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Is it a good idea to invest in gold as a safety against nation or worldwide economic crises? [duplicate]

Is it a good idea for someone in the middle class to invest in physical gold as a safe guard against economic crisis? If not, why not? If yes, still why? I'm also curious what percentage of savings ...
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Why should I invest so much in 401(k)?

I am 24 yrs old and am making $60,000/yr while saving ~41% of that. 28% of which is going to my Roth 401(k) and the rest is going into a TD Ameritrade and a small amount into a Robinhood account (both ...
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How can I help a 17 year old track and pay me back a personal loan?

I’m selling my 17 year old cousin my car. He wants to make regular payments on it, every two weeks or so. Instead of taking cash, issuing receipts, and tracking this on paper somewhere, I’d like to ...
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Investing and saving advice in Italy during first employment

I'm a 23 years old programmer working full time in Milan since September 2019. I'm currently not paying for rent and utilities and I'm managing to save 1200€ net a month (I have no debts). This money ...
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Monthly budget - deferred expenses from savings vs Income? How to manage?

Background: My wife and I have put a monthly budget together using the Google Drive Budget Template. Pretty standard - Income section and Expenses section with rows allocated in each. It makes most ...
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Is there any point in adding more than 6 months' runway in savings instead of investing everything after that?

I have saved enough to be able to survive for 6 months. I don't have any debt. So far, I've been investing a small part of my income in a diversified portfolio and have seen ~11% returns, which I'm ...
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Retirement Plan Returns Formula

My income after tax is $48,060 and I'm contributing 6% of my income into my retirement account. My estimated income increase is 2.6% per year, which I hope to include in my retirement account. The ...
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How to start toward financial independence

I would like to ask for help from those with more experience on how to achieve financial independence on, say, an N year window where N is large enough to get there but as small as reasonable. I just ...
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If I want to invest as a 19 year old, how should I go about it? [duplicate]

I'm a 19 year old student and I have a part-time job as a programmer. I make 20 euros an hour and I work about 10-15 hours a week, depending on school responsibilities. I earn 800 euros a month, ...
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Is there a US federal law that requires a 90 day waiting period to reopen a savings account once it is closed?

My bank was having "technical issues " and I was forced to close my savings account in order to access my funds. The bank told me that this was the only option that I had and that I would be able to ...
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How safe is the 4% rule if U.S. returns trend towards World returns?

I keep hearing about the 4% rule. I know it's based on historic returns, but aren't those returns based on U.S. stocks, at a time when the U.S. was ascending to the peak of "world superpower" ...
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How long would it take someone born in 1940 to save 25 times their annual salary?

Assume the person starts working at 25 and earns the average salary for whatever year it is at the time (changing every year). Assume that they save 20% of every pay cheque and invest it in an account ...
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How much money should I save in order to generate $1000/month for the rest of my life?

How much money do I need to make in order to generate 1k/month for the rest of my life? Is that even possible? If yes, in what way?
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Savings strategy for grad students (minimal expenditures and minimal savings)

This is question has been somewhat asked elsewhere: Savings account vs Roth 401k Savings Account Rates vs. CD Rates vs IRA CD Rates Can a Roth IRA be used as a savings account? However, I wanted to ...
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What's the lowest risk highest reward I can invest in for 5 years?

Good day; Canadian here, 23. I'm looking to place money (at a rate of 100$-200$ per month) into savings, for 5 years (locked or not). I don't have a "specific" plan in 5 years. I just need to have ...
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The balance between Renting and Buying

My girlfriend and I are spit-balling the idea of buying a house. We've heard pros and cons for mortgages; you're putting your money into an investment vs you're paying far more than you anticipate due ...
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How to strike balance between home loan, savings, investment, tax savings, marriage, retirement plan, startup & living life?

Small intro: I am 30 years old, living with my parents in Mumbai, India. I am the only child. During the past 8 years of working, I have managed to change my family's financial condition to a great ...
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How to save money on bathroom overheads?

This question got me thinking, I spend around $3 per week on toilet paper for the bathroom. If I could half that, I could save ((3*52) *60 years of life left) = $9,360 over the rest of the course of ...
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Why different interest rates for checking and savings?

I have recently become financially independent (21 yo student in US) and I am starting an independent bank account. I noticed that the interest rates on savings accounts are significantly higher than ...
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Placement student savings account

I have started a placement year (full time job for 14 months) as part of my university degree. I am looking to save a regular amount of money each month - something that would gain interest (if ...
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Where do I go to invest?

I have been reading up on investing my spare savings in index funds/bonds and so forth and I am very interested in saving my money for long term use. But all the sources are not clear on what and ...
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What should one do to not lose the value of his money over time

I live in Europe with my parents. I work and I have around 18k € (US$ 20k) in my bank account. I know that money loses its value over time and I wonder what I can do with that money and my income ...
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Which option to invest savings on home ownership? [closed]

I have savings of ksh 1m to invest in a residential plot(1/8th of an acre) - not built - in the suburbs of Nairobi city - say 30km from the city (Kitegela). the plots cost from 2m-3m, is this a good ...
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Received an unexpected windfall and have no skills or knowledge of finance (UK)

Good Evening, I work and live independently with a lifestyle that isn't lavish but is perfectly comfortable for my needs. Recently, I was the beneficiary of a sum that is about 10 times the amount of ...
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How do I calculate an average monthly income, with accurate yields, from dividend stocks paid quarterly and monthly?

