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  1. The Best Colleges for Financial Aid: Public or Private?

    What are the best colleges for financial aid? Are the much cheaper state schools a better choice than their private-school ...
  2. 10 Ways Advisors Can Help Clients Improve Credit Scores

    Properly managing credit scores can help get new loans and save a lot of money in the process.
  3. Don't Blow Your Pay Raise – Use It!

    Put your pay raise to work and you can end up with a windfall.
  4. What Investors Don’t Know About How Trump Will Transform the Fed

    Trump's likely FOMC appointees would represent a dramatic hawkish shift in policy.
  5. Unlimited Data Offers Mean New Carrier Price War

    All four leading wireless carriers are now offering unlimited plans, ushering in a new price war.
  6. Fundamentals: Why Unilever Rejected Kraft Heinz's $50/shr Offer

    When you look at the fundamentals, it's clear why Unilever said no to Kraft Heinz's $50/share offer.
  7. The Interest Rates: APR, APY And EAR

    When most people shop for financial products, all they focus on is the listed interest rate. Human eyes instinctively dismiss ...
  8. The 5 Best Alternatives to Zillow & Trulia

    Understand the online real estate industry and how Zillow and Trulia are industry leaders. Learn about alternatives to Zillow ...
  9. Top 8 House-Hunting Mistakes

    These common mistakes occur when you allow your emotions to take over.
  10. The Pitfalls of Buying a Foreclosure House

    Find out if the house you're eyeing is really a good deal.
  11. Top 4 Things That Determine a Home's Value

    Your house depreciates over time, while the land beneath it is likely to do the opposite.
  12. Should You Buy Property on Leased Land?

    Find out what to consider before investing in a leased-land property.
  13. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  14. 6 Things You Think Add Value To Your Home - But Really Don't

    Even though you may enjoy the improvements you make to your house, it doesn't mean that they'll increase its value.
  15. 6 Dangerous Moves for First-Time Investors

    First-time investors beware of these potentially disastrous decisions.
  16. J.D. Rockefeller: From Oil Baron To Billionaire

    Eighty years after his death, this man remains one of the great figures of Wall Street.
  17. Making Sure Assets Go to Non-Spousal Heirs

    Save non-spousal heirs taxes on your estate by moving your assets from a qualified plan.
  18. Taking the Emotion out of Investing

    The health of your investment portfolio depends on your ability to take emotions out of investing.
  19. Compounding Is Important in the Later Years Too

    The power of compounding is even greater in the later years of saving for retirement.
  20. Cadre

    Cadre employs a sophisticated platform for users to manage the real estate investment process.
  21. How Retirees Should Think About Market Corrections

    Stock market corrections can be scary for retirees living off their investment income. How to cushion the blow.
  22. Who Can Really Help at Your Local Social Security Office

    Many calls to Social Security end in frustration. It doesn't have to be that way.
  23. This Year's Tax Preparation Fees: What to Expect

    Tax preparation fees aren't one size fits all. What you pay will vary – depending on the complexity of your return, who does ...
  24. Broker or Trader: Which Career is Right For You?

    A day in the life of a broker or trader is an exciting and varied one. Find out how to decide between these two financial ...
  25. A Guide to Socially Responsible Investing

    This is where socially responsible investing came from and what it means.
  26. How Tech Helps RIAs Like Alexandria Capital Grow AUM

    Many financial firms are leveraging technology to achieve rapid growth. Here's how.
  27. Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Home Sales?

    Taxes are only paid on home sales if your proceeds exceed a certain amount.
  28. Is Your Credit Score at 850? It Can Be!

    Use these tips to increase your credit score and your ability to get low interest rates on loans.
  29. 5 Things to Teach Your Teen About Money

    Use these questions to have a successful discussion with your teen about financial security.
  30. Robo-Advisors: Major Players and Their Offerings

    Here's a round-up of the most well-known robo-advisors and what they offer.
  31. Trump's Executive Orders (So Far)

    Trump has been fulfilling campaign promises by issuing executive orders.
  32. Alexander Acosta

    Secretary of Labor
  33. Top 4 Long-Term Infrastructure Stocks for 2017

    President Trump is promising major infrastructure spending, and these long-term infrastructure stocks are positioned to outperform.
  34. 5 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Mortgage Broker

    Applying for a mortgage can be a strenuous process. Here are five things to avoid doing when meeting with your mortgage broker. ...
  35. Watch Out for "Junk" Mortgage Fees

    So many fees are tacked onto a mortgage, that it's easy to pay more than you have to.
  36. Opinion: As Trump Raves, Moment of Truth for GOP

    The broader issues of Trump’s character — the ease with which he lies, his not fully understood fealty to Putin, his reliance ...
  37. Top 3 Bear Market ETFs for 2017

    These 3 bear market ETFs will keep you safe when the market drops. They could make you money if the market pulls back or ...
  38. Can the Banking Industry Defend Itself Against Alternative Lending?

