Personal Finance Articles

  1. Ready For 2015? Eye 2014's Top-Performing ETFs

    These active ETFs performed the best in 2014. How? By shorting oil/Russia, and betting big on semiconductors, U.S. Treasuries, ...
  2. Wealthfront and Betterment Are Changing Investing

    The financial services industry is evolving, with startups Wealthfront and Betterment emerging as popular frontrunners in ...
  3. How WePay Works

    Payment processor WePay has emerged as a significant player in the online payments industry as people increasingly embrace ...
  4. Apple Pay vs Google Wallet: How They Work

    Apple Pay and Google Wallet are mostly identical offerings. Apple may be to be easier to use, but Google has a more features.
  5. Airbnb Or Hotel: Which Is Better For New York City Visitors?

    Airbnb can make a trip to an expensive city like New York more affordable. Here are the pros and cons of Airbnb vs. hotels.
  6. How Much Does Your Undergrad GPA Matter When Applying To An MBA Program?

    When applying to a business school, an important metric is an applicant's undergraduate GPA. But other features of an MBA ...
  7. Study Abroad In Italy: How Much Will It Cost?

    Study abroad in Italy is a popular choice for U.S. students, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Plus, the career payoffs ...
  8. Find The Best Cash Back Credit Cards

    Cash back credit cards let you spend your rewards on whatever you choose – rather than limiting you to travel benefits or ...
  9. How Many Credit Cards Do You Carry in Your Wallet?

    With the abundance of credit card offers in mailboxes, advertised on TV and offered at retail stores, it's no wonder Americans ...
  10. What Are Your Financial Resolutions For 2015?

    The end of a year evokes the inclination to look back, reflect, and resolve to make positive changes, like getting the finances ...
  11. Winter Home Maintenance Projects You Need To Know

    Take the opportunity this winter to carry out these maintenance projects that will save you money, ensure your comfort, and ...
  12. Tips For Advisors Who Want To Grow Their Practice

    Financial advisors are focused on growing client wealth — so much so that they sometimes give short shrift to growing their ...
  13. Who (Besides Retirees) Can Get Medicare?

    People think you need to be 65 before you're eligible for Medicare. But you might be eligible before then. Here's who can ...
  14. Alert! Last Chance To Max Out Your Retirement Plan

    The end of the year marks the last chance for savers to maximize contributions to their 401(k), 403(b) and other retirement ...
  15. Types of Business Guidance Funded by Government

    To access the right type of advice and support for your business from a variety of government-funded services, know what's ...
  16. What Are Your New Year’s Financial Habits?

    By focusing on habits, you will adopt simple, sustainable behaviors that will put you on the path to achieving bigger and ...
  17. Reflecing On Financial And Investing Lessons

    Each year I reflect on the lessons learned about missed opportunities, highlight successful practices, and strive to be a ...
  18. Hot To Build An Investment Portfolio For Retirees?

    Investors managing their money through retirement often have different needs than during their growth and accumulation years.
  19. Money Lessons From Disney's Scrooge McDuck

    Forbes magazine ranked Scrooge McDuck as the richest fictional character in the world in 2013 with a net worth of $65.4 billion. ...
  20. What's The Better Reward: Cash Back Or Miles?

    Look at your lifestyle, whether you pay off your card each month and what the fees are before you decide which type is best ...
  21. Can You Get Rich Creating Apps?

    The good news for both kinds of apps is that people use them a whole lot. The bad news is that the majority of mobile device ...
  22. Are Hulu And Netflix A Credible Threat To Cable?

    The ease and accessibility of online-video and streaming services is posing a threat to the cable industry's standard model ...
  23. 6 Signs You're Not Spending Enough

    If the sleeves of all your shirts are frayed and even your thrifty friends think you're a tightwad, consider reading this ...
  24. The Very Best Credit Cards For Your Teen

    In today's credit-oriented world, kids should learn to use credit before they go to college. Here are some good cards to ...
  25. Visiting the U.S.? These Six Cities Cost The Most

    Foreign visitors often find prices high in big U.S. cities. That shouldn't keep you from planning a trip – just keep these ...
  26. Study Abroad In Spain: How Much Will It Cost?

