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What are the pitfalls of loaning money to friends or family? Is there a right way to do it?

What are the pitfalls of loaning money to friends or family? Is there a right way to do it?
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Co-signed a loan and I need to have my name removed

I co-signed on a car loan with my partner, and now that we are no longer together I want to have my name removed. He has had the car a year now and has been on his job over an year, but he won't do ...
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Seasonal Loan Amortization

Hi I can compute a Basic Loan Amortization Schedule, But now I'm trying to Calculate a Seasonal Loan Amortization Schedule . So for example A loan starts at January And Will go on for 3 years, with ...
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Calculating interest accrued with extended Initial Payment Date

I'm wondering how do I calculate the interest accrued if the intervals aren't perfect. For example Principal - $100,000 Interest - 8% Compounding monthly Disbursal Date - January 1st, 2016 Initial ...
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I cosigned for a friend who is not paying the payment

I cosigned for a loan for a friend. He has now moved away and is not making payments. I have been asked to pay--they even called my job--and I need to keep my credit. The payments are too high for me ...
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Hypothetically, should I pay off the smaller + higher interest rate loan first, or the larger + higher absolute interest cost?

I have this hypothetical situation on my mind and I am not sure which is the best solution. Given: Loan 1: $340,000 at an interest rate of 1.69% per year Loan 2: $40,000 at an interest rate of 3.6% ...
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Optimal way to use a credit card to build better credit?

I have a credit card with a $700 limit and I am curious how to optimize credit gain with it. Right now, I use it once a month (usually on something small like a drink from a convenience store or ...
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Should you co-sign a personal loan for a friend/family member? Why/why not?

I know someone who was recently asked to co-sign a hefty loan by a family member. I don't know what I'd do if I was put in the same position as the one asked. What are the risks? What are things to ...
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Paying off student loans early/lump sum -- best practices?

My wife & I have run into a large sum of cash recently and are interested in paying off/paying down our student loans -- about $30k between us, at about 6.5% avg interest. We're both earning ...
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Would it be advantageous for me to pay off these two credit cards and cancel them with a 401k loan?

I'm considering taking a loan on my 401k in order to pay off and close 2 credit cards. I have approximately 30 years until I consider retiring. The amount of the loan will be $1700 which is less ...
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How do amortization schedules work and when are they used?

Specifically, I notice that on a mortgage statement, my payment is "amortized" so that at the beginning of the loan, I am paying almost entirely interest and very little principal. However, on a ...
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Co-signing & dying: What if a loan co-signer dies? Is estate of co-signer liable?

A grim and tragic question perhaps, but I'm curious: What happens when a person that co-signed on a loan dies? Is the co-signer's estate potentially liable until the loan is paid off, the same as if ...
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Construction loan for new house replacing existing mortgaged house?

Let's say I buy a home with an ordinary thirty-year mortgage, intending to renovate the house slowly and live there a long time (ten years at least). Five years into the mortgage, however, I decide I ...
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Overpaying on mortgage - How is term reduction calculated?

Just for some example figures: Original Term: 25 Years Loan Amount: £100,000 Interest rate: 2% I'm trying to make an excel table which keeps track of my mortgage payments including overpayments. ...
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What tools are there to investigate why my FICO score would have dropped significantly?

Please assume the basics have been considered, such as: Credit utilization could have went up Hard inquiries Closed an account Opened a new credit card Paying off a loan None of the above occurred ...
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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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60-Day "Borrowing" From an IRA

In brief, I am projecting out a budget for a personal construction project I am having done, and the numbers are very tight. I have some buffer built in, but if I exceed the buffer amount and my cash ...
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How can I get out of the debt-trap as quickly as possible?

I have a credit card with 30% interest and a real estate loan with 11% interest. The amount of debt on my card is lower than the real estate loan. I want to redeem the installments of the real ...
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Using Loan to Invest - Paying Monthly Installments with Monthly Income

I'd like to ask about a different payment method to this question. I use THEAO's first-rate answer there. How much profit or rate of return is required from a financial instrument, say stocks, to ...
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How do you declare an interest free loan?

In the discussion around this question about gift tax it was said that a loan must be at market rate, or it is not considered a loan. Respecting the wisdom of the people who said that, I'm unclear ...
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Algorithm to calculate the Interest on Loan with a Balloon Payment

I am trying to understand the algorithm used by My Calculators.com - Balloon Payment Calculator If I enter the following details: Loan amount: 4556.75 Number of months: 5 Interest rate: 5.75% ...
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Why is being "upside down" on a mortgage so bad?

For the longest time (especially during/after the housing crash in the US), people would speak in hushed whispers or terrified pleas when they talked about being upside down on their mortgage. While I ...
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Should I pay off a 0% car loan?

I'm ahead on 0% interest car loan. I don't have to make a payment until October. I currently owe $3,000 and I could pay it all off. Should I do that or leave that money in my savings account that ...
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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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Is asking to pay off principal first a placebo?

Some people say that in order to pay off a loan sooner, you should ask the lender to "apply your payment towards the principal", so that they won't "apply your payment towards the interest". From my ...
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Is it a good time to replace my used car?

We have a 2005 Chevy Impala with 105,000 miles that we purchased in 2011. We have made many repairs such as replacing the transmission, repairing the radiator, heating and AC system, thermostat, belt,...
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Does borrowing from my 401(k) make sense in my specific circumstance?

