Personal Finance Articles

  1. 10 Austin-based Startups That Emerged This Century

    Understand why Austin, Texas has become one of the premier places for a startup to launch its operations. Learn about the ...
  2. How to Analyze the Stocks Held in Your 401(k)

    Read about how you can evaluate the stocks in your 401(k), whether within a fund or in a self-directed brokerage account ...
  3. Miami, Florida: The 5 Best Retirement Communities

    Learn about some of the best retirement communities in Miami featuring some of the most luxurious facilities in the United ...
  4. 5 Best iPhone Finance Apps for 2016

    Discover the best and latest iPhone apps available in the personal finance category for 2016, offering everything from basic ...
  5. Is Johnson & Johnson Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (JNJ)

    Learn about Johnson & Johnson's viability as a long-term investment for retirement. Find out if JNJ stock is more suitable ...
  6. 3 Top Luxury Retirement Communities Near San Diego, California

    Discover why California is a popular destination for retirees, and learn more about three of the most luxurious retirement ...
  7. Why Tech Startups are Taking Sweden by Storm

    Investors searching for the ideal place to funnel their venture capital might be surprised to find that Sweden is home to ...
  8. Human Advisors vs. Robo-Advisors: Which is Better?

    When it comes to money management, there isn't a lack of choices. Here's a comparison of services from traditional advisors ...
  9. QLACs Set to Gain Traction in 401(k)s

    New on the retirement income protection scene, QLACs are expected to gain traction among retirement plans.
  10. 5 Conservative Vanguard Equity Funds

    Find out which five conservative Vanguard funds have been the best at limiting downside risk while generating solid long-term ...
  11. Consumer Cyclical Stocks: Are These 2016's Best?

    Finding stock winners in 2016 isn't going to be easy, especially consumer cyclical stocks. But these stocks might buck the ...
  12. Controller: Career Path & Qualifications

    Find out what it takes to become a financial controller, starting with undergraduate educational requirements and moving ...
  13. Asheville, North Carolina's 5 Best Retirement Communities

    Learn about some of Asheville, North Carolina's best retirement communities and discover why the area is such a popular retirement ...
  14. Social Security 'Start, Stop, Start' Explained

    The start, stop, start Social Security strategy is complicated. Here's what retirees considering it need to consider.
  15. Houston, Texas: The 5 Best Retirement Communities

    Learn why the Houston, Texas area is one of the most popular retirement destinations, and discover five of the top retirement ...
  16. Budgeting Tips: Living in Malaysia on $1,000 a Month

    Learn more about how far a $1,000 monthly budget stretches in Malaysia, a beautiful and inviting tropical paradise in the ...
  17. Hartford Financial Services: An Activist Investment Analysis (HIG)

    Read about the famous and profitable 2012 clash between activist hedge fund manager John Paulson and Hartford Financial Services ...
  18. Is FireEye Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (FEYE)

    Understand why FireEye stock is not a suitable investment for your traditional IRA or Roth IRA based on the company's current ...
  19. Avoid the Social Security Tax Trap

    Government benefits can cost you big money! Know the income thresholds before you file.
  20. Economics of Owning a Bar

    Understand what costs go into starting and running a bar, as well as what earnings can be expected. Learn whether or not ...
  21. 3 Popular Financials Stocks in 2015 (WFC, COF)

    Find out about some of the popular financials stocks in 2015, why they have become popular and whether they will remain popular ...
  22. Understanding How Oil Companies Pay Taxes

    Read about how big oil corporations pay taxes, and learn about tax exemptions and the option to defer. Discover the argument ...
  23. Top Tips for Maximizing Social Security

    Between delaying filing, claiming strategies and taking advantage of special marital benefits, there are several ways to ...
  24. Is Southwest Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (LUV)

    Learn about Southwest's outlook, valuation and suitability for retirement investments. Find out if LUV is a better fit for ...
  25. Best 3 Mortgage Calculator Websites for Canadian Residents

