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Brexit has happened: what does that mean to me financially?

Brexit has happened and the pound has lost a significant amount of value - but I'm not sure what this means to me (in the UK) personally. Could more economically informed Mefites explain what this means to my financial situation now, and possibly in the future? I realise that any future predictions are by their nature tentative, especially in the light of political uncertainty. [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur on Jun 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Fairness in Splitting Housing Expenses as a Couple

My fiancé is moving in with me (hooray!) and I'm trying to figure out how to split the mortgage and other things equitably. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2016 - 24 answers

Personal Finance Software

I NEED a personal finance management app. There are many around, so i need help going throw options. [more inside]
posted by thegirlwiththehat on Jun 3, 2016 - 2 answers

Home improvements during rentback period tax deductable?

We just purchased a house and are renting back to the previous owner until August 1st. There are a fair amount of improvements we want to make to the house. Can we deduct the expenses on our taxes as as we have a valid rental agreement with the owner? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jun 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Gimme some credit (or at least help me use it with ease in Europe)

Here's what I want in an American credit card: 1. No foreign transaction fees 2. It actually, no shit, honest to god, works with European chip + PIN point-of-sale credit card interfaces 3. No annual fee/low annual fee/no fee for at least a year If you are American and have a card like this and have used it in Europe and have been able to punch in your PIN instead of a signature please tell me all about it! [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on May 30, 2016 - 13 answers

Two Tax Questions!

It's weird to ask tax questions in May, but I'm trying to be nicer to myself next April. If I have a full time job that involves attending events, can I write off expenses regarding those events? And, if I'm anticipating having to file freelancer taxes next year, how much of that untaxed income should I be setting aside to pay taxes? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 13, 2016 - 4 answers

Money Management when I'm not there to manage it

What should I do with a not insignificant amount of money that is sitting in an account in a different country? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on May 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Financial resources for the complete newbie?

As an avid watcher of Shark Tank, I always hear phrases like "it is a so-and-so dollar industry" and "company x owns so-and-so percentage of the market" thrown around. Where can I find this type of information laid out in a layman-friendly way?
posted by omar.a on Apr 27, 2016 - 2 answers

Should we stick with our financial/investment advisor or with the bank?

We've been using the investment service our local bank provides, but advisors keep leaving and we have to explain again what we want. The latest was the best; he understood our needs and managed our money well. Now we've gotten a call from him saying he's left the bank and hopes to keep us as clients; we've also gotten a letter from the bank saying "[new guy] is replacing [old guy] as the Investment Advisor on your account(s)." We don't really want to change advisors again, but we also don't know what's involved in the decision; your thoughts are welcome.
posted by languagehat on Apr 23, 2016 - 13 answers

What do I do with a $100,000 check?

I just closed on a cash-out refinance to pay for a home renovation. I have a $100,000 check--what do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2016 - 6 answers

Home Appraisals. Tell me how horrible they are or aren't.

I am buying a condo / loft in the Atlanta area. I am in the first 1/3 of my due diligence period, and I have questions about appraisals. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Apr 1, 2016 - 12 answers

Making a one-time payment over phone channel that might not be secure

Is there a way to make a one-time payment over the phone without compromising your account, if it turned out to be unsafe? [more inside]
posted by Baeria on Mar 31, 2016 - 3 answers

Help sort out dying grandma's finances and insurance

My grandma is on her death bed. Grandpa is still alive but mostly incompetent. We're trying to figure out what insurance they might have (and if it's current) and where their money is so we can pay for medical bills, impending funeral, home care, etc. Is there a way to search for this type of stuff by name or SSN? Not necessarily online, but perhaps through national databases accessible to insurance agents or bank managers or government agencies.
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Mar 20, 2016 - 13 answers

Structured products in practice

Structured products/notes liquidity IN PRACTICE (kind of technical) [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Mar 3, 2016 - 4 answers

RTW trip prep: Buy currency now or later?

My plan is to embark on a year-long round-the-world trip at the end of year (roughly Dec 2016), but I'm having difficulty in deciding how to fund the trip amidst fluctuations in the benchmark currencies. As an expat living in Korea, I'm wondering which currency I should exchange for. [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Feb 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Can you help me sort out this complicated 401(k) rollover situation?

I have an undeposited 401(k) rollover check from when I changed jobs a year ago. I've since changed jobs again, and now I need to use a portion of that money for a down payment on a house. Is rolling it over to an IRA the right move? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Feb 17, 2016 - 7 answers

What causes a closed end bond ETF to drop in net asset value over time?

