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  1. The Home Appraisal: Your Key to a Successful Refinance

    When you refinance your mortgage, everything hinges on the appraisal. Here's what appraisers look at, how to make your home look as valuable as possible and ways to fight back if the valuation comes in too low.
  2. Summer Blockbusters: Tips on Cutting Your Movie Bill

    There are practical ways you can save money on movie tickets and cut back on how much you spend on movies in general.
  3. Outside-the-Box Financial Strategies to Pay for College

    Four unexpected ways to build your kids' college fund
  4. 3 Defensive Equity ETFs For Turbulent Times

    Investors that are concerned about the recent volatility in the stock market may want to consider looking at conservative equity strategies to protect their assets.
  5. What is Bitcoin Mining?

    How does Bitcoin get released into circulation?
  6. Are People Really Receiving Their Salary Through Bitcoin?

    Did you know people are having their salaries paid with Bitcoin?
  7. Japan’s 20-Year Deflationary Spiral Is About To End

    With this month’s hike in the consumption tax from 5% to 8%, investors are fearful that history may repeat itself.
  8. Don't Get Burned by High Credit Card Rates

    How to avoid the worst rates – and use teaser offers strategically
  9. Survey: Americans Still Feel Vulnerable About Healthcare Insurance Under Obamacare

    The Afforable Care Act, aka Obamacare, continues to remain a hot-button political issue as America heads into its mid-term elections.
  10. Top Pension Systems in the World

    The U.S. and Canada aren't even close to tops in retiree pensions. Canada ranks 6 of 20 countries; the U.S.,11th.
  11. When Is Grad School Worth It?

    How to figure whether the payback you get from going to grad school – earnings, lifestyle, career opportunities – is worth the cost.
  12. Top 2014 Muni Bond ETFs

    April 15 came and went, but the memory of how much of your pay the IRS helped itself to should remain clear. As should the realization that you probably should have done more to limit your tax burden.
  13. 3 Intriguing Canada ETFs For Your Portfolio

    Canada offers many attractive qualities for investors seeking exposure to North America, including plentiful natural resources, a sound economy, and welcoming business environment.
  14. Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red

    Thoughts from the Frontline: The Cost of Code Red
  15. The 401(k) Gender Gap

    Women aren't investing in 401(k) plans at the same rate as men - which will cost them big time at retirement. To reap the most, start investing young.
  16. A Look At 2014's Leading Cannabis Stocks (Part II)

    This is the second missive of a two-part series on cannabis stocks in 2014.
  17. What to Do if You Don't Have a College Fund for Your Child

    Learn how your credit, equity in your home, credit card habits, and other resources can all impact your child's ability to pay for school.
  18. A Look At 2014's Leading Cannabis Stocks (Part I)

    Even though cannabis-sector stocks have dropped more than 50 percent since the March peak, the Benzinga 420 Marijuana Index is still up 244 percent YTD.
  19. Cycles And Presidential Cycles: Is There A Twist?

    The days when QE-infinity both here and in the land of the rising sun meant free money for those that could pull off the "carry trade." And the days when the grass definitely looked greener on the other side of the economic fence.
  20. “Cautious” Investors: Saying One Thing, Doing Another

    Five years into an equity bull market, investors say they’re still cautious. However, Americans hold as much risk in their financial portfolios as they did during the tech bubble in 2000.
  21. Are Mutual Funds Doomed?

    Decreases in mutual fund classes and the growing use of ETFs means the future of mutual funds will be anything but smooth.
  22. Don't Retire Early - Change Careers Instead

    Many people who long for early retirement simply may have never known what it's like to enjoy going to work every day. A better goal for some: Shoot for a mid-life career change instead.
  23. 10 Sobering Findings About America’s Financial Literacy

    April is Financial Literacy Month, a time to highlight the importance of financial literacy and encourage Americans to learn and establish healthy financial habits.
  24. Don't Believe The Hype About A Yahoo Turnaround

    Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer has recently claimed the company's core display advertising business is starting to show signs of a turnaround. Unfortunately, there may be less to this achievement than meets the eye.
  25. State Employment Trends: Does a Low Tax/Right-to-Work/Low Minimum Wage Regime Correlate to Growth?

