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  1. How To Use Your IRA As A Last-Minute Tax Deduction

    While some people are stressing over their taxes, there is a big advantage to delaying the process: You can maximize your ...
  2. Studying In The United States: New York City

    Advice for international students on how to budget if you want to go to college in New York City.
  3. Getting A Mortgage After Bankruptcy Or Foreclosure

    Millions of Americans had homes foreclosed and millions more went into bankruptcy. Here are the necessary qualifying steps ...
  4. Why Do Credit Cards Expire?

    Credit cards expire for more reasons than you could imagine – including, so you don't forget you have the card.
  5. Best IRA Accounts For Beginners

    Opening your first IRA should be just an early step in your ongoing financial education, for the more help you need, the ...
  6. How (And Why) To Open an IRA Now

    Take these simple steps to set up an Individual Retirement Account that will save you tax money and set you up for the future.
  7. Foreigner Starting A Business In The U.S.?

    Keep these four startup steps in mind before you do.
  8. Will Itemized Deductions Get You A Bigger Refund?

    April and taxes are due soon. If you need to file your return, you might have to decide if itemizing your deductions this ...
  9. Top U.S. Cities For The College Class of '15

    Look for a city with a low unemployment rate, a high number of job opportunities, a sizable job market and good starting ...
  10. Resume Tips For Internships

    Here's how to put together a strong resume for an internship that can open the way to your field of dreams.
  11. What Tech Companies Seeking Funding Must Overcome

    Tech companies face a unique set of challenges, including a need for timely responses to changes in technology and difficulty ...
  12. Tips for Spreading the Wealth to Relatives

    There are many ways that your clients can move money or other assets to relatives in order to reduce their tax bills. Here's ...
  13. Tips for Gen X Savers at Age 50

    This is the time to stop and take a careful assessment of where Gen X savers are and see what changes they need to make to ...
  14. Vietnam -- New Asian Hot Spot For Tech Investment

    Vietnam now has a rapidly expanding tech sector that's attracting investors from around the globe due to low business costs ...
  15. How Microeconomics Affects Everyday Life

    Microeconomics is the study of how individuals and businesses make decisions to maximize satisfaction. Microeconomic principles ...
  16. Meet The Company Behind Your FICO Score

    There are other credit scores that evaluate lending risk, but FICO is still the choice of most U.S. lenders.
  17. Tips for Handling Client Inheritance

    When clients leave or receive an inheritance, be prepared to deal with much more than mere paperwork or financial transactions.
  18. How Youtube Ad Revenue Works

    Many people make money off of their YouTube videos through ad revenue, but just exactly how does Youtube Ad Revenue work? ...
  19. How MasterCard Likely Earned a Spot in Your Wallet

    An in depth look at MasterCard and its future prospects as an investment.
  20. How Advisors Can Help Clients with Dementia

    Advisors may be called on to monitor and react to changes in their clients' mental acuity. Here's what to consider.
  21. Which Assets Can You Hold In Your IRA?

    You're not allowed to hold every kind of asset in an IRA. What can you include – and which ones are banned?
  22. Best (And Worst) Places To Change Money In Vegas

    Skip the booths at the airport and find an ATM when you want to exchange currency. Or try to use your credit card. Another ...
  23. 12 Experts Explain The Secret To Buffett’s Success

    We interviewed some of America’s biggest money experts, and threw them a gauntlet: Tell us the secret to Warren Buffett’s ...
  24. Save $30,000 For A Home Down Payment In 5 Months

    Before tackling mortgage rates, home maintenance costs and utilities, every home buyer must first gather the funds for a ...
  25. Advice on Dealing with Unequal Inheritances

    When it comes to inheritances, the concept of equal versus equitable can be hard to navigate, even when all parties are reasonable. ...
  26. The Tangled Web of Interest Rates, Mortgage Rates, And The Economy

    The article looks into the interwoven relationship between the economy, interest rates, and mortgage rates.
  27. 6 Ways To Build Credit Without A Credit Card

    It's definitely possible – if a bit more complicated – to build a credit history without traditional credit cards. Just follow ...
  28. Crowdfunding: Wide Opening For Tech Investors

    Crowdfunding has dramatically changed investing and opened the door for the public to get in on all types of exciting startups, ...
  29. The First Thing You Should Do With Your Tax Refund

    Nobody likes to pay taxes, but everyone loves to get a tax refund. When the check arrives in the mail, it's hard to resist ...
  30. Master's Degrees: The US vs. The UK

    When deciding whether to pursue a master's degree in the US or UK, consider degree structure, cost, and quality of education.
  31. Taboola: How "Content You May Like" Makes Money

    Taboola's tagline, “content you may like,” conveys a lot about its business philosophy.
  32. Studying in the United States: Boston

    With more colleges than most cities, Boston is a mecca for students from around the world. Here's what to budget to study ...
  33. 5 Small Business Ideas With Big Potential

    Here are five businesses almost anyone can start their own and grow as they gain experience.
  34. Emerging Startup Cities Of 2015

    While Silicon Valley and New York have been the birthplace of several well-known startups, other U.S. cities are making names ...
  35. Homeowners Insurance Losers: States That Pay Most

    Which states charge you the most for homeowner's insurance? Hint: They're regularly featured on the Weather Channel.
  36. Why These Could Be 2015's 10 Best REITs

    If you want to get on the REIT money train, then you better hurry up. However, the REITs covered here have potential beyond ...
  37. GLD vs. IAU: Which Gold ETF is Better?

