Personal Finance Articles

  1. Chart of the Week: Is Deflation Dead?

    U.S. deflation is no longer an imminent risk. This week’s chart helps illustrate why.
  2. Self Employed? 5 Steps to Scoring a Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  3. Is Fidelity Right for Your Retirement?

    Fidelity is one of the leading brokerage firms in the U.S. The company has several retirement plan offerings and services ...
  4. Donald Trump’s Real Estate Math Tricks

    Is Trump’s Westchester County golf course worth more than $50 million – or just $1.4 million? That depends. Who pays for ...
  5. Mortgages: Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate

    Both of these have advantages and disadvantages depending on your financial needs and prospects.
  6. 4 Reasons Owning a House Is Increasingly Unaffordable

    Learn about five factors causing home buying to be less affordable than it was in the past for the average American.
  7. Apple Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (AAPL)

    Find out how Apple came to dominate the electronics and communications industries with help from five of its international ...
  8. Top 10 Highest-Paying Retail Jobs

    Find out where to find the top 10 highest-paying retail jobs in the country, and what the top retailers are paying their ...
  9. Top 10 Wealthiest Families in the World

    Find out how much money it takes to land on the list of the 10 wealthiest families in the world, and why nobody is really ...
  10. The Top 4 General Motors Shareholders (GM)

    Discover General Motors’ top four direct shareholders. Learn about how many shares they hold and obtain a brief description ...
  11. Ditech Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know (WAC)

    Discover the home mortgage products offered by Ditech Financial. Learn how average borrowers rate the bank on the loan application ...
  12. Calculating the Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

    The amount of money you save by paying your mortgage off quickly will far exceed any benefit from the mortgage interest tax ...
  13. Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  14. This is the Key to Financial Success

    The earlier you start planning and saving, the better your chances are of living the lifestyle you want.
  15. How to Manage Money for Someone with Alzheimer's

    Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans, and approximately one in three seniors will die with dementia. ...
  16. Getting a Mortgage in Your 50s

    The financial considerations are different when you take out a mortgage in your 50s. Here's what you need to review as you ...
  17. How a Cashback/Rewards Checking Account Works

    Discover how some of the best cash-back and rewards programs for checking accounts work, including a simple way to earn up ...
  18. 3 Reasons Not to Buy Houses Just for Price Speculation (FNMA)

    Find out about the downside of speculative home buying. Learn why real estate speculation does not always promise gains even ...
  19. Understanding Your Mortgage

    We walk through the steps needed to secure the best loan to finance the purchase of your home.
  20. How Mortgage Refinancing Affects Your Net Worth

    Find out how to determine whether refinancing will put you ahead or even more behind.
  21. Reverse Mortgage Pitfalls

    Before tapping your home equity, find out what can go wrong.
  22. Which Is Better: A 30-Year Or 15-Year Mortgage?

    The difference in monthly payments is what homebuyers think of first when they compare the two. But have you considered these ...
  23. 3 Billionaires Who Graduated From Harvard

    Learn more about three of the many billionaires Harvard has produced and how they have remained loyal by donating hundreds ...
  24. Google Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (GOOGL)

    Discover how Google became a leading online powerhouse and how its top five key customers help keep the company competitive ...
  25. AT&T Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (T)

    Discover why AT&T is a global leader in communication and how networking with its top five key customers helps keep the company ...
  26. Divorce and Annuities: What Clients Need to Know

    Divorce can be the most financially devastating event in a person’s life. Here’s what your clients need to know about handling ...
  27. Investor Wants vs. Advisor Actions: Why is There a Gap?

    New research shows a disconnect between investor wants and what advisors are doling out. Here's what advisors should do to ...
  28. Roth IRA Scams: What to Watch Out For

    Here’s what you need to watch out for when it comes to investment and business opportunities using Roth IRAs.
  29. 4 Ways to Find the Best Companies to Work For

    Discover four ways to find the best companies to work for and how to make sure those companies line up with your personal ...
  30. Tesla Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (TSLA)

    Learn why Tesla’s capital structure may be working against its ability to continue to raise funds for its electric vehicle ...
  31. 5 Best Home Appraisal Online Calculators (NWSA, Z)

    Learn more about online home appraisal calculators and review five of the best calculators, including general reviews of ...
  32. Gateway Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know

    Learn about the operations of Gateway Bank Mortgage, Inc. Discover what mortgage products and services it offers and how ...
  33. Why Inflation Feels Higher Than the Fed's Target Rate

    Follow the monthly readings on core PCE inflation in the Personal Income and Outlays reports to understand the Federal Reserve's ...
  34. What Druckenmiller Is Saying About the U.S. Pension System

    Assess the sustainability of the Social Security system in the United States based on Stanley Druckenmiller's warnings. How ...
  35. 3 Reasons to Avoid Variable-Rate Mortgages

    Understand the difference between fixed-rate and variable-rate mortgages, and learn the primary reasons for avoiding a variable-rate ...
  36. Is the American Dream Dead?

