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Credit Card Security: First six + last four digits

A company asked me to provide the first six digits of my credit card, along with the last four, to identify a credit charge to my account. I'm wondering - that's ten of sixteen digits. How secure is ...
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Are there special endorsement requirements for US Government checks to two parties?

At a bank where I have a checking account in my name only, I regularly cash a dividend check made out to my wife AND me. My wife endorses the check at home and then I stroll down to the bank and add ...
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Do “crossed checks” work in the United States?

I grew up in Australia, and learned that when I write a check, I should generally cross it with two diagonal lines with Not Negotiable written between them. The idea being that this signifies that ...
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How do amortization schedules work and when are they used?

Specifically, I notice that on a mortgage statement, my payment is "amortized" so that at the beginning of the loan, I am paying almost entirely interest and very little principal. However, on a ...
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What factors should I take into account when deciding how much of my 401(k) contribution should go into my Roth 401(k)?

My employer allows new contributions to my 401(k) to go in as Roth (post-tax) or "regular" (pre-tax). What should I consider when deciding how to distribute my contributions between the two?
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How does the US federal income tax system work?

General question here about US personal income federal tax rates. Is it a cumulative effect where your income is first taxed at the lower tranches and move up, or is it one specific percent for your ...
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Difference between Fortnightly and Monthly pay

I used to get paid monthly at base salary of 48k. I have recently changed my job and getting paid fortnightly with a base salary of 50k I did some calculation and found out that if I get paid monthly ...
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How to automatically reinvest in non-dividend paying funds

I've read Einsteins quote stating "The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest." However, everywhere I read this is basically only possible with dividend paying stocks and then ...
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Bank Deposit Scam [duplicate]

I was on Instagram and saw someone's post about making extra cash. I inboxed her for details and she said her manager will deposit funds into my account, then I would send them $2000 to split between ...
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21 years old and saved up $20,000 from working. What should I do with it?

My main concern is making the $20,000 that I currently have saved, substantially grow. - I currently am able to put roughly $500 into my savings at a bi-weekly period due to my part time job. - I am ...
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found a 1994 uncashed profit sharing retirement plan check

I found an old un-cashed check dated 1994 for $487 from my Xerox Retirement plan with no expiration date. Can I still cash it?
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I co-signed a car but I am listed as the primary account holder for the loan

I co-signed a car and want to be removed. My first thing is that I am listed as the primary account holder for the loan, but I signed the papers as the co-signer/co-buyer. If to fix the situation as ...
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Does dollar cost averaging apply when moving investments between fund families?

We'll likely be moving ~$100,000 (two Roth IRAs, about 80k/20k split) from a mix of Nationwide funds to a combination of Vanguard whole-market stock and bond index funds (details below). All else ...
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I have a 414(h) pension plan as a teacher in New Jersey. Am I permitted to also contribute yearly to an individual Ira?

My husband is a teacher in New Jersey; 61 years of age. He has a pension plan listed on w-2 in box 14 (other). It is coded as 414(h). He asked the tax advise person at the school if he could still ...
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Co-Buyer Automobile

As a co-buyer on an automobile, can the other party take full possession? Both parties names are listed as the Purchaser's. Only one purchaser signed the retail order for the motor vehicle, and if so, ...
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Deduct Health Care Premiums for Family When Employer Only Pays for Me

My employer offers insurance coverage, pays a substantial amount for me, but pays nothing for my spouse or my children. The difference in cost is around $127/month for myself and $1,330/month if I ...
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Borrower vs coborrower

My daughter asked me to cosign on a car loan. Somehow I ended up as the borrower and she a the cosigner. Is that legal?
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Is my sugar daddy scamming me [duplicate]

I used a website called Seeking Arrangements and met a sugar daddy. He asked for my email login, online banking login, routing, account number, Facebook, as well as my address which is the only ...
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What options do I have at 26 years old, with 1.2 million USD?

I'm a 26 years old female, got into an accident that almost killed me; I sued, and after attorneys fees and medical bills from hell... I will walk away with around 1.2 million dollars tax free. Here ...
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I'm 23 and was given $50k. What should I do?

Recently I was given 50k from my grandmother in her will. I am 23 years old and have no idea what to do with it. I make $33k a year. I have zero savings. I owe $35k in student loans over 6 years 0% ...
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Should I buy my house in cash, or with a mortgage and invest the rest of my money?

I can afford to buy a house (to live in myself) in cash. Most of my investor friends tell me this would be a dumb idea, because I could earn more in interest by buying the house with a mortgage and ...
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In the stock market, why is the “open” price value never the same as previous day's “close”?

This is something that is mind-boggling to me, and it is particularly obvious in candlestick graphs: Why is the open value never the same as the previous day's close value? This is something I just ...
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How can one get their FICO/credit scores for free? (really free)

TV and the web are filled with ads promising to give you a free copy of your credit report. Unfortunately, instead of being wholly free, they are actually free trials, which means: You only get them ...
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I'm saving money too fast. What should I do?

[Apologies if this sounds (and is) like a first world problem] I get a very generous salary and I am not a spender. I am able to save $2000-$2500 every month. I've invested part of my money in some ...
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Options for dummies. Can you explain how puts & calls work, simply?

I never understood Puts or Calls. Could anybody explain it like I were a child?
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What's the catch in investing in real estate for rent?