    Looking to play gold with ETFs? A look at SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD) versus iShs Gold Trust Trust Units (IAU).
  38. Facebook Money Transfer: Transforming E-Commerce

    Facebook's payment service holds huge prospects for Facebook’s business. Here’s how it works, and how it will impact e-commerce ...
  39. How Safe Is Venmo And Why Is It Free?

    Venmo is a digital wallet that allows users to send money with ease. Millions use the service, but is it actually safe?
  40. Studying in the United States: Chicago

    Would you enjoy going to college in Chicago? Here's what it's like to study and live in the Windy City.
  41. Is Automation Destroying Intellectual Jobs?

    As more jobs are automated, intellectual jobs that require the human brain remain, but does artificial intelligence pose ...
  42. The Importance of Excel in Business

    Microsoft Excel is an indispensable tool for any business.
  43. Study Abroad: Budget For Germany

    One of the best investments you can make is in study abroad. And Germany, with some of the world's top universities, is surprisingly ...
  44. How Does An IRS Audit Work?

    It doesn't automatically mean an IRS agent will be ringing your doorbell. Here are the different types of IRS audits and ...
  45. Why Are Tesla Cars So Expensive?

    What makes Tesla cars so expensive? Short supply and pricey parts is a good place to start.
  46. Should You Tune In To the Market Noise?

    The world of investing is growing within the exchange traded fund (ETF) space, which has low costs and gives the ability ...
  47. 5 Smart Tips For Raising Financially Literate Kids

    Help your children learn to be financially literate with these strategies. Financial savvy begins with what they learn from ...
  48. Fast-Growing Israeli Startups Pulling Investors In

    Due to its government's policies, and an innovative defense sector that offers high-level training, Israel has become fertile ...
  49. How to Evaluate a Robo-advisor

    With the addition of robo-advisors, investors have a variety of new choices when it comes to how they find help in managing ...
  50. Getting A Mortgage When Building Your Own Home

    It's much harder to get a loan when you're building a home, not moving into one. Here's where to look and what to expect.
  51. How To Buy A Beach Condo In The Philippines

    Foreigners can't buy land in the Philippines – but they can buy condos. Here's how to get one at the beach.
  52. How to Help Clients Find Unclaimed Assets

    Locating unclaimed money or other property for clients can be a very useful additional service that can help you to add value ...
  53. Rethinking About Retirement Investing?

    There are plenty of reasons to rethink your retirement investing, wherever you fall on the spectrum between fatalistic acceptance ...
  54. Cash Back, Miles or 0% APR: Comparing Card Perks

    Consumers have a lot of choice these days when it comes to credit card rewards, including cash back, airline miles and introductory ...
  55. How To Save On Currency Exchanges in NYC

    You will get the best exchange rate in New York, but it's good to arrive in the U.S. with some dollars in your pocket. Here ...
  56. Find The Top Three Retirement Cities Of Vietnam

    Vietnam has a low cost of living, beautiful beaches and mountains – and is friendly to Westerners. A preview vacation may ...
  57. The Upside Of Working Past Retirement

    If you love your work, or your paycheck, or both, there's no reason you have to quit your job just because you hit retirement ...
  58. Terrible Credit Score? Try These Credit Cards

    When your credit is less than stellar you have fewer choices. But some are still better than others. Here's our read on which ...
  59. Vanguard Readies Muni Bond ETF

    Vanguard is set to roll out a muni bond ETF, the firm's first.
  60. Who Wants to be a 401(k) Millionaire?

    Want to be a 401(k) millionaire? Here are some tips to get you on the right path.
  61. The Pros and Cons of 401(k) Loans

    A look at the pros and cons of 401(k) loans.
  62. Why Are Consumers In Hesitation?

    Diverging monetary policy globally and a stronger dollar continued to be key drivers of the recent underperformance and last ...
  63. The Key to McDonald's? 70 Million Customers a Day

    Even when it has an underperforming year, McDonald’s is still one of the most profitable companies around.
  64. Are Longevity Annuities in 401(k)s a Good Idea?

    An in depth look at the arrival of longevity annuities in 401(k)s and IRAs.
  65. Is Now the Right Time to Buy a House?

    Thinking of buying a home? Consider these factors first.
  66. Should Investors Nix Actively Managed Funds?

