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  1. Learn How To Lower Your Second Mortgage Rate

    Make a second property more affordable by taking advantage of low mortgage rates to refinance it.
  2. You Could Own A Mercedes Without Knowing It

    Thieves are now using stolen identities to lease or buy new vehicles, drive them off the lot, then disappear without making ...
  3. Stock Safety: Top 3 Ways to Limit Your Losses

    First time stock investors may ask, is there any way to buy insurance on stocks to prevent losses?
  4. The Best Way To Build Your Retirement Portfolio

    If you're near retirement or already there, it's time to change your investment goals from growing assets to using them to ...
  5. How Much Does A Financial Advisor Earn?

    Several things factor into the salary of a financial advisor. Here's a look.
  6. Can You Buy Stock Insurace? 3 Strategies to Limit Stock Losses

    Investors can use derivative securities to effectively buy insurance on their individual holdings or on their portfolio as ...
  7. Review: The VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

    Capital One's VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card offers travelers no annual fee and a menu of perks.
  8. Growth Strategies For Financial Advisors

    These 5 strategies offer financial advisors a blueprint on how to grow their practices.
  9. Health Open Enrollment: Read This Before You Renew

    Time to renew your health plan – or shop for a new one for 2015. Here's how to get the most from marketplace open enrollment ...
  10. Want To Know How To Save For Retirement?

    Understanding how to save for retirement does not have to be complicated. Here’s what you need to know about the tax-advantaged ...
  11. 5 Ways To Ace 2015's Health Insurance Marketplace

    Not sure how the Health Insurance Marketplace/Exchange works? Here are 5 ways to avoid frustration when enrolling through ...
  12. How Our Borrowing Habits Have Changed In A Decade

    The credit crunch and recession caused financial fear, so it's no great shock that our borrowing habits have changed from ...
  13. Could Being A Landlord Pay For Your Retirement?

    If you have the money to buy them and the energy to run them – or the funds to pay a good manager – rental properties can ...
  14. Smart Retirement Strategies Even Without A Pension

    Not every retirement plan is a pension. Know the difference and decide which options are best for you. Even without a pension, ...
  15. Eyeing China? Consider These Economic Indicators

    If you're considering investing in China and want to know when to buy, sell, hold or stay away, consider these economic indicators.
  16. 8 Quick-Cash Alternatives To Credit Card Advances

    Sometimes you can find a better deal than a cash advance – but some alternatives are even more pricey. Where to find the ...
  17. 8 Essential Tips For Retirement Saving

    Whether you're a saver or a financial advisor who want to give their clients a leg up, these 8 tips are essential for financial ...
  18. 'Donut Hole' Essentials For The Financial Advisor

    The Medicare Part D donut hole can confound the best of us. Here's what financial advisors and their clients should know.
  19. How Does Janus's Fund Lineup Look Now?

    With the addition of 'Bond King' Bill Gross, Janus is a changed firm. Here's what its fund lineup looks like now.
  20. What's The Best Franchise Investment For You?

    How do you figure out which franchise is the best for you and your budget? Read on.
  21. Before You Take That Cash Advance

    Understand who benefits most from cash advances – and when it might make sense to get one.
  22. Tips To Beat Inflation For Near-Retireees

    How can investors close to retirement protect the purchasing power of their savings? Here are some tips for near-retirees ...
  23. 0% Balance Transfers: Can You Beat the Odds?

    Before you accept that 0% balance transfer offer, understand why you got it and who will probably profit most. Only accept ...
  24. The Credit Card Balance Transfer Trap

    Before you transfer a balance to a credit card with a lower interest rate, know how it affects new purchases and other fine-print ...
  25. Thank You, Pimco: BlackRock Drops Bond-Fund Fees

    Blackrock has lowered its fees to snag money leaving Pimco's bond funds. But by how much and who's following suit? Read on.
  26. Is Burial Insurance A Ripoff?

    Term or whole life insurance is usually a better deal than burial policies. Here's why.
  27. How did 27,000 investors answer to these questions

    We asked more than 27,000 investors across 20 countries questions related to financial issues, from retirement to savings ...
  28. Finding The Cheapest Burial Insurance

    And is even the least costly burial insurance a good buy? Be sure to compare it against term life or permanent life before ...
  29. Supply Chain Management Jobs Are Booming

    There has been huge growth in supply chain management, both in the number of positions open and the range of responsibilities ...
  30. The CPA Exam: What You Need To Know

    Interested in becoming a certified public accountant? Here's what you need to know about the CPA exam.
  31. How Advisors Can Help Address Longevity Risk

    Financial advisors can help clients manage longevity risk with a variety of strategies and products. Here's a look.
  32. Inflation And Your Retirement

    When you're setting financial goals and saving for retirement, don't forget to factor in inflation. Here's how to fight back ...
  33. The Pros And Cons Of Balance Transfers

    Do the math before you assume that transferring your credit card balance to a lower rate card will save money. It could – ...
  34. How Advisors Can Help Clients Stomach Volatility

