Personal Finance Articles

  1. Steps To Take If You Lose Your Smartphone

    With the amount of personal info people store on their smartphones, losing these devices is a scary thought. Here are the steps to take if you do lose your phone.
  2. 5 Things That'll Ruin Your Chances Of Selling Your Home

    Failing to properly promote your house when it is on the market can wreck your chances of selling quickly and for the price you want.
  3. Are Women's Portfolios Better Than Men's?

    A recent study found that women's portfolios tend to perform better than men's. This is likely because women are more averse to risk.
  4. How PFG Pulled Off 2 Decades Of Fraud

    Peregrine Financial Group's Russell Wasendorf Sr.'s admission of a nearly 20-year-old fraud echoes the Madoff affair.
  5. Top 10 Life Insurance Myths

    The most difficult aspect of this complex product is determining how much coverage you need and why.
  6. E-Books Vs. Print Books

    Paper or plastic? Here's a look at some of the pros and cons of e-books and hard copies, and a look at which medium might better suit your needs.
  7. Debt Consolidation Made Easy

    These five steps can help get you out of debt faster and easier than you'd ever imagined.
  8. The Advantages Of Bonds

    Bonds contribute an element of stability to almost any portfolio and offer a safe and conservative investment.
  9. 5 Ways You Can Get Paid To Travel

    Whether it's being a travel writer or teaching English overseas, there are many ways you can make a living traveling the world.
  10. How To Live Off Your Dividends

    One way to enhance your retirement income is to invest in dividend paying stocks and mutual funds.
  11. Working Through The Generation Gap

    With many baby boomers nearing retirement, effective succession plans will be needed in the financial services industry.
  12. 7 Misconceptions About Sales Tax Holidays

    Sales tax holidays can offer consumers a lot of savings. Here's what consumers need to know about saving money on sales taxes.
  13. 5 Biggest Career-Costing Jokes

    These celebrities inappropriate attempts to garner cheap laughs ended up costing them work, respect and a lot of money.
  14. Why The Economic Recovery Is Slower For Women

    Why are men getting their jobs back quicker than women? Here's a look into why women are not recovering in the job market as fast as men are.
  15. Training New Employees Vs. Hiring Skilled Workers

    The decision to hire internally or externally is based on many considerations, and not all of them are financial.
  16. Corporate Bonds: An Introduction To Credit Risk

    Corporate bonds offer higher yields, but it's important to evaluate the extra risk involved before you buy.
  17. Why More Than Half Of American Breadwinners Are Women

    Women are closing the gender gap, and today many supply the main source of income for their households. Find out why.
  18. Forex Taxation Basics

    Trading forex can make for a confusing time organizing your taxes. These simple steps will keep everything straight.
  19. Which Demographics Are Struggling To Find Work?

    It's not just the unskilled unable to find jobs in the U.S. Here is a look at some highly-skilled demographics that are having difficulty finding jobs.
  20. Which Coupon Company Is Supreme?

    Couponing is extremely popular and that doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon. Here's a look at some of the best sites for coupon deals.
  21. Two Roads: Debt Or Financial Independence?

    A higher income won't make you richer - unless you learn to live on less.
  22. Starbucks Goes Square

    The partnership between Starbucks and Square will likely spur more interest in the mobile payment space.
  23. Countries With The Highest Tax Rates

    Find out how America compares to other nations when it comes to factors such as overall tax burden and total number of hours spent on taxes.
  24. Items That Cost More To Buy Than They Do To Produce

    You may just be better off making these grocery items at home, or growing them in a garden, considering how much producers mark up the prices.
  25. Layoff Protection Plans: Good Deal Or Gimmick?

    If you get laid off, these plans can be of great value, but the best protection may be to avoid big purchases altogether.
  26. 6 Ways To Get Your Full Security Deposit Back

    When renting an apartment, a security or damage deposit is almost always required. Here are some tips to help you avoid unforeseen circumstances and get your money back in its entirety when you move out.
  27. Are Big Budget Video Games Dead?

    More people seem to be gaming on tablets and smartphones over consoles, which means this could be the end of big budget console games.
  28. 3 Ways To Indirectly Invest In Apple

    Here are a few companies that should profit off the success of Apple and could be a more viable investing option for many.
  29. Layaway Plans: Get The Goods Without Going Into Debt

    If using a layaway plan keeps you from having to use your credit card, it could be a smart move.
  30. 6 Signs That It's Time To Sell Your Startup

    A lack of profits isn't the only reason to sell your business. Here are some telltale signs that indicate you need to sell your fledgling business.
  31. Managing Varied Generations In The Workplace

    With today's workforce made up of many different generations, here are some ways employers can help different generations work together more smoothly.
  32. Billionaires Who Don't Mix Business With The Bible

    Business leaders such as Warren Buffett and Bill Gates didn't build their businesses on religious beliefs.
  33. Money Moves You Should Make Before You Retire

    Getting old is about the only thing you don't need to work at when preparing for retirement. Have you covered these other important steps for ensuring your golden years are comfortable?
  34. Are Private Student Loans The Next Lending Crisis?

