Personal Finance Articles

  1. Retired? Tips for Spending Your Nest Egg Wisely

    It can be hard to start spending money once retirement finally comes. Here are some best practices on how to transition from ...
  2. A Strategy to Build Wealth You Never Hear About

    While 30-year loans dominate the mortgage market, the 15-year loan holds far more power to diminish your debt and ultimately ...
  3. Avoid These 4 Retirement Account Mistakes

    The top 4 mistakes investors should avoid in their retirement accounts.
  4. What Happens to Your 401(k) After You Leave a Job?

    Wondering why your 401(k) plan is unavailable after your employment termination? Here are some scenarios to consider.
  5. How to Create a Worry-Free Retirement Income Plan

    A retirement income roadmap has many moving parts and may seem overwhelming at first to put together. Here's how to get started.
  6. 5 Ways to Generate More Creative Business Ideas

    It takes a lot of small creative business ideas to arrive at one big idea. Promote originality in business by thinking like ...
  7. How "Death Tax" Waivers Work

    Although the specific rules vary by state, an estate or inheritance waiver relinquishes an heir from the right to receive ...
  8. 5 Social Sports Financial Advisors Should Play to Meet Clients

    There are five sports financial advisors should play to meet potential clients, and these include basketball, golf, sailing, ...
  9. The Impact of Brexit on General Motors (GM)

    Brexit, the result of the U.K. leaving the European Union, will have much impact on many industries. This article discusses ...
  10. The 7 Best Startups to Work for in 2016

    A good startup company offers employees the opportunity to grow professionally and have fun. Here are seven of the best startup ...
  11. 3 Reasons Real Estate Is Not a Good Investment Right Now

    Is real estate a good investment right now? Probably not, given that housing prices are overheated with respect to household ...
  12. Going Back to Vietnam to Retire: A How-to Guide

    Family ties to this Southeast Asian country may drive a desire to spend your retirement there. If so, here are several factors ...
  13. Budgeting for the 4 Phases of Retirement

    Retirement consists of four stages, each with different expenses and different budgeting needs. Here's how to manage your ...
  14. Long-Term Care Insurance: What to Consider

    Long-term care may be a wild card in your financial plan, but at the very least, it should be discussed with your financial ...
  15. How Much Money is Enough if I'm 90?

    Worrying about money never ends. Even when you're well into your 90s and have more than $2 million invested, will you still ...
  16. How Is a Business Valued on "Shark Tank?"

    How entrepreneurs and the Sharks value a business likely takes into account present value, future value, the value of companies ...
  17. Retiring In Spain: 5 Best Cities For Expats

    Retirees seeking a rich cultural mix, temperate climate, low living costs, good healthcare, beaches and even skiing will ...
  18. Eliminating Taxes on Your Social Security Benefits

    Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. But what if you could reduce, or even eliminate one of them?
  19. Need a Microloan? Try a Nonprofit Microfinance Lender

    Microfinancing is aiding U.S. small businesses by providing loans as low as $500, known as a microloans, to people who would ...
  20. Who Are Groupon's Main Competitors? (GRPN)

    Groupon competitors are fierce with the likes of Amazon.com, Wal-Mart and RetailMeNot. Groupon has been hurt by the competition, ...
  21. Top Tips for Minimizing Taxes on Social Security

    Social Security benefits are taxable under certain circumstances. Here are some ways retirees can lessen the tax burden. ...
  22. 7 Worst Products Amazon Ever Had (AMZN)

    Amazon's Jeff Bezos believes that great successes are built on big failures. Amazon has plenty of failures, including some ...
  23. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About 401(k)s

    If your employer offers a 401(k), that should be your first stop for retirement savings – especially if your contributions ...
  24. 3 Reasons Why Mobile Homes Are Gaining Popularity

    Mobile homes are becoming increasingly popular because they are relatively inexpensive, can be built quickly and have made ...
  25. How to Make the Most of a 529 Savings Plan