    If it learns to embrace fintech like its non-bank competitors have done.
  39. The 9 Things You Should Never Pack

    Chainsaws are illegal if you pack them in a carry-on. Here's what you can bring (and should leave at home).
  40. Acadia Pharmaceuticals Surge Higher Is More Than M&A Rumors

    Shares of ACAD are off to fast start in 2017, but there is more to the story than just M&A activity.
  41. Nikki Haley

    United States Ambassador to the United Nations
  42. Thomas Bossert

    Homeland Security Advisor
  43. Amazon Benefits From Keeping Numbers Under Wraps

    Amazon had teased with huge figures before revealing Prime revenue, but its habit of not sharing exact numbers is good for ...
  44. Kellyanne Conway

    Counselor to the President
  45. Andrew Puzder

    Secretary of Labor – WITHDRAWN
  46. 4 Risky Moves to Buy a Home That People Are Making

    A new study from Owners.com suggests that Americans may be willing to make some risky moves to buy a home in 2017. Here are ...
  47. 9 Gentrifying Neighborhoods in the Bay Area

    There are a number of gentrifying neighborhoods in the Bay Area, which is home to some of the highest rents and home prices ...
  48. Who Killed Sears? 50 Years on the Road to Ruin

    Sears (SHLD) was once a paragon of American business. Now it is on an $8 billion losing streak. What happened?
  49. What Should Market Watchers Prepare for in 2017?

    A Q&A with Mark Okada, CIO and Co-Founder of Highland Capital Management, on his investment outlook.
  50. Converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth

    When is it a good idea to convert traditional IRA funds into Roth IRA funds? And when does it not make sense?
  51. Explaining Types of Fixed Annuities

    Learn about this popular retirement tool, its pros and cons and how annuities work to create a guaranteed regular stream ...
  52. Case Study: The Collapse of Lehman Brothers

    Lehman Brothers survived many financial crises in its long history. Find out what finally drove it to bankruptcy.
  53. 5 Top Tax Concerns Clients Face

    Clients of advisors may have more tax issues as their financial plans become more complicated.
  54. Are You Financially Stressed?

    Working with a certified financial planner can help alleviate financial stress.
  55. 5 Things Debt Collectors Can't Do to You

    You may owe money, but you still have rights. Know what's illegal.
  56. Timeshares: Dream Vacation or Money Pit?

    This popular real estate product has its advantages, but don't expect to make a profit.
  57. The Priorities of Personal Finance

    Before saving everything for retirement, make sure you're living life now and have insurance in place.
  58. Should You Let Turbo Tax Share Your Data?

    Should you let TurboTax share your data? Possible reward: great deals on student loan refinancing. But there are issues.
  59. How Well Do You Understand ETFs?

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are very different from common stock of public companies.
  60. The Top 3 Growth Avenues for Advisors in 2017

    These are three options advisors have when considering the future growth of their business.
  61. The Roles Fear and Greed Play in Investing

    Fear and greed both can play a negative role in financial planning and investing.
  62. Making Money with Managed Futures Funds

    Managed futures funds can be lucrative, but investors should be wary of incurring hidden costs. Ask for a clear explanation ...
  63. What Do You Need to Know About Annuities?

    There are varying views on annuities. Use this basic information to draw your own conclusions.
  64. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  65. Health Savings Account or Health Investment Account?

    Don't just use your HSA as a savings account, use it as an investment account.
  66. Redtail Technology

    Redtail firm provides advisors with web-based software that allows them to manage their client base.
  67. Top 4 Dividend Stocks for 2017

    With today's low interest rates, stocks that pay good dividends are an attractive option for a steady stream of income.
  68. How Do Interest Rates Affect the Stock Market?

