Personal Finance Articles

  1. 5 Effective Home Gardening Tips to Increase Home Value

    Learn more ways to add value to your home with these gardening tips.
  2. 5 Retailers Set to Close More Stores in 2016 (FINL, GPS)

    Discover retail stores that have already announced plans to close stores in 2016. Some expect a new economic downturn, which ...
  3. Top 4 Reasons People Don’t Save Enough to Retire

    Whether big medical bills or student loan debt is keeping you from saving, getting back on track is critical for your future.
  4. 6 Countries to Visit with a Strong Dollar in 2016

    The dollar's value has increased substantially against other world currencies. That makes 2016 a great time to travel and ...
  5. Uber Has Spawned a Legion of Followers

    As Uber's popularity grows, more and more startups are following the ride-sharing app's business model.
  6. Li Ka-shing: Hong Kong's Richest Man

    The story of how Li Ka-shing rose to become one of the wealthiest men in Asia.
  7. Amazon Logistics Changing 'Competitive Landscape'

    Amazon's goal is to get products to the consumer as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
  8. Who Advisors Should Be Following on Twitter

    Twitter has become an important tool for financial advisors. By looking at some top Tweeters, advisors can improve their ...
  9. These 13 States Tax Your Social Security Benefits

    It may surprise many that Social Security benefits are taxed. The best way to not let it derail your tax situation is to ...
  10. Here's How to Duck a FINRA Slap on L Shares

    Regular and L-share annuity contracts come with back-end surrender charges that clients should know. Here's how to steer ...
  11. Raising Grandkids? Plan This Way for Retirement

    If you find yourself raising grandchildren, you need a plan for managing your finances so that your retirement doesn't get ...
  12. 3 Factors Driving Gold Prices Higher in 2016 (GLD)

    Find out how uncertainty, interest rates and inflation expectations drove gold prices higher in early 2016 and why analysts ...
  13. 3 Catalysts That Can Boost U.S. Equities (XLE)

    Find out how rebounding energy prices, deceleration of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and improving economic data can ...
  14. 3 Common Financial Mistakes for Women to Avoid

    Find out why of more than 4,000 Americans, women are more likely than men to have no savings or investments.
  15. Ten Things That You Might Not Know Are Taxable

    When you file your taxes this year make sure that you have claimed all taxable income. Here are ten things that you might ...
  16. Student Debt Passes $1 Trillion: Is College Worth the Investment?

    As tuition rises faster than any other U.S. commodity in the past few decades, students explore alternative education options ...
  17. The High Cost of Crowdfunding

    Think your cause or venture will raise the money you need on a crowdfunding site? Read this before you sign up.
  18. Retiring and Selling Your House? Price It Right

    When selling a home, retirees need to make sure they price it right. List it for too much and it could languish, eating away ...
  19. Is JCPenney Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (JCP)

    Examine the financial indicators that paint a bleak picture of JCPenney's future, and learn why its shares are not suitable ...
  20. Why You Should Be Careful With Luxury Stocks Now

    Luxury stocks just rallied. Is this a sustainable rally or a dead cat bounce?
  21. Retirement Planning for Couples

    Before you ride (or canoe) off into that sunset together, you need to strategize about a number of issues, from timing to ...
  22. Is Amazon Prime for Frugal Shoppers? (AMZN)

    Amazon Prime sounds like a great deal. However, its addictive properties mean that frugal or budget-conscious shoppers should ...
  23. Is the Roth IRA Under Threat?

