Personal Finance Articles

  1. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Financial Trouble? Beware of these signs and follow these tips.
  2. What Are the Different Parts of Medicare?

    At age 65, most people have to sign up for Medicare. Learn which of its four programs are mandatory – and which you can skip.
  3. 12 Tips for Retiring with Just $50K Net Worth

    One in three Americans haven’t saved anything for retirement, let alone $50K. Here’s a dozen things that you can do to help ...
  4. Elizabeth Warren's Solution to No COLA Increase in 2016

    Sen. Warren plans to increase in Social Security benefits in place of a COLA in 2016.
  5. 8 Ways To Fly First Class For Cheap

    Slide into one of those first class (or business class) seats for cheap.
  6. How Much Cash Should You Keep In The Bank?

    Which portion of your money belongs in a bank, not somewhere else?
  7. 10 Tips to Topple Student Loan Debt

    How to manage those burdensome payments as you embark on adult life.
  8. Understanding Credit Card Interest

    Paying these rates can impact your disposable income and your investment returns.
  9. 8 High Risk Investments That Could Double Your Money

    8 high-risk investment vehicles that can double investors' funds.
  10. Are High-Yield Bonds Too Risky?

    Despite their reputation, the debt securities known as "junk bonds" may actually reduce risk in your portfolio.
  11. Employers: Why the I-9 Matters to You

    The Form I-9 establishes who is eligible to work in the US. Employers face sanctions for not following I-9 guidelines.
  12. The Top 5 States Where Retirees Can Buy Cheap Land

    Buying vacant land for future gain is high-risk. Look for low prices in undeveloped areas likely to see a building boom in ...
  13. 3 Shark Tank Failures That Made Millions

    Learn how some of the most successful companies rejected on the TV show "Shark Tank" left the show with no funding and still ...
  14. How High Is a 'Good' Credit Score?

    How high of a credit score do you need to get a home mortgage or buy a car? Read on for some actual numbers.
  15. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in the Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic is particularly hospitable to retirees and worth investigating as a low-cost-of-living retirement ...
  16. 10 Big Financial Planning Mistakes Parents Make

    Parenting is hard enough without having to worry about flubbing up your family's financial plan. Here are 10 common mistakes ...
  17. Trust Issues: Do You Need to Change Your Advisor?

    Is entrusting your money to a non-fiduciary, traditional financial advisor as a young, new investor a good or bad idea?
  18. Seth Klarman Predicts a Tough Road Ahead for MU,PYPL

    In Q1, billionaire hedge fund manager Seth Klarman reduced his stake in PYPL while completely selling out of PYPL. Let's ...
  19. Can Immigration Reform Help the Economy?

    Learn some of the possible effects, both good and bad, of immigration reform on the economy. These include more jobs and ...
  20. What Happened to the Bull Market?

    Stocks suffered a horrific sell-off following the surprise vote by the UK to exit the EU. But what happened to the bull market? ...
  21. Consumers' Inability to Pay Off Credit Card Debt Is Rising (SYF, JPM)

    Learn why a warning from Synchrony Financial about bad credit card debts may spell trouble for credit card companies and ...
  22. Why It's a Great Time to Launch an Advisory Firm

    The time is ripe to be a young financial advisor. Here's why.
  23. Why Hedge Funds Are Shorting Australian Banks (CMWAY, WBK)

    Discover why hedge funds are shorting Australian banks, including key themes such as an overheated property market, bad debts ...
  24. Who is Ruling the Jumbo Mortgage Market?

    The jumbo mortgage market appears to be booming this year, despite the few economic hurdles everyone's battling. Here's who ...
  25. No, Comic Book Investing Won’t Fund Your Retirement

    Collecting comic books can be a terrific hobby, but it's unlikely they will cover your cost of your living after you retire. ...
  26. Protecting Finances When a Child Makes a Mistake

    Here is how you can best protect your child, yourself and your finances when an emergency occurs.
  27. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Mexico

    Learn why Mexico's low cost of living, inexpensive healthcare, natural beauty and culture make it such a popular retirement ...
  28. Have a Real Vacation This Summer – Stay Home!

