Personal Finance Articles

  1. Tired Of Banks? Try A Credit Union

    These nonprofit organizations can provide a range of services for lower fees.
  2. An Overview Of The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

    Find out how this "retirement lifeguard" can save drowning plans, and why it's unlikely to be a long-term solution to the ...
  3. Should You Buy Property On Leased Land?

    Find out what to consider before investing in a leased-land property.
  4. Does Condo Life Suit You?

    Association fees and disputes with neighbors could spoil your move if you're unprepared.
  5. How Warren Buffett made Berkshire Hathaway a World-beater

    It would almost be easier to list the industry sectors in which Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) doesn’t ...
  6. 4 Overlooked Homeownership Costs

    Mortgage payments aren't the only expense. Find what else you'll be on the hook for.
  7. Want To Sell Life Insurance? Read This First

    Looking for a career that offers big financial upside and the lure of self-employment? Insurance sales could well be for ...
  8. Basics Of China's Real Estate Industry

    China's exponential growth was led primarily by its Real Estate Industry, but could this trend continue?
  9. Texas Ratio Rounds Up Bank Failures

    This measure can help investors spot potential trouble in a bank's financials. Find out how.
  10. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  11. How AT&T Came To Serve A Third Of Americans

    AT&T mobile phones are used by roughly a third of Americans. How it managed to accomplish that starts with a state-sponsored ...
  12. What If Donald Sterling Ran Your Company?

    A chief executive officer can seem to have it all: power, influence and gravitas. But all of that hard-earned respectability ...
  13. Foreclosure Opens Doors For Real Estate Investors

    Learn how to spot hot properties that you can turn around for a profit.
  14. Cashing In On The Venture Capital Cycle

    Find out how VC firms make the market go round, and round and round.
  15. Top 6 Mortgage Mistakes

    These common errors could end in foreclosure.
  16. Accredited Financial Counselor: An Introduction

    This designation is highly relevant as it allows you to help the middle- and lower-income population in America.
  17. Business Owners: Rules For Qualified Retirement Plans

    Business owners need to take note of how they handle qualified-plan distributions to former employees.
  18. Tips On How To Use IRAs To Boost Retirement Savings

    According to the Trustees of the Social Security Fund, the fund will be depleted by 2037. Are you ready?
  19. Keeping Track Of Retirement Plan Assets

    Maintain records of your pension benefits or risk losing them.
  20. Medicare 101: Do You Need All 4 Parts?

    At age 65, most people have to sign up for Medicare. Learn which of its four programs are mandatory – and which you can skip.
  21. The Seasons Of An Investor's Life

    From a tentative spring to a comfortable winter, learn how to weather the phases of your investing journey.
  22. Tax-Saving Advice For IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  23. Fannie Mae: What It Does And How It Operates

    Chances are that you've heard of Fannie Mae. But do you know what it does and how it operates?
  24. Gold IRA Rollover

    Does it make sense to roll over some of the money in your 401(k), IRA or Roth retirement accounts into a gold IRA? Consider ...
  25. Get Sale Prices On Healthcare With Discount Plans

    Medical discount plans can help the uninsured or underinsured afford better healthcare.
  26. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  27. Prepare Your Finances To Handle Natural Disasters

    Use these easy tips to protect your financial interests from natural disasters.
  28. The Causes And Effects Of Credit Shocks

    These shocks cycle through history. Find out what you need to know to avoid the alarm bells.
  29. Tips For The Prospective Landlord

    Investing in rental property can generate serious income, but there's more to it than collecting rent.
  30. Top Tips For Successfully Renting Out Your Home

    Renting out your home can be a great way to ride out a real estate slump - if you do it right.
  31. Analysis: Should You Get A Gold IRA?

