Personal Finance Articles

  1. Eyeing REITs? Consider these Risks

    REITs are a great way to invest in real estate without all the drama and headaches. That said, there are risks.
  2. What Pet Insurance Actually Covers

    If you buy insurance for your pet, what will it cover – and what will you still have to pay for?
  3. Airbnb or Hotel: Which Is Better for Vegas Visitors?

    Airbnb will likely cost you a lot less than a hotel. Here's a look at the pluses and minuses – and some specific hotel vs. ...
  4. Business Taxes: Not Paying More Than You Have To

    If you're a small business owner, note these potential tax deductibles so that you don't pay taxes that could have been extra ...
  5. Is $200,000 Enough To Retire In The Philippines?

    How long would $200,000 in savings last if you retired in the Philippines? Longer than in most countries, especially if you ...
  6. Ready For The Entrepreneurial Leap?

    There are key traits and motivations that characterize an entrepreneur; these aren't necessarily genetic, but can be acquired ...
  7. Is Pet Insurance Worth The Price?

    Should you insure your pet? Here's how pet insurance works and how to decide if it's worth buying this coverage.
  8. Helping Clients Choose Long-Term Care Insurance

    The need for long-term care has become an inescapable (and pricey) issue for retirees. Here's what financial advisors can ...
  9. The Cheapest Times To Fly To New York City

    Summer is the costliest season to travel to the Big Apple from abroad. You'll save money in the colder months, as long as ...
  10. When Is It Cheaper To Fly To Europe?

    When can you fly to Europe for the lowest fares? Hint: You'll need gloves and a scarf.
  11. How To Arrange An Installment Agreement For Taxes

    Not enough cash on hand for your April 15th tax bill? No need to panic. Here's what to do.
  12. Why Early Retirement Is A Bad Idea

    8 good reasons to put off your retirement date
  13. Helping Young Investors Avoid Financial Pitfalls

    Young investors are especially prone to financial mistakes. Here's what you can do to help them.
  14. Is PayPal's Credit Card Worth Getting?

    You can use PayPal with credit cards from many issuers. But now you can also use a PayPal card – and apply the rewards directly ...
  15. What Do Certified Financial Planners Earn?

    Individuals with the Certified Financial Planner designation enjoy an above-average salary range as well as promising current ...
  16. IRA Holders Face New Rules in 2015

    New rules for IRA holders mean less loopholes in 2015.
  17. Is This Dividend Stock A Value Or Value Trap?

    We can say that Fifth Street Finance has had a rough year, but there's a huge difference between an undervalued stock and ...
  18. SAT Vs. ACT: 6 Key Differences

    While there's some overlap in content, the ACT and SAT exams have significant differences that students should consider before ...
  19. Top Tips for Family Wealth Transfers

    Essential tips for tackling family wealth transfers.
  20. Just Graduated? How To Find The Best Career

    No single career is "best" for everyone. But here's how to identify where the good jobs are, and how to launch yourself onto ...
  21. Are You Missing Out On These Tax Exemptions?

    To lower your tax bill, make sure that you're taking all the exemptions that apply to you.
  22. Why These Are 2015's 10-Best Financial Stocks

    If you're going to invest in the financial stocks, these names need to be on your radar.
  23. How to Keep Up With the Retirement's Evolution

    How people think of retirement is changing rapidly. Here's how financial advisors can address semi-retirement, growing longevity ...
  24. Want To Learn Financial Tips For Women?

    Although Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus was focused more on love than money, some of the analogy also works fairly ...
  25. Self-Driving Cars Could Change The Auto Industry

    Driverless cars have piqued human interest for centuries. A true driverless car, however, has remained elusive until recently.
  26. The Cheapest Times To Fly To Hawaii

    What's the best way to save money on flying to Hawaii?
  27. What Makes LinnCo Different From MLPs?

    MLPs are some of the favorite investments of dividend investors, as the surge in the energy industry increased the amount ...
  28. How To Fly To Europe For $100 (Maybe)

    A new airline called WOW announced one-way trips to Iceland from U.S. airports for as low as $99. One problem: If you don't ...
  29. 3 Things I Learned From lululemon Athletica's 10-K

    Lululemon athletica has emerged not only as one of the nation's fastest-growing retailers, but also as one of the market's ...
  30. Is It Smart To Get Dual Citizenship?

    Does it ever make sense to be a citizen of the U.S. and somewhere else? Yes, so you can work minus a visa – not so much, ...
  31. Will Technology Displace Human Financial Management?

    Technology is creating more tools that help individuals avoid the common financial management and money management firms. ...
  32. Venezuela Teeters On Edge As Oil Revenues Shrink

    Low oil prices have drastically revised the economic status quo -- dealing a destabilizing blow to oil-exporters like Venezuela ...
  33. What Must The UK Do To Keep North Sea Oil Afloat?