    Roth IRAs are one of the most popular retirement savings accounts. Could Congress ever decide that too much money is being ...
  24. Surprise! These Items are Taxable

    These are 10 surprising taxable items you need to be aware of if you don't want the IRS knocking on your door.
  25. Why Financial Advisors Should Focus on Recruitment

    Here's why financial advisory firms should be putting recruiting at the forefront of their agendas to keep pace with the ...
  26. What PayPal’s Recent Investment Means for Its Long Term Growth (PYPL, FB)

    Find out the reasons behind PayPal's most recent business acquisition and what it might mean for the company's long-term ...
  27. AT&T Uses IoT Technology to Create Connected Wheelchair (T, VZ)

    Find out about AT&T's partnership with Swedish wheelchair manufacturer Permobil to launch an IoT-powered wireless wheelchair ...
  28. Is SandRidge Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (SDOC)

    Understand why SandRidge stock, due to its poor performance and precarious financial position, is not a good investment for ...
  29. AutoNation Vs. CarMax: Comparing Under The Hood (AN, KMX)

    Explore the recent financial performance and outlook for AutoNation and CarMax. Learn how they compare on growth, financial ...
  30. Elon Musk's 5 Best Investments (TSLA, PYPL)

    Read about some of the most important and impressive investment victories for Elon Musk, the visionary engineer and technology ...
  31. Fidelity Vs. Vanguard: Comparing 401(k) Providers

    Learn about the key differences between Vanguard and Fidelity 401(k)s in terms of company structure, fund offerings and client ...
  32. Do Millennials Really Need to Save $1,100 a Month?

    A widely circulated newspaper column said that twentysomethings need to sock away the equivalent of $1,100 a month to live ...
  33. Is Seadrill Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (SDRL)

    Understand why Seadrill stock is too unstable and dependent on strong oil prices to be suitable for your traditional IRA ...
  34. J&J's Partnership with IBM Could Turn Profitable (JNJ, IBM)

    Learn why Johnson & Johnson teamed up with IBM, and which patient mobile apps will be part of their medical data analysis ...
  35. John Griffin's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Read about the personal and professional journey of John Anthony Griffin, hedge fund manager at Blue Ridge Capital and one ...
  36. John Paulson's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about the early life and distinguished career of John Paulson, the hedge fund manager who made billions betting on ...
  37. This Is What Elon Musk's Portfolio Looks Like (TSLA, SCTY)

    Read about the narrow and ambitious investment portfolio of Elon Musk, the enigmatic and genius founder of Tesla Motors, ...
  38. Mediwound Ltd: Time to Invest? (MDWD)

    Watch for the share price of MediWound to rise above $9.10, prompting momentum traders to run the price higher, hoping for ...
  39. Meerkat: How it Works and Makes Money? (TWTR, FB)

    Discover how the video streaming app Meerkat came to be, what the developers are doing to monetize the app and how it threatens ...
  40. Mohnish Pabrai's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Discover how Mohnish Pabrai became a successful value investor and why he wants to give most of his wealth to the poorest ...
  41. 5 C-Level Execs Poached From fortune 500 Companies (PG, TWTR)

    Learn which high-level executives were poached from Fortune 500 companies and how their departures could hurt their former ...
  42. Orbotech: A Stock Price Case Study (ORBK)

    See how Orbotech’s share price challenges the high-target estimate of $35 in the stock's quest to return to its dotcom-era ...
  43. The New Retirement: Secrets of the ‘Silver Economy’

    Around the world, lifespans are rising and birthrates are falling. How demographics is reshaping robotics, finance, the workplace ...
  44. Pixar Vs. Everyone Else: Who Is the Next Animation Star? (DIS, CMCSA)

    Find out who is quickly closing in on Disney and Pixar for the animated movie crown. What companies offer investors an opportunity ...
  45. Putnam Investments: Investment Manager Highlight

    Learn about Putnam Investments, one of the original mutual fund companies. Discover how the company is recovering from a ...
  46. Salesforce Vs. SAP: Comparing Top CRM Providers (CRM, SAP)

    Learn about the different CRM offerings by Salesforce and SAP. Understand each company's past and what kind of futures the ...
  47. Sears' 2 Most Profitable Lines of Business (SHLD, WMT)

    Learn about Sears Holdings' struggle to slow declining revenues and discover how the company's business segments are contributing ...
  48. Streaming Wars: Netflix Vs. Hulu Vs. Apple TV (NFLX, AAPL)

    Discover the strengths and weaknesses of Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV and how subscribing to all three services can save money ...
  49. Investors Should Do These 5 Basic Things in 2016

