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  1. Reverse Mortgage Pros and Cons

    It's a way to use your home equity for help when you're older. But does it make sense for your family? Here's how to tell ...
  2. Zenefits

    A look at the ups and downs of benefits software provider Zenefits.
  3. Mortgage vs. Home-Equity Loan: How They Differ

    Mortgages and home-equity loans both use the borrower's home value as collateral.
  4. Top 6 Mindless Money Wasters

    If you'd like to save more money, first you'll need to conquer the first step: coming up with the cash.
  5. Finding the Best Mortgage Rates in 2017

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgages rates can all be done online. Here's ...
  6. Do This When Bad Weather Disrupts Your Flight

    Getting a "weather waiver" when a storm threatens can save your trip – and your travel budget.
  7. Here's Your Checklist for a Financially Fit 2017

    Take control of your finances and incorporate these tasks into your financial routine.
  8. How High Levels of Debt Could Impact the Economy

    Here's how a large accumulation of private debt could impact the economy and investments.
  9. 6 Signs You're Ready to Retire Early

    If you can answer "yes" to these six questions, you may be ready to retire early.
  10. How Fintech Can Disrupt the $14T Mortgage Market

    Fintech firms have started to enter the $14 trillion mortgage market in creative ways.
  11. Best Freelancing Jobs for Retirees

    Retired from your job but still want to work? Here's how to turn your skills and know-how into a new freelancing career.
  12. Why Your Will Needs a 'Titanic Clause'

    If you don't have a Titanic clause in your will and disaster strikes, there's no guarantee that your intended beneficiaries ...
  13. How High Is a 'Good' Credit Score?

    How high of a credit score do you need to get a home mortgage or buy a car? Read on for some actual numbers.
  14. Apply for Financial Aid, Even If You're Wealthy

    Even wealthy parents should apply for financial aid when their kids are ready for college.
  15. How to Shop For Mortgage Rates

    A step-by-step guide to finding and locking in the best rate for a mortgage.
  16. Understanding the Escrow Process

    Everything you need to know about this interim stage of buying or selling a home.
  17. Unicorn Profile: Dropbox

    Dropbox's cloud service has transformed how users store data, with 1.2 billion files saved daily
  18. Best Ways to Tap Into New York City Real Estate

    New York is known for its real estate investment opportunities. Here are three ways you can invest in the city's real estate ...
  19. America's Most Expensive Retirement States

    Six places that aren't great for your retirement years (financially speaking).
  20. The Complete Guide to Financing an Investment Property

    If you're considering adding an investment property to your portfolio, you need to know what your options are for financing ...
  21. Credit Karma, Inc.

    Credit Karma is a credit monitoring website that allows users to check their credit for free at any time.
  22. Digital Asset Holdings

    Digital Asset Holdings provides settlement and ledger services for financial assets.
  23. WealthFront Inc.

    Founded in 2011, WealthFront has quickly grown to become the largest automated investment provider in the business.
  24. Betterment, LLC

    Robo-advisor Betterment provides personalized financial advice at a comparatively low cost.
  25. How Much Money Do You Need to Retire at 56?

    Who wouldn't want to retire early and enjoy the good life? The question is, "How much will it cost?" Here's a quick and dirty ...
  26. Should Retired People Invest in Stocks?

    Your financial situation and personal risk tolerance will dictate the amount of stock you want in your retirement portfolio. ...
  27. Your Retirement Plan Might Need Long-Term Care

    Be sure to include long-term care and the expenses it involves in your retirement plan.
  28. Many Baby Boomers Must Take First RMD by April 1

    Many Baby Boomers must take their first RMDs from retirement accounts this year.
  29. How to Change Your Lifestyle to Retire Early

    You will likely have to change your lifestyle to retire early, but it's definitely doable.
  30. 6 Easy Ways to Save Money on Boring Expenses

    Instead of cutting out fun expenditures, save money on the boring things that you have to pay for.
  31. 3 Factors That Impact Your Stock Compensation

    Complexity, volatility and greed can each play a part in managing stock compensation.
  32. Why Employees Like Betterment's 401(k) Platform

    Betterment's online 401(k) platform is gaining steam. Here's how it works.
  33. Identify Your Priorities As You Plan for Retirement

    There are several factors to take into consideration when creating your retirement income plan.
  34. Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A Mortgage Broker

    Mortgage brokers may be able to find you the loan of your dreams, but you should consider the potential downsides before ...
  35. Quicken Loans Vs. Other Mortgage Sources

    By allowing customers to initiate and manage the mortgage process online, Quicken Loans may appeal to borrowers who value ...
  36. Unicorn Profile: SpaceX

    SpaceX satellite: The company founded by Elon Musk has created a new era in space travel
  37. Will Your College Education Fund Your Future?

