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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Shouldn't nominal interest rates be illegal? [closed]

First of all, I'm really new to anything related to financial math and the like, but I just can't get my head around these nominal interest rates. The way I'm getting it is that it's just a euphemism ...
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Who gets to write off (deduct) interest part of a mortgage payment?

On a U.S. Federal tax return, you can write off interest and property tax payments on a mortgage. Who gets to do that? Just the person in whose name the mortgage is? Or anyone on the title of the ...
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401K or Indian CD

I am debating on contributing to 401k(which is being invested fully) va putting a sum (say $10k) in Indian CD. I am assuming investment in stocks would return about 6-8% where as Indian CD would ...
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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 ...
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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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Forex, trading “currencies” or trading “relations”?

I'm newbie in Forex and have a simple question, I guess. Disregarding leverage and things alike, I would like to know what's the difference between opening a position in Forex on a pair through a ...
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Is the interest on EE series US Savings Bonds accrual dates prorated If I cash in just before an accrual date?

I have several EE series US savings bonds which I would like to cash, they were all given to me on the same date in different years, and I calculated the interest online, the calculator said that ...
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What is the formula for calculating the amount of money I end up with in a given period (salary and compounding effect)?

I'll give a concrete example (couldn't find a similar question): Let's say I have an amount of money M at time t = 0 (first month). Every month, I get a given amount (let's say constant) of R On my ...
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Does Maxing my Roth IRA Early in the Year Provide More in the Long Run?

Recently, I've been looking into investing into a Roth IRA since I'm in the lower end of my twenties. Due to no employer match and feedback from co-workers, I felt this would be a good option to ...
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Should I put a small amount of savings in a high interest savings account?

The highest in Canada that I've found is 2.8% interest, compounded annually where the interest is calculated daily. I have $2000, and the initial amount and the interest earned is guaranteed by a ...
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Low-interest 30yr mortgage - can the bank pull a fast-one?

I'm on the cusp of signing a 30-year fixed mortgage at 3.8% interest (I might even be able to negotiate it down to 3.6%). Looking at historical interest rates, it's a dead-certainty that interest ...
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Pay down mortgage or low interest student loans [duplicate]

I have both a mortgage and student loans, as many now do. My mortgage is at 5.5 % with ~ $250k balance and my student loans are at ~ $98k with 2.125 % interest. The remaining number of payments are ...
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Deferring mortgage interest expense to next year when filing taxes?

I paid around $25,000 in mortgage interest payment last year, however, I had no income. I was wondering if I could defer this expense to next year and omit it this year. Since it will not benefit me ...
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Student loans: Invest money until just before graduation (capitalization) or pay interest now?

There are lots of questions on SE about investing versus paying off student loans. This is not one of those questions. This question is about investing while you are still in school to pay off student ...
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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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Do I need to pay tax if I earned 10 pounds interest from peer-to-peer investment?

If I earned 10 pounds in tax year 2014/15, do I need to pay tax? I just started investing in Funding Circle, I earned few pounds. This just looks silly to pay tax from 10 pounds but maybe that doesn'...
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Paying a Navient Loan's Principal

I have the following loans: A) $12,818 @ 9.25% B) $11,499 @ 2.25% C) $10,059 @ 2.25% D) $ 3,365 @ 10% I recently received a $5000 inheritance so I would like to allocate this in the best way ...
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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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Child is on the way, invest for college and car fund options - opinions

I have a baby on the way and own my own business. Because I have my own business my income is volatile every month, and don't want to count on contributing monthly for 20 years for my child college ...
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Automating high- bank or credit union requirements (e.g. X debit card transactions per month)

Banks (and credit unions, etc.) that offer high interest typically require the customer to take some kind of action every month, such as performing 10 debit card purchases. I'm wondering if people ...
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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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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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Can a Roth IRA be used as a savings account?

If my understanding is correct, you can take out your contributions from your Roth IRA whenever you want without paying any penalties. If this is true, then other than the limit you can contribute to ...
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Income in zero-interest environment

In a zero-interest environment, what are safe (conservative) alternatives for income?
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Is it a good idea to max out a zero interest revolving credit account?

I have a 0% interest overdraft that's currently up to a £1200 limit, but I can request an increase. Would it be a good idea to transfer up to the limit (minus what I'd float in the account to make ...
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Lending Club - Interest rate and interest received compared with total payments discrepancy?