    Employment in Governor Walker’s Wisconsin, as in Governor Brownback’s Kansas, has lagged behind that of the United States (and behind that of Governor Dayton’s Minnesota and Governor Brown’s California).
  26. What Makes LinkedIn Different From Facebook and Twitter

    Even with its network of 250 million members, Mountain View, Calif.-based LinkedIn Corp. is often overlooked when it comes to social-media companies.
  27. Understanding FHA Home Loans

    Don't be overwhelmed when filling out these forms. Find out what you need to do here.
  28. Connecting the Dots on Fed Policy

    A close look at how the Fed decides which path to follow.
  29. You'd Better Know Your High-Frequency Trading Terminology

    The upsurge of investor interest in high-frequency trading (HFT) caused by Michael Lewis’ book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” makes it important for industry professionals to come up to speed with HFT terminology.
  30. What Maker-Taker Fees Mean To You

    Exchanges and a few high-frequency traders are being scrutinized for a rebate pricing system regulators believe distorts pricing, diminishes liquidity and can cost long-term investors.
  31. The 401(k) Choice: Who's Right for a Roth

    Roughly half of U.S. employers offer a Roth 401(k). Anyone whose tax bracket is likely to increase later in life, especially younger workers, will get tax savings by choosing a Roth over a traditional 401(k).
  32. Is Amazon Prime Still The Best Deal In Tech?

    If you asked that question a week ago, when Seattle-based Amazon.com, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN) raised its annual fee for Amazon Prime to $99 from $79, you might have heard a far different answer.
  33. Save Money: 5 Expenses You Don’t Need

    Everyone likes having extra cash, and saving money every month doesn’t have to mean making big sacrifices in time, effort, or enjoyment. Here are a few ways to save money on five common household expenses.
  34. Outside the Box: Hoisington Investment Mgmt Review and Outlook, Q1 2014

    Outside the Box: Hoisington Investment Management Quarterly Review and Outlook, First Quarter 2014
  35. Five Retirement Warning Signs for Millennials

    If Gen Y'ers don't want to keep working forever, here's what they need to do now.
  36. Why Stick With Energy Stocks? (Hint: Geopolitical Risk)

    By most fundamental measures, oil prices should be declining. Russ explains why they’re on the rise instead, how this has helped energy stocks in 2014 and why investors should still consider an overweight to the global energy sector.
  37. Dental Insurance: Is It Worth the Cost?

    A trip to the dentist can take a big bite out of your wallet, which is why it’s important for some people to purchase dental insurance. But what if you’re a single person without a need for major dental work?
  38. Why College Graduates Are Settling for Minimum Wage Jobs

    Going to college means you’re going to land a high-paying job and make lot of money, right? That is not the case in today’s world. A fair amount of college graduates are settling for minimum wage or low paying jobs.
  39. Are We Setting Ourselves Up For Another Financial Crisis?

    “More money has been lost because of four words than at the point of a gun. Those words are, ‘This time is different.’”
  40. What $175,000 Will Buy in the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater Real Estate Market

    Prices for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. area homes are up 13.3% from the same month last year, but the median price of $169,000 is still well below the national average - and there's much more inventory than in most regions, according to the National Housing Trend Report for February 2014.
  41. Bad Investor Behavior: Overemphasizing Experience

    Behavioral finance researchers have discovered that our personal experiences disproportionately impact our investing behavior. Nelli examines the evidence and implications of this bad investing behavior, and what investors can do to overcome it.
  42. Overbought Or Oversold? Use The Relative Strength Index To Find Out

    The Relative Strength Index comes in handy when identifying areas that are potentially overbought or oversold.
  43. How IEX is Combating Predatory Types Of High-Frequency Traders

    IEX is an Alternative Trading System (ATS) that seeks to combat predatory trading, particularly high-frequency trading.
  44. Thoughts From The Frontline: Every Central Bank For Itself