    The UK government may need to take drastic action to ensure the viability of UK North Sea offshore oil production amid high ...
  34. How IPG Photonics Is Tapping Into The Auto Boom

    The manufacturing process of big industrial companies involves sophisticated laser technology to ensure precision and optimal ...
  35. Gas Dispute Poses Risks For Both The EU And Russia

    The Russia-Ukraine gas dispute has caused energy insecurity for the EU, which is seeking new gas suppliers, and market uncertainty ...
  36. Quickbooks vs. Quicken

    QuickBooks and Quicken are two of the most widely used financial management tools in the world. Determine which one is right ...
  37. The Fundamentals of Draghinomics

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has introduced a set of reforms aimed at reviving the eurozone economy.
  38. First Resume? Tips For High School Students

    Here's how to shape your school projects, babysitting and any other jobs you've had into a resume that will get you hired.
  39. Start Saving Now! Here's Why

    When money is tight early in your career, saving may seem a waste of time – but even a small amount can pay big dividends, ...
  40. Surprising Ways A Mortgage Affects A Credit Score

    It takes a good credit score to get favorable mortgage rates. Then, how you pay a mortgage will shape your score – just having ...
  41. What Is The Average Salary For An MBA Graduate?

    An MBA is often described as a surefire way to increase one's salary. It turns out that compensation for MBA graduates is ...
  42. How Real Estate Agent and Broker Fees Work

    Buying or selling a home? What you need to know about real estate agent and broker fees.
  43. Changing Money: Best Places In Washington, D.C.

    Visiting Washington, D.C., from abroad? Here are tips for exchanging currency focused on location, price and other options.
  44. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Here are some warnings that you could be in over your head financially – and how to fix the situation before it's too late.
  45. BillGuard Vs. Mint Vs. SigFig Vs. Personal Capital

    Which of these financial apps deserves a place on your mobile? That depends on your needs and how sophisticated you want ...
  46. 2015 Cash Offers To Move Your IRA Or 401(k)

    Move your IRA to (or open a new one at) one of these retirement-fund custodians and you could get a cash reward – 401(k) ...
  47. How Do Women Close The Retirement Savings Gap?

    Every year, BlackRock conducts a survey to learn about the attitudes and behavior of investors. We just released our findings ...
  48. GMAT or GRE: Is One Better for MBA Applicants?

    In prior years, those applying to an MBA program had to take the GMAT exam. Today, a growing number of universities accept ...
  49. Expat In America: Visas To Retire In the U.S.

    It isn't easy for non-citizens to retire in the United States unless a family member is already a citizen. But some visas ...
  50. Which Is Better: A Salary or Hourly Wages?

    A salary may be the more prestigious option – but you could take home more being paid by the hour.
  51. 3 Things That Could Hold Intuitive Surgical Back

    Taking a long-term view that favors Intuitive Surgical developer increasing in value, doesn't mean that there are near-term ...
  52. 3 Things I Learned From The Container Store's 10K

    Since going public at the end of 2013, The Container Store's shares have fallen by roughly half their value. But not all ...
  53. Should You Consider Nuance Communications?

    It's been a turbulent few years for Nuance Communications, even as voice-powered virtual assistants continue to rise in popularity ...
  54. What Are Costco’s Latest Earnings?

    On March 5, Costco, the wholesale retail giant reported second-quarter earnings that handily outpaced analysts' expectations. ...
  55. Why A High-Yield Dividend May Not Be Sustainable?

    Dividend stocks are the foundation from which great retirement portfolios are built, and they serve multiple purposes for ...
  56. The Fundamentals Of Abenomics

    Abenomics is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive, three-pillared economic policy.
  57. How Instagram Makes Money

    Like many big names in social media, Instagram started as a fun idea without a clear path to profit.
  58. 10 Hottest Startups In 2015

    Check out these 10 hot startup companies that will rock the world in 2015.
  59. Why Is Deflation Bad For The Economy?

    While some inflation is good for economic growth, when prices begin to fall after an economic downturn, deflation may set ...
  60. Profit From High Consumer Spending With Visa Or Mastercard

    American consumers have more money to spend thanks to falling gas prices. Investing in Visa and MasterCard may give investors ...
  61. Strategic Bathroom Enhancements With Huge Returns

    Even modest investments to improve a small bathroom can yield considerable rewards.
  62. Is Rite Aid Sustaining Its Positive Streak?

    Rite Aid Corp makes progress on profitability and after years of restructuring and consolidation began making investments ...
  63. Chesapeake Energy Sees History Repeating Itself

    Chesapeake was on the wrong side of natural gas when its price plunged in 2012, and it appears to be repeating itself after ...
  64. NVIDIA Wants A Seat In Your Living Room

    Graphics specialist NVIDIA continues its ongoing shift away from mobile devices, and it has made it clear that it is no longer ...
  65. 5 Things You Need For A Good Credit Score

    How good a credit score you have depends on 5 factors. What they are and what it takes to better your credit rating if it's ...
  66. Is It Wrong To Ignore This Chance For 3D Systems?

    It was painful to invest in 3D Systems last year. The stock has been cut in half over worries that the company's spending ...
  67. Can American Capital Agency Maintain Its Dividend?