    Study abroad can have big career payoffs. Here's what to expect to pay for that investment – from tuition and travel, to ...
  27. 'Tis The Season For Tax-Loss Harvesting

    With the end of the year upon investors are looking for ways to reduce their tax bill. One tactic that is often used is tax-loss ...
  28. Should You Borrow From Your Life Insurance?

    A loan against the cash value of your life insurance isn't the best way to raise money – but sometimes it's the best choice ...
  29. Life Insurance: How Long Does It Take To Get Paid?

    How to file for a life insurance payout – and how long it takes to receive it. Plus, new ways to plan for payments that provide ...
  30. Is An Online Financial Advisor Right For You?

    Is an online adviser right for you? As with most questions in financial planning, the answer is 'it depends.' Here are a ...
  31. The Best (And Worst) Countries To Be An Entrepreneur

    Where you start a business can influence its success. This new World Bank study will help you find the most – and least – ...
  32. Taking Smaller And More Manageable Resolutions

    Something you can do for your savings and investing resolutions this year is to rely on tools already available at your workplace ...
  33. Social Security: To Delay Or Not To Delay?

    Should you delay taking your Social Security benefits? As with most things in the financial planning world the answer is: ...
  34. Is An American College Education Still Worth It?

    The total cost of a university education continues to outpace inflation. For some degrees, that expense isn't likely to pay ...
  35. Do You Have An Investing Strategy?

    Get Rich Slowly found about the insights on investing from about 2,000 selected individuals by an online survey. Do they ...
  36. How Do Americans Keep Minimizing Their Net Worth?

    It can be great to live in the moment, but the actions and decisions you make now can greatly impact your sense of financial ...
  37. Why You Should Start Investing Early?

    You need to be patient, diligent and perseverant to be successful at investing, but more importantly, you need to start early. ...
  38. Strange Bedfellows Or Archrivals? Southwest vs Jet Blue

    Shareholders will continue to be drawn by Southwest’s and JetBlue’s proven business models.
  39. Looking to Open a Franchise? These Topped The List In 2014

    These franchise businesses stood out in 2014.
  40. How The Internet Web Ad Industry Works

    Over the past 10 years, advertising strategies have evolved as a result of technological development as the internet has ...
  41. The Top Places For Retiring in Italy

    You don't need to be a Gucci to afford to retire in Italy, but saving money means finding a less-traveled spot. Start by ...
  42. Find The Best Personal Finance Software

    Should you pay for personal finance software or get it free? The best program for you depends on your needs and how private ...
  43. Margin Investing: Big Risk, Big Reward

    Investing on margin can be profitable but it's a risky play that needs care.
  44. Tinder to Start Swiping for Cash?

    For two years, Tinder has been able to stay afloat without relying on any kind of revenue stream. Now, the free match-making ...
  45. CapitalOne Quicksilver Vs. Citi Double Cash

    One offers higher rewards; the other has good rewards and is better if you travel and more generous on cash advances. Choose ...
  46. 6 Characteristics Of Successful Apps

    Not every new company or product makes it, but many successful startups share the following characteristics.
  47. Tips For Managing A Cash Windfall

    Many of us fantasize about winning a big lottery jackpot. Let’s say that actually happened? What would you do with the money? ...
  48. Mint.com: Top Free Tools To Track Your Money

    This website offers free tools and helpful videos for those needing to keep good track of their finances
  49. Visiting Tokyo And New York: How Costs Compare

    What visitors to these two great (but expensive) tourist meccas can expect to pay for hotel, meals and seeing the sights. ...
  50. The Pros And Cons Of Hulu, Netflix, And Amazon Instant Video

    A full comparison of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant Video.
  51. Planning Ahead for 2015's Tax Law Changes

    Increased 401(k) limits can help savers put away more money for retirement in 2015—but some new restrictions are coming for ...
  52. 5 Things Debt Collectors Can't Do To You

    You may owe money, but you still have rights. There's a long list of things debt collectors are banned from doing to you. ...
  53. Top Stock Market Apps For News Or Trading Or Both!

