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If the co-signer on my car loan dies, can the family take the car from me like they're threatening to?

I have a car, both me and by grandpa are on the title. As I cannot get loan on my own, my grandpa is my cosigner. My grandpa is almost 90, and chances are he may not be around till the loan is paid ...
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Why doesn’t every company and individual use tax-havens to pay less taxes?

The main message emerging from Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, and the like, is that it is the rich, powerful and famous who make use of and benefit from tax havens. And yet, the same law that these ...
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What are some tips for getting the upper hand in car price negotiations?

My family wheels are pushing 200K miles and lights are starting to come on, noises are starting to come out, and I want to investigate a newer car before I sink money into repairing mine. What are ...
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Ballpark salary equivalent today of “healthcare benefits” in the US?

For my friends in the US, when considering positions (this applies to either salary or contract positions) I've heard it's sometimes along the lines of, you can have X with healthcare, or Y with no ...
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I cosigned for a friend who is not paying the payment

I cosigned for a loan for a friend. He has now moved away and is not making payments. I have been asked to pay--they even called my job--and I need to keep my credit. The payments are too high for me ...
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Received an unexpected cashiers check for over $2K from another state - is this some scam?

This is actually about my sister-in-law who lives in Georgia. She just received a "cashiers check" for $2395 from a company in Indiana. It looks like this: She said that she has been doing "mystery ...
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Mother abusing my finances

I'm in a bit of a predicament so I want to give some background. I'm a 17-year-old who has a bank account with my mother as an account holder given that as a minor I cannot legally enter into an ...
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Making $100,000 USD per month, no idea what to do with it

I have a few consulting jobs I do on the side, and this year I've had a lot of extra work, with several months in 2016 exceeding $100,000 USD in billing. I do this work from my home with no ...
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My friend cosigned for a defaulted loan. Should he declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Background: My friend Abe co-signed an auto loan for about $25k with his "friend" Bella, in the USA state of Maryland, about 4-5 months ago. The car was for Bella's use. The deal was that ...
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How does a bank make money on an interest free secured loan?

I was having a discussion about the ethics of charging interest on a loan, and I was of the position that allowing the charging of interest encourages more loans to be given, and thus contributes to ...
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MasterCard won't disclose who leaked my credit card details

I was recently informed, by the payment processing agency of my bank, that an online shop was compromised and that as a precaution my MasterCard credit card was frozen and replaced. There was no ...
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Rent cheque was stolen from landlord - am I obligated to pay again?

I live in Quebec, and my rent cheque was stolen from my landlord as they travelled to the bank to deposit it. They've asked me to stop payment on the cheque, and provide them with a new one. The ...
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If you have a home mortgage, why do you still have to pay all of the property tax?

If I have a home mortgage and have only paid off 20% of the principal, then the bank technically "owns" the remaining 80% of the home. So, why isn't the bank required to pay 80% of the property tax ...
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How can I prepare for my US student debt?

I'm a student at Drexel University. Drexel is a notoriously expensive school, and I pay roughly $35,000/yr in tuition, after awards. What's more, it is a five-year school. Currently, I'm in my fourth ...
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1 year old car is dead, called the car dealer they can fix it only if I can bring it, what should I do?

I have a new Toyota Prius (2017 model), bought between 12-13 months ago. The car recently has gone totally mad (Ironically 1 week after the service). So I arranged a booking to get it checked out, ...
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At what point do index funds become unreliable?

Passively investing in exchange-traded funds that track some broad index is often recommended for private investors that don't have the time or expertise for active investment. In particular, index ...
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How is early-and-often home buying as “get rich” advice feasible?

I am being told by this guy that the following is a guaranteed-to-work way to become rich and retire early. He says to start early. 20 years, or near that age. Buy 1 house a year. Rent it out. Start ...
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Why do financial institutions charge so much to convert currency?

With all the modern technology that we have, I am astonished that financial institutions charge such exorbitant prices for currency conversions. My bank, Fifth Third, charges a 3% conversion fee, ...
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How did this day trader lose so much?

I recently read this article about a day trader that lost $100,000: A trader started a GoFundMe page to pay back $100,000 to E-Trade after a disastrous short Please explain this, because I can not ...
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Stranger sent me $12,100

I have a small landscaping business and I advertised through Facebook. Some guy reached out to me via text message, asking me to do a job for him. He asked for a quote for installing sod in his ...
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10answers
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What would prevent me from taking advantage of scammers?

Inspired by 20% monthly mining vs 5% monthly trading What would prevent me from investing $1,000 for a month, pulling out, investing with a different scammer, rinse & repeat? This question is ...
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Stock market long term risks

This question has been spurred by the following question which was on the 'Hot Network Questions' Is it a lie that you can easily make money passively in the stock market? . The answers to that ...
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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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Saving for retirement: How much is enough?

How to save I'm in my late twenties and am trying to get started off on the right foot saving for retirement. I have learned that retirement savings should usually be placed in retirement accounts in ...
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How to share income after marriage and kids?

