Questions tagged [savings-account]

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Is there a good rule of thumb for how much I should have set aside as emergency cash?

I'm buying my very first home, and should be receiving the $8,000 first-time home buyers tax credit. A majority of my savings are going to the down-payment of the house, but we still have a pretty ...
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What is the easiest way to open a foreign Bank Account?

I live in Argentina. Nowadays in my country it is almost impossible to buy foreign currencies as American dollars or Euros. I was thinking if it is possible to open a foreign Bank Account to be able ...
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Savings vs. checking account — when to prefer savings if interest is the same?

Let's say I'm opening a new checking or savings account, assuming: I already have another checking account All accounts offer the same interest rates Why would I ever choose to open a savings ...
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Should I have separate savings accounts for various savings goals?

I have read through some personal budgeting articles and saving tips. Most articles and books mention saving money for emergency funds, large purchases, etc. Should emergency funds and saving funds (...
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Should I switch to this high rate checking account for my emergency fund?

Okay, so I bank at a local credit union, AllegacyFCU. (Here is their rates sheet.) Currently I have through this bank: Daily Access Savings account with 0.2% interest Totally Free Checking (no ...
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Does the interest rate on a savings account always fluctuate? What about for a TFSA?

When we say 'Savings Account', does it automatically mean that the interest rate can go up and down? So by that definition, the interest rate on TFSA can go up and down any time?
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Questions on Index fund dividends

I wanted to ask a few questions regarding Index funds and its dividends. The questions are the following: If I decided to invest 10k into an Index fund and contribute monthly around 100-200 and ...
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What is the purpose of “Regulation D”

When transferring funds between my savings account and my checking account, there is always a little help text about "Regulation D". Essentially it says that due to federal limits if I exceed 6 ...
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Savings Account Rates vs. CD Rates vs IRA CD Rates

I have an IRA at Fidelity, and was looking into rates I could get for new issue CDs. I found that the best rate offered for a 1 year CD was 0.3%. I was surprised by this, as I currently have a (non-...
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Why does my checking/savings account offer a higher interest rate than a standalone savings account?

I have a bank account with checking and savings bundled together; if I make enough purchases with my debit card, I earn a higher interest rate on the savings. Today I decided to look at other types of ...
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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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Savings account vs Roth 401k

Is there any reason to have a savings account if you have a Roth 401(k), which allows early withdrawal of principal? If pooled together, couldn't you get the liquidity of a savings account and, if ...
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What is the preferred way to set up personal finances?

I'm trying to figure out how to set up a personal finance system that is simple. I want to know things like: How many bank accounts should I have and what kinds, and how much (percentage-wise) of my ...
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For long-term savings: Short-term Bond ETFs vs High-interest Savings Accounts

In the Summer 2015 edition of MoneySense magazine, the article Value Hunter (Cash cows for your portfolio) by Norm Rothery, recommends replacing High-interest Savings Accounts (HISAs) with Short-term ...