    Index fund returns are on a tear but does this mean investors should nix actively managed funds?
  67. Industries That Will Disappear Soon

    As new technologies are introduced, new industries and jobs are created. However, which older industries and their profits ...
  68. How to Train Your New Financial Advisor

    Once you've hired a new adviser, an equally important process begins: training them.
  69. What Do You Need To Know About Inflation?

    When it comes to inflation, there is no shortage of opinions: one side argues the Fed should raise rates, and the opposition ...
  70. Switzerland's Declining Tax Haven Appeal

    Switzerland's tax haven allure is being threatened by efforts by the US and other governments to make Swiss banks give up ...
  71. Manhattan Luxury Condos As Investments

    New York City real estate is a trending investment for foreign investors.
  72. Best (And Worst) Ways To Change Money In Europe

    Which are the cheapest– and most costly – ways to exchange money when you're in Europe? See if you made the right choices ...
  73. 7 Ways To Increase Your Home's Appraisal Value

    When it's time to sell your home – or refinance it – it will need to be appraised. Here's how to make sure the valuation ...
  74. What’s Missing For A Turnaround In Brazil?

    Today, many investors have written off Brazil following several years of poor performance, decelerating growth and chronically ...
  75. How To Move From Nest Egg To Income?

    Income vs. a nest egg is closely tied to what most of us are ultimately interested in for retirement – maintaining our standard ...
  76. Is An MIT Education Worth the Tuition?

    An education from MIT may look pricey on the surface, but the earning potential of graduates means it's usually a very solid ...
  77. Made A Mistake On Your Tax Return? Don't Panic

    You can always file an amended return. But the sooner you do it, the better.
  78. Top Financial Planning Colleges: A Primer

    An overview of the top colleges for financial planners and advisors.
  79. Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Master Card

    Should you pay the annual fee (waived the first year) for this rewards travel card? See how it compares.
  80. Grad School After College: Go Right Away Or Wait?

    Going sooner keeps the education momentum going, but there are times when it pays to wait. Here's how to decide.
  81. Why Gold's Price is More than 'Supply and Demand'

    The price of gold is moved by a combination of factors. But the way they work together is sometimes counterintuitive.
  82. Eyeing REITs? Consider these Risks

    REITs are a great way to invest in real estate without all the drama and headaches. That said, there are risks.
  83. What Pet Insurance Actually Covers

    If you buy insurance for your pet, what will it cover – and what will you still have to pay for?
  84. Airbnb or Hotel: Which Is Better for Vegas Visitors?

    Airbnb will likely cost you a lot less than a hotel. Here's a look at the pluses and minuses – and some specific hotel vs. ...
  85. Business Taxes: Not Paying More Than You Have To

    If you're a small business owner, note these potential tax deductibles so that you don't pay taxes that could have been extra ...
  86. Is $200,000 Enough To Retire In The Philippines?

    How long would $200,000 in savings last if you retired in the Philippines? Longer than in most countries, especially if you ...
  87. Ready For The Entrepreneurial Leap?

    There are key traits and motivations that characterize an entrepreneur; these aren't necessarily genetic, but can be acquired ...
  88. Is Pet Insurance Worth The Price?

    Should you insure your pet? Here's how pet insurance works and how to decide if it's worth buying this coverage.
  89. Helping Clients Choose Long-Term Care Insurance

    The need for long-term care has become an inescapable (and pricey) issue for retirees. Here's what financial advisors can ...
  90. The Cheapest Times To Fly To New York City

    Summer is the costliest season to travel to the Big Apple from abroad. You'll save money in the colder months, as long as ...
  91. When Is It Cheaper To Fly To Europe?

    When can you fly to Europe for the lowest fares? Hint: You'll need gloves and a scarf.
  92. How To Arrange An Installment Agreement For Taxes

    Not enough cash on hand for your April 15th tax bill? No need to panic. Here's what to do.
  93. Why Early Retirement Is A Bad Idea

    8 good reasons to put off your retirement date
  94. Helping Young Investors Avoid Financial Pitfalls

    Young investors are especially prone to financial mistakes. Here's what you can do to help them.
  95. Is PayPal's Credit Card Worth Getting?

    You can use PayPal with credit cards from many issuers. But now you can also use a PayPal card – and apply the rewards directly ...
  96. What Do Certified Financial Planners Earn?

    Individuals with the Certified Financial Planner designation enjoy an above-average salary range as well as promising current ...
  97. IRA Holders Face New Rules in 2015

    New rules for IRA holders mean less loopholes in 2015.
  98. Is This Dividend Stock A Value Or Value Trap?

    We can say that Fifth Street Finance has had a rough year, but there's a huge difference between an undervalued stock and ...
  99. SAT Vs. ACT: 6 Key Differences

    While there's some overlap in content, the ACT and SAT exams have significant differences that students should consider before ...
  100. Top Tips for Family Wealth Transfers

    Essential tips for tackling family wealth transfers.
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