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  1. Businesses You Can Start For Under $1,000

    Freelance writing and consulting are just some of the small businesses that you can start with less than $1,000.
  2. Financial Models You Can Create With Excel

    The relatively modest amount of time it takes to build these models can pay for itself by leading you to better investment ...
  3. Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage?

    Answering these five questions will help you determine whether or not to pay off your mortgage.
  4. 4 Medicare Open Enrollment Mistakes to Avoid

    Successfully navigating the Medicare Open Enrollment period means understanding what the rules are in order to avoid potentially ...
  5. How to Build the Biggest IRA Possible

    Tax savings are an obvious benefit of an IRA. But savvy investors can maximize their IRA returns with strategies like these.
  6. 8 College Degrees with the Best Returns on Investment

    Find out which college degrees offer the best opportunities to earn a salary that can generate a solid return on your investment ...
  7. How to Raise Your Credit Score Quickly

    Here are the best tips for raising your credit score quickly.
  8. Live Like a Millionaire on $3,000/Month in These 10 Countries

    A million dollars no longer guarantees luxury. So why not consider moving to one of these countries, where a high quality ...
  9. Embracing a Short-Term Boring Retirement Plan

    A financial planner offers his take on retirement planning and explains how his short-term boring, long-term exciting approach ...
  10. Why Rising Household Debt Will Hurt the Economy

    Global gross debt has increased by $60 trillion since the real estate and financial market meltdown in 2008.
  11. Money Habits Of The Millennials

    Millennials are facing the bleakest financial future of any generation in decades, and are not likely to enjoy the same standard ...
  12. The Cost of Buying a Taco Bell Franchise (YUM)

    A Taco Bell franchise is one of the most expensive to buy and operate in the fast food business.
  13. Best Airline for Business Class: Emirates vs. Etihad vs. Qatar

    These days, business class perks often rival those in first class. Here's a look at what lures business travelers to these ...
  14. How Students Can Start Investing for the Long Term

    College students who find themselves with extra money may want to consider investing but are unsure of where to start. This ...
  15. When Is Grad School Worth It?

    How to figure whether the payback you get from going to grad school – earnings, lifestyle, career opportunities – is worth ...
  16. Why Fee-Based Variable Annuities Are Coming Back

    The DOL rule may lead to sweeping changes in the retirement planning industry, and there will likely be more use of fee-based ...
  17. How to Pay Minimal Taxes on Retirement Assets

    Withdrawing and spending during retirement can be complicated. Here are some tips on how to manage the process in the most ...
  18. The Economics Behind a Trump Property

    Learn how Donald Trump actually makes most of his current revenue, not just from owned real estate but through branding using ...
  19. Nailing the Conflicts of Interest With 401(k)s

    Conflicts of interest in 401(k) plans can lead to serious losses for individual investors. This is how you can become an ...
  20. Behind Amazon's 1,772% Rise in 10 years (AMZN)

    The primary drivers behind Amazon's historical stock price growth.
  21. Crowdfunding: What Advisors and Clients Must Know

    Now even the most elementary investor can take a stake in a startup via a crowdfuding platform. Does that mean they should?
  22. Why It Pays to Front Load Your 529 Plan

    If you can, take advantage of a little-known tax break and front load your 529 plan to maximize the effect of compounding. ...
  23. 11 Things You Pay For That Libraries Have For Free

    If it's been a few years since you ventured into a library, you'll be amazed at what they offer - for free!
  24. 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 ...
  25. 5 Cities That Give You the Best Chance to Get Rich

    If you want to build sustainable wealth, where you choose to hang your hat can have a significant impact on your success. ...
  26. True Value Of An Olympic Medal

    Olympic medals may not be as valuable as one might think. They are made mostly out of silver, making them much less valuable ...
  27. Best Income Investments Other Than Dividend Stocks

    Besides dividend-paying stocks, there are a host of other income investments that can help diversify your portfolio and increase ...
  28. 8 Financial Tips For Young Adults

    You don't need an MBA to learn how to save money and invest in your future.
  29. How Did World's Second-Richest Man Make His Money?

    Learn about Amancio Ortega's rags-to-riches story, where the man who founded Zara and owned much of Inditex became a billionaire ...
  30. How to Beat Robo-Advisors With Online Marketing

    With these digital marketing tips, financial advisors can present themselves as an engaging alternative to their more impersonal ...
  31. One Place to Look for Income Now

    Find out why emerging market (EM) debt is enjoying robust returns this year.
  32. How Did Bridgewater's Ray Dalio Get Rich?

