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  1. Do Record Stock Highs Signal A Top?

    Despite higher rates, U.S. stocks have been posting new records in recent weeks, despite investor concerns about slowing ...
  2. How Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans Work

    These tax-advantaged retirement savings plans have their pros and cons, and employers and employees must follow strict guidelines.
  3. Microfinance & Macrofinance: What's The Difference?

    What are the key differences between microfinance and macrofinance? Investopedia takes a look.
  4. How Able Lending Works

    A new wave of peer-to-peer and peer-to-business lenders is reshaping the way borrowers obtain credit. Able's unique take ...
  5. How To Get A Mortgage On A Houseboat

    You actually can't get a mortgage on a houseboat, but you can get a loan. A floating home, however, is eligible for a mortgage. ...
  6. The Foreigner's Guide To Retiring In Japan

    While Japan is an easy country to visit, retiring there can be a challenge due to the high cost of living and lack of any ...
  7. 8 Ways To Fly First Class For Cheap

    Try these strategies to teleport yourself out of coach and into one of those comfortable first class (or business class) ...
  8. The Best Industries for Interns in 2015

    While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 50.5 million jobs openings will be created between 2012 and 2022, there ...
  9. Can You Retire In Malaysia With $200,000?

    A low cost of living, street food fit for foodies and unspoiled rainforest and beaches are just a few of the reasons Malaysia ...
  10. Abenomics Vs. Quantitative Easing: Which Works Best?

    Abenomics and QE are versions of extraordinary stimulus measures initiated by the Japanese government and the U.S government, ...
  11. Should My Portfolio Include Private Equity?

    Private equity offers a lot of potential, but is it worth the risk?
  12. Retirement Confidence is Up: Should it Be?

    Research shows that confidence in being able to afford retirement is up but probably shouldn't be, as many aren't taking ...
  13. How Are Zero-Coupon Municipal Bonds Taxed?

    What every investor needs to know about taxes and zero-coupon muni bonds.
  14. Is It Worth Paying For Professional Home Staging?

    Buyers need to be able to visualize a house as their future home. Skilled home staging can help them do just that.
  15. The 6 Most Profitable Grocery Stores

    These are the six largest grocery store chains operating in the United States.
  16. Top Retirement Spots For The Ultra Rich

    Like birds that prefer to nest together, wealthy retirees often cluster in just a few places. Here's our top places compilation ...
  17. The Story Of Zipdial's Success

    Here is how ZipDial formed and subsequently shot to success in the Asian market.
  18. The Pros & Cons Of Being A Trader On The West Coast

    There are certain benefits and drawbacks that go with being a trader on the West Coast of North America.
  19. Study Abroad: Budget For Japan

    Find out what it would cost to get part of your education in Japan – maybe less than you think!
  20. Low-Cost Curb Appeal Projects For Your Front Yard

    Some low-cost improvements to your home's exterior and front yard could increase its curb appeal and ensure a great first ...
  21. Is A Premium Checking Account Worth It?

    Premium checking accounts give you free checking and other perks in return for keeping a certain balance in the bank. Is ...
  22. How Much Is Enough To Finance Your Retirement?

    Keep these points in mind as you calculate your retirement asset goal.
  23. Buying a Home? The Best Places Share This Feature

    The most lucrative areas to invest in a home are cities where job growth is robust.
  24. 6 Stocks for Millennials (or Anyone)

    Savvy Millennial investors looking for long-term winners should take a look at these stocks.
  25. Top Healthcare, Medical Equipment Stocks of 2015

    A short list of the top healthcare and medical equipment stocks of 2015.
  26. Muni Bonds, Taxable Bonds or CDs: Which is Best?

    Here's how to tell if municipal bonds are a better investment than taxable bonds or CDs.
  27. Top Premium Checking Accounts of 2015

    Which banks offer the best deals for premium checking accounts – and what do you have to do to qualify for one?
  28. Help Parents Avoid This Retirement Savings Blunder

    Parents should make saving for their own retirement a priority over helping with their children’s college costs.
  29. Is 21st Century Fox a Sly Bet?

    An in depth look at the revenue streams of international media conglomerate Twenty-First Century Fox.
  30. Why Retirement Planning Differs for Women

    Women face unique challenges when it comes to saving for retirement compared to men. Here's why and how to better prepare. ...
  31. Google Stock: A Tale of Two Share Classes

    Google stock comes in two different flavors with different rights for shareholders.
  32. Top 7 ETFs Designed for Retirement Income

    These seven ETFs offer several advantages over traditional ETFs, especially for investors seeking retirement income.
  33. How Microfinance and Investment Banking Compare

    Investment banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) provide similar services, but the clients they serve and the incentives ...
  34. Can I Become An Angel Investor?

