Personal Finance Articles

  1. Don’t Blame The U.S. for The Yield Meltdown

    This month added another bizarre chapter to the seemingly endless drop in bond yields.
  2. How are Discount Airlines so Cheap?

    Ever wonder what the fees are behind airfare prices? It's more complex than you think.
  3. Should Parents Save Towards College or Retirement?

    Many parents are unsure about whether to save more for retirement or education for their kids. These general guidelines that ...
  4. Startups: Tech Giants' Next M&A Targets? (AAPL, GOOGL)

    Watch for large-cap tech sector companies to announce acquisitions of startups, as valuations for unicorns and other overvalued ...
  5. Have A Charming (And Cheap) Wedding

    Learn how to have the wedding you've always wanted ... without going broke.
  6. Why Human Financial Advisors Are Insanely Valuable

    As the financial world becomes evermore digitized at a lightning pace, many wonder how relevant human advisors are. This ...
  7. 6 Benefits of Using a Credit Union

    Credit unions are community-focused and offer better interest rates than traditional banks.
  8. 5 Steps to a Retirement Plan

    These considerations will help you make a realistic and thorough retirement plan.
  9. U.S. Healthcare Costs: Americans Are Overpaying, Report Says

    The U.S. has higher healthcare costs compared to other countries, as many people in the U.S. are paying well above the average ...
  10. The Gospel According to Governor Mike Pence

    Gov. Pence's career in Indiana reveals plenty of examples of corporate socialism for the rich. Help for the poor, as preached ...
  11. 4 Unexpected Things That Lower Your Credit

    It's important to maintain a good credit score. Discover what could be lowering it without your knowledge.
  12. Top 10 Highest Paid Government Leaders

    When you compare the world leaders bringing home the most bacon, you'd be surprised to learn that there's more to salary ...
  13. How to Advise Non-U.S. Citizens on Social Security

    Advising clients who are not U.S. citizens on Social Security is complex. Here is how you can successfully navigate this ...
  14. 6 Signs You Are OK to Retire

    As you approach retirement age, there are a number of factors to consider before deciding on when you want to retire. Here ...
  15. Are You in the Top One Percent of the World?

    If you live in an industrialized country, cracking the top 1% of income earners isn't as difficult as you might think.
  16. The Net Worth of the Shark Tank Cast

    Discover how the richest "Sharks" on the hit TV show amassed their vast fortunes, and learn how much they have to offer eager ...
  17. 401(k) Balance: How You Compare to Others Your Age

    How much people have put away for retirement varies, naturally, by old they are. See how your savings stack up.
  18. 10 Most Successful Products from Shark Tank

    With seven seasons, 7.5 million viewers, some studs and a whole lot of duds, we take a look at the 10 most successful products ...
  19. 2016 Retirement Savings by Age: Where Do You Stand?

    What people in various age groups have saved at present for their retirement years – and where they should be. How does your ...
  20. 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Home

    By avoiding these six pitfalls when purchasing a home, you will be in a much better position to make an educated choice before ...
  21. 4 Ways To Value A Real Estate Rental Property

    Learn to evaluate real estate and get into the investment game.
  22. The Indian Story, Rebooted

    Once a BRIC, then one of the “Fragile Five," is India regaining its luster? We discuss the case for India.
  23. Behind Tesla's 1,173% Rise in 10 years (TSLA)

    Pay attention to whether Tesla’s profitability can prove worthy of the level of enthusiasm generated for the company by CEO ...
  24. Why You Should Be Seeking a Bigger Salary Now

    Timing is everything when it comes to asking for a raise – and that can mean knowing what's happening with the economy, as ...
  25. Top Reasons Not to Roll Over Your 401(k) to an IRA

    Five cases in which keeping your plan in place – or employing another non-IRA strategy – is the better move.
  26. Specialty Websites for Low First Class Airfares

    If a first class airline ticket is your goal, there are specialized websites that can help you find a good deal on one.
  27. The Best Time to Buy First Class Airline Tickets

    Book at least a week in advance and try these less-well-known routes to the least pricey first class seats.
  28. 3 Simple Lifestyle Changes to Make You More Productive

    If you are looking to become more productive it's important to find out what works best for you. Here are three ideas to ...
  29. The 8 Deadly Sins of Financial Advice

    As an informed consumer is the best defense against a swindling financial professional, here are eight things to watch out ...
  30. Get Rich with These 7 Healthy Habits

    Getting rich is like getting fit. To achieve your goals, you must develop healthy long term habits. Here are 7 habits that ...
  31. Discover 5 Secrets About 529 Plans

    When starting a 529 plan for your child's college fund, keep these details in mind.
  32. Bank Fees Be Gone

    Not only are bank account interest rates measly, but fees can take a serious bite out your balance. Here's what to do.
  33. 4 Little-Known Ways to Reduce Your Property Taxes

    Here are little known ways you can try to reduce your property tax liability.
  34. 10 Best Retirement Cities in the U.S.

