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What are overnight fees? [duplicate]

I am using Etoro to trade US stocks and they charge overnight fees. However, nowhere can I find a definition of what an overnight fee in the context of stock broking is. Their Terms & Conditions ...
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How do booking agencies avoid credit card fees [closed]

I am curios about the following situation. Let’s say I have a website where people can book flights. They pay us with their credit card, and we are buying a flight ticket for them a few days later. ...
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Opening a Roth IRA account, what is the fee structure for Vanguard, Scottrade and TIAA-CREF

My wife and I recently came into money (i.e. I just got a job!). We are looking to open Roth IRA accounts for the two of us. We currently have a brokerage account at Scottrade and my employer ...
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Does a mutual fund's return include fees?

If a mutual fund's published YTD return is 3%, and it has an up-front sales charge of 5% and a 12b1 fee of 2%, are these fees included in the YTD return, or would the "real" return be 3%-5%-2% = -4%?
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Why do banks insist on allowing transactions without sufficient funds?

Specifically, to a checking account. I have not heard of, in a long time, any bank that will simply decline a charge if there isn't sufficient money. Either by default or even at the customer's ...
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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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Debt management lawyer?

Is there such a thing as a debt management lawyer? I've got delinquent debts. I've got more than enough money to pay off all debts. I want to systematically look over each debt statement (fees, etc) ...
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Getting my first credit card - do UK companies have a fixed charge for owning a credit card?

I am looking to take out my first credit card to assist in the improvement of my credit score. I have been hunting around card offers online, and have found some I am willing to give a try. The top ...
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Do those who invest large amounts of money in stocks pay typical brokerage commissions?

I actually invested $2000 in stocks, and paid brokerage fees of 0.5% to the broker on both sides (buy & bell) or approximately $22.50 ($10 + $12.50 in commissions after a gain of $500). So my ...
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How to avoid maintenance fee when balance drops below minimum?

Looking for a way to, in the event of a purchase dropping my balance below the minimum daily balance (MDB) with no way to bring it above the MDB before the end of the day, make 6 point of sale (POS) ...
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What would make a Centurion Card's fees financially worthwhile?

The AMEX Centurion card has annual fees of, depending on the country, up to the equivalent of 5402USD for Taiwan. There are also one-time joining fees of up to 7500USD. Now these anodised titanium ...
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Do “growth of $10k” charts for mutual funds account for fees? I've found conflicting information

I've had several people advise me that the growth of $10k charts that you see for mutual funds, and provided by, e.g., Morningstar, account for the expense ratio of that fund (but not sales loads). So ...
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Are Australian mutual fund fees large compared to US?

I've lived in the US and have mutual funds through vanguard where the management fee is around 0.2% (see link). I've moved to Australia, and I'm looking at fees of almost 1% (see link). Why is this? ...
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Fees and delays in getting physical stock

If I buy shares from a certain US stock broker, what are on average the fees and delays to get the physical stock upon request? If the prices do not have a clear average, which US based broker has ...
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How to invest in stocks without using an intermediary like a broker? Can shares be bought direct?

I am looking to buy stocks but I would like to do so without a broker. From what I can tell, the exchanges are good ole boys clubs that require you know (or pay) someone in order to participate. Am I ...
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Getting a USD cheque, without too many fees, and with a sensible exchange rate?

In order to exercise a stock option, I find myself needing a USD cheque. Annoyingly, it has to be a cheque and it has to be in USD, neither a GBP cheque nor a USD wire transfer are acceptable. (I've ...
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How soon in advance to cancel a credit card to avoid the annual fee?

Last year I applied for a credit card (Delta Gold Amex) in order to get 50K bonus miles with the first year annual fee waived. I'm about to cash in the miles and I have never paid a dime in interest. ...
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Why are credit card late fees and returned payment fees changing to $27 / 38?

In a short period of time, I've seen multiple major US banks change the terms on their credit cards to set the returned payment fee and late fee each at $27 for the first offense in a six-month period ...
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Investment partition for German student

Currently I am a student and planning to finish in about 6 month. At the moment I have a monthly income between 1000 EUR and 2000 EUR and are saving about 70% of it. I have savings of about 52k EUR ...
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Individual Client or Customer fining or charging a Company a penalty fee

What's the primary factor keeping a consumer from handing out fees as liberally as corporations or small businesses do? Can an individual, or more appropriately, what keeps an individual from being ...
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Paying off home mortgage and lender wants a “Recording Fee”

So I whittled down my house note to the point where I have enough cash to just pay it off early and be done with it. Yay! I asked my lender for a "payoff" statement, which provides an accounting of ...
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Principal 401(k) managed fund fees, wow. What can I do?

I was looking over my end-of-the-year finances and noticed some really disheartening details about my company's 401k. The company holds a plan through Principal, and the managed 'target date style' ...
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Does investing in index funds on a monthly basis involve brokerage fees?

Let's say i want to invest in some index funds, and i know which ones to go for. Let's say i can also make the initial required minimum investment. My question is, will an automatic investment plan ...
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UK fee-free foreign transfer to own account

I have a bank account in the UK and in The Netherlands. Transferring money from my UK to my Dutch bank account costs £25 with my current bank and most other banks have similar fees. The Money saving ...
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Rental Application Fees

I've been trying to find a new apartment. Each application I've submitted cost between $20-$35 and I've yet to find a new place. A lot of these places have me just write out a check which I never see ...
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Why would an ETF rebate part of its management fee, rather than reduce it before?

