Personal Finance Articles

  1. What Is The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) And How Does It Work?

    Unless you are a government employee, you’ve likely never heard of the Federal Employees Retirement System, but if you work ...
  2. No Finance Degree? No Problem! Top 10 Ways To Jumpstart A Career In Finance

    These tips should enable a non-financial graduate to substantially improve his or her chances of launching a career in finance.
  3. 5 Tips For Getting Your Bank Loan Approved

    Find out how to present the perfect, complete package for your lender and increase your chances of gettinga loan approved.
  4. Commuters' University: On-The-Road Learning

    Effectively using your commute time could place you miles ahead of your competition.
  5. 5 Easy Fixes For A High Summer Electric Bill

    These simple tips will help you save money this summer, so you can spend it on more exciting things than electricity.
  6. Budget-Friendly Summer Fun

    Keep the kids out of your hair and wallet by saving on summer camps, sports leagues, day trips and more.
  7. Understanding Profit Metrics: Gross, Operating and Net Profits

    Rather than relying solely on net profit figures to evaluate a company's performance, seasoned investors will often look ...
  8. Is It Foolish To Strive For The American Dream?

    Even Jay Gatsby's stubborn optimism in The Great Gatsby would be hard pressed to believe that rags-to-riches stories are ...
  9. Real Estate Investing: Is Now the Time to Take Advantage of the Current Buyer’s Market? ...

    Even though Dennis Miller spent well over three decades writing books and teaching the subject of negotiations, some of the ...
  10. The Hidden Fees In 401(k)s

    Learn about the conspicuously disclosed fees that lurk within your 401(k) investments.
  11. 6 Volunteer Opportunities For Finance Professionals

    Here are six ways financial professionals can volunteer their expertise and possibly advance their careers along the way. ...
  12. 4 Ways To Take Your Career To The Next Level

    Whether you are looking to climb the corporate ladder or go it alone in the financial services sector, there are some extra ...
  13. How Interest Rates Affect The Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices, and learn how you can keep up.
  14. 4 Reasons Why Your Credit Card Company Thinks Your Card Is Stolen

    Find out the most common reasons the bank will fear your credit card has been stolen ... even when it hasn't.
  15. Can Financial Education Rebuild America’s Economy?

    Find out why financial education will help America to re-establish itself as the world's (undisputed) leading economy.
  16. The Father's Day Index 2013: Dad’s Value Is Up!

    We calculated Dad's value based on typical household tasks.
  17. Steps For Adding New Services To Your Finance Business

    Advisors who seek to add additional lines of business to their practices need to carefully consider all the factors involved.
  18. 5 Financial Gifts Dad Really Wants

    Want to give a unique Father's Day gift? These financial gestures may make Dad's day.
  19. 3 Seemingly Non-Financial Decisions Everyone Should Take More Seriously

    None of these decisions should be considered as being purely financial, but there are severe consequences to ignoring the ...
  20. Know Your Cost Basis For Bonds

    Nobody likes taxes, but tax reporting is an inevitable and unavoidable part of investing. If you buy stock, determining your ...
  21. Experience Or Education: Which One Lands You The Job?

    When job hunting, does education trump experience? Here are some factors to consider when it comes to this duel of credentials. ...
  22. How To Keep Your Small Business Afloat During Hard Times

    If an economic storm has your business taking on water, we have some tips for bailing yourself out.
  23. Be A Financial Planner From Home

    Now may be a good time to explore the possibility of working as a finanical planner from your home.
  24. Certifications For Estate Planning

    These certifications can lead to a promising career, but is estate planning for you?
  25. When To Buy A Mutual Fund

    There is money to be made in mutual funds, but investors fall into several pitfalls that keep them from maximizing their ...
  26. Should You Buy An Annuity?

    For many cash strapped seniors an annuity sounds like the perfect solution. And it can be if you think you’ll outlive your ...
  27. What Determines Your Cost Basis?

    In any transaction between a buyer and seller, the initial price paid in an exchange for a product or service will qualify ...
  28. 5 Secrets Credit Card Companies Don’t Want You To Know

    Find out some of the ways you can lessen your interest payments and avoid other unnecessary penalties that lurk in the fine ...
  29. 7 Tips To Help Land That Internship

    Here are some of the most important considerations to check off the proverbial list before going after that internship.
  30. The Diner's Guide To Tipping

    A look at the standards for tipping service staff in some popular vacation destinations, and the rationale for each custom. ...
  31. Get A Bank Job In 50 Days

    Banking professionals have only about seven weeks to find a new post in the financial services industry after leaving an ...
  32. Is Real Estate Ever A Wise Investment For Retirees?