    Thoughts from the Frontline: Every Central Bank for Itself
  45. 10 Ways to Screw up Your Retirement

    There are many common traps that retirees or soon-to-be-retirees fall into. We’ve laid out the top 10 here to help you avoid these pitfalls. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself falling into some of these traps – many have.
  46. No Legwork Wednesday – J.C. Penney And The 'No Sale' Debacle

    When it comes to retailing, a company’s success depends as much on properly positioning its products as it does on the actual products being offered.
  47. The Four Most Commonly-Used Indicators In Trend Trading

    Here are the top indicators and tools trend traders use to establish when trends exist and to find entry/exit points.
  48. Tax Dodging Companies Cost You More Than $1,200 Each Year

    Every year that multinational corporations and wealthy individuals lower their U.S. tax bills by stashing profits in off-shore tax havens, you pay more to cover their tab. The same is true for small businesses. How much more? U.S.PIRG, the U.S Public Interest Research Group, just released this report that says tax haven abuse cost states and the federal government $184 billion last year.
  49. 10 Money Scams Aimed At Senior Citizens

    The older people get, the more vulnerable they become to fraud. Here are 10 scams to watch out for -- with FBI tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
  50. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Gold Standard

    Many feel that with the instability that occurred in the first decade of the 21st century, some form of the gold standard should be brought back.
  51. Guide: How to Save on Expensive Funeral Costs

    According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the median cost of a funeral in 2012 was $7,045.
  52. If You Live In One Of These 11 States You May Be Flunking Finance

    Financial literacy is the ability to use knowledge and skills to make effective and informed money management decisions. Some states do a much better job of teaching it to kids than the rest.
  53. I Didn’t File Taxes, Now What?

    April 15 has come and gone, but if you didn’t file your tax bill, all is not lost, even if you think you will owe taxes. Take a deep breath and learn what you can do next to avoid serious consequences if you didn’t file your taxes by the April 15 deadline. Get help if possible First, no advice here is a good substitute for talking to a qualified tax professional about your situation.
  54. 3 Dumb Ways to Borrow Money

    Money — everyone needs it, but not everyone has it. Many people who find themselves in a financial bind aren’t left with many options, and sometimes applying for a loan isn’t realistic. The most accessible methods of getting quick cash come with a high cost, but those who need money badly won’t mind.
  55. Tying the (Financial) Knot: 5 Must-Ask Questions for Couples

    In her latest personal finance post, Jessie Szymanski takes a closer look at a major cause of conflict in American marriages. Here are five things you must discuss with your significant other before taking the plunge.
  56. The Price Of Produce Is Sky Rocketing – Here's How To Save

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the price of produce is rising fast. Lettuce is projected to jump more than 30% in the coming months, avocados will rise 28%, and broccoli—22%.
  57. Your Bad Financial Habits Can Hurt Your Kids

    Modeling sensible planning and budgeting practices in front of your kids helps set them up for a lifetime of financial good health
  58. How Some Brands Come Back from Near Death

    Some company brands manage to revive themselves, while others die and go to brand heaven.
  59. Obamacare May Reduce Auto Insurance Rates

    A benefit of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be a drop in car insurance premiums as health care providers shoulder more of the treatment costs tied to accidents and injuries, according to a new report from a leading think-tank. The non-profit Rand Corporation says the rise in the number of people with medical coverage under the ACA, also known as Obamacare, could result in a "modest" drop in claims against auto insurers.
  60. The Pros And Cons Of The Mortgage Interest Deduction

    Perhaps the most highly-debated “benefit” to owning a home is the mortgage interest deduction.
  61. How Much College Can You Afford?

