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Questions tagged [interest]

for questions that relate to interest. Interest is a fee paid by a borrower of assets to the owner as a form of compensation for the use of the assets.

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Where can I park my rainy-day / emergency fund? Savings accounts don't generate much interest

Savings accounts don't seem to generate much interest. What other options do I have for my emergency fund?
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Where should I park my rainy-day / emergency fund?

This is the US companion of the same question for Canadians Where can I park my rainy-day/ emergency fund?. Basically I want to know what options I have for my emergency fund?
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Why do banks want you to pay off interest before principal?

When you take out a traditional mortgage the first payment you make to a bank pays off mostly interest and then later payments start paying off principal. What is the reason for this? Is it just a ...
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Daily interest calculation combined with monthly compounding: Why do banks do this, and how-to in Excel?

I often see banks advertise (for accounts with fixed yearly interest, let's say 1.5%) – "interested is calculated daily, and compounded monthly". I have 2 questions: Why are they calculating ...
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Paying Off Principal of Home vs. Investing In Mutual Fund

I close on my first home October 21. I've locked in a 4.330% APR on a 30-year fixed conventional mortgage and my payment will be ~$800/month. I've put the required 20% down to avoid paying PMI. ...
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Can I take out a loan and invest it at higher interest?

I noticed today that my bank is offering small loans of up to £15000 at 3.3% interest. Meanwhile, services like Zopa and RateSetter are offering over 6% interest on investments in their platforms. I ...
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How to calculate Annual Percentage Rate

How to calculate Annual Percentage Rate (APR) given the following: A - Loan borrowed at the beginning (USD 1000), B - Loan total costs paid at the end (USD 2000), c - Number of compounding periods ...
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How does a bank make money on an interest free secured loan?

I was having a discussion about the ethics of charging interest on a loan, and I was of the position that allowing the charging of interest encourages more loans to be given, and thus contributes to ...
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Withdrawing qualified HSA expenses many years later, to earn interest?

Say I have $2000 in my HSA account and have a $1000 medical bill in 2012. If I were to pay the $1000 bill out of pocket and let that $1k left earn interest in my HSA for a significant amount of time (...
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Can you explain “time value of money” and “compound interest” and provide examples of each?

Can you explain the time value of money concept, including present value and future value? How does compound interest work? Why is compound interest a powerful concept when it comes to borrowing, ...
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How does Paying credit card in full VS paying with interest will affect your credit score?

What is the effect of paying credit card in full or with interest on your credit score?
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How is “Balance Subject To Interest Rate” calculated?

I was approved for a balance transfer of $2,500 to a card, and that month my statement looked like this: INTEREST CHARGES (APR 2013) -------------------------------------------------------------------...
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Calculate a weekly payment on a loan when payment is a month away

I'm trying to calculate a payment on a loan given the standard P=r(PV)/1-(1+r)^-n formula. How do I factor in interest accumulated if the first payment isn't due for 31 days? For reference, interest ...
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Should I buy a house because Mortgage rates are low

Interest rates are pretty low right now and a few of my friends are rushing to buy a house(even though the actual property prices are pretty high.) I was of an opinion that mortgage rates being low is ...
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Saving $1,000+ per month…what should I do with it?

I am able to save $1,100 a month, after all expenses and after paying the minimums ($225 a month on my 2.24% and 3.25% student loans). I want to make smart decisions with my money, but am not sure ...
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First time home hunters. Pay debt or save for down payment

tl;dr We want to buy a house. We've done all the pro's and con's of home ownership. We have 1/2 a down payment and some highish loan payments Would it be wiser to pay down the loans and go with ...
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How does compounding of annual interest work?

I have tried reading up on it, but I just find it confusing. Apparently, if you started investing $150/month at a 15% annual return and kept reinvesting the profits, here is what you would have ...
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Loan repayment calculation and monthly compounding interest problem

I need to write a mock up application that returns a quote to potential borrowers. The specification says that "The monthly and total repayment should use monthly compounding interest". Program ...
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Credit Card Newbie - If I pay off my balance every month, what am I actually paying?

So I have never owned a credit card in my life, and am trying to get ideas as to how they work. Sorry if this is too simple a question... Lets say I have a credit card, and in one month I charge $...
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Credit card interest calculator with grace period & different interest rate calculation methods?

Is there an (ideally online) credit card interest calculator that includes grace periods and lets you choose the interest calculation method (eg, "adjusted balance", "average daily balance", "two-...
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Minimum Required Nest Egg Formula?

As a follow-up to this question, what is the minimum size of a nest egg to support 30 years of $5,583.33 monthly distributions? I want the $5,583.33 to increase with inflation each month. The ...
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Why don't bond makers just get loans?

I was just looking at investment opportunities, and I found a number of places offering bonds paying up to 12% interest over two years. My first thought was, I can get a loan from my bank for 5% ...
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Paying Off Debt: When CC Companies Won't Reduce APR

For the past two years I've been living, for the first time, under the weighty, grey cloud of credit card debt. Foolish use of personal credit cards to fund asset purchases for an LLC have resulted in ...
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Will be debt Free in 3 years — What order should i pay off my cards?

