Personal Finance Articles

  1. PepsiCo: An Activist Investment Analysis (PEP)

    Read about the nearly two-year public feud between activist investor Nelson Peltz, head of Trian Fund Management, and iconic ...
  2. Oil Prices Are Down, Airfares Aren't. What's Up?

    Oil is down to $30 a barrel. But consumers are still hit with fuel surcharges on airline tickets.
  3. Hologic: An Activist Investment Analysis (HOLX)

    Read about a health care company that attracted activist investors Carl Icahn, Barry Rosenstein and Ralph Whitworth at the ...
  4. Air Products and Chemicals: An Activist Investment Analysis (APD)

    Learn about the productive, and uncommonly friendly, activist investment made by Bill Ackman into Air Products and Chemicals.
  5. Super Savings for Your Super Bowl Party? Bet on It

    Prices for wings, avocados and TVs are all coming down, which will make your Super Bowl 50 festivities less costly.
  6. What Does the Fire Monkey Mean for Your Portfolio?

    The Chinese new year this year corresponds to the monkey, a quick-witted, playful, tricky figure that means well but has ...
  7. 5 Up and Coming Social Media Startups

    Although the days of Facebook's dominance aren't close to being over, here are some new creative platforms gaining traction ...
  8. Public Vs. Private Tech Valuations: What's Driving the Divide?

    The gross valuations over the past five years are more indicative of the market than the true value of the company itself. ...
  9. Bespoke Post Review: Is It Worth It?

    Find out if Bespoke Post, the fast-growing, e-commerce subscription service for men's lifestyle and grooming products, is ...
  10. How To Make Sure Your Healthcare Costs Do Not Ruin Your Retirement

    The best proactive plan of action for a stable retirement is to understand medical costs, plan ahead, invest properly, and ...
  11. Sanders' Healthcare Plan: Could it Work?

    Find out if presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' proposed single-payer health care plan could actually work in the United ...
  12. 5 Questions First Time Investors Should Ask in 2016

    Learn five of the most important questions you need to ask if you are a new investor planning on starting an investment program ...
  13. Is Retiring in France Safe Today?

    After a series of deadly terrorist incidents, some may be asking themselves this question.
  14. Moderna Therapeutics: An IPO Candidate in 2016?

    Find out the reasons why 2016 may be the year when highly valued biotech company Moderna Therapeutic files for an initial ...
  15. Clinton Vs. Sanders: Comparing Healthcare Proposals

    Find out the main differences in health care proposals presented by 2016 presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie ...
  16. The Top 4 Income Investments for Retirees in 2016

    These four investment types should mitigate risk in 2016 for retirees seeking income.
  17. Advisors: $240B in Fees Up for Grabs by 2030

    Advisors have an opportunity to win generational assets over the next 15 years. Here are some tips on how to cater to different ...
  18. A Guide to DIY Portfolio Management

    These are some of the pillars needed to build a DIY portfolio.
  19. Zika: Study Says This Device Could Protect You

    New research just uncovered an inexpensive, commercially available device that might help fight off the mosquito that carries ...
  20. The 5 Best T. Rowe Price Funds for the Income Seeker in 2016 (TROW)

    Find out which T. Rowe Price mutual funds to use to create a diversified income portfolio for current income, income growth ...
  21. Obama Floats $10 a Barrel Oil Tax

    President Obama intends to propose a $10 a barrel tax on oil; consumers might have to cough up 25 cents more per gallon.
  22. 3 Small Steps to Maximize Your Investing Goals

    Instead of starting the New Year with ambitious resolutions, why not taking smaller manageable steps that can have a real ...
  23. Taxes: H&R Block vs. TurboTax vs. Jackson Hewitt

    There are more and more tax services to help ease the pain of filing income taxes. Here's our take on three of the biggest.
  24. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Costco Stock (COST)

    Read about some of the biggest risks of investing in Costco stock. Gain a better understanding of its business model before ...
  25. Don't Sign That Non-Compete Without Reading This