    529 plans can be an extremely effective way to pay for college expenses, but be aware that there can be some pitfalls with ...
  26. 2 Books Phuthuma Nhleko is Reading

    Phuthuma Nhleko is the former CEO of MTN Group. Under his tenure, the company aggressively expanded into international markets, ...
  27. How to Sell Life Insurance Online

    Life insurance brokers can increase sales by marketing online. However, no website or digital marketing strategy can be good ...
  28. Retire in Puerto Rico with $200,000 in Savings

    The climate, beaches and cost of living are a draw, but its economic challenges need to be factored into your decision.
  29. 4 Books the Former CEO of Westpac Is Reading (WBK)

    Gail Kelly, former CEO of Westpac Banking Corporation (NYSE: WBK), is currently enthralled with four books, each highlighting ...
  30. Who Should Buy a Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance Policy?

    Guaranteed issue life insurance policies have added costs and reduced benefits that make them suitable for only a limited ...
  31. Is Venture Capital Slowing in the U.S.?

    Venture capitalists are more selective in 2016, turning away from U.S. startups in an era of big business and slow growth ...
  32. 10 Best Companies for Obtaining Life Insurance Over 50 (MET, PRU)

    For individuals over age 50 with differing needs, the best life insurance companies include large financial services companies ...
  33. Five Companies Owned by Guitar Maker Fender

    Fender, one of the world's top guitar makers, produces the Stratocaster, the Telecaster and a broad range of other models ...
  34. Comparing Investing Today Vs. Investing Tomorrow

    This hypothetical example illustrates how much you stand to lose by putting off saving and investing for retirement.
  35. 3 Books the CEO of LinkedIn Is Reading (LNKD)

    Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn, has an eclectic reading list that reflects his interests in Asia, the power of forming networks ...
  36. 5 Things to Think About When It's Time to Retire

    Planning for retirement can be overwhelming, but considering these five questions is a great way to get started.
  37. 6 Signs You're Ready to Retire Early

    If you can answer "yes" to these six questions, you may be ready to retire early.
  38. Converting A Traditional IRA to a Roth

    When is it a good idea to convert traditional IRA funds into Roth IRA funds? And when does it not make sense?
  39. What Is the True Cost of Owning a Home?

    Buying a home is part of the American dream. But what happens when you add up all the costs associated with buying a home?
  40. Maintaining Human Interaction in a Robo-Care World

    BlackRock’s Retirement Roundtable series covers a wide range of retirement-related topics, and at the London roundtable, ...
  41. What Is Mode of Premium?

    Your decision on how frequently to make life insurance payments, or your mode of premium, can have a big impact on your total ...
  42. Top 5 Companies Owned by AIG

    AIG is one of the largest insurance companies in the world, with dozens of companies under its umbrella. Find out about the ...
  43. Got a Raise? Here's How to Avoid Lifestyle Creep

    Living above your means is a recipe for financial trouble. Here's how to avoid lifestyle creep when you come suddenly into ...
  44. 7 Thoughtful Retirement Gifts for Women

    Discover seven thoughtful retirement gifts for women and learn how and where to purchase them to help ensure a smooth and ...
  45. Mattel Stock: 4 Things to Watch (MAT)

    Here are the four leading economic indicators that could affect shares of Mattel Inc. in the next six months, but which ones ...
  46. The 10 Best Life Insurance Companies for Veterans

    There are certain companies that cater to the needs of military veterans and have life insurance plans that are specifically ...
  47. Investment Options for Income in Retirement

    Generating income from investments during retirement is crucial. Here are some of the best options.
  48. 5 Truths About Consumer Confidence in the U.S.

    U.S. consumer confidence has evolved in the years since the Great Recession, according to a study conducted by McKinsey & ...
  49. 3 Real Estate Companies With Great Training

    Which real estate company has the best training? Learn why Keller Williams, Weichert and Redfin offer new agents the best ...
  50. 5 Worst Ideas Zynga Ever Had (ZNGA)

    Multiple bad ideas and products led to Zynga Inc.’s financial decline from its founding in April 2007 to the third quarter ...
  51. What Are Virtual Financial Advisors?

