Personal Finance Articles

  1. Get To Know Your Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The CFPB is there to protect you and hear your voice. You can help with the economic recovery by getting to know the bureau.
  2. Making A Larger Down Payment Vs. Buying a Cheaper House

    We look at the financial differences between purchasing a cheaper home and making a larger down payment on a more expensive home.
  3. 3 Ways To Save Money On Your Summer Vacation

    While the economic recovery remains tentative in the U.S., it is wise to find innovative ways of saving money when booking a vacation this summer.
  4. An Introduction To The FRM Designation

    Learn what steps need to be taken in order to obtain the Financial Risk Manager designation.
  5. Tuition Insurance Takes Sting Out Of Withdrawal

    Dropping out of school can mean forfeiting all your tuition. Find out what protection is available.
  6. Buying Private Health Insurance

    Getting your own policy isn't easy or cheap but in some cases, it's well worth the effort.
  7. 4 Habits That Damage Your Credit Score

    Many common money habits can affect your credit score negatively without you even knowing it.
  8. How To Survive Bankruptcy

    Bankruptcy is not the end of the world. You can survive it and come out on the other side more financially solid.
  9. Selecting The Right Mix Of Insurance Benefits

    Choosing employee benefits involves weighing the probability you will need them against taxes and cost.
  10. Key Strategies To Avoid Negative Bond Returns

    It is difficult to make money in bonds in a rising rate environment, but there are ways to avoid losses.
  11. Can The IRS Restrict Your Travels?

    The U.S. Senate recently allowed a measure for the IRS to revoke your passport. Here's what you need to know.
  12. Top Discounts For Seniors

    Here is a rundown of some of the best senior discounts across the country.
  13. The Defined-Contribution Plan: A Flawed Concept

    After a career marked by loyalty to the firm, the promised pension plan benefits aren't materializing for many plan participants.
  14. What You Don't Know About Auto Insurance May Cost You

    Here's a list of interesting things you may not know about auto insurance.
  15. 5 Services To Usher In New Clients

    Discover ways in which advisors are increasingly choosing to promote their businesses.
  16. How To Target Ideal Customers

    Expand your definition of a lucrative client and uncover a new realm of possibilities.
  17. Unclaimed Property: Forgotten Money Found

    The government holds billions of dollars of unclaimed property just waiting for citizens to claim it.
  18. America's Most Outrageous Tax Loopholes

    From rent-a-cow tax breaks to NASCAR write-offs, check out some of America's silliest tax loopholes.
  19. 10 Stressful Jobs With Low Pay

    If you're doing one of these jobs, it's probably for reasons other than the pay, whether it's helping people, your country or your community.
  20. Investing In Health Insurance Companies

    Health insurance companies work a little differently than most companies. Here's what you need to know as an investor.
  21. 4 Groups That Win If Obamacare Is Repealed

    Here are a few vocal activists who feel the end of Obamacare will be a great boon to their cause.
  22. How To Find The Right Prepaid Debit Card

    Prepaid debit cards are becoming increasingly popular. Here are some tips for choosing the right prepaid debit card.
  23. How Inflation Has Affected The Price Of Cars

    As time has passed, have car prices gotten reasonably more expensive or gone above inflation?
  24. The Basics Of Travel Insurance

    Before going on your trip, find out what kind of insurance coverage you will need.
  25. The Most Common Types Of Consumer Fraud

    You’re less likely to become a victim of consumer fraud if you know about these common scams and how to avoid them.
  26. Sizing Up Debt

    Ever wonder if the different types of debt are good or bad? Read on and we'll tell you.
  27. What Samsung's Success Means For Apple

    Apple has been at the top of its game, but it looks like a rival might be closing the gap.
  28. The Importance Of Property Insurance

    Property insurance is important, but there's a lot you need to learn in order to get the proper coverage.
  29. Building An All-ETF Portfolio

    Balance is the key when selecting an all-ETF portfolio that will hedge against market volatility.
  30. 3 Ways Companies Profit From Virtual Goods

    A report released in late 2011 predicts that the market for virtual goods will reach $2.9 billion this year.
  31. The Spending Habits Of Americans

    Here is an economic portrait of the average American consumer, based on recent spending habits.
  32. How Large Corporations Get Around Paying Taxes

    With the high tax rate of 35% imposed on large corporations in America, these companies still end up paying way below this rate.
  33. 3 Reasons Why Piracy Isn't Crippling the Recording Industry

    Here's a rundown of new revenue streams and financial decisions that are allowing the music industry to stay afloat.
  34. Purchases You Should Always Make With A Credit Card