    Non-compete contracts aren't just for high-level execs these days. How to protect yourself if your employer – or prospective ...
  26. 3 Predictions for Amazon in 2016 (AMZN)

    Learn the top three predictions for Amazon in 2016 as the company comes off an exceptional year in terms of revenue and expands ...
  27. 7 Creative Ways to Save for an Early Retirement

    Take note of these out of the box steps you can take towards securing yourself an earlier, more comfortable retirement.
  28. Stryker Corporation: A Strong Capital Position

    A discussion on business operations, financials, valuation and growth trends for Stryker Corporation.
  29. Cash Value vs Term Life Insurance: Which is Best?

    The debate between cash value life insurance and term insurance plus an investment plan is an ongoing one. Here's a look ...
  30. 5 Places Where Your Travel Dollar Goes Furthest

    The dollar is pretty strong right now, but where is it strongest? Canada? South Africa? Europe? Here are five places to travel ...
  31. Top 3 Thornburg Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Learn about the Thornburg family of mutual funds and the top three funds that you should consider for retirement diversification ...
  32. The Top 3 Oakmark Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Learn about what makes Oakmark Funds desirable for retirement investing. Read about the top three Oakmark funds to research ...
  33. The World's Top 10 Entertainment Companies (CMCSA, CBS)

    Take a look at the world's top 10 entertainment companies, spanning the movie, television, cable television, gaming and streaming ...
  34. 5 Reasons Alibaba's Earnings Disappointed in 2015 (BABA)

    Look at the reasons why Alibaba's earnings disappointed in 2015, including weak economic growth, the soft renminbi and allegations ...
  35. Ipsy Review: Is It Worth It?

    Discover the history of ipsy, how much packages cost, options available for membership, major competition and what the future ...
  36. SRI Funds and Your 401(k): What You Need to Know

    Socially responsible, green and impact investing options are now DoL-approved for 401(k) plans. Here's what investors should ...
  37. How Medicaid Works After Retirement

    Reasons why, after you retire, you need to know how Medicaid works – and especially how it relates to Medicare.
  38. Warren Buffett's Investment Lessons for Retirees

    For those in retirement, Warren Buffett's clear, timeless advice on investing is worth a look.
  39. Are You Really an Entrepeneur? A Reality Check

    If you are going to be an entrepreneur, and you’re doing it on a shoestring, you’ll need more than a good idea. Here are ...
  40. 5 Reasons to Invest in Mid-Century Modern Furniture

    Look for original pieces from the mid-20th century (not reproductions) as worthwhile investments – and get the pleasure of ...
  41. Retirement Plan Tax Prep Checklist

    Here's a list of items you need to have in order by tax time, including paying attention to those pesky required minimum ...
  42. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Dish Network Stock (DISH)

    Get insight about the potential risks of investing in Dish Network stock, such as its lack of cross-selling ability as an ...
  43. How Safe Is Traveling in Thailand?

    Exercise the kinds of cautions that are necessary anywhere in the world. And then pay attention to these three particular ...
  44. Top Insights Into Winning More Wealthy Clients

    The upcoming young and wealthy client class is like none other when it comes to wealth advising preferences. Here are some ...
  45. Top Tips to Transition into Retirement Confidently

    Here are some of the best ways to make the transition to retirement painless.
  46. When to Fire Your Advisor and Go Robo-Advisor

    Human financial advisor or robo-advisor: Which suits your needs best? Here are some general tips to help guide you to the ...
  47. When Low Volatility Funds Make Sense for Retirees

    Low volatility investments let you “smooth out” the market's day-to-day or month-to-month choppy waters. But is a smooth ...
  48. How Zika Is Infecting the Travel Industry

    The Zika virus is declared a public health emergency as airlines, cruise lines and other travel companies accommodate customers ...
  49. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Johnson & Johnson Stock (JNJ)

    Learn the largest risks to investing in Johnson & Johnson through fundamental analysis and other potential risks. Also discover ...
  50. Digital Nomads in the Modern Economy

