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What are the state and county taxes for refinancing a mortgage in Virginia?

I'm in the process of refinancing a mortgage, and want to know what state and county taxes apply. I'm not talking about property tax here, but the recordation taxes and fees charged by the county and ...
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Should I wait to save up 20% downpayment on a 500k condo?

Proper 2BRs start at $500k in our neighborhood. We're looking at buying, but I'm leery of the $100k downpayment. It would reduce our savings to 50k liquid and 75k in retirement. I can easily ...
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How long should I keep my bills?

Until now I've kept all my bills, but it's too much paper. Gas, Water, Electricity, telephone, etc. Why is it a good idea to keep them? For how long should I keep them?
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Pros and cons of using a personal assistant service to manage your personal finances?

Does anybody use a personal assistant, virtual (like asksunday.com) or in-person to manage personal finances? If so what is your experience like? My situation is fairly complex and i'd like to save ...
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Should I apply for more credit cards in order to improve my credit score?

Is it true that you can increase your score by applying for more cards? Do you need to be active on those cards for that to work? Thanks a lot.
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Difference between a (credit union) “share certificate” and a (bank) CD?

I've seen both Share Certificates and Certificates of Deposit available. Are they the same thing? Do they have different names based on whether they are offered at a bank or credit union? Does one ...
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How do credit union “share certificates” work?

I recently bought a 3 month, $500 "Share Certificate" from a Federal Credit Union that I am a member of. I did this as an experiment mostly. They list an APY, a dividend rate, and a term length... ...
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How to calculate PE ratios for indices such as DJIA?

I want to record Dow Jones Industrial Average's PE. Yahoo Finance gives N/A [1]: >>> import y_finance >>> print y_finance.get_price_earnings_ratio('^DJI') N/A So: How to ...
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Receiving money on PayPal in Croatia?

I can send money with PayPal from Croatia, but can't receive it. Is there any workaround?
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Is it true that it's better to have bad credit than no credit?

There's a popular saying: It's better to have bad credit than no credit. Is this true?
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Should I open a joint credit card account with my girlfriend? She can't get her own card

My girlfriend has been unable to get a credit card because of an outstanding (and, we think, fradulent) debt on her record. We tried to contact the collection agency using the address listed on all ...
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Are Kiva or other microlending institutions a decent way to improve overall yield?

Have you used Kiva.org, Microplace.com or any other microlending institutions? Any positive or negative experiences? Does this seem like a decent way to improve overall yield, assuming I'm willing ...
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Relocated to USA. How to get credit card without existing credit history / score?

I recently relocated to USA and have no Credit Score. Is Secure Credit Card is the only option for me to start building my credit score? Also please recommend which other credit cards are available ...
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Does losing your credit card damage your credit rating?

Obviously, losing your credit card is bad for plenty of reasons. But say you lose it, report the loss, and get a new card without anyone else having used it in the meantime - no charges need to be ...
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Is my credit score of 766 lower than it should be?

I'm a 25-year-old recent college graduate in the US with a full-time job. My credit score is 766, grade C, 43rd percentile (VantageScore formula, not FICO). My TransUnion report lists the following ...
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How does the FDIC in the United States work?

Issues in my head raised by the quesion about withdrawing money from a bank before it goes under If the purpose of the FDIC in the United States system is to insure deposits, how is the money the ...
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Can I actually get a share of stock issued with a piece of paper anymore?

I have only ever bought one stock, and I did it on a whim ($100 whim) online. I know my broker mails me a small phone book when I pick new funds for my IRAs, but I honestly don't remember getting ...
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Which international credit card would fit my requirements?

I am currently looking at getting a credit card for myself. However, as per this question, I would like to get a credit card from an international bank / credit provider so that when I move countries ...
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What is the proper way to report additional income for taxes (specifically, Android development)?

Let's say I have a day job that contributes to the majority of my income. Now if I do some Android development (or similarly iPhone, Blackberry, or any other hobby that produces an additional income) ...
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Investing in hemp producers in advance of possible legalization in Canada?

With the inevitable legalization of Cannabis, I can imagine there being big money in Hemp producers because of its wide variety of applications (e.g. paper, clothing, rope, bio-fuel, biodegradable ...
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How much of a down payment for a car should I save before purchasing it?

I am thinking about getting a new or used car from a local dealer in town. I have worked and saved some money to use as a down payment for it. Some people have told me that I should save nearly all ...
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Do you keep ATM receipts? Why might keeping bank ATM receipts be a good habit?

Do you keep ATM receipts? I've occasionally heard some bank-insider's tips that say it's a good habit to keep the ATM receipts and check them against the online bank log. Having a programmer ...
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Definition of “secular” in the context of markets?

When fund managers makes statements like this... "... [many market] inefficiencies persist for years due to the long-term nature of secular and structural changes [...]" ... I assume that they are ...
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Would you withdraw your money from your bank if you thought it was going under? [closed]

The Texas Ratio attempts to measure how well a bank can cover its losses on nonperforming loans. A ratio over 100 indicates the bank is in trouble. I cross referenced the texas ratio for banks ...
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Possible replacement for Quicken

I have been using quicken to track my financial life for about 10 years now and am generally happy with it. A couple of years back Intuit changed the ability to download stock quotes for 2 years ...
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What is a “closed-end fund”? How is a closed-end fund different from a typical mutual fund?