    Investing has its ups and downs, but financial advisers can do much to prepare their clients and their clients' portfolios ...
  35. The Best 4 Places To Invest In Latin America

    Far from stagnant growth, crushing inflation or political instability, these Latin American nations deserve consideration ...
  36. Buying A Home: Cash Vs. Mortgage

    If you have the funds, should you buy your home with all cash? Here's how to decide which option – cash or mortgage – makes ...
  37. Steer Clear of Over-Priced Gap Insurance Providers

    Major insurers will generally give you a better deal on gap insurance than a car dealership. But watch for gaps in gap coverage. ...
  38. The 4 Worst Reasons For A Cash Advance

    They're convenient, especially in an emergency. But that's about the only good thing you can say about taking a cash advance. ...
  39. Savings Needed To Retire Abroad

    How much do you need to have saved for a comfortable retirement in another country? Here are figures for 5 popular expat ...
  40. How To Become A CPA

    If you've ever wondered what it takes to earn the CPA designation, here's your answer. Be prepared for lots of studying and ...
  41. Define Your Retirement

    Define your retirement and anticipate, how much annual income you may need to support the lifestyle you want.
  42. 12 Questions To Ask Before You Retire—Or Move

    Retirement will feel like the first time we have complete control over what we do and where we live, but making choices could ...
  43. Funding Higher Education With An ISA

    ISAs are financial instruments that allow students to raise funds to pay for their degrees by selling shares in their future ...
  44. Investing With Purpose: Target Date Funds

    Saving for retirement with a target date fund gives you a straightforward goal: retirement income that will last as long ...
  45. Car Title Loan Requirements

    Here's a list of what you need to qualify for a car title loan. Most important: having sole ownership of your car with no ...
  46. Where NOT To Invest in Latin America

    Venezuela has more oil than anyone, and Brazil and Argentina have lots going for them, too, so why can't they get out of ...
  47. Car Title Loan Limits

    You can usually get 25% to 50% of a car's value - but could pay more in interest than you borrowed if the loan rolls over ...
  48. States That Allow Car Title Loans

    Only some states permit car title loans – and those that do may have restrictions. Check this list to see what to expect.
  49. How Advisors Can Protect Inherited IRAs

    A new Supreme Court ruling has some financial advisors rushing to set up trusts to help protect inherited IRAs. Is that necessary?
  50. 10 Steps On The Career Ladder

    The job market has recovered enough, and people who had to scuffle to find a job can now start thinking about their next ...
  51. Keeping More Of Your ETF Capital Gains And Income

    How can you keep more of what you make or made when you retire? Minimize the taxes from short-term trades and taxable interest ...
  52. How To Avoid Retirement Sticker Shock

    Sticker shock, the realization that the cost of an item exceeds your ability to pay, is not the feeling you want to have ...
  53. Costs And Benefits Of A Home Depot Credit Card

    You probably have at least one regular credit card. Does it make sense to get one branded by Home Depot? Here's why you might ...
  54. The Most Common Roth IRA Investments

    What types of investments are most likely to be found in a Roth IRA (and why)?
  55. Steps To Buy A Home

    When you're ready to purchase a home, take these steps to make sure you get a good deal at a price you can afford.
  56. Decoding The Real Cost Of College

    How you can help yourself (and your child) prepare for and manage the cost of college.
  57. Medigap Insurance: Who Needs It?

    You already have Medicare. Why would you need to spend more money on Medigap? Here's why.
  58. Asset Protection Trusts: Help For Seniors

    How to use an irrevocable trust to qualify a senior for Medicaid and still preserve a portion of assets to support a spouse ...
  59. How Amgen Makes Billions On Just A Few Drugs

    Amgen produces relatively few drugs, but that's doesn't mean it's any less essential or profitable. Here's a look at the ...
  60. How Financial Advisors Can Adjust To Robo-advisors

    Advisors wary of robo-advisors should consider cutting their fees, being more tech-savvy and providing more specialized and ...
  61. How Online Banking Evolved Into A Financial Tool

    While today’s online banking is filled with amazing innovations, there was once a time when all banking was conducted at ...
  62. 7 Times It Costs More To Pay With A Credit Card

    Paying with credit cards can cost you more. Some merchants add an extra surcharge or convenience fee onto each transaction.
  63. 8 Ways To Save Up $1,000 Before Black Friday

    Waiting for Black Friday deals and sales, but you haven’t saved enough? Here, we show you 8 ways to save an entire $1,00 ...
  64. Holiday Savings: A Tip a Day Till Christmas

    Start planning and saving for the holiday season, to avoid starting the New Year with a mountain of holiday debt.
  65. The Key Differences Between ETFs And Mutual Funds

    Given the distinctions between the two kinds of funds, which one is better for you? It depends, so read on.
  66. Three Reasons Why Interest Rates Could Stay Low

    With long-term rates expectations in the US to modestly climb in the near future, interest rates are likely to remain low ...
  67. Munis, Midterms And What To Watch

    There are a few things worth watching in the medterm presidential elections.
  68. Consumer Staples Defend against Volatility

    Volatility has crept back into the market, but consumers can defend against price swings by investing in consumer staples.
  69. Roth IRAs: Investing And Trading Do’s And Don’ts

    Just what can you invest in in a Roth IRA? And what constitutes a prohibited transaction?
  70. 5 Things You Need To Know About Index Funds

    Index funds, at their best, offer a low-cost way for investors to track popular stock and bond market indexes. But not all ...
  71. How Does A Reverse Mortgage Work?

