Personal Finance Articles

  1. 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 ...
  2. Get Sale Prices On Healthcare With Discount Plans

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

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

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  5. The Causes And Effects Of Credit Shocks

    These shocks cycle through history. Find out what you need to know to avoid the alarm bells.
  6. Tips For The Prospective Landlord

    Investing in rental property can generate serious income, but there's more to it than collecting rent.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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.
  10. Time To Rethink Your Post-Work Needs

    Don't rely on popular wisdom. Get the facts and plan for a comfortable future.
  11. 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. ...
  12. Combating Retirement's Silent Killer: Inflation

    Inflation can devour a once secure nest egg. Learn how to protect yours.
  13. 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 ...
  14. How To Improve Your Leadership Skills

    Being a leader can help you in your career. Here are some tips for improving your leadership skills.
  15. Drawbacks Of Travel Reward Programs

    These nearly universal loyalty programs can have handy perks, but they're not a free ride.
  16. Trying On Potential Employers

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

    Don't let corporations greenwash their dirty laundry. Learn how to spot a phony.
  18. Watch Out For Changes In Credit Card Agreements

    If a credit card company changes its terms, you could pay a steep price. Find out how to stay informed.
  19. Introduction To The CAIA Designation

    Are you preparing for a CAIA designation? Don't worry, we'll give you a bit of insight.
  20. How To Dispute A Credit Card Charge

    Follow these steps if you've been ripped off or spot an error on your bill.
  21. 5 Skills That Traders Need

    There are many routes to becoming a professional trader, but these five skills will help you get there.
  22. FICO Or FAKO? The Limitations of Free Credit Scores

    There's something you should know about the scores you get from free credit scoring services: They usually are not the same ...
  23. Trader vs Investment Banker: Which Job Is Best For You?

    Thinking of a career as an investment banker or a trader? Then you'd better know the difference!
  24. Top Websites For Checking Your Credit Scores

    You've probably seen spammy ads offering the opportunity to check your credit score for "free." Well, not all credit score ...
  25. How To Create A Business Succession Plan

    Make sure the business you built continues to thrive long after you've left the helm.
  26. The Top 5 Skills An Investment Banker Needs

    What are the top skills investment bankers need to have? Are i-bankers born or made?
  27. 529 Risks to Take (Or Not)

    Six risks to take into consideration when you're managing the 529 plan that lets you put away tax-advantaged money to help ...
  28. How To Get A Good Deal On A Used Car

    Why are prices quoted by dealers and private sellers so disparate? Read on to find out how to use that info to your benefit ...
  29. Distribution Rules For Inherited Retirement Plan Assets

    If you've recently inherited a retirement plan, you must get to know the rules for distributing the funds.
  30. What To Do When You're Left Out Of A Will

    Discover the legal steps you can take if you are left out of a will and if fighting is worth the effort.
  31. IRA Assets And Alternative Investments

    Interested in non-traditional investing? Make sure you follow the rules to avoid prohibited transactions.
  32. Raising Grandchildren A Financial Feat

    Becoming a full-time caregiver again presents many challenges - including making ends meet.
  33. How to Use Yahoo! Finance

    Yahoo! Finance provides an extremely competent and comprehensive offering for the everyday investor wanting to track a portfolio ...
  34. 6 Signs You're Ready to Retire Early

    If you can answer "yes" to these six questions, you may be ready to retire early.
  35. Should You Roll Over Your 401(k)?

    Before moving your retirement funds into another account, consider your options.
  36. 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. ...
  37. 3 Reasons To Use An Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plan

    If you aren't participating in your employer-sponsored retirement plan, you're missing out! Learn the benefits.
  38. 5 Ways To Fund Your Retirement

    Generating income without going to work tends to be a murky concept. Find out how it works.
  39. How To Find A Credit Counselor

    Paycheck to paycheck is no way to live. Learn how to find the help you need.
  40. Identity Theft: How To Avoid It

    Don't be a victim of this disturbing crime. Get insight into how perpetrators commit this form of fraud.
  41. Are Return-Of-Premium Riders Worth It?

