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  1. Is An Online Financial Advisor Right For You?

    Is an online adviser right for you? As with most questions in financial planning, the answer is 'it depends.' Here are a ...
  2. The Best (And Worst) Countries To Be An Entrepeneur

    Where you start a business can influence its success. This new World Bank study will help you find the most – and least – ...
  3. Taking Smaller And More Manageable Resolutions

    Something you can do for your savings and investing resolutions this year is to rely on tools already available at your workplace ...
  4. Social Security: To Delay Or Not To Delay?

    Should you delay taking your Social Security benefits? As with most things in the financial planning world the answer is: ...
  5. Is An American College Education Still Worth It?

    The total cost of a university education continues to outpace inflation. For some degrees, that expense isn't likely to pay ...
  6. Do You Have An Investing Strategy?

    Get Rich Slowly found about the insights on investing from about 2,000 selected individuals by an online survey. Do they ...
  7. Why You Should Start Investing Early?

    You need to be patient, diligent and perseverant to be successful at investing, but more importantly, you need to start early. ...
  8. How Do Americans Keep Minimizing Their Net Worth?

    It can be great to live in the moment, but the actions and decisions you make now can greatly impact your sense of financial ...
  9. Strange Bedfellows Or Archrivals? Southwest vs Jet Blue

    Shareholders will continue to be drawn by Southwest’s and JetBlue’s proven business models.
  10. Looking to Open a Franchise? These Topped The List In 2014

    These franchise businesses stood out in 2014.
  11. How The Internet Web Ad Industry Works

    Over the past 10 years, advertising strategies have evolved as a result of technological development as the internet has ...
  12. Tinder to Start Swiping for Cash?

    For two years, Tinder has been able to stay afloat without relying on any kind of revenue stream. Now, the free match-making ...
  13. The Top Places For Retiring in Italy

    You don't need to be a Gucci to afford to retire in Italy, but saving money means finding a less-traveled spot. Start by ...
  14. Find The Best Personal Finance Software

    Should you pay for personal finance software or get it free? The best program for you depends on your needs and how private ...
  15. Margin Investing: Big Risk, Big Reward

    Investing on margin can be profitable but it's a risky play that needs care.
  16. 6 Characteristics Of Successful Apps

    Not every new company or product makes it, but many successful startups share the following characteristics.
  17. Tips For Managing A Cash Windfall

    Many of us fantasize about winning a big lottery jackpot. Let’s say that actually happened? What would you do with the money? ...
  18. Visiting Tokyo And New York: How Costs Compare

    What visitors to these two great (but expensive) tourist meccas can expect to pay for hotel, meals and seeing the sights. ...
  19. Mint.com: Top Free Tools To Track Your Money

    This website offers free tools and helpful videos for those needing to keep good track of their finances
  20. Planning Ahead for 2015's Tax Law Changes

    Increased 401(k) limits can help savers put away more money for retirement in 2015—but some new restrictions are coming for ...
  21. 5 Things Debt Collectors Can't Do To You

    You may owe money, but you still have rights. There's a long list of things debt collectors are banned from doing to you. ...
  22. Top Stock Market Apps For News Or Trading Or Both!

    When it comes to managing finances and tracking the markets on the go, there are a number of excellent apps that can be downloaded ...
  23. Top Forex Trading Apps

    A brief overview of the top apps that help forex traders with on time information, charts and more.
  24. Will Pandora And Spotify Disrupt Music Royalties?

    As technology has evolved, the landscape of the music industry has changed from radio broadcasts to mp3 and now streaming ...
  25. Are Advisors Off Alternatives?

    With stocks surging, financial advisers and their wealthy clients are asking why they should continue to bother with poorly ...
  26. How To Beat Off A Zombie Debt Collector

    Sounds like a bad horror movie, but it really could happen to you. Here's how to identify zombie debt and send collectors ...
  27. Inside Secrets Of The Debt Collection Business

    Understanding how the debt collection business works will give you a better chance of coming out ahead if you ever have to ...
  28. Tips For Managing Inflation In Retirement

    Even though inflation currently seems tame, it's still the worst enemy of retirees. Here are some tips to reduce its impact.
  29. How Social Security Will Change In 2015

    The average retiree’s check will rise by 1.7% in 2015, the Social Security Administration says. And the ceiling on taxable ...
  30. How To Push Back Against A Debt Collector

    Debt collectors can be professional or nasty beyond belief. Here's how to fight back – and what your rights and obligations ...
  31. Know The Cost of Living Where You Plan To Retire

    When considering where to live after retiring, it's important to keep in mind the type of taxes that would have to be paid ...
  32. 5 Crucial Tips For Your Retirement Income Planning

    Here are strategies to ensure that your assets have staying power, and that your wealth-making years provide enough funds ...
  33. Putting Your Retirement Eggs in Several Baskets

    When trying to reduce the volatility of one's investments, it's good to diversify by varying one's portfolio assets or doing ...
  34. ShopRite: Supermarket Model for Modern Shoppers?