I recently ran across the term "closed-end fund", but the author didn't explain what it was. What is a "closed-end" fund vs a typical mutual fund, and are there advantagets/disadvantages to each?
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Can a foreigner open a bank account in the UK?

I am from Hungary and I will visit the UK for about a month (just for fun). I would like to open a bank account there. Can I do that? What are the latest regulations? Are there any special ...
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Why are American Express cards are not as popular as Visa or MasterCard?

For me, AMEX is a preferred choice because I can earn more treat points. But I found that (at least in Malaysia), a lot of merchants are rejecting AMEX card in favor of Visa or MasterCard. Why?
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How to deal with PA sales tax for item bought on behalf of my customer and resold to them?

I work for myself and at times buy a piece of software or something for someone I am working for. Like my title says, I live and work for people in PA. If I pass the product on to my customer at ...
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At what age should I consider buying long term care insurance?

An oft overlooked, but important insurance product that has the ability to protect us from a reasonably likely and fiscally devastating event, Long Term Care insurance seems like something I am out to ...
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Should I pay off my credit card online immediately or wait for the bill?

I'm a college student and I just got my first credit card (through Chase). The only reason I got the card is to try and build my credit score. I also have a checking account with Chase, and they let ...
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How do you short US Treasuries?

As the US government continues to issue record levels of debt, I don't think it can continue to sell that debt at 2 - 3% interest. It will face the simple supply/demand law of economics - the more ...
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As co-founder, does Steve Jobs still own enough Apple shares to control Apple Inc.?

Steve Jobs is one of the Apple Co-founders, and as such I think he probably owns a good number of Apple's shares. However based in his Net worth: $5.5 billion (2010) (via Wikipedia) and the total ...
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Most cost effective way to regularly transfer funds from the US to the UK? [closed]

I've recently moved to the US, but I still own a house and a car in the UK so I need to make regular transfers from the US to the UK in order to pay my UK mortgage. Admittedly I've left it a little ...
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What is the most efficient way to pay a student loan in the US from the UK?

The loan is in the United States and can only be paid using direct debit from a US bank account which is already established. However, all earnings are in GBP in the UK. What is the most efficient way ...
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Do Americans really use checks that often?

That might sound a bit silly to people from USA but is it really that common to use checks in America? I am from Austria and here (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) checks play practically no role in ...
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Should I stockpile nickels?

As the US dollar continues to be devauled the metal content value of US coins will eventually be worth more than the face value of the coins. There use to be silver in US coins but due to the ...
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Comparing IRA vs 401K's rate-of-return with dollar cost averaging

I have both an IRA in Vanguard and an old employer's 401k with Fidelity management. I would like to compare the performance between the two accounts over time, in order to determine if I should ...
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Strategies for saving and investing in multiple foreign currencies

My wife and I are both expatriates and our financial situation is complicated by having accounts in different currencies. A frequent topic between the two of us which accounts are the best for keeping ...
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Malaysian real estate: How to know if the market is overheated or in a bubble?

I'm living in Malaysia, around Klang Valley. One thing I notice is that the housing price keeps on increasing and increasing and increasing ( just my perception, no data to backup my point), with no ...
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Full-time work + running small side business: Best business structure for taxes?

Currently I have a full time job (IT industry) but from time to time I do a side project. Most of the times my clients agree to pay me cash as the amounts are not large. However, last year there ...
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How can I tell if buying a cheaper car will end up costing me more?

Cars can be very expensive, so it seems like a good place to save money. However, I worry that getting a car that is too cheap, especially if buying used, may end up costing me more in maintenance, ...
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Credit card changed by card company: Why is Citi changing my Visa dividend platinum select card to dividend world Mastercard?

My citi divident platinum select card is being replaced with citi dividend world mastercard. I don't quite understand their explanation. But what are the changes on the benefits? why change from ...
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Is there a site that compares IRAs by different companies?

I'm planning on opening a Roth IRA in the very near immediate future (by this year's end, if not sooner). Is there a place I can go to see the different pros/cons of IRAs offered by different ...
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Global credit record: Would my good credit history apply internationally?

Does my credit record apply internationally? For example, if I have a good credit record in Australia, with a car / house loan and a credit card or two, can my good credit rating be seen by banks and ...
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Are you preparing for a possible dollar (USD) collapse? (How?)

After the last crisis it was easy for many to look back and say all the signs were there to indicate an impending crisis. Super-low interest rates from the FED, no down-payment loans, interest-only ...
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How to map stock ticker symbols to ISIN (International Securities Identification Number)?

How can I can convert ticker symbols (which include information on the exchange) to an International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) (which contains no information on the exchange)? Also I am ...
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How do you find reasonably priced, quality, long lasting clothing?

As noted in the products you shouldn't buy cheap question, you should buy quality, long lasting clothes. Where can you find quality clothing and how can you recognize quality clothing in discount and ...
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Changing jobs: Should I cash out Roth 401(k) or move it to another account type?

I am currently looking at changing jobs from a large corporation to a smallish company. I currently have only about $4k in a Roth 401(k) though my current employer. The smaller company does not offer ...
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Wandering EU worker: Pension / retirement fund if working in multiple countries?

I am European, always worked in Europe in many different countries, and I have pension funds scattered around all the old continent. The EU legal system does not allow pension fund transfer among ...

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