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I need a brain planner for people bad at thoughts

This is bothering me way more than it should. Ballers is a show about someone who tries to help young football players be better with their money. There is another show or movie about someone helping another kind of professional be better with their money, but I can't think of it or google it. I can't even think of what the other profession is or who might star in this, but I'm sure I've seen it. Does any of this sound familiar?
posted by michaelh on Nov 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Bank account that works both in US and UK

I'm looking for a bank account that works both in the US and UK. My situation - UK citizen, US green card. My main need at the moment - for folks in the UK who are dealing with estate matters to conveniently deposit sterling in the UK, which I can then access, should I need to, in the US or the UK. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by life moves pretty fast on Nov 26, 2016 - 5 answers

2016 Personal finance software

This question comes up every now and then about what software is out there for personal finance. What's out there that people use (and that hopefully meet my criteria) ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Nov 21, 2016 - 14 answers

Can I buy a future for myself?

I'm middle aged, and I seem to be unemployable. But I have some money. Not enough to live off for the rest of my life, but surely enough to start a business. How do I invest €250 000 in a (low-risk) way that provides me with a job and a modest but steady income? I live in an affluent EU country. [more inside]
posted by kattebjorn on Nov 20, 2016 - 26 answers

If you knew then what you know now: recession edition

Hypothetically, if you knew (or had strong suspicion) that a major global economic recession was on the horizon in the next few years, what would you do to prepare? Not like, society as we know it collapses into a dystopian Mad Max scenario-- buy all the gold and build a bunker; more like what could an average person have done in 1928 or 2007 that would have helped cushion the blow of an oncoming recession? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Nov 19, 2016 - 28 answers

Looking for a leftist lily pad....

In light of the recent election, it has become more evident to me that I need to become part of a community where there is more of a liberal presence. This includes not only political persuasion, but also religious leanings as well. Currently in AZ. I would like to leave this area and relocate to a place that would be a better fit. Additionally, in researching potential cities, I can't help but noticing that a lot of the most desirable leftist cities also have very high costs of living. [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Nov 16, 2016 - 39 answers

What options aren't we seeing?

Me and my partner are in the process of building a small house in a rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood and we're in over our heads. Is there a way out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2016 - 8 answers

Can you recommend a financial planner in the Toronto area?

My partner has come into some money. Can you recommend a financial planner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2016 - 3 answers

What do we do with this very big check?

My husband and I are looking to buy a (modest) home in (the farther reaches of) New York City. I recently mentioned this to my parents, who promptly offered to help and then wrote us a big check that's currently burning a hole in my pocket. It's a lovely, generous offer, but we don't need the money. What my parents don't know is that my husband has a trust fund that would cover a down payment with money left over. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2016 - 30 answers

What's cool this year?

Last year, for a fundraiser, my organization had a paint-and-wine night. It was very successful and we'd like to do it again, but we're wondering -- is paint-and-wine still a thing, or is it played out? Is there some other X-and-wine activity we should do? Or will paint-and-wine still be a draw? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Oct 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Financial advice for a single woman

I'm in need of some basic financial advice and tips of general personal money management, on things like how to keep tabs on my spending, how to control/set budgets for some areas and how to set good savings targets. More inside. [more inside]
posted by longjump on Oct 24, 2016 - 7 answers

Hourly vs. salaried?

What exactly does it mean to be paid hourly? [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Oct 24, 2016 - 21 answers

Loan or gift?

Someone we met earlier this year needs help. He has asked for a loan but we can easily afford to give the money to him. We're not sure whether it's better to lend it to him or just make it a gift. [more inside]
posted by Skaffen-Amtiskaw on Oct 22, 2016 - 22 answers

Burnt out on trying for years and years

I’m nearly 50 and have all but given up on any form of worldly success or financial stability. What now? [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Oct 12, 2016 - 15 answers

Financial planning for PhD students

I’m a PhD student with a stipend who needs to figure out how to manage their finances. What’s a good system to ensure I’m living within my means and am saving properly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2016 - 18 answers

What can be done to make Chapter 13 less horrible for a human creditor?

We are not a bank, but hold a secured note. (Complex details inside) Days before the sale, the debtor just filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy. What can we do to maximize our chances of getting either the property or the loan/lawyer fee amount soon? We were counting on this for a lot. Also, please help me not get taken for a ride by a lawyer that I'm not sure is acting in our best interest, and not panic. [more inside]
posted by corb on Oct 12, 2016 - 13 answers

Biggest Loser Challenge at work gone awry. Advice to handle this??

About three months ago (July 11), our nurse at the clinic wanted to start a biggest loser challenge at work with money on the line. ($1,050) It was seven people including myself that put in $150 each. Now, the nurse decided to include her boyfriend who’s not a regular employee and happened to be overweight at the time. Fast forward to today which was the final weigh-in, and some shady business took place with the boyfriend winning the pot money based on the amount of BMI (body mass index) lost. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Oct 10, 2016 - 20 answers

sharing costs in a new relationship?

