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Credit card details stolen every 1-2 years. What am I doing wrong? [duplicate]

Background I just had my credit card canceled because of fraud. This is actually a perfectly normal occurrence for me, which is the impetus behind this question. The card in question was only about ...
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I'm 18 and have 6 grand. What should I do with it?

I'm 18 and about to go to college. Luckily, I don't have to worry about student loans or most other living expenses. I've been working and have over $6,000 (will probably be about $7,000 by the end of ...
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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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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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If a broad long-term investment in the stock market is such a good deal, why don't banks do the “obvious” things?

There is a fundamental discrepancy or paradox that has been keeping myself, and many others, away from the stock market. Before I explain it, let me mention some selected popular questions on this ...
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Closed account, haven't received payment. When has the bank “stolen” my money?

Background I closed a checking account over 40 days ago at a large national bank in the US. I was told I would receive a check for the remainder (>$1000) in one to two weeks. I still have not ...
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Counterfeit checks were created for my account. How does this type of fraud work?

Two days ago, first thing in the morning I updated my quicken accounts and saw that my primary checking account had two unidentified checks totaling several thousand dollars, wiping out the account ...
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Why are 30-year mortgages seen as unwise, if you can pay off the loan in a shorter period of time anyway?

I'm slowly working towards buying my first home (yay!), and have been playing around with the numbers. As far as I can tell, there's literally zero advantage for getting a 10 or 15-year mortgage since ...
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If you cut dollar bills in half and then put them back together, are they still valid?

In Amazing Spider-Man #39, a disguised Norman Osborne (the Green Goblin) hires a bunch of hit-men to take on Spider-Man and does it by giving them half the money now. Literally: he splits the bills in ...
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Does my tax refund need to be as close to zero dollars as possible?

Am I doing my taxes wrong? I am receiving around 1000 dollars in tax refund, and someone tells me it should be as close as to zero as possible, I thought the tax refund was government giving back most ...
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What are the alternatives to compound interest for a Muslim?

I have read the importance of saving early and the power of compound interest many many times. However I am a Muslim and cannot participate in anything involving interest. I also learned that keeping ...
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Theoretically, if I bought more than 50% of a company's stocks, will I own the company?

Inspired by this question, I wondered what the implications of owning the majority (> 50%) of a company's stocks are. Will I own said company? Will I be able to call the shots? What if someone was ...
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In what cases can a business refuse to take cash?

Printed on US currency you will find "THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE". Some businesses have refused to accept larger bills for a long time, as other forms of payment have ...
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Should you always max out contributions to your 401k?

I am a year out of college, and therefore, i don't have any real retirement/investment plans kicked off. I was having a discussion with my boss, and he was making a few claims I would like to get ...
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Can I become debt free or should I file for bankruptcy? How do I manage my debt and finances?

I am 35 years old, single, and live in the US. My income is 78K to 80K after taxes and insurance. I pay $1,500 for rent+utilities, $150 for phone bill, $450 for auto loan, $300 for auto insurance (...
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Why can't we all agree to create a self-fulfilling prophecy with regards to the stock market?

To start off, I'm very green in my understanding about finance or the behavior of the stock market, but it does seem to me to be driven largely by fears & emotions of investors. If investors feel ...
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Should I use a zero-interest credit card for a large one-time purchase?

An upcoming purchase (nearing $10,000, in the US) would drain savings more than I'd be comfortable with, and I'm wondering if using a zero-interest card to effectively spread out that purchase for 15-...
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Why isn't the market dropping like a stone with all the bad news?

So I am reading and listening to the news, watching the numbers re Covid-19, listening to and reading apocalyptic accounts of the coming recession, hearing of record breaking unemployment reports and ...
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Borrowing money in one country to pay off debt in another

I'm currently living in Germany and can borrow a substantial amount of money at almost no interest, effective 3.4%. In my home country I have several mortgages, basically at the moment funding ...
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Do rental car agencies sell their cars at a time when it is risky for the purchaser?

I want to buy a used car, but found many used cars were formerly owned by rental car agencies. Many websites and articles warn against buying former rental cars, because people renting these cars ...
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What happens if one brings more than 10,000 USD with them into the US?

Suppose one has $1,000,000 in a suitcase and they are flying to the US. Suppose they check the box in their customs form that says they're bringing more than $10,000 with them. They show the form to ...
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Will I lose my paid-in-full property?

I paid cash for the land I put a modular home on which I financed. My husband is terminally ill and I am afraid I will soon be foreclosed upon. Will I lose my free and clear land which has been paid ...
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Are there any financial disadvantages to living significantly “below your means”?

By living "below" your means I'm asking about spending significantly less than you could, rather than living "within" your means which of course is sensible if you are able to do it! So for example: ...
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When is it better to move - before or after a housing bubble bursts?

My husband and I currently own our home and are looking at upgrading to a bigger house in the next year or two. The housing market right now in our area (US East Coast city) is doing really well, and ...
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Should I pay off a 0% car loan?

I'm ahead on 0% interest car loan. I don't have to make a payment until October. I currently owe $3,000 and I could pay it all off. Should I do that or leave that money in my savings account that ...
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Why would a home seller ask a buyer to offer LESS?

