Personal Finance Articles

  1. Can't Get A Bank Loan? Turn To Your Neighbor

    Peer-to-peer lending can be an inexpensive way to gain access to credit when banks are restricting lending -- but you need to understand the entire deal first before jumping in.
  2. Earnings Guidance: Can It Accurately Predict The Future?

    Explore the controversies surrounding companies commenting on their forward-looking expectations.
  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. Money Tips To Stretch Your Retirement Nest Egg

    Learn the key investment and savings tips you need to ensure your retirement savings last as long as you do.
  5. Broker Commissions Are Here To Stay

    With two developed nations adopting a firm anti-commission stance, questions have arisen over whether or not the United States should follow suit. Find out why such a development is unlikely.
  6. The Role Of Parents In Financial Education

    The need for a concerted program of financial education cannot be ignored, and even though many parents are ill-equipped to lead the charge, there are numerous programs they can support.
  7. The Cold, Hard Facts Behind Funding Your Retirement

    Most people, depending on which side of retirement they’re on, feel they either won’t ever be able to retire or stay retired once they are. Many of us watched our parent’s generation put their retirement savings into CDs paying 6%+ and just living off the interest.
  8. 10 Great Summer Jobs For Teens

    There are a lot of summer jobs out there, find out what's available, how much it costs and what skills you need.
  9. Career Benefits From The CFA Institute

    The CFA Institute provides members with a variety of ongoing career and networking benefits.
  10. A Day In The Life Of A CFO

    What would your life look like if you were CFO? We’ve interviewed three chief financial officers to find out.
  11. The Smith Maneuver: A Canadian Mortgage Tax-Deductible Plan

    Canadian mortgages aren’t tax-deductible like the U.S.-based mortgages, but there's a way around this hurdle.
  12. Planning Your Second Career

    A second career can provide opportunities whether you are worried about outliving your retirement savings, or you want to stay productive and do something meaningful later in life.
  13. Why The Consumer Price Index Is Controversial

    Find out why economists are torn about how to calculate inflation.
  14. Predict Inflation With The Producer Price Index

    Find out how the PPI can be used to gauge the overall health of the economy.
  15. Know Your Stock Cost Basis

    Understanding equity cost basis is critical for tracking the gains or losses of an investment.
  16. Has Income Tax Become A Class Tax On The Poor?

    With more than 33% of American families falling close to the poverty line despite their adult members holding full-time employment, a rising number of citizens are being forced to pay a rate of tax that is disproportionate to their earnings and in comparison with the country's wealthiest earners.
  17. Making It Big On Wall Street

    Read about some of the most glamorous Wall Street jobs and what it takes to land one.
  18. Possible Effects Of The Online Retail Tax

    The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that will impose a sales tax on online retailers. Discover how the Marketplace Fairness Act could affect your bottom line.
  19. 6 Things You Think Add Value To Your Home - But Really Don't

    Not everyone wants to spend their weekends shaping backyard topiaries. Even though you may enjoy the improvements you make to your house, it doesn't mean that they'll increase its value.
  20. Depreciation: Straight-Line Vs. Double-Declining Methods

    Appreciate the different methods used to describe how book value is "used up".
  21. 6 Tips For Selling Your Home Fast

    Find out what you can do to stand out from the competition and make your home an easy sell.
  22. The Economics Of Stay-At-Home Moms

    If an at-home mom was getting paid for all of the work she does, how much would she get?
  23. Quants: The Rocket Scientists Of Wall Street

    Blend math, finance and computer skills to command a high - and well deserved - salary.
  24. An Introduction To The Keogh Retirement Plan

    Learn more about this popular defined-contribution retirement plan that many business owners, proprietors, and self-employed people can benefit from.
  25. Financial Career Options For Professionals

    Find out if spreading your wings to try a new career will make you soar or fall flat.
  26. Why Your Pension Plan Has Sovereign Debt In It

    One type of security pensions tend to invest in is sovereign debt, or debt issued by a government.
  27. Women: Invest In Your Financial Literacy

    Learning about money may seem intimidating, but it's not as hard as it looks.
  28. How To Buy Annuities (And When Not To)

    Annuities are complicated products that require some basic homework to be done before requesting quotes. Retirees will want to think about how they envisage their lifestyle and even their potential mortality to come up with an annuity product that’s right for them, or not even buy one at all.
  29. What's On A Consumer Credit Report?

