Personal Finance Articles

  1. Freelance Careers: Look Before You Leap

    Freelance work is a way to escape the daily grind - but don't ignore the added responsibility that comes with freedom.
  2. Financing Options For Buyers Of Foreclosed Homes

    While the upcoming retirement of Fannie Mae’s HomePath program is sad news for those wanting a foreclosed home, check out ...
  3. To Invest Or To Reduce Debt, That's The Question

    Find out how you can make use of that excess cash and improve your financial situation.
  4. Credit Card Arbitrage: Free Money Or Dangerous Gamble?

    Credit card arbitrage is a way to make some money, but it's a major gamble with devastating risks.
  5. How To Decode A Company's Earnings Reports

    Read between the lines to decipher a company's true financial condition.
  6. An Introduction To Depreciation

    Companies make choices and assumptions in calculating depreciation, and you need to know how these affect the bottom line. ...
  7. Are Equity-Indexed Annuities Right For You?

    Equity-indexed annuities can be confusing to understand, but for conservative investors, they can be valuable savings plans. ...
  8. Rolling Over Company Stock: A Decision To Think Twice About

    It may be more beneficial for you to pay tax now than deferring it to an IRA. We show you how and why.
  9. How Much Social Security Will You Get?

    You've been paying in for years - now it's time to find out what the system owes you.
  10. Borrowing From Your Retirement Plan

    Left with no alternative but to take money out from your retirement savings? Here are some guidelines.
  11. Examining Credit Crunches Around The World

    Market tops and bottoms have proliferated the financial markets throughout history. Learn how countries dealt with these ...
  12. Top 6 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Job

    In a recession, financial industry personnel are often hit hard. Find out how to avoid getting the ax.
  13. 4 Steps To Attaining A Mortgage

    It starts with knowing your choices as well as your price range. We show you how to get there.
  14. The Illusion Of Diversification: The Myth Of The 30 Stock Portfolio

    Find out what it takes to really diversify your portfolio.
  15. Consumer Protection Laws You Need To Know

    Knowing these which consumer protection law can help you in particular situations can save you time, money and stress.
  16. 7 Steps To A Successful Investment Journey

    Before you start investing, educate yourself on financial ideas and develop a strategy that agrees with your personality. ...
  17. You Can't Live On Love

    If your head is in the clouds, check out this down-to-earth financial advice for couples.
  18. Follow Your Passions And Success Will Follow

    Business success is often the result of hard work and having a passion for your career. Here of some example of passionate ...
  19. 10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  20. Tax Treatment Of Roth IRA Distributions

    Learn the requirements for withdrawing funds tax and penalty free.
  21. Don't Forget The Kids: Save For Their Education And Retirement

    Retirement and education financing are the two most important planning items for taxpayers.
  22. Preparing For Retirement Plan RMD Season

    Paying taxes is inevitable - that's why you need to learn about the rules for required minimum distributions.
  23. Understanding Your Insurance Contract

    Learn how to read one of the most important documents you own.
  24. Watch Your Back In The Annuity Game

    Find out how to get the upper hand when dealing with this payout challenge.
  25. Protecting Your Financial Documents From Disaster

    Organizing and updating your records regularly can save you a lot of grief in a time of crisis.
  26. Credit Scams To Watch Out For

    More than 30 million people were victims of fraud in 2007. Will you be next?
  27. ARMed And Dangerous

    In a climate of rising interest rates, having an adjustable-rate mortgage can be risky.
  28. Avoid The Downsides Of Downsizing In Retirement

    Done right, downsizing can still be a good idea. You can have more money, simplify your life, and reduce home-maintenance ...
  29. Protecting Your Retirement Assets

    Your golden years are meant to be stress free. Keep them that way by protecting your assets.
  30. Build A Wall Around Your Assets

    Learn how to protect your money from lawsuits, creditors and other judgment proceedings.
  31. 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 ...
  32. Everything You Should Know About Corporate-Owned Life Insurance

    This type of insurance is a policy taken out on you by your company. Read on to find what it's all about.
  33. The History Of Insurance

    The first written policy appeared in Hammurabi's Code. Find out how it evolved from there.
  34. How Gen Y Can Avoid Working Forever