    Skip the crowded highways and the long airport lines and enjoy a relaxed – and money-saving – family staycation.
  29. 4 Reasons Why Delaware Is Considered a Tax Shelter

    Understand what a tax shelter is and how one is created. Learn why Delaware is considered a tax shelter.
  30. The Tax Speech That Could Elect President Donald J. Trump

    Trump hasn’t disclosed his taxes. He hasn’t even paid them, as best we know. Here’s how he could make political lemonade ...
  31. Saving for College: The Top 4 Lessons I Learned

    Because you cannot go back to change poor financial decisions, here's some advice on how to plan for college costs from a ...
  32. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Ecuador

    Understand why Latin America is a popular retirement destination for Americans. Learn about the top four reasons why Americans ...
  33. 2 Reasons Why the Stock Market Leads the Economy

    Pay attention to how economic strength can follow a sustained stock market advance and how economic weakness can result from ...
  34. How the "Buy the Dip" Mentality in the Stock Market May Fade

    Consider portfolio changes for a sustained stock market drawdown, with the S&P 500 near its record high, stock valuations ...
  35. Why the Fed’s Job is All the More Complicated

    The Fed revealed that it will take a more dovish approach to normalizing its federal funds rate, but still left the door ...
  36. Billionaire Carl Icahn's Q1 Moves: PYPL, AAPL

    Billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn reduced his holdings in PYPL and AAPL in Q1. Let's find out why.
  37. How to Plan Financially for an Active Retirement

    Contrary to popular belief retirement doesn't always mean downsizing and slowing down. Here's how to plan for a richer retirement. ...
  38. Will You Be Able to Retire by Age 70?

    A perfect storm of factors means that Americans are retiring later than ever. Is that a bad thing?
  39. Don’t Delay Retirement for Your Child’s College

    Sparing your child a mountain of student loans is admirable, although it might not make sense to delay your retirement in ...
  40. 4 Ways Financial Plans Get Derailed

    A financial plan is useless if it never gets put to use. Here are four things to avoid when creating one with a client.
  41. Active vs. Passive Investing for Retirees

    For most investors, sticking with a passive strategy for retirement investing will probably result in the best long-term ...
  42. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Costa Rica

    Understand why more and more Americans are deciding to retire in developing countries. Learn about the top five reasons why ...
  43. The Emerging Market Opportunity in a Yield Drought

    Learn why investors face the choice of either accepting lower income or increasing risk in their bond portfolios in the search ...
  44. 5 Reasons Why Easy Growth Is Behind Us

    Explore the five reasons why easy global growth is behind us, as stated by Mary Meeker, and discover where the biggest opportunities ...
  45. 17 Types of Income the IRS Can’t Touch

    That's right, 17. Uncle Sam can't get his hands on your money if it's in one of these very specific income categories.
  46. 4 Government-Funded FuelCell Energy Projects (FCEL)

    Discover FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL), an alternative energy provider developing renewable fuel cell power plants ...
  47. Why Citi Says Lower Gas Prices Aren't Helping the World (C)

    Learn why lower prices of oil have done little to increase U.S. consumer spending, drive corporate earnings or increase global ...
  48. The Decline of the Middle Class: An Inside Look

    Find out what is behind the decline of the middle class in America and how the hourglass economy may effect consumption.
  49. 10 Summer Books to Read That JP Morgan Recommends (JPM)

    Discover the 10 books included in JPMorgan's 17th annual summer reading list. The titles cover a range of topics, from sleep ...
  50. How Minimum Wage Increases Could Hurt These Sectors

    Learn why the consumer discretionary sector, and in particular the leisure and hospitality industry, faces the biggest challenges ...
  51. 3 Investments Under $500 That Are Potentially Worth Millions

