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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How to tackle Student Loan debt before and after marriage

My partner and I are trying our best to plan for the future and figure out how we will manage our finances in the coming years. They are currently about to begin their graduate studies for their field ...
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How can I know if a debt collector is holding onto a debt?

Some time ago, I was contacted by a debt collector. A prior landlord had claimed I had owed them six months of rent. The landlord sold the debt to a debt collector, who then silently held onto the ...
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Taking college classes to avoid student loan payments indefinitely

My sister-in-law has decided she wants to take part time college classes so she doesn't have to make payments on her private student loan and her plan is to do this until she dies. She graduated from ...
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With Yellen's recent announcement on meeting the debt, what can we expect to be the outcome for investments? [closed]

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently met with congress and said that the U.S. will be reaching the statutory limit on debt in a couple of weeks. She implored a raise in the debt ceiling, which has ...
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How to get out of debt? [closed]

I've read several articles, including ones about debt snowball and avalanche, but wondering which would be the best way to get my finances under control.
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Why would rising interest rates favor the company with more long-term debt?

I was reading about the debt to equity ratio on Investopedia and in third paragraph under the "Modifications to the Debt-to-Equity (D/E) Ratio" title, it says that: "If interest rates ...
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Debt options for single mom starting over

Hello fellow community members. I have a question regarding debt, and since it is a shameful subject with a lot of stigma I have been reluctant to ask for advice. Currently I am a single mama to a ...
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Who’s losing money when debt becomes easier to payoff thanks to inflation?

The Consumer Price Index in the US in May jumped up by 0.6%. Overall it’s possible that prices on goods (aka inflation) will increase by 10% in 2021. Now, assuming that salaries follow trend as well ...
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Bill payee can't find my payment and threatens debt recovery action

TL/DR Bill payee can't find my bank transfer and threatens debt recovery action. What to do? A family member is studying at a major UK university. Quarterly or so, the university raises tuition bills. ...
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What expense account is recommended for prepaid expenses where services were never received? [closed]

Our small business prepaid a contracting agency (software development) to complete some work for us. We booked the A/P accrual against the assets prepaid expenses account, since that's what we would ...
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When calculating the debt-to-equity ratio of a company, what is shareholder equity?

If the debt-to-equity ratio of a company is calculated by dividing the liabilities of a company by the shareholder equity of the company, does this mean you would divide $10,000 (if a company has this ...
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How are borrowings in local currency used to hedge foreign exchange exposure on investments?

The following appears in Jardine Matheson's 2020 annual report's Financial Review section: Treasury Policy The Group manages its exposure to financial risk using a variety of techniques and ...
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Who is buying all the debt?

Please bear with my limited knowledge of monetary systems. I've got degrees in Comp Sci and Math, and i work as an ml engineer, so I'm pretty used to numbers. But, i simply can't wrap my mind around ...
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Is using debt into a regular mutual fund different from investing in a leveraged mutual fund?

I was thinking if I should invest in some mutual funds using low-interest rate debt. But then I read this Q&A: Why are daily rebalanced inverse/leveraged ETFs bad for long term investing? If I ...
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Business paying back debt to individuals

I have a single member LLC (Missouri, United States) that I started a few years ago. We received approximately $20,000 in funding from family and friends, of which I did not fully understand the ...
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Handling rent debt in California

Due to the pandemic, I was unable to pay rent for my apartment complex that I have now moved out of. I do not have the money to pay this debt because I was unemployed because of the pandemic. ...
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How badly will my credit score be affected if I don't pay back a small margin debt?

I recently started trading stocks and was trading on ameritrade. I went in with just a little money to play around with and try and learn about it, but I forgot to turn off margin trading apparently. ...
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Is a bunch of debt now better than distributed debt in the future in terms of paying less in the long run?

This might be too theoretical but it popped into my head this concept for attending University/College. If you had the ability to choose one of the following which is best in terms of you paying ...
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How to manage the money I got from “lump-sum housing lease”?

In South Korea, there is a concept called "jeon-se", which can be roughly translated into "lump-sum housing lease" or "long-term rental deposit". It goes like this: An ...
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Why would student loans be valued at $1.04 for every dollar of debt?

According to this Yahoo! Finance article, the Department of Education has some analysts who attempt to estimate the value of the Department's student loan portfolio: For years, bean counters at the ...
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What would most likely happen if you owed money to a business upon completion of a service but realised that you don't have a way to pay?

I came pretty near this situation, but luckily I had an extra debit card (although I would've preferred to use my credit card). I was at a vet to prepare my pet for a surgical procedure, and they ...
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Why don't most people file Chapter 7 every 8 years?

Please explain to me why more people don't follow a formula like this: Converting all their assets into exempted assets (for which there are tons of options, regardless of your state -- ERISA-...
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How many “Charge Offs” can a company put on a single debt?

A while ago I took out a loan and couldn't pay it off due to loosing my job. I got another job, and before I could start making payments, a collections agency called me up about the loan. I paid it ...
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General price lowering and debt hypothetical

Assume for a moment that the CPI accurately encompasses all prices. Also assume that I have $100 of outstanding debt. Let's now say that the CPI decreases by 25%. In real terms, this change in CPI ...
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Does paying down debt in an S Corp decrease profitability?

Long story short - I'm a participating shareholder of a small S Corp that has debt. At the end of the year, since it's an S Corp, the profits/losses are passed down to the shareholders to be reported ...
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The term “debt financed” as a source of payment for doing the Acquisition, is it?

