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  1. 4 Reasons Above-Average Returns Are Behind Us

    Watch for signals that a smaller working-age population or global economic weakness could slow GDP growth and bring lower ...
  2. Should You Rent or Buy a Home?

    Owning a home is part of the American dream, but it is a major financial undertaking with considerable pros and cons.
  3. 4 Traits Banks Look For in New Staff

    Trust is the number one trait that banks are looking for in new hires, but there are other abilities that are equally desired.
  4. Top 10 Life Insurance Myths

    The most difficult aspect of this complex product is determining how much coverage you need and why.
  5. The Best Financial Careers For Women

    Here are four finance careers that real women say allow them to achieve success, satisfaction and work-life balance.
  6. 7 Tips for the Best Health Savings Account (HSA)

    You want the best health savings account you can find to cover your healthcare costs. Here are tips to help you locate one.
  7. 6 Investing Mistakes That the Ultra Wealthy Don't Make

    Understand who ultra-high-net-worth individuals are and how they invest. Learn about the six key investment mistakes that ...
  8. Millennials: Don't Fall for These 5 Finance Myths

    Hey Millennials, financial wisdom gets an adjustment just for you. Since the economic landscape and times have changed, the ...
  9. What Does It Cost to Retire in the Philippines?

    Find out why the Philippines rates as one of the cheapest retirement spots in the world and why many choose to spend their ...
  10. Where Should 60-Somethings Hold Cash for Safety?

    Those nearing retirement often consider allocating part of their capital to cash instruments. Here are some tips on how to ...
  11. OAEIX,OPPAX: Oppenheimer Funds’ Top Funds for Retirement

    These four mutual funds are OppenheimerFund's best for retirement portfolios.
  12. The Importance Of Life Insurance For Women

    Life insurance can be an valuable tool for women as it is helps with the transfer of wealth and securing a better financial ...
  13. How Pokémon Go Can Make Money for Nintendo (NTDOY)

    Pokemon Go has become the biggest mobile app in history, but investor should be careful not to chase the stock.
  14. Retirement Savings Tips For 35- To 44-Year-Olds

    Learn how the "sandwich generation" can save for retirement while taking care of their kids and parents.
  15. Top 10 Must-Read Books for Finance Professionals

    Interested in the financial world? Here are some books that provide keen insight into its history and how it works.
  16. Student Loan Forgiveness: How Does It Work?

    With student loan debt at an all-time high, more graduates are considering loan forgiveness programs.
  17. Bill Gross: It's a Xanax Existence for the 99%

    Read about the investment letter from famed bond king Bill Gross for 2016. See how he says the 99% are living a Xanax existence ...
  18. Twitter Tools Advisors Should Consider

    Financial advisors can benefit from Twitter by leveraging these tools to take full advantage of the micro-blogging platform ...
  19. 7 Ways To Improve Your Home's Sell-ability

    Even in a down market, there are some quick and easy ways to improve the chances of selling your house.
  20. 6 Tips For Increasing Your Net Worth

    Here are the six best things you can do to increase your net worth.
  21. Rising Debt Hindering Boomers' Retirement Plans

    Boomers in pre-retirement and retirement are grappling with debt more than previous generations, which is impacting their ...
  22. 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.
  23. 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 ...
  24. Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage?

    Answering these five questions will help you determine whether or not to pay off your mortgage.
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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.
  27. 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 ...
  28. How to Raise Your Credit Score Quickly

    Here are the best tips for raising your credit score quickly.
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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.
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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.
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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 ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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 ...
  41. Behind Amazon's 1,772% Rise in 10 years (AMZN)

    The primary drivers behind Amazon's historical stock price growth.
  42. 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?
  43. 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. ...
  44. 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!
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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. ...
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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 ...
  49. 8 Financial Tips For Young Adults

    You don't need an MBA to learn how to save money and invest in your future.
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. One Place to Look for Income Now

    Find out why emerging market (EM) debt is enjoying robust returns this year.
  53. 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 ...
  54. 6 Women Who Turned Failing Companies Into Winners

    We list a few notable women who turned around companies that were suffering.
  55. 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 ...
  56. 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) ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. 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 ...
  59. 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 ...
  60. 5 Staycation Ideas for Couples on a Budget

    Investigate 5 staycation ideas for couples on a budget.
  61. 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 ...
  62. How Installment Loans Work

    Everything you need to know before taking out an installment loan.
  63. 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.
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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.
  66. 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 ...
  67. 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 ...
  68. 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?
  69. 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 ...
  70. 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 ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. 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 ...
  73. 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.
  74. 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 ...
  75. 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.
  76. 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.
  77. 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 ...
  78. Peter Thiel's Success Story

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

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

    Here's why more Millennials should have credit cards – even though a majority don’t.
  81. 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.
  82. 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 ...
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. 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 ...
  86. 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 ...
  87. 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 ...
  88. Don’t Blame The U.S. for The Yield Meltdown

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

    Ever wonder what the fees are behind airfare prices? It's more complex than you think.
  90. 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 ...
  91. 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 ...
  92. Have A Charming (And Cheap) Wedding

    Learn how to have the wedding you've always wanted ... without going broke.
  93. 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 ...
  94. 6 Benefits of Using a Credit Union

    Credit unions are community-focused and offer better interest rates than traditional banks.
  95. 5 Steps to a Retirement Plan

    These considerations will help you make a realistic and thorough retirement plan.
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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 ...
  98. 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.
  99. 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 ...
  100. 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 ...
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