    Discover 10 destinations across the United States whose mix of affordability, weather and amenities attracts significant ...
  35. 3 Big Financial Mistakes to Avoid in Your 30s

    Want to have continued control of your finances as you get older? Start by making sure to avoid these three financial mistakes ...
  36. Top 5 Apartment REITs in 2016 (EQR, AVB)

    Learn about five top REITs that invest in purchasing, developing and managing apartment complexes, and why they may be smart ...
  37. Top 5 Corporate Donors in Tech (GOOG, MSFT)

    Pay attention to philanthropic donations from publicly traded tech companies when basing portfolio selections on principles ...
  38. Foodzie Review, Is It Worth It?

    Learn about the purchase of Foodzie and its sale to online retailer Joyus and the importance of acquiring the client base ...
  39. 3 Ways to Ensure Your Path to Financial Literacy

    People have strong feelings when it comes to money. Here are three ways to arm yourself with financial literacy and break ...
  40. Top 3 Mutual Funds From Thornburg (THIFX, THOAX)

    Learn about the Thornburg family of mutual funds and the top three funds that you should consider for retirement diversification ...
  41. How Paladin Digital Marketing Helps Advisors

    It can be hard for advisors to keep up with ever-evolving technology trends. Paladin Digital Marketing is one firm that aims ...
  42. 8 Reasons To Never Borrow From Your 401(k)

    Find out why dipping into your 401(k) can have serious consequences.
  43. Estate Plans Should Include Instruction Manuals

    Death is not something that we wish to dwell on, but estate planning—and figuring out even more basic issues—is something ...
  44. How Do Apple's Taxes Compare to Other Tech Giants? (AAPL)

    Analyze Apple's recent tax history to determine how geographic sales mix, foreign profit reinvestment and tax credits are ...
  45. Work & Collect Social Security in Retirement?

    What to consider if working in retirement while collecting Social Security.
  46. Cake Style Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn about popular YouTube channel Cake Style and how YouTube is an outlet for self-employed individuals who make and edit ...
  47. Credit Card Debt: America’s Biggest Struggle?

    Dealing with credit card debt is a huge struggle for many American families. Here are some tips to get you started.
  48. Another Reason Rates are Likely to Be Lower for Longer

    The Federal Reserve (Fed) has suggested it’s likely to remain on hold for the near future given Brexit-related uncertainty ...
  49. Debt Consolidation Made Easy

    Five steps to consolidate and pay off your debt.
  50. Digging Out Of Personal Debt

    Good intentions can put consumers in even more personal debt.
  51. Dawn Of The Zombie Debt

    Are old debts coming back to haunt you? We'll show you how to keep these zombies from eating you alive.
  52. Don't Be Like NBA Legend Antoine Walker

    Using an NBA legend as an example, this is why finding a financial advisor who is trustworthy and right for your unique needs ...
  53. Explaining Apple's 1,057% Rise in 10 years (AAPL)

    Examine Apple's strong history of returns to understand how financial performance, investor outlook and market conditions ...
  54. Facebook's Competitive Advantage: An Inside Look (FB)

    Analyze Facebook's economic moat to determine its width and sustainability, and discover how scale and network effect add ...
  55. Has Rising Rent in Big Cities Peaked?

    Learn how the interplay of supply and demand factors in coming years are to influence whether rental prices peak or continue ...
  56. A History of the S&P 500 Dividend Yield

    Find out why the dividend yield for the S&P 500 Index remains historically low, and what dividend yields used to look like ...
  57. Job Hunting: Higher Pay vs. Better Benefits

    Focusing on pay when job hunting may be a mistake. Find out which benefits have the highest long-run payoff.
  58. Are You Ready for the Retirement Challenge?

    In order to truly take advantage of retirement, take these six things into consideration during the retirement planning process.
  59. Is Your Workplace Awesome?

    These important qualities make a workplace great for both employees and employers.
  60. 8 Reasons Why Valued Employees Quit

    Salaries are important, but retaining top employees requires more than just competitive pay.
  61. No Retirement Savings? How to Catch Up

    Starting your retirement savings late, like in your 50s? Here are a few ways to catch up.
  62. 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Home

    Understand five specific mistakes to avoid when buying a new home.
  63. Act (Invest) Your Age

    It’s never too late to invest for retirement. Make the right decisions for where you're at.
  64. The Best Way To Build Your Retirement Portfolio

    Retirement means changing your investment goals from growing assets to generating income. Here's how.
  65. 6 Bad Home Renovations that Don't Add Much Value

    Before you begin any home renovations, make sure they will add to the value of your home. Here are six projects to absolutely ...
  66. Annuities: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

    Annuities suffer from a few perception problems. This primer that covers the good, the bad and the ugly of annuities.
  67. What Does an Ideal Retirement Portfolio Look Like?

