Personal Finance Articles

  1. Introduction To Phantom Stock And SARs

    Phantom stock and stock appreciation rights reward employees with compensation tied to stock performance.
  2. 9 Halloween Costumes Women Already Own

    You don't have to go shopping for a Halloween costume. You can just look through your wardrobe and you're bound to find one of these options.
  3. Why The Halloween Industry Is Worth $8 Billion

    With more adults dressing up for Halloween each year, this unique industry is pulling in record profits.
  4. Retirement Saving Tips For 65-Year-Olds And Over

    Find out how to save smarter after 65.
  5. Best Things To Buy In October

    October is a transitional month for many retailers as they prepare for the winter season. Here's some items you'll likely find at bargain prices this month.
  6. 5 Of The Strangest Items That Are Stolen

    Shoplifters have stolen some weird things. Here are some of the most bizarre.
  7. 6 Easy Ways To Keep Current

    Here are six ways in which you can keep up with the news while you are on the go.
  8. U.S. Or Canada: Which Country Is Best To Call Home?

    There are unique benefits to living both above and below the 49th parallel. Find out which of these great nations best suits your value system.
  9. Looking For Profit In Privately-Held Companies

    Private companies offer unique opportunities for those with the knowledge and resources to take advantage.
  10. Saving For Retirement: The Quest For Success

    We'll show you how to set yourself up to retire in style.
  11. Why California Gas Prices Are So High

    Consumers are quick to point fingers when gas prices rise, athough there are often many factors responsible.
  12. Changes To Your Checking Account

    Checking accounts have evolved a lot over the years. Here are the five biggest changes that can affect your wallet.
  13. The Credit Crisis And The Carry Trade

    When boom times turned to bust, these trades proved devastating for traders and the broader markets.
  14. 5 Critically-Acclaimed Movies That Bombed At The Box Office

    Critics loved these films but not all audiences did. Most of these highly-praised films failed to make back their budgets.
  15. The Most Costly Banking Mistakes You Can Make

    With changing and increasing fees, it can be difficult to avoid bank charges, but investing time in finding out what your bank charges, and when, can help you save money.
  16. Healthcare Cures That Don't Work

    Here are four "cures" that have been proven by scientific studies to be baseless yet remain on pharmacy shelves.
  17. Money Tips From The Amish

    The Amish are frugal and savvy in business. Here's how you can improve your personal finances by doing what the Amish do.
  18. Do Personal Income Tax Cuts Foster Economic Growth?

    Studies show that cuts to personal income tax rates will improve tax revenues, but not lead to economic growth.
  19. Exceptions To The 60-Day Retirement Account Rollover Rule

    A non-qualified distribution might still be tax and/or penalty free under certain conditions.
  20. Common Scams Targeted At Teens

    Teens should be aware of these scams, which include scholarship frauds and fraudulent investments.
  21. Save Safely With The DB(k) Retirement Plan

    Your retirement savings can have the best of the defined-benefit plan and the defined-contribution plan with this hybrid.
  22. The Hidden Costs Of Wedding Insurance

    Weddings don't always go smoothly. Here's how you can protect yourself from things backfiring.
  23. The Importance Of Other Comprehensive Income

    Understanding and analyzing OCI greatly improves financial analysis, especially for financial companies.
  24. 5 Of The Biggest Rebranding Flops

    Attempts to revitalize a brand name don't always play out as planned.
  25. 6 Wealthy People Who Owned Private Islands

    Larry Ellison and Richard Branson are just two of the people who bought their own private islands.
  26. Retirement Savings Tips For Young People

    Learn how to avoid the bad habits that keep the average young adult from saving.
  27. Benefits Of A Dependent Care FSA

    Here's how your Dependent Care FSA works and how you can use it to your advantage as a parent with dependents.
  28. How To Convert A Non-Deductible IRA Into A Roth IRA

    Here's a step-by-step guide for transferring one retirement plan into another.
  29. The Cost Of Getting The Flu

    The paltry cost of getting the flu vaccine is nothing compared to the potential costs that you could incur by getting the virus.
  30. Why The Prices Of Sports Tickets Vary So Much

    Prices of NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL tickets may vary for a number of reasons.
  31. The True Cost Of Poverty

    Nearly 47% of Americans live at or below the poverty line. Despite safety nets, lower-income people still face challenges.
  32. Establishing Yourself As An Expert

    Here are some tips on putting yourself on the path to becoming an expert in a field.
  33. Preparing To Tap Into Retirement Income

    You need to plan ahead to ensure a long and happy future away from the daily grind.
  34. Will Your Retirement Income Be Enough?

