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  1. Applying For Credit Cards Affects Your Credit Score

    if you follow these simple rules, you should be able to refresh your plastic without causing a big hit to your score.
  2. Strap Options: A Market Neutral Bullish Strategy

    Strap Options are a market neutral trading strategy with profit potential on either side price movement, and with a "bullish" skew.
  3. OMG, I Think I've Been Scammed!

    If you think you've been cheated, here are 6 steps to take instead of keeping it to yourself. You might be embarrassed, but you'll be fighting back.
  4. 8 Reasons Not To Sell Your Home Without An Agent

    Is saving the seller's side of the agent's commission worth the trouble of selling your home without one? Why it could cost you more in the end.
  5. 5 Types Of Bitcoin Early Adopters, Part 2: Merchants

    Once the bitcoin novelty wears off, which types of merchants are most likely to realize the biggest long-term benefits from accepting this digital currency?
  6. How to Calculate the Value of an ETF

    An ETF is a good way to get broad exposure without taking on specific risk, but calculating performance may be a bit tricky.
  7. Day Trading Rules For Rookies: Don't Play It By Ear!

    If you want to start day trading as a rookie, follow these guidelines.
  8. When and Why Do Gold Prices Plummet?

    A wise investor is one who recognizes gold’s place in the market, without attaching too much nor too little significance to it.
  9. Taking Advantage of Pessimism

    Prophecies of economic catastrophe have become almost de rigueur in recent months, reality is that none of these regions seem likely to suffer a near-term crisis.
  10. 7 Ways To Land Your Dream Home During The Summer

    Spring has long been considered the busiest homebuying season of the year. Summer is often thought of as the exact opposite.
  11. Hurricane Insurance Deductible Fact Sheet

    If you're a homeowner with property in a high-risk hurricane area, you need to understand the special details of your hurricane insurance deductible.
  12. Buying bonds at a premium? Note these 4 things

    Would you buy an investment that was guaranteed to go down in price?
  13. The Employee's Guide To Medicare

    Over 65 and still working? You're eligible to register for Medicare, but should you also opt for your employer's health insurance, if it is offered?
  14. Should You Pay All Cash For Your Next Home?

    If you can afford to buy a home for all cash, is that the best way to invest your money? Here are the pros and cons.
  15. A Guide To Day Trading On Margin

    Buying on margin is a good option if you don't have the cash to day trade.
  16. Medigap Vs. Medicare Advantage: Which Is Better?

    To protect against a huge bill for health costs Medicare doesn't cover, you need Medigap insurance or an HMO-like Medicare Advantage plan. How to choose.
  17. Websites That Save You Money On Hotel Rooms

    Before you just reserve a room through the hotel, check out these six discount websites. But watch out for traps like nonrefundable reservations.
  18. Why Gold Has Always Had Value

    Gold has an allure and a price tag, but with no real intrinsic value, why do we consider it so precious and valuable? Explore the answer.
  19. The World's Largest ETFs

    Is an exchange-traded fund with lots of assets necessarily a desirable one?
  20. 5 Ways Early Adopters Can Use Bitcoin, Part 1: Consumers

    How might consumers use Bitcoin in the near future?
  21. Medicare 101: Do You Need All 4 Parts?

    At age 65, most people have to sign up for Medicare. Learn which of its four programs are mandatory – and which you can skip.
  22. 7 Investments Beating The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

    Seven contenders for your investment dollars — assets that simultaneously diversify your portfolio as well as increase your risk-adjusted performance.
  23. Buyback ETFs: U.S. & International Strategies

    Buyback ETFs: Hold Off On The U.S. Version, Evaluate The International Adaptation.
  24. 5 Steps So You Stop Throwing Away Airline Miles

    Master these 5 steps so you stop throwing away airline miles and other travel rewards.
  25. 8 Saving Tricks That Will Leave You Feeling Richer

    Implementing money saving modifications that go beyond the standard rules of thumb can help you lower your cost of living.
  26. Three Ways to Profit Using Call Options

    A brief overview of how to provide from using call options in your portfolio.
  27. Risk Reversals for Stocks Using Calls and Puts

    Risk reversal strategies can be a very useful “option” for experienced investors who are familiar with basic puts and calls.
  28. How To Find The Financial Advisor Of Your Dreams

    A new startup - essentially a financial matchmaking service - uses video introductions and algorithms to pair financial advisers with clients.
  29. How Do You Use Stock Simulators?

