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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 ...
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Is storing money in a bank the best way to utilise your savings?

Over the past few years, the rate of inflation in my country has outpaced the interest on my savings account, meaning that I have been losing money as its value has dropped faster than its quantity ...
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I have 25,000 in savings and I want to invest, but I don't know where to start [duplicate]

I've been collecting information about the best investment practices, however I'm have very little financial knowledge and was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction. I feel like I ...
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Move money out of the UK due to Brexit

I'm a non-British European living in the UK with about £50k in a UK bank account saving to buy a house in Europe. I have a bank account in another European country. With Brexit looming, does it make ...
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interest compounded daily vs monthly

I want to compare two saving accounts with same APY, but one has interest "compounded daily and credited monthly" and the other has interest "compounded monthly and credited monthly". Which will yield ...
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How can I budget to build up a down payment for a house over the course of a year?

I'm currently looking to buy a house in one year - my lease will be expiring, I'll have the time to build up a savings, and we'll have the time to research and find the exact house we want - we've ...
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Good allowance savings plan?

I am about to begin receiving a weekly allowance from my dad. As I am not great at controlling my "buy buy buy now" impulses, could you guys help me put together a savings plan for my allowance, given ...
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How to balance saving for retirement with saving for a house?

Situation: Married w/ kids, 29, about to finish grad school, no debt. Accepted a job offer with $87k salary and an employer contribution to an SEP-IRA equal to $13k/year. No additional household ...
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What type of investment is best suited for a 1-year investment on a down payment?

I'm looking to buy a house, but lacking in the capital to make an adequate down payment on said house. My lease expires in a year from now, so I am looking to build up my capital through investment ...
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End balance after x years of an account with fixed interest rate and growing withdrawals

I am looking for a formula to calculate the balance on my savings account after x years whereby this savingsaccount has a fixed interest rate and my withdrawals increase each year (because of ...
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Are Netherlands“second pillar” pensions USA Section 402 compliant?

I am a US citizen and work in the Netherlands as an employee for a Dutch company. In the Netherlands, the retirement pension system is based on three pillars: the public pension scheme, akin to the ...
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Too much cash: pay off mortgage, invest in market, or all of the above?

My wife and I have the (pleasant) problem of having too much cash. Part of the reason is that we have been looking to upgrade to a nicer house for the last few years, but we never found the right ...
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Opening account for family in my name

Sibling of mine asked me to open an bank account for her in my name. She wants to fill it with her savings and use it on day-to-day basis with a debit card. I have a strong feeling this could ...
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Saving rate higher than the Fed rate: Too good to be true?

Recently I saw this Intrx company advertise a savings account with 2.91% APY on Facebook, and claim it would be FDIC insured up to 100M. They explain their business in the following: We are an ...
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Australia- Bank account for newborn

I have just acquired a newborn, a would like some advice in setting up long term financial plan. I don't have a target amount in mind, just to have some money to help her when older (roughly 18-21 ...
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How Should I Start a Savings?

I'm 22 and looking to start saving, and having my money work for me. I've got a few options I'm aware of right now: a) Going in with my bank's Mutual Fund plans, b) going safe and using a TFSA-GIC ...
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Use savings for our wedding or use a loan [closed]

I recently married (similar to engagement), planning our wedding and starting a new life with my spouse. Where we live we use two currencies, the GBP and a local one (XXX) that is getting harder and ...
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What can I do with a property that won't sell following divorce?

My wife and I bought a property just over 2 years ago for €114,000. We put down a 10% deposit (€11,400) and so took out a mortgage of €102,600. We took the mortgage on a short term (15 years) to ...
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Scenarios for a 25 yo finishing a PhD staying in Academia, but hope to invest her $100 K USD [duplicate]

Suppose 1: I am a 25 year old just about to finishing my PhD in pure mathematics, and have saved about $100 K USD so far in my life. I have saved all $100 K USD in an American Bank (actually Bank of ...