My brother-in-law is looking to buy a house. The house he wants has been on the market for a long time, and it's in pre-foreclosure. The owners are underwater on it. He submitted a lowball offer, ...
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Gigantic point amount on rewards card - what are potential consequences?

Recently, I asked with an online form for some receipts to get added to my rewards card (because I forgot the card when paying). However, they accidentally added more than a thousand times the amount ...
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Looking after a wayward brother in mother's will

My brother has a problem with money; twice personally bankrupt, 3 marriages and 2 kids (from the 2nd marriage). Our mother is getting old and getting worried. She worries that if she wills him money,...
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What happens if a company buys back all of its shares?

As far as I know, it shouldn't happen, a company shouldn't have that much cash to be able buy all of its shares, because the share price should indicate that the company has that much cash in the ...
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Should a sibling pay rent to another sibling on a jointly owned house?

My sister and I own our parents' home. In July 2000, our mother became unable to live on her own. My sister and her husband didn't want to move in because the house was too small and too old. They ...
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Is it true that real estate prices mainly go up?

My father once told me that real estate was a good business because the population is always going up, therefore more housing is needed, and the space on earth remains the same, so house/apartment ...
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Received a package but didn't order it

My boyfriend's little brother received 2 packages today. One from Eastbay and the other from Office Depot. They were addressed to him but never ordered by him. We called both companies and they gave ...
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Is it true that, “just ten trading days represent 63 per cent of the returns of the past 50 years”?

I have fallen down a Wikipedia rabbit hole and landed on the page titled Seven States of Randomness. I can't explain in a single sentence what it is talking about, but my question is about an odd ...
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Should I take out a loan for a friend to invest on my behalf?

A family friend of mine is an accountant and his company allows him to buy discount shares. He is asking me for $7000 to invest, and we will split the profits 50-50. I don't have $7000, but I can ...
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What dissuades people from lying about where they live in order to reduce state income taxes?

Lets say you work in Chicago and live in Chicago but put your home address as somewhere in Indiana. Then every week you collect the mail that is being sent to you in Indiana. Wouldn't you save a lot ...
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Why would anyone want to pay off their debts in a way other than “highest interest” first?

Looking at the math, it is clear to many people that, given a number of debts at different interest rates, if you are trying to eliminate your debt, you will pay less interest overall if you pay off ...
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Am I right to believe this online car-purchase opportunity is a scam?

I was looking to purchase a specific car at autoscout24.com. I found it and I then contacted the car dealer for the next steps. After they provided additional information about the car and I provided ...
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Why do I need an emergency fund if I already have investments?

A lot of financial advisers say you should have an emergency fund, in addition to whatever else you're doing. I don't really see the benefit, but let me be more specific. I definitely see that it's ...
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How can I sell my shares in a privately-owned company I used to be employed by?

Basically, I was a software developer at a company and I was issued some stock options early on, before the company grew significantly. The company then hired a CEO who pledged to take the company ...
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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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Is this broker a scam?

I was contacted by a 'broker' in January, they said they're based in Switzerland (I'm based in the UK), and they asked to invest some money (as minimum as $1000). They told me that my platform would ...
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How much money should I save in order to generate $1000/month for the rest of my life?

How much money do I need to make in order to generate 1k/month for the rest of my life? Is that even possible? If yes, in what way? Edit: I am 30 years old.
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Is there a way to transfer $100 into a family member's US bank account on a daily basis?

I am trustee for an elderly relative who is not financially competent, and being taken advantage of by a girlfriend. He cannot hold onto money for long, and so I need to periodically provide him ...
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Random and anonymous `western union´money transfers into my account, is it a scam?

Two months ago I received a money transfer of around 200 € into my account from a company called Custom House Financial UK, which turns out to be an affiliate of Western Union (ie. they do money ...
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Withdrew £2800, but only £2000 shows as withdrawn on online banking; what are my obligations?

I just withdrew £2800 from the bank. Looking at my online banking, there is only a withdrawal of £2000 listed. The form I signed said the amount I asked for, and the teller weighed the cash out on the ...
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Why do banks “park” their money at the European Central Bank?

I regularly read that the European Central Bank charges a negative interest rate on money that banks park there. But why would a bank put their money to the Central Bank then? Can't they just keep it ...
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Payroll tax on wheat given as wages

We have a farm in the US, with an employee paid with wheat rather than money. He is an ordinary employee that receives a W2. My accountant said that we don't have to withhold income tax or pay either ...
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Are there hidden downsides to a shorter mortgage?

It seems that 30-year mortgages are very common (standard?). If I find that the monthly payments for, say, a 10-year mortgage are affordable for me, is there any reason not to go with the shorter term ...
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Why auto-renew instead of canceling the subscription after free-trial?

Almost all companies give you a 7/14/30 day free trial to try their service (eg: Netflix, Spotify). Some people forget to cancel the subscription and after the free trial expires, these companies ...
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Handling waitress unclaimed pay from three years ago

Each week our boss gives us payslips with our hours worked and we can cash them right at the place of work. Pretty simple. You get a receipt for your hours worked for the week and a slip to turn into ...

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