I have a Loaner's Lending Club account. There seems to be a discrepancy between some of the numbers on my account (the discrepancy would be in my favor, I just want to know why they are the way they ...
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What is the logic behind peak interest rates for 390 days FDs in India?

Currently fixed deposit (FD) rates in India are around 9% p.a with various Indian banks. I have observed that there are tenure brackets which start from 7 days till 5 years. There is always a bracket ...
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Calculating APR

If I have a loan at 5% interest over a year compounded semi-monthly does this loan have a higher APR compared to a loan at 5% compounded annually?
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How much should I pay to bank for educational loan?

I have a bank loan taken from one of the nationalised bank and I owe 4.54 lakhs at 11% interest to the respected bank I have not paid since last 2 years towards interest So I wanted to know how much ...
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How to pay more principal on home loan?

This is how I pay off my current loan for my condo. Principal and interest - $1,867.27 Escrow payment - $776.63 Total monthly payment - $2,643.90 When I go and look at the transaction detail. This ...
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Where should I park my rainy-day / emergency fund?[INDIA]

I was looking at options for where I can put my emergency fund. I came across these questions during my search - #1 and #2 - which are specifically for U.S. and Canada. I want to know what options ...
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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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How to calculate interest charged on my loan given a series of dates & payments?

I want to calculate the interest rate payed for this loan using Mathematica. The initial amount was of 12000€, then they asked to pay 240€ for opening the loan and another 870€ for the insurance for ...
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Is an interest-free loan to a charity an asset when applying for financial aid

We have an opportunity to sell our house for a great deal more than we paid for it. We plan to buy another house but will have $50,000 to $100,000 left in cash. We also have children in college for ...
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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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Any Canadian tax shelter for lending to friends or family?

I am considering helping friends or family out of credit card debt, which is costing them ~18% per year by giving them a loan at more like ~3% (kind of like consolidated credit/debt). Is there ...
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Why is paying mortgage interest considered by some to be beneficial?

When discussing buying a home I often hear people say they like having a mortgage because they get the benefit of writing off the interest. Am I misunderstanding something? My simple thought is if ...
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Why have U.S. bank interest rates been so low for the past few years?

I have some savings accounts in different banks and they all give 1.00% interest or less, and in many cases it is something ridiculous like $0.05 Would anyone be able to explain why this is happening?...
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Should credit card refunds within the payment period (but after the statement date) be charged interest?

My wife signed up for a 0% balance transfer offer with BarclayCard (UK), and transferred around £1000. The 0% interest is always listed as a line item on the monthly statement. Each month she pays ...
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Pros and Cons of Interest Only Loans

I currently have a home with an FHA loan which require me to make mortgage insurance payments for the next 4 years. I am considering a refinance and have came across the idea of interest only ...
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Auto debit vs slight over-payment - which is better for a student loan?

I have a pair of student loans at 5.12% (the Sub and Unsub halves of a consolidation). My lender offers a 0.25% rate reduction if I sign-up or auto debit - but only if I terminate online billing. As ...
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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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Understanding Effective Annual Interest Rate concept

I am trying to understand the effective interest rate concept with an example. All I know about it is the following formula: EAR = (1+r/n)^n -1 , where n = number of periods r = stated interest rate ...
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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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Are UK cash ISA's cumulative?

I have opened a Cash ISA recently and I don't seem to understand how they calculate the ISA earnings. So as an example, suppose I have a cash ISA maxed out at £5,940 (I know this is going up in July ...
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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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Interest on last month rent deposit

I am not sure if this applies to all of Canada, but in Ontario, when a tenant rents an apartment, the landlord is entitled to ask for a deposit up to the rent of one month. From the website of the ...
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What is the best safe way to earn most interest of 100k savings?

What is the best safe way to earn most interest of 100k savings? What is the safest way I can maximize my interest income on 100k savings? I want as little risk as possible
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Calculating cost of loan

|fee |interest(5% of 200) |total paying |% of original loan |200 |6 |10 |10+6 |8 (16/200*100) |effective loan |% of ...
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Do banks give us interest even for the money that we only had briefly in our account?

My father has just deposited ₹95,000 in my savings bank account with Indian Bank that I have to pay as fees to my university. I was thinking of paying the fees 1-2 days later, as I will get interest ...

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