    Find out the various ways an investor can invest just an initial $500 or less, and eventually parlay that initial investment ...
  52. Your Estate: The Best Assets to Leave to Family

    When it comes to estate planning, there are three main factors that come into play for distributing assets: liquidity, sentiment ...
  53. 3 Ways to Find a Job at a Hedge Fund Without Connections

    Learn why landing a job at a hedge fund is notoriously difficult without connections, and how candidates can increase their ...
  54. 10 Global Regions Experimenting with Driverless Cars

    Read about how 10 countries have been experimenting with driverless cars, and learn about some of the technology that comes ...
  55. Large-Cap Companies: Less Growth Potential Than Amazon? (AMZN)

    Learn why one analyst believes Amazon.com may be the largest U.S. company by market cap by 2020, and why he may be overestimating ...
  56. The Brand and Business of Beyoncé Knowles (PEP, TWX)

    Discover why Beyonce is a global brand. Find out about her business investments, marketing strategies and her collaborations ...
  57. Managing Annuity Distributions in Retirement

    Strategies to help manage taxable deferred annuity distribution in retirement.
  58. Complete Your Retirement Bucket List on a Budget

    Retirement is the perfect time to do all the things you couldn't get to during your working years. You just need to make ...
  59. 5 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Job Online

    With so many jobs being advertised online, it pays to know your way around an online job search. Here's what you need to ...
  60. The 10 Most Expensive Zip Codes in California

    California has some of the priciest ZIP codes in the U.S. And these are the priciest in California.
  61. Annuities: A Good Option in Turbulent Times?

    Annuities can be an enticing option as Americans near retirement, but there are several reasons to be wary of them.
  62. Is Waiting till 70 for Social Security Right for You?

    Should you wait until 70 to start receiving Social Security? It depends on a variety of factors. Here is what you need to ...
  63. Reverse Mortgage Pitfalls

    Before tapping your home equity through a reverse mortgage, find out what could go wrong.
  64. Does Lack of Innovation Matter for Apple?

    analyze if Apple has ever been an innovation company
  65. Why ETFs and Millennials are a Good Match

    Here's why ETFs are a great way for Millennials to get started with investing.
  66. Why Advisors Ignore Most Marketing Pitches

    Advisors are busy folks and as such, they aren't easily swayed to read marketing materials.
  67. How to Grow Your Business with Donation Strategies

    Advisors who offer clients expertise in how to charitably donate will likely build a stronger practice and capture more business. ...
  68. Why a Financial Advisor Is Crucial in Retirement

    If you’ve been planning your retirement strategy on your own, bringing a financial advisor on board to help can be a wise ...
  69. 401(k) Lawsuits: How Employers Are Protecting Themselves

    Some companies are making it harder for employees to sue over retirement fund problems. Here is what you need to know about ...
  70. How Many Credit Cards Should You Carry?

    If you have ever wondered whether you should carry one, two or more cards, read on and we'll tell you.
  71. How Good a Deal is TSA PreCheck at the Airport?

    With all the reports of mammoth airport security lines causing passengers to miss their flights, it's time for another look ...
  72. The Pros and Cons of Executives' Pay Tied to Stock Performance

    Watch for situations where lavish executive compensation is either not justified by total shareholder return or rationalized ...
  73. 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.
  74. Exploring AOL's History and Where it Goes From Here

    Learn about AOL's history, and see how it almost died but accumulated top advertising sites. Discover how AOL can benefit ...
  75. CalPERS vs. CalSTRS: Assessing Their Portfolios

    Monitor the success of CalSTRS toward achieving annual returns of 7.5% with the risk mitigation strategy, and compare to ...
  76. Billionaire John Paulson's Q1 Biotechs: AGN, SGYP

    Let's take a look at billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson's Q1 investments in these healthcare stocks: AGN, SGYP
  77. How to Advise Business Owners Looking to Retire

    Here are some things to be aware of when advising business owners looking to retire.
  78. China's Middle Class: An Inside Look

    Discover the catalysts for China's improving middle class population, from global demands of its consumer goods to unoccupied ...
  79. Should Retirees Pin Their Hopes on a Rate Hike?

