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Questions tagged [debt]

The debt tag refers to all situations where money is owed to another party, often a bank or other financial institutions. This tag covers how to get out of debt, how much debt to carry, and other borrowing related questions.

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I am a co-founder departing from a startup with debt, should I cover a portion of the debt on exit? [closed]

I'm a minority partner in an e-commerce startup, now departing due to personal reasons after being with the team for a couple of years. Founders agreement has a clearly outlined 4-year vesting ...
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Pay off car debt, or start (value) investing?

I am looking for a method to calculate - or estimate - whether it would be better to pay off car debt or start value investing in stocks. My history: We are soon to get about 1900 USD/month in ...
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In what order should I decrease my loan debt?

I currently have federal student loans, and a personal loan I took out for college. Below are my percentages for each. I am wondering which loans I should start paying off first to ultimately not ...
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How can I survive the economic crisis I see will hit Argentina soon?

I'm from Argentina, where the shit is about to hit the fan just like 2001. We are going to have a crisis similar to Greece in recent times (or us 17 years ago): all debt related. I'm not an economic ...
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how to calculate holding period returns of a bond if they coupon is reinvested?

I was reading a book about debt securities and bonds. There is a way given in the book that calculates HPR of the bond. If an investor purchases a bond at Rs. 104, earns Rs. 8 as coupon, which ...
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Which is better -to save money or pay down debt?

Generally speaking, if you've come into a little bit of money (for example, the profit from the sale of real estate), is it better to use that money to pad your savings account or pay down your debt ...
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Ramifications of not paying a credit card

Scenario - Credit Card bill has not been paid for about a year. (A small amount, about $1700.00) There's a debate in the family. One side says pay it all off now (money was received from the sale of ...
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Potential debt collection scam from National Credit Systems?

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from an organization called National Credit Systems. In the letter, they say that I owe them $230 to the apartment manager that I rented from 3 years ago. I ...
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Should I Invest While Attending College?

Should I invest a portion of my summer job income this summer, or should I save it all to help pay for my Freshman year in college? I figure since I'm still living at home, it would be best to utilize ...
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Can bank take money from my account if my parent has debt in same bank?

As title says I am interested if bank can take my money from my account in case my parent has debt in that same bank (or in other words owes money to that same bank)? Most importantly, is this ...
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1099-C question

I did not work in 2017, and do not have any W2 forms for 2017. I am single, and I have been living on family support, I am currently trying to get disability. I received a 1099-C form in 2017 from a ...
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Newbie Question regarding Fiat Currency & the 'Promise to Pay' statement [closed]

I am a newbie and wanted to ask a quick question regarding statements that economists make, that is: "A currency is a promise to pay" "US will not be able to pay it's debt" So that I can ...
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Who to contact to understand my credit score?

When I was a kid, all the way until I was about 18, I was very ill. I would often have to go to the doctor or hospital and get treatments and scanned, etc. I have multiple debts that occurred when I ...
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HELOC vs Federal Student Loan

Given the following assumptions: Interest rates are the same for HELOCs as Federal Student Loans (they're both hovering around 5% right now). Loan amount could range anywhere between $10,000 and $40,...
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Can a jobless person get a home equity loan if he has other sources of income such as stock dividends?

Suppose a jobless person has a fully paid property. He wants to take out a home equity loan. Will the bank reject his loan application due to his lack of salary income as a jobless person? This person ...
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Is it foolish to borrow 2.5X income? [closed]

I base this question from USA Today, which claims that median household income is $59,000 and average household debt is $137,000. They say: suggesting that many Americans are living beyond their ...
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Can I transfer credit card debt to someone else?

My wife used my credit card in her business and used 20,000 (AMEX CARD) and then she couldn’t pay off the debt, now it’s hurting my credit and we wanted to move the debt from me to her, taking in ...
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What backs credit cards?

I'm admittedly a novice when it comes to finance, so this may be a stupid question... Are credit cards backed by actual money? To clarify, when I get approved for a credit card with a $10,000 ...
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Can credit card debt be negotiated?

A family member with Credit Card Debt has missed a few payments. The bank sent a letter saying that they would be willing to settle for 20% less of the current debt. Question: Can the debt be ...
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What happens to federal debt that passes to a collection agency and gets removed from credit reporting agencies?

Do medical bills from federal or state funded hospitals that have gone to a collections agency and subsequently removed from my credit report still have to be paid to the government?
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What method do I use to pay current expenses while paying off credit card debt?

I’m hoping you can help me with a question that seems very hard to google for some reason. I have $20K in debt on 4 cards, and I have set up a plan to pay off the deferred card on time, and the ...
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Will I be able to get an FHA home loan if I opt for a voluntary repossession on my current auto loan?

What i'm asking is will my credit go down that much and if I decide to voluntary repo? I'm currently at 650. If I can't get a FHA loan what are my options for buying a home with a repo on my credit ...
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Why would a lien appear on a mortgage after 17 years?