    Learn how Raymond Dalio, founder of hedge fund company Bridgewater Associates, became a billionaire and made the Forbes 4 ...
  33. 6 Women Who Turned Failing Companies Into Winners

    We list a few notable women who turned around companies that were suffering.
  34. The Cost of Buying a McDonald's Franchise (MCD)

    Setting up a new McDonald’s franchise can cost the owner up to $2.2 million to get the restaurants up and running, but it ...
  35. IRS Rule on 401(k) After-Tax Dollars

    A relatively new IRS ruling has made it easier for taxpayers to benefit from making after-tax contributions to their 401(k) ...
  36. 4 Way to Move Beyond Long-Term Unemployment

    The long-term unemployed should reach out for personal help, career advice and consider new job options to get back into ...
  37. Tesla: 6 Secrets You Didn't Know (TSLA)

    We bet you don't know who founded Tesla, how long CEO Elon Musk spent in grad school, how much he gets paid, or how fast ...
  38. Good Credit? Try This Credit Card Alternative

    Personal loans are a credit card alternative to try if you've got great credit and you want to lock in a lower interest rate ...
  39. 5 Staycation Ideas for Couples on a Budget

    Investigate 5 staycation ideas for couples on a budget.
  40. Should I Use a Money Market Fund Like a Checking Account?

    Find out why is not a good idea to replace your checking account, or any retail banking account, with a money market fund ...
  41. How Installment Loans Work

    Everything you need to know before taking out an installment loan.
  42. Another Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Builds His Gold Position

    Paul Singer of Elliott Management becomes the latest hedge fund manager to seek a refuge in gold.
  43. Amazon: 10 Secrets You Didn't Know (AMZN)

    10 little-known facts about e-commerce leader Amazon.com Inc., the world's largest online provider of retail goods headed ...
  44. Here's Why Fixed-Income Returns Are So Low

    As the Federal Reserve remains reluctant to aggressively raise interest rates, investors continue to search for yield.
  45. 3 Unintended Consequences From the New Fiduciary Rules

    Learn about three possible unintended consequences of the newly passed DOL fiduciary rule, including how they may impact ...
  46. Top 5 Corporate Donors in Energy (XOM, CVX)

    The largest corporate donors from the energy sector in 2015 include companies that substantially increased their giving despite ...
  47. Who Spends the Most on Healthcare Now? The Wealthy

    The wealthy are now spending more on healthcare than the poor and middle class. But why?
  48. Signs You're Ready to Retire

    Learn the five signs that indicate you are OK to retire. Discover what steps are crucial to determining an effective and ...
  49. 5 Tips for Cutting Divorce Costs

    A divorce can be difficult and expensive, but there are several ways for you to minimize some of costs associated with the ...
  50. Helping Clients Avoid Retirement Landmines

    Your clients may hold well thought-out retirement plans, but things happen that can disrupt—or even derail—them. Know when ...
  51. Digital Marketing Tips to Grow Advisors' Business

    Advisors may want to consider these digital marketing tips when it comes to maximizing the effectiveness of their social ...
  52. How Did Charlie Munger Get Rich? (BRK.A)

    Learn how Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett's business partner and advisor, became worth $1.3 billion by 2016.
  53. The Big Disconnect With Big Data and Advisors

    Financial planning firms that undertake big data projects need to clearly define their goals so they can glean more insight ...
  54. The Everyday Lives Of Frugal Billionaires

    Many of the world's richest people manage their money sensibly. Here is a list of billionaires who spend wisely.
  55. What Is the Best Age to Get an Annuity?

    Optimizing the benefits of an annuity means guaranteeing a stream of income you can't outlive.
  56. Paying Down Debt Early

    For those with a strong aversion to having debt, here is an approach that can enable individuals to pay down debt more quickly ...
  57. Peter Thiel's Success Story

    Learn about the early life, education, success and influence of PayPal co-founder and libertarian activist Peter Thiel.
  58. How Peter Thiel Became a Superstar

    Peter Thiel: Legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, destroyer of Gawker Media, supporter of Hulk Hogan... and ...
  59. Why More Millennials Need Credit Cards

    Here's why more Millennials should have credit cards – even though a majority don’t.
  60. VBMFX: Overview of World's Largest Bond Mutual Fund

    VBMFX: Find out top positions in the world's largest bond fund, the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund.
  61. Should Retirees Still Have Mortgages?

    Identify the pros and cons of keeping a mortgage into retirement, and understand in which situations it is beneficial not ...
  62. It Pays to Be a ‘HENRY’

    Why? Because being a “High Earner Not Rich Yet” may help you buy the house of your dreams with a lower down payment.
  63. If You're Traveling to the Rio Olympics

    Going to the Rio Olympics? Here's how to find good deals, stay safe – and avoid ticket scams.
  64. When to Consider an In-Service 401(k) Withdrawal

    In many cases, early withdrawals from 401(k)s to be avoided. But if you are 59 1/2 or older, they may help you devise a better ...
  65. Is the U.S. Housing Market Really Coming Back?

    Analyze housing data to determine if the U.S. market is recovering, and assess price, sales volume, construction and inventory ...
  66. Top 5 Corporate Donors in Banking (WFC, GS)

    Explore the top five corporate donors, measured by cash contributions, in the banking sector in 2015, as tabulated by The ...
  67. Don’t Blame The U.S. for The Yield Meltdown

    This month added another bizarre chapter to the seemingly endless drop in bond yields.
  68. How are Discount Airlines so Cheap?