I have a question for word phrase "debt financed" in Acquisitions but for my best understanding, I would like to ask a question on random example: Let's say we have three companies: CompanyA,...
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Which should I pay first, Car Loan vs Zero-Interest Credit Card Promo?

I have a new car loan for $12k at 7.74%, and about $10k in old credit card debt that I just transferred to a card with a ~20% APR after the initial 13 month zero-interest promo. (So, I am not being ...
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Does credit score show you are a responsible borrower or a profitable client for the bank?

This might be a silly question, but I'm trying to wrap my head around how the US Credit Score works. I'm from Europe. Credit Score represents creditworthiness, which as I understand it, represents a ...
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Why do most companies have debt and are there any companies without debt?

Somewhat inspired by this question. It seems that no matter what company I hear about, they always have some sort of debt to someone. Even if the company is in great financial shape and makes tons of ...
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Is it possible to keep mortgage after bankruptcy?

If one declares a bankruptcy, can he or she keep his/her mortgage account and continue repaying it, while erasing all the other debts? In general, is it possible to negotiate to keep some credit ...
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How can one be financially devastated by unsecured debt?

My question is theoretical, I don't understand why people say that big piles of debt are dangerous. If one has a lot of unsecured debt and ends up defaulting on it then one does not even have to ...
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Creditworthiness of counterparty

Based on historical evidence, a B-rated counter party is approximately 16 times more likely to default over a 1-year time period than a BBB-rated counter party. Over a 10-year time period, a B-rated ...
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Question About Medical Bill Defense

So, I've been researching for a quite a bit and haven't been able to find a case or ruling that relates close to my situation. I went to a sleep specialty physician about four years ago who was ...
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Disputing a collection on an account that is current, but the collection agency wants the original debt amount

I have a surgery bill (Original Balance: $2,757) that I have been paying off for the past 2 years with auto-drafted monthly payments. Every month on the 1st a payment was auto-drafted from my checking ...
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Debt in a foreign country

I have spent couple of months in Lithuania in the beginning of this year. I signed up for a gym membership for 1 year. But due to covid, I left Lithuania and came back to my non-EU home country. (I ...
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If a bank fails, will debt be wiped out?

I have debt to Capital One. If they fail, and whoever the trustee is fails, will the debt eventually get lost in bankruptcy proceedings? Considering the Lehman bankruptcy is still ongoing, well past ...
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Do companies destroy value when they borrow to pay dividends?

When public companies pay dividends, their stock price will be reduced by the amount of the dividend. This makes sense to me, but I'm wondering if this applies when companies borrow to pay dividends (...
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So I was used as a money mule and now I have a CIFAS marker I desperately need to get rid off?

so some time back I was used as a money mule without realising by someone I trusted very much. Once he had everything he wanted (money) he then blocked me leaving me with a debt of more than £5000. I ...
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What are some good reasons to buy U.S. Government debt (Treasury bonds)? [closed]

Treasury bonds issued by the U.S. Government are considered virtually risk-free, because they are backed by the U.S. Government's ability to tax in order to pay them off. I understand that Treasury ...
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Stuck in a debt of 3 credit cards

I have 3 credit card and I have utilized the funds of these cards 100%. Now I need to pay back the amount to bank. I am from Pakistan and the currency is PKR. Here is the stats: Card 1 - 4.5K (cash ...
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The most efficient way to pay off loans/credit? [duplicate]

Supposed you have a fixed amount of money to commit every month to debt repayment... well above all minimum payment requirements. All other quirks and conditions being equal. The only differences ...
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What happens if you don't pay your credit card debt in Germany?

Thanks to COVID-19 I've lost my job, and I spent my money right and left very stupidly, and now I am in credit card debt of €3000. The bank blocked my account due to nonpayment for 3 months, and today ...
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Are there countries where children are forced to inherit their parents' debts?

Are there any countries in the world where the debts of the deceased must be inherited by the deceased's heirs? In the UK and USA, it seems to be well understood that if the deceased's estate is ...
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Where can I see at what price a company's debt is trading at?

I was reading Barron's today and came across the below quote - Hertz’s debt somewhere in the range of 30-40 cents on the dollar. If the stock actually were worth something, the debt ought to ...
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Is this method of getting free money viable and consistent with law?

A lot of credit cards these days give you an interest free period, say 24 months. They also allow you to transfer debt for a small fee, let's say 4%. This means if you keep the moving the debt around, ...
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Trying to understand the behavior of the bond market during the COVID19 crisis [closed]

I'm aware of several corporate bond indices that are (slightly) going up despite of the COVID19 crisis. For instance, let's take this corporate bond index as an example. Choosing the 1Y chart one can ...
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What would happen to a typical investment portfolio if the dollar collapses?

Let's say I have an investment portfolio with diversified US stocks and diversified US bonds. How would a dollar collapse affect this portfolio? And which component of the portfolio is less likely ...
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Is it better to start a new business using credit, even when I have money to invest

Suppose I have to start a new Limited Liability Company and the initial investment is 50000 dollars. Let's also suppose I have that money. No problem about it! Now let's suppose something goes wrong ...
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S/O out of collections, where to go from here?

My S/O and I have been together for ten years (not married). We started attacking all of our debts starting October 2018 in order to move into a house debt-free (except a mortgage) in 2021. My last ...
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Understanding overnight debt fund portfolios

I'm trying to understand the differences between overnight funds and a bank savings account or fixed deposit in terms of safety. These are both common ways to park money for short periods. I know that ...

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