    Find out why the American Dream lives on and how entrepreneurial optimism is driving more innovative start-ups in an age ...
  37. How a Death Benefit in a Variable Annuity Works

    A look at how the death benefit in a variable annuity works.
  38. Walmart Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (WMT)

    Learn about a handful of companies that generate revenue for Wal-Mart, including a gas station chain, a self-serve kiosk ...
  39. Real Estate: A Quick Guide to Boston

    Find out how the housing market is faring in historic Boston, and why the median condominium price is higher than the median ...
  40. Small Life Changes That Save You Money

    There are a number of ways your personal life can impact your bottom line.
  41. 5 Ways New Investors Can Reduce Stress

    Learn five ways to reduce stress prior to investing, involving budgeting, diversification and risk tolerance.
  42. Amerisave Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know

    Find out what you need to know about online mortgage lender Amerisave Mortgage Corporation and what customers are saying ...
  43. Why the Stock Market Isn't Affected by Slow GDP Growth

    Learn how the stock market reached new levels in the years following the financial crisis, even though U.S. economic conditions ...
  44. The Top 4 J.C. Penney Shareholders (JCP)

    Discover J.C. Penney 's top four direct shareholders. Learn about how many shares they hold and obtain a brief description ...
  45. Is the Eurozone Recovery for Real?

    Is the eurozone’s consumption-led growth uptick sustainable? We took some of the firm’s most senior portfolio managers to ...
  46. Mortgage Lenders of America Reviews: What You Need to Know

    Learn why Mortgage Lenders of America is recommended by 90% of its customers, based on quality customer service experience ...
  47. Credit vs. Debit Cards: Which Is Better?

    Be strategic about the card you choose
  48. Homeowner’s Insurance Gaps to Watch Out For

    Wind and flood damage. Sewer backups. Sinkholes. What coverage are you missing that could cost you a bundle in repairs?
  49. 5 Critical Steps to Take Before You Retire

    Exiting the workforce soon? You need to make sure your financial house is in order. These actions will help you on your way. ...
  50. Should Apple Acquire Tesla? (AAPL, TSLA)

    Understand why Apple should not acquire Tesla and how the two companies may not benefit equally from a merger.
  51. 5 Landscaping Tips that Won’t Break the Bank

    Are you considering selling your home this summer? Then you should get your landscape in shape. Here are five secrets to ...
  52. Wells Fargo Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know

    Learn about Wells Fargo, including a company description, the mortgage products it offers, the rates it provides and consensus ...
  53. Ford Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (F)

    Discover which companies Ford relies on as its most important customers to help the iconic company remain the top-selling ...
  54. Real Estate: A Quick Guide to Miami

    Learn about Miami's real estate market and how it has changed since 2011; explore the city's most expensive neighborhoods, ...
  55. Real Estate Flipping: 8 Disclosures You Must Make

    If you don't tell potential buyers about these situations and possible hazards, you could find yourself in court. Here's ...
  56. Real Estate: A Quick Guide to Memphis

    Explore the Memphis real estate market and how it has changed since 2011, and identify its most expensive neighborhoods and ...
  57. Twitter Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (TWTR)

    Find out how Twitter came to dominate social media and how the company promotes business for five of its key customers in ...
  58. Are These the Golden Days for Gold?

    Given an environment of low and even negative yields, slow growth and potential signs of rising inflation, Russ discusses ...
  59. Top 3 Cities to Open a Gym in the U.S.