    Because of SEC rules, you already need significant assets to become an angel investor.
  35. Why Working Doesn't Add Up For Many Women

    A type of tax deduction for Japanese stay-at-home wives puts a barrier on women working full time in the country.
  36. Tea Party Vs. Republican Party: Who Will Win In 2016?

    What agendas define the rift between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment, and which side will win the presidential ...
  37. The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate ...
  38. Financial Gifts For Grads: Kindergarten To College

    If you really want to help your grad preparing for the future, consider a present that supports their long-term goals—an ...
  39. Tech Startup Momentum Being Generated In Detroit

    Rising from the ashes in the once proud auto-manufacturing City of Detroit is a rapidly emerging tech startup scene that ...
  40. The 10 Richest Women In Fashion

    The top 10 richest women in fashion have many similarities as well as differences. From nationality to career trajectory, ...
  41. How Financial Advisors Pick Client Investments

    How advisors choose investment portfolios is varied, and investors are wise to check with theirs to find out how he or she ...
  42. How Amazon Fresh Works

    Amazon Fresh, a grocery delivery company that operates in parts of Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey, is a new ...
  43. The Top 6 Companies Owned By Google

    Google owns an incredible number of companies. These are its top six acquisitions.
  44. Top Tax Issues For High-Net-Worth Individuals

    Wealth brings benefits, but from a tax perspective it creates special challenges. Here are some tax issues to pay attention ...
  45. Find The Top Retirement Cities In South Korea

    South Korea's busy, modern capital, Seoul, has traffic signs in Korean writing only and English is not widely spoken. Check ...
  46. Why Using Roaming Overseas Will Leave You Broke

    You want to use your familiar cellphone and its camera on overseas vacations, but oh woe! if you don't follow these simple, ...
  47. 6 Questions To Find The Best Real Estate Broker

    A broker will play a key role in selling your house quickly and for the best price. Here's how to identify one who will do ...
  48. Commercial Real Estate: How it Works

    The ins and outs of what commercial real estate companies do.
  49. 5 Signs That You Have a Lousy 401(k) Plan

    Knowing whether a 401(k) plan is good or not so good is important. This will help participants decide how much to invest ...
  50. Indexed Universal Life Policies: Watch These Risks

    By properly vetting indexed universal life policies, advisors and savers can avoid contracts that could prove overly costly ...
  51. The Top 5 Skills Every Actuary Needs

    The actuary profession is growing fast. Here's a look at the majors and top skills one needs to become a successful actuary.
  52. Are We Looking At A Retirement Age Of 70 Soon?

    Other countries have been hiking their retirement age. What would make the U.S. government go in that direction?
  53. Is University Prestige Really That Important?

    Getting into a top school doesn't hurt, but it's not the real driver of who goes on to do well in life, as some provocative ...
  54. Should I Have An IPO on My Business

    The ultimate outside investment opportunity is going public through an initial public offering. However, IPOs come with costs ...
  55. 20 Ways To Pay Less At Costco

    There are plenty of little-known Costco shopping hacks that can save you big bucks at the register, and help you avoid the ...
  56. 5 Times Cash Rewards Credit Cards Come In Handy

    Using a credit card with cash rewards during emergencies can help you get through tough times, buy you time to pay off costs ...
  57. 8 Fascinating Traits Billionaires Have In Common

    A top-notch education isn't enough to strike it rich. Nothing compares to learning the habits of the world's famous entrepreneurs ...
  58. What Are The Tax Advantages Of Buying A Home?

    Don't forget these deductions and credits that homeowners can use to reduce their tax bill.
  59. Corporate Tax Rates: The Highs and the Lows

    The United States is No. 2 in the world for its high corporate tax rate. There are ways around paying it, and many nations ...
  60. The 10 Best Cities for Financial Advisors

    If you're an advisor looking for a promising location to practice, consider the combination of high wealth and low market ...
  61. Top Strategies on How to Become a Stock Broker

    Gunning to be a stock broker and want an edge? Here's some veteran advice.
  62. The Worst Cities for Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors may want to avoid low income areas or those with lofty wealth but high numbers of advisors.
  63. Costco, Target or Walmart: Which is the Best Bet?

    These three retailers have all been long-term winners. It that likely to continue? If so, which is the best bet?
  64. Obamacare: Can it Be Repealed?

    Attempting to repeal Obamacare is a yearly ritual for House Republicans, but trying again in 2016 or beyond could create ...
  65. Tips for Assessing a Client's Risk Tolerance

    Determining a client’s risk tolerance is a critical piece of the puzzle in designing and appropriate asset allocation.
  66. 5 Estate Planning Must-Dos Before Saying "I Do"

    There are many exciting things to look forward to when a couple gets married; not among them is putting financial affairs ...
  67. Why Advisors Should Focus on Relationships

    Successful financial advisors share a secret: It's about the people, not the numbers.
  68. Why Small Business Owners Need Financial Advisors

    Small business owners are too busy to effectively manage their own money. That's why a financial advisor can be a big help. ...
  69. How Apps Are Changing The World

    Apps have allowed people to replace several pieces of tech with a single smartphone or tablet and have made the data from ...
  70. 10 Worst And Best Vacation Cities In The U.S.