I'm in a fairly new relationship with my girlfriend. We've been dating 2 months and exclusive for the last month now. How can I bring up the topic of money to her in a mostly non-awkward way? I'm uncomfortable about talking about it, but I would definitely like some help on occasion with dating. She's 28, a registered nurse. I'm 30, work in IT Helpdesk. We both really like each other so far and I'd like to start bringing up topics like this in particular in our relationship. I really don't know how to word it or even when on a date to ask it? I've looked all around the internet, and there's a lot of advice on BRINGING it up but not what to say. I'm more than a little awkward with these things and almost want an EXACT scenario and script to go by. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Oct 8, 2016 - 69 answers

Name my blog: Personal Finance and Sustainability

Need help coming up with a new for a blog! The focus will be on sustainability/green living, personal finance, paying off debt, and science related topics. [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Oct 7, 2016 - 8 answers

Money Etiquette, with a twist

I have an entirely inappropriate strong crush even though I'm a married parent, but that's not really what this question is about. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2016 - 19 answers

How to collect on Stopped Payment Cheque

I work for a doctor's office and we received a cheque for a large amount of money. After agreed-upon services were fulfilled, the person stopped payment on it. Medical insurance is not involved/not used. The person resides several states away. How can I legally collect payment on this?
posted by Kombucha3452 on Oct 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I give in on spending money on an expensive luxury?

My wife wants to buy an expensive artwork for the house. While I also find it beautiful, I don't think it's a good idea, financially. We're at loggerheads. Help me think this through. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Sep 23, 2016 - 91 answers

Do I, should I, talk to my friend about the way she discusses money?

A good friend has alienated me and several other close friends due to her compulsion to tell us how much she spends on things. She's quite wealthy but seems to have forgotten that not everyone has her kind of money to spend on luxury items. Should I talk to her about it? Or is this an issue of insecurity I need to keep working on within myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2016 - 21 answers

Nana had a tetradrachm

What are these coins? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Sep 15, 2016 - 8 answers

I'm a new manager and I messed up

I got a note from HR that the performance review for one my employees is overdue by 6 (!!) months. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Sep 13, 2016 - 20 answers

What’s the fairest way to leave money to your kids in your will?

If someone has two kids, one of which has a child and one doesn’t, what’s the best way to split things up? [more inside]
posted by mulcahy on Sep 10, 2016 - 76 answers

Credit card spending and dementia

My increasingly demented elderly mom has been making tons of online purchases. What should be my next steps to solve this. I have power of attorney. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 2, 2016 - 21 answers

What to do with £5000 (again)

Through surprisingly painless saving I find that I have £5000. For those not in the UK, the Bank of England has dropped its interest rate yet again so leaving it where it currently lives in a savings account seems like a lost opportunity (I just made £0.99 last month on interest. Woopidy doo.) I googled around for some ideas and found this, which is hilarious because that's me 7 years ago and things have changed since then. So what should I do with £5k now? [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Aug 26, 2016 - 10 answers

I'm no fun anymore

Basically what it says on the tin. After a long, hard, stupid year (that isn't even over yet) full of cancer (other peoples') and unemployment (mine) and general global misery, I am no fun anymore. What are some ways you have gotten your fun, your chill, your resilience, or your humor back after hard times? Open to all manner of things but it does have to be relatively inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Aug 24, 2016 - 40 answers

What are some alternatives to Microsoft Money?

Microsoft discontinued support for its Microsoft Money software several years ago. I'm still using their Sunset / Deluxe version 17 and I am dreading the day that it will no longer work on future versions of Windows (I barely got it going on Windows 10, so it can't last forever). What are some alternatives to Microsoft Money? [more inside]
posted by stst399 on Aug 22, 2016 - 10 answers

Is spending money on a large wedding worth it?

We just got engaged and are now in the research/planning process for our wedding. We are considering many options, from destination wedding (not likely, but in the running), large local wedding, small local wedding, or anything in between. The question that keeps popping up is: Is spending a huge chunk of money on our wedding worth it? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Aug 8, 2016 - 74 answers

Talked to Financial Counselor. He told me to stop paying my loans. Wha??

My debt situation is in the $117,000 range. I'm 25. I make $2,000 a month. I missed payments for the first time last month. Called a financial counselor for possible help. He told me to stop paying my student loan bills. Is that really a good idea? This sounds awful... Also - Any financial advice would be MEGA helpful. [more inside]
posted by Deeleybopper on Aug 2, 2016 - 23 answers

Cell service in Cuba, 2016 edition

(previously, 2005). Looks like a trip to Cuba will in fact go down in September. Cursory research indicates that the cell network there is GSM and that there is no US roaming in place (not a shock). Any pointers, tips, useful links? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Aug 1, 2016 - 12 answers

What to do with extra money originally deferred for company ESPP?

I recently quit my job and started another, with my termination date unfortunately a day before the company purchases shares for an ESPP. So I now have a good chunk of money originally set aside for investing in my (now former) company. Any suggestions what I should do with it? Single-stocks, mutual funds, robo-advisors (e.g. Wealthfront), Roth IRA, index funds? About me: I'm 29, single male, renting, no loans or debts, and make a decent salary as a Silicon Valley medical device engineer, so I'm not pressed for cash or anything and are more open to risk. No need for specifics, just some ideas.
posted by beammeup4 on Jul 31, 2016 - 5 answers

Income investing

I'd like to get a handle on investing for long-term, stable income. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Jul 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Put money toward 401k or credit card debt?