    These are the 5 basic things every investor should do in 2016 to review and reevaluate their financial picture.
  50. Wait on Buying a Pickup (F, GMC)

    Used car prices are dropping everywhere. But if you're in the market for a pickup truck, a good bargain is less of a guarantee ...
  51. Corporate Tax Dodge Explainer: Earnings Stripping

    How U.S. corporations take advantage of a legal loophole to avoid paying tax, depriving the U.S. Treasury (and ultimately, ...
  52. Goldman Sachs: Get Shorty

    Commodities are on the rise, but this could be a short opportunity.
  53. Should You Choose a Fee-only Financial Advisor?

    Is working with a fee-only financial advisor always your best option?
  54. What Is a Phased Retirement and How Do I Get One?

    Workers around the country are redefining what retirement looks like. One way is a phased retirement, in which you gradually ...
  55. How to Cut Healthcare Costs in Retirement

    The rising cost of healthcare is a scary prospect for many retirees. Here's what you can do to try and keep such costs as ...
  56. Top Tax Deductions Not to Overlook

    If you want to pay as little as possible in taxes, it's important to learn about all the different credits and deductions ...
  57. Iowa 529 College Savings Plan: Investment Plan Analysis

    Learn about investment options for the Iowa 529 College Savings Plan and how they compare to top 529 college savings plans ...
  58. How Are 2015’s Best Stocks Performing YTD?

    Are last year's best stocks still delivering for investors? If yes, why? If no, why not?
  59. Keeping Drug Prices Down When You’re Retired

    Prescription drug prices have doubled in seven years, and seniors are really feeling the crunch. What options do retirees ...
  60. Airline Ticket Prices: What a Difference a Day Makes

    When to start ordering airline tickets for the best prices.
  61. 7 Licensed Products You Wish You Invented

    Learn about some products that have been licensed to big-box stores that any of us could have come up with, and find out ...
  62. Target Red Card: What You Need to Know (TGT)

    Target Corp’s Red Card is fantastically popular and a win-win for shoppers and the retailer.
  63. Alwaleed bin Talal: Saudi Arabia's Warren Buffett

    An overview of how Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal became Saudi Arabia's wealthiest man and most successful investor.
  64. 6 Tax Forms for Investors Who Have Money Abroad

    If you're a U.S. citizen or resident, and you own assets in other countries, you might need to file these six forms with ...
  65. If You Love a Brand, Should You Buy Their Stock? (AMZN,NFLX)

    Is there a correlation between brands consumers love most and the performance of their stocks?
  66. Deferred Compensation Plans for Nonprofits

    Learn about the two types of deferred compensation plans that nonprofit companies can use to allow high-ranking employees ...
  67. What is Costco’s Auto Program? (COST)

    A look at Costco's somewhat unknown Auto Program.
  68. Amazon Prime Creates a Captive Audience (AMZN)

    Amazon Prime is an addictive service which has created a captive consumer audience for Amazon.com Inc.
  69. How Uber is Selling all Your Ride Data

    Customers are not just a source of revenue for a company’s core business, information about them is used by many companies ...
  70. How to Navigate a Lousy 401(k) Plan

    Here are some strategies to help clients who have a less-than-stellar 401(k) plan.
  71. Advisors: Why You Should Avoid Trying to Do it All

    Few advisors are capable of providing services in all aspects of financial planning alone. Here's what to do to effectively ...
  72. Top Tax Strategies for Clients in a Bear Market

    So far 2016 has been off to a shaky start. Here are some tax strategies to help offset the pain.
  73. The World's Top 10 Health Care Companies (UNH, MDT)

    Discover the world's top 10 health care companies according to market capitalization, including a brief summary of each.
  74. Could You Be Owed a Life Insurance Payout?

    If you’re not certain whether or not your deceased loved one had a life insurance policy, it doesn’t hurt to do a little ...
  75. Inside the Hedge Fund Infatuation with Charter Schools

    Find out why the federal tax credits available for investing in charter schools has lured dozens of hedge funds to the lucrative ...
  76. Penny Stocks Vs. Venture Capital: Which Carries the Highest Risk?

