Personal Finance Articles

  1. The True Value Of A Staycation

    A staycation can not only save you and your family money, but it can save time, benefit the economy, help you learn and much more.
  2. 5 Cheap Ways To Increase Happiness

    It doesn't take a lot of money to increase your happiness. Here are five inexpensive ways that you can lift your mood and be happy.
  3. How To Dress For Success In Business

    Here are a few tips to help you put your best foot forward.
  4. Fastest Growing Small Business Sectors

    If you want a booming small business, these are some of your best bets.
  5. What If Social Security Disability Runs Out Of Money?

    The social security disability program is nearly bankrupt and could run out of money by 2016.
  6. Is Extreme Couponing Going Extinct?

    Many reatilers are starting to crack down on extreme couponing tactics.
  7. 7 Companies With Big Advertising Budgets

    Here's what the corporations with some of the biggest advertising budgets in the U.S. spend their money on.
  8. Who Should Pay For College?

    With college costs continuing to escalate, the question of who pays for it is increasingly relevant.
  9. 3 Reasons Why Women Will Lead The Economic Recovery

    Here are some reasons why women are poised to be the demographic to turn around the economy.
  10. Good For Facebook, Bad For Google And Apple

    Apple's integration of Facebook is a big win for Facebook, a nuisance to Google and it could end up backfiring for Apple.
  11. Investopedia Staff's Fatherly Financial Advice

    We share our personal accounts of ways our dads' financial tips have helped us throughout our lives.
  12. Not All Retirement Accounts Should Be Tax-Deferred

    It may be better to leave your assets exposed to the tax man when you're saving to retire.
  13. Do You Need Dental Coverage?

    Here's an overview of what dental insurance is and whether or not it would be a worthwhile purchase in your situation.
  14. Tough Times For Working Moms

    Here's a rundown of some of the difficulties working moms face in today's society.
  15. How To Avoid Becoming A Fraud Victim

    Be aware of your rights as a consumer, and know how scammers work so you can protect your money.
  16. Used Car Shopping: How To Avoid A Lemon

    Being prepared before buying will save you thousands in the long run.
  17. Comparing Health Savings And Flexible Spending Accounts

    When it comes to medical expenses, there are many accounts that provide tax advantages. We look at two commonly seen among employees.
  18. Why You Should Be Wary Of Target-Date Funds

    These funds are hard to understand and might not be a wise choice by themselves. We tell you why.
  19. How To Get Your First Credit Card

    Here's a rundown of how you can go about getting your first credit card.
  20. The Costliest Diseases In America

    America spends truly staggering amounts of money on diseases that are, in many cases, preventable.
  21. Educating About Poverty Through Frugal Living

    Live Below the Line is a challenge that hopes to raise awareness about poverty in the U.S. These tips can help you cut your budget so that you can take part in the challenge.
  22. For IRAs, Time Is Money

    Don't procrastinate. The timing of your contributions can mean thousands more in savings.
  23. Careers With Declining Salaries

    Whether due to the economy or increased competition, these careers are coming with lower and lower salaries.
  24. 5 Countries You Need To Visit Sooner Rather Than Later

    There are indicators in some countries that conditions may change and travelers may miss out on exploring these places.
  25. Innovative Packaging That Packed A Punch

    It's easy to dismiss clever packaging as a gimmick, but an appealing package can turn a mundane product into a breakaway success.
  26. Summer School Or Summer Job? Weighing The Benefits

    The decision to go to summer school or seek out a job can have economic and academic repercussions.
  27. Challenges Female-Owned Companies Face

    Studies show that companies owned by women may have a more difficult time finding investors than male-owned companies.
  28. Is Insurance Underwriting Right For You?

    If you have excellent analytical skills and an eye for detail, this may be your calling.
  29. How People Fall Into A Debt Spiral

    If you're struggling to pay off your debt, you'll need to develop discipline and patience in order to dig yourself out.
  30. Fun Father's Day Gift Ideas

    No matter what your Dad's interests are, here are some interesting gift ideas for you to choose from.
  31. Could Zynga Exist Without Facebook?

