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Within the most recent consultant from the revered Motley idiot, Selena Maranjian makes use of uncomplicated examples and real-world situations to demystify the complexities of finance for starting and intermediate traders. via an obtainable question-and-answer structure, this advisor tackles the commonest questions on knowing making an investment and shares, coping with portfolios, and comparing businesses. It covers such questions as "What do 'points' suggest within the home-buying process?" and "Should I stay away from shares with excessive P/E ratios?" like several Motley idiot books, this one is written in a breezy, a laugh, yet regularly informative kind. Readers are pointed to many on-line assets either at Fool.com and in different places for additional perception and worthy instruments.

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If you have a mortgage on your home, the lender will be listed on your homeowner’s policy and will require you to carry the policy because it protects the lender against non-payment of the mortgage balance. If your house burns to the ground, you have little incentive to keep paying that mortgage. After all, there’s no “house” any more. That’s why your mortgage company will be the first to be paid on the loss because, technically, they “own” the house (the structure and land) until the mortgage is paid off.

You say you only use credit cards if you have to. 39 lunch. My wife does the same. Then, we get a bill from First USA and Discover every month for $1,200 or so, due in a few weeks. You know what my wife does? She writes a check from our Waterhouse Securities money market checking account, puts it in an envelope, and notes on the outside of the envelope the last possible day to send in the check (usually 7 days before due, I believe). Credit Cards and Debt • 21 This means that we pay for most of the stuff we buy more than a month after we receive it.

But, the world is not ideal. If you’re not too savvy about cars and their inner workings, you might get taken advantage of. Used cars are riskier than new ones. You never 48 • The Motley Fool Money Guide know the car’s full past history. It might be a lemon disguised as a peach. Still, for some people, buying used cars is the way to go. Here are some questions to ask yourself, to see if you’re among this group: • Am I a skilled negotiator? • Am I good at determining the real value of things? • Do I enjoy shopping for vehicles and scouring car lots?

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