I have budgeted to the point where i can close all credit cards i have in close to three years from now. My question is, should I simply pay 1/3 to each card (will be over minimum payment on all) OR ...
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Can I negotiate to have a credit card interest fee waived?

I recently missed a credit card payment by one day (my first one ever in my history of credit starting from over 10 years ago), and I called the credit card company to have the late fee waived. I ...
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What are the pros and cons of buying an item on installments with zero percent interest?

For example, currently Verizon is advertising an iPhone 6s for either $649.99 or 24 monthly payments of $27.08, i.e., $649.92, which is essentially equal and there is no interest. The obvious ...
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Capital gains on foreign investment?

An American "tax person" living solely in Canada must report any interest income earned in Canada on his/her US tax return. But, does this income include any gains or losses caused purely by currency ...
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India Income Tax: Need to Pay Tax on Savings Account Interest for FY 2012-13 Or Not?

As per Indian Income Tax rules and regulations, for the Savings Account Interest accrued during the period of April 2012 to March 2013, do I need to pay any tax if it is less than Rs.10000? Or is it ...
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What is the formula for loan payoff with daily compounded interest and monthly payment?

My goal is to make a graph using this formula for all possible monthly payments. Let's say... Loans: 21750 Monthly Payment: 220 Daily Interest: 4.0% / 365 What formula would I use to get the total ...
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Has anyone found U.S. Savings Bonds to be effective investing?

Since I was a small child, my grandparents have given all of their grandchildren savings bonds on our birthdays. I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but they are always "EE" series. I had to use ...
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Continuous compounding in practice

A common explanation for the mathematical constant e (2.71828...) is that it is the factor by which an investment would grow at 100% interest rate over a period if it is continuously compounded. In ...
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If I earned less than $10 in interest from my bank account, do I need to report it on my taxes? [duplicate]

I'm preparing my taxes with Turbotax, and its asking me for all the bank accounts I earned interest from. One of these accounts has earned less than $10 total for the year. Because of that this bank ...
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Can you pay off a Credit Card quicker by reducing the daily balance?

If I have x amount on a credit card, let's say $5000. And let's say I make a paycheck of $750. If I take that $750 and put it on the CC, and I do not spend the newly credited $750 immediately (say ...
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Is interest of credit cards caculated based on the amount unpaid within the grace period?

From Wikipedia if a user had a $1,000 transaction and repaid it in full within this grace period, there would be no interest charged. If, however, even $1.00 of the total amount remained unpaid,...
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How to calculate total interest paid on a decreasing balance?

I am trying to come up with the equation which will give me the total interest to be paid on something given a fixed interest rate with a fixed payment for a given period of time. The interest is ...
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Is there a law or regulation that governs the maximum allowable interest amount that can be charged on credit cards or in agreements where credit is extended?

When I worked in the corporate world, I remember dealing with a company from the U.K. who cited a U.K. regulation on maximum interest/finance charges that necessitated a change in their contract. ...
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What does a 30/360 day count convention mean?

I've been trying to understand day count conventions, but the Wikipedia article is confusing. It was my understanding that interest is usually compounded daily - I don't quite understand how it fits ...
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Does it make any sense for UK private investors to hold gilts directly and outside of a tax wrapper?

According to my understanding of gilts (which is in accordance with the answers here), private investors in UK gilts paying a premium on the redemption price (for example 2% T20s currently report a ...
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How to calculate credit card interest with respect to grace period transactions?

If my credit card currently has a $0 balance, and I make a transaction and pay it back within 25 days, I won't pay any interest, even if I had a balance and was paying interest previously. Is that ...
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Calculating interest for a loan made for a friend on a credit card

I have a credit card with a 16.5% APR. I had $2500 on the card already. I made a purchase for a friend of $3700, who has just paid me back after 11 months. How can I calculate the interest he would ...
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Interest rate question

I'm having a little trouble figuring this out. Suppose I took out a loan with the following terms: Loan Amount: 1,000 Interest Rate (APR): 10% Compound Frequency: Monthly (12 compounding periods) ...
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home loan part payment with emi effect - revised emi amount?

Loan Amount 1,215,371.00 Annual Interest Rate 10.15% Term of Loan in Years 12 First Payment Date 10/09/2014 Payment Frequency Monthly Compound Period Monthly ...
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Is simple interest related to the actuarial method?

I'm trying to understand different methods of calculating interest on installment loans. I keep coming across the terms "simple interest" and "actuarial method". They seem to be related but I haven'...
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How can I determine the interest rate, given increasing monthly deposits and a final amount?

I need help to determine the interest rate of this investment. The initial value is nothing The monthly investment is R500. It stays R500 a month until the year is over and increases by R50. Thus, ...
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Credit Card: Charge from the bank

Let's say I have a debt of $50. Let's say I don't pay for my credit card debts. Next month they will charge me interest upon the money I should have paid ($50 + interest). Now let's say I pay more ...