    Find out if this policy coverage will add money to your pocket, or cost you in the long run.
  42. LTC Annuities: 2 Safety Nets In 1

    Pairing insurance and an annuity sounds good, but do you really need this much coverage?
  43. Can I Get Life Insurance?

    Find out what you can do to get the coverage you need for the right price.
  44. New Home Repair Troubleshooting

    Think a new home means no repairs? Think again. Learn about common repair and maintenance items and how to cut your costs. ...
  45. 5 Disastrous Financial Moves We Can't Seem To Avoid

    These money errors are all too common. Make sure you know how to avoid them.
  46. 4 History-Making Wall Street Crooks

    Find out how these Wall Street high-rollers landed themselves in hot water.
  47. Hidden Costs Of Product Rebates

    These cash incentives lure in consumers, who are often unable to collect on the deal.
  48. Pharmaceutical Sector: Does The FDA Help Or Harm?

    We look at how the FDA affects the pharmaceutical industry, and how investors can avoid the pitfalls.
  49. Getting A Grip On The Cost Of Gas

    Feeling overwhelmed by rising oil prices? We offer some tips that will save you money.
  50. Cost-Push Inflation Versus Demand-Pull Inflation

    Gain a deeper understanding of aggregate supply and demand, forces which raise the price of goods and services.
  51. Introduction To Financial Planning Organizations

    Organizations such as the FPA and NAPFA are striving to provide higher standards for the financial planning profession and ...
  52. Analyzing A Bank's Financial Statements

    A careful review of a bank's financial statements can help you identify key factors in a potential investment.
  53. New Credit Scoring Forgives Small Debt

    FICO 08 means that certain types of old debt won't affect your credit score, but it's not all good news.
  54. Top Companies That Manage 529 Plans

    Planning to open a 529 plan? Check out our roundup of top-rated providers and what makes them special. Then see what works ...
  55. Who Benefits From Retirement Annuities

    Annuities guarantee some degree of fixed income in retirement. But is the security worth the fees and less favorable tax ...
  56. Reverse Mortgage Pros And Cons

    It's a way to use your home equity for help when you're older. But does it make sense for your family? Here's how to tell ...
  57. Where to Find Affordable Health Insurance

    The cost of medical services can hit the wallet hard: there are 1.7 million personal bankruptcies every year due to inability ...
  58. Benefits Of A SIMPLE IRA

    If you're at a small company, you may be offered a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan. Contribution limits are lower, but vesting ...
  59. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Boon Or Boom?

    These two companies are crucial to the mortgage market, but are they ticking timebombs?
  60. Will You Break Even On Your Home?

    Calculate how much your property will need to appreciate to cover the costs of owning it.
  61. The Basics Of Travel Insurance

    Before going on your trip, find out what kind of insurance coverage you will need.
  62. 5 Investment Risks Created By Global Warming

    Climate-change deniers and believers alike would be wise to prepare for the worst.
  63. How An Insurance Company Determines Your Premiums

    Find out how insurers use credit history to build an insurance score and how it could affect your bottom line.
  64. How To Efficiently Read An Annual Report

    Learn how to read between the lines and decipher the actual condition of a company.
  65. Pages From The Bad CEO Playbook

    Excess compensation, golden parachutes, tunneling and IPO spinning make these bad executives even worse.
  66. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  67. Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Many people try to avoid this process altogether, making things difficult for heirs.
  68. Retirement: The One Thing Couples Shouldn't Do Together

    Staggering retirement can have both financial and emotional benefits for married couples.
  69. Eight Financial Safeguards If Disaster Strikes

    In an emergency like a fire, hurricane, flood, tornado or earthquake, you may not be able to protect your home. But you can ...
  70. Stop Keeping Up With The Joneses - They're Broke

    Conspicuous consumption could be robbing you of future wealth.
  71. Free Financial Counseling Programs For Students

    Learning to manage your money is no easy task, but there are plenty of resources designed especially to help.
  72. 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.
  73. College Dorms: Good Value Or Ripoff?