    Despite tough odds, Gen Y has time to build a strong future with more control over their lives than earlier generations. ...
  35. Picking Your First Broker

    If you're a rookie investor, your first big investment decision should be an informed one.
  36. Moving Retirement Plan Assets: How To Avoid Mistakes

    Sometimes things go wrong in a simple transfer of funds. Make sure you know how to avoid penalties.
  37. Relationship Money Matters

    Whether married, single or somewhere in between, you'll face unique financial challenges.
  38. Immediate Annuities: More Income and Lower Taxes

    These instruments may shed their bad rap to bring you a hefty tax break.
  39. Coping With Inflation Risk

    Inflation is less dramatic than a crash, but it can be more devastating to your portfolio.
  40. 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 ...
  41. Zooming In On Net Operating Income

    NOI is a long-run profitability measure that smart investors can count on.
  42. How Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Were Saved

    These mortgage giants had to be put under government conservatorship, driving home the gravity of the subprime crisis.
  43. Get Organized With An Investment Analysis Form

    Your research will be easy if you compile all the decision-making information you need.
  44. How To Become A Sophisticated Investor

    No one doubts the value and importance of investor education and sophistication, but many investors are not really all that ...
  45. How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices

    In order to increase your odds for receiving funding, here are some criteria considered by venture capitalists.
  46. The Beginner's Guide To Homeowners' Insurance

    Discover everything new homeowners need to know before they sign on the dotted line.
  47. Financing Basics For First-Time Homebuyers

    If you're looking to get your first mortgage, there are many financing options available.
  48. Top Broker Excuses For Poor Investments

    It is not uncommon for investors to lose money through misselling or other forms of mismanagement.
  49. Save Money The Scottish Way

    Take a trip through history to learn from some (in)famously frugal Scots.
  50. What You Need To Know About Insurance Fraud

    Insurance fraud is as old as commerce. Discover the types of life insurance fraud and how they affect you.
  51. Find Security In Covered Bonds

    Find out about a safe investing alternative that could have prevented the subprime meltdown.
  52. Bag The Best Bank Account

    Take advantage of the deals banks offer, and find the right account for your financial situation.
  53. How Not To Get Scammed By Contractors

    Home improvement is a $200 billion a year industry. This means a lot of people get into the field that are likely less than ...
  54. The Credit Card Chip: What Travelers Must Know

    Credit cards in the U.S are just getting ENV technology, which embeds a smart chip in your credit card. Here's how to avoid ...
  55. Laws That Help Low Income Retirement

    If you're retired – or about to be – and money is tight, look to these programs and other benefits for help should you need ...
  56. Retirement Plans For All? These States Say 'Yes'

    State are beginning to address retirement security with efforts that could extend savings plans to millions more Americans.
  57. Is Your Employer-Provided Life Insurance Coverage Enough?

    Learn about the several potential problems involved with obtaining life insurance through your employer.
  58. Insurance Coverage: A Business Necessity

    Don't go to work without this policy in place - especially if your work is in your home.
  59. 10 Hurdles To Closing On A New Home

    It's the biggest purchase of your life - find out what can go wrong before you even close the deal.
  60. Don't Get Sued: 5 Tips To Protect Your Small Business

    Find out what you can do to limit risk and keep your business running smoothly.
  61. Deducting Disaster: Casualty And Theft Losses

    If you've been a victim, your losses may be deductible. Find out how.
  62. Tired Of Banks? Try A Credit Union

    These nonprofit organizations can provide a range of services for lower fees.
  63. An Overview Of The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

    Find out how this "retirement lifeguard" can save drowning plans, and why it's unlikely to be a long-term solution to the ...
  64. Should You Buy Property On Leased Land?

    Find out what to consider before investing in a leased-land property.
  65. Does Condo Life Suit You?