I can see a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom $100k property on Zillow (est. mortgage $375/mo) next to a university so rent prospects are good. Rent estimate by Zillow, confirmed roughly by Craigslist: $972/mo. ...
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Do people tend to spend less when using cash than credit cards?

I know this is a popular theory on this site and finance blogs/media in general, but I'd like to know if there is any reliable research on the subject. I can share personal experience that makes me ...
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Is insurance worth it if you can afford to replace the item? If not, when is it?

I am talking here exclusively about insurance for items (not for health or other type of insurance where lives and liability are at risk). Let's say I have a 1-year old Macbook (costs $2000+tax new) ...
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Why might it be advisable to keep student debt vs. paying it off quickly?

As of a couple weeks ago, I paid off all of my student debt. Hooray... But I have a friend named A who has a friend named B who is a financial advisor (a young so therefore perhaps ignorantly ...
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How to get rid of someone else's debt collector?

For the past three and a half years (as long as we've had this phone number -- a land line), we've been getting calls from debt collectors for the person who apparently used to have our number. The ...
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How to evaluate stocks? e.g. Whether some stock is cheap or expensive?

What kind of information do you obtain before buying (or selling) a stock? I know the PE ratio is very important, but not the only thing. Are there any rules of thumb to determine whether some stock ...
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How do rich people guarantee the safety of their money, when savings exceed the FDIC limit?

I am curious how a millionaire would guarantee the safety of his money, given that the FDIC only insures up to $250K of an individual's deposits at a bank. If someone had $3 million that they wanted ...
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Peer to Peer Lending Sites - Good Investment or Insane?

Does anyone have personal experience with lending on sites like Prosper.com? Do they have a handle yet on what the yield and default rates are? Last time I looked at it, they didn't have a ton of ...
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When is Cash Value Life Insurance a good or bad idea?

What makes CVLI either good or bad? If you get it while young (~23 years old) and have a respectable starting salary then what are some benefits or detriments to having it? The specific policy I'm ...
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Is this $200 “welcome money” (from a major bank) some sort of scam?

I googled around (this in the US) about "bank accounts you can open online", I noticed: https://www.us.hsbc.com/checking-accounts/campaigns/offer-2018/#advance-checking-details Notice they will (...
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What is the best way to accept payment when selling a used car?

I plan on selling a used car via Craigslist, and I hope to get between $4-5K for it. I don't want to take a check from a stranger, but I'm concerned that no one will be willing to show up at my house ...
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What do the numbers on my credit/debit card mean?

I have the following visa card from comdirect.de: I guess: Number A is my credit card number. The 4 groups don't have a meaning. Number B: I have no idea. Might be my security code? Number C is my ...
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How does one find a good financial advisor?

I've talked to a few FA's and they all seem more intent on selling me products than giving me advice. Case in point - one of them was pushing me to invest my cash savings in her bank's funds when I ...
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Any Experience with the Gone Fishin' Portfolio?

In doing research on How to Select IRA Investments, I stumbled across the Gone Fishin' Portfolio. This link where I found out about the portfolio claims that it is based on the 1990 economics Nobel ...
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Should I open a credit card when I turn 18 just to start a credit score?

I spend about $20-30 a week on my debit card, with periodic $200-300 purchases every few months. I've thought about getting a credit card the moment I turn 18 and using it to buy everything, then ...
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Why are credit cards preferred in the US?

Where I'm from, credit cards are common, but they're not considered the main daily use-case, as opposed to debit cards. What are practical reasons credit cards are preferred over debit cards in the US?...
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Shares; are they really only for the rich/investors?

I've always been under the impression, that if you want to be a player in the "shares game" you either have to be an full time investor, or someone who has a lot of money to play with. Is this true? ...
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Would it make sense to buy a rental property as an LLC and not in my own name?

I'm considering buying a rental property. Would it make sense forming an LLC and purchasing it in the name of my company, rather than owning it directly? Considerations: pros: I don't want my name ...
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Regular contribution threshold for ETF vs Index Mutual Fund?

I've seen enough info out there comparing lump-sum investments into ETFs vs mutual funds with respect to broker commissions in the case of ETFs, and the discrepancy between MERs between the two. In ...
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How big of a mortgage can I realistically afford?

I'm 25, and I'm in the process of closing on a $260,000 mortgage for a very nice condo in downtown Salt Lake City. My salary is $80,000 right now, which I feel is pretty solid, but I'm starting to get ...
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Why do a lot of people recommend Vanguard so often?

What is it with Vanguard? I've heard the name come up a bunch, but I don't know why this particular company is getting all the good free press...
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401(k) Contribution When Employer Has No Match?

Long time lurker, first time asker here. I've seen some similar questions to mine here, but nothing exactly in the same circumstance. I've seen almost near-consensus that the ordering for investing ...
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Why would a long-term investor ever chose a Mutual Fund over an ETF?

(I read this previous question but would like to differentiate my question by having it focus exclusively on long term, buy and hold investing). From my understanding, it is conventional wisdom that ...
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What is CD laddering and what are its pros and cons?

I've seen the term "CD Laddering". What is this and what are the benefits and risks of doing it?
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Confusion about Roth 401K: Better for me to do pre-tax or Roth post-tax contributions?

My company offers a 401K and a Roth 401K. Given the income level of my family (married filing jointly status), IRAs aren't really an option. We're past the Roth IRA limits and get no deduction for a ...

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