Looking at closed end high yield bond ETFs, some of them maintain their NAV (net asset value) and some have been continually dropping in net asset value (not market price although that usually happens too) over 1-2 years. What causes this and how can one anticipate a long term drop in NAV? [more inside]
posted by Tazmaniac on Feb 12, 2016 - 18 answers

SALE! 50% OFF! .... Tuition?

My daughter is headed to college in 2017. She's jumping into the big process of selecting/looking/applying, and I am jumping into finance/panic process. One thing I am seeing as we research schools: Many private schools, liberal arts and larger, are reported as being quite generous with grant aid. I need a reality check. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Jan 21, 2016 - 41 answers

How to get started in investing?

Total investment newbie in need of advice on how to get started with investments and what type etc. [more inside]
posted by CheeseAndRice on Jan 19, 2016 - 13 answers

Is there any remaining value on my car's extended warranty to cash out?

I bought an extended warranty with my new Honda back in 2007, and the contract expired in 2013. Is there any remaining value to cash out, and how much might I be owed? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Jan 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Cloud-based personal finance program for personal & business?

We're a dual-freelance household looking for a cloud-based budgeting and bookkeeping system that doesn't suck. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jan 18, 2016 - 4 answers

Real Time Stock Market News?

Could anyone recommend a good site for real time stock market news? Immediate news, if possible. Today the market started out down, then turned around and is heading up like gangbusters. I'd like to find the news that precipitated that turnaround.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jan 14, 2016 - 7 answers

Health Savings Accounts - How do they know which expenses are qualified?

Specifically, how can I be sure that my medication purchases at the grocery store are properly tallied as 'qualified expenses?' More generally, how does the IRS keep track of your purchases using funds from an HSA? What's to stop someone from using their HSA to pay for non-medical expenses? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Jan 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Do you have an amazing bookkeeper/accountant?

I'm looking for a really great bookkeeper/accounting firm for a small but growing business using Quickbooks. Snowflake: MUST BE AMAZING. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Dec 30, 2015 - 2 answers

How rich do you have to be to move to the East Bay?

I'm rich. Am I rich enough to live in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2015 - 32 answers

How to talk about merging finances?

My relationship with my partner has become 'real' enough that I want to start the conversation about merging finances. However, I don't want us to just hack together a plan- is there a guide of any sort for how a young couple should start this process? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack on Dec 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Books, essays, etc. on the Financial Crisis of 2008

I'm looking for good sources of basic-ish information on the global financial crisis of 2008, i.e., what caused it and what the short- and long-term aftereffects were. I'm also looking for one specific video I saw around that time. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Dec 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Fin job includes an eoy bonus, once I've received it, when can I quit?

Sort of had to maul the question title, but it's straightforward enough... I work in a finance job with a substantial end of the year bonus. I'm also planning on quitting the second it is safe to do so... I know that merely getting the number is NOT safe, but once it is in my bank account, am I good to quit? I'm not really sure what to look for! But once the money is in my account, can they do anything?
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2015 - 7 answers

401 questions about 401k's.

After 2 years of asking my husband finally got around to trying to move the funds from an old 401k & rolling them over into his current 401k. Unfortunately mistakes were made & instead of simply having the money transferred from one account to another he closed the old account & withdrew all the money. Now it appears we are going to take a tax + 20% penalty hit on the amount. Is there anyway to get the money into his current 401k without losing money? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Dec 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Wanting to buy a house in a tough market

Since I recently moved back into the parental home and started a full time job that I love, I'm finally in a position to save some money. According to the news, the housing market is starting to cool, so I'm considering saving up for a house. But is there actually any way that I would be able to manage this in my situation? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Dec 5, 2015 - 20 answers

Financial advice for seniors?

Who do I contact for specific financial advice for seniors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Relatives making bad financial decisions—can I wash my hands of them?

Some close, older relatives make terrible financial decisions, and are unwilling to stop. My wife and I are liable to wind up financially responsible for them when the money runs out in a few years. How can we wash our hands of this situation (or can we)? [more inside]
posted by waldo on Nov 30, 2015 - 27 answers

That Personal Finance Question

We're saving for a wedding and paying down debt and trying not to go crazy in the process. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by kmr on Oct 19, 2015 - 17 answers

How to return IRS statements? Not mine...

