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Is it more cost effective to wash a car at home or take it to a car wash?

Now that spring is here this becomes an option. Is it more cost effective to wash a car at home (increasing water utility expense) or to pay to have it washed at a car wash? Also which is more ...
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What is the best option for an occasional driver in the USA?

I never had a car before, but I'm starting to feel the need of having one. Fortunately, I can bike to work, and would only use the car on weekends (and very occasionally on weekdays). Additionally, I'...
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How does Ontario's new HST affect a condominium purchase?

I'm wondering what the rules are regarding HST and a purchase of a condominium. When buying a new construction condominium, would I need to pay HST? What about for existing (re-sale) condo's? I've ...
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Will I need to pay HST on condo maintenance fees?

Are condo fees going to go up when the HST goes into effect? If so, are there any exemptions to this?
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What value does a mortgage broker bring? Can they get you a better deal than your bank can?

Many I meet are very salesy. Makes me wonder if they are truly after my best interests? Banks seem so aloof and laissez-faire. The kind of attitude that sends the message that they don't care if I ...
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Can I write my own will, or do I need a lawyer to draw one up for me?

I've seen software packages at Office Depot and such, and am considering using one. What are some pros/cons?
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What's the difference between a Chequing account and a Savings account?

Because I know you can draw cheques from a savings account, so what gives?
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Is there a (legitimate) website on which I can check to see if I have any unclaimed money from past bank accounts?

It may seem silly, but I wonder if I've got a bank account out there in which I have unclaimed money. Wouldn't that be cool? How can I check?
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Ontario harmonized sales tax (HST) transition benefit rebate cheques / OSTTB: Who, when, how much?

As part of introducing the HST this July 1st, 2010, the government of Ontario promised to issue special HST rebates to people meeting certain criteria, in order to ease the transition to the new tax. ...
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Need advice recovering money lost due to debit card fraud! Bank wont help!

I was recently the victim of credit card fraud. My number and some of my info was compromised and subsequently used to run up about $500 worth of online charges within a week's time. This was on my ...
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If I volunteer to give back to my community, is there a monetary amount assigned to my time, to act as an Income Tax Deduction?

Is there a value that can be assigned to my time, i.e. an hourly rate, so that I can be given a receipt to remit to CRA come Income Tax Filing time? I live in Canada.
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Can vet / veterinary bills be considered deductions (tax-deductible) for Income Tax purposes [Canada]?

When I gathered all my 2009 receipts in preparation for my Income Tax filing, I came across a large number of expenses incurred for my pets. Are these expenses tax-deductible?
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What services do you use to research European stock markets?

I would like to know what are the best services to research stocks on the different European stock markets, I would like to cover all EU member states, if possible.
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What expenses should be covered by an emergency fund

Going along with this question, what items should we be planning to pay in a month from our emergency funds? Rent / mortgage Groceries Electricity / gas / water / sewer / garbage Car payments ?? I ...
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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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What is title insurance, and should I get title insurance for my home?

I have just sold my house and bought a new one. The lawyer I am working with to do all the necessary paperwork has sent me something about "Title Insurance". I am not quite sure exactly what this is....
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Should I keep a credit card open to maintain my credit score?

I have a credit card that was opened when I first got out of college, and was my first credit card. Since then, I have switched to cards with rewards, figuring that since I pay it in full each month, ...
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I just moved to the United States. What should I do to develop a good credit rating, fast?

I just moved to the US for working purposes, and found out that for a lot of stuff you buy, you need to have a good credit rating (or pay more, or make a security deposit, etc). I found out also that ...
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I am co-renting with others who do not pay rent reliably. Is there a way I can stay without harming my credit rating?

I rent with other adults in a rental property and my name is on the rental agreement with them. I would like to know if I have to move out, or is there a way I can remain and still pay just my fair ...
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An ecommerce retailer forgot to charge my credit card, & I received the package. Legally speaking, must I inform them they didn't charge me?

I recently made a large purchase from an online retailer's outlet store. The online store was having performance problems the day I ordered, but it is large trusted company so I placed the order ...
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How can you be sure you're getting the best prices on airfare and hotels from travel websites?

I know people don't use travel agencies anymore as there are so many do it yourself websites available, but with everyone touting themselves as "discount", how can you be sure you're getting the best ...
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Why should I invest my money in a life insurance policy?

As i am 24 now i get lot of calls from lot of insurance companies asking to take up an insurance policy.... So i decided to get answers for some of my questions in basicallymoney... Why should i ...
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How do I get a US credit or debit card if I reside outside the US?

I am from Hungary and I would like to purchase sometimes from US web services like iTunes and so on. They require US cards and billing address. Is it possible to have one without traveling to the US? ...
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How to Transition From Employee to Employer?

I know Making the transition from employee to employer requires financial stability, a good business plan, self-confidence and a lot of discipline. But i am looking for some instructions/tips from ...
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How can I make the most money when selling used stuff in a mass “spring clean” on eBay?

Have you ever had a mass "spring clean" so to speak of items and put on ebay? Do you have a habit or hoarding stuff? Lots of DVDs/Books/Electronics you never used? If so have you ever cleared the lot ...
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My Ontario small business collects only PST (beneath GST threshold). How will HST affect me?

