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With the likelihood of disability, should I save for retirement?

My brother recently qualified for disability pay at 34 years old for blindness. He and I both have the same degenerative disease. I'm three years younger than he is and will most likely require ...
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Which is more advantageous: Lifetime ISA or SIPP?

I should preface that I am a self employed sole trader in my early twenties, and a basic rate taxpayer averaging somewhere between £28-32,000 per annum. The variation not only arises due to the nature ...
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Are savings accounts in the USA considered dormant if their only activity is accumulating interest?

I know a checking account gets a warning of dormancy after one year of idleness. But a savings account accumulates interest. Is that interest considered activity that keeps it from becoming dormant? ...
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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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In Germany: can i live in a Betriebstaette to circumvent payment of the Rundfrunkbeitrag

While for a flat a person has to pay 17 sth. € per month, while for a Betriebstätte with one person working a company only has to pay 5.99 €. As the company doesn't have to pay anything at all if the ...
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What pension options are there for a 22 year old graduate in the UK?

Following graduation last July, I've managed to save quite a significant amount of 'emergency wonga', for those rainy days or, more likely, the catastrophic end to my job. Anyway, now that I have a ...
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How can I cash out my prepaid cell phone?

As a very frugal person, I have a prepaid phone plan that costs $100 a year. For the past two years, I've spent roughly $50 of that each year. As long as I renew the plan with another $100 every year, ...
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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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Can a monetary settlement be placed into an account that provides gradual access to the funds?

I want to place a lump sum into an account that will give the account holder gradual access to it so they won't immediately spend the lump sum on frivolous large purchases (or at least not until later)...
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Lower risk short-term investment during periods of low interest rates

I've been reading about the basics of personal finance and most resources suggest investments based on benefits that don't seem to exist when interest rates are as low as they are. For instance: I've ...
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Where to park $50k for 2 years (taxable)?

Where can I put $50k for 2 years while I'm in school and transitioning back to full-time employment? I eventually want to purchase a house, but I'm not sure where I'm going yet. I'm a full-time grad ...
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Where to save money in preparation of buying second house?

We just purchased a house last year with 20% down payment on a 30yr fixed mortgage. Everything finally settle down (remodeling, new furniture etc.) and we're on track of saving again. We don't have ...
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What is the best option for recent employee setting up a pension (UK)?

I have been a sole trader for a while and recently been employed full time, as part of the deal I have been promised an employer contribution pension but it is up to me to decide what to do. What are ...
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Are one-person company savings taxable in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands, personal wealth such as bank and savings accounts over a certain amount is subject to taxes (box 3). If an entrepreneur (eenmanzaak, with or without officialy qualifying as ...
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Inflation and the current value of my dollar

I am trying to figure out the value of my $100 with a hypothetical 2% constant inflation rate after 30 years. Here is the scenario: suppose I have $100 laying under my bed and the hypothetical ...
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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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Should we pay down our HELOC or pay extra towards our mortgage?

We have a mortgage at $207K at 5%, a HELOC balance of $7500 at 3.25% and a credit card balance of $3300 at 13.9% APR. In savings we have $116K and in a mutual fund we have $21K My plan was to take ...
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Doesn't the existence of FDIC incentivize savers to put their savings in the most risky bank?

The riskier something is, the more interest/coupon would be demanded by the lender. In the case of choosing where to put my savings, wouldn't the existence of FDIC incentivize searching for the bank ...
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How much should I save each month so I can retire early, in my Third World country?

I live in a 3rd-world country. I earn $500/month. How much percentage of my income should I save each month, if I plan for early retirement? Currently I am saving 30% of my income. Is there any ...
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First Job, should I save or invest?

I just got my first real job and I'm wondering how much I should start saving. Is there a good percentage to start at based on personal experiences? And is it better to save my money or invest in a ...
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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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Should I save in a CD or in an online savings account?

What are the differences and/or trade-offs?
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Is there any benefit to keeping money in a checking account?

I have been getting a lot of "tips" from my bank lately about different ways to save. Things like "Save $1 week 1, $2 week 2", etc or "tax my spending habits". Whenever I see things like this, they ...
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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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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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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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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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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