Do I put pennies toward my empty, matched 401(k) or pennies toward my slowly accruing credit card debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2016 - 19 answers

I was poached internally - how to mitigate the fallout?

I was approached by the manager of a different department than the one I work in (same company). She asked me about my interest in a position in her department. I hadn't considered it previously, but after doing more research, I decided that it would be a great move for me, as I'll be making quite a bit more money than I'm making now and it's a fantastic growth opportunity. She asked me to keep the interviews, hiring procedures, etc. quiet with my current managers until the details were finalized. I wasn't super comfortable with this (I'm close with my current team), but did what was requested of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2016 - 30 answers

Regrets about no negotiating job offer

I left a job where I had plenty of privileges for a new job that I love but has no perks [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Jul 20, 2016 - 7 answers

How can I, an American, get funding for a PhD in France?

I was accepted into a PhD program in France. I was invited to compete for a limited number of 'contracts' which come with a salary. I came up just short in this competition, but for a number of reasons have decided that this is an opportunity I wish to pursue. . . . but I need money and don't want to take on debt. [more inside]
posted by os tuberoes on Jul 19, 2016 - 6 answers

My friend is asking me for money

My friend has hit hard times and has asked me for money, which she isn't able to pay back. I want to help but I don't want to just keep paying out. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by intensitymultiply on Jul 15, 2016 - 32 answers

Vote-buying in Congress for consititutional amendment?

In a recent Lincoln biography, Sidney Blumenthal asserts that William Henry Seward (Lincoln's Sec'y of State) used "lobbyists and slush funds" to help pass the Thirteenth Amendment. What have you read on the point? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Jul 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Moved 3000 mi for a new job. Spouse hates it here. What should we do?

After moving from one corner of the country to the opposite corner 3 months ago, selling one house and buying another and spending $8000 on the move, we need to not live here because my spouse is absolutely miserable and staying will put considerable strain on our marriage and negatively impact our mental health (his in particular). I am very concerned about both the career implications of making a move so soon, and also that another move will put us into financial ruin. Snowflakes ahoy! [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jul 1, 2016 - 115 answers

Should I speak up or shut up?

I have a family member that, in my eyes, is far too trusting. This has led him into some problems (large and small) in the past and he's in the middle of one of these situations now. He's lost some money to people in the past that he's considered friends, but whom he didn't actually know well. But he's got money to spare. There is little chance that he will end up totally destitute by trusting a con artist in the future. Should I just butt out? [more inside]
posted by serenity_now on Jun 15, 2016 - 18 answers

Broke Girl. Big Raise. What do?

Hi. I'm a late-twenties woman who, due to some combination of fluke and skill (I guess), ended up in a high-paying (to me, anyway) low six-figures job without a graduate degree. I grew up in a single parent family, broke as a joke, and managed to get into a top college on a scholarship; perhaps needless to say, I have NO idea how to handle this influx of money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2016 - 45 answers

Can I lease a car? How does it work?

I own a huge truck currently and live in the city. I'd like to get something smaller. I currently own ~13k in a loan on the truck. How does this work? Does the leasing company pay my loan and then charge me for a lease? Help me understand this? [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Jun 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Credit as a copywriter?

My photographer client does not want to credit me for my accompanying copy or provide me with a testimonial for my work. Suck it up or cut him loose? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Jun 7, 2016 - 15 answers

I need money for a divorce attorney. Ideas?

Today is my 18th wedding anniversary. Yay. Except... my wife moved out four months ago, leaving me financially destitute and destabilizing my existence. I need to hire a divorce attorney to protect my rights, but don't know where to get the money. Maybe you are clever enough to help. [more inside]
posted by tacodave on Jun 6, 2016 - 17 answers

Beer-Money Jobs: Non-Transcription Edition

I am in need of a way to make some small amount of money in the short term. Can you help me brainstorm some legitimate ways of making money while still being available to my "real" job? Or alternately, some legitimate ways of finding these jobs. (By legitimate I mean, "is not a Ponzi scheme, and will in fact pay actual money for goods or services.") Main restrictions: no transcription jobs, because my hearing is poor, and no driving-based jobs, as I have no car. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Jun 6, 2016 - 25 answers

How do you save money for retirement

[UK finance filter] I'm terrible with money and come from a long line of people terrible with money. I have a colleague who the is the exact opposite, and today she told me something regarding our pension that has me wondering if I should be doing what she's doing. Difficulty filter: we're civil servants and have pretty good pensions under the Local Government Pension Scheme. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman on Jun 1, 2016 - 8 answers

US tax Roth IRA ladder conversion/recharacterization questions

I'm looking into using a "Roth conversion ladder" to periodically convert some of my money from a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, which I can then withdraw five years later in a tax-advantaged manner, despite being younger than the typical age to withdraw funds from IRAs. I have several questions about this. [more inside]
posted by Sock McPuppet, Jr. on May 28, 2016 - 10 answers

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