    Dividend investors know that real estate investment trusts with REITs that invest in mortgage-backed securities produce double-digit ...
  68. Best Resumes For MBA Applications

    Which resume will win the heart of the B-school dean of admissions? Never mind laying on the charm, get to the point – forcefully. ...
  69. 2015's Top Checking Account Promotions

    Open a checking account in 2015 and the bank could give you a cash bonus. Check out these top offers.
  70. Use Your Credit Card To Boost Your Credit Score

    Misusing credit cards can blow your credit – but using them well can boost your score. How to grow a history, fix bad credit, ...
  71. How to Transition Your Client Into Retirement

    The first step into retirement is a big one. Here are tips on how to help your clients transition from earning to drawdown.
  72. An Emerging Relationship: Tech Startups & Marijuana

    An increasing number of funding platforms are emerging to support marijuana start-ups, although the marijuana industry is ...
  73. The Top Ten Economic Indicators In The UK

    We list below ten key economic indicators for the United Kingdom, the world’s 6th-largest economy.
  74. Which Degree Is Better For A Business Career?

    Business administration and finance degrees can both lead to good jobs. Finance builds more quantitative skills, administration ...
  75. Is SodaStream Ready For A Come Back?

    It's not easy to be a SodaStream investor. The once-fizzy market has gone flat, shedding roughly three-quarters of its value ...
  76. Is Union Pacific Still A Good Dividend Stock?

    It is impossible for a competitor to secure enough right-of-way real estate and cost advantages to compete with U.S. Class ...
  77. 2015's Best Balance Transfer Credit Card Promotions

    Trying to pay off a credit card balance at too high an interest rate? You might save a good chunk of cash with one of these ...
  78. Best Checking Accounts For Couples

    Being a couple, especially if you both have jobs, can help you qualify for benefits and fee waivers that would be tougher ...
  79. How Two Harbors' Derivatives Work?

    Mortgage REITs, like Two Harbors , have cut their dividend payments as interest rate trends have eaten into profitability ...
  80. Is Prospect Capital Exposed To Elevated Losses?

    According to a federal government report, the quality of leveraged loans has begun to deteriorate. Prospect Capital specializes ...
  81. Best Books For Entrepeneurs

    Entrepreneurs wear many hats. Here are books that will help you find and manage talent, provide ultimate customer service, ...
  82. World's Top 10 Internet Companies

    Investopedia has compiled a list of the top 10 Internet companies in the world based on revenue and market cap.
  83. Is An MBA The Best Bet For Finance, Econ Students?

    An MBA offers a fairly comprehensive business education, while a master's program in finance or economics focuses on a more ...
  84. Resume How-to's For Teachers

    Resume skills are important for every teacher whether you're just starting out or mid-career. Use these pointers.
  85. These 4 Precious Metals ETFs Help Combat Inflation

    A look at 4 precious metal ETFs to combat inflation when it hits.
  86. Why Mutual Funds Lose Their Five-Star Ratings?

    Ratings help people feel confident about their decision before purchasing. Morningstar’s rating system helps people to find ...
  87. What Could Be The Outcome For Opko Health?

    Investors have pinned high hopes on Opko Health , a development-stage healthcare company spearheaded by billionaire healthcare ...
  88. How Will Chesapeake Energy Create Value?

    A few years ago, Chesapeake Energy's bloated balance sheet forced it to sell off assets at fire-sale prices and fund its ...
  89. Why Is SolarCity A Growing Stock?

    SolarCity's stock may be down about 40% in the last 12 months, but its underlying business is growing rapidly.
  90. What's DISH’s Strategic Direction In The Industry?

    Telecommunications industry has evolved from being a backwater of ultra-conservative utility-like stocks to a high-growth ...
  91. How Chimera Investment Bear The Brunt Of REITst?

    Following the financial crisis, REITs that specialized in investing in mortgage-backed securities produced huge gains for ...
  92. Asia's Safest (And Not That Costly) Countries

    Even Asia's safest countries are affordable, at least compared to New York City. The bargain is Malaysia, though tourists ...
  93. Why Should Investors Read The Annual Reports?

    All investors should read each year the annual report from their top stocks, which contains valuable information and facts ...
  94. Smart Resumes For The Fashion Industry

    Here's what your need to know to tailor your resume to the fashion job you want.
  95. Budget Travel: Europe's Cheapest Countries

    Even with a strong dollar, Europe is pricey. Head east and you'll find four EU countries that deliver scenery, adventures ...
  96. New 401(k) Pension Rollover Rule: Pros and Cons

    Is the new rule allowing participants to roll their 401(k) balances into pensions a good idea?
  97. Is 3D Systems Sell-Off A Buying Opportunity?

    It's not easy to find stocks that have sold off in the past year, but 3D Systems's shares have taken a nosedive in the beginning ...
  98. Reverse Mortgages: How To Find A Good One

    Finding a reverse mortgage generally means using a lender that specializes in them. Here's how to find a reputable one.
  99. How Are Interest Rates Affecting Annaly Cap Mgmt?

    Annaly Capital Management reported a net loss of $658 million thanks to the mortgage REIT's strategy of hedging its exposure ...
  100. The Top 4 Discount Travel Websites

    Planning a trip? Find out how to save on airfare, hotels, rental cars and more.
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