    The CFPB is keeping an eye on the student loan market because it believes it uses the same lending policies as mortgage lenders did during the subprime lending crisis.
  35. 7 Underpaid Jobs

    Soldiers and EMTs are two professions that should probably command a higher wage.
  36. There's Help Coming For Your Credit Report

    Soon, there will be another body protecting consumers when it comes to credit scores. Here are some new things to know about getting a credit report in the future.
  37. Creating A Feasibility Report With TELOS

    TELOS is an excellent resource if you're looking to create a feasibility report for your small business. Here are ways you can best implement the system.
  38. 5 Ways To Boost Your Firm's Value

    In today's tough business environment, firms have to get creative with ways to boost value for their shareholders.
  39. Spotting Credit-Repair Scams

    Credit repair scams are common in today's debt-reliant world. Don't be a victim!
  40. How To Prepare For Healthcare Changes Today

    Companies are rethinking the level of coverage they give to their employees and how much that coverage will cost. Learn your alternative options in the event you lose your current healthcare coverage.
  41. 8 Ways To Save Your Finances From The Drought

    Reworking your budget and making your home as fire resistant as possible are just some of the ways that you can protect your finances during a drought.
  42. 4 Natural Disasters Affecting The American Economy

    2012 has already seen more than its fair share of significant natural disasters and the economy is suffering for it.
  43. 4 Reality Show Businesses To Avoid

    You may want to think twice before quitting your day job to pursue these careers. Despite their popularity on TV, these jobs likely won't help you financially, or they aren't worth your time.
  44. Protect Assets, Create Income, Retire Happy

    Find out what you can do to ensure a comfortable transition to your post-work years.
  45. Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And The Bond Market

    Get to know the relationships that determine a bond's price and its payout.
  46. Top Paying Math-Related Careers

    These jobs require specialized math skills that intimidate most laymen. But, for those with the wit and work ethic to attain this knowledge, there are many high-paying employment options.
  47. Does A Gold Medal Guarantee Riches?

    For every Missy Franklin and Michael Phelps, there are many Olympic medalists who will never see endorsement deals or fame.
  48. Financial Models You Can Create With Excel

    The relatively modest amount of time it takes to build these models can pay for itself by leading you to better investment decisions.
  49. Tiny Design Tweaks That Make Millions For Companies

    A minor tweak in a product's design can mean big profits for companies, just ask Apple and Rubbermaid.
  50. Top 6 Marriage-Killing Money Issues

    Strengthen your marriage by discussing these financial pitfalls.
  51. Ways Money Can Buy A Little Happiness

    Money can't buy happiness for everyone, but it may be able to buy you time, security and experiences.
  52. How To Reduce Taxes On ETF Gains

    Boost your returns by learning the tax tricks and loopholes for your exchange-traded funds.
  53. Getting Your Kids Their First Credit Card

    Putting some plastic in your children's wallets may actually help them - if you do it right.
  54. Mortgage Points: What's The Point?

    Learn how to pay less for your home in the long run, or save in the short run.
  55. How A Country's GDP Relates To Its Gold Medal Count

    Data shows that countries that are winning a smaller percentage of gold medals are seeing their share of the worldwide GDP decrease as well.
  56. NCAA Sports Programs That Were Given The Death Penalty

    Penn State isn't the only college that's gotten punished for inappropriate behavior. Here are some college teams that were severely reprimanded by the NCAA governing body.
  57. The Stock Market Loves The Olympics

    Over the last 26 Summer Olympics, the average rate of return of the DJIA during the games was an impressive 4%.
  58. A Primer On Preferred Stocks

    Offering both income and relative security, these uncommon shares may work for you.
  59. Moving Back Home: A Win-Win Situation

    When a young adult moves back home it can be beneficial for their finances and their parents'.
  60. How To Find Venture Funding

    If your startup idea doesn't capture the attention of a venture capital firm, don't fret. Here are some other ways to fund your startup.
  61. Deducting Your Donations

    Generosity may be its own reward, but some charitable giving also provides personal tax benefits.
  62. Apple's Earnings Miss Is Not Surprising

    For other companies, the type of growth Apple posted in Q3 would be enough to make most analysts drool with excitement, but this is Apple and everyone wants to be dazzled.
  63. The Generational Debt Gap

    Are future generations in trouble when it comes to how much debt they have? We compare debt between other age groups to find out.
  64. How To Keep Debt Low

    Here's a breakdown of how you can stay out of debt or keep your debt low.
  65. How HBO Makes Money

    Ratings for most HBO shows are relatively low and shows like Game of Thrones cost a lot to make. That said, HBO still turns a tidy profit. Find out how.
  66. Take Control Of Your Credit Cards

    The plastic in your wallet doesn't have to hurt your finances. Learn how to manage it responsibly.
  67. Tips For Going To College As A Mature Student

    Learn the special considerations mature adults need to make when pursuing a post-secondary education.
  68. 5 Common Landscaping Mistakes That Can Cost You Big