    Stock market simulators let you pick securities, make trades and track the results-all without risking a penny.
  30. 4 Ways to Maximize Your 401(k)

    Prime your 401(k), 403(b) or other defined contribution plan by using these techniques to boost your average rate of return.
  31. Why You Should Invest In Green Energy Right Now

    A new report shows how far renewables will count toward filling our energy needs. Is now the time to invest in green energy?
  32. Can High Fund Returns Be Deceiving?

    Don't focus too much on a mutual fund's recent returns. To pick a winner, look at how well it is poised for future success, not how it did in the past.
  33. Three Ways to Profit Using Put Options

    A brief overview of how to profit from using put options in your portfolio.
  34. 5 Myths That Could Hurt Your Retirement

    If you're making financial and lifestyle choices based on these retirement myths, you could be missing out on benefits that could give you a better future.
  35. Supply, Demand And Interest Rates: How They Relate

    A recent report from the Fed reveals a disconnect in global bond supply and demand, which partially explains why interest rates have fallen so far in 2014.
  36. 5 Reasons Why Low Rates May be Harmful To The Economy

    Like quantitative easing before it, the Fed’s zero interest rate policy may actually be inhibiting economic growth and job creation in unintended ways.
  37. Want To Make Money In Marijuana? Read This First

    "Investing in cannabis" used to mean buying grow-lights for a hydroponic operation. How things have changed...
  38. Where The Equity Opportunities Are

    Given that U.S. stocks are no longer cheap, most stock market bargains are now found overseas.
  39. Frontier Stocks: 3 Reasons They're A Strategic Asset Class

    Frontier markets have been gaining attention from market watchers and investors alike in recent months.
  40. Want A Career In Asset Management? Read This First

    When it comes to landing that job at an asset manager, not all degrees are created equally. Here's a look at the best schools for the job.
  41. Four Ways To Spot An Emerging Market

    The term "emerging market" is frustratingly ambiguous. It means a country has at least some market liquidity. But there's much more to it than that.
  42. Apple? Google? Tesla? Which Will Be The First To Reach A $1 Trillion Market Cap?

    What would it take for a company to be the first to grab the coveted $1 trillion market-cap crown?
  43. Seven Steps to Become Financially Independent

    With Independence Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to finally set the goal of financial independence for yourself.
  44. A Quarter Century of Emerging-Markets Investing

    The investment potential of developing markets had been recognized for a long time, but the actual birth and classification of emerging markets is more recent.
  45. Four Best Things To Buy In July

    You might worry about your budget in the summer months since it’s often a time when spending increases; the kids are out of school, the weather is warm and your favorite vacation destination is calling your name. That doesn’t mean you have to go broke, though.
  46. Is An FHA Mortgage Still A Bargain?

    If you're putting down less than 20%, the FHA's mortgage insurance premium could cost you more than private mortgage insurance with a commercial lender.
  47. How to Avoid Being the Victim of Auto Loan Rip-Offs

    It’s not easy being a car buyer. Unless you have the privilege of paying cash for a vehicle, you’re probably going to have to finance it.
  48. Have The Right Condo Insurance?

    How well does your condo's master-insurance policy protect you? Here's why you'll probably need separate insurance for your own unit and possessions.
  49. Don't Forget To Take Minimum Distributions

    Take the right required minimum distributions from IRAs, 401(k)s and the like, starting the year you reach age 70 ½. There's a huge 50% penalty for being wrong.
  50. Refinancing And Debt-Consolidation Checklist

    On the surface, refinancing a mortgage to consolidate other debts is a tempting option. However, there are potential drawbacks you need to account for in order to make refinancing and debt consolidation work for you.
  51. Why Inflation Is Still A Threat To Your Retirement

    One reason people tend to underestimate their retirement saving needs is that they fail to properly account for the impact of inflation.
  52. The Biggest Threat To The Housing Recovery

    Despite a run of positive economic news that most recently includes a surge in new home sales, you have to be prepared for the possibility of a setback.
  53. Why Aren't More Young People Buying Homes?

