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A good investment vehicle for saving for a mortgage down payment?

I've calculated that I will be able to save approximately enough for a 20-25% down payment on a home (at my back-end-ratio affordability level) in the next 2-3 years. I'm maxing out contributions to ...
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Is my company 401k okay or should I be using an IRA?

My company does not have a matching 401k. Instead it is a profit sharing 401k. How should I approach this? Should I consider investing primarily in an IRA instead? How much should I be ...
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What's the general principle behind choosing saving vs. paying off debt?

In "general" is it better to pay off one's debt (line of credit, etc.) or is it better to invest (retirement account / RRSP or the like)? I understand that the answer will depend on terms of debt and ...
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A loan or a self loan: Is there any reason I should ever take out a loan when I have that money in saving?

Is there any reason I should ever take out a loan when I have that money in saving? Example: I have 20k in a house fund, and I want to spend 8k to buy a car?
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Any compelling reason to contribute to a 401k if my employer doesn't match?

My employer does not match 401k contributions at all. Currently, I do not make any contributions to a 401k or an IRA due to a need for liquidity. Aside from the obvious gains incurring no tax ...
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At what age should I begin discussing money - saving, spending, investing - with my child / children?

In addition, when should I open a savings account at our bank for my kids; and give them accountability over it?
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Entering the stock market in a poor economy

I'm sitting on a reasonable pile of cash, earning negligible interest in a bank savings account. After determining that I can live without this money for 5-10 years, I decided it would be best put ...
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What does quantitative easing 2 mean for my bank account?

My wife and I have been saving aggressively for the last year now and all of our savings are in the form of cash in the bank. About half of the money is in US dollars and half is in Canadian dollars. ...
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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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Should I pay off HELOC or save?

I've heard the principle of "Pay yourself first", implying that saving some money each month should be a priority. However, I've also heard that being debt free is important, and it would be good not ...
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Are savings counted as part of expenses in a personal budget?

When I budget for me, I usually count savings part of the expenses. Is it the correct way to do it? Because of this, when I look at my budget at the end of the month, it feels like my expenses are a ...
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Saving for a non-necessity

How can I responsibly save for a non-necessity purchase? I'd like to buy a PlayStation 4. As you may know, I can't eat or live in said PS4. Buying something that is more than a week's worth of pay ...
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How do you go about calculating how much you need after retirement?

I am posting this question after reading this article on WSJ, where it says: Just 42% of working-age Americans have even tried to calculate what they will need in retirement, according to the ...
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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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How to represent mortgage overpayments in household budget

I keep a household budget spreadsheet, one tab of which represents our savings. Some of our savings is in traditional savings vehicles (ISAs etc.), but some of it has been used to overpay the ...
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What should I do with my $10K windfall, given these options?

Let's say you get a $10k windfall. How do you determine what is the best thing to spend it on? We need a new roof. Our mortgage is moderately underwater but not in bad shape and we are content where ...
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I'm moving to another country. Where should I keep my money?

I've been working in the US for a number of years, and am shortly to return to Australia. My cash is in an online bank based in the US. Would you recommend I move it to an Australian bank, or leave ...
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I'm 20 and starting to build up for my mortgage downpayment, where should I put my money for optimal growth?

I have no credit, no loans, and am a contractor for $40/hr at a company and I expect to work here for quite a while (job security should be above average). Every week, I allocate $300 to my Mortgage ...
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How do I get into the over-the-counter derivatives gravy train

Some philosopher, or banker once said: "If you can't fight them, join them". After reading Matt Taibbi's last two pieces on Rolling Stone on how banks have obtained certain rights to sell hot air ...
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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 can I save money when I don't have any left over at the end of the month?

I'm 21 years old, living in a big city (like New York) an expensive crowded city, I am a programmer and I'm not living with my parents and I rent a home here with a friend and ... . I calculated ...
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Pay off car debt, or start (value) investing?

I am looking for a method to calculate - or estimate - whether it would be better to pay off car debt or start value investing in stocks. My history: We are soon to get about 1900 USD/month in ...
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In a very tough credit/financial situation

So here is my situation. I have a car that is very dangerous to drive at this point. Like I am seriously worried that either I or the car won't make it through the upcoming winter months. Now, I would ...
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Is ING Direct Orange Savings a decent online savings account?

I'm looking for a good savings account that's 100% online and provides a good interest rate. I saw ING Direct (http://home.ingdirect.com/products/products.asp?s=OrangeSavingsAccount) and it this ...
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Should your rainy day / emergency fund be in the same account as general savings?

Should your rainy day / emergency fund be in the same account as general savings?
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Is there a general rule for how much of my non-retirement savings should be spent on down payment?

I know I should X months of cash for emergencies (I've seen X range from 6 to 24, depending on who's giving the advice). But in addition to that, is there any generally accepted rule for how much of ...
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Is paying your bills and loans one day before it's due a good practice?

