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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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If I'm taking the standard deduction, do I still have to enter my school loan interest?

Title says it all. If I know in advance I'll be taking the standard deduction, do I still have to enter and submit my student loan interest? Or any itemized deductions, for that matter?
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Does my life insurance company have to tell me the interest rate for borrowing on my cash value before I process the loan?

I have a permanent (whole life) insurance policy. I want to take out a loan on my cash value, so I called the company to get information. The company representative told me that they would give me ...
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What is the proper name for the formula which calculates interest for the account with the variable funds amount during the billing period?

Let's assume we have an investment fund with holders, who may transfer funds from this fund between each other. We can track how much funds each holder has on his account at any moment. There is some ...
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Finding monthly payment for ordinary simple annuity with varying interest rates? [closed]

I've been working at this question for some time now and I'm quite stuck. Some help would be greatly appreciated. I can figure out recurring payments by themselves, but I'm drawing a blank when it ...
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allocation of payment between principal and interest

Individual made a (second) mortgage loan to another. The loan has been in default for many years. The bank (first mortgage holder) foreclosed on the property. The individual lender received a ...
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Take out a small loan or use money from bank

I'm trying to get some different opinions on what I should do. I'm selling my home and buying another. The difference is $25,000. I have $50,000 in my bank account, no debt, $10,000 in a Roth IRA and ...
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Shouldn't a Roth IRA accumulate more than 1 cent of interest per month?

Ten months ago, I opened a Roth IRA with an initial principal of $1,000, invested in one of those "Target Date" retirement mutual funds. I also set up $100 automatic monthly contributions. The ...
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equivalent monthly cost with multiple interest rates

Is equivalent monthly cost equal to equivalent annual cost divided by 12? Also, using the equivalent annual cost HERE, how would I change the formula for differing rates over the period of time. ...
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High Interest Savings Account vs Bond ETF

Which of the following is a better investment for long term investing and why? High interest savings account paying 2.3% interest, no account fees and the funds are protected by the Canada Deposit ...
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Do mortgage offset accounts typically accrue interest at high balances?

Say someone has a 100% offset account on their mortgage. This means that if they have: Loan amount: $150k Offset balance: $100k ...then their interest is computed as if they only owe $50k on the ...
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How do I research if my student loan company is doing something illegal?

I have a federally subsidized loan (US), which was put into forbearance in March of this year. I didn't notice, because it is an auto pay account, but, I'm not in school and did not request any ...
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How does the amount of down payment of a car affect loans/interest?

My credit rating is poor but I'm looking at a car that is around 27,000. If I have a large down payment (40%) to put towards the purchase of the car would I still get approved for a loan for the ...
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Bond ETF NAV before dividends

This BlackRock page says that a bond ETF's NAV will fall by an amount equal to the dividend distribution when a dividend is paid out. I assume that means that the bond ETF's NAV rises as interest is ...
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Calculating Compounded Salary Increase Percentage with Multiple Years and Durations

I am trying to calculate the cumulative salary increase across 10 years. The issue is that some union members received raises multiple times a year, and other years they received no raises. I am ...
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Is it possible to borrow money to accrue interest, and then use that interest to pay back the borrower + fees?

Say I want to borrow $225,000.00 to accrue interest on a 1.20% APY account. I promise the lender that I'll pay them a fixed-rate of this interest with agreement that I cannot withdraw nor touch the ...
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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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How are mortgage payments decided? [duplicate]

I always used to think that monthly mortgage payments had fixed proportion of interest payments and house payments (determined by rate and term). But, I recently heard that you start off with making ...
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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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How do I calculate monthly compound interest in Google Sheets?

I have a financial spreadsheet with a column of all my deposits into my savings account. The leftmost column lists the dates of the deposits. Now, let's say my savings balance is $100.00 and my ...
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Why “N-year” loans (and other complications)? Why does a loan need so many parameters?

If the title sounds ridiculous, please hear me out before downvoting. Let's start simple. You have too much money on your hands and want to start a loan business. If you neither want to gain nor ...
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Credit Card Transfer/Payoff Advice

I have a credit card that is just about maxed out. I'm trying to get into financial health but the purchase interest charges are killing me and it's hard to get ahead. My cash flow is also terrible ...
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Is it legal to charge interest on interest?

I bought a mobile home through a private deal, financed by the owner. The last payment of a thousand dollars was an interest payment. Due to financial problems, I could not give them the whole ...
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Exact meaning of no prepayment penalty in installment loan

What exactly does the phrase "no prepayment penalty" mean? To illustrate, let's consider the following example: I borrow an installment loan of $1000 and it says that I need to pay $300 monthly for ...
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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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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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Calculating Interest Accrued for a late payment

I'm trying to calculate the interest accrued on my amortization schedule manually. I can calculate it fine if payments are exactly one month apart but this payment is More than 1 month apart. This ...
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Prepaying a loan: Shouldn't the interest be recalculated like a shorter loan?

