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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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, ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 8 Top Alternatives to Car Title Loans

    Before you sign up for a car title loan, investigate these 8 alternate strategies.
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. Can You Afford To Retire In France?

    If that's always been your dream, there actually are affordable ways to retire in France. Some regions to explore and some ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. Top Fund-Raising Strategies For Nonprofits

    Top fund-raising strategies for nonprofit organizations
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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 ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. Learn How To Lower Your Second Mortgage Rate

    Make a second property more affordable by taking advantage of low mortgage rates to refinance it.
  23. 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 ...
  24. 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?
  25. 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 ...
  26. How Much Does A Financial Advisor Earn?

    Several things factor into the salary of a financial advisor. Here's a look.
  27. 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 ...
  28. Review: The VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card

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

    These 5 strategies offer financial advisors a blueprint on how to grow their practices.
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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, ...
  36. 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.
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. '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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. Before You Take That Cash Advance

    Understand who benefits most from cash advances – and when it might make sense to get one.
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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 ...
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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.
  47. Is Burial Insurance A Ripoff?

    Term or whole life insurance is usually a better deal than burial policies. Here's why.
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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 ...
  54. 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 – ...
  55. The Cheapest Way To Travel To Europe

    Europe is a dream destination for many, but it doesn't have to be out of reach. Here are tips on how to see Europe on the ...
  56. 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 ...
  57. The Best 4 Places To Invest In Latin America

    Far from stagnant growth, crushing inflation or political instability, these Latin American nations deserve consideration ...
  58. 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 ...
  59. 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. ...
  60. 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. ...
  61. 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 ...
  62. 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 ...
  63. Define Your Retirement

    Define your retirement and anticipate, how much annual income you may need to support the lifestyle you want.
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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 ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. 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 ...
  69. 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 ...
  70. 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.
  71. 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?
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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 ...
  75. 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 ...
  76. The Most Common Roth IRA Investments

    What types of investments are most likely to be found in a Roth IRA (and why)?
  77. 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.
  78. Decoding The Real Cost Of College

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

    You already have Medicare. Why would you need to spend more money on Medigap? Here's why.
  80. 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 ...
  81. 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 ...
  82. 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 ...
  83. 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 ...
  84. 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.
  85. 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 ...
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. 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 ...
  89. Munis, Midterms And What To Watch

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

    Volatility has crept back into the market, but consumers can defend against price swings by investing in consumer staples.
  91. 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?
  92. 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 ...
  93. 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.
  94. 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 ...
  95. 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 ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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?
  98. 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. ...
  99. 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 ...
  100. 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.
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