    Know the difference so that you don't buy the wrong thing.
  62. 10 Hidden Costs Of Parenting

    It's no secret that raising a child is expensive. Here are 10 hidden costs of parenting for which prospective mothers and fathers should prepare.
  63. Early Bird Doesn't Get The Social Security Worm

    Here’s an eye-opening statistic: 73% of Americans who are collecting Social Security (SS) today are receiving less than their full benefit. That’s right — they may not be getting their just deserts. That’s because we all have options when it comes to collecting Social Security benefits.
  64. For Individual Investors, These May Be The Best Of Times

    The raging debate on high frequency trading may lead the average retail investor to think that he/she continues to get a raw deal in the stock market. The reality is that these are probably the best of times for them.
  65. Infographic - The Lifecycle of a Bond

    Basic information on how Bonds work.
  66. Avoid Taxes on IRA Rollovers

    For years, IRA owners have been allowed to roll over their money from one IRA to another once a year without penalty, for each IRA account they had. A tax court ruling in January 2014 has brought that to an end. Starting in 2015, taxpayers will be limited to a single rollover per year no matter how many IRAs or retirement annuities they own.
  67. 7 Ways To Save On Prescription Drugs

    If you have quality insurance you may not notice but if you don’t, you know that the price of prescription drugs is high. Here are seven ways to help reign in the costs.
  68. Infographic - Catching Up In The Retirement Race

    Information on how to get to where you need to be in your retirement savings plan.
  69. Beware Of Overreaching For Yield

    With rates likely “low for long,” the stretch for yield looks set to continue, though investors should be cautious before overreaching for yield.
  70. Banking Perks for the Rich That Will Make You Green With Envy

    Famous faces are known for getting mountains of free stuff and special treatment. And the bank is no exception. Forget cars, jewelry and runway fashions. For the ultra rich, the particular bank they use and the options available are the ultimate status symbols. Bank branches have levels, or tiers, of service.
  71. The Devil in the Details: Five Retirement Budget Proposals

    President Obama got our attention in his State of the Union speech by calling for action on retirement. The President’s budget proposals, however, may reveal more about the administration’s overall vision for retirement policy.
  72. What $200,000 Will Buy In The Atlanta Real Estate Market

    Atlanta housing prices are up from last year, but they're still lower than the national median. And there's lots of inventory so plenty of choice for buyers. Here's how to get the most for your money.
  73. Bubble Bursting? Only For Biotech & Internet Stocks

    The recent sluggish performance of U.S. stocks is leading some market watchers to question whether we’re witnessing the bursting of an equity bubble. Russ explains that while U.S. equities overall are not in a bubble, valuations have started to become an issue, particularly for certain segments of the market. Despite signs that most of the U.S.
  74. How To 'Spring Clean' Your Credit Cards

    It’s a good idea to compare credit cards and ditch ones that don't stack up. While you are busy preparing for spring cleaning around your house, take the time to do the same for your finances.
  75. Use Knock-Out Options To Lower The Cost of Hedging

    Unlike a plain-vanilla call or put option where the only price defined is the strike price, a knock-out option has to specify two prices – the strike price and the knock-out barrier price.
  76. The Odd Lot Theory: Betting That Small Investors Are Wrong

    The odd lot theory is a largely discredited proposition that small investors are usually wrong and that doing the exact opposite will yield above-average returns.
  77. Five Ways To Teach Your Kids The Value Of A Dollar

    Kids are never too young to start learning money lessons. The more opportunities they have to work with money and manage it, the more money savvy they will be as adults.
  78. The Most Accurate Way To Gauge Returns: The Compound Annual Growth Rate

    The compound annual growth rate, or CAGR for short, represents one of the most accurate ways to calculate and determine returns for individual assets, investment portfolios and anything that can rise or fall in value over time.
  79. Why The Winklevoss Twins' New Bitcoin ETF Matters

    The Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, currently moving towards regulatory approval and expected out later this year, will be a Bitcoin ETF. Currently, such an investment vehicle is only available to wealthy investors, through funds like the Bitcoin Investment Trust.
  80. Five Tax Myths That Can Cost You Cash

    Relying on the wrong ideas about how to file your taxes could cost you plenty.
  81. PIMCO’s New ETF Play – Here’s What You Need To Know

    A list and summary review of the new Pimco ETFs.
  82. What $300,000 Will Buy In The Riverside/San Bernardino Real Estate Market

    The median list price for the San Bernardino/Riverside, Calif. market is $292,800, up 24.6% from the same month last year, according to the National Housing Trend Report for February 2014, published by Realtor.com. Here's a look at what buyers can expect to find for $300,000.
  83. Overseas Cash Hoards: Shareholder Boon Or Taxpayer Burden?