    Learn how the challenges of venture capital investing and buying penny stocks differ and which type of investment carries ...
  77. Stephen Schwarzman's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (BX)

    Learn more about the life of Stephen A. Schwarzman, one of the most influential and successful people in private equity in ...
  78. Telecom and Cable Will Soon Be One (T, VOD)

    Understand the reasoning behind the trend of telecom and cable becoming one, such as the benefits of cross-selling, mobile ...
  79. 5 Simple Steps for Setting Smart Investing Goals

    One of my favorite financial advisor mantras is that it’s not always what you own, but why you own it, that counts. Learn ...
  80. 5 Fabulous Behaviors of Financially Successful Women

    In a day like today, International Women’s Day 2016, we hope to take steps to normalize the conversations between money, ...
  81. Uber Versus Yellow Cabs in New York City

    Once you use a ride app like Uber in New York, you may never want to go back to hailing taxis. However, taxis are still a ...
  82. Louis Bacon's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Read about the early life, education, business highlights and worldwide conservation efforts of hedge fund manager Louis ...
  83. Philip Falcone's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (HCHC)

    Learn how, in true rags-to-riches style, Phil Falcone made his way from a small mining town in Minnesota to making billions ...
  84. What's the Tax Hit on an IRA Withdrawal?

    How much taxes you'll pay on IRA withdrawals depends on a variety of factors. Use this guide to plan ahead.
  85. The Top-Paying Jobs for People 65 and Older

    Nearly one in five people age 65 and older are still working. If you plan to be one of them, here are five top-paying jobs ...
  86. The Most Powerful Women in the World

    This Women's Day, we look at the biggest female movers and shakers from around the world.
  87. Can Immigrants Over 65 Receive Social Security?

    Under some circumstances, the answer is yes. Here's how the rules work.
  88. Is American Airlines Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (AAL)

    Learn about the long-term investment thesis for American Airlines. Find out if American Airlines' stock is right for your ...
  89. What is Google Express? (GOOG, GOOGL)

    A look at Google Express and how it operates.
  90. How Fidelity is Angling its New Robo-Advisor

    Fidelity has joined the ranks of major firms offering robo-advisor services. Here's an introduction to Fidelity Go and what ...
  91. How Millennials Can Be the Wealthiest Generation Ever

    Millennials are poised to be the wealthiest generation of all time. Here's why.
  92. Why Age 70 is Pivotal for Retirement Planning

    Age 70 marks the time that you will have to start thinking about RMDs for real, but it's better to start planning for them ...
  93. Robo-Advisor Platforms: Vanguard vs. BlackRock

    BlackRock and Vanguard have both added robo-advisor platforms recently. How do they compare?
  94. Why JCPenney's Most Important Asset Is Its Management Team (JCP, AAPL)

    Find out why JCPenney's management team is the company's most valuable asset and how it has brought the company back from ...
  95. What Larry Ellison's Portfolio Looks Like

    Discover how ex-CEO and multibillionaire Larry Ellison is building a massively extravagant real estate portfolio, as well ...
  96. The Top 5 Positions in Ken Fisher's Portfolio (AMZN, LQD)

    Pay attention to whether Amazon.com, Inc. remains the top holding of Fisher Asset Management despite a 27% share price drop ...
  97. Bill Ackman's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (HLF, JCP)

    Read about William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management's confident and brash portfolio manager and famous activist ...
  98. Is a McDonald’s REIT Spinoff a Good Idea? (MCD)

    Learn what the proposed spinoff of McDonald's real estate assets would have meant for the company and whether it is better ...
  99. David E. Shaw's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn how one of the most intriguing men in finance, David E. Shaw, used his computer science genius to revolutionize the ...
  100. Dan Loeb Vs. Warren Buffett: Is Loeb Right? (BRK.A, BAC)

    Find out what triggered Daniel Loeb's comments about Warren Buffett and whether his claims of Buffett's hypocrisy have any ...
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