    Being a landlord sounds like the path to riches: you buy some property, rent it out and watch the checks come in every month. ...
  33. Canadians: Smart Ways To Use Your Tax Refund

    Taxes are an annoying annual chore akin to going to the dentist. Luckily, however, some of us get a nice tax refund after ...
  34. Inflation's Impact On Stock Returns

    When stocks are divided into growth and value categories, the evidence is clear that value stocks perform better in periods ...
  35. The 10 Worst Financial Decisions You Can Make In Retirement

    In this time of fiscal uncertainty, there are many financial decisions that can make or break you during your formative years. ...
  36. Understanding The Case-Shiller Housing Index

    This index is a widely-used and respected barometer of the U.S. housing market and the broader economy.
  37. Mandatory Pension Savings: Should Employers And Employees Be Forced To Make Contributions?

    The scale of the pension crisis in the U.S. cannot be denied, and there's a growing movement that supports the mandatory ...
  38. Can't Get A Bank Loan? Turn To Your Neighbor

    Peer-to-peer lending can be an inexpensive way to gain access to credit when banks are restricting lending -- but you need ...
  39. Earnings Guidance: Can It Accurately Predict The Future?

    Explore the controversies surrounding companies commenting on their forward-looking expectations.
  40. 4 Traits Banks Look For In New Staff

    Trust is the number one trait that banks are looking for in new hires, but there are other abilities that are equally desired.
  41. Money Tips To Stretch Your Retirement Nest Egg

    Learn the key investment and savings tips you need to ensure your retirement savings last as long as you do.
  42. Broker Commissions Are Here To Stay

    With two developed nations adopting a firm anti-commission stance, questions have arisen over whether or not the United States ...
  43. The Role Of Parents In Financial Education

    The need for a concerted program of financial education cannot be ignored, and even though many parents are ill-equipped ...
  44. The Cold, Hard Facts Behind Funding Your Retirement

    Most people, depending on which side of retirement they’re on, feel they either won’t ever be able to retire or stay retired ...
  45. 10 Great Summer Jobs For Teens

    There are a lot of summer jobs out there, find out what's available, how much it costs and what skills you need.
  46. Career Benefits From The CFA Institute

    The CFA Institute provides members with a variety of ongoing career and networking benefits.
  47. A Day In The Life Of A CFO

    What would your life look like if you were CFO? We’ve interviewed three chief financial officers to find out.
  48. The Smith Maneuver: A Canadian Mortgage Tax-Deductible Plan

    Canadian mortgages aren’t tax-deductible like the U.S.-based mortgages, but there's a way around this hurdle.
  49. Planning Your Second Career

    A second career can provide opportunities whether you are worried about outliving your retirement savings, or you want to ...
  50. Why The Consumer Price Index Is Controversial

    Find out why economists are torn about how to calculate inflation.
  51. Predict Inflation With The Producer Price Index

    Find out how the PPI can be used to gauge the overall health of the economy.
  52. Know Your Stock Cost Basis

    Understanding equity cost basis is critical for tracking the gains or losses of an investment.
  53. Has Income Tax Become A Class Tax On The Poor?

    With more than 33% of American families falling close to the poverty line despite their adult members holding full-time employment, ...
  54. Making It Big On Wall Street

    Read about some of the most glamorous Wall Street jobs and what it takes to land one.
  55. Possible Effects Of The Online Retail Tax

    The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that will impose a sales tax on online retailers. Discover how the Marketplace Fairness ...
  56. 6 Things You Think Add Value To Your Home - But Really Don't

    Not everyone wants to spend their weekends shaping backyard topiaries. Even though you may enjoy the improvements you make ...
  57. Depreciation: Straight-Line Vs. Double-Declining Methods

    Appreciate the different methods used to describe how book value is "used up".
  58. 6 Tips For Selling Your Home Fast

    Find out what you can do to stand out from the competition and make your home an easy sell.
  59. The Economics Of Stay-At-Home Moms

    If an at-home mom was getting paid for all of the work she does, how much would she get?
  60. Quants: The Rocket Scientists Of Wall Street

    Blend math, finance and computer skills to command a high - and well deserved - salary.
  61. An Introduction To The Keogh Retirement Plan

    Learn more about this popular defined-contribution retirement plan that many business owners, proprietors, and self-employed ...
  62. Financial Career Options For Professionals

    Find out if spreading your wings to try a new career will make you soar or fall flat.
  63. Why Your Pension Plan Has Sovereign Debt In It

    One type of security pensions tend to invest in is sovereign debt, or debt issued by a government.
  64. Women: Invest In Your Financial Literacy

    Learning about money may seem intimidating, but it's not as hard as it looks.
  65. How To Buy Annuities (And When Not To)

    Annuities are complicated products that require some basic homework to be done before requesting quotes. Retirees will want ...
  66. What's On A Consumer Credit Report?

