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CaribbeanDemon
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Emergency Fund



I have about $25,000 that I would like to put aside for an Emergency Fund. Some of the money is sitting in a savings account in a local bank the rest will be moved over from another account in the next few days.

The question I have is, what is the money board's take on where to stash this EF? I am thinking short term (3 Month) CD but will look into other ideas that you guys may come up with.

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Paul Allen
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re: Emergency Fund


Vanguard fund through a Roth IRA.





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CaribbeanDemon
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If the money is put into this vehicle, can I get it out quickly and without a tax hit if I need it?





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I Love Bama
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That's a big arse emergency fund but I would put 20k of it in a Roth over the allowed time frame and keep 5 in cash.





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Maniac979
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I Love Bama
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No tax penalties from taking your original capital out of a Roth. Zero





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rmc
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That's a big arse emergency fund but I would put 20k of it in a Roth over the allowed time frame and keep 5 in cash.


+1. Stick it in some fixed income ETF or pimco fixed income fund would seem to be the best way to maximize return w/ little risk. It will beat the hell out of any savings account rates.






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CaribbeanDemon
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If you are looking to do something with the money in three months


I am not looking to do anything with it. It will be strictly an Emergency Fund in case shite hits the fan and I need it. That is why I want a financial vehicle that will allow me to access the cash in the event I have to have it. I threw out the 3 month CD option b/c the money would not be tied up for very long.

As to the other posters discussing Vanguard Roth, that is a good idea and I will start an account. I have concerns though that I may not meet the eligibility requirements next year and years after.

I really appreciate the suggestions.






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Htown Tiger
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Out of curiosity, is it even possible to put $20k into a Roth account all at once? I thought the limit per tax year is $5k?





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I Love Bama
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Not to my knowledge. Hence why I said a timeline





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NaturalBeam
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That's really not an excessive emergency fund if he is usin a 3-6 month expense basis like I was advised to do. My emergency fund goal is 30k which I'm very close to, so I also appreciate the answers here.





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The Easter Bunny
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exactly, I've read to have 6 months of living expenses, so it isn't that outlandish. Then what about if you already fully fund your ROTH? There has to be more than just sub 1.0% savings accounts and ROTHs





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CaribbeanDemon
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Exactly why I brought this topic up. I want to put away 4-6 months as an emergency stash and was looking for something other than a sub 1.0 savings account to put it in.

The Roth is a good idea but they have $5000 or so cap. That won't do me any good now.






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rmc
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Then what about if you already fully fund your ROTH? There has to be more than just sub 1.0% savings accounts and ROTHs


Just open up a brokerage account. Do the same thing you would do in a roth as an emergency fund -- low risk. You'll just get taxed on the earnings and capital gains if you take them.



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rmc
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The Roth is a good idea but they have $5000 or so cap. That won't do me any good now.


Do $5k for 2012, $5k for 2013. You can do both now. Stick the rest in a brokerage account for the time being in the same type of etfs/funds.






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fishfighter
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+1. Stick it in some fixed income ETF or pimco fixed income fund would seem to be the best way to maximize return w/ little risk. It will beat the hell out of any savings account rates.



This! You should be able to get the money you would need in a couple days.






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Danchase
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If this is SHTF money then buy a gunsafe and put your 25k in there.





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Lookin4Par
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you are poor.





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CaribbeanDemon
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Take that shite to the O-T kid





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Lookin4Par
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stfu and piiyb





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