    Millennials need to make sure their education will eventually pay itself off.
  38. Swift Capital Review: Safe for a Business to Use?

    In this Swift Capital review, find out how these short-term operating loans work for small businesses – and whether they're ...
  39. Tips to Afford a Mortgage with Student Loan Debt

    Use these guidelines to decide whether you can afford a mortgage along with student loan debt.
  40. How Much Mortgage Can You Afford?

    Here's how to determine what you should be borrowing to finance your home.
  41. New Job? Your Stock Compensation Might Change

    Employee stock options may be handled differently when you leave a job.
  42. Your Tax Preparer Messed Up – Now What?

    Even professional tax preparers can make mistakes. What to do if it happens on your tax return.
  43. To Achieve Your Goals, Remember to Be SMART

    Setting goals instead of resolutions and using the SMART approach will help you attain your goals.
  44. Retirement: How Much Is Enough?

    5%? 10%? 15%? Which retirement savings rate is the right one?
  45. Effect of Fed Fund Rate Hikes on the Housing Market

    Understand what drives the federal funds rate and why the Fed would increase that rate. Learn about the effect of a rate ...
  46. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  47. 15 Insurance Policies You Don't Need

    Learn how to save money by saying "no" to unnecessary coverage.
  48. What's The Minimum I Need To Retire?

    Make sure your golden years are golden, not merely a struggle for existence.
  49. What Your 401(k) Can Look Like in the Next 20 Years

    Discover how time and compounded growth of earnings can help even a modest 401(k) plan balance grow to a significant sum ...
  50. The Best Ways to Help Kids Pay Off College Loans

    Set ground rules and be strategic about how you help pay off college loans.
  51. Tips on Buying a Beach Condo in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica's incredible beaches make it the perfect place for a beach condo. Follow these tips to make sure you get a condo ...
  52. Why High Income Workers Should Be Maxing Out Their 401(k)s in 2017

    If you're pulling in a bigger salary, there are two important reasons to consider making the most of your 401(k) in the new ...
  53. Why Older Investors Combine Human, Digital Advice

    Older investors are increasingly combining financial guidance from online resources with advisors.
  54. Programs That Give You Relief from College Debt

    Government college debt programs can delay payments or even erase your loan.
  55. Unicorn Profile: Airbnb

    Exotic Thai Rental: Airbnb has upended the travel industry by renting spare rooms everywhere imaginable
  56. 6 Months To A Better Budget

    Can you have perfect abs in just six minutes a day? Maybe not, but you can have a rock-solid budget in six months.
  57. Got a Good Mortgage Rate? Lock It Up!

    Rising rates mean rising profits for lenders, providing incentive to increase rates whenever possible.
  58. 5 Ridiculously Simple Steps to Have More Money in 2017

    Do this to have more money by the end of 2017.
  59. 5 Entrepreneurial Lessons From the Movie "Sing"

    Entrepreneurs can draw a few lessons from the movie "Sing."
  60. The Problems With 401(k) Rollovers Part 2

    Investment advice and options should be taken into when considering rolling over a 410(k).
  61. Do You Know How Your Financial Advisor Is Paid?

    It is important to understand how your financial planner is compensated.
  62. Lump Sum Versus Regular Pension Payments

    If you're about to retire, you may be facing this dilemma soon. Find out what your options are.
  63. How Much Money Do I Really Need to Retire?

    Use this fairly simple calculation for a rough estimate of how much you need to save for retirement.
  64. A Comfortable Retirement on Social Security Alone?

    It won't be lavish, but with careful planning it's possible.
  65. Score a Cheap Mortgage, Here’s How

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  66. The Dangers of a Reverse Mortgage

    In many circumstances, a reverse mortgage can be a risk to your financial security. Here are six dangers you should consider ...
  67. How to Use Small Business Credit Cards

    A small business credit card can be a convenient way to increase your company's purchasing power, but must be carefully managed.
  68. Should Retirees Worry About Medicare Under Trump?