I am a full time working professional. I have the habit of paying my bills and loans a day before it's due. That way I've got more cash on hand. However, I've also read that it is better to pay off ...
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Should my husband & I be saving money?

My husband and I are looking to buy a new house with a mortgage of about 400K-500K and a downpayment of 200K-300K (max value of home:700k). (We currently own a home that we purchased for 300K, and ...
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What are good games to play to teach young children about saving money?

I've heard that giving allowance is one approach to develop an understanding of money management. What other ways are available to teach kids about the benefits of savings?
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How to make it harder to access my money

I want to start being more sensible with my money, this is especially hard around payday when I receive a month's-worth of pay at once. It's all too easy to go for a couple beers after work only to ...
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Savings advice for a 16 year old with £20,000 - convicing my parents that investing this into a property is a bad idea

My younger brother runs a small yet lucrative business in his free time. He has accumulated around £20k in a very short time. My mother wants him to put this money into buying a property, i.e: a ...
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Where to park money while saving for a car

I am in the process of saving money for a different car. I already have $5000.00 saved and am planning to save at least $5000.00 per year until I buy the car. So obviously some of this money will be ...
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What to do with $2115 disposable income per month?

I want to start investing money, as low risk as possible, but with a percentage growth of at least 4% over 10 - 15 years. I won't need this money until then so can handle locking it away or risking a ...
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What expenses should be covered by an emergency fund

Going along with this question, what items should we be planning to pay in a month from our emergency funds? Rent / mortgage Groceries Electricity / gas / water / sewer / garbage Car payments ?? I ...
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Why would you take a loan secured by your savings account?

I see at least a few credit unions offering these savings-secured loans. I can kinda see the advantage to taking a loan against a CD with penalties for breaking, but share and savings accounts have me ...
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When is the right time to buy a car and/or a house?

I am a 24 years old young IT professional. Since I don't have addictions to anything including drinking, I mostly save a lot (around 50% of my income after tax like $15-$25k a year). Currently I drive ...
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Saving for a down payment on a new house, a few years out. Where do we put our money next?

We currently have two rewards checking accounts. We are nearing the maximums permitted on each account, after which we receive .5% and .25% APY. It's within our means to perhaps open another one, ...
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Should my wife stay un-benefited during pregnancy?

We just found out my wife is pregnant. She's in the process of switching her employment status to what they call per diem, meaning she's not technically a full time employee, although she can (and ...
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Company with high match for 401K vs IRA, which to choose?

I am fortunate to be at a company with a pretty high 401K match, 50% with no cap. Normally when I've saved in the past, I've done the 401K up to the amount matched, and then chose other savings ...
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Roth IRA = Emergency Fund. Any Safe Investments?

I've been building my emergency fund through automatic deposits into a Roth IRA at TDAmeritrade. This has been working well, since the money is out of sight, out of mind, and I can easily withdraw it ...
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My investment account is increasingly and significantly underperforming vs. the S&P 500. What should I do?

I have an investment account, opened in my name by my father years ago that I just discovered 4 months ago. It has actually been doing decently well in the last 4 months since I discovered it. I ...
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When should I start saving/investing for my retirement?

I just started out with my first job and I was curious, what is a good time when I should start with my long term saving plans? Update: Thanks for the advice and I was expecting that answer. So my ...
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How can I save money on car insurance?

What are some of the easy or not-so-easy ways to save money on car insurance?
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Should I prioritize paying down my higher interest debt over building an emergency fund, or vice-versa?

I have a debt of $15,000 at a yearly interest rate of 9%, which can be paid within 5 years. Would it be better for me to: Build first the emergency fund (e.g. liquidity for 6 months' expenses ...
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How to get started with savings, paying off debt, and retirement?

I am getting married soon and I am in grad school (I get paid a stipend and have a tuition scholarship). I have no retirement plans available to me. My fiancee will be starting her job soon and will ...
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How can I possibly retire comfortably?

I'm 35. I have $50k in an IRA. Using an online IRA calculator, I find that I'll have less than $900k at retirement, assuming I work until I'm 67, and I continue to make the full contribution to the ...
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What are your thoughts on Dave Ramsey's “Drive Free, Retire Rich” idea?

Aside from the horribly optimistic interest rate projections in the "Drive Free, Retire Rich" video, is this a plausible way to deal with auto expenses over one's lifetime? The basic plan is: get ...
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How do you save money on clothes and shoes for your family?

I feel like I'm constantly buying clothes, shoes, boots, jackets, hats, etc. for my kids, because they grow so fast! I try to re-use via hand-me-downs, but are there other ways I could be saving ...
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Should we invest some of our savings to protect against inflation?

My wife and I are in our early 30s. Our gross combined income is about $125,000/year, and our rent is ~$2,500/month (we live in San Francisco). We have no debt, and we have about $85k saved up in a ...
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Are investment companies safe for investing a large sum of money?

I'm a computer programmer who got in early it a successful internet company. My business is entering a transition period and I'm not sure if I'll be making the same income for much longer. I'd say I ...

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