My girlfriend and I are thinking about marriage and having children and I have spent the last days trying to figure out concepts how to handle finances from that point forward. I believe that this is ...
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A newer friend of my brother's gave him a load of baseball cards that are supposedly extremely valuable. Is this a scam?

My brother is working in a union and has met a bunch of people and started making good money lately. Yesterday, a colleague of his needed a favor because his car broke down, so my brother spent the ...
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Is this person wanting to pay my credit card trying to defraud me?

A friend of mine is in another state wanting to pay my credit card. He says he needs my credit card number, name on card, username, password, and card limit. Is he trying to defraud me? Or does he ...
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Is there a “catch” on my “increased credit limit”?

Today I received a letter from the bank that issued my credit card. Basically it says that, since I'm "one of their best customers" my credit (card) limit has been increased. This is the second time ...
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Apartment I never lived in is collecting against me. Recourse?

I was looking at apartments a year ago, and found the "perfect" apartment online. However, I couldn't go look at it until the following weekend. Unfortunately, the apartment had already been listed ...
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Are Index Funds really as good as “experts” claim?

I use the quotations because generally the people touting these the most (John Bogle) are also ones selling the index funds. Being biased doesn't mean they're wrong, but it does mean they may not be ...
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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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What should I do if I lost money in a scam?

I live in New Jersey and my son wanted to order some toys from this guy who said he makes them in his house and he could give him the best deal, but before he could send these toys he needed my 16 ...
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Can I trust the Motley Fool?

A while back I checked out The Motley Fool while doing some research on mutual funds. I found their educational content to be a great overview of what to look for and started exploring. While The ...
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2answers
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I won a car in a poker game. How is that taxed in Canada?

For the sake of title transfer and taxes, is this a gift or a sale? This was a private game. We both tossed our keys into the pot. I won and the vehicle is now sitting on my driveway. I live in ...
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Why does it seem the best way to make a living is to invest in real estate?

I can't get past the idea that, if you work well in your job, you may get laid off or fired, and companies do not like to hire you when you get past the age 45 or 50. But if you invest in some houses ...
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A man wants to send me money

A man from Dubai (I’m from Spain) I just met through Instagram wants to send me money and even offered to pay my rent in the future. He says he does it because he has too much money and he want to ...
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Should I deplete my saving and buy a house with cash, or should I rent?

My wife and I are very frugal. We've been living abroad for several years and saved a decent amount of our salaries. We've decided to move back to the US this year. We've found a modest home that ...
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Pay off car loan entirely or leave $1 until the end of the loan period?

Background information: I have a car loan that doesn't require payments if I'm ahead on the loan (but accrues the interest, of course, on the balance remaining). I still have a year and a half on my ...
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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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How does a public company issue new shares without diluting the value held by existing shareholders?

When a public company issues new shares, the total number of shares traded in a secondary market goes up. Assuming there is no change in the fundamentals of the company and the profitability, I would ...
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What should I do with $4,000 cash and High Interest Debt?

I'm receiving a $4,000 gift. I'm going to put $1,000 in an account. Next - with this gift I can pay off a credit card with a 23% APR or I can make a 15% dent in a 26% APR credit card. Do I pay off ...
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Should I worry about having my credit pulled multiple times while car shopping?

I went to a dealership today and they pulled my credit after a test drive. I've heard that as long as you get your credit pulled for an auto loan within a few days, multiple pulls will only count as ...
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Found more old paper shares from broken up companies

I recently asked a question with regards to 36 physical shares of motorola inc from 1999 I found lying around. Thanks to the great answer I received (if you're wondering they're worth around $3000), I ...
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Wife is cosigned on a credit card with her parents — real assets are also shared. How to protect my credit?

A few years ago I got a credit monitoring app and started watching my credit score (high 700's). It's been climbing slowly and sends me an alert when I apply for new credit - like when I bought a car ...
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Can a company block a specific person from buying its stock?

Say there is a very rich, very unpopular individual. This individual wishes to buy millions of dollars in stock in a company he or she thinks will be successful. The company, however, realizes that by ...
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Good allowance savings plan?

I am about to begin receiving a weekly allowance from my dad. As I am not great at controlling my "buy buy buy now" impulses, could you guys help me put together a savings plan for my allowance, given ...
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How can I invest in country A to take advantage of their great interest rate while I live in country B?

If I live in the US, for example, where current interest rates are practically nil, how can I take advantage of the fact that interest rates in Australia are almost 5%?
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Is it a lie that you can easily make money passively in the stock market?

People on this site often recommend that investing in an index fund is a good, passive way to make money long-term. But this is clearly not true. Even if we ignore the risk associated with ...
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Is it legal to photograph and test ATMs?

Some online company asked me do a job like this We have a special task for you! Our analyst department collects information regarding Bitcoin ATMs across different states and cities. In most ...
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Why don't bond makers just get loans?

I was just looking at investment opportunities, and I found a number of places offering bonds paying up to 12% interest over two years. My first thought was, I can get a loan from my bank for 5% ...

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