    A look at the various components and considerations that go into one's credit report and credit score.
  67. 7 Unconventional Ways Businesses Can Borrow Money

    Find out how your business can get the money it needs - even when the bank says "no".
  68. The Most Expensive Sports Trophies

    Pro sports' championship hardware costs a fortune to craft. Find out which North American sport boasts the most valuable ...
  69. How Spring Cleaning Can Make You Money

    Spring cleaning is a well-established tradition, but you can also make money by selling your unwanted goods.
  70. What Buffett Would Say To The 50K’ers

    FOX Business Network's Liz Claman will interview Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett in an exclusive sit-down on Monday ...
  71. Introduction To The Continuing Claims Report

    This weekly economic release contains important information concerning unemployment levels and insurance.
  72. How To Profit From Risk

    CDs may look safe and attractive but considering most pay a rate that is less than the rate of inflation seniors today risk ...
  73. How To Get The Most Out Of Hiring An Accountant

    When you hire an accountant, getting good tax advice going forward is as valuable as – or perhaps even more valuable than ...
  74. Tips For Working As A Real Estate Agent

    Here are a few ideas that will help you advance your career as a successful real estate agent.
  75. How The 2014 Obama Budget Could Affect Your Finances

    Depending on which estimate you believe, Obama's proposed budget would raise the tax bill of a household with a yearly income ...
  76. 6 Financial Benefits Of Spring Cleaning

    This year, combine your spring cleaning strategies with your big-picture financial objectives.
  77. Playoff Perks For Pro Athletes

    If personal pride, a stellar resume and increased job security aren't enough incentive for some pro athletes, each league ...
  78. Investing In REITs Instead Of Property

    Learn why this one particular REIT is a better investment than holding physical property in your retirement portfolio.
  79. Financial Statement: Extraordinary Vs. Nonrecurring Items

    When it comes to analyzing a company, successful analysts spend considerable time differentiating between accounting items ...
  80. Browser Extensions That Save You Money

    There is a widening range of online tools that have been designed to help citizens save their hard-earned money.
  81. 5 Signs It's Time To Retire

    Leaving the workforce isn't always an easy decision. Are you ready to take the leap?
  82. Top 5 Ways Restaurants Make You Spend More

    The next time you eat out, watch for these common restaurant tricks that undermine your dining budget.
  83. Designations No Retirement Planner Should Be Without

    Advance your career and gain clientele by adding a few choice certifications.
  84. Will Obama’s Chained CPI Help Keep Inflation From Eating Into Your Savings?

    Learn the ways in which inflation nibbles away at your retirement income, especially in light of the President’s proposal ...
  85. Should You Head Back To Business School?

    Find out if an MBA is necessary for you to reach your professional goals.
  86. Inaccurate Tax Return, Now What?

    If the IRS finds errors, it will cost you. Find out how to fix them, and how to prevent them in the first place.
  87. Tips To Make Next Year’s Taxes Less Stressful

    You might be ready to put the stress of tax preparation behind you until next season, but ignoring your personal tax situation ...
  88. Post-Grad Degrees That Pay The Highest

    A post-graduate degree could be well worth the extra time and expense.
  89. 10 Golf Tips To Help Investors Tee Off

    There are a lot of similarities between golf and investing. Find out how to keep your game out of the rough.
  90. Play The Market Like Tiger Plays Golf

    Score big by taking Tiger Woods' approach to golf and applying it to your portfolio.
  91. How Baby Boomers Will Change The Way Others Retire

    Generation X and Generation Y still have many lessons to learn from their elders, including how to make the most of retirement ...
  92. How To Safeguard Your Tax Returns From Identity Theft

    Identity thieves love tax season. In 2012, there were 13 million victims of identity theft. As easy as it is for thieves ...
  93. Enough Money To Not Worry

    Our retirement goals have not changed. We still want enough money to not have to worry about it. How we go about getting ...
  94. 5 Smart Ways To Use Your Tax Return

    This year, find out how to stretch your tax refund further to strengthen your future.
  95. Business Grads, Land Your Dream Job

    Companies are in need of strategic candidates, not walking resumes. Find out how to set yourself apart from the pack and ...
  96. How To Deduct Your Job Search Expenses

    With approximately 12 million Americans out of a job right now, many people are spending significant dollars to be noticed ...
  97. Are IRS-Prepared Tax Returns The Solution To Our Tax Woes?

    The government is considering letting the IRS do your taxes for you. While this may sound great, there are plenty of reasons ...
  98. How To Report A Tax Cheat

    If you report a tax evader to the IRS, you could be eligible for a reward.
  99. Hetty Green: The Witch Of Wall Street

    Hetty Green was the richest woman of her time and possibly the first value investor, yet she's not remembered kindly.
  100. Examining Stereotypes In Investing

    Irrespective of age, sex and other such factors, no normal investor wants an unsuitable investment. How much people really ...
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