    Digital nomads compose a growing portion of the modern economy.
  51. 4 Things That Make a Stock a Risky Bet

    Risk is everywhere and when it comes to stocks it can take many forms. From price risk to volatility risk, there’s a lot ...
  52. 4 Assumptions That Can Hurt Your Retirement

    Retirement planning is a must, but having a plan that's filled with old and dated assumptions can cause great harm.
  53. Will Silver Recover in 2016? (SLV, GLD, JJC)

    The end of the silver downtrend is likely to coincide with similar recoveries in gold, iron and copper.
  54. Want Your Will to Prevail? Don't Die Intestate

    If you die without making a last will and testament, you are said to have died intestate. What happens to your assets in ...
  55. Dollar Shave Club Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn about the business model of the Dollar Shave Club, and find out whether the razor subscription company is a worthwhile ...
  56. Chipotle Served with Criminal Probe

    Chipotle's beat muted expectations and got a clear bill from the CDC, but it now appears that an investigation into its E.coli ...
  57. Laws & Regulations To Know Before Changing the Name of Your Business

    Discover some of the most important steps you need to take after making a decision to change your legally established business ...
  58. How You Actually Get Your Pension After Retirement

    No matter what type of pension plan you have at work, decisions have to be made when you retire. Here are your options.
  59. Seven Sustainable Retail Dividends

    Seven retailers which pat sustainable dividends when examining both the companies' payout ratios and free cash flows.
  60. Craft Coffee Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn more about one of the first and most flexible specialty-grade coffee subscription services on the market, a perfect ...
  61. What If They Can't Fix Your VW? (VLKAY)

    The latest news is that VW may not be able to fix the pollution controls to make those doctored cars meet U.S. environmental ...
  62. Should Leavers Roll Over 401(k) Assets or Not?

    More and more companies are urging soon to be retirees to keep theirs assets in the company 401(k) plan. Is this a good idea?
  63. The Top 5 Personal Finance Experts to Follow in 2016

    Here is a look at five money and investing experts who can help you reach your financial goals for 2016.
  64. Plated Review, Is It Worth It?

    Take a closer look at the ready-to-cook meal service, Plated, and learn how the company can help you take the hassle out ...
  65. The Top 5 Buffalo Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Discover the top five Buffalo Funds for retirement diversification in 2016, with a summary of each fund, including manager ...
  66. The Top 5 Retail Penny Stocks for 2016 (TWMC, DXLG)

    Find out which retail stocks trade for less than $5 a share. Learn about bargains that can avoid bankruptcy and produce nice ...
  67. Volkswagen: A Value Play for 2016? (VOW.DE)

    Understand why Volkswagen could be a good value play for 2016 depending on your outlook regarding the company's current EPA ...
  68. Why the Classic Car Boom Might Be Ready to Bust

    The collectible car market has grown spectacularly, but recent numbers show that it may be heading for a correction.
  69. Should You Let a Family Member Manage Your 401(k)?

    Learn how a family member managing your 401(k) is probably not the most auspicious move you can make, and identify several ...
  70. Drone Investments Are Flying High 

    According to a report released by Dow Jones VentureWire, venture-backed funding for drone companies is on the rise.
  71. Advisors: Win Over Millennials with Insurance

    Millennials don’t have the same values and goals as previous generations. Here are some tips on how advisors can adapt to ...
  72. Advisors: Don't Mix Robo and Traditional Services

    Here's why it makes sense for financial advisors to offer traditional and robo-advisor services separately.
  73. Saving $100 Now Is Better Than Saving $1,000 In 10 Years

    Learn why it is better to save $100 every year starting right now rather than $1,000 in 10 years, and find out the benefits ...
  74. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Celgene Stock (CELG)

    Discover the biggest risks to investing in Celgene Corporation when reviewing fundamental analysis and other external factors ...
  75. Birch Box Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn more about the convenience of the subscription beauty box industry, and discover why the Birchbox company in particular ...
  76. Retiring in Puerto Rico: The Pros and Cons

    Puerto Rico is a popular retirement spot for those seeking new experiences and a better climate while staying close to home. ...
  77. How a 457 Plan Works After Retirement

    457 retirement plans are complicated. Here's a quick guide to how they work after you retire.
  78. Are Super Bowl Ads Worth Their High Cost?