    The basics of getting a reverse mortgage, with detailed information on how to qualify and what to watch out for.
  72. Why Retirement Income Now Costs More

    The cost of future lifetime retirement income has outpaced increases in retirement savings balances. That’s left many pre-retirees ...
  73. 5 Key Factors Your Financial Plan May Not Address

    When the size of your IRAs and 401(K)s inputs a bunch of figures, out comes the verdict, and either: You're guilty of not ...
  74. Success: Hard Work Or Good Fortune?

    Any success that I may have had as a freelancer has been mostly hard work, but auspicious timing and lucky breaks have also ...
  75. What Can an Investor Learn from DuckTales?

    "DuckTales" told the story of Scrooge McDuck. Are there any lessons for an adult investor you might have missed as a child?
  76. When Taking Vows, Vow To Spend Less

    When we first went steady, it didin't matter that we had no money and weren't be able to support ourselves as newlyweds. ...
  77. The Right Place To Retire

    Before my husband and I got married, we made sure to be on the same page about values and children, but we didn’t discuss ...
  78. Closing In On Retirement? Read These Tips

    If you're within 10 years of retiring, you and your financial planner should heed these essential tips.
  79. Transferring Credit Card Balances To A New Card

    Before you take advantage of that new credit card's 0% interest balance transfer offer, read our step-by-step guide.
  80. Can Getting One Month Ahead Save Your Budget?

    My husband and I make a decent income but struggle to keep track of where it all goes and, more importantly, why it always ...
  81. How Sallie Mae Affects Student Loans

    Sallie Mae, which has financed many a college education, originally was a federally chartered government sponsored enterprise. ...
  82. The Top Reasons Behind The U.S. National Debt

    National debt, as with a business, is basically the difference between receipts and expenses--but in the U.S., the latter ...
  83. Do Drivers Really Need Gap Insurance?

    Gap insurance is worth it for drivers who are significantly upside-down on their car loan. That includes lessees and buyers ...
  84. 7 Ways To Protect Against Credit Card Hacks

    If you haven't been hacked yet, it may just be a matter of time. Here's how to protect yourself as much as possible before ...
  85. Get Up To Speed On Car Gap Insurance

    It covers the shortfall if your car is stolen or totaled, and insurance pays less than you owe on your loan. Dealers may ...
  86. Self-Directed IRA: The Right Move For You?

    How to benefit from the self-directed IRA's increased investment opportunities – and avoid the scams.
  87. Short Sale Strategies For Buyers And Investors

    Here's how to figure out if you will make money on buying a short-sale property – and when to steer clear of a deal that's ...
  88. 7 Factors That Affect Your Life Insurance Quote

    While age and gender have the most impact on your life insurance premiums, even your family medical history and hobbies can ...
  89. For Life Insurers, Making Money Is A Numbers Game

    Life insurance is a data-driven industry that relies on complex financial models to predict future expenses and income from ...
  90. 9 Reasons You May Never Retire

    As we face more years on this planet, the quality of that life becomes more important, and so you will need more gold to ...
  91. Top 10 Money Mistakes New Parents Make

    Although having a child is an exciting and exhilarating experience, it is very easy to lose track of finance or make unwise ...
  92. Lifestyle Inflation: Decide If It's Ever Okay

    I recently started sorting out my thoughts whether lifestyle inflation is ever okay and, if so, how do you decide when it ...
  93. Navigating E-commerce: Alibaba, eBay and Amazon

    Amazon, e-Bay and Alibaba were each game-changers in global e-commerce, with each not only finding its own niche, but inventing ...
  94. New 2015 Contribution Limits: Advisors Take Heed

    The Internal Revenue Service's new 2015 contribution limits for tax-deferred savings plans are higher; here's what you and ...
  95. The World's Lowest Cost of Living for Retirement

    6 countries that offer a high quality of living at a low cost for retirees. Great healthcare, plenty of activities, warm ...
  96. Rewrite Your Finance Industry Resume & Get Hired

    Looking for a job in the financial services industry? Here's how to write a resume that gets you noticed.
  97. HUD-1 Form: What Must Be On It

    You can't close on property involving federally related mortgages without a HUD-1 form. Use these instructions for a correct ...
  98. Credit Card Breach: How To Stay Safe

    You learn that credit card numbers have been stolen from a store you use. How to protect yourself in general – and what to ...
  99. Do Your Card's Travel Benefits Make The Grade?

    If you take frequent trips, it pays to evaluate the different travel benefits that a credit card offers – from airline miles ...
  100. The Most Helpful Tools On The IRS.gov Website

    Don’t waste your time wading through the slew of private and corporate tax websites out there. Go straight to the source: ...
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