    One of the drivers behind our slow housing recovery is an absence of a large portion of the buying audience: young, first-time buyers.
  54. Narrow Your Range With Stop-Limit Orders

    With stop-limit orders, buyers protect themselves from prices too high for their tastes.
  55. Is Whole Life An Obsolete Product?

    New, more-flexible features and current market conditions make traditional whole life insurance worth another look.
  56. Is Ukrainian Debt Worth a Look?

    Looking past the obvious risks, does Ukraine deserve the attention of investors? Here's one take.
  57. Are Stock ETF Investors Placing Too Much Faith In The Fed?

    For one thing, inflation-adjusted spending declined over the last few months. That cannot be a strong sign for the U.S
  58. 5 Credit Card Traps That Will Ruin Your Summer Trip

    Summer vacations can be rejuvenating and refreshing, but also costly if you aren’t careful with how you use your credit card.
  59. Retirement Planning for the Self-Employed

    When you're self-employed, your retirement is entirely in your hands. Learn about the three retirement-savings options best suited to the entrepreneur.
  60. 3 Midyear Portfolio Tune Up Tips For ETF Investors

    The midpoint of the year is often a great time to step back and assess your ETF portfolios strengths and weaknesses relative to your investment goals.
  61. The Income Buyers Guide to REIT ETFs

    Real estate investment trusts, or REITs, have come a long way from the drubbing they experienced this time last year.
  62. 6 Questions For Your Realtor

    Before you start working with a real estate agent – especially if you're the one paying the agent's commission – make sure you've made the right choice.
  63. Don't Sign That Non-Compete Without Reading This

    Non-compete contracts aren't just for high-level execs these days. How to protect yourself if your employer – or prospective employer – insists you sign one.
  64. "Value" Investments: Social, Faith & Eco-Investing

    When it's time to invest, why not follow your heart along with your head? These four types of investments seek to do good while returning a profit.
  65. 6 Signs You're Ready to Retire Early

    If you can answer "yes" to these six questions, you may be ready to retire early.
  66. If You Buy Stocks Online, You Are Involved in HFTs

    Many people don't realise that some half to two-thirds of all trades use high-frequency trading in some fashion.
  67. Why Gasoline Costs What It Does

    The next time you have to dig deep into your wallet to fill your gas tank at least you'll know exactly what you're paying for.
  68. Day Trading: Impoverishing Dilettantes Since 1990

    Operating a day-trading account is like owning thoroughbreds or an America’s Cup team. You can't just enter the arena with no money.
  69. Who Gets Your Retirement Accounts?

    Are the beneficiaries of your IRA or Roth IRA who you now want to get them? How to update if your life's changed since you first filled out the forms.
  70. Is "100 Minus Your Age" Outdated?

    A longstanding rule of thumb says that your stock allocation should equal "100 minus your age." Now, some experts suggest being a little more aggressive.
  71. Boom or Bust? The End of China's One-Child Policy

    China's easing of its one-child policy has demographers speculating whether it'll lead to a baby boom. Here's why it might not.
  72. Find The Best Homeowners' Insurance

    Don't wait for the next Hurricane Sandy to find out if your homeowners' insurance really protects you. Test your insurance savvy now and get what you need.
  73. 10 Surefire Signs You’ll Ruin Your Financial Life and Die With Debt

    For many Americans, debt is a way of life. Loans allow most Americans to pay for their cars, education, and houses. But how much debt it is too much?
  74. How to Day Trade Volatility ETFs

    A primer on the ideal time to day trade volatility ETFs, and how to do it.
  75. Should You Buy Or Build A Home?

    You're ready for a new house. Should you buy it or build it? Here's how to think through the pros and cons, whether it's your first home or your fifth.
  76. Should You Double-Down On Dorms?