    The Fed’s plan to start raising rates later this year might help, but it's unlikely to be a panacea for fixed-income investors. ...
  80. 5 Tech Companies With High Stock-Based Compensation (GOOGL, AMZN)

    Examine stock-based compensation among large tech firms to determine which factors are driving equity compensation and how ...
  81. How Banks Set Interest Rates on Your Loans

    Many factors go into how banks set interest rates for loans. Use this information to negotiate the best possible rate when ...
  82. The Top 6 Expenses Cutting into Your Retirement Savings

    If you're like most Americans, you don't have enough put aside for retirement. Here are a half dozen ways to increase your ...
  83. How to Break Your Bad Financial Habits

    For individuals and families to hold their own and build equity for retirement, they need to commit to responsible spending ...
  84. 3 Seemingly Non-Financial Decisions Everyone Should Take More Seriously

    None of these decisions should be considered as being purely financial, but there are severe consequences to ignoring their ...
  85. Larry Robbins' Q1 Ups and Downs: GOOGL,HUM

    TipRanks highlights Larry Robbins' notable Q1 stock activity.
  86. How the Underground Economy Affects GDP

    Find out how the underground, or shadow, economy affects the accuracy of the calculation of a country's gross domestic product ...
  87. Retirement Taxes: 5 Ways to Save Money

    Living on a fixed income during retirement can be difficult if your taxes are high. These five ideas can help you manage ...
  88. Annuities: A Solution for Baby Boomer Retirees?

    Annuities can provide guaranteed lifetime income at a time when retirement outlooks are seemingly bleak. Here's the lowdown ...
  89. 4 Essential Questions to Ask at the End of a Job Interview

    Ask these questions if you want to leave a great final impression on hiring managers and establish yourself as a top candidate. ...
  90. How to Use Health Savings Accounts for Retirement

    For tax-savvy, retirement-minded investors, HSAs can represent a tremendous long-term planning opportunity. Here's how to ...
  91. 6 Things You Think Add Value To Your Home - But Really Don't

    Not everyone wants to spend their weekends shaping backyard topiaries. Even though you may enjoy the improvements you make ...
  92. When to Call in Professional Financial Advice

    These six life events can help you recognize scenarios in which you or your loved ones might benefit from meeting with a ...
  93. Five Rules to Improve Your Financial Health

    Learn five broad personal finance rules that can help get you on track to achieving specific financial goals.
  94. Opko's mangement and pipeline makes it a solid buy (OPK)

    Top analyst Ronnie Moas points to Opko's strong management and vibrant pipeline as reasons to be bullish on the stock.
  95. How to Spend Your 529 to Maximize Student Aid

    Paying for college isn’t just about putting savings into a 529; how that money is spent can determine whether there will ...
  96. ETFs and Taxes: What Investors Need to Know

    It's true that ETFs can offer tax efficiency, but that's not always the case. Here's what investors need to watch out for.
  97. China Real Estate: Lawsuits Are Increasing, Price Is Stabilizing

    Examine Chinese real estate data to understand the geographical dynamics of recovery. What does lawsuit volume indicate about ...
  98. ETFs and Taxes: What Investors Need to Know

    It's true that ETFs can offer tax efficiency, but that's not always the case. Here's what investors need to watch out for.
  99. Top Hacks for Prepping for Late-in-Life Healthcare

    Research shows that people are underestimating their healthcare costs in retirement. Here's how to prepare to deal with the ...
  100. How to Help Clients Navigate Medicare Enrollment

    Here's how to help clients navigate the maze of Medicare enrollment.
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