How do I build someone's credit while they are overseas and not a US citizen? I am getting married to someone who is Japanese (in about 5 months) and lives in Japan right now. Because I know we will one day want to buy a house, I want to start building her credit as soon as possible because I know that it is easier to get a loan with two people signing instead of one. [more inside]
I am getting married in Hawaii - that much is certain. It is going to be a small wedding (because of travel requirements). When I say small, I mean probably 10 and 20 would be the absolute most. [more inside]
I am buying my first car. I am thrifty so I'd like it to be used because I think I will find the best deal there; I just don't like the idea of spending all of that money for a rapidly depreciating asset and I'd rather buy it after it has already depreciated some. I am looking for one of two types of cars, either: 1) A sporty, but economical car (think Honda S2000, Mazda Miata) 2) A long lasting electric/hybrid (ie Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Corolla, etc) Please let me know what your suggestions are, along with any caveats to buying a used car. I do not know much about cars. Should I bring a friend who does or hire a mechanic to inspect my car before purchase? Also, where is the best place to find a good deal? Thank you all.
Someone is going to be sending me money - they live in Japan. What is the cheapest way to send the money? The amount is going to be somewhere between $1500-6000, probably closer to the 1500. I have an account with xetrade and they have worked well in the past for UK/US money transfers but I notice that Japanese residents cannot sign up on that site. Where can I get the best rate possible? I also have a forex account with my broker but 'hedging' is probably too complicated for this transfer unless someone here thinks differently. I will also be visiting this person in December so there is the possibility they could give me some cash and I could convert once I reach the US again, although I'm sure there are limits on the amounts of money I can take overseas.
A good job for my wife to supplement my income? Actually she is not my wife yet but soon when we move in together she will want to take some sort of job. Mainly this is for the money, but also we will be living somewhere different so for her it will be a way of meeting new people and hopefully making some new friends. [more inside]
What is the most prudent way to go about choosing, managing, and strategizing my "future" real estate empire? [more inside]
What is the best platform for trading stocks and receiving alerts? I am using Thinkorswim right now and dissatisfied. [more inside]
I met my girlfriend in London about 2 years ago. Since then, we have (temporarily) gone our separate ways due to visa issues mainly. Now she is back in Japan and she has had several crappy jobs. I want to help her get a job teaching English/Japanese online and I was wondering if anyone knew of any good ways of promoting her. Her English is very good, she lived in London for 12 years and only hung out with native speakers. I have encouraged her to look for a similar job teaching/translating in Japan and we'll see how that goes but I just need some ideas to help her get as many students as possible. Thanks.
How do I get a loan with no interest? I was thinking that I could buy an item on my credit card and then turn around a sell the item. As long as the credit card was 0% for 12 months then it seems to me that would be a free loan. The only question then would be 'What item could I buy that could be sold for as close to the purchase price as possible?' Also, are there any other ways I could get a no interest loan? I was thinking I could put the money into a brokerage account and earn interest off the money - then pay it back at the end of the year.