    ShopRite is a supermarket model that stands out amid the everyday, widespread, corporate-controlled supermarket chains. But ...
  35. Top Credit Card Options For International Students

    It's tough to get a credit card when you move to the U.S. with no Social Security number and no American credit history. ...
  36. Resume Strategies To Get That Finance Job

    What to include – and leave out – to create the kind of resume that will get you the interview that lands you the job.
  37. Ways To Cut 401(k) Expenses

    You might need to be vigilant and a bit creative to lower overall 401(k) expenses, but the payoff can be big. Here's a quick ...
  38. Guidance On Pairing Annuities, Target Date Funds

    The Treasury and the IRS have issued new guidance on pairing annuities with target date funds. Here's a look.
  39. Money-Saving Tax Breaks For College Grads

    Even if you graduate from college with a heavy debt load – especially if you do – use these tax benefits to ease your transition ...
  40. Tread Carefully With Retirement Plan Rollovers

    Compelled to rollover your retirement plan? Beware of bad advice, unsuitable options and 'toxic' tactics.
  41. Hotel Night Auctions Explained

    To undercut competitors in the online space, opaque pricing and auction nights have provided leaders in the hotel industry ...
  42. Before You Choose An FHA Mortgage: 7 Key Points

    FHA mortgages offer flexibility and low down payments, though they're often pricier than traditional loans backed by private ...
  43. Protect Your Nest Egg From A Bear Market

    The economy has its ups and downs. Investors who take a disciplined approach and diversify their portfolio are better prepared ...
  44. Choosing A Health Plan For Your Chronic Illness

    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, you can no longer be denied health insurance for having a pre-existing or chronic medical ...
  45. Funds That Should Be On Every Investor’s Radar

    When most investors begin planning for a steady income stream in retirement, they tend to gravitate towards fixed-income ...
  46. Does That Dental Insurance Have Cavities?

    Four key factors to check out before you just sign up for dental insurance. The coverage could be really worth it – or not.
  47. Which Credit Cards Are Best After Bankruptcy?

    Building back credit after bankruptcy generally starts with getting a secured credit card. Here's how to identify the best ...
  48. Have You Considered A Mid-Life Career Change?

    The notion of retirement needs to be reinvented, because times have changed. The new model of living expectancy has changed ...
  49. How Much Do You Know About College Savings Plans?

    Despite the popularity of the tax-advantaged college-savings vehicle, certain aspects are still misunderstood. Check your ...
  50. How Good An Investment Is Life Insurance?

    Compared to other options, does it ever make sense to include cash-value life insurance in your investment portfolio? A look ...
  51. The Best Credit Cards For Holiday Shopping

    Some cards offer particularly good deals for holiday shoppers. Decision point: Do you need the best possible rewards or ...
  52. 7 Ways To Minimize Your 2014 Taxes By December 31

    The year's not quite over yet. See whether taking any of these steps would leave you owing less in 2014 taxes, come April.
  53. How To Find The Best (And Cheapest!) Deals On Travel

    A variety of tech companies such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and Travelmob, travelers provide a comparable alternative to ...
  54. New Options For Investors To Crowdfund The Next Billion Dollar Startup

    The phenomenal success of crowdfunding shows the public's support for startups and small business projects.
  55. How High Is A 'Good' Credit Score?

    How high a credit score do you need to get a home mortgage or buy a car? Read on for some actual numbers.
  56. Retiring In Europe? Check Out These Countries

    If retiring in Europe has always been your fantasy, you can make it a reality. Four countries that top the good-for-expats ...
  57. Top Credit Cards For Airline Miles

    Which companies offer the best credit cards for airline miles travel? Two resources to examine closely.
  58. Retire? Me? Smart Strategies For Business Owners

    Retiring successfully if you're a small business owner requires both an exit strategy and a good retirement plan. Here's ...
  59. Universal Design Improvements That Increase Your Home's Value

    Universal design improvements yield great returns for homeowners, either through increased future comfort, or broader market ...
  60. Review: The Walmart Credit Card

    A high-interest card with no annual fee and some good rewards, the Walmart Credit Card is worth a look, especially if you ...
  61. Time To Hire A Senior Move Manager?

    Watch for these signs that you or an elderly family member may need to downsize and move somewhere easier to manange. A senior ...
  62. A New Solution To Help Seniors Relocate

    As Americans age – and families try to cope – the new field of senior move managers helps seniors relocate to safer homes ...
  63. Do Credit Inquiries Hurt Your Credit Score?

    There are two types of credit inquiries, but only one can lower your credit score. Learn the difference and act accordingly.
  64. What Advisors Can Learn From Ultra-Wealthy Clients

    The demands of bellwether ultra-wealthy clients are changing; here's what to expect and how to adjust your practices.
  65. Required Minimum Distributions: A Reminder

    For many retirees with IRAs and other retirement plans, the end of the year means taking a minimum distribution. Here's what ...
  66. Online Portfolio Management, DIY or Fee-Based Financial Advisor: Which Is Right For ...