    Many people take pride in their yards and lawns. However, the costs can quickly add up. Here are some mistakes people make and tips to help you cut costs.
  69. The Role Of Opportunity Cost In Financial Decision Making

    Opportunity cost is an essential, often overlooked aspect of financial decision making.
  70. 6 Gold Medal Stocks Set To Climb

    Stocks that have direct ties to the Olympic Games may be perfect for a longer-term spot in your portfolio.
  71. 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The Money In Your Wallet

    Here are some fun and interesting facts about the money that you use on a day-to-day basis.
  72. Netflix Has A Bumpy, Crowded Road Ahead

    Netflix's recent earnings report do not paint a rosy picture for the company, as domestic subscriber growth slows in the face of stiff competition.
  73. Developing Revenue: How To Succeed In A Recession

    With small businesses throughout the world struggling in this economic climate, developing new and diversifying existing revenue streams is becoming increasingly important.
  74. Best Cars For Under $20,000

    The Hyundai Tucson and Chevrolet Heritage High Roof are two of the best new vehicles that sell for less than $20,000.
  75. Financial Fallout Of The Penn-State Punishment

    After receiving some of harshest penalties in NCAA history, the fallout from Penn State's sexual abuse scandal is beginning to take shape at the college.
  76. 3 Ways To Attract Top Talent On A Budget

    With small businesses facing difficult financial times in the U.S., this article assesses innovative ways in which independent firms can attract top industry talent.
  77. Should You Hire Friends As Employees?

    Here is a look at the pros and cons and the ethical implications of hiring (or not hiring) a friend.
  78. 5 Places To Keep Your Money When You Don’t Trust the Banks

    Here's a list of places people can safely keep their money when they don't trust the banks to manage it for them.
  79. Using Social Media To Your Advantage

    It's almost effortless for a business to use social media. Here's how to do it the right way.
  80. Tactical Tips For Bond Investors

    Profit from long-term market trends by buying bonds when other investors shy away.
  81. The Basics Of Municipal Bonds

    Investing in these bonds may offer a tax-free income stream but they are not without risks.
  82. 4 Careers With Surprisingly Good Salaries

    Although the U.S. economy appears to be in a period of stagnation, there remain some career opportunities that offer surprisingly high salaries to job seekers.
  83. Today's Teens And Money

    With the revelation that one in four U.S. teenagers do not understand the difference between debit and credit, we look at the need for financial education to become a priority for parents and teachers nationwide.
  84. How Much Does Your Pet Truly Cost?

    Here's a look inside the visible and hidden costs of pet ownership. There are many costs that pet owners can overlook.
  85. Re-Amortizing Or Refinancing Your Home

    Re-amortization is a lesser known alternative to refinancing when it comes to dealing with your mortgage.
  86. The Income Property: Your Late-In-Life Retirement Plan

    You're nearing retirement age and you don't have the nest egg you need. Here's how an income property can help you make up the shortfall.
  87. 5 Ways You're Paying Too Much To Invest

    You can't control what the markets will do in the future, but you do have some control over how much you pay to invest.
  88. Should You Join A Sorority Or Fraternity?

    Consider the many expenses and possible advantages associated with Greek life before joining a sorority or fraternity.
  89. Side Businesses You Can Set Up From Home

    Whether it's starting a blog, dog walking or selling things on eBay, there are many side businesses you can start to help you make a little extra cash.
  90. How Do Women Compete In A Man's World?

    Despite women making huge strides in the business world, many workplaces are still perceived as a boy's clubs. How can women compete?
  91. Why Does Apple Stock Go Down After WWDC?

    Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference has served as a showcase for its new products for 23 years, but that doesn't help its stock.
  92. Reasons To Stay Put During Retirement

    Many retirees choose to travel to warm destiniations and far off locales to live out their golden years. Here are some reasons you might not want to do that.
  93. Baffling Ways The Government Spends Tax Dollars

    You won't believe how the federal government spends your hard-earned money.
  94. Do Customer Loyalty Programs Really Save You Money?

    Here is a look at what customers have to do to ensure that loyalty programs help them shop smarter.
  95. Things To Do Before You Have Kids

    Once you have kids, your ability to save decreases dramatically. There are also a number of things you must do to prepare financially for having a child, such as maintaining a home and having health insurance.
  96. 5 Ways To Take Advantage Of Europe's Situation

    With the euro underperforming, now is a great time to travel, buy a home or go to school in Europe.
  97. Unconventional Career Tips For Recent Grads

    In an uncertain job market, recent graduates may have to think "outside the box" in their job searches.
  98. How To Deal With A Speeding Ticket

    There's more financial turmoil that goes with getting a speeding ticket than just paying the actual fine. Here are some things you should know about speeding tickets.
  99. Groceries You're Wasting Your Money On

    Americans spend a lot of money on groceries each month. However, there are many things that can easily be cut out of your grocery budget.
  100. 5 Ways To Control Emotional Spending

    Follow these five simple steps to keep your spending under control.
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