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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Are loans that charge a fixed interest amount based on original principal throughout the loan still used? If so Where?

Some loans charged interest on the total amount of the loan (at origination!) until the last payment is made--effectively doubling the interest charge on a loan which charges interest on the declining ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Comparing the present value of total payment today and partial payments over 3 months

I'm trying to buy something. I can either pay $2495 in a lump sum payment, or $997 over 3 x monthly installments. Let's say I can invest in the stock market and get an 8% return on my money. What's ...
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How to calculate multiple debt payments with additional lump sum and varying additional monthly payments

I'm attempting to create a calculator that I can use to try different debt repayment scenarios. If I have multiple debts with different rates I'm wondering what algorithm to use to figure out how long ...
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How do I set up the formulas to properly split monthly loan payments to principal and interest?

This has been a small annoyance for months now: the formulas GNUCash produced via loan repayment wizard don't match up with my lender's amortization tables. The formulas use pmt() functions, like this ...
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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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A little advice please…car loan related

I have a car loan out that is $10,000. It's actually a personal loan at 10% interest rate. The vehicle is about 10 years old and has 135,000 miles. The KBB value is around $4,000. It's having ...
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Can someone explain to me how should I go about paying off my student loans?

I have two loans right now: $72k Balance - Minimum of ~$500/month payments and $30k Balance -Minimum of ~$350/month payments The part that is confusing me is how much of my money is going purely ...
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3 loans under my name, 2 are fixed, one is a declining balance interest loan. Which to pay first?

I've searched for this answer for a while, but my loans are set up in a different way and I'd love some advice. (FYI I don't live in the USA) Loan 1: Personal loan. It was $200,000 with a 4.95% Fixed ...
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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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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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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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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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How to correct interest rate for inflation?

I'm looking for someone to double check my math and who can tell me if I have correctly accounted for inflation. Say you hypothetically invest $100 with 7% rate and 2% inflation. You would end up ...
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Credit card creditors have two approaches to handling interest

Most credit cards calculate interest at the end of the cycle and add it to the balance: this reduces the available credit. As an extreme case, when this goes over limit the cardholder is required to ...
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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 ...
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Is transfer of long term investment proceeds from India considered taxable in the U.S.?

I am Indian origin and I have done many investment in India thru NRE bank account.(legally send money to India.) I have done all investment after I pay taxes in USA. All investment are long term, so ...
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Income tax rebate on Housing Loan Interest for under construction house pending more that 3 years

I have booked a flat in Hyderabad with reputed Builders. I have booked the flat in December 2012. Loan of about 35 Lakhs was sanctioned in August 2013 and about 30 Lakhs was disbursed to Builder in ...
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Credit Card no interest period

A few weeks back I asked a question about getting a new credit card, and the answers were very helpful, but I came into some new information that I at the time I had not realized. My credit card ...
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Why does a bank deduct interest first and principal later

I want to buy a house but there is this one thing about the bank loan I am not able to understand. Lets say I am taking loan of 60L rs. and I start an EMI of X amount. The state bank of India (all ...
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Do I have to pay taxes on PPF in USA?

I am going to work on H-1B in US for next 3 years. I am sure that I will return to India after 3 years and do not want to permanently settle in US. In order to invest money in India I am planning to ...
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Mortgage and/or unit trust

I will be purchasing a property soon, so my question is the following: Do I pay off my mortgage off as soon as possible (by paying more every month) or do I put the same amount extra into some unit ...
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Why does my interest charged (on loan) fluctuate from my own calculations?

I just want to know if I am calculating the interest correctly. Or is the interest rate is fluctuating slightly? Its not really that big of a fluctuation (we're looking at a range of 5-10 cents off). ...
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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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Should I charge my children interest when they borrow money? [closed]

My children (both male, ages 25, soon to be married, & 32, married) have borrowed money from me and my wife on several occasions. They have yet to pay us back what they borrowed. We have never ...
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Mortgage change of terms (lower rate) increases payment amounts

My bank now offers lower interest rates than what I got when I first started my mortgage. I called to see about changing my terms (lower rate, same payoff date), and they said it would actually ...
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Alternatives to Bank Accounts

I have both a savings and checking account with Wells Fargo and I'm just getting disappointed by the fact that I don't get hardly any interest. Is there somewhere else I could stick my money so that ...
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IRR vs. Interest Rates

This is a simple question but I just wanted to be sure. Say I have an IRR of 5%. Does this mean that I have an actual return of (1.05)^3 - 1 = 15.7%?
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Does Gold Pay Interest In Negative Rates?

From my SO the other night: Gold pays interest when there's negative rates. If someone holds gold, they have to store it in a manner that will cost (money or time) and if someone holds gold in a ...
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How do I prevent my credit card interest from capitalizing?

I have a fairly standard point-rewards Visa credit card - I want to keep the interest on it from capitalizing, so whenever I make a purchase of over $50, or feel like I've made a large number of ...
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What to do with this cash- pay off ONE card, or pay down a few?

I've got a $5k payment coming through with about $12k in CC debt, over 4 cards. 1 card is at $3000 (total line is $4k), 14.8% interest rate, another at $3450(total line is 4.5k), 19.3% interest rate, ...
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Time given future value of reoccurring deposit

I've recently come across the follow formula for calculating future value with reoccurring deposits formula. However, I have been unable to solve for t. I essentially want to find how long it will ...
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What type of an account to store emergency fund? [duplicate]

I'm working on building up my emergency fund. I put the money into an Ally online savings account yielding 1% interest. Would it be wise to put the money somewhere else that gives a higher rate of ...
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Interest on American dollars in Australian bank account

I have American dollars in an Australian bank account, which doesn't accrue any interest. Is there a way of getting interest on it?
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How to handle fee for a balance transfer?

To save some money on interest, last week I transferred a balance of $17,500 from my student loan account to my credit card for 0% APR for 18 months and a 2% transfer fee. The transfer fee ($350) ...
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How does payment of interest work when an account has a maximum balance?

I am considering opening a new savings account with the building society with which I have my current account. (For completeness, I am in the UK, the building society is Nationwide, and the savings ...
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Paying off a loan with a loan to get a better interest rate

I've never had credit or a loan till recently when I bought a new car. This has recently given me a much better credit rating after having the loan for a year with 5 years to go and 2 credit cards ...
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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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What is the best way to increase the earned money staying in US for an NRI?

Im living in US from last 1 year due to work assignment and will be here for another 3-4 years. What is the best way to earn interest on earned money? Shall I send all earned money to India account ...

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