    The internet has provided a convenient way for financial advisors to offer their services to a wide customer base through ...
  52. These 3 Investment Banks Will Pay for Your MBA (GS, CS)

    Many investment banks will pay for an MBA, but bankers should keep in mind this advanced degree is not always their ticket ...
  53. 5 Companies That Specialize in Expat Health Insurance

    Five companies that specialize in expat health insurance are Clements Worldwide, Expatriate Healthcare, IMG, GeoBlue and ...
  54. What Retired Teachers Need to Know About Social Security

    Depending on where a teacher lives and that educator's eligibility into government provisions, a retired teacher's Social ...
  55. Accuquote vs. Selectquote: Which Website Is Better?

    Accuquote and Selectquote are websites offering insurance quotes to consumers. Learn about the products and educational materials ...
  56. Mylan’s Sneaky EpiPen Maneuvers

    Drugmaker Mylan has become a target of criticism in response to claims that it’s engaging in sneaky EpiPen maneuvers to shield ...
  57. Funding a Startup with Retirement Cash: Smart or Dumb?

    Retired entrepreneurs who have "played it safe" – and retirees who want to stretch their dollars – are looking to invest ...
  58. Why Retirees Are Carrying More Debt Than Ever

    As people reach retirement they are carrying more debt than ever before. Why and what to watch for.
  59. First-Time Homebuyer's Guide

    Buying a home for the first time can seem daunting. Learn the buying process & what to watch out for in order to be a successful ...
  60. How Life Insurance Can Help With Liquidity

    Life insurance can provide liquidity in personal and business situations when access to capital is essential. Learn how to ...
  61. Tips for a Smooth Trip to Retirement

    Planning for retirement is like planning for a vacation: assess your ideal destination, follow directions, pack wisely, and ...
  62. Protecting Your Assets from Contingencies

    It really doesn't matter how well you've saved or invested if your assets aren't protected.
  63. Rent-To-Own Homes: How The Process Works

    Sometimes there is an alternative way to buy a home: a rent-to-own agreement, also called lease option or lease-to-own. Lease ...
  64. Helping Couples Strategize for Social Security

    Even with the elimination of the file-and-suspend option for couples claiming Social Security, there are strategies they ...
  65. Top 4 Health Insurance Providers for Entrepreneurs (UNH)

    If you are self-employed or starting a small business, four health insurers provide solid options for coverage aimed at entrepreneurs ...
  66. Top 5 Fastest-Growing Startups in NYC (GOOGL, FB)

    The top five New York City startups are technology companies in different industries with astronomical track records of revenue ...
  67. A How-to For Putting Your 529 College Savings to Work

    After years of saving for college, you don't want a misstep when it's time to use your 529 assets. We offer some do's and ...
  68. What Advisors Can Learn From Cal Ripken Jr.

    The FPA's annual meeting in Baltimore drew over 1,800 attendees and one MLB Hall of Famer. Here's what advisors can learn ...
  69. How to Grow Your Retirement Plan to $1 Million

    So you want a million dollar nest egg? These tips will help get get started.
  70. Top 10 Companies That Will Pay for School (SBUX, T)

    Scrutinizing employee benefits can help people in the job market chose employers strategically to find companies that will ...
  71. 3 Financial Planning Lessons Learned From Golf

    There are many parallels between the challenges of golf and managing one's finances. Here are some guidelines culled from ...
  72. Advisors: How to Reach Clients With Hashtags

    Hashtags are a valuable discovery tool in your social media strategy—as long as you're using them correctly and effectively. ...
  73. The Benefits of a Mortgage in Low Rate Environment

    The idea of simply paying off the mortgage has become an antiquated way of thinking due to the current low interest rate ...
  74. The Crippling Cost of Self-Insuring Long-Term Care

    Covering the cost of long-term care without insurance can deplete retirement savings quickly.
  75. Most Profitable Auto Companies of 2016 (TM, GM)