    Should you use an online financial planning service, or do professional, fee-based financial planners justify their higher ...
  67. 4 Steps to Finding the Right Health Plan

    Consumers buying health insurance on the individual market have more choice than ever. These steps can help lead you to the ...
  68. Tips for Finding Affordable Health Insurance

    One of the easiest ways to save money is to compare health plans sold on an exchange and those sold directly through an insurer. ...
  69. A Day In The Life Of An Accountant

    An analysis of the accountant profession, who becomes an accountant, what they do, where they work, and salary ranges.
  70. Freelancers Don't Have To Retire Broke

    Many freelancers worry, with good reason, that their retirement prospects are financially insecure. Plan early and you can ...
  71. CPA Exam tips

    Tips for the CPA exam - how to approach it, what to expect, and the time it takes to complete.
  72. Teachers: Get Schooled On Your Retirement Strategies

    If you're a teacher, you have unique circumstances when it comes to planning for a successful retirement. It's important ...
  73. How Might The Affordable Care Act Affect You?

    The Affordable Care Act is the largest change to the tax code in 20 years that could affect you when you file that 2014 tax ...
  74. Failing To Build Wealth Despite Making Big Bucks?

    Lifestyle inflation occurs when 'you earn more, you spend more', and your spending ends up matching your earnings. Thus, ...
  75. Are Financial Worries Affecting Your Work?

    Financial worries can make employees less productive at work. As a result, the employee was no longer producing quality work ...
  76. Mortgage For A Manufactured Home? Try The FHA

    FHA loans are often a good alternative for those who have trouble obtaining a conventional mortgage, although you do have ...
  77. 4 Smart Ways To Get Health Insurance In College

    These days, those attending college have plenty of ways to get affordable medical insurance, from student health plans to ...
  78. Retiring In Spain: 5 Best Cities For Expats

    Retirees seeking a rich cultural mix, temperate climate, low living costs, good healthcare, beaches and even skiing will ...
  79. 8 Top Alternatives to Car Title Loans

    Before you sign up for a car title loan, investigate these 8 alternate strategies.
  80. The 5 Top Rules Of Thumb For Retirement Savings

    Follow these 5 strategies and set yourself up for a sane and comfortable retirement. Starting early is best, but it's never ...
  81. 4 Debt-Busting AlternativesTo Balance Transfers

    Credit card balance transfers can help pay off debts – but they can cost you. Here are some other approaches worth checking ...
  82. Great (Affordable) Places For Retiring In France

    If that's always been your dream, there actually are affordable ways to retire in France. Some regions to explore and some ...
  83. The Smart Way To Use Life Insurance For Retirement

    Here's how to incorporate life insurance into a plan to ensure that you and your family have the smoothest possible transition ...
  84. Why Retiree Expats Adore Ecuador

    A delightful climate, World Heritage sites and a low cost of living are just some of the reasons to retire to Ecuador. Here's ...
  85. Don't Pick The Wrong Type Of Retirement Community

    The names sound similar – continuing care, assisted living – but retirement communities differ widely. How to tell them apart ...
  86. Work For The Government? Top Retirement Strategies

    Government employees don't receive Social Security and 401(k)s for their government work. Learn about these other tools to ...
  87. Top Fund-Raising Strategies For Nonprofits

    Top fund-raising strategies for nonprofit organizations
  88. The Top Sites For The Latest Stock Market News

    News drives the markets for short term price movements. Which websites offer timely, accurate and reliable access to news ...
  89. What's Your Idea Of Budgeting?

    Is your idea of a budget simply spending till your checking account is nearly empty? Or worse, till your credit limit is ...
  90. Giving Financial Thanks In Thanksgiving Day

    A new poll finds in what financial tools Americans are most thankful for -- both sexes say the product they value most is ...
  91. Best Credit Cards For Making Balance Transfers

    Handled correctly – and very carefully – a promotional credit card balance transfer offer can save you money. Here are some ...
  92. Does A Mortgage Make Sense If You're In Your 20s?

    You're probably moving a lot and still paying off your student loans. Is it crazy to get a mortgage in your 20s? Here's how ...
  93. Self-Employed? Top Plans For Retirement Savings

    Here are 5 smart ways the self-employed can save for retirement. Some also work for your employees. But get financial advice ...
  94. Learn How To Lower Your Second Mortgage Rate

    Make a second property more affordable by taking advantage of low mortgage rates to refinance it.
  95. 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 ...
  96. 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?
  97. 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 ...
  98. How Much Does A Financial Advisor Earn?

    Several things factor into the salary of a financial advisor. Here's a look.
  99. 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 ...
  100. Review: The VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

    Capital One's VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card offers travelers no annual fee and a menu of perks.
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