated about applications in general that ...
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Why are checks preferred to wire transfers in the US? [duplicate]

When moving to the US from Switzerland, I have been surprised by the difference in banking systems. One point that interests me particularly is the use of checks vs wire transfers. In Switzerland, ...
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Inheriting funds from a US trust where you are not the trustee

I am a US citizen trustee and executor of my mom's trust. My brother is a Canadian citizen and lives in Canada and not a trustee. I will be dividing the trust funds or investments between us per my ...
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In 2015, why has the price of natural gas been plummeting?

I'm looking at buying stocks and noticed that the price of natural gas is almost at an all time low. In particular I'm looking at a stock called UGAZ (3x leverage) This seems like a good buying ...
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21 views

should the Market Capitalization be equal to the Equity of the firm

I am new in finance and I was wondering the following probably stupid questions that I don't seem to find answer anywhere. When the owner of a firm decides to make its firm public should the Market ...
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1answer
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Owned house for less than 2 years - 1031 exchange?

My wife and I bought our first house about 8 months ago. It turns out it's not the right fit for us (for many reasons). Because of this, we want to sell it and move to the suburbs on the other side of ...
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why do stocks go up?

I searched for this question but I didn't get any convincing answer. What everyone says is that if a company goes well (I assume this means the company has good returns on its projects) then people ...
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Do we pay interest rates when holding a bond?

When we try to find the present value of a bond I understand we should discount the coupon payments and the face value by the ''current interest rates''. My question is what are these interest rates? ...
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How are stocks in an IPO allocated to investors

Example: the VRL Logistics IPO was subscribed 74x, how is it decided who gets shares and who doesnt? This is assuming the number of those who applied at the highest price point is still greater than ...
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Market Cap lower than Shares Outstanding x Share Price?

Why would the market cap for a company be lower than its shares outstanding x share price? Example: Meggitt trades at 544 a share with shares outstanding of 801,960,000. Their market cap is 4.37 ...
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How to Buy “Exotic” Bonds as a Low Net Worth Individual?

I'm a low net worth individual looking into investing into Junk Bonds but I have no idea where to start! I understand that you will need to buy through broker. But I am struggling to find brokers ...
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Is is possible to add additional payment methods in QuickBooks Pro 2015?

I'm using QuickBooks Pro 2015. When paying a bill there are only two options for payment Method: Check or Credit Card. Is there a way to add additional payment methods? For example, what if a bill ...
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Small windfall, luxury suggestions [on hold]

My wife and I just made $50k more than expected on a real estate sale. We have paid off all debt (aside from a very low interest federal loan that will be forgiven in two years). We've got a decent ...
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Can I write off time spent learning my trade - Two-Man S-Corp

I am a full-time freelance copywriter for an ad agency, who is my sole source of income. I am in the process of forming an S Corp, wherein I will pay myself a salary and take the rest as a ...
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66 views

401k contributions explanation

I have a basic question on 401k investment. Below is what my company is matching: XYZCompany will match your contributions, up to 4% of your eligible compensation, to a maximum of $10,600. Now ...
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Are there any caveats to withdrawing funds from brokerage?

I have recently opened a brokerage account and want to deposit some funds. Before I begin investing, I am curious if there are any caveats to withdrawing my money in the future. I am a US citizen ...
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1answer
35 views

Proof of identity to an oversea bank

I need to provide instructions to my oversea bank. I filled out the form and sent it to the bank. They called me on my account's phone number to let me know that the form was rejected because "my ...
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30 views

Could somebody explain Wikipedia's VAT example calculation to me?

Wikipedia example here. I could not understand why in this example ("With a value-added tax" subsection) the government charges 0.10 = $1 × 10%, but not 0.11 = $1.1 × 10% The manufacturer spends ...
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How to buy a house without being over-exposed to real estate

Buying a house can all-of-a-sudden make 90%+ of a person's portfolio be invested in real estate, actually one very specific piece of real estate! Which is against all the advice we're given to ...
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How does a tuition insurance payment affect 529 withdrawals?

Qualified college tuition and expenses were paid from a 529 plan in 2014. The school sent a 1098-T and the 529 plan sent a 1099-Q and everything was fine on my 2014 taxes. In 2015 my child has left ...
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Can I enroll in an FSA if my employer doesn't offer it?

I'm really REALLY interested in opening an FSA. I've asked my employer and they say they don't offer it. We have insurance through them with BCBSGA. It isn't a HSA qualified plan. So is there a way to ...
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What are the main differences between Financial and Management Accounting? [on hold]

I'm taking my Introduction to Financial and Management Accounting exam next week and I've noticed that for the past three years the same question has appeared on the exam: Compare and contrast the ...
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1answer
97 views

Can large long-term capital gains be offset by not being employed?

If I understand correctly, you pay 0% long-term capital gains tax if you are in the 10% or 15% income tax brackets (i.e. if you make $37,450 or less). If I knew I had to sell my stock that had, ...
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Is www.onetwotrade.com a scam?

I am considering opening an account with onetwotrade.com. They require me to initially invest around USD 600, payable only by credit card. Is it safe to do so? Is www.onetwotrade.com a scam?
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Am I considered in debt if I pay a mortgage?

75% of Americans are in debt. I'd like to know if I'm also considered in debt if I am paying my mortgage on a house. I didn't think I was in debt if I own the house. I guess I pay 'rent' to a bank ...
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1answer
53 views

Basic bookkeeping account entries for a house purchase and mortgage?