    Find out how to determine whether you're on the path to a comfortable retirement, or financial ruin.
  35. How Interest Rates Affect The Stock Market

    Whether you're buying lunch, a home or a stock, you're influenced by interest rates.
  36. Employees Vs. Investors

    Who is more important to the CEO and a company's bottom line? Is it employees or company shareholders?
  37. Which Financial Careers Pay The Most?

    There are many job that can be considered "working in finance" but some definitely pay more than others.
  38. Boomers Staying In Debt To Retire In Comfort

    There's a growing trend of retiring baby boomers staying in debt in order to maintain their current lifestyles.
  39. How Cell Phones Have Changed Your Budget

    The cost of owning a cell phone wasn't a factor for people less than two decades ago. Today, there seems to be no end to the additional charges that come from owning a smartphone.
  40. 5 Reasons Not To File For Bankruptcy In Your 20s

    Filing for bankruptcy in your 20s is a bad idea. You could miss out on job opportunities and even lose your home.
  41. 4 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Career

    Before you write off hope at a job you've lost passion for, focus less on what the job lacks and more on changing your outlook.
  42. How To Use Facebook As A Marketing Tool

    Facebook can be a viable marketing platform for your business. It can even earn you revenue.
  43. How Americans Spend Their Money

    On the surface, Americans are spending most of their money on necessities such as transportation and shelter. But how much of that spending is pure excess?
  44. Delay In Retirement Savings Costs More In The Long Run

    The effects of compounding make it cheaper over the long term to save for retirement.
  45. 10 Best Smartphone Apps For Seniors

    Whether it's for health, news or personal finance, these apps can be useful for seniors. Best of all, they are free.
  46. Retirement Living: Renting Vs. Home Ownership

    Here are three simple questions you should consider when weighing this decision.
  47. The Powerful Business Of Blogging

    A blog can be a powerful marketing tool for both individuals and businesses. Here's how you can effectively use a blog.
  48. 6 Pricey iPhone Apps

    Do you think all apps are 99 cents? If you do, think again. These apps will cost you $1,000 each.
  49. Top TV Moments Of The Past 50 Years

    Here are some major events that resonated with television audiences.
  50. Retirement Plan Solutions For 70+ Workers

    If you're working and taking RMDs, your taxable income may start to bulge. Find out how to keep it under control.
  51. How Insurers Decide Your Auto Insurance Rate

    Shopping around for auto insurance rates is the first step to finding competitive auto insurance rates.
  52. 3 Great Business Battles

    Here are some U.S. companies that have historically competed with one another for market supremacy.
  53. Companies That Collaborated With Nazis

    Bayer, Siemens and IG Farben are just some of the companies that had business dealings with the Nazis.
  54. What About Canada's Housing Bubble?

    Canadians may want to take a closer look at their housing market, lest it experience the same problems as the United States'.
  55. 6 Things That Spike Your Auto Insurance

    Several factors can cause your auto insurance to rise. Knowing what these are can help you find the best deal.
  56. Home Improvements That Require Permits

    Many home remodeling projects require permits, which the homeowner is responsible for. Here is a list of projects that may require permits.
  57. 5 Ways To Fund A College Education

    You can go to college without going broke, but it may take an unconventional approach.
  58. Most Expensive Franchise Fees

    Here are a few of the most expensive franchises available for purchase in the United States.
  59. Actively-Managed ETFs: Risks And Benefits For Investors

    Find out how these second-generation ETFs are changing the marketplace.
  60. Which Income Class Are You?

    This article identifies the various income classes in America. Find out which class you fall under.
  61. What Is A Will And Why Do I Need One?

    Putting this document together will save your family time and money, and give you peace of mind.
  62. 5 Safety Net Services Available To Americans

    Here's a look at the different services available, the numbers of people they serve and how much money is used to support them.
  63. Lessons From Thriving Retailers

    Department stores such as J.C. Penney and Sears don't have the same staying power as their competition.
  64. The Benefits Of Having A Floating Island For Startups

    The Blueseed project is an ambitious idea, but it will definitely have its perks once it's up and floating.
  65. Why Are People Hoarding Coins?

    Meet the new class of investor: the coin hoarder.
  66. Can You Handle A Home-Based Business?

    Find out if you have the traits to be a top entrepreneur.
  67. RFID Credit Cards: Is Your Identity Safe?