    Understand the key features of Canadian mortgages, and discover a few of the best online mortgage calculators for Canadian ...
  26. Maryland's 3 Most Affordable Retirement Communities

    Learn about some of the most affordable retirement communities in Maryland and why the state is attractive to many active ...
  27. Virginia's 3 Most Affordable Retirement Communities

    Discover why Virginia is a popular destination for retirees and learn more about some of the most affordable retirement communities ...
  28. Zoning Laws for Home Based Businesses

    Understand what types of home-based businesses are allowed and what types of businesses aren't allowed. Learn what to do ...
  29. The 3 Best Retirement Calculators For 2016

    Find out the top three online retirement calculators to use in 2016 for determining how much you need to save to provide ...
  30. Business Vs. Consumer Credit Reports: What's the Difference?

    Find out the difference between a business credit report and a personal credit report, and why it should matter for business ...
  31. Deferred Compensation Plans for Small Business Owners

    Find out the best tax-qualified options business owners can use to defer their compensation and accumulate capital for their ...
  32. Privateer Holdings Revolutionizes the Cannabis Industry

    Watch Privateer Holdings succeed by bringing more respectability to the legalized medical and recreational marijuana and ...
  33. Microsoft: An Activist Investment Analysis (MSFT)

    Find out how hedge fund ValueAct Capital managed to turn a 0.8% position in Microsoft stock into a CEO change, a place on ...
  34. 4 Famous People Whose Finances Were Under Conservatorship

    Understand what conservatorship is and how it comes about during the legal process. Learn about four celebrities who were ...
  35. Bank of New York Mellon: An Activist Investment Analysis (BK)

    Read about one of 2015's most intriguing corporate battles: the activist feud between Bank of New York Mellon shareholders ...
  36. Apple's 3 Key Financial Ratios (AAPL)

    Find out that even for Apple, not every financial ratio reveals all things positive, and how a particular ratio may point ...
  37. Is Passive Investing Effective for Retirement Savings?

    Learn about the differences between active and passive investing for those approaching retirement. Discover how passive investing ...
  38. Is It Safe to Shoot For Higher Yields When You're Retired?

    Find out how reaching for yield in retirement can create more risk than returns and the alternative for boosting retirement ...
  39. Compliance Officer: Career Path & Qualifications

    Read about what it takes to become a compliance officer, why the field is so diverse and why the government might be the ...
  40. The Top 3 Women-Owned Businesses in Dallas

    Read about three of the top companies in Dallas owned and operated by women, and learn how these firms are succeeding in ...
  41. When Does It Make Sense to Buy an Annuity?

    Annuities are not always appropriate for every situation. Here is when it makes sense to purchase them.
  42. How to Fund a Start-Up with 401(k) Assets

    A growing number of people have decided that retirement is a great time to start a business. Here are the pros and cons of ...
  43. Keep Calm and Carry on: The Investopedia State of the Union

    Investopedia readers are well educated market participants who seek to become sophisticated investors. By collecting data ...
  44. Is United Continental Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (UAL)

    Learn about United Continental stock's suitability for retirement investments, and find out if UAL is better for traditional ...
  45. The Top 5 Women-Owned Businesses in Atlanta

    Find out about five of the top women-owned businesses in Atlanta, which include companies in the manufacturing and construction ...
  46. Government Grants for Women-Owned Businesses

    Explore options for financial grants as a female business owner, and discover helpful resources for alternate ways of funding ...
  47. Is Invensense Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (INVN)

    Understand why InvenSense stock is reasonably suitable for a traditional IRA but, due to its upside potential, a much better ...
  48. Is Bank of America Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (BAC)

    Learn why Bank of America's established track record and long-term stability make it more suitable for a traditional IRA ...
  49. Palm Bay, Florida: The 5 Best Retirement Communities

    The Palm Bay area of Florida is a popular destination for retirees. Find out about some of the most popular retirement communities ...
  50. 4 Problems With Costco's Business Model (COST)

    Read about some of the problems with Costco's business model. While the company has been successful, there are still several ...
  51. LLC Vs. Incorporation (Inc.): Which Should I Choose?