A few years ago, a friend was staying with me for an extended period of time. Although he has residency over here in the UK, he is still a US citizen and 'temporarily' used my address for bank statements etc. How do I get the IRS to stop sending his letters to my house? [more inside]
posted by joboe on Oct 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Divorcing woman survival guide

I know the first and best answer is LAWYER, but I would like all the tips, tricks, advice, resources, and help yall can give to women who know the divorce should happen, but kids and money are issues. Maybe a step by step divorce and post divorce survival guide? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Oct 9, 2015 - 14 answers

How to find last minute flight deals?

I may need to fly across the U.S. (SMF to BDL) at the last minute. I'm looking for deals but so far have turned up nothing below $900 for a round trip flight. Yowza. I'm looking at Kayak which brings up priceline, Expedia, travelocity, eDreams, and OneTravel. Where else should I look?
posted by onecircleaday on Oct 8, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I affordably start a music/art/educational LLC and non-profit?

I am a known financially developmentally delayed idiot. No really. I hate money. And I want to start a music and art festival on a slim budget and start building a framework to be able to raise funds for it and keep it all clean and kosher and separate while keeping my day job and tax bracket. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Sep 28, 2015 - 14 answers

As a young adult should I cut all financial ties with my parents now?

My well-intentioned mother keeps trying to help me financially and it's causing problems. [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs on Sep 17, 2015 - 35 answers

How do I credit?

I'll be paying off my student loans in the next year or so. When that's over, I'll be completely debt-free. I don't really want a credit card, and I'm not planning any big, credit-required purchases for the foreseeable future. I don't want to rule anything out though, and am interested in maintaining my hard-earned good credit score. So what should I do now? [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Sep 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Student loans: feeling the crunch. Suggestions?

I owe $40k in student loans. Not sure of the best way to proceed, so am reaching out for advice. More under the fold. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Sep 1, 2015 - 23 answers

Are there any good no-fee HSA providers?

I'm in Washington State with a Premera Blue Cross HSA HDHP. I'm maybe, finally, in a position to start funding an actual health savings account, not just pay my household's premiums (~$400/mo for two people) and treat my insurance as a lame catastrophic plan. I'm having trouble finding a good account provider, though, and would like some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2015 - 4 answers

What should I do with 300K?

Should I put a 300K cash windfall into buying my first home, or into a Vanguard fund to generate interest? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by MrHalfwit on Aug 8, 2015 - 20 answers

Please explain credit cards to me the way you would to your teen

I am in my late twenties and beginning to realize I don't understand how credit cards work and that they kind of matter. [more inside]
posted by Otis the Lion on Aug 1, 2015 - 25 answers

Where/how can I find a trader in financial markets with whom to invest?

I've recently been looking into trading financial markets (e.g. forex, shares, etc.) However, my conclusion is that it takes a very long time and a lot of effort to do it right. I could put this effort if need be, but would prefer to focus on my career at this point. I had the thought that it would be nice to find someone who has achieved a degree of success in trading to manage an account for me (i.e. division of labor). But where would one find such a person? [more inside]
posted by strekker on Jul 30, 2015 - 10 answers

How does anyone afford to go to college?

Asking for a friend: after many false starts my friend has decided to pursue a BS in biology with the long range plan to teach middle or high school. But he is totally broke and has no plans to go into deep debt for his degree since teaching is not a lucrative career. [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Jul 21, 2015 - 23 answers

Can you recommend companies for life insurance (prefer online quote)?

Looking to get life insurance. Was wondering which companies to consider? No health issues to take into consideration. Would you recommend term life / whole life? I was thinking of going term life and then converting to whole life later.
posted by r2d2 on Jul 11, 2015 - 14 answers

How will Bing's switch to AOL search/ad tech affect Rewards Program?

According to this: But how will Bing Rewards be impacted?
posted by Grease on Jun 30, 2015 - 3 answers

How can a non-profit organisation get money to sustain itself

So the issue is this: I would like some ideas about how an organisation helping children by educating them, making them do sports, etc. can obtain money for the electricity, food, maintenance. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Jun 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Can an ATM in California accept payments for an Ecuadorian credit card?

My wife is Ecuadorian, and we are relocating to California permanently. She has two credit cards issued by a major Ecuadorian bank, and we need to figure out how to make payments on them from the United States, as there are some charges that will post after we have left the country. The bank assures us that we can do so from Cirrus-network ATMs in the United States. I am skeptical, as I have never seen anything like this in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Jun 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Two people, two houses...best options for second house?

Here's my situation: female, late 40s, employed homeowner. Moving in with my boyfriend, also a homeowner. What to do with my house for best financial stability/payoff in the future? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Jun 4, 2015 - 13 answers

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