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Moving back to India in a few years. Should I keep my savings account in the U.S. or in India?

My savings account in the U.S. says that it gives me an interest rate of 0.01% and it comes with a lot of restrictions (like limiting the number of transactions per month etc.), and checking account ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for how much to save into your pension for retirement?

Pension sites often quote "Use our pension calculator to estimate the amount of pension income you could get when you retire. This will help you decide how much you need to save to get the retirement ...
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Is a High-Yield Savings Account with 1.25% APY too good to be true?

Okay, Sallie Mae is advertising a savings account with 1.25% APY. That seems incredibly high for a savings account, especially right now. It seems like a too good to be true type thing. Is there a ...
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Should I save in a CD or in an online savings account?

What are the differences and/or trade-offs?
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30, debt free and looking to invest $500-$1,000 a month [closed]

I'm 30, debt-free, make max contributions to my Roth IRA and 401(k) and have six months of living expenses in a high-yield online savings account. I live frugally and am gainfully employed. At this ...
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Automatic investments for cheap

I'm looking for a way to do automatic investments (say to put $100 every month into an index fund). I use Sharebuilder for my regular investments, but it looks like they charge $4 per transaction for ...
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What are some ways to save for a child's education?

My brother just asked me this question: he currently has a son that is three years old. What are some ways to save for his son's education? What are the pros and cons of each way? How much should ...
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Should I save for a down payment or pay off school in cash?

I am able to save about $1000/month after all bills. I can either save this money for a down payment on a house, or pay for my (rather expensive) grad school program in cash and incur no additional ...
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In the next year I plan to live primarily off a saved bulk sum of money. What are my options for investing it while keeping it fairly accessible?

I'm leaving my job soon to spend the next year career switching / experimenting / travelling etc. - being generally self-unemployed. I am planning to do odd jobs now and then, as well try some ...
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Should I do the volume discount even if it will strain my short-term budget?

For simplicity let's say my monthly food budget is $500. My university has a plan where if you buy $400 worth of 'university currency' you get another $100 free. If I were to do that, I would save $...
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What's the equation for savings growth, that considers contributions?

I'm looking for the equation that basically works like this "Assuming you have X saved, and save Y more a year, and your savings grow at Z percent, you will have S after T years."
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Is there such a thing as a non-FDIC savings account, which earns better interest?

I'm sticking to the question that I'm asking but here's the background. I make decent pay and I'm also self employed. I invest money in an IRA at my own discretion each month, so I'm covering my ...
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Tax deferred savings limits and early retirement possibilities

I've been listening to some financial independence podcasts where people claim that if you save 75% of your income into tax deferred retirement accounts, you wind up paying no income tax even with an ...
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How many budget categories are too many?

I have a budget with all the essential categories (rent, utilities, groceries, etc.) and I wonder if it is worth having a few (many?) non-essential categories even if my monthly contribution to them ...
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First Time Home Buyer - How much down payment? Where to go for Mortgage?

I'm currently spending $15,000 a year in rent and gaining nothing in equity! This needs to change :). Looking to buy a place, I'm in the DC area so it'll be in the $500,000 price range. I have just ...
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Year end for ISAs, is it worth squeezing more in quickly?

I opened an ISA about a month back (only have £110 in it at the moment) Tax year ends on 5th April, I could afford to put £1000 in my ISA, I would be skint until the next payday at the end of April ...
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Would high interest rates offset the issue of keeping money in a weak currency?

I am a UK resident and recently I managed to unlock an account in South Africa with FNB that my family had set up for me. The account is worth R90k (~£5k). I have no intention of moving back to South ...
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Investment for young expatriate professionals

I have read this thread Best way to start investing, for a young person just starting their career? and I was interested by many of its topics. I am myself a young professional and I am working in my ...
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Long Term Savings for daughter - UK

I have about £5000.00 that I want to lock away for my daughter when she is older. The problem is that with interest rates so low this money will evaporate in an average savings account or worse in ...
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What to do with your savings in Japan

In Japan, most banks offer very low (less than 0.02%) interest rates for saving accounts. Is there any better way to save money in Japan than theses saving accounts Should be relatively liquid ...
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Safety of keeping savings in a mortgage account

I have a mortgage account and a separate (yet linked) savings account with a certain Australian bank. This bank draws a minimum mortgage repayment from the savings account into the mortgage account ...
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Which bank(s) allow you to open AND close CDs online?

Most banks allow you to transfer money into a Certificate of Deposit (CD) using their website. However, once you open a CD you usually have to call to close or otherwise modify the CD account when it ...
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Mint.com: How to set up savings line items in budget: As expense, income, or neither?

