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Best way to start investing, for a young person just starting their career?

I am young, just started my career, and looking to begin investing so I can make my money work for me. I'm still living like I did in college (occasional purchase on myself, but most of it goes into ...
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Why do people save so much?

When I am old and retired (70 years +), I don't plan to spend a lot of money. I'll be living in my own house that is already paid off at that point, so no rent or mortgage payments. Since I don't need ...
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I'm 23 and was given $50k. What should I do?

Recently I was given 50k from my grandmother in her will. I am 23 years old and have no idea what to do with it. I make $33k a year. I have zero savings. I owe $35k in student loans over 6 years 0% ...
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Where can I park my rainy-day / emergency fund? Savings accounts don't generate much interest

Savings accounts don't seem to generate much interest. What other options do I have for my emergency fund?
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Can saving/investing 15% of your income starting age 25, likely make you a millionaire?

I came across this article. It states, The plan calls for young people to put 15 percent of their salary into a savings account — whether it be an IRA, 401(k) or taxable account — starting at ...
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Spouse wants to pay all debt in a month but I don’t. Is this a good idea?

Between both of our student loans and car loan, we are in the hole about $48,000. My spouse is adamant about paying off all debt in the next month or two since we currently have about $55,000 in the ...
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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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Saving for retirement: How much is enough?

How to save I'm in my late twenties and am trying to get started off on the right foot saving for retirement. I have learned that retirement savings should usually be placed in retirement accounts in ...
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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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I'm 18 and have 6 grand. What should I do with it?

I'm 18 and about to go to college. Luckily, I don't have to worry about student loans or most other living expenses. I've been working and have over $6,000 (will probably be about $7,000 by the end of ...
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Is paying off your mortage a #1 personal finance priority?

Everyone always says and aims to "pay off my mortgage" But in the current climate of low interest rates is this really worth it? Should that money be put to use earning a higher yield? OR Does the ...
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I'm saving money too fast. What should I do?

[Apologies if this sounds (and is) like a first world problem] I get a very generous salary and I am not a spender. I am able to save $2000-$2500 every month. I've invested part of my money in some ...
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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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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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Ethics and investment

I am a young man who has recently reached a point of financial stability. I'm starting to think about long-term plans which may one day buy a home, or provide for myself in old age. This raises the ...
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Everyone says save at least 10% of your income. What counts as “saving”?

I made a financial planning spreadsheet a while back. Then, I realized that the money I'm saving has specific allocations. This much goes to the future car payment. This much goes to the new PC I'm ...
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Should I dump my savings into my student debt?

I've got about $5000 saved up in my savings account. At the same time, I've got about $8500 left to pay off on my student loan, with all the interest that includes (6%/year, compounded monthly). ...
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What happens to my savings if my country defaults or restructures its debt?

I live in a eurozone country that a lot of people think will soon default or restructure its debt. My family has a savings account in a bank here. A similar question has been asked before, but it isn'...
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Where can I put savings for my kid that I literally cannot withdraw from?

I currently have a second savings account where I'm saving money for my child's future - most likely it will be used for their college and/or wedding. I've heard horror stories of parents stealing ...
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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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I'm only spending roughly half of what I earn; should I spend more?

around 6 months ago I started this job. Around 3 months ago while reading this very website I downloaded a budgeting software and started writing down everything I earned and spent, and I noticed I'm ...
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Why is there a limit of 6 ACH transfers out of savings accounts (per month)?

I recently discovered this limit the hard way, after being charged a fee for each transfer over the limit. With online banking becoming so prevalent, this is a huge inconvenience as it prevents people ...
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Importance of liquidity in emergency fund?

I know standard rules of thumb are that it is a good idea to have a liquid emergency fund of between of anywhere from 3-8 months of expenses (depending upon the source). How important is liquidity ...
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“One should save about 15% of their income for retirement.” What assumptions are tacit in that statement?

I read a lot of websites that say, "I've run the numbers, and you should be saving around X% of your income for retirement in order to be safe, and have fruitful golden years." With X% being a number ...
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Ideal net worth by age X? Need comparison references

Is there a website resource that gives suggestions for how much savings or net worth I should have at any given age, based on my education level and salary? I'm in my 30s, have no debt, and have been ...
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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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Where to start with personal finance?

I am married with kids and starting to look hard at savings for retirement, buying a house and sending my kid to college (still a LONG way away). However, I am completely new to the world of finance ...
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Why do people use mortgages, when they could just pay for the house in full?