I know the standard answer and understand that I will be losing out on that compound interest, but I am young and only need to borrow a few thousand. here are some more details: Need to borrow $6500 ...
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Would it make sense to take a loan from a relative to pay off student loans?

Together my wife and I have about $80,000 in student loans. My mother in law is in the process of selling her house. We proposed the idea of borrowing ~$50000 from her, once she sells, so that we ...
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What is the difference between "good debt" vs. "bad debt"?

This other question about home renovations makes reference to the concept of "good debt." Could somebody explain the concepts of good debt vs. bad debt, providing examples of each? Are there cases ...
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How do Islamic Banking give loans for housing purposes?

Islamic banks do not give loans they invest in financial activities of their clients. Am I correct? If yes, then how can they provide loans for housings? Home loans have nothing to do with business. ...
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What should I do with my credit card debt?

I have almost $20,000 in credit card debt and, though I have stopped accumulating it for quite a while now, I'm trying to figure out the best way forward. Can someone please offer advice based on this ...
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Are cosigner finder websites like hireacosigner.com, cosignerfinder.com etc. legit?

I am a foreigner to USA and would like to pursue masters in CS in USA. But based on the current state of USD, I won't be able to pay the costs of tuition on my own. So, I will be taking a loan from ...
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Is a car loan bad debt?

I've heard people saying that a car loan is considered a bad debt, while a house mortgage is a good debt and so on. My bank is offering 1.49% interest for a 36 month loan or 2.49% for a 37-60 month ...
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Why is the money factor defined the way it is?

In some loan situations, especially car leases, people like to talk about the money factor, which is a number given by interest percentage/2400 Where does the 2400 come from? I understand that it is ...
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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 a ...
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For a major expensive home renovation (e.g. addition, finished basement, or new kitchen) should one pay cash or finance with a loan? Would such a loan be "good" debt?

This other question is similar, but was referring to a specific renovation/repair (new flooring) that, while expensive ($1500), isn't very expensive – it's feasible to consider saving up for ...
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Is there any reason to NOT pay the minimum on all but one of our loans?

My wife and I have multiple loans to pay off: car loans, student loans, and a mortgage. Currently we pay the minimum on all but one of the loans, and put any extra we'd like to pay into the highest-...
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Are student loans tax deductible in US?

If I have a student loan from finishing my graduate degree, can I deduct its interest payments from salary for tax purposes? Is there any education related tax credit that can be applied for payments ...
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I plan on receiving a $200,000 personal loan via wire transfer. Do I have to report this to the IRS?

After researching online, I found many websites that said wire transfers are not reported to the IRS, but others said that they were reported. I just want to make sure that I do not have to pay taxes ...
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What is the formula for calculating the total cost of a loan with extra payments towards the principal?

If I have a 30 year mortgage of $200,000 with an APR of 4.446% I can calculate how much my monthly payment will be and how much the total cost of the loan will be. But what if I have an extra $200 to ...
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Is there a most efficient way to pay off multiple loans with the same interest rate?

My Situation: About $36k USD in graduate student loans. There are 4 different federal loans in play, each with a fixed rate of 6.8%. $12k w/ ~$1.2k in unpaid interest $10k w/ ~$1k in unpaid ...
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Does it make sense to take loan when I have the money to pay the full amount?

Let's say that I want to buy a car that costs $15,000 and I have $30,000 lying in my bank. The bank pays me a 1% rate of interest and if I were to take loan then I would need to pay back it at 5% ...
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How to deal with my job change & 401k loan that I can't fully pay back?

It's been 60 days since I changed my job and I have an outstanding 401(k) loan of $30K(+30k non loan amount). I have only $20K to pay and my 401k plan won't accept the partial amount. I still didn't ...
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I signed on as the co-signer on a car loan and somehow ended up being the primary name on the account

I know a person should never co-sign for anyone. I always have. This is why I feel so stupid but I signed on to a car loan 4 or 5 months ago for my ex. I was against it but the fact she was hanging my ...
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Should I seek loan forgiveness, or paying off my loan quicker?

A little background: I am a public worker who recently learned about a loan forgiveness program. I have already been paying off this loan (since before the program began) and was not aware of the ...
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How do scammers / money launderers profit from loans to victims?

Recently, I had an investor [scammer] offer to loan my company money. It was to be posted directly into my accounts — equal amounts in my checking and savings accounts. There were no conditions that ...
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How do I determine how long it will take to pay off my all my loans?

Right now I have a spreadsheet with the loans I have, the interest rates the are each at, and how much I am putting toward each in monthly payments. I then calculate how long each loan will take to ...
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Will paying off my car early hinder my ability to build credit?

I don't have much credit because I am young but I did recently purchase a car which I am paying 9% on. This seems ridiculously high to me and I was thinking about pulling out some of my stocks to pay ...
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Is it worth it to take a car loan to improve credit ratings?

I've been considering buying a car recently, but I know that, as I am young, I don't currently have a credit score, as I really haven't needed credit up until now. So, would it be better to take a ...
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How old do I have to be to take a loan, and how should I go about the process?

I'm currently 16 and have been invited to attend a National Youth Conference for National Security in Washington DC this upcoming fall. I just moved in with my mom and this trip isn't exactly ideal ...
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