    Even with the cost of college so dear, enrollment continues to surge. That's good news for operators of student-housing real estate.
  77. Make Money Off Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

    It's easy to benefit from credit card sign-up bonuses, but you have to know what you're getting into.
  78. Avoid ETFs With These Traits

    Deciding which ETFs to avoid can be as important an investment decision as deciding in which ones to invest.
  79. Day-Trading Gold ETFs: Top Tips

    Learn when is the most favorable time to day-trade gold ETFs and how to take advantage.
  80. What Kind Of Financial Plan Makes Sense For You?

    Comprehensive financial plans can help people maximize their financial potential and make smart decisions. But how complex a plan do you really need?
  81. Want To Be A Financial Planner? Click Here

    Boomer-aged financial advisors are retiring in droves. Luckily, more and more schools are creating financial planning programs. Here's a quick list.
  82. Retirement Planning The Millennial Way

    Saving for retirement is completely different if you have a Millennial mindset. These retirement plans will turn your head around.
  83. 6 Best Personal Finance Apps

    The right app can help you track your bills, monitor your bank accounts and credit cards, and otherwise stay on top of your financial life.
  84. Retirement Costs: Men vs. Women

    When it comes to the cost of living in retirement, men and women aren't equal after all.
  85. Why The Best Financial Advisor Might Be You

    Many people enlist expert advice when dealing with their finances. But could going it alone be the best option?
  86. What You Need To Know About Net Neutrality

    The fight over net neutrality has become an amazing spectacle. But at its core, it's yet another skirmish in cable television's war to remain relevant.
  87. Five Tax Strategies For A Bonus Or Windfall

    That bonus for a job well done or inheritance from Great Uncle Alfred can often result in your paying a bigger chunk of money to the Internal Revenue Service.
  88. How To Get Rid Of Private Mortgage Insurance

    Private mortgage insurance benefits the lender (the sole beneficiary of PMI), but it can add a sizable chunk to your monthly house payment.
  89. New Retirement Living Option - And Income Source

    Here's a new option for retirement planning that could help three generations of a family – and be the glue that binds them together.
  90. 7 Mid-year Tax Moves

    If you wait until year-end to check on your tax status, you’ll be right in the middle of holiday season. And summer is your tax advisor’s slow time, too.
  91. Avoid The Downsides Of Downsizing In Retirement

    Done right, downsizing can still be a good idea. You can have more money, simplify your life, and reduce home-maintenance and utility costs.
  92. 5 Ways To Get Maximum Student Financial Aid

    Getting the best possible package for a college fund depends on minimizing assets and maximizing the energy you use to find possible funding sources.
  93. This Asian Nation Is Poised For Steady Growth

    This Southeast Asian nation's growth has analysts calling it a ‘Tiger Cub’, ‘a Next Eleven economy’ and ‘a new Tiger of Asia.’ Here's why.
  94. Buyout Cycle Boosts Biotech ETFs

    The 230% single day gain that IDIX experienced as a result of the buyout had a huge impact on the SPDR Biotechnology ETF (XBI), which rose more than 6% that day
  95. Supply, Demand and Interest Rates: Why One thing Leads to Another

    A recent report from the Federal Reserve reveals a disconnect in global bond supply and demand, which partially explains why interest rates have fallen so far in 2014.
  96. Synthetic vs Physical ETFs

    New and advanced versions of ETFs have been developed over the years.
  97. What You Need To Know About The Fiduciary Standard

    The financial industry has spent a boatload of money to prevent more stringent fiduciary requirements. Here’s what’s at stake.
  98. The Rise of 401(k) Brokerage Accounts

    Many 401(k) plans now allow participants to trade stocks and bonds by offering brokerage accounts inside the tax-deferred plan. Good idea or too risky?
  99. Disturbing Headlines, Strong Equity Markets: Why the Disconnect?

    It’s hard not to see some disconnect between recent disturbing world news headlines and the market’s quiet advance.
  100. U.S. Marshals To Auction Off Seized Bitcoins

    The U.S. Marshals are auctioning off 29,656.51306529 bitcoins seized from drug site Silk Road. To be eligible, you'll need $200,000.
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