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Mortage loans when switching houses

I bought my home (a townhouse) in early 2017. Now, I want to "switch houses" in the same area - buy another home and immediately sell my current one. I still have a sizable mortgage on my current ...
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3answers
330 views

How may I gift/send money to a friend anonymously?

I have a good friend who I attended university with in the past. (in the US) I happened to get to know that they were having some money troubles, and I wanted to provide some assistance as a gift, but ...
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2answers
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When you buy stocks from a trading platform do you actually own the stock?

I'm looking at Interactive Brokers - when I buy a stock from their trading platform, will I be the actual owner of this stock, or am I simply placing a bet (sort of)? Is there even a difference? EDIT:...
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1answer
117 views

Why does my bank not charge a fee for small amounts?

I work abroad in a SEPA country and send money to my non-SEPA home country regularly. In the foreign country I have a euro bank account and in the home country - a non-euro bank account. My foreign ...
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8answers
15k views

Is this projected return from Wealthify too low?

I am really new to investing and I am so confused. Books, blogs and conferences suggest that investing is the way to multiply wealth. I do not have enough start up money to play with mutual funds, ...
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1answer
457 views

Why can unissued capital stock exist?

Unissued capital stock allows a company to issue shares at any given time, diluting the ownership of current shareholders. This does not seem logical nor fair. At any given time, shouldn't 100% of the ...
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1answer
92 views

Can I deposit money into a 529 and withdraw for expenses in the same year?

If I have: Spent $5k in eligible education expenses on January 1st, 2018 Deposited $5k into my 529 for 2018 on December 31st am I able to immediately withdraw that $5k to pay for the educational ...
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1answer
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If my withholding will pay my and my spouse's tax bill, does she still need to pay estimated taxes as an independent contractor?

I am a full-time employee. My spouse is effectively employed long-term with one company, but has always been paid as an independent contractor. If I plan on filing my 2018 taxes jointly with my ...
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1answer
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Does an unpaid medical bill that is sent to collections have any adverse affect besides affecting the credit score?

I know that an unpaid medical bill affects the credit score if it is sent to collections. But is there any more adverse affect that it creates?
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0answers
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Canadian gifting a biological parent living in and citizen of the US

As a Canadian Citizen I have given (gifted) in excess of 100K US to my adult child (US Citizen) living in the US with no tax implications other than him filling out the proper form to acknowledge it. ...
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0answers
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Must I file a tax return for my S-corp LLC?

I created an LLC with S-corp election in 2018 in anticipation of doing some freelance work. In the end, I did not do the work and my LLC had no income. Am I still required to file a tax return for my ...
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1answer
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Is volume taken by hidden orders visible to all traders?

Institutions can place orders that are hidden from Level 2 book. Do these order remain "hidden" after they execute? Imagine AAPL bid and ask are $157.90 and $157.92, and, there is a hidden order for ...
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1answer
37 views

Reduce LLC profits by putting towards spouse's IRA?

I have a full time job. I also own a LLC (sole proprietor). I have some profits from my LLC this year. My spouse and I file jointly. My spouse is not currently employed. Can I move the profits from ...
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2answers
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Does date of sending or receiving money count for tax?

I am to receive a sign on bonus. In 2018 I earned not much money but in 2019 I will, because of the new job. My employer agreed to send the money on signing in 2018 as this makes quite a difference in ...
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1answer
25 views

Clarification regarding disqualified income for Earned Income Credit (EITC or EIC)

I'm a graduate student with several kids. Right now I'm trying to leverage my temporarily diminished income by "backdoor" rolling-over my 401k account to a Roth IRA account, without inadvertently ...
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1answer
159 views

Can I pay off mortgage in full to keep my insurance claim check?

I've received an insurance claim check due to water damage in our house and the check was made in my name as well as my mortgage company's name. We believe that we can do the necessary repairs for ...
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0answers
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What is the difference in Embedded vs Non-Embedded deductibles (for health insurance), and how are deductibles satisfied?

I'm comparing two HSA health plans in an effort to help a new-hire select the best plan and expand my own understanding. One plan has an embedded deductible, one plan has a non-embedded deductible. ...
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6answers
12k views

Why does Geico ask me not to reveal the limits of my liability coverage in case of a car accident?

I read on my "Evidence of Liability Insurance card" issued by Geico in California, US: What to do at the time of an accident: […] Do not reveal the limits of your liability coverage to anyone. Why ...
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0answers
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Do mutual fund return figures include expenses/fees? [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out an optimal mutual fund investment for retirement on Fidelity.com. Mutual funds typically have 1/3/5/10 year return figures. Do these figures include expenses and fees? If ...
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0answers
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Filling out FBAR for joint account with NRA

I am a US citizen living abroad, and I must file an FBAR (FinCEN Report 114) for 2018. I have a joint bank account with a NRA (non-resident alien). This person has and wants nothing to do with the ...
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1answer
116 views

What is the meaning of ^ symbol for SPX

I've seen symbols SPX and ^SPX, is there any significance for the symbol "^"?
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1answer
24 views

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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1answer
62 views

What is the name of this ROI ratio?

I purchased a house with a detached garage. I remodeled the garage and now live in it. I rent out the house. My mortgage is $537 and I charge $650 to rent the house. Doing the math, I'm only keeping $...
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4answers
191 views

Paying for student loans

I am looking for some advice in paying off student loans for me and my girlfriend. As a disclaimer, I am unfortunately quite financially illiterate, but looking to improve. We are both living in the ...
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0answers
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Do I need to Re-file my taxes (1040x) once I receive healthcare marketplace exemption certificate?