    Interest rates can have a complicated ripple effect through financial markets. Here's what you need to know.
  69. Two Great Stock Ideas in the IBB Biotech ETF

    We take a deep dive into the NASDAQ Biotech ETF (IBB) to look for great investment ideas.
  70. Pre-Qualified Vs. Pre-Approved - What's The Difference?

    These terms may sound the same, but they mean very different things for homebuyers.
  71. Avoid Capital Gains Tax on Your Home Sale

    If you have property to sell and want to avoid capital gains tax, a Section 1031 exchange may be the answer.
  72. Things Nursing Homes Are Not Allowed to Do

    Nursing home residents just got new safeguards to their rights – rights they aren't suppose to lose when entering a facility.
  73. Saving for Retirement: Life’s Most Expensive Purchase

    Most Americans know that saving for retirement is important. So why aren't they saving more?
  74. A Good Credit Score: Why Do You Need It?

    Your credit score can affect your ability to borrow money, buy a house or even get a job.
  75. Retail Is Moving From the Malls to the Internet

    Investors in the retail sector need to be aware of the shift from stores to online shopping.
  76. Implied Volatility: Buy Low and Sell High

    This value is an essential ingredient in the option pricing recipe.
  77. Work at a Public Company? Here's How You Can Sell Your Stock

    Wealthfront has added an employee stock selling program to its platform.
  78. 3 Ways to Start Lowering Next Year's Tax Bill Now

    Here are three ways you can start to lower next year's tax bill.
  79. 24 Statistics About Investing You Need to Know

    When you are investing, keep these 25 investing statistics in mind.
  80. Why Blogging Is Such an Important Tool for Advisors

    Here's how marketing techniques like blogging can help advisors grow assets under management.
  81. How to Evaluate a Company's Balance Sheet

    Asset performance shows how what a company owes and owns affects its investment quality.
  82. Will My Social Security Benefits Be Taxed?

    If, and how much, your social security benefits are taxed depends on your income and where you live.
  83. It's Tax Season, Are You Prepared?

    It's tax season again. Use these tips to be prepared to file and protect yourself from cybercrime.
  84. What Is the Most Important Financial Lesson?

    When it comes to learning lessons about your finances, it helps to think about the future.
  85. What If You Don't Get Your 1099 & Other Must-Knows About This Tax Form

    They're arriving in the mail now. Don't ignore them, or you could be buying trouble with the IRS.
  86. Why Johnny Depp and Mike Tyson Sued their Advisors

    Here's why Johnny Depp and Mike Tyson recently filed lawsuits against their former advisors.
  87. Why and How You Should Consider Investing in Gold

    Here's how gold can be a part of almost everyone's portfolio.
  88. The Unknown Dangers of Target Date Funds

    If they fit within your risk tolerance and have reasonable fees, target date funds can be an option.
  89. How Retirees Should Think About Investing

    Older households are still rebuilding their assets in a post-recession environment. Learn how to think about the task during ...
  90. How Much Cash Should You Keep In The Bank?

    Which portion of your money belongs in a bank, not somewhere else?
  91. Take the Right Steps to Build Excellent Credit

    There are several things you can do to protect and improve your credit score.
  92. Unicorn Profile: Palantir Technologies

    Palantir uses big data to advise the private sector and U.S. government, including the Navy SEALs
  93. Steve Mnuchin

    Secretary of the Treasury
  94. Why Marriage Makes Financial Sense

    Getting married has many financial positives. Here are some of them.
  95. Michael Flynn

    National Security Advisor – RESIGNED
  96. Tarullo Departure Gives Trump a Huge Opening at the Fed

    With three seats to fill on the Fed's board, President Trump a huge opportunity to put his stamp on Fed policy.
  97. Obamacare Repeal: Medicare Prices Could Soar

    Medicare recipients face possible higher healthcare costs through Trump's proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
  98. This Is How Property Taxes Are Calculated

    Understanding how property taxes work will ensure that you won't be overcharged.
  99. How Having a Job Affects Social Security Benefits

    Social Security benefits mean a lot to retirees' finances. Having a job, even part-time, can complicate matters if certain ...
  100. What You Should Know About IRA Beneficiaries: Part 2

    Here's how IRAs, and the beneficiaries you name, work with wills and trusts.
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