I own a small business in Ontario and make less than $30,000 per year. I only charge the PST Will I be affected by the new HST and if so, how ? ==================== Also: If the PST is going ...
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At what age should I start or stop saving money?

I am around 24. I've never saved money. I don't know when I should start or stop saving money. Is there an age where I should stop saving money? Is there an age when I should start saving money?
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What are the advantages of a Swiss bank account?

I've heard about bank accounts in Zurich / Switzerland, but I don't fully understand the unique advantages of swiss bank accounts. What I do believe about these (but don't know for sure): They accept ...
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In what state should I register my web-based LLC?

DISCLAIMER: I understand that as a US corporation, you're required to pay taxes in whatever state you A) do business in, b) pay employees in, and c) have property in. I understand that registering in ...
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Are funeral plots a good investment?

At the risk of sounding morbid, is it worth looking into cemetery plots/mausoleum storage? Is it correct to assume that these costs will increase over time?
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Should I trust barcode iPhone apps? Are they secure for rewards and airmiles points collection?

My husband downloaded all kinds of iPhone apps that mimic the barcodes on my rewards cards such as AirMiles, Aeroplan, Longo's, Hallmark etc. Are these types of applications secure?
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When going abroad, how do you take your money?

When going abroad, how do you take your money? All hard cash? Some travellers cheques? I guess you could use your normal current bank account, but the UK banks (at least my one did) charges fees all ...
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Ontario gas prices & HST: What will happen to prices at the pump on July 1, 2010?

When the HST comes into effect on July 1, 2010 will gas prices at the pump be affected immediately?
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What percent of salary should go towards retirement vs. emergency savings?

What percent of salary should go towards retirement vs. emergency savings? Should some be set aside each and every pay for emergencies?
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What does pink-sheet mean related to stocks?

I see the term pink-sheet mentioned a lot in context of stocks. What does it mean?
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Can you calculate the ROI on your credit score?

I've heard it said from people who work in the industry that your credit rating isn't a measure of your ability to pay, but rather a measure of how profitable a customer you are. I've also heard ...
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Co-signing & dying: What if a loan co-signer dies? Is estate of co-signer liable?

A grim and tragic question perhaps, but I'm curious: What happens when a person that co-signed on a loan dies? Is the co-signer's estate potentially liable until the loan is paid off, the same as if ...
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What should I do with the stock from my Employee Stock Purchase Plan?

I've got an employee stock purchase plan program. The details are a little tricksy, but I basically get to buy about 2500 shares of company stock at something like $2.33/share... and the stock has ...
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Is there any way to know how much new money the US is printing?

There is a lot of talk about the Fed printing money. Is there any way to know how much new money is being printed and when?
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What investment strategy would you deduce from the latest article from Charles Munger?

One of the most interesting article I read in the last months was from Charles Munger (vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway). Here is a link: http://www.slate.com/id/2245328/pagenum/all/ I would be ...
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Pensions, why bother?

Ok this question is going to show my age, but its something I've been thinking about for a while and can't quite figure it out Why bother with a pension? I don't understand, why should I put away £...
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Are you just shooting yourself in the foot if you give to charities that solicit door to door or over the phone?

It seems like if charities come to the door and you give them money, you just end up with more charities at your door. The same happens with charities that solicit by phone. They obviously share ...
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Is there any site to compare the security of (online) banking services?

I work in the computer industry, and I know a few things about security, like the fact that those "security questions" that you're asked for are pretty much completely bogus and not useful as security....
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Is there any site you can find out about the 'bonus features' of credit cards?

I'm doing fairly well financially, and pay my credit cards off monthly, so to me they are less useful for financing and more useful as a matter of convenience. As such, I'd like to know more about the ...
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To rebalance or not to rebalance

I have not been able to understand the concept of rebalancing in investing. To me it's a form of the gambler's fallacy. Let: s_n = stock price at time n s_{n+1} = stock price at time n+1 E[x] is ...
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Are the new “Smart” or “Chip” Credit Cards better from a security standpoint?

The new Chip credit cards are being introduced to provide better security to consumers, merchants and credit card vendors. Sample Card: (source: mastercard.com) Card Reader & PIN Entry: ...
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Received email from credit card company: “URGENT: Your Master Card SecureCode Password has expired!” Is it legitimate?

(Public service announcement) I received an email titled "URGENT: Your Master Card SecureCode Password has expired!" The email body is an image. Is it legitimate?
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What should I be doing to protect myself from identity theft?

You see ads all over the place for services that purport to protect you from identity theft, but my gut tells me that most of these are at best marginally effective and at worst outright scams. Are ...
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Can someone explain a stock's “bid” vs. “ask” price relative to “current” price?

In my online brokerage account, I want to buy a particular stock and I see the following: Bid: 13.20 x200 Ask: 13.27 x1,000 the current stock price is 13.22. Can someone explain what ...
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Take new loan to pay off old one, what would you do in this scenario?

This is my current loan. Loan Amount : £11,750 Total Interest : £6,422.40 Interest Rate : 21.2% per year Total : £18,172.40 Pay per month : £306.19 Term : 60 months (5 years) I'm 2 years into the ...

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