Maybe I'm incorrect in my thinking, but I have a question about prepaying a loan. When you take out a mortgage on a home or a car loan, it is my understanding that for the first years of payment you ...
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Need help on understanding how math is done on this example

I am not sure how the math is exactly done for the interest to come out like that. Also, what is the capitalized interest? EDIT: What is an outstanding principal balance?
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How to save the most money paying off a 20% interest car loan in 1-2 years?

Long story short: My girlfriend has a 20.53% APR car loan. No one will refinance the loan because of the value of the car, roughly $5,000. Theres still 50 months left on the loan. Total left with ...
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Purchase Interest on paid off credit card

I live in Canada. Recently I paid my RBC CC off in full before the monthly due date. On my next bill I incurred interest called "purchase interest" Why?
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How should interest paid annually be reported for tax purposes

If interest from a savings account is paid annually in the middle of a tax-year, should the full amount be reported on the tax-return for the year it is received, or do/can/should you pro-rata the ...
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logistical details of interest and dividend payments on assets traded on the secondary market?

Forgive me if this is a silly or extremely basic question, but I was wondering how the logistics of interest and dividend payments are handled on assets, such as mortgages, bonds, stocks, etc. I ...
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What are the downsides to high-interest savings accounts?

Most US banks offer vanishingly small interest rates on their money market savings accounts, while many others offer rates around 1.0%. Assuming that I keep my deposits below the FDIC insurance limit, ...
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Calculating amortisation payment amount, where first payment date differs from loan start date

I'm trying to reproduce the schedule, but I cant seem to get the same Payment and Interest for each month. The tricky part here is that the Loan start date is 9 Feb 2017 but the first payment is only ...
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How do brokerage firms make money?

I know that this question has been hinted at on other open question sites like Quora but I have yet to find anyone who lists all of the points in one place. I understand that firms make money by: ...
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Should I use a home sale profit to pay down student loans or put it towards next house?

I am in the process of moving and stand to profit close to 100k on my current home sale. I also owe approximately 200k in student loans. The interest rates on mortgage and loans are within 1% of each ...
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ACH vs Mailed Checks in the context of Overpayment

I have not been successfully able to get a clarifying answer from my mortgage company on this issue, so I was wondering if anyone here knew. If I am overpaying my mortgage, by let's say $100 per ...
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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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Interest or APR Query

I have really bad credit from when I was younger. The only credit card I can get is one 49.9% APR. If I spend £500 in a single transaction and pay back lets say £50 a month, what interest would I be ...
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Interest expense deduction on rental property that was re-financed to pay off wife for her interest in home

I am in California in the United States. I stated renting my house out this year (2017). I originally purchased the home with my ex-wife in 2001, but bought her interest in the property as part of ...
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Large loan at zero interest or very little interest?

I have a big problem but a lucky solution. I have a huge amount of debt, student loans that add up to hundreds of thousands of US dollars. I have a relative who is willing to give me a loan to cover ...
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Does 0% APR mean I'm not charged interest? [duplicate]

If a credit card says you get something like, "0% APR for the first 12 months," does that mean you can get by with paying only minimum payments and not have any accrued interest build up? If so, ...
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Investment or saving options Northern Europe

I am interested in basic financial advice for my current situation. I am mid twenties, living in Northern Europe and have gathered some savings over the years. Currently living in a rented apartment, ...
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What credit card surcharge rate should I accept?

I have a long-term revolving debt account where interest is charged only for the outstanding balance. I am using a credit card for regular expenses in order to maximize the duration that money stays ...
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Hotel, double charges, overdraft and bank interest

Situation: During check-in at a hotel, I give them my (debit) card, do paperwork (fill in forms, sign documents and so on...). They hold some funds ($100 for example). Finally, during check-out, ...
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Calculating the number of years before an investment with increasing savings reach a certain value

I want to calculate the number of years required before an investment reach a certain value assuming increased payments. Ignoring the increase of payments, I can calculate using NPER (Google Sheets, ...
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Is the principal of a savings bond taxable, or only the interest?

Let's say I cash out some government savings bonds with a face value of $2,000. Since they are 10% bonds the total amount I get when I cash them out is $2,200. Do I owe taxes on the full $2,200 (...
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Pre-pay mortgage in full - do you have to pay off the projected interest as well?

How does paying off a mortgage early work? Example: I have a 30 year fixed rate mortgage of 3.5%, the amount borrowed is $300,000. I have just inherited $300,000. I am in the first year of the ...
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Why does my car loan interest go up despite making payments on-time?

In my first payment on 06-17-2016, the principal applied to my balance was $186.76 and the interest was $107.50. As I kept making the payment on-time, the second payment on 07-25-2016 was a bit of a ...