    Smart cards may offer new ways for thieves to steal your identity.
  68. How To File A Canadian Tax Return

    The process for filing a Canadian tax return is easy and streamlined. Here is the information you need to know before filing.
  69. Is Premium Fuel Worth The Cost?

    Find out if paying extra for higher-octane gasoline is worth the extra price at the pump.
  70. 5 Best Countries For Starting And Owning A Small Business

    Singapore, New Zealand and Denmark are just some of the most business-friendly countries in the world.
  71. Selecting And Managing Insurance Payouts

    Find out which settlement option is right for you before you recieve your funds.
  72. Most Bizarre College Courses

    Lego, theatrical fencing and Lady Gaga are just a few of the courses available to students at select colleges.
  73. Protect Your Personal Assets

    A family limited partnership (FLP) can go a long way toward securing your family's property.
  74. Could Third World Debt Relief Pay Off?

    Debt is as much a political tool as an economic one. Discover if wholesale debt forgiveness is the answer for developing countries.
  75. Should You Pawn Your Valuables?

    Pawnshops provide easy access to short-term loans, but they aren't the only option.
  76. Evaluating Your Personal Financial Statement

    Determine your net worth by making your own cash flow statement and balance sheet.
  77. 4 Essential Questions To Ask At The End Of A Job Interview

    Ask these questions if you want to leave a great final impression on hiring managers and establish yourself as a top candidate.
  78. Questions To Avoid At The End Of A Job Interview

    Career experts say you should avoid asking these questions when you’re trying to get hired.
  79. 6 Ways To Avoid Paying For Hotel Wi-Fi

    Use these tips to get free Internet access when you're on vacation.
  80. Companies That Offer Unique Employee Discounts

    These companies offer employees great discounts and unique incentives you don't find with your average employer.
  81. Are The iPhone 5's Features Unique?

    The iPhone 5 has some cool new features, but how does it compare to other smartphones on the market?
  82. 4 Ways To Get A Head Start On Your Financial Career

    Breaking into the finance business is tough, but these tips can help.
  83. 5 Best-Selling Prescription Meds Of All Time

    Despite the patent cliff, big pharmaceuticals have managed to make billions off these blockbuster drugs.
  84. 4 Unique Employee Benefits You've Never Heard Of

    Employers find that benefits improve motivation and engagement. Here are four companies with unusual employee benefits.
  85. The Financial Fallout Of Lance Armstrong's Doping Allegations

    Lance Armstrong has stopped fighting allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs. Find out what this could mean for his financial situation.
  86. How To Monetize Your Website

    New technologies and services have made it easier to make money from your website than ever before.
  87. Is Your Financial Situation Sustainable And Renewable?

    Ensuring long-term financial security takes planning and foresight.
  88. The Layoff Payoff: A Severance Package

    If you must leave your job, go out fighting for the best benefits you can get.
  89. Celebs Who Give Free Advertising Through Word Of Mouth

    Social networking has allowed personal celebrity product endorsements to reach a broader audience than ever before.
  90. 5 Financial Mistakes New Graduates Must Avoid

    College doesn't prepare grads for handling their personal finances. Find out what you need to know here.
  91. What Are A Stock's "Fundamentals"?

    The investing world loves to talk about fundamentals, but do you know what it means?
  92. 8 Of The Richest Gangsters Of All Time

    Here's a look at some famous criminals who were successful at turning illegal activities into lucrative businesses.
  93. Wisest Business Decisions Made By Actors

    These stars know how to make money, both on and off the screen.
  94. The Apples And Exxons Of Years Past

    Discover some of the corporate giants of the past and how their share prices have fared in following years.
  95. 5 Of The Biggest Celebrity Tax Evaders

    Here are five celebrities who found themselves on the wrong end of a tax audit. Some of these celebrities faced fines, while others did jail time.
  96. Top Financial Careers In 2012

    Learn about the growth of the financial services sector and which industry niches are thriving in 2012.
  97. Google Searches For Ways To Retain And Promote Female Employees

    The highly-publicized exit of Marissa Mayer has led some to question if there is a gender bias at Google. However, the company is doing a lot to help benefit its female employees.
  98. Safe Ways To Couch Surf

    Many websites connect travelers with people willing to allow them to stay in their homes. How can you remain safe while couch surfing?
  99. How New Fuel Efficiency Standards Will Affect Americans

    While stringent, the new fuel efficiency standards will mean more for the average American than just less trips to the pump.
  100. Why The Same Goods Have Different Prices Around The World

    Some items like electronics and automobiles have vastly different prices in different countries. Here's a look at why.
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