    Learn about the advantages of forming an LLC over a corporation, including ease of administration. Read about the advantages ...
  52. S Corp. Vs. LLC: Which Should I Choose?

    Understand the major distinctions between an S corporation and an LLC, and the important factors to consider when choosing ...
  53. The Top 3 Women-Owned Businesses in Seattle

    Read about several of the top companies in Seattle owned by women, and learn more about what sets these companies apart from ...
  54. Best 3 Mortgage Calculator Websites without PMI

    Discover the three best mortgage calculator websites online that do not require you to factor private mortgage insurance ...
  55. The Top 3 Women-Owned Businesses in Austin, Texas

    Read about several of the most successful women-owned businesses headquartered in Austin, and learn more about how these ...
  56. Advisors: Avoid Making This Mistake with Clients

    Financial advisors who focus only on wealthy clients may be missing out on a significant portion of business. Here's why.
  57. Disability and Retirement: How to Be Prepared

    Here's how financial advisors can help clients with disabilities arrive at the best solution over the long term when it comes ...
  58. How Much Rent Can You Afford on a $100K Salary?

    You know your salary, but how much should you be spending on rent? Here's how to figure it out.
  59. Bank of America's 3 Key Financial Ratios (BAC)

    Discover some of the key financial ratios that show the quality of Bank of America's loan portfolio and how profitable the ...
  60. The Top 5 Women-Owned Businesses in Portland

    Read about five of the top Portland-based companies owned by women, and learn how these successful firms are excelling in ...
  61. How Will Raising Taxes on the 1% Make a Difference?

    What would happen if taxes were raised (even by a small degree) on the highest earners?
  62. Internal Auditor: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn about what the job of internal auditor entails, as well as the median salary, education and certifications required ...
  63. The Best "Buy to Let" Mortgage Calculator Websites

    Understand the features of a buy-to-let mortgage in the United Kingdom, and discover some of the best buy-to-let mortgage ...
  64. The Best and Worst States for Retirees in 2016

    Retirees have limited income, and important health care needs, so they need to know the states that provide the best financial ...
  65. How Does the Volkswagen Scandal Affect GM? (GM, VOW.DE)

    Monitor the reaction of Chinese consumers to the Volkswagen emissions scandal. It could significantly boost the market share ...
  66. Wells Fargo's 3 Key Financial Ratios (WFC)

    Look at some of most important financial ratios for with Wells Fargo & Co. and understand why they are so important for analyzing ...
  67. Delaying Taking Social Security: What to Consider

    Ready to cash in on your retirement? Here's how waiting to take social security can save you money in taxes and other ways, ...
  68. Making Your Own Comprehensive Retirement Plan

    Your retirement plan should include much more than how much you will save and how much you need. It must take into account ...
  69. Internal Advisor Consultant: Career Path & Qualifications

    Discover more about the responsibilities of an internal advisor consultant, the average salary he can expect and the qualifications ...
  70. Just Hired? How to Navigate Your New Job Benefits

    Being new at a workplace is nerve-wracking enough. Here's what to do first after you've been hired to better navigate complicated ...
  71. This is How to Maximize Your Retirement Accounts

    As you age and your financial situation changes, what options do you have to maximize your retirement accounts? Make sure ...
  72. Revenue Analyst: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn what a revenue analyst does and what skills are needed to succeed in the position. Determine the education and experience ...
  73. Take Advantage of Small Business Grants for Women

    Discover five grant options that specifically target women-owned businesses, and learn how each of these grants can be of ...
  74. 3 Ways to Get Comfortable with Investing This Year

    This New Year begins, turn a fresh page on your relationship with investing and make a pledge to do a few things that will ...
  75. Target Corp. (TGT): 2015 Recap