    Living on campus can have many benefits, but they often come at a price.
  74. 5 Biggest Challenges Facing Your Small Business

    Thinking about starting your own business? Read this article to get a leg up on what you could face.
  75. Adam Smith And "The Wealth Of Nations"

    Adam Smith's 1776 classic may have had the largest global impact on economic thought.
  76. Target Prices: The Key To Sound Investing

    Learn how to evaluate the legitimacy of target prices and why investors should trust these over ratings.
  77. Top 6 Mindless Money Wasters

    If you'd like to save more money, first you'll need to conquer the first step: coming up with the cash.
  78. Substantially Equal Periodic Payment (SEPP): Learn The Rules

    Taxpayers often make costly mistakes with SEPP programs because there is little guidance on what can be done in certain situations. ...
  79. The 5% Solution To Financial Freedom

    How can you save the recommended 10% of your income? We'll show you how to get there.
  80. 3 Common Excuses For Not Contributing To A Retirement Plan

    If you're not participating in your employer-sponsored retirement plan, there may be some easy solutions.
  81. Conduct A Financial Intervention

    Find out what you can do to help someone who is finanically out of control.
  82. Marriage, Divorce And The Dotted Line

    Does signing a prenuptial agreement put your marriage on shaky ground, or is it just smart planning?
  83. Refinancing Your Mortgage Isn’t Always Worth It

    The housing industry has experienced its share of ups and downs over the last few years, but one bright spot has been affordable ...
  84. Purchasing A Short-Sale Property

    If you are looking for a good deal and have time to wait, a short-sale house may be for you.
  85. Bank Advisor Blunders And How To Avoid Them

    Unfortunately, this business tends to focus on sales rather than customer service.
  86. Boom or Bust? The End of China's One-Child Policy

    China's easing of its one-child policy has demographers speculating whether it'll lead to a baby boom. Here's why it might ...
  87. This Company Is As Unavoidable As It Is Unloved

    It used to be that just two things in life were unavoidable: death and taxes. But with its purchase of rival Time Warner ...
  88. Infrastructure Could Be An Investment Opportunity

    Have you ever driven up I-95 on a weekend? Taken a train to JFK airport? You can’t do the last one, because it doesn’t. Infrastructure ...
  89. 7 Biggest Financial Fears and How to Overcome Them

    Financial fears keep most of us up at night. Money determines our comfort in life, and the financial system is such that ...
  90. The Enemy of Retirement Security: Procrastination

    I signed up for a program called "Connections" through my college to bring a group of the college's current juniors and seniors ...
  91. What Drives Investment Banker Salaries

    Do investment bankers make too much money? Are their salaries completely arbitrary or is there some logic behind it?
  92. Delaying Social Security Can Add Up

    The age you start collecting Social Security benefits significantly affects how much you will get each month. Do the math ...
  93. Expanding Your Small Business With An SBA Loan

    Should you look to the Small Business Administration for a loan for your company? The pros and cons of going the SBA route, ...
  94. Essential Tips For Buying A HUD Home

    Buying a HUD home from the government requires some studying and planning, but the reward can be huge. Here are some essential ...
  95. Insurance: Avoiding The Modified Endowment Contract Trap

    Congress has placed limits on the amount of money that can be put into life insurance policies - what can you do to counteract ...
  96. Using Life Insurance To Make Charitable Donations

    Your life insurance policy can be a great tool for charitable giving. Find out how.
  97. Identifying And Managing Business Risks

    There are a lot of risks associated with running a business, but there are an equal number of ways to prepare for and manage ...
  98. 12 Car Insurance Cost-Cutters

    If car costs are dragging you down, find out how to free yourself from some of the extra weight.
  99. 5 Retirement Planning Rules For Recent Graduates

    The future may seem far off, but now is the time to plan for it.
  100. Top 5 Critical Retirement Plan Mistakes To Avoid

    These five common retirement mistakes can get you into financial trouble at a point when you most need stability.
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