    Ever wonder what the fees are behind airfare prices? It's more complex than you think.
  69. Should Parents Save Towards College or Retirement?

    Many parents are unsure about whether to save more for retirement or education for their kids. These general guidelines that ...
  70. Startups: Tech Giants' Next M&A Targets? (AAPL, GOOGL)

    Watch for large-cap tech sector companies to announce acquisitions of startups, as valuations for unicorns and other overvalued ...
  71. Have A Charming (And Cheap) Wedding

    Learn how to have the wedding you've always wanted ... without going broke.
  72. Why Human Financial Advisors Are Insanely Valuable

    As the financial world becomes evermore digitized at a lightning pace, many wonder how relevant human advisors are. This ...
  73. 6 Benefits of Using a Credit Union

    Credit unions are community-focused and offer better interest rates than traditional banks.
  74. 5 Steps to a Retirement Plan

    These considerations will help you make a realistic and thorough retirement plan.
  75. U.S. Healthcare Costs: Americans Are Overpaying, Report Says

    The U.S. has higher healthcare costs compared to other countries, as many people in the U.S. are paying well above the average ...
  76. The Gospel According to Governor Mike Pence

    Gov. Pence's career in Indiana reveals plenty of examples of corporate socialism for the rich. Help for the poor, as preached ...
  77. 4 Unexpected Things That Lower Your Credit

    It's important to maintain a good credit score. Discover what could be lowering it without your knowledge.
  78. Top 10 Highest Paid Government Leaders

    When you compare the world leaders bringing home the most bacon, you'd be surprised to learn that there's more to salary ...
  79. Is House Price or Interest Rate More Important?

    Deciding which factor is more important can make a difference in monthly payments, ability to move and Homowner's Association ...
  80. How to Advise Non-U.S. Citizens on Social Security

    Advising clients who are not U.S. citizens on Social Security is complex. Here is how you can successfully navigate this ...
  81. 8 Countries Where $200K in Retirement Savings Will Last 30 Years

    Retiring on $200,000 may seem like a longshot, but there are several countries that are perfect for living out your later ...
  82. 6 Signs You Are OK to Retire

    As you approach retirement age, there are a number of factors to consider before deciding on when you want to retire. Here ...
  83. Are You in the Top One Percent of the World?

    If you live in an industrialized country, cracking the top 1% of income earners isn't as difficult as you might think.
  84. The Net Worth of the Shark Tank Cast

    Discover how the richest "Sharks" on the hit TV show amassed their vast fortunes, and learn how much they have to offer eager ...
  85. 401(k) Balance: How You Compare to Others Your Age

    How much people have put away for retirement varies, naturally, by old they are. See how your savings stack up.
  86. 10 Most Successful Products from Shark Tank

    With seven seasons, 7.5 million viewers, some studs and a whole lot of duds, we take a look at the 10 most successful products ...
  87. 2016 Retirement Savings by Age: Where Do You Stand?

    What people in various age groups have saved at present for their retirement years – and where they should be. How does your ...
  88. 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

    By avoiding these six pitfalls when purchasing a home, you will be in a much better position to make an educated choice before ...
  89. 4 Ways To Value A Real Estate Rental Property

    Learn to evaluate real estate and get into the investment game.
  90. The Indian Story, Rebooted

    Once a BRIC, then one of the “Fragile Five," is India regaining its luster? We discuss the case for India.
  91. Behind Tesla's 1,173% Rise in 10 years (TSLA)

    Pay attention to whether Tesla’s profitability can prove worthy of the level of enthusiasm generated for the company by CEO ...
  92. Why You Should Be Seeking a Bigger Salary Now

    Timing is everything when it comes to asking for a raise – and that can mean knowing what's happening with the economy, as ...
  93. Top Reasons Not to Roll Over Your 401(k) to an IRA

    Five cases in which keeping your plan in place – or employing another non-IRA strategy – is the better move.
  94. Specialty Websites for Low First Class Airfares

    If a first class airline ticket is your goal, there are specialized websites that can help you find a good deal on one.
  95. The Best Time to Buy First Class Airline Tickets

    Book at least a week in advance and try these less-well-known routes to the least pricey first class seats.
  96. 3 Simple Lifestyle Changes to Make You More Productive

    If you are looking to become more productive it's important to find out what works best for you. Here are three ideas to ...
  97. The 8 Deadly Sins of Financial Advice

    As an informed consumer is the best defense against a swindling financial professional, here are eight things to watch out ...
  98. 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 ...
  99. Discover 5 Secrets About 529 Plans

    When starting a 529 plan for your child's college fund, keep these details in mind.
  100. Bank Fees Be Gone

    Not only are bank account interest rates measly, but fees can take a serious bite out your balance. Here's what to do.
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