    A look at the various components and considerations that go into one's credit report and credit score.
  30. 7 Unconventional Ways Businesses Can Borrow Money

    Find out how your business can get the money it needs - even when the bank says "no".
  31. The Most Expensive Sports Trophies

    Pro sports' championship hardware costs a fortune to craft. Find out which North American sport boasts the most valuable prize.
  32. How Spring Cleaning Can Make You Money

    Spring cleaning is a well-established tradition, but you can also make money by selling your unwanted goods.
  33. What Buffett Would Say To The 50K’ers

    FOX Business Network's Liz Claman will interview Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett in an exclusive sit-down on Monday May 6th at 9:30 a.m. following the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting. Claman has interviewed Buffett numerous times throughout her career, so below she shares some insight on what advice he might give to those making 50K.
  34. Introduction To The Continuing Claims Report

    This weekly economic release contains important information concerning unemployment levels and insurance.
  35. How To Profit From Risk

    CDs may look safe and attractive but considering most pay a rate that is less than the rate of inflation seniors today risk actually losing money with CDs. We need to be our own money managers now and do the research that’s required. Much of that research is already done and can be purchased through various newsletters.
  36. How To Get The Most Out Of Hiring An Accountant

    When you hire an accountant, getting good tax advice going forward is as valuable as – or perhaps even more valuable than - getting the previous year’s taxes filed correctly. Learn what you need to do to make this happen.
  37. Tips For Working As A Real Estate Agent

    Here are a few ideas that will help you advance your career as a successful real estate agent.
  38. How The 2014 Obama Budget Could Affect Your Finances

    Depending on which estimate you believe, Obama's proposed budget would raise the tax bill of a household with a yearly income of $50,000 to $75,000 between $63 and $100 per year. However, that’s not all you should know.
  39. 6 Financial Benefits Of Spring Cleaning

    This year, combine your spring cleaning strategies with your big-picture financial objectives.
  40. Playoff Perks For Pro Athletes

    If personal pride, a stellar resume and increased job security aren't enough incentive for some pro athletes, each league has reserved a bit of lunch money to up the ante and help tide athletes over for the long off-season.
  41. How To Become A Sophisticated Investor

    No one doubts the value and importance of investor education and sophistication, but many investors are not really all that sophisticated. Goldman Sachs was scrutinized for marketing complex securities to its investors without telling them that a major hedge fund had taken a short position against these securities.
  42. Investing In REITs Instead Of Property

    Learn why this one particular REIT is a better investment than holding physical property in your retirement portfolio.
  43. Financial Statement: Extraordinary Vs. Nonrecurring Items

    When it comes to analyzing a company, successful analysts spend considerable time differentiating between accounting items that are likely to recur going forward from those that most likely will not. A key part of this analysis is to understand items that qualify as extraordinary items or nonrecurring items.
  44. Browser Extensions That Save You Money

    There is a widening range of online tools that have been designed to help citizens save their hard-earned money.
  45. 5 Signs It's Time To Retire

    Leaving the workforce isn't always an easy decision. Are you ready to take the leap?
  46. Top 5 Ways Restaurants Make You Spend More

    The next time you eat out, watch for these common restaurant tricks that undermine your dining budget.
  47. Designations No Retirement Planner Should Be Without

    Advance your career and gain clientele by adding a few choice certifications.
  48. Will Obama’s Chained CPI Help Keep Inflation From Eating Into Your Savings?

    Learn the ways in which inflation nibbles away at your retirement income, especially in light of the President’s proposal for Chained CPI adjustments to Social Security.
  49. Should You Head Back To Business School?

    Find out if an MBA is necessary for you to reach your professional goals.
  50. Inaccurate Tax Return, Now What?