This question is really more specific to Mint.com since I do all of my personal account management there. In the Budgets tab, I always have the unaccounted transactions at the bottom of the page where ...
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What is the best way to manage your hard earned money?

This is all about money management which we need to do on a periodic basis to have financial freedom. There are many articles which say about this, but in real life I found many people managing it in ...
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What is the risk to me of moving my money to a smaller bank?

In light of the events in the banking market over the last few years, there have been calls from some quarters for investors to move their money from the larger banks, so they are no longer "too big ...
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Savings or mortgage overpayment

This question might be too simple, but I just want to make sure I am not missing a crucial detail. I currently have a mortgage which allows free overpayments (up to 10% of the mortgage value each ...
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Saving money in college while paying for college

I am currently attending college. I am working internships while not in school and making good money compared to a typical minimum wage job while at college. I am going for my bachelor's in ...
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Multiple accounts stagnant after quitting job.

So I made the move to quit my job of over 10 years a few months back and have never been happier. My one problem is that I now have some accounts that I feel that I could be doing more with. I had ...
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Can my sister open a Coverdell ESA for my son?

My son is, naturally, claimed as a dependent on my tax returns. My question is: Can my sister open a Coverdell Education Savings Account (an education IRA) for my son (her nephew)? I am aware that ...
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What do I do with my extra money in grad school?

I am privileged to have started grad school debt-free and am now earning money as part of the program. I have saved enough money to cover my expenses for a month and a half in a fairly high-cost-of-...
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Savings Account for Newborn--529? Trust?

A close family member is about to have a baby, and several family members are looking for a way to allow gifts to contribute to the child's eventual education. The twist is: if the child decides (for ...
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What are my options to make my money work for me?

I came to this site because I want to see what are my options with my current situation. I should start by saying that I am from Serbia and I possess no other citizenship. I have recently finished ...
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What kind of resources are there for children taking care of their aging parents?

My siblings and I fortunately have mostly learned from our parents bad financial examples. They're both aging and getting close to the retirement age, but they haven't done a great job savings - they ...
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How do I evaluate risk exposure to my U.K. bank in light of the possible collapse of the Euro or Eurozone economies?

I understand there are concerns about runs on banks in Eurozone countries like Greece and Spain. Should this happen, it might put pressure on banks elsewhere. How can I evaluate the risk exposure of ...
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Pay for a cheap car or take out a loan?

I have $2,000 in total in my savings account for a car but I am starting a better paying job in three months and I will need a car to get to it. At the moment, I am biking to my current job. I am just ...
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Should I buy my first car with all of my savings?

Note: I live in Europe. Hopefully - In a few months time I will be (age) legal to drive, and after getting my license I'm thinking of getting a BMW E46 after years saving up cash from my full-time ...
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How can I help my friend change his saving habits?

My housemate is looking to take a trip next year and so for the first time in a while he's actively trying to save some money. He is employed, doesn't have any debts, and even has a bit of savings in ...
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Is it wise to invest small amounts of money short-term?

I own a house that is 75 years old and needs a lot of work done to it. I have been setting aside money from each paycheck for the past couple of years into a savings account earmarked for that purpose ...
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Paying loan more than the monthly limit vs keeping the extra in a bank or investment

I have a student loan (9% interest rate) which I have to pay within the next two year. Since I have a secure job I know I will finish paying within two years even with the minimum monthly payment. ...
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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 ...
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How can I get out of debt AND save money?

My wife and I are working our way out of debt; specifically, credit card (in lieu of student loans; I know this was a bad idea, don't remind me!) and personal (money loaned from her parents). Our ...
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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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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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Take advantage of rock bottom oil prices

Is there a way to take advantage of the rock bottom oil prices as an individual? Other than filling up your car?
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What's the point of a savings account, when I can put savings in money market?

Everything I throw into my brokerage account and don't invest automatically buys money market (shares?) I've been keeping my emergency fund in a savings account. Should I do this, when I presumably ...
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Best ISA alternative [closed]

I currently save everything to a standard bank ISA... It gets terrible interest rates (<1.0%) so I am looking for an alternative to the usual bank provided ISA. Right now I don't have the time or ...
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Is it a good idea to max out a zero interest revolving credit account?

I have a 0% interest overdraft that's currently up to a £1200 limit, but I can request an increase. Would it be a good idea to transfer up to the limit (minus what I'd float in the account to make ...
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Financial Advice for Newlyweds

My wife and I are newlyweds, and we are fortunate enough to have little debt and respectable incomes - since StackExchange is neither anonymous or private I won't disclose the real numbers, but I can ...
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Which Roth IRA is the best for a 21 year old who has about $1500?

I am looking towards depositing about $700~$1000 of it in something that will hopefully bring in some good interest returns, and at least something that does a lot better than my current "savings ...
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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 ...