[Moneysense.ca:] For taxable accounts, the Horizons S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF (HXT) is back from last year and should appeal to investors who focus on large-cap stocks. But the main reason for holding ...
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Transfer shares to avoid brokerage fees

I like Fidelity better than Vanguard in regards to web interface and customer service. Vanguard has better funds for the way I wish to invest. Since I plan to invest in a dollar/cost averaging manner ...
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Do I need to insure a large check when sending via mail?

My girlfriend has a bank account that is on hold because of a stolen debit card number. She recently signed a contract for 90k but has the first check in my name for 60k. She is stuck in London for a ...
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When do you pay the annual fee for a credit card?

This may seem like an obvious question but there seems to be no other resource online explicitly explaining this. Say I have a credit card with an annual fee of $X. Do I pay $X when I apply for the ...
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Lower risk short-term investment during periods of low interest rates

I've been reading about the basics of personal finance and most resources suggest investments based on benefits that don't seem to exist when interest rates are as low as they are. For instance: I've ...
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Does an online business selling across the USA would need to file for foreign qualification in each state?

I have been looking at the rules for an all online transactional company. If I make sales in all US states, do I need to file for foreign qualification if I have a Nevada LLC?
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How do debit card interchange fees work cross-border?

In some countries (for example US, UK), only credit cards have a hefty percentage (usually around 2%) interchange fee, while debit cards have only a small fixed fee for each transaction. But in other ...
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Lower-cost index funds vs. managed (higher-cost) tax-advantaged IRAs?

If having to choose between a non-retirement lower cost index fund and a managed higher cost IRA (both traditional and Roth), which is less impeded and likely to grow more long-term? Put another way, ...
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What are ECN fees? Are ECN fees under an investor's control?

At this Questrade link: http://www.questrade.com/trading/stocks_ecn_101.aspx ... they explain what kind of trades incur ECN fees. At this moment, I do not understand a lot about these fees. But so ...
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Is Buying American Shares in Canada a Good Idea?

I am looking at buying some American based shares such as SPY (the S&P 500 Index ETF), but I am in Canada. I am wondering if buying something like this will have any consequences (e.g. I have to ...
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Freelance site with lowest commission fees? [closed]

I got a gig from one of the company via email & interviews and they made me a good offer. They want me to start this collaboration via Elance and when I looked at the fees/charges on Elance I ...
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How to avoid/limit currency exchange fees?

I live in the US, work in the US, and have a US bank account (Wells Fargo). I've often been travelling into Canada as of late, and I find the conversion fees are quite expensive when I use my credit ...
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In what circumstances will a bank waive the annual credit card fee?

I've had my credit card for two years. I use it extensively for all kinds of purchases and I have never gone over my limit or incurred a late payment fee. The card has an annual fee and I was ...
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What are the trading cost differences between stocks and mutual funds in 401k account?

I am confused about the mutual fund investment minimums and buying commission fees. I've been searching these question on the internet but no good answers. Hope someone can answer my questions below ...
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Can I change banks for my HSA account?

My employer provides a High-deductible health plan with HSA option. One thing I was surprised by was how many fees were associated with the HSA account offered through my employer (the HSA is ...
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Does mutual fund front-load fee count toward IRA contribution limits? [duplicate]

I want to max out my IRA and I am investing in a mutual fund with 5% front-load fee. Does that mean that I can contribute $5,500 max for IRA but have real IRA balance $5,500 less $275 = $5,225 as a ...
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How does shorting ETFs work? What are the costs and tax implications?

If I short an ETF stock, how does it work from the cost and tax perspective? Do I get charged ETF expense ratio? (does not make sense to me) If underlying stocks issue dividends, am I charged them? (...
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Are there downsides to switching from Scottrade to OptionsFirst?

Are there downsides from switching from Scottrade to OptionsFirst? I want to buy stocks, write calls, and write puts. Scottrade lets me buy stocks, write calls, but not write puts. I talked to my ...
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What is a “single side debit: QMC charges” in bank transactions?

My bank account is debited with description single side debit QMC charges. For what purpose the single side debit is charged. BANK NAME: CITY UNION BANK COUNTRY: INDIA
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Are TD e-Series Funds worthwhile, or am I better off with ETFs? Why or why not?

I'm looking at e-Series funds offered by TD. They have low MERs and seem to offer a good low cost alternative to traditional mutual funds. What do you guys think? Am I better off with ETFs? Why ...
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What are reasonable administrative fees for an IRA?

I have a couple of IRAs (one roth, one traditional), at a local credit union for state employees where I live. I'm fairly young, so the money has simply been in interest-bearing accounts to date. ...
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Will I, as a CS student, be allowed to take loans for paying the fees of Ivy Leagues?

I am non-US citizen hoping to study in US. I have a good chance of getting admitted in one of the Ivy leagues in US. Considering that my family has no property large enough to take a hefty loan on, ...
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Can I request to change 401k offerings from my employer, e.g. to invest in ETFs?

My wife and I have 401k accounts, but they only offer mutual funds. I do not want to invest in mutual funds and pay their large fees. What are my options to invest 401k money into ETFs, bonds, and ...
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What are the fees in a targeted retirement fund?

I own the American Funds 2030 Target Date Retirement Fund (AAETX). AAETX owns a collection of other funds such as New Perspective Fund (ANWPX). Am I paying a fee for both AAETX and the underlying ...
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Best / cheapest way to exchange USD for foreign currency cash?

I'm considering taking a trip abroad in a few months, and would like to exchange a moderate amount of money (say less than $2,500) into a couple of currencies (probably 60% Euro, 30% GBP, 10% ...