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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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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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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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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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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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Should I buy ~$2200 of a hot stock or invest elsewhere?

Right now I'm 23, decent job ($50k/yr), about $6k in the bank, and about $50k in debt (car loan, student loan, no credit card debt or other 'high interest' debt). I'm about to start putting roughly 8-...
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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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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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Invest or save first?

I am in my mid 20s, I have a (quite) good job and I am able to put aside, each month, about $800. I just started this savings process and currently I have just $800 but at the end of the year I'll ...
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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 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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“One should save about 15% of their income for retirement.” What assumptions are implicit 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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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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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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I've got $100K to invest over the next 2 to 7 years. What are some good options?

I have ~$100K in cash right now that I need to put somewhere. I plan on using the money for a down payment on a home sometime in the next 2 to 7 years (if I were a betting man, I'd say in 3.5 years). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the best tips for saving money as a university student? [closed]

What are the best tips for saving money as a university student? I will be attending university this coming semester and am planning on maintaining a sustainable financial situation right now, but ...
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Investing platform options without fixed residency

Background: My wife and I are in our high-twenties currently living in UK. We don't have a mortgage, we're renting our flat. The only debt we have is the standard UK student loans, which is deducted ...
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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 can a 'saver' maintain or increase wealth in low interest rate economy?

If low interest rates disadvantage 'savers' what are they supposed to do if they are not inclined to buy and spend? Where should you put your money (instead of it stagnating in low interest rate ...
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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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How much value will money lose if left in a checking account?

My younger brother has been working for over 3 years now and he has very good financial discipline so he has been able to save more than 30k just from his paychecks (not including 401k which his ...
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Tax system on savings account in India

I would like to know if the money in the bank is taxable. Let's say I have deposited some x amount in my savings account and the yearly interest is y amount. I know that this y amount is taxable, but ...
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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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Saving for a house/saving in general vs putting my money in Super vs paying off my student loan

I'm at a point of my career where I'm starting to earn decent money and can put decent chunks away. The question I have is mostly around whether I should max out my superannuation contributions in ...
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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 ...