    Credit cards aren't always bad possessions to have. There are certain perks associated with using credit cards as we make routine or irregular purchases.
  35. Why The Complex U.S. Tax Code Won't Be Simplified

    The tax code is 5296 pages long, and it still hasn't been abridged by Congress. Find out why.
  36. Bundle Your Insurance For Big Savings

    Bundling your insurance can save you money and time. Read on to see how get the most out of multiline insurance discounts.
  37. 10 Legal Business Practices Of Dubious Ethics

    Being aware of these unscrupulous methods can help you avoid them as best you can.
  38. 3 Popular Mother's Day Gift Ideas

    Here are some Mother's Day gift ideas based on current spending trends in the U.S.
  39. 6 Ways To Keep Aggressive Debt Collectors At Bay

    Get an upper hand on debt collectors by knowing your rights and using these tips.
  40. Do Deflationary Shocks Help Or Hurt The Economy?

    Find out how deflationary shocks can both benefit and hurt consumers and businesses.
  41. 3 Bonds You May Have Never Heard Of

    These lesser-known bonds may give your portfolio a boost when other investments products fall short.
  42. Dissecting Leveraged ETF Returns

    These funds are a relatively new product to most investors, but they could be what you need for increased returns.
  43. 4 Ways Managers Spin Poor Performance

    Be aware of investment managers who put a positive spin on poor results.
  44. 7 Reasons Wendy's Surpassed Burger King

    The battle of the burger giants has recently taken a turn after nearly 40 years. Find out why.
  45. 5 Essential Steps To Evaluating Your Business Idea

    These are some of the tough questions you should be asking yourself before you start pouring money into your new business.
  46. Are Work-From-Home Jobs Legitimate?

    Many people see work from homes jobs as scams, but are they? Here's what you should look for.
  47. Are Hybrid Vehicles Worth The Extra Cost?

    Hybrids will save you money on gas, but with their list prices being much higher than non-hybrids, you may want to do the math before signing.
  48. The Everyday Lives Of Frugal Billionaires

    Many of the world's richest people manage their money sensibly. Here is a list of billionaires who spend wisely.
  49. Industries That Benefit From Broke College Students

    These types of businesses have found success by capitalizing on the college demographic.
  50. The Biggest College Scams Of All Time

    Some of the worst scams ever were either committed by college students or involved a post-secondary institution being duped.
  51. How To Make Money With Domain Names

    With the Internet getting bigger every day, domain names have now become a commodity, and for investors who are willing to take on the risks, they have great potential.
  52. Reporting Your Interest Income

    Find out how your accounts are taxed and which forms you need.
  53. Sell Your Skills, Not Your Degree

    If you want to switch careers, you may not have to go back to school to do it.
  54. 7 Low Cost Spring Cleaning Jobs

    Spending a little time and money to maintain your home today could save you a lot of time and money in the future.
  55. Have Housing Prices Bottomed Out?

    Here are some of the key figures on the current housing market and how you might interpret them.
  56. Celebrity Couples Where The Woman Earns More

    Even in Hollywood there are some cases where the female is the main provider of income.
  57. Scary Statistics About Retirement For Women

    Here are some recent figures that highlight how women are preparing for retirement.
  58. 4 Common Sales Techniques People Fall For

    Sometimes our purchases as consumers are unknowingly manipulated by sales representatives in cunning and psychological ways.
  59. Lose 10 Pounds Of Overspending

    Bad spending habits are not always obvious. What could you be doing to ensure that your money's going where it should?
  60. International Financial Reporting Standards: What You Need To Know

    Learn about the purpose of the IFRS, as well as its benefits, goals and fundamental difference from the U.S. GAAP.
  61. What To Do If You Filed Your Taxes Late

    What happens if you missed this year's April 17 deadline?
  62. Are Financial Advisors Losing Your Money?

    Studies have shown financial advisors may not be behaving ethically with your money. Here are some things you should watch out for.
  63. How To Tell If You're Cheap Or Frugal

    Here are a few distinct character differences between those who understand value and those who don't.
  64. Teaching Kids About Financial Literacy

    Financial literacy is an important subject to teach kids. It is now being taught in some schools.
  65. Franchises That Have Tweens To Thank For Financial Success

    With the tween market spending an estimated $43 billion per annum, we look at the global franchises which have taken advantage of this demographic.
  66. 11 Hidden Costs Of Owning A Home

    The cost of buying a home extends beyond the down payment, closing costs and your mortgage. Watch out for these costs.
  67. Tips To Help You Avoid Being Audited

    Since 2009, the number of annual audits has increased by 12%. Find out how to decrease your chances of being audited.
  68. Is Your Insurance Company Going Belly Up?