I have a 30 year, fixed rate mortgage from the year 2000. I have never missed a payment and don't have any other debt. A couple of months ago, I a got a letter sent by a company I never heard of (...
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Multiple credit cards for one debt? [closed]

Scenario: A person owes $30,000 in school debt to a single entity. The person also has THREE credit cards. Each month, the person pays $500 using credit card 1 towards the debt and $50 (minimum fee) ...
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Paying Off Student Debt Quickly

I'm 19 and transferred to a university. I left my community college with no debt. At my university due to my living situations I need to work full time. With that being said I have to have the vast ...
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Is it better to use cash when cards offer discounts

I am new to budgeting and managing my own finances and have a simple question. Is it better to use cash when credit or debit cards offers discounts. The city I live in, some shops and services offer ...
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How does “debt prescription” work in America (Utah if that matters)? [closed]

When googling for "debt prescription" I get a lot of hits in South Africa. Is it called something else in US English? And to the point, how does it work in America? Specifically contracts such as "...
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Debt to asset ratio calculation

When try to calculate debt-to-asset ratio, I came across different formulas. There are: Total debt divided by total asset, where Total debt = short-term debt + long-term debt from Balance Sheet. ...
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Debt consolidation on credit rating

I have the opportunity to consolidate some of my higher interest rate under a much lower APR in a personal line of credit. Would it hurt or possibly improve my credit score if I were to do this? Is it ...
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Approximation of equity value for company in default [closed]

I want to come up with an estimate for where the share price of a company may end up in a bankruptcy/event of default. What is a commonly-used rule of thumb for this? I know it will vary greatly from ...
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How can I deal with a spouse who compulsively spends?

My husband and I are in debt with student loans, credit card spending, and a mortgage. We've both made mistakes from when we were younger, but I am working very hard to dig ourselves out. On paper, ...
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Is it totally legal to refuse the payment of mature commercial paper debt?

I was reading up about commercial paper on investopedia. It says that commercial paper is a form of short-term unsecured debt. It then goes on to say that Commercial paper is not usually backed ...
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Should I pay down my student debt early?

I just graduated university and started my first job. I have £50,000 in student loan debt at 6.1% interest. My monthly payment on this debt is £10 (direct from my paycheck). I can afford to pay £...
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How to Dispute a Medical Bill that Went to Collections

I had a 2-hour ER visit for a biking accident at an out-of-network location in 2014, and provided the insurance information at check-in. Four months later the hospital and the doctors (charging ...
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What to do with an old building to get money

My father owns a home, inherited from his parents--my grandparents. It's a very old building. He can't rebuild it because it is in town and in a difficult place. He replaced the roof because it was ...
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Credit Report debt expiration limit: original creditor vs. Collection

I am confused about how the statute of limitations with regards to debt applies to what is reported on an actual credit report from the 3 credit reporting agencies in the United States. Researching ...
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EOB says I owe $4500 but provider says I do not

So I have this weird situation where I went to the dentist for a root canal and they filed a claim for my insurance. Now, on the EOB they've charged an excessive amount of money ($1500 for xrays) and ...
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Algorithm for multiple-debt payoff to minimize time in debt

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask, but here goes anyway. Background, if you're interested I've written some pretty fast C code that can accept an ordered list of loans (with current ...
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Received debt collection notice regarding unpaid college course

A couple years ago, I took a college course at a community college that would transfer to my University. After a week, I simply stopped attending, and didn't return the book I had rented from them. ...
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Who exactly owns the assets in asset-backed securities?

I'm reading about asset-backed securities and am confused about what actually an "asset" is in that context, and who owns the pool of assets. On one hand, I've read (ref. book Asset Securitization- ...
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How to deal with the credit card debt from family member that has passed away?

My father recently passed away and had some considerable amount of debt on his credit cards. House and credit card were in the deceased’s name only. The state that is happening in is New Jersey. In ...
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F-1 Visa expired - Unable to repay private student loan. What to do?

I was an F-1 student and I graduated with MBA from a top 15 B-school in 2016 and had taken a loan of $85000 (without co-signer). Since my H1B didn't kick in I was forced to quit my job and leave the ...
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If I have a credit card under my name, but it's my husband's account, does it automatically mean I'm liable for the credit?

My husband has a credit card (under his name - the account was not opened jointly). He had the bank issue an extra card in my name. However, I never signed any documents to become the account owner. ...
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Paying off Mortgage with unsecured debt [duplicate]

Question Are there any downsides, or side-effects to paying off the remaining balance of a home mortgage with the help of an unsecured loan owed to a relative? Are there legal considerations that ...
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Convertible note: instead of equity, convertible into a product. Tax consequence for the issuer?

if a US issuer sells a convertible note which isn't convertible into equity, but convertible into a quantity of product the issuer makes, what are the tax consequences upon conversion? When the ...
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Payday lender took all my money

I have foolishly taken out several loans from 'payday lenders' which escalated into me paying off loans with other loans and I am now trying to dig myself out of that hole. I am in Scotland. I have ...
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Contacted by a debt collection agency in Netherlands but I have practically never been there

I live in Italy, and over the past few weeks I have been finding missed calls by a phone number from the Netherlands; since I have a relative that works there my first thought was that the number ...
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Multiple loans, multiple payers - how to snowball fairly

My brother and I both have a large sum of student loan debt. I have more than he does and my interest rates are slightly larger as well. We are both attempting to snowball our debt separately. It ...
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Should I pay off my car loan within the year?

I saw another question like this, but I am in a bit of a different situation. I am 19 years old, in college, and have no credit history. I saved up enough money to buy a car, but decided to get a ...
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Using a line of credit for long-term investing

I have recently opened an unsecured line of credit for $20k at 1%. I have a savings account at the same institution making 1.5% - both compounded daily and paid monthly. I've read a few questions on ...