    Investors still see Facebook and Zynga as a happy couple. Find out if the relationship is likely to last.
  32. The Importance Of Strategic Planning

    Planning out the future of your business is the best way to ensure success. Here are some tips.
  33. Unique Places Where Personal Finance Training Is Taught

    Consumers can get personal finance training from schools, the government, the military and a variety of community organizations.
  34. Financial Tips For The First-Time Traveler

    Safeguard your wallet and ensure that financial mishaps don't ruin this once-in-a-lifetime experience for you.
  35. Father's Day Gifts That Dads Regret Getting

    These cliche gifts can sometimes be very disappointing Father's Day presents.
  36. ETFs For Your 401(k)?

    Investor ownership of ETFs has grown a lot over the last decade. Discover how they can fit into your retirement plan.
  37. Should You Convert Your IRA?

    Discover the factors you must weigh to make this decision.
  38. Should You Incorporate Your Business?

    Find out how becoming a corporation can protect and further your finances.
  39. Avoid The Monthly Payment Trap

    Low monthly payments are easy on the wallet. However, interest and other fees lurk just below the surface.
  40. The Gasoline Business Is All About Location

    Gasoline prices can vary tremendously based on where you are in the world. Here are some of the reasons why it varies so much.
  41. What The New Gift Tax Rules Will Mean

    The lifetime maximum for gift taxes is $5.12 million. However, it could drop to $1 million. Here's what that will mean.
  42. How To Find The Perfect Apartment

    Here are some useful tips to help you find an apartment that's affordable and livable.
  43. 3 Inexpensive Healthcare Options For Young People

    From health co-ops to private plans, here's a rundown of some of the best healthcare options for young adults just out of college.
  44. The Benefits And Pitfalls Of Joint Tenancy

    This arrangement allows beneficiaries to access your account without having to go to court.
  45. Hybrids: Financial Friends Or Foes?

    Forget the planet for a minute - what really matters is whether these vehicles fit your budget.
  46. Employer Responsibility For Pension Plans

    Here is a look at the role employers play in 401(k) plans.
  47. 4 Reasons Natural Gas Is So Cheap

    An unseasonably warm winter wasn't the only reason why prices were cheap.
  48. How The Ex-Patriot Act May Affect You

    This new legislation targets high-net-worth U.S. citizens who want to renounce their citizenship to avoid paying certain taxes.
  49. Pros And Cons Of Volunteering In Your Career Field

    Here are some positives and negatives of volunteering in the same area you work in.
  50. How To Balance Retirement Savings With Your Child's Tuition Costs

    Here's how you can juggle saving for your child's college education and your retirement.
  51. Understanding Your Mortgage

    We walk through the steps needed to secure the best loan to finance the purchase of your home.
  52. 4 Massive Frauds You've Probably Never Heard Of

    Here are four historically significant, obscure, large-scale frauds from the previous two centuries.
  53. Can Samsung Compete With Apple's Retail Stores?

    This strategic move may just shoot Samsung to an uncatchable spot in the consumer technology sector.
  54. Why Innovation Is Crucial To Success In Business

    Brands must show courage and a willingness to make mistakes through the creative process in order to adapt with the times.
  55. 4 Examples Of Misleading Health Ads

    Here are some of the most famous instances of false advertising in the health and fitness industry.
  56. 7 Ways To Save Money By Spending More

    Here are some ways spending a little more money now can result in savings in the long run.
  57. Times When Outsourcing Is A Good Fit For Your Company

    More and more companies are choosing to outsource. Here's a look at the costs and when it may be appropriate.
  58. People Who Benefit The Most From Volunteering

    From parents to students to retirees, volunteering can be of great benefit to a lot of people. Here are people who volunteering benefits the most.
  59. Ways To Be Frugal In Your 20s

    If you are a recent college grad or still in school, here are some fun and innovative ways to save money.
  60. Mutual Funds That Reduce Your Taxes

    It may be best to opt for ETFs over mutual funds, which allow wiser investors to reduce their tax obligations.
  61. 6 Ways To Save On Lawn Care

    The costs of having a pristine lawn can add up quickly. Here are some tips to help you save your money.
  62. Student Loan Rates To Double

    As of July 1st, be prepared for student loans rates to go up.
  63. The Best Ways To Volunteer

    The most beneficial type of volunteer activity depends on your goals for volunteering.
  64. How Higher Credit Card Fees Actually Hurt Banks

    Increased industry regulations helped banks lower their default rates.
  65. How To Stay On Track With Your Budget

    Sticking to a budget and making savings is the only way to put yourself on a firm financial footing.
  66. How To Reduce Your Landscaping Costs