    Association fees and disputes with neighbors could spoil your move if you're unprepared.
  66. How Warren Buffett made Berkshire Hathaway a World-beater

    It would almost be easier to list the industry sectors in which Omaha-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE:BRK.A) doesn’t ...
  67. 4 Overlooked Homeownership Costs

    Mortgage payments aren't the only expense. Find what else you'll be on the hook for.
  68. Want To Sell Life Insurance? Read This First

    Looking for a career that offers big financial upside and the lure of self-employment? Insurance sales could well be for ...
  69. Basics Of China's Real Estate Industry

    China's exponential growth was led primarily by its Real Estate Industry, but could this trend continue?
  70. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  71. How AT&T Came To Serve A Third Of Americans

    AT&T mobile phones are used by roughly a third of Americans. How it managed to accomplish that starts with a state-sponsored ...
  72. Texas Ratio Rounds Up Bank Failures

    This measure can help investors spot potential trouble in a bank's financials. Find out how.
  73. Foreclosure Opens Doors For Real Estate Investors

    Learn how to spot hot properties that you can turn around for a profit.
  74. What If Donald Sterling Ran Your Company?

    A chief executive officer can seem to have it all: power, influence and gravitas. But all of that hard-earned respectability ...
  75. Cashing In On The Venture Capital Cycle

    Find out how VC firms make the market go round, and round and round.
  76. Top 6 Mortgage Mistakes

    These common errors could end in foreclosure.
  77. Accredited Financial Counselor: An Introduction

    This designation is highly relevant as it allows you to help the middle- and lower-income population in America.
  78. Business Owners: Rules For Qualified Retirement Plans

    Business owners need to take note of how they handle qualified-plan distributions to former employees.
  79. Tips On How To Use IRAs To Boost Retirement Savings

    According to the Trustees of the Social Security Fund, the fund will be depleted by 2037. Are you ready?
  80. Keeping Track Of Retirement Plan Assets

    Maintain records of your pension benefits or risk losing them.
  81. Medicare 101: Do You Need All 4 Parts?

    At age 65, most people have to sign up for Medicare. Learn which of its four programs are mandatory – and which you can skip.
  82. Tax-Saving Advice For IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  83. The Seasons Of An Investor's Life

    From a tentative spring to a comfortable winter, learn how to weather the phases of your investing journey.
  84. Fannie Mae: What It Does And How It Operates

    Chances are that you've heard of Fannie Mae. But do you know what it does and how it operates?
  85. Gold IRA Rollover

    Does it make sense to roll over some of the money in your 401(k), IRA or Roth retirement accounts into a gold IRA? Consider ...
  86. Get Sale Prices On Healthcare With Discount Plans

    Medical discount plans can help the uninsured or underinsured afford better healthcare.
  87. Prepare Your Finances To Handle Natural Disasters

    Use these easy tips to protect your financial interests from natural disasters.
  88. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  89. Tips For The Prospective Landlord

    Investing in rental property can generate serious income, but there's more to it than collecting rent.
  90. The Causes And Effects Of Credit Shocks

    These shocks cycle through history. Find out what you need to know to avoid the alarm bells.
  91. Top Tips For Successfully Renting Out Your Home

    Renting out your home can be a great way to ride out a real estate slump - if you do it right.
  92. Analysis: Should You Get A Gold IRA?

    Yes, you can invest in actual gold or other precious metals for your IRA. See the special rules for gold IRAs and what gold ...
  93. 3 Retirement Plan Moves To Make Before Year-End

    If you don't know what must be done before December 31 you may miss opportunities - or even pay penalties.
  94. Time To Rethink Your Post-Work Needs

    Don't rely on popular wisdom. Get the facts and plan for a comfortable future.
  95. Divorcing? The Right Way to Split Retirement Plans

    Mishandling how you define and allocate retirement-plan assets in a divorce can cost you plenty in taxes and aggravation. ...
  96. Combating Retirement's Silent Killer: Inflation

    Inflation can devour a once secure nest egg. Learn how to protect yours.
  97. Understanding The National Association Of Realtors

    Not every real estate agent or broker is a realtor. Here's what the difference is and why working with a member of the NAR ...
  98. Drawbacks Of Travel Reward Programs

    These nearly universal loyalty programs can have handy perks, but they're not a free ride.
  99. How To Improve Your Leadership Skills

    Being a leader can help you in your career. Here are some tips for improving your leadership skills.
  100. Trying On Potential Employers

    Ditch your ego, prove that you'll work hard and don't settle for the wrong company.
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