I have a column that has evolved over months and I have another spreadsheet with my positions (my stocks, # of stocks, dividends payout and dividend yield). Those won't move. However, some of my ...
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How to start investing at a younger age?

I am currently 23. I live in Quebec, Canada and I work full time at $17.31 per hour. My salary will increase 1% to 6% every December. For the time being, my cost of living is relatively low. I ...
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Strategy to pay off revolving debt while building reserve savings fund?

We currently have about $16K cash. I'd like to have $30-35K+ for a ~6 month reserve. This will be a "single giant reserve fund" that will pay for large and/or unplanned expenses, frivolities like ...
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Sold one house but not planning on buying another for several months. What to do with the funds?

So some background. I recently sold my first house to move for a new job. The housing market is much hotter here than where I was. I am looking for a house, but am comfortable in my current ...
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How to calculate equivalent interest rate of gains with monthly contributions?

I started the year with a known amount of funds in my account and I make regular (assume equal) monthly payments into the account. I know how much my gain/interest for the year is. I believe the ...
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Should I move to finish college and get into a community, or work full time and get my degree online?

This is my first post - sorry if it's poorly organized: I'm 24 years old, and currently a little less than halfway done with my bachelor's degree in Software Engineering. At the current rate I'm ...
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Help with a homework question calculating interest

Question : Imagine that you deposit $6,000 a year, starting one year from today, for four years into a savings account paying 6% per annum. (That is one deposit of $6,000 per year.) How much money ...
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Prolonged low base rate and personal savings

The Fed recently has prolonged its low base rate and is even considering lowering it further. I am an EU resident, and our base rate is even lower - it has been 0% for several months and it seems that ...
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Placing Tax withholding into a savings account instead of haivng it deducted from my paycheck [duplicate]

Typically one has a percentage (based on a W-4) of their pay withheld to cover one's taxes at the end of the year, it occurs to me that this is effectively like storing that money in an account with ...
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Can you double up on car payment?

If I get a $15000 car loan and have 11.99% and a 60 month term but pay double each month is that the same as getting a 30 month term?
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Taking a loan with a low interest and putting it into a Savings deposit with High interest [duplicate]

Can I make money from taking out a loan from a country with a low interest rate (such as Switzerland, that has an interest rate for loans from 4.9%) and put it into a fixed savings deposit account in ...
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Should I move out from my current apartment before the contract ends to save more money?

I'm renting a room at $800 per month. I've lived here 2 months and I have a contract of 12 months. So, I have 10 more months before the contract ends. I have deposited $1300 as a security deposit. ...
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Strategies to earmark money for large expenses

Like most people, we have several large expenses that we only have to pay once or twice a year like homeowner's insurance, car/home repairs and improvements, and saving money for a vacation. What's a ...
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What to invest if my savings will be used in another currency later, compare to which my countries currency devaluates?

My situation as follow: I'm planning to go abroad to study a semester during my undergrad, and then do my PhD also in abroad. My future plans are also living in abroad. The currency in these ...
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Do simplified savings percentages change for single income families?

When it comes to saving money, the (simplified) advice I typically see for income is 20% savings / 50% necessities / 30% discretionary. Do these recommended percentages change for a family where ...
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How much do I need to save per month in an interest-bearing account to reach a certain account balance in a certain number of years?

How do I calculate what my monthly contribution should be to an interest bearing account, knowing how much I'll need to have in the account in a given number of years? For Example, I need $8,203.03 ...
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Frequently Moving Money Between Checking and Savings

I'm currently carrying a balance in my checking account, much of which I feel is going to waste, since its not being "invested". The overall total balance in my checking account isn't growing much if ...
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Do I have to pay taxes on external savings?

I am thinking on moving to Canada to work, save for retirement, and move back to Portugal due to the lower cost of living to live my retirement. I will contribute to the Canada Pension Plan and also ...
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When to stop saving and start investing?

Since I started my first job after graduating a few years back, I always saved a certain percentage of my salary each month on an extra savings account my bank offers. At that time, and until recently,...
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Paying off credit card from savings or keep and contine with current credit balance [duplicate]

I'm having two credit cards with only 10% of worth credit limit available (Nearly full). I can pay off both cards with my savings and my savings would be zero or nearly zero. I'm wondering whats the ...
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How to stop promotions from filling new “necessary” expenses

I am 25 now (damn I feel old haha!) and I have gotten 2 promotions in my career so far. When I was younger I though that every promotion will be more spending money. Now that I have started living, ...
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Formula for retirement withdrawal amount same as principal decreases

I created a retirement calculator The idea is if you save enough you can so when you withdraw say 4% you don't eat too much into your savings. But based on my calculation 4% of 500000 is $20k but ...
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What are some options to store money abroad in a safe and preferably cheap way?

Assume the situation in which you live in a country that shows tell tale signs that its moving to a hyperinflation. People's money will become useless. You have the option to move some of it in other ...
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Does it make sense to save money in times of high inflation?

This is a chart with the inflation rate in my country over the years: It was the highest in 1993, at 256.1%. I was wondering if it would have made sense to save money in the years of high inflation ...
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Won the lottery - how do I keep the money?

Sadly only a hypothetical question, but here it goes: If you suddenly gained a large sum of money (several million $/€/whatever) by winning the lottery, some inheritance or anything else, how could ...
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Have I saved too much for retirement so far?

I currently have a roth ira as well as a 401k from fidelity. I have around 350k in my 401k and another 10k in my Roth IRA. I just turned 40 recently. Am I saving too much for retirement and should I ...