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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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Pros/cons for buying gold vs. saving money in an interest-based account?

Over the years, I have noticed a certain pattern when it comes to money and gold. For example, my father bought a house 30 years ago for $20,000, and today that house is worth $200,000. If my father ...
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Should I pay the interest or the principal on my second mortgage?

We have a second mortgage on our home from 10/08. It was designed to be deferred for five years, so we're right in the middle. After the deferral, our monthly payment will be $413.74 for 25 years. ...
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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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US Taxation on interest on savings in UK

I have an offer from my employer to move to New York. The move is "permanent" and as such I will become a resident alien within the US. I do not wish to transfer my entire savings over to the US as I ...
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Get interest on $100K by spending only $2K using FOREX rollovers?

Is there any way to combine FOREX instruments to receive interest on $100K while spending only $2K? If I buy 100K USDCAD (for example), I only need $2K margin. Every night, I'm charged the ...
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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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Possible to use balance transfers to avoid interest with major credit cards?

I recently paid off a balance transfer and then this thought occurred to me. Let's say you have $3000 of debt outstanding on a credit card. The goal is not to pay interest while you work to save the $...
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Why is the fractional-reserve banking not a Ponzi scheme? [closed]

Operating a Ponzi scheme is a crime which I suppose has some sort of definition in the penal code or criminal law. It is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to separate investors from ...
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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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Paying over minimum monthly charge of credit cards

I have a $80 minimum on my credit bill. If I pay them $100, do the additional $20 go to the card's Principal or Interest? If it goes to Interest, do I have to explicitly state that those $20 go to ...
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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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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 save money on interest by paying a loan multiple times per month?

I'm paying off a student loan right now that accrues interest on a daily basis. Last month, for example, I got a bill where the principal was $25k and the interest was $150. I pay about $500 each ...
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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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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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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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How to determine new, lower interest payments after a lump sum mortgage payment, i.e. new amortization schedule?

Here's a financial math problem: I have a mortgage at about $78,0000 with 5.5% interest and 56 of 360 monthly payments were made. I'm currently paying about $360/month in interest charges. If I pay ...
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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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Can a Line of Credit be re-financed? Is it like a mortgage, with a term?

I have a home equity line of credit, for which I have had trouble making large payments against since my career change. I'm wondering if I should be concerned over the interest charges, and if there ...
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Paying off loans early, or is there some way to reduce extortionate interest charges?

I bought a car about 2 years ago on finance. The car was priced at £11k and I was very quick to jump at the chance rather than thinking. Over the 5 year period I'm paying over £18k in total, thats £...
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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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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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How and where can I deposit money to generate future payments / income?

My Question. What do I deposit now, today, to pay myself $300.00 per week,i.e. $15,600.00 annually at 5% interest for 10 years? What kind of or type of financial institution do I deposit the in? A few ...