This pertains to tax year 2017. My girlfriend filed her taxes and filled out form 8965 (healthcare coverage exemptions form). She checked the box indicating that she had a "pending" hardship exemption ...
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1answer
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Regarding loan from friends

Is there is limit on the amount of a loan that can be taken from friend? Can a friend give an interest free loan? For how long can a friend give loan?
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1answer
31 views

Where can I find historic data for secondary market CD prices? [closed]

I'm thinking of buying some brokered CDs now through a broker such as Fidelity. Since interest rates are high, I'm thinking that I might be able to sell them at a premium on the secondary market ...
2
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1answer
84 views

Are contributions to 401k outside of payroll pre-tax?

Between my payroll deductions for 401k and my employer's contribution, I don't get to my $18,500 + $6,000 catch-up limit for 2018. If I put money into the 401k account from my own funds/savings to ...
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3answers
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If a company's “shareholders equity” has been increasing, why would the market value of their stock decrease?

There are companies whose "shareholders equity" in their balance sheet have been increasing due to positive earnings, but whose stock prices in the markets have dropped. Why is this happening? Isn't ...
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3answers
147 views

What is the “definition” of a “diversified” portfolio and why a diversified portfolio is better?

A short version of my question - What is the "true" definition of a diversified portfolio and why is it better? A long version of my question - Regarding portfolio diversification, people ...
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5answers
160 views

Why isn't the retained earnings of a public company always distributed back to the shareholders?

Shareholders own a public company, so why shouldn't all of a company's income be distributed back to them? Why are dividends (if any) just a small fraction of a company's retained earnings?
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1answer
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Can I get multiple hospital indemnity plans (e.g. Aflac and such)?

Is it possible to get multiple hospital indemnity plans from different companies such as Aflac and Metlife? If I were to get one by myself, can I cancel any time?
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What is the point of buying real estate when a GIC yields more?

Despite the fact that interest rates have risen over the past year and the housing market flatlining in Toronto and other Canadian cities, for whatever reason, people are still selling houses at ...
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1answer
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Can BofA seize the money from my account after closing it via Anaytcal department?

I am a new small business owner and I recently opened a small business account through BofA. I receive wire transfers from a liaison with the company I contract for to process invoices. Through BofA’s ...
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3answers
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5% Dividend, 20% Price Drop. Whats the point?

This was asked by someone earlier but I did not get the answers. What's the point of buying dividend stocks for yield when the stock's price itself may decline so much more? Here's just one of the ...
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1answer
163 views

Taking physical gold out of the United States

Are there restrictions on taking physical gold out of the US if I emigrate? Can I just pack it in my luggage and get on a plane to UK?
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1answer
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International wire transfer from US to UK

I'm planning to emigrate to the UK. I'd like to transfer my meager fortune from my local bank to a UK bank once I establish an account there. Does the US government want to know that I am taking my ...
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0answers
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Can I claim capital loss on unsold, delisted stocks in India?

I have stocks in delisted stocks such as Kingfisher airlines and Varun Shipping. Can I write them off as capital losses and offset against gains in FY 2017-18?
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Can I Expense Reimbursements To An Employee Who Received Medical Treatment In A Foreign Country?

I have an employee who was sent to a foreign country on a business trip. He got in an accident while he was there and had to be treated at a hospital. Since he was there on a company trip, we ...
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1answer
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How to compare the APRs of different currencies?

I want to take a loan and I have two options: Euros APR: 7.2% terms: 10 years Yuan APR: 9.2% terms: 5 years I have taken some financial classes so I have a vague idea about it. I know there is an ...
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How do the ultra rich protect their money? [duplicate]

FDIC insures each account up to $250,000. A few billion / 250,000 = way too many bank accounts. So how do the ultra rich insure their fortunes?
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2answers
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Filing a tax return due to US bank interest for non-US persons

Does the mere ownership of a US bank account that earns some interest require a non US person (say, based in Europe, EU in particular) to file a US tax return? Are there any other reporting ...
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1answer
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Wash Sale between RSU and ESPP

I sold some RSUs at a loss of about ~5K on 12/27/2018 but am scheduled to receive the same stock via ESPP on 12/29. Will this ESPP transaction disqualify the ~5k capital loss on RSUs as Wash sale? If ...
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Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (Reverse Mortgage) Available Line of Credit - pros and cons to drawing from it

An elderly relative currently has a Reverse Mortgage (HECM), received no lump sum in the beginning, and receives a modest fixed amount of cash every month. I have reviewed the statement and it is a ...
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4answers
1k views

Are bonds worth the investment since they don't compound?

I was talking with my parents and they told me they have been buying 30 year EE bonds at $100 every 2 months with an interest rate of 4%. Because it is an EE bond, it does not pay a monthly coupon. So ...
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How do you know if stock warrants are american or european style?

On interactive brokers i was looking at some put warrants for GE which are being traded on the frankfurt exchange but i don't know if i can exercise them when i want, since I don't know if the ...
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1answer
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What are the ways to price a holding company?

I would like to know how people value holding companies. I guess the most famous one is Berkshire ($BRK.A - $BRK.B). And others exist. These holdings usually have a lot of exposure to realestate, PE ...
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1answer
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Paying tax in the UK for Fixed Deposit (Term Deposit) interest earned in India on NRE Account?

I am an Indian citizen (Indian domiciled via father's citizenship) currently residing in the UK. I intend to take up permanent residency in the UK when applicable but also continue to use my Indian ...
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6answers
4k views

Moving out of apartment 2 months early but rent's already paid

I signed a lease for a year and my lease for my apartment ends on July 27, 2019. My rent for this apartment is already paid off fully because I paid in advance and utilities are included in the rent ...
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Should I max out my first credit card in order to build credit if I can pay the balance immediately?

I was just approved for my first credit card. I will be making a large purchase soon which will exceed my credit limit. I could split the purchase between cash/debit card and my new credit card or ...

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