    With the Affordable Care Act on the chopping block, there are rumbles that Medicare could be next.
  69. Start Building Wealth Now With These 4 Steps

    If you want to build wealth, use these four tips to get started now.
  70. How to Find the Right Car Insurance

    Finding the right car insurance can be difficult. However with these strategies, you can get the most for your money, protect ...
  71. 9 Things to Know Before You Refinance Your Mortgage

    Whether or not a mortgage refinance is right for you depends more on individual circumstances than this week's mortgage interest ...
  72. Mortgage Pre-Approval: Understanding the Process

    Understand the mortgage pre-approval process and why getting a pre-approved mortgage is important for would-be homeowners. ...
  73. These 5 Books Will Transform the Way You Think

    Just as successful startups disrupt their industries, these writers disrupt our view of the world.
  74. The Basics Of Municipal Bonds

    Investing in these bonds may offer a tax-free income stream but they are not without risks.
  75. Is Your Retirement Plan on Track?

    Sooner or later that day will come. How to tell if you're ready and what to do if you need a course correction.
  76. Fixing the Credit Gap for Black-Owned Companies

    Black-owned companies face greater obstacles when seeking capital, says a recent Census Bureau study. What to do.
  77. Get Rich with These 7 Healthy Habits

    Getting rich is like getting fit. To achieve your goals, you must develop healthy long term habits. Here are 7 habits that ...
  78. 10 Steps To Retire A Millionaire

    Making this dream come true takes work, but it's well worth the effort.
  79. Don't Let Unemployment Ruin Your Financial Plans

    Regardless of the reason, you'll want to be prepared if you find yourself unemployed.
  80. Figure out Your Life Insurance Needs With This Formula

    It often seems like the people that don't buy life insurance are the ones who actually need it most.
  81. Are You Financially Prepared for an Illness or Layoff?

    There are several steps you can take to financially survive a layoff or illness.
  82. The Least Expensive States to Retire In

    When it's time to retire, it's worth exploring the least expensive states.
  83. Estate Planning for Beginners, Part Four

    This is how disclaimer trusts work and when it makes sense to use them in an estate plan.
  84. The Personal Finance Issues Medical Residents Face

    Medical residents need to take care of their finances just as much as they care for patients.
  85. Take These 6 Steps to a Better Year in 2017

    Use these six steps to appreciate the good from 2016 and help make 2017 your best financial year.
  86. How Many Mortgage Lenders Should You Apply to?

    Applying to multiple mortgage lenders can get you a better deal, but it comes with a few drawbacks.
  87. When (And When Not) to Refinance Your Mortgage

    There are both good and bad reasons to refinance. Learn more about both here.
  88. Are You Ready to Buy a House?

    There are a number of factors, aside from cost, that you should think about before buying a new house.
  89. Shopping for a Mortgage in 2017? Use This Tool First

    As home-buying technology has progressed, the process of finding the best mortgages rates for 2017 can all be done online.
  90. Investors Are Unprepared for Inflation

    Inflation has remained so quiescent for so long that many investors have forgotten even how to cope with it.
  91. The 15 Highest-Paying Jobs for Business Majors

    See the highest-paying jobs for business majors 10 years out, from PayScale’s 2016–2017 College Salary Report.
  92. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home

    Understand five specific mistakes to avoid when buying a new home.
  93. Six Things Bad Financial Advisors Do

    So you've gone to the trouble and expense of hiring a financial advisor. Here's how to decide whether they're doing you right ...
  94. 8 Reasons Why Valued Employees Quit

    Salaries are important, but retaining top employees requires more than just competitive pay.
  95. What Foreign Buyers of U.S. Real Estate Need to Know

    Rising home prices and a strong dollar are making it tough for foreign buyers of U.S. real estate to pay cash. What to expect ...
  96. Tax Planning Strategies for the Year Ahead

    The uncertainty surrounding President-Elect Trump may have a significant impact on tax planning.
  97. Wealth and Well-Being Come From More Than Money

    Happiness and well-being depends on more than just money.
  98. 10 Best Countries to Retire to in 2017

    Mexico beats Panama and other news about the best retirement countries.
  99. Vital Considerations for a Transitioning Advisor

    Advisors who are considering breaking away from a big firm should consider these points.
  100. New Parents: A 529 Plan Shouldn't Be Your Top Priority

    When it comes to parenthood, there are three things that are more important than a 529 account.
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