    When it comes to managing finances and tracking the markets on the go, there are a number of excellent apps that can be downloaded ...
  54. Top Forex Trading Apps

    A brief overview of the top apps that help forex traders with on time information, charts and more.
  55. Will Pandora And Spotify Disrupt Music Royalties?

    As technology has evolved, the landscape of the music industry has changed from radio broadcasts to mp3 and now streaming ...
  56. Are Advisors Off Alternatives?

    With stocks surging, financial advisers and their wealthy clients are asking why they should continue to bother with poorly ...
  57. How To Beat Off A Zombie Debt Collector

    Sounds like a bad horror movie, but it really could happen to you. Here's how to identify zombie debt and send collectors ...
  58. Inside Secrets Of The Debt Collection Business

    Understanding how the debt collection business works will give you a better chance of coming out ahead if you ever have to ...
  59. Tips For Managing Inflation In Retirement

    Even though inflation currently seems tame, it's still the worst enemy of retirees. Here are some tips to reduce its impact.
  60. How Social Security Will Change In 2015

    The average retiree’s check will rise by 1.7% in 2015, the Social Security Administration says. And the ceiling on taxable ...
  61. How To Push Back Against A Debt Collector

    Debt collectors can be professional or nasty beyond belief. Here's how to fight back – and what your rights and obligations ...
  62. Putting Your Retirement Eggs in Several Baskets

    When trying to reduce the volatility of one's investments, it's good to diversify by varying one's portfolio assets or doing ...
  63. 5 Crucial Tips For Your Retirement Income Planning

    Here are strategies to ensure that your assets have staying power, and that your wealth-making years provide enough funds ...
  64. Know The Cost of Living Where You Plan To Retire

    When considering where to live after retiring, it's important to keep in mind the type of taxes that would have to be paid ...
  65. ShopRite: Supermarket Model for Modern Shoppers?

    ShopRite is a supermarket model that stands out amid the everyday, widespread, corporate-controlled supermarket chains. But ...
  66. Top Credit Card Options For International Students

    It's tough to get a credit card when you move to the U.S. with no Social Security number and no American credit history. ...
  67. Resume Strategies To Get That Finance Job

    What to include – and leave out – to create the kind of resume that will get you the interview that lands you the job.
  68. Ways To Cut 401(k) Expenses

    You might need to be vigilant and a bit creative to lower overall 401(k) expenses, but the payoff can be big. Here's a quick ...
  69. Guidance On Pairing Annuities, Target Date Funds

    The Treasury and the IRS have issued new guidance on pairing annuities with target date funds. Here's a look.
  70. Money-Saving Tax Breaks For College Grads

    Even if you graduate from college with a heavy debt load – especially if you do – use these tax benefits to ease your transition ...
  71. Tread Carefully With Retirement Plan Rollovers

    Compelled to rollover your retirement plan? Beware of bad advice, unsuitable options and 'toxic' tactics.
  72. Hotel Night Auctions Explained

    To undercut competitors in the online space, opaque pricing and auction nights have provided leaders in the hotel industry ...
  73. Before You Choose An FHA Mortgage: 7 Key Points

    FHA mortgages offer flexibility and low down payments, though they're often pricier than traditional loans backed by private ...
  74. Protect Your Nest Egg From A Bear Market

    The economy has its ups and downs. Investors who take a disciplined approach and diversify their portfolio are better prepared ...
  75. Choosing A Health Plan For Your Chronic Illness

    Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, you can no longer be denied health insurance for having a pre-existing or chronic medical ...
  76. Funds That Should Be On Every Investor’s Radar

    When most investors begin planning for a steady income stream in retirement, they tend to gravitate towards fixed-income ...
  77. Does That Dental Insurance Have Cavities?