    When insurance companies go bankrupt or face financial difficulty, it's bad news for policy holders.
  69. 6 Steps To Becoming A Real Estate Agent

    Take these steps seriously, and you'll have your first "sold" sign up with your savings account still intact.
  70. Alternatives To The Cold Call

    Want to build your business as a financial professional? We provide some choice advice.
  71. An Introduction To Sector ETFs

    Find out how these specialized ETFs can give your portfolio the punch it needs.
  72. Should Your 401(k) Be In An Annuity?

    Housing your retirement plan inside a variable annuity contract offers some big advantages, but only if you are close to retirement.
  73. 5 Ways To Save On Parking

    Parking can be expensive, but options like carpools and economy lots can add up to big savings.
  74. Financial Information Your Spouse Should Know

    Your family needs to be prepared if something happens to you, which is why sharing financial information is important.
  75. Is Your High-Profile Job Worth The Price?

    Certain careers can be prestigious and lucrative, but there are always costs. Find out if they're worth it.
  76. 5 Ways To Stunt A Child's Financial Growth

    Personal finance is not covered in schools, so it's up to parents to teach kids how to manage money.
  77. 5 Reasons To Use A Real Estate Agent In A Down Market

    Home sales continue to struggle. Now more than ever, you need a good agent to help you sell your home. Here's why.
  78. How To Plan An Affordable Summer Wedding

    With summer just around the corner, we look at how couples looking to tie the knot can make significant savings during the season.
  79. Can Your Age Lower Your Credit Score?

    Here is a rundown of how age can relate to what your credit score is.
  80. 4 Behaviors That Sabotage Your Investment Goals

    If you can't figure out why you're not achieving the returns you want, these behaviors might explain why.
  81. Last Will And Testament: Not Just For The Elderly

    It's never too early to plan your last will and testament. Find out what steps need to be taken.
  82. 3 Ways To Lower Gas Prices

    Gasoline is expensive. From increasing overall supply to lowering demand, there are a few ways gas prices could drop.
  83. How To Eat Healthy Food And Save Money

    With the organic food market continuing to thrive, we look at ways in which the modern consumer can cut his or her costs while still eating healthy food.
  84. Save On College Budget Busters

    Post-secondary education is expensive, but these tips can help reduce your costs - and the amount of money you have to borrow.
  85. What You Should Know About Rewards Devaluation

    Think you have enough rewards points for that summer vacation? You better think twice about that.
  86. 4 Companies That Facebook Should Buy

    Facebook will start looking to acquire startups that can help in its ongoing expansion.
  87. 7 Ways To Save Money In College

    Picking the right phone plan and using student discounts are just some of the ways to reduce mounting student debt.
  88. Is There A Future For Best Buy?

    Best Buy's days may be numbered, according to Wall Street insiders. Find out why.
  89. Do The Rich Work Less As Taxes Rise?

    We look at how high taxes might provide incentive for people to work less.
  90. 3 Ways To Avoid The Dividend Tax Hike

    Find out how you can offset the potential tax hikes.
  91. How To Get Frequent Flyer Rewards If You Don't Fly Often

    There are many ways to rack up frequent flyer miles even if you don't fly often. Here are some tips to do so.
  92. Financial Benefits Of Moving In Together

    Here is a list of financial positives you may see if you move in with your significant other.
  93. Your Kid's College Loan: Who Should Foot The Bill?

    Discover the federal student loan options for both parents and students.
  94. An Introduction To Life Settlements

    A life settlement is the trading of a life insurance policy under specific circumstances. Learn what it's all about.
  95. Bank Account Tips For Young People

    If you’re just getting started with managing your own bank account, these tips will show you how to do it right.
  96. 3 Top-Performing Nonprofits

    With the third sector set to evolve significantly in 2012, this article looks at the top-performing nonprofits and their methods of encouraging donations.
  97. When Selling Your Startup Makes Sense

    It's best to grow your startup into a mature company prior to selling it.
  98. Advance Your Career With A Finance Job Overseas

    Many finance jobs have moved overseas, creating exciting opportunities. Find out how to get in on the trend.
  99. The Advantages Of Bond Swapping

    This technique can add diversity to your portfolio and lower your taxes. Find out how.
  100. Top 6 Mortgage Mistakes

    These common errors could end in foreclosure.
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