I borrow 200,000 to purchase a house worth 250,000, putting down 50,000 of my own. The borrowing is at 5% over 30 years. What are the basic double-entry bookkeeping entries I must make to record this ...
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1answer
39 views

Setting up a LLC for two partners in different states, what should we look into?

My friend and I are looking into starting our own design agency. The LLC would be based out of Texas, but the other employee would be based out of North Carolina. We would both be full time employees ...
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Can a custodian refuse prior-year IRA/HSA deposit postmarked April 15?

When switching from a bank to a credit union for an HSA. The old bank had the following text on the DEPOSIT SLIP, which was provided in the envelope together with their VISA debit card: Prior ...
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Can I deduct retirement plan contributions from my self-employment income?

I'm self-employed. I pay self-employment tax on ( income - business deductions ) * 92.35%. Can I make contributions to a retirement account that counts as a business deduction? More details: I'm ...
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36 views

Undo IRA conversion to an existing Roth IRA?

I have two retirement accounts at the same brokerage. One is a traditional IRA that was rolled over from a past company 401k plan, the second is a Roth IRA that I contribute to with taxable income. I ...
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1answer
114 views

Is there a kind of financial advisor for stock investors? How to find a good one?

I've been at a company for a few years and have some restricted stock units (RSUs) that have vested. I'm on E*Trade and know a little about stocks, but I'm no expert. Is there a financial advisor of ...
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How do I correct an HSA distribution when I was refunded by a health provider?

At work I'm covered by an HDHP with an HSA. My dentist has the policy of estimating the amount that my insurance will cover and asking for the remainder at the time of service. On my most recent ...
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What does it mean to “settle” a short interest trade?

I am trying to understand what exactly happens on "settlement date" as it pertains to short interest in a stock. A similar question was asked here. It refers to the nasdaq.com definition here (and ...
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Maintenance costs for home geothermal heating & cooling / ground source heat pump systems?

My realtor showed me a brand new house that has a geothermal cooling and heating system built in. I did some online research and here is the link to that builder's geothermal system explanation. ...
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1answer
46 views

Can my contribution to 529 plan vary monthly?

I want to start 529 plan for my son. I am not sure if monthly contribution has to fixed or I can increase/reduce my contribution as per my financial situation. Eg if I loose my job I may decide to ...
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Advantage of Traditional 401k over Roth

I am trying to understand the differences and benefits of putting money in Traditional 401k over Roth 401k. If I have to still pay tax while withdrawing money from my Traditional (pre tax) 401K after ...
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How do I get myself out this disastrous situation

I put a car in my name and my fiancé was the co-signer for a lease because his credit wasn't good. Now we aren't together and he stopped paying and everything is on me. I also leased a new truck from ...
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Do I need to calculate my cost basis for S corporation stock and distributions I've received to determine tax owed on K-1?

I'll be using hypothetical numbers to make this easier to visualize. I purchased 2000 shares from an S-corporation for $4000 in December of 2014. I received $1000 in distributions for the shares (box ...
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750 views

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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What is the calculation of net asset value of my brokerage account

In my brokerage account, is my total account balance (cash + equities) the same as the net asset value of the account? Or is there a difference?
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1answer
53 views

How is a long call and short stock portfolio equivalent to lending money

In his book 'Volatility Trading' Euan Sinclair writes that a hedged portfolio of long call and short stock is equivalent to lending money. He did not provide much clarification, so I am wondering, ...
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1answer
67 views

How long should a mortgage take to appear on my credit report?

I bought a house earlier this year (closed on 30 Jan 2015), and while the two inquiries (prequalification from one bank, then the 'actual' lender we went with) about my mortgage appear on my report ...
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6 Reasons Why I Don't Invest In The U.S. Stock Market [on hold]

I came across this article as a Google search top hit "number of people investing in stocks". But I am not sure if it makes sense as he is making a lot of claims without any supporting data: ...
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Comparison between Ernie Chan's books: Quantitative trading and Algorithmic trading

I've just finished Chan's first book "Quantitative Trading: How to Build Your Own Algorithmic Trading Business" and plan to read his second one "Algorithmic Trading: Winning Strategies and Their ...
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If I forfeited my entire dependent care FSA, can I claim dependent care credit?

I missed the deadline to claim my dependent care FSA for a previous year. Since the entire FSA amount was forfeited, can I claim dependent care credit instead for that year ?
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1answer
21 views

Tax implication of loan from Korea to US

I'm trying to borrow a large amount of money to buy a home from a friend overseas, is there any tax implication in this case? And is there any limit on the amount?
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64 views

Is it possible to use a 529 plan solely for myself, without any educational expenses?

I was setting up an Illinois 529 plan recently. Contributions to the plan are state income tax deductible up to $10,000 per tax payer per year. It got me thinking: What is to stop someone with no ...
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29 views

Questions regarding taxation for Indians living in U.S.( citizens of U.S.)

Greetings of the season. I have some clarifications and questions regarding taxation for Indian's living in U.S. What is the maximum cash gift a person can receive from Indian parents? Beyond what ...
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195 views

Why are Rausch Coleman houses so cheap? Is it because they don't have gas?

I have been looking for a new house for 5 months now. An average price per square foot in my area is $100. However, Rausch Coleman Homes is offering very nice and SUPER CHEAP houses for $75 per square ...
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399 views

Can my mortgage company force me to buy condo hazard insurance?

I live in the United States and have a mortgage for my condominium. After 10 years under my current policy, I suddenly received a letter from the lender, saying "A review of our records indicates we ...

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