    Four key factors to check out before you just sign up for dental insurance. The coverage could be really worth it – or not.
  78. Which Credit Cards Are Best After Bankruptcy?

    Building back credit after bankruptcy generally starts with getting a secured credit card. Here's how to identify the best ...
  79. Have You Considered A Mid-Life Career Change?

    The notion of retirement needs to be reinvented, because times have changed. The new model of living expectancy has changed ...
  80. How Much Do You Know About College Savings Plans?

    Despite the popularity of the tax-advantaged college-savings vehicle, certain aspects are still misunderstood. Check your ...
  81. How Good An Investment Is Life Insurance?

    Compared to other options, does it ever make sense to include cash-value life insurance in your investment portfolio? A look ...
  82. The Best Credit Cards For Holiday Shopping

    Some cards offer particularly good deals for holiday shoppers. Decision point: Do you need the best possible rewards or ...
  83. 7 Ways To Minimize Your 2014 Taxes By December 31

    The year's not quite over yet. See whether taking any of these steps would leave you owing less in 2014 taxes, come April.
  84. How To Find The Best (And Cheapest!) Deals On Travel

    A variety of tech companies such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and Travelmob, travelers provide a comparable alternative to ...
  85. New Options For Investors To Crowdfund The Next Billion Dollar Startup

    The phenomenal success of crowdfunding shows the public's support for startups and small business projects.
  86. How High Is A 'Good' Credit Score?

    How high a credit score do you need to get a home mortgage or buy a car? Read on for some actual numbers.
  87. Retiring In Europe? Check Out These Countries

    If retiring in Europe has always been your fantasy, you can make it a reality. Four countries that top the good-for-expats ...
  88. Top Credit Cards For Airline Miles

    Which companies offer the best credit cards for airline miles travel? Two resources to examine closely.
  89. Retire? Me? Smart Strategies For Business Owners

    Retiring successfully if you're a small business owner requires both an exit strategy and a good retirement plan. Here's ...
  90. Universal Design Improvements That Increase Your Home's Value

    Universal design improvements yield great returns for homeowners, either through increased future comfort, or broader market ...
  91. Review: The Walmart Credit Card

    A high-interest card with no annual fee and some good rewards, the Walmart Credit Card is worth a look, especially if you ...
  92. Time To Hire A Senior Move Manager?

    Watch for these signs that you or an elderly family member may need to downsize and move somewhere easier to manange. A senior ...
  93. A New Solution To Help Seniors Relocate

    As Americans age – and families try to cope – the new field of senior move managers helps seniors relocate to safer homes ...
  94. Do Credit Inquiries Hurt Your Credit Score?

    There are two types of credit inquiries, but only one can lower your credit score. Learn the difference and act accordingly.
  95. What Advisors Can Learn From Ultra-Wealthy Clients

    The demands of bellwether ultra-wealthy clients are changing; here's what to expect and how to adjust your practices.
  96. Required Minimum Distributions: A Reminder

    For many retirees with IRAs and other retirement plans, the end of the year means taking a minimum distribution. Here's what ...
  97. Online Portfolio Management, DIY or Fee-Based Financial Advisor: Which Is Right For ...

    Should you use an online financial planning service, or do professional, fee-based financial planners justify their higher ...
  98. CPA Exam tips

    Tips for the CPA exam - how to approach it, what to expect, and the time it takes to complete.
  99. Teachers: Get Schooled On Your Retirement Strategies

    If you're a teacher, you have unique circumstances when it comes to planning for a successful retirement. It's important ...
  100. Freelancers Don't Have To Retire Broke

    Many freelancers worry, with good reason, that their retirement prospects are financially insecure. Plan early and you can ...
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