    If the IRS finds errors, it will cost you. Find out how to fix them, and how to prevent them in the first place.
  51. Tips To Make Next Year’s Taxes Less Stressful

    You might be ready to put the stress of tax preparation behind you until next season, but ignoring your personal tax situation for 11 months of the year is what got you into this mess. Find out how some simple organization and planning techniques can make next year's tax preparation a low-stress task.
  52. Post-Grad Degrees That Pay The Highest

    A post-graduate degree could be well worth the extra time and expense.
  53. 10 Golf Tips To Help Investors Tee Off

    There are a lot of similarities between golf and investing. Find out how to keep your game out of the rough.
  54. Play The Market Like Tiger Plays Golf

    Score big by taking Tiger Woods' approach to golf and applying it to your portfolio.
  55. How Baby Boomers Will Change The Way Others Retire

    Generation X and Generation Y still have many lessons to learn from their elders, including how to make the most of retirement in the 21st century. Find out what retirement trends baby boomers are setting for younger generations.
  56. How To Safeguard Your Tax Returns From Identity Theft

    Identity thieves love tax season. In 2012, there were 13 million victims of identity theft. As easy as it is for thieves to steal your information, there are also simple measures you can take to keep your personal information secure. Find out the proactive steps you can take to ensure thieves don't steal your tax refund by falsely filing your online return.
  57. Enough Money To Not Worry

    Our retirement goals have not changed. We still want enough money to not have to worry about it. How we go about getting there, however, has been changed dramatically.
  58. 5 Smart Ways To Use Your Tax Return

    This year, find out how to stretch your tax refund further to strengthen your future.
  59. Business Grads, Land Your Dream Job

    Companies are in need of strategic candidates, not walking resumes. Find out how to set yourself apart from the pack and land the business career you've always wanted.
  60. How To Deduct Your Job Search Expenses

    With approximately 12 million Americans out of a job right now, many people are spending significant dollars to be noticed by potential employers. Fortunately, some of these job-search costs are deductible at tax time. Learn the details of what job-hunt expenses qualify for deductions and how much you can deduct.
  61. Are IRS-Prepared Tax Returns The Solution To Our Tax Woes?

    The government is considering letting the IRS do your taxes for you. While this may sound great, there are plenty of reasons why you may not want to trust the IRS to calculate your tax return. And while you could stand to lose out on a few bucks, companies like Turbo Tax are and H&R Block are fighting hard to save their tax-preparation empires.
  62. How To Report A Tax Cheat

    If you report a tax evader to the IRS, you could be eligible for a reward.
  63. Hetty Green: The Witch Of Wall Street

    Hetty Green was the richest woman of her time and possibly the first value investor, yet she's not remembered kindly.
  64. Examining Stereotypes In Investing

    Irrespective of age, sex and other such factors, no normal investor wants an unsuitable investment. How much people really understand about their investments depends on various factors, including how much money they have invested and for how long, how much they were informed about their investments and how much they bothered to educate themselves.
  65. The Best ETFs For Your 401k

    ETFs can be a good alternative to traditional retirement fund options because of their low cost, superior performance and liquidity.
  66. Government Could Limit Chartiable Tax Deductions

    The desperate search for revenue by the U.S. government means one of the key deductions that may be up for either reduction or elimination is for charitable giving.
  67. There Are New REITs On The Horizon

    For investors, the surge in new REIT activity is providing some pretty interesting dividend opportunities.
  68. 8 Little-Known Tax Deductions And Credits

    These little-known tax deductions can lead you to finding your own unique expenses that you didn't know you could claim.
  69. 10 Financial Gifts To Give Your Daughter

    Teaching your daughter about money may be a gift you can give that can last for a lifetime.
  70. Approved: Paying Online Sales Tax

    States will now be allowed to collect sales taxes on purchases made from Internet-based retailers even if the retailer has no physical presence in that state.
  71. 6 Tax Deductions That Might Get You Audited

    Incorrect or liberal interpretations of what you can write off will often lead to the IRS taking closer interest in your filings. Knowing the rules behind these six tax deductions will go a long ways to saving you from an audit.
  72. Female Entrepreneurs Are Surpassing Their Male Counterparts