I would like your recommendation on whether you should buy a house with a mortgage, which you would pay as you go, or should you buy it in full.
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18 years old and unsure how many bank accounts to create and what types

this is my first question so I apologize if I don't provide enough information or my description seems vague. I'm 18 and live in the Midwest of the US. My parents helped me set up a bank account last ...
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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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Should Emergency Funds be Used for Infrequent, but Likely, Expenses?

Say we break down non-monthly costs into the following three categories. High level of predictability: This would include oil changes that may be needed every 2 to 4 months depending on usage, car ...
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Where should my money go next: savings, investments, retirement, or my mortgage?

I am a little unsure where to put my money at this point in my life. I have followed all the basic advice on what to do with your money and now I am at a point where I just don't know what to do next....
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Why are interest rates on saving accounts so low in USA and Europe?

For example, in USA interest rates are 1-2% percents, while in Russia it is normal to have up to 8% anually for US dollars account. Same goes for Euro. For Russian ruble it can be up to 12%, but with ...
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I'm unemployed. Should I pay off my credit cards to avoid monthly payments?

I'm unemployed and on a tight budget with 6 months of savings. Should I pay off my credit cards to avoid monthly payments even if it reduces half of my savings? Is there a risk of the bank reducing my ...
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I spend too much money. How can I get on the path to a frugal lifestyle?

How do I live a frugal lifestyle? I'd like to live on less but it doesn't seem easy. How can I get started? I want to get out of debt and not have to work until I'm dead.
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How much of my income should I put towards paying off student loans vs saving for a house?

New grad here. I finally got all the wonderful mail from the student loan companies informing me I need to start making loan payments. I never realized how much the interest on these things could come ...
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How do I know when I am financially stable/ready to move out on my own?

Some background information: I'm 23 and living at home. I have a good full time job as a web programmer that I've been at for over one year. It includes benefits and 401K (which after one year I ...
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How safe is a checking account?

I'm 19, and I've been working since high-school. I still live with my parents. All of my money is in a checking account and I often use my Visa card for my purchases. My question is, how safe am I ...
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What are the best strategies to give pocket money or an allowance to children?

What are the best strategies to give pocket money or allowance to a child especially if you would like to teach them something through this, e.g. saving?
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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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How to motivate young people to save money [closed]

How do I motivate young people (millennials) who just started earning to save and also the importance of savings? Should I focus on retirement? Wealth creation? Financial independence? Something else?
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How risky is it to keep my emergency fund in stocks?

Everybody says you should keep an emergency fund of 3–6 months of expenses in cash or near-cash (CDs, treasuries, etc.). I know this is heresy but if you have funds for significantly more than 6 ...
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Is it possible to lock in a high interest rate in savings, when general interest rates are high?

I've heard anecdotes about high-interest savings accounts (4.5% around 2006, even 8% in the 80s), that were opened when interest rates (federal funds rate) were high. The implication seemed to be ...
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What's the average nest egg (savings) for someone age 26? Website for comparison?

How much money should a 26 year old have saved up? Is there somewhere that I can compare against online?
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Should my rainy day fund be fixed or should I increase it by a little every month?

I've just started working and I'm building up several of my investments (mortgage preparation fund, general savings fund, rainy day fund, wedding fund). As for the mortgage, wedding fund, and general ...
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Abundance of Cash - What should I do?

There seems to be a glut of information and I don't know where to start. My situation is: No debt/kids Own Home and Vehicles Have a years worth of living expenses in my savings/checking Max out my ...
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What percent of my salary should I save?

Here is my situation: right now I am living in Puerto Rico, and I am planning to relocate to the mainland US (probably to Seattle, WA). Although Puerto Rico is a territory of the US, almost everything ...
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Paying Off Student Loans Early

I currently owe $34,558.00 in student loans ($31,000.00 principal + $3,601.83 unpaid interest accrued so far) with an average interest rate of 4.877%. I just started working full time ($70,000 GAI) ...
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Continue to save?

I'm in my late twenties and have, thus far placed a keen focus on having a healthy personal finance. I'm reaching a point where I'm starting to question if I'm placing too much emphasis on it. My ...
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I'm 23, living at home, and still can't afford my own property. What could I do?

Most of my friends have their own places, either rented or mortgage. Should I be concerned that I still live at home? I bring home around £1300 after tax, £400 of that goes on car finance+tax, £200 ...