    The "ideal" retirement portfolio can differ from one investor to another, but some themes hold true no matter what.
  68. In Your 20s and Have Extra Cash? Here's What to Do

    If you're lucky enough to have saved (or otherwise come across) some spare cash in your 20s, what's the best thing to do ...
  69. EXDAX: Overview of Top Manning & Napier Funds

    Learn about four mutual funds administered and managed by Manning & Napier that can help investors diversify their retirement ...
  70. How to Decide to Pay Down Debt vs. Invest

    You find yourself sitting on some cash—do you invest or pay down debt? The answer is different for everyone, so be sure to ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. Find a New Financial Advisor Who's Right for You

    It is a jolt when a long-time financial consultant leaves. Be sure not to make a snap decision.
  73. Financial Planning: It's About More Than Money

    Financial planning isn't just about the money. Find out where else to focus on.
  74. 8 Essential Four-Letter Words for Financial Health

    By embracing these four-letter words, you can take the steps necessary to improve your financial health.
  75. The World of College Rebate Programs

    College rebate programs like Upromise feature a few small drawbacks, but their benefits compounded over several years can ...
  76. Why is Deflation Bad for the Economy?

    Deflation can adversely affect the economy in significant ways.
  77. 5 Ways To Stretch Your Retirement Budget

    Stretch your retirement budget to live comfortably.
  78. Contributing to a Roth IRA Regardless of Income

    Savers of all income levels can get money into a Roth IRA, though there may be an extra step involved in the process.
  79. How Much Money Do You Need to Retire in Hawaii?

    The Aloha State remains an idyllic place to retire, but at what cost? From rent to cereal to gasoline, we look at the hidden ...
  80. Retire on 70% of Your Income? It Might Be Tough

    Before you're sure that 70% will be enough to support you in retirement, figure out what your life costs now and how it might ...
  81. Rainfall in Ethiopia and Other Stock Market Advice

    No one knows how events will impact financial markets. So what investment advice should you focus on? Start by considering ...
  82. The 4% Withdrawal Rule: One Size Fits All?

    The 4% rule for retirement withdrawals has been a staple in financial planning for over 20 years, but no rule of thumb or ...
  83. Beating the Gender Pay Gap for Women’s Retirement

    Women have a gender pay gap because they spend less time in the workforce and earn less than men. Here are 5 steps for sufficient ...
  84. Funding College: How to Perform a Sanity Check

    Summer is an ideal time for high school seniors and their parents to take a sanity check and make sure the chosen collegiate ...
  85. How Interest Rates Work On Car Loans

    Three big facts to know – and some numbers to crunch to get the best deal.
  86. Why You Should Have a Roth IRA

    The world of retirement savings plans is filled with options. Here are the reasons why you should consider a Roth IRA when ...
  87. Find Happiness By Altering Life Benchmarks

    Find out how to alter your aspirations and still meet your goals.
  88. Tax Tips For the Individual Investor

    Keep more of your money in your pocket with these seven guidelines.
  89. Ethical Issues For Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors may face ethical issues in their work. Find out what they are.
  90. Tax-Efficient Investing: Keep More Earned Money

    You can improve investment returns by applying year-round strategies to minimize your tax burden. Here are a few tips.
  91. Automating Your 401(k): The Robo-Advisor Blooom

    Blooom is a fairly recent entrant into the robo-advisor space, and it is focused on your 401(k). Here's a look at what it ...
  92. 3 Ways to Get Better Retirement Returns in the Next 20 Years

    With investment returns projected to decline over the next 20 years, savers may need to tweak their plans to ensure better ...
  93. Why Estate Planning Is Easier Than You Think

    When done properly, estate planning ensures that your beneficiaries receive your assets in a way that is controlled by you. ...
  94. Retirees Are About to Hit the Travel Jackpot

    Start planning now for big travel savings, coming soon, if you're retired and can fly whenever you want.
  95. Top 10 Stupid Retirement Tricks

    Drawing inspiration from former late night host David Letterman and his iconic lists, here are 10 things to avoid when crafting ...
  96. Mistakes to Avoid When You Own Life Insurance

    How to avoid some common mistakes that can cause tax and inheritance problems when you own life insurance.
  97. 4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from dishonest broker practices means knowing how to spot them.
  98. Using 529 Plans to Save for College

    Paying for college is no easy feat. Here is a lowdown on 529 plans, the educational savings plans that help families set ...
  99. Is Travel Insurance a Good Idea?

    Is travel insurance a good idea for your next vacation? This is a look at what policies may or may not cover and when it ...
  100. Why Clients Should Save More for Medical Expenses

    Here's how to approach clients to get them to save more toward medical expenses in retirement, which continue to grow.
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