    The world of entrepreneurship is constantly changing; the last year has seen a significant shift in the performance of female entrepreneurs.
  73. Taxable Rewards To Be Aware Of

    Find which benefits from reward programs count as income in the eyes of the IRS.
  74. Financial Solutions For Young Women

    Break through the stereotypes and find out how to manage your life to meet your needs.
  75. The Riskiest Investment Moves for Retirement That Could Pay Off

    Before incurring additional risks in your retirement portfolio, be sure to understand the alternatives and the consequences of your strategy.
  76. Economic Indicators That Affect The U.S. Stock Market

    Macroeconomic factors like GDP, Inflation, and Retail Sales affect the value of your portfolio. Understanding these economic indicators is vital for every investor in the marketplace.
  77. Careers In Buy-Side And Sell-Side Research

    The primary professions on Wall Street are made up of sell side and buy side analysts. This article is an overview of the two primary avenues for individuals interested in both fields.
  78. Women And Investing: It's A Style Thing

    You don't have to be a boy or act like a boy to win. In fact, doing the opposite could be better for your financial health.
  79. Countries That Are Failing To Save For Retirement

    Banking giant HSBC recently unveiled the results of an international research project, which revealed that many U.S. citizens face a significant decline in their standard of living during the final seven years of retirement.
  80. Do You Dare Sue Your Broker?

    A financial damages claim is not for the fainthearted, but it may be worth it in the end.
  81. Common Tax Mistakes To Avoid

    Find out what mistakes people often make on their returns, and how to avoid them on yours.
  82. Why The 4% Rule No Longer Works For Retirees

    Researchers have proven that the 4 % rule, which stated that retirees can withdraw 4% of the value of a portfolio each year without depleting the principal for 30 years, is not a realistic withdrawal method for retirees.
  83. How Companies Can Attract Top Female Employees

    Companies need to make an effort to learn how to attract and retain female employees in order to achieve a greater gender balance in the workplace.
  84. Bloated Budget? How To Trim The Fat

    Blood, sweat and tears should belong in the gym, but your money deserves some training time too.
  85. Debunking 10 Budget Myths

    Don't let these excuses prevent you from reaching your financial goals.
  86. 5 ETFs Flaws You Shouldn't Overlook

    Despite their popularity, exchange traded funds have some drawbacks that investors should know about.
  87. Top 5 Budgeting Questions Answered

    You don't need a degree to understand your money, begin saving and pay down debt.
  88. Investing In IPO ETFs

    Learn the history, rules and risks of investing in IPO exchange-traded funds.
  89. 3 Alternative Budgeting Styles: Which One Suits You?

    Not everyone is cut out for online or heavily-involved budgeting. Here are some budgeting solutions.
  90. Thomas Rowe Price: Always Right

    This great investor mastered a new type of investing with every new market he faced.
  91. 4 Steps To Building A Profitable Portfolio

    This is a step-by-step approach to determining, achieving and maintaining optimal asset allocation.
  92. Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends

    With a little planning, you can maintain your social life without breaking the bank.
  93. Investing In Medical Equipment Companies

    Learn the basics about medical equipment companies and how investing in them can benefit growth and value investors alike.
  94. Shuffle Away Your Debt With Balance Transfers

    This option can save you big bucks, but only if you watch out for rates and fees.
  95. Small Business: Speed Up Receivables To Avoid A Cash Crunch

    Waiting for customers to pay can be a losing game. Look to factoring for quicker cash.
  96. Outfox The Debt Collector's Hounds

    Dealing with a collection agency is scary if you don't know your rights. We help you take back the power.
  97. Managing Income During Retirement

    Learn some sensible strategies for making your hard-earned savings last for as long as you need them.
  98. A Guide To Debt Settlement

    Find out how you can negotiate your way to a lower debt load by paying up front.
  99. Everything Investors Need To Know About Earnings

    We go over the concepts behind the excitement over the most important figure in the stock market.
  100. Build Your Small Business During Downswings

    Here we offer some cost-saving measures to strengthen your business even when the market is weak.
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