    Coming off a six-year boom in the the auto industry, five stalwarts have remained among the most profitable auto companies ...
  76. How The NFL Makes Money

    The National Football League is the most successful sports league in the world. How does the NFL make money, and what is ...
  77. Most Profitable Health Care Companies of 2016 (GILD, JNJ)

    All four of the most profitable health care companies listed on U.S. exchanges reported net income exceeding $2 billion during ...
  78. Selling Employee Stock Purchase Plan Shares

    An in-depth look at how qualified sales of employee stock purchase plan shares work, and the tax consequences under different ...
  79. Save on Your Next European Vacation

    This might be the year to go to Europe. There are many excellent deals to be had.
  80. The Most Interesting Phenomenon in Today’s Jobs Market

    There has been much focus over the past week on the August payroll growth slowdown and what it means for the timing of the ...
  81. How to Reduce Your High Property Taxes

    Think your property taxes are too high? Here's some advice on how to get your home reassessed, using New Jersey property ...
  82. Top 6 Fastest Growing Startups in San Francisco (GOOG, TWTR)

    The six fastest-growing new startups in San Francisco for 2016 are focusing on making life easier by offering solutions to ...
  83. 3 Simple Steps to Begin Estate Planning

    Estate planning is easier than you think. Here are three simple steps to put a plan in place.
  84. 10 Best Life Insurance Companies of 2016 (MCO, PRU)

    The 10 best life insurance companies of 2016 have strong financials, longstanding brands and excellent reputations for customer ...
  85. 4 Reasons to Never Use Retirement Accounts as Collateral

    Using your retirement account as collateral for a loan does not make good financial sense unless there are no other means ...
  86. Top 5 Health Insurance Providers for the Self-Employed (HUM, AET)

    Under the ACA, the self-employed have more health insurance options than ever before. Find out which providers offer the ...
  87. AET: How Aetna's Stock Price Rose 13% in 6 Months

    This review of an analysis of Aetna's stock price performance through the first part of 2016 explains the stock's general ...
  88. 65 or More? Best-Ever Medical Deductions End Dec. 31

    2016 is the last year that seniors only have to reach 7.5% of adjusted gross income before deducting medical costs. Have ...
  89. Retirees: Here's How You Can Go to College for Free

    Although young adults have to pay out tens of thousands of dollars for a college education, retirees can go to college for ...
  90. When Is It Better to Forgo a Roth Account?

    Depending on how much you're currently earning, a traditional IRA sometimes offers more tax relief than its Roth counterpart. ...
  91. Understanding the Benefits of Rollover IRAs

    Need help deciding what to do with your 401(k) plan from a former employer? Here are your options.
  92. Top 7 Fastest-Growing Startups in Austin

    Austin has become one of the hottest hub for startups. Austin has everything entrepreneurs need to make their visions come ...
  93. How to Be a Savvy Saver From the Start

    Here's why saving early will get you in the habit for the long-term, and give you a huge head start on your life's financial ...
  94. Defined Contribution Health Plans: A Primer

    A look at defined contribution health plans and how they work for both employees and employers.
  95. 3 Ways Robots Affect the Economy

    Robotics is increasingly shaping the way that many industries operate, and is impacting employment. Its usage has both positive ...
  96. What Would It Take for the U.S. Dollar to Collapse?

    Quantitative easing raised concerns about the dollar's vulnerability, but a review of the dollar's strengths and weaknesses ...
  97. Should the Retirement Age Be Increased to 70?

    The general consensus is that Social Security faces a crisis of solvency. How to address it is far less clear-cut.
  98. Is Selling Food From Your Home a Viable Way to Make Money?

    Selling food from home has its challenges, including adherence to legal requirements and "cottage food" laws, which are necessary ...
  99. How to Find the Best Life Insurance Agent

    Choosing a life insurance agent is the first and most important step in obtaining coverage. Buyers should pay attention to ...
  100. 3 Habits Happy People Use in Financial Planning

    Following these three habits can help make you more financially sound, and potentially happier.
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