    Landscaping is one of the easiest ways to increase the value of your home.
  67. Items You Should Avoid Buying Secondhand

    Although buying used goods may save you cash, some items just aren't worth the risk.
  68. Keeping Clients Through Good And Bad Times

    If you work in the financial industry, the secret to keeping clients happy is to be consistent.
  69. Reasons To Steer Clear Of Rewards Cards

    The thought of earning rewards from purchases may seem like a good idea, but there are some things that should be considered before signing up.
  70. Clearing Up Misconceptions About The New 401(k) Laws

    The new 401(k) laws require more disclosure, but that won't fully protect participants from losing money in fees.
  71. 10 Of The Most Costly Computer Viruses Of All Time

    Here's a look at some of the costliest computer viruses of all time and the damage that was caused.
  72. Healthcare Needs Of Retired Couples

    Here's a rundown of the expected costs to pay for healthcare for senior citizens once they reach retirement.
  73. 5 Products That Aren't Getting Cheaper, But Should Be

    Most products drop in price over time. That's not the case with these products.
  74. Determining Your Value In Your Career

    Here's a rundown of how to evaluate the skills and assets you bring to your job.
  75. Budgeting Tips For Different Income Brackets

    While each individual's financial goals and needs are unique, there are some common pieces of advice that apply to each segment of the financial spectrum.
  76. Tips For The Prospective Landlord

    Investing in rental property can generate serious income, but there's more to it than collecting rent.
  77. How To Market Yourself

    Find out why most current advertising methods are a waste of money and why online word-of-mouth is the future of marketing.
  78. 6 Women Who Turned Failing Companies Into Successes

    We list a few notable women who turned around companies that were suffering.
  79. Why Bad Credit Is Bad For Financial Careers

    In order to obtain and maintain a career in the financial industry, it is also important to have a clean credit report.
  80. Ethical Issues For Financial Advisors

    Learn what to do when that devil on your shoulder begins to whisper.
  81. Do You Belong In Retail?

    Making a career in retail is one of the most challenging tasks in the investment industry. Find out if it's for you.
  82. Time Management Tips For Financial Professionals

    Learn about common time wasters and discover time-management tips that will get more work done in less time.
  83. Everything You Should Know About Corporate-Owned Life Insurance

    This type of insurance is a policy taken out on you by your company. Read on to find what it's all about.
  84. 10 Things Your Family Can Do This Summer For Under $100

    Here are some activities you can do with your family to kick-start summer.
  85. 5 Items That You Shouldn't Buy Cheap Alternatives Of

    You should avoid cheaper alternatives of computers, appliances, linens, infant car seats and mattresses.
  86. How To Save Money At The Grocery Store

    With a little practice, you can save money at the grocery store like a pro.
  87. 5 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    We list some simple says of reducing your CO2 emission.
  88. 7 Products That Are Getting Cheaper

    While many necessities are becoming more expensive, items such as smartphones and clothing are seeing prices drop.
  89. Renouncing Your Citizenship: Madness Or Sanity?

    Here's a breakdown of when it might be a good idea to give up your citizenship.
  90. What Does It Really Mean To "Just Get By"?

    Here's how you stack up financially and working-wise to the rest of the world.
  91. Ways The Internet Has Destroyed Your Finances

    Shopping online is fast and easy, but dangerous at the same time.
  92. 5 Ways To Get Venture Capital Funding

    Crowdfunding and online networking are just some of the ways you can find venture capital investors.
  93. The Biggest Selling Names In Children's Fiction

    Here's a breakdown of some of the most successful children's authors and the financial success they have found.
  94. Avoiding A Big Tax Bill On Real Estate Gains

    Installment sales allow sellers to defer taxes on real estate profits.
  95. All Weather Investing With ETFs

    All Weather investment strategies can shield investors during the worst bear markets.
  96. "Healthifying" The Fast Food Market

    With the fast food market feeling the pressure to offer healthier choices, the industry is being revolutionized.
  97. Wild Incentives For Opening A Bank Account

    Banks will do anything to get customers to open accounts - here are some of the strangest.
  98. The Biggest Bribe Cases In Business History

    These cases represent some of the largest bribe accusations and fines in U.S. business history.
  99. Retirement Planning Tips For Women

    Here's how women can manage saving for retirement.
  100. Building Client Trust

    Find out how you can strengthen your client's trust in you professionally.
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