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What grade should F Funds get? (access required)

I work for Social Security and have their Thrift Savings Plan. I would like to transfer some of my money from the very conservative and guaranteed G Fund that just pays about 2.2 percent to the F Fund that pays 4.28 percent but isn't guaranteed even though the money is in bonds.

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Get 2nd opinion on HELOC question (access required)

This question is related to our home equity line of credit. In 2001, we obtained this loan for $150,000, which we withdrew in its entirety to remodel the kitchen, bath, etc. This is an adjustable 25-year loan. As of 2011, we owe $122,000.

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Can fees be added to tax basis? (access required)

I recently heard that the portion of one's monthly condo fees that go into a reserve fund for capital improvements to the overall property can be added to an individual condo unit's tax basis. Is this true?

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Home inspection protection (access required)

My husband and I are in our 60s and have been married for five years. We both own homes that are fully paid for. Both homes, before the market downturn, most likely would have sold for around $200,000 each. In today's market, we're not so sure.

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Need TIPS? Don’t go for the gold (access required)

I asked my broker about a good inflation hedge, and he pushed us to invest $25,000 in American Century Global Gold Fund. My wife and I are very concerned about inflation when we both retire in nine years at age 67. We have a $141,000 portfolio of income/growth stocks you recommended in the past, and we reinvest all the dividends as you recommended.

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Avoiding FHA restriction by renting (access required)

I am currently trying to purchase a home from my daughter. The loan was approved, but the lender told me there is a law that if you purchase a home from a family member, they can finance only 85 percent of the sales price.

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