I never had disposable income, so I'm realizing I have a weird relationship with money and things. Now that I'm making enough to feel rich (without actually being rich?), what stuff would make my life way better? What do normal people spend money on? I can get over this on my own, right? [more inside]
Weightlifting-oriented gym in Boston near the FiDi? [more inside]
I'm hoping for some information more then advice on investing in Canada. Really really basic investment information. [more inside]
For being 2012, I am frustrated in not being able to find alternatives to Mint and Yodlee, both of which I despise both for lack of decent support and poor execution in design and performance. There MUST be beta's out there that google fails to reveal, by eager entrepreneurs wanting to take advantage of the opportunity by the poor performance of these financial management programs. Any leads you can provide?
How can I strengthen my case for medical financial aid? (Long snowflake story within.) [more inside]
About to start discussing divorce details. What do you wish you known, what would you have done differently, what do you regret, what are glad you did? [more inside]
Coming to terms with circumstances. Baby fever edition. I need help doing it. How did you decide to be ok with waiting to get pregnant? Alternatively, how did you decide to go ahead and attempt pregnancy even though it was a bad idea financially in the short term? What books or articles or blog posts can I read (the library is right down the street!) that address this? [more inside]
I'm doing my FAFSA for the 2012-13 school year. Because I'm 25, I'm considered independent. I'm working part-time as a tutor at a small private school, but some months my parents and grandparents give me more money than I end up making. How should this be reflected on the FAFSA? There seems to only be a form for my income. Any other tips are appreciated.
I just received word that, due to a tiny technical error, I have to re-apply to get my Stafford loan to pay for grad school. This message was directly followed by the notice that I must pay for my tuition by Sunday night at 11:59PM or I'll be blocked out of my classes. Because it's now the weekend, no one is available to help at the financial aid office. My parents said they can float me the money until the loan clears. Should I take them up on the offer? [more inside]
Looking for a financial advisor/planner recommendations near Lowell, MA. [more inside]
Some questions about some information asked for by a financial manager. [more inside]
How will the Greek economic problems and related Euro currency issues affect interest rates and the property market in other continents, especially Australia?
I have $20,000. I want to do something to make this money grow. Ideas? [more inside]
My fiancee and I are buying a house in the next few months. We're looking for some financial guidance regarding some tricky judgement calls I have to make in short order. Thanks for any help! [more inside]
California Filter: I'm a recent graduate of a Master's level counseling program and cannot find work that will enable me to fulfill state requirements for licensure. I'm considering enrolling in an Associate's degree program in a closely related field with better job prospects. I'd be relying on federal financial aid to complete this degree, which is specifically an Associate's in Science. The problem is that the financial aid office claims that I cannot obtain federal student aid because I already hold a Bachelor's. Apparently, at this school there's a cap on federal aid - they don't offer it once students graduate with a BA or BS. I called Direct Loans to confirm this, and they said they'd never heard of this. The financial aid office suggested that I use private loans, but that's not an option for me. At all. So.... I'm turning to the hive mind. Any info is greatly appreciated!! Has anyone had this problem? Figured out any workarounds?
How to start an old age home for seniors in India? [more inside]
What's a great "financial instrument" gift for my soon-to-graduate 21 year old? [more inside]
How can I find out whether or not my mortgage company is ripping me off? I thought about something like a "forensic audit" but I see via Google that that is the hot new scam, and I don't want to be taken for a ride (twice). I am not looking to modify my loan or get out of my mortgage, I just want to make sure that my payments (for which I pretty much always pay extra) are being applied correctly. [more inside]
I have an interview next Tuesday with a investment firm. The position is Executive Assistant to the CEO. When they ask me where I see myself in 5 years, what do I say? [more inside]
How to go back to school full-time for only a year and a half--for free or close to free? [more inside]
Canadian RRSP filter: Does the Home Buyers Plan actually make sense? Can you crunch the numbers on my behalf? [more inside]
Should we file taxes separately or jointly? Pay off a chunk of student loans now or pray for forgiveness? Help me identify the interaction of these questions. I'm not good with money! Details inside. [more inside]
I see a therapist on a regular basis. I have health insurance with a small copay for these visits. Some time ago, my therapist asked that I pay the difference between the fee they bill for (their full rate) and the negotiated rate that my health insurance pays to them. This increases my out-of-pocket costs dramatically. Is there something odd about this arrangement?