    Yes, you can invest in actual gold or other precious metals for your IRA. See the special rules for gold IRAs and what gold ...
  32. 3 Retirement Plan Moves To Make Before Year-End

    If you don't know what must be done before December 31 you may miss opportunities - or even pay penalties.
  33. Time To Rethink Your Post-Work Needs

    Don't rely on popular wisdom. Get the facts and plan for a comfortable future.
  34. Divorcing? The Right Way to Split Retirement Plans

    Mishandling how you define and allocate retirement-plan assets in a divorce can cost you plenty in taxes and aggravation. ...
  35. Combating Retirement's Silent Killer: Inflation

    Inflation can devour a once secure nest egg. Learn how to protect yours.
  36. How To Dispute A Credit Card Charge

    Follow these steps if you've been ripped off or spot an error on your bill.
  37. Drawbacks Of Travel Reward Programs

    These nearly universal loyalty programs can have handy perks, but they're not a free ride.
  38. How To Improve Your Leadership Skills

    Being a leader can help you in your career. Here are some tips for improving your leadership skills.
  39. Understanding The National Association Of Realtors

    Not every real estate agent or broker is a realtor. Here's what the difference is and why working with a member of the NAR ...
  40. Trying On Potential Employers

    Ditch your ego, prove that you'll work hard and don't settle for the wrong company.
  41. The Green Marketing Machine

    Don't let corporations greenwash their dirty laundry. Learn how to spot a phony.
  42. Introduction To The CAIA Designation

    Are you preparing for a CAIA designation? Don't worry, we'll give you a bit of insight.
  43. Watch Out For Changes In Credit Card Agreements

    If a credit card company changes its terms, you could pay a steep price. Find out how to stay informed.
  44. 5 Skills That Traders Need

    There are many routes to becoming a professional trader, but these five skills will help you get there.
  45. FICO Or FAKO? The Limitations of Free Credit Scores

    There's something you should know about the scores you get from free credit scoring services: They usually are not the same ...
  46. Trader vs Investment Banker: Which Job Is Best For You?

    Thinking of a career as an investment banker or a trader? Then you'd better know the difference!
  47. Top Websites For Checking Your Credit Scores

    You've probably seen spammy ads offering the opportunity to check your credit score for "free." Well, not all credit score ...
  48. How To Create A Business Succession Plan

    Make sure the business you built continues to thrive long after you've left the helm.
  49. The Top 5 Skills An Investment Banker Needs

    What are the top skills investment bankers need to have? Are i-bankers born or made?
  50. 529 Risks to Take (Or Not)

    Six risks to take into consideration when you're managing the 529 plan that lets you put away tax-advantaged money to help ...
  51. How To Get A Good Deal On A Used Car

    Why are prices quoted by dealers and private sellers so disparate? Read on to find out how to use that info to your benefit ...
  52. Distribution Rules For Inherited Retirement Plan Assets

    If you've recently inherited a retirement plan, you must get to know the rules for distributing the funds.
  53. IRA Assets And Alternative Investments

    Interested in non-traditional investing? Make sure you follow the rules to avoid prohibited transactions.
  54. What To Do When You're Left Out Of A Will

    Discover the legal steps you can take if you are left out of a will and if fighting is worth the effort.
  55. Raising Grandchildren A Financial Feat

    Becoming a full-time caregiver again presents many challenges - including making ends meet.
  56. How to Use Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance provides an extremely competent and comprehensive offering for the everyday investor wanting to track a portfolio ...
  57. 6 Signs You're Ready to Retire Early

    If you can answer "yes" to these six questions, you may be ready to retire early.
  58. Should You Roll Over Your 401(k)?

    Before moving your retirement funds into another account, consider your options.
  59. The Defined-Contribution Plan: A Flawed Concept

    After a career marked by loyalty to the firm, the promised pension plan benefits aren't materializing for many plan participants. ...
  60. 3 Reasons To Use An Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan

    If you aren't participating in your employer-sponsored retirement plan, you're missing out! Learn the benefits.
  61. 5 Ways To Fund Your Retirement

    Generating income without going to work tends to be a murky concept. Find out how it works.
  62. How To Find A Credit Counselor

    Paycheck to paycheck is no way to live. Learn how to find the help you need.
  63. Identity Theft: How To Avoid It

    Don't be a victim of this disturbing crime. Get insight into how perpetrators commit this form of fraud.
  64. Are Return-Of-Premium Riders Worth It?

    Find out if this policy coverage will add money to your pocket, or cost you in the long run.
  65. LTC Annuities: 2 Safety Nets In 1

    Pairing insurance and an annuity sounds good, but do you really need this much coverage?
  66. Can I Get Life Insurance?