    Are Super Bowl ads worth the investment? A look at the cost and how they're received.
  79. The Top 4 Credit Suisse Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Discover the top four Credit Suisse funds for retirement diversification in 2016, complete with a description of each fund ...
  80. The 4 Best BlackRock Mutual Funds for Your Roth IRA (BLK)

    Discover the four best mutual funds administered and managed by BlackRock that invest in a wide variety of fixed income and ...
  81. Your Retirement Lifestyle

    Planning for retirement doesn't just mean saving money. It also involves how you'll live. Some thoughts to consider before ...
  82. Getting Your (Insurance) House in Order

    From starting a family to retirement, insurance can play a role in taking care of financial needs. This piece looks at some ...
  83. Boomers: Try These 6 Unusual Retirement Tips

    You're likely well-versed in the usual retirement planning tips. Here's a list of lesser-known ways to try to fatten up your ...
  84. Solution to Stingy Airline Awards: Cash Back Cards

    Many frequent flyer program members are having trouble redeeming flights. A sensible alternative is to use a cash back card ...
  85. 8 Challenges to Retirees’ Portfolios in 2016

    World stock markets in turmoil, rising interest rates, higher Medicare costs...this year could be a tough one for retirees ...
  86. Barbie's Body Wasn't the Problem (opinion)

    Barbie's body type wasn't what killed sales, argues Angela Travillian. Other factors were at play.
  87. Wal-Mart's 3 Most Profitable Lines of Business (WMT)

    Learn about the key drivers of Wal-Mart's profitability as the company is concluding its fourth quarter, which is the period ...
  88. 5 Banks That Will Pay You to Roll Over a 401(k)

    Discover which five financial institutions will pay you a cash bonus or match when you roll over assets from an old 401(k) ...
  89. Qualcomm Stock: A Dividend Analysis (QCOM)

    Read an analysis of Qualcomm, Inc. and its dividends, which are poised to increase in the future due to the growing mobile ...
  90. Comcast Stock: A Dividend Analysis (CMCSA)

    Discover a detailed analysis of Comcast's dividend policy, and learn about its dividend coverage and payout ratios, which ...
  91. A Key Tip for Making Your Nest Egg Last Longer

    Retirees who don't want to deplete their nest eggs during a bear market should make sure to do the following.
  92. You'll Need to Shell Out More for a Mansion

    But not everywhere. The places prices are still booming are ultra-luxe enclaves, such as Beverly Hills and the Hamptons.
  93. The (Expected) Market Impact of the 2016 Election

    With primary season upon us, investor attention is beginning to turn to the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
  94. Hot Startups for Investors in 2016 

    The hot investment areas for 2016 are infrastructure software, real estate, cybersecurity, Mobile First Enterprise Applications, ...
  95. Trump vs. Bloomberg: How They Compare

    If Bloomberg enters the presidential race how will he compare to billionaire brethren Trump?
  96. 3 Variable Annuities to Consider

    Discover three variable annuities to consider in your retirement portfolio. Read summaries of each annuity and the benefits ...
  97. Economic Indicators: Reading Between the Lines

    On the surface, economic indicators are sending mixed signals, but what's brewing beneath the surface?
  98. Jan. 31 is Sunday: Almost No Time to Duck Obamacare Penalty

    If you don't have health insurance, act NOW or you could owe penalties on your 2016 taxes, in addition to this year's.
  99. Is Spirit Airlines a Real Threat to Southwest? (LUV,SAVE)

    Discover why the evolution of Southwest Airlines has decreased its impact on certain markets, and learn more about key financial ...
  100. The Top 5 Small Cap Healthcare Stocks for 2016 (SMED, SAGE)

    Get valuable information on five top small cap health care stocks that offer excellent potential to outperform for investors ...
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