    A recap of the highs and lows of Target in 2015
  76. Declining Venture Capital Offset by Digital Economy

    While the amount of venture capital may be on the decline this new trend certainly does not seem to present a problem for ...
  77. Investing in High-Yield Corporate Bond Funds

    High-yield corporate bond funds provide an interesting investment option, particularly for private investors chasing returns ...
  78. The Economics of Owning a Coffee Shop

    Understand the economics of owning and running a coffee shop. Learn the basics of taking into account fixed, variable, and ...
  79. Pitfalls of Medicare Advantage Plans

    A Medicare Advantage plan may help you lower health costs not covered by Medicare. But there are definite tradeoffs, compared ...
  80. 3 Reasons To Be Flexible When Investing For Retirement

    Retirement investing can't be something you set and forget. If you aren't flexible, you could end up with a savings shortfall, ...
  81. Make Employees Happier with This Simple Tip

    Offering socially responsible options is a good way to increase employees' sense of satisfaction, which can lead to improved ...
  82. Why Long Term Care Isn’t a Client Priority

    Long term care is a difficult subject to broach with clients, but advisors need to do it. Here are some tips on how to tackle ...
  83. 4 Ways that the Presidential Election Will Affect Your Portfolio

    Healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy and defense stocks could be impacted, as presidential campaign statements translate into ...
  84. Launching a Twitter Ad Campaign for Your Small Business

    Learn how to launch a Twitter ad campaign for your small business, and discover the best practices for optimizing your Twitter ...
  85. Successful Entrepreneurs on the Worst Advice They've Received

    Here is some of the worst business advice that top entrepreneurs have received.
  86. Making Spousal IRA Contributions

    Eligibility requirements, contribution limits and tax deductions all change with one little ring.
  87. Tax-Saving Advice for IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  88. These IRA Contributions Will Cut Your 2015 Taxes

    No matter how you save for retirement, take advantage of the time between now and April 15, 2016, to add to your nest egg ...
  89. How Much Homeowners Insurance Should You Carry?

    This breakdown of coverage into its component parts will provide the answer.
  90. The 5 Most Important Venture Capital Deals of 2015

    The year 2015 marks a pivotal point for the venture capital industry, as investors cast doubt on high-tech startup valuations. ...
  91. Should You Let Your 401(k) Be Managed by Vanguard?

    Find out if Vanguard's reputation and track record as a 401(k) plan provider is as stellar as its reputation and track record ...
  92. How to Avoid Violating Wash Sale Rules When Realizing Tax Losses

    How to avoid violating the IRS wash sale rules when realizing capital losses in your taxable investment account.
  93. Life Insurance After Retirement: Do You Need It?

    The answer depends on your sources of income, how much debt you carry and whether you have dependents who rely on you financially.
  94. 5 Companies Offering Low-Cost Dental Insurance

    How and where to look to maximize your dental insurance premium dollar.
  95. 3 Disrupters of Retail Banking

    Understand how the retail banking industry operates and why it's becoming outdated. Learn about three disrupters that are ...
  96. 3 Alternative Ways To Save for College

    The cost of college is skyrocketing at a time of record student loan debt. But there are ways to earn a college degree without ...
  97. Is Renter’s Insurance Worth It?

    Renter’s insurance is so relatively inexpensive that there’s really no reason not to have it. Still, how much does it cost ...
  98. Why Billionaires Love to Invest in Newspapers

    Why, if newspapers are in such dire straights, are savvy investors like Buffett and Bezos investing in print? Let’s take ...
  99. How Advisors Can Land Plan Sponsors as Clients

    Plan sponsors can be lucrative clients for advisors. Here are the areas that financial advisors should focus on to attract ...
  100. Why Being Too Conservative Can Hurt Your Retirement Savings

    People close to retirement have to get more conservative in their investments, but they can't be too safe. Unless they want ...
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