Grasping a Liberal Arts Degree and Practically applying Structured Education- Where to start? •What practical resources are available that will help me build a perspective and prepare myself for the work of structured education?
•What resources are available that will help me sharpen the pathway I am attempting to find and pave?
•What sort of experiences will be very applicable to immediate, real-life circumstances and livelihood?
•How to "best apply" a Liberal Arts Degree, and other options?
•Other tricks, tips, and hints for using college as a filter to a more enriched life? [more inside]
Where to send my wonderful neighbor who really, really needs help?
My neighbor is one of the kindest, most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure to know. He just came to ask me for advice about a financial problem that he is now facing. He co-signed for a mortgage loan for his son-in-law a few years ago, and just found out that his son-in-law lost his house. A collection agency just called my neighbor at work and is demanding payment of $90K. Where can I send him for help? [more inside]
I'm looking for an accurate inflation calculator that will tell me how much a certain sum in today's dollars would be worth in any particular year over the past 30 years. For example, if I have $1000.00 USD today, what would be the equivalent monetary value in 1982? Or 1993?
International customer service/refund issue. Help me reconcile whose fault it is that I'm out $90. [more inside]
As part of a gradual effort to bring order to our lives, my wife and I would like to talk to a fee-only financial planner, somewhere in San Diego. Where should we go? [more inside]
One of my 3 kids is applying for early decision to college and I have a financial aid question about having her non-custodial dad be part of the process. [more inside]
What else can I do to help my dog with hip dysplasia? I've written a book inside. [more inside]
[financial analysis filter] How can I identify the amount of money that a publicly-traded company could spend without being irresponsible to its investors or its ability to continue operating? [more inside]
What's the best place for an American to invest around US$50,000 at this time? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a no-equity second mortgage? [more inside]
Looking for good books about the business of freelance writing. [more inside]
I am a noob when it comes to money matters, and need advice on how to take ownership of my inheritance. [more inside]
Need a CPA in the Denver area that specializes in small business tax laws. [more inside]
I returned school for a Master's Degree. I have quit my full time job and started classes, but my school still has not processed my financial aid. They have told me that it will not be processed in time for the fee deadline and I am in danger of being dropped from all my classes. What can I do? [more inside]
Please advise me on how to help a friend whose reaction to the stock market situation is alarming to me. [more inside]
International banking filter: I'm moving to Stockholm from Seattle in about a month. What's the best way to set up an account in Swedish krona when the person supporting me will be giving me money in US dollars? Also, what is the cheapest and fastest way to transfer money from US accounts in USD to the Swedish (or international?) SEK account? [more inside]
Please recommend a therapist in Houston Texas specializing in financial stress issues. [more inside]
How should my brother and I manage a new joint slush fund? [more inside]
I put money in an ETrade Roth IRA account. Now it's there. What is the next logical step? [more inside]
Incentive stock options: explain them to me as if were a child! [more inside]
How and in what form should financial documents/bills be kept at home? [more inside]
How do I claim myself as an independent on the FAFSA when I am completely independent, going for a teaching credential, 22 years old, or how else can I fund my schooling? [more inside]
I need some house buying help, and advice about whether to pay off my loans now or save more for the down payment. [more inside]
What does 1 G€ mean? I think it's 1 billion Euros, but I never use the symbol G and it's hard to find online. [more inside]
UK Travel VisaFilter: There is a possibility that I might leave the US and attempt to get a post-graduate degree at the University of Edinburgh.... [more inside]
I'm looking for a list -- or help brainstorming to develop a list -- of the noteworthy scandals, failures, risks, litigations, etc. that have been uncovered in financial services (in any major economic zone) since the start of the financial crisis (broadly since early 2007). [more inside]