    Find out what you can do to get the coverage you need for the right price.
  67. 5 Disastrous Financial Moves We Can't Seem To Avoid

    These money errors are all too common. Make sure you know how to avoid them.
  68. New Home Repair Troubleshooting

    Think a new home means no repairs? Think again. Learn about common repair and maintenance items and how to cut your costs. ...
  69. 4 History-Making Wall Street Crooks

    Find out how these Wall Street high-rollers landed themselves in hot water.
  70. Pharmaceutical Sector: Does The FDA Help Or Harm?

    We look at how the FDA affects the pharmaceutical industry, and how investors can avoid the pitfalls.
  71. Hidden Costs Of Product Rebates

    These cash incentives lure in consumers, who are often unable to collect on the deal.
  72. Cost-Push Inflation Versus Demand-Pull Inflation

    Gain a deeper understanding of aggregate supply and demand, forces which raise the price of goods and services.
  73. Getting A Grip On The Cost Of Gas

    Feeling overwhelmed by rising oil prices? We offer some tips that will save you money.
  74. Introduction To Financial Planning Organizations

    Organizations such as the FPA and NAPFA are striving to provide higher standards for the financial planning profession and ...
  75. Analyzing A Bank's Financial Statements

    A careful review of a bank's financial statements can help you identify key factors in a potential investment.
  76. New Credit Scoring Forgives Small Debt

    FICO 08 means that certain types of old debt won't affect your credit score, but it's not all good news.
  77. Top Companies That Manage 529 Plans

    Planning to open a 529 plan? Check out our roundup of top-rated providers and what makes them special. Then see what works ...
  78. Who Benefits From Retirement Annuities

    Annuities guarantee some degree of fixed income in retirement. But is the security worth the fees and less favorable tax ...
  79. 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 ...
  80. Where to Find Affordable Health Insurance

    The cost of medical services can hit the wallet hard: there are 1.7 million personal bankruptcies every year due to inability ...
  81. Benefits Of A SIMPLE IRA

    If you're at a small company, you may be offered a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan. Contribution limits are lower, but vesting ...
  82. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Boon Or Boom?

    These two companies are crucial to the mortgage market, but are they ticking timebombs?
  83. Will You Break Even On Your Home?

    Calculate how much your property will need to appreciate to cover the costs of owning it.
  84. The Basics Of Travel Insurance

    Before going on your trip, find out what kind of insurance coverage you will need.
  85. 5 Investment Risks Created By Global Warming

    Climate-change deniers and believers alike would be wise to prepare for the worst.
  86. How An Insurance Company Determines Your Premiums

    Find out how insurers use credit history to build an insurance score and how it could affect your bottom line.
  87. How To Efficiently Read An Annual Report

    Learn how to read between the lines and decipher the actual condition of a company.
  88. Pages From The Bad CEO Playbook

    Excess compensation, golden parachutes, tunneling and IPO spinning make these bad executives even worse.
  89. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  90. Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Many people try to avoid this process altogether, making things difficult for heirs.
  91. Retirement: The One Thing Couples Shouldn't Do Together

    Staggering retirement can have both financial and emotional benefits for married couples.
  92. Eight Financial Safeguards If Disaster Strikes

    In an emergency like a fire, hurricane, flood, tornado or earthquake, you may not be able to protect your home. But you can ...
  93. 5 Ways To Stunt A Child's Financial Growth

    Personal finance is not covered in schools, so it's up to parents to teach kids how to manage money.
  94. College Dorms: Good Value Or Ripoff?

    Living on campus can have many benefits, but they often come at a price.
  95. Stop Keeping Up With The Joneses - They're Broke

    Conspicuous consumption could be robbing you of future wealth.
  96. Free Financial Counseling Programs For Students

    Learning to manage your money is no easy task, but there are plenty of resources designed especially to help.
  97. Adam Smith And "The Wealth Of Nations"

    Adam Smith's 1776 classic may have had the largest global impact on economic thought.
  98. 5 Biggest Challenges Facing Your Small Business

    Thinking about starting your own business? Read this article to get a leg up on what you could face.
  99. 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.
  100. Target Prices: The Key To Sound Investing

    Learn how to evaluate the legitimacy of target prices and why investors should trust these over ratings.
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