    American corporations are holding something in the neighborhood of $1.5 trillion in cash in the coffers of their offshore entities, usually to avoid tax liability. Needless to say, not everyone agrees that this should be permitted.
  84. Understanding the "Hanging Man": The Optimistic Candlestick Pattern

    A hanging man is a candlestick pattern that hints at the reversal of an uptrend. The candlestick is recognizable by a small box atop a long, narrow "shadow."
  85. Give Yourself More Options With Weekly and Quarterly Options

    Weekly and quarterly options were introduced to give a greater choice of option expirations to investors, and enable them to trade more efficiently.
  86. Why The IRS Blocked Refund Anticipation Loans

    Refund Anticipation Loans provided tax preparers with a substantial stream of income for several decades. But high fees and widespread fraud convinced several banks to exit this industry, and the IRS finally outlawed the loans.
  87. Use The McClellan Oscillator To Measure Market "Breadth"

    How broad is the market? And, once we answer that question, how can we use that answer to our advantage?
  88. How To Use Your Roth IRA As An Emergency Fund

    Do you feel like you don’t have enough money to save for emergencies and also save for retirement? An often-overlooked feature of the Roth IRA could solve your problem.
  89. What Is Worse Than Being At Risk?

    You may have heard the old adage: “What is worse than being lost? Not knowing you are lost.” In that same vein: What is worse than being at risk? You guessed it! Not knowing you’re at risk.
  90. How the Case Against BofA's Ken Lewis Fizzled

    The regulatory cloud has lifted for Kenneth D. Lewis. Last week, the former head of Bank of America received a modest penalty, paid for by his former employer, and a temporary ban from an industry he is no longer a part of.
  91. The Gloomy Future Of The Tax Preparation Industry

    It's often said all that is certain are death and taxes. By extension, undertakers and tax preparers should enjoy similar levels of ironclad job security. But recent changes to the marketplace have caused the latter profession some uncertainty.
  92. How Russia Makes Its Money - And Why It Doesn't Make More

    How does Russia make its money, and why doesn’t it make more?
  93. The Insiders Who Fix Rates for Gold, Currencies And Libor

    The system by which benchmark rates are fixed for interest rates, currencies and gold is archaic - and, many would argue, deeply flawed.
  94. Can Paying Off Your Mortgage Early Hurt Your Net Worth?

    Saving your money and making double or even triple payments on a mortgage may sound productive, but it could hurt your overall assets for the future, giving you less to utilize during retirement.
  95. Quantitative Easing: Does It Work?

    This controversial monetary policy has been used by some of the world's most powerful economies. But does it work?
  96. What $250,000 Will Buy In The Phoenix Real Estate Market

    The number of real estate listings in the Phoenix-Mesa market has increased more than 45% since February 2013. Find out what you can get for the median list price in this eclectic housing market.
  97. Could The Fair Tax Movement Ever Replace The IRS?

    Although many taxpayers would love to see the IRS abolished, only a handful of thinkers have come up with any sort of viable replacement plan. The Fair Tax is one such idea that has continued to slowly gain grassroots support.
  98. How Federal Open Market Committee Meetings Drive Rates And Stocks

    Janet Yellen's first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting - and its aftermath - is an important bellwether for the immediate future of the U.S. economy.
  99. Sanctions Between Countries Pack a Bigger Punch Than You Might Think

    In response to Russia's annexation of Crimea, in March 2014 the West slapped sanctions on dozens of Russian hotshots. So what, you ask? Well, sancitons can pack a bigger punch than you might think.
  100. What $200,000 Will Buy In The Chicago Real Estate Market

    Here's a look at what about $200,000 will get you today in various regions within Chicago's real estate market.
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