    The many costs of planning a vacation will put a stress on most people’s finances, but where you choose to go can be what ...
  71. The Top 11 Companies Owned By Facebook

    These 11 acquisitions show how big, and how rich, Facebook has become.
  72. The 10 Richest Women In Tech & Media

    These 10 women are the wealthiest in tech and media.
  73. What Does It Cost To Study Abroad In Mexico?

    Study abroad in Mexico has raised safety concerns. But a program in a peaceful region can be a good choice for the budget-minded ...
  74. Why Some Investors Are Tilting Toward TIPS

    Last month’s five-year TIPS auction drew nearly $48 billion in interest, a sign of recent renewed demand for this inflation ...
  75. The Big Chill: What’s Wrong With The U.S. Consumer

    Based on the most recent April data, investors may, once again, be disappointed when the second-quarter gross domestic product ...
  76. What Are The Top Retirement Cities In Malaysia?

    Kuala Lumpur or George Town? That depends on whether you're looking for post-modern glitter or cobblestones and a slower ...
  77. Finding The Top Retirement Cities In Cambodia

    A retirement choice for the adventurous, Cambodia is finding its place as a small but shining success story in the developing ...
  78. Which Is Better: Priceline Or Hotwire?

    Both travel booking sites are easy to use, and each has its devotees. Here's a comparison.
  79. An Advisor's Guide to Prof. Liability Insurance

    A guide to what financial advisors need to know about professional liability insurance.
  80. 401(k) Risks Advisors Should Know About

    Lawsuits are challenging the the fiduciary duty of plan sponsors related to 401(k) fees. Here's what financial advisers should ...
  81. What's the Verdict on START-UP NY?

    START-UP NY is an initiative designed to attract companies to New York State by giving them 10 years of tax breaks. Sounds ...
  82. Why Doing Your Taxes is Good Retirement Planning

    Income tax time is a great time to reevaluate retirement planning, since all the information you need is right at your fingertips.
  83. Tips for Boosting Your Retirement Income

    Here are some best practices on how to generate as much retirement income as possible.
  84. Is ‘Free’ Now the Best Price for Online Advice?

    For many investors, robo-advisors may be a better deal than traditional financial advisors, though they should know what ...
  85. Worst 5 States That Save The Least In Retirement

    If you're picking a place to retire, before you just stick a pin in the map, check out these cautionary criteria. Here are ...
  86. Can Electric Cars Replace Gas Guzzlers?

    High costs and poor battery performance have deterred many from switching to electric cars, which begs the question: can ...
  87. How To Invest In Internet-Connected Cars

    Companies are combining automotive technology with phones, watches, and computers to create a new, profitable industry.
  88. What Skills Do You Need For An Investment Banking Job?

    Aspiring for the best paid investment banking jobs? Here is the list of top skills that investment banks look for in job ...
  89. Top Skills Hedge Funds Look For In Job Candidates

    Lucrative salary, high perks, and best quantitative brains at work. What are the top skills a candidate needs to get a job ...
  90. The 5 Countries With The Lowest Interest Rates

    Interest rates in many nations are at record low levels as of May 2015. We look at the five nations with the lowest rates. ...
  91. American Express's Main Competition

    American Express competes with Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Financial Services in the credit card space. It also competes ...
  92. Is There Any Upside Left in Costco?

    Costco's stock has performed exceptionally well over the past five years, but does it need a breather?
  93. Is Your Retirement Plan On Track?

    Sooner or later that day will come. Do you know if you're ready? Here's how to tell and what to do if your trajectory needs ...
  94. India's Two-Child Policy

    As of 2014, 11 Indian states have passed laws to restrict Indian citizens from having no more than two children.
  95. How Much Do CPAs Make?

    If you're considering becoming a CPA, here's what you might expect to earn.
  96. Using Excel PV Function to compute Bonds PV

    To determine the value of a bond today - for a fixed principal (par value) to be repaid in the future at any predetermined ...
  97. Which Estate Transfer Technique is Right for You?

    This article explains the difference between the two estate transfer methods -- a will and a trust, and the circumstances ...
  98. Credit Cards That Will Get You First Class Flights

    It's getting harder and harder to be upgraded to first or business class on airlines. Here are some credit cards that may ...
  99. Dos And Don'ts Of Selling A House

    Tips for selling your house in the shortest time possible and for the best price
  100. Top 6 Money Management Apps For 2015

    Spenders who should be keeping better track of their cash flow will benefit the most from these money management apps.
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