    Learn why North Las Vegas, Scottsdale and Sacramento represent three of the best U.S. cities to open a new gym or health ...
  60. Alibaba Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (BABA)

    Learn about Alibaba Group Holding and discover the companies that are its key suppliers. Obtain a brief description and analysis ...
  61. How to Use Client Tax Forms to Gain More Business

    Financial planners can learn a great deal about their clients by looking at their tax returns. Here's specifically where ...
  62. 4 Boomer Retirement Basics

    Here are 4 basics for Boomers who want to get a leg up on retirement.
  63. Overbank Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know (EVER)

    Learn about the operations of EverBank Financial Corp. Discover what mortgage products and services the bank offers and how ...
  64. Property Taxes in Texas: A Quick Guide

    Discover all the things you should know about how property taxes are assessed in the state of Texas and what this could mean ...
  65. PennyMac Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know (PFSI)

    Learn about PennyMac. Obtain a description of the company, the mortgage products it offers, the rates it provides and general ...
  66. Avoid These 11 High-Net-Worth Money Mistakes

    With larger sums come more chances for bigger mistakes. Here is a list of 11 common high-net-worth retirement planning mistakes ...
  67. Target Corp: WACC Analysis (TGT)

    Learn about the importance of capital structure when making investment decisions, and how Target's capital structure compares ...
  68. PHH Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know

    Learn about PHH Mortgage, including the mortgage products it offers, the rates it provides and a general consensus from consumer ...
  69. The Top 2 Robo-Advisors for Retirees

    Retirees looking to cut their investment management costs may want to consider these two robo-advisors.
  70. Top Alternatives to the File and Suspend Strategy

    Although the file and suspend strategy has ended there are a few other options that can still increase the amount of retirement ...
  71. Alibaba Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (BABA)

    Find out how Alibaba became a global leader in e-commerce through retail, health and information technology services, and ...
  72. 5 Financial Strategies to Last a Lifetime

    To stay consistent with your financial goals, here are five financial strategies to help you grow your balance sheet and ...
  73. Avoid This Life Insurance Policy Pitfall

    Life insurance policies need to be reviewed regularly to make sure that the beneficiary you chose some time ago is still ...
  74. The Challenge the Fed Faces (in 2 Powerful Charts)

    The Fed faces a big challenge as it seeks to raise interest rates this year: The central bank already missed the “window ...
  75. 3 Ways Your Retirement Will Be Different from Your Parents’

    An aging global population has numerous implications for what it means to retire, but there are some key points to highlight ...
  76. Why It's So Important to Update Your Estate Plan

    As rules and exemptions tied to the estate tax change, so should your estate plan. Here's why updating it is so important.
  77. When Maxing Out Your 401(k) Isn't a Good Idea

    Maxing out your 401(k) is a great accomplishment, but not always the best thing to do. Here are three times when it doesn't ...
  78. Buffett's Moat: How Sustainable is Tesla's Competitive Advantage? (TSLA)

    Discover the factors of success for Tesla and how its first mover strategy has led to its success as a pioneer in the electronic ...
  79. Real Estate: A Quick Guide to Houston

    Learn how the Houston real estate market has changed since 2011, and identify the city's most expensive neighborhoods and ...
  80. The Ethereum DAO is Born

    DAO, built on smart contracts encoded into the ethereum blockchain has already raised $41 million, making it the 2nd most ...
  81. Amazon Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (AMZN)

    Discover which companies depend the most on Amazon.com, the largest retailer in the world, for sizable portions of their ...
  82. 4 Financial Recommendations for Millennials

    Explore four basic financial recommendations for Millennials. Find out why systematic savings, debt reduction and financial ...
  83. Retirees: Don’t Lose Your Fiduciary Rule Protection

    Retired? The Department of Labor’s proposed fiduciary rule may affect the management of your tax-advantaged retirement accounts. ...
  84. 5 Unexpected Expenses to Save For

    Rainy day funds are important, and not just in the event of a job loss. Here are five reasons why you should have easy access ...
  85. Non-Traded BDCs: Worth the Risks?

    Non-traded BDCs, which lend to high-risk companies, have become a popular investment choice. But they also carry cost and ...
  86. How Risky Is Borrowing Online?

    Peer-to-peer lending is a new but fast-growing market, but the ease and convenience of using online lenders can entice you ...
  87. Facebook Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (FB)

    Discover how Facebook came to dominate social networking and how the company utilizes key suppliers to remain a global powerhouse.
  88. One Reverse Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know (INTU)

    Discover what products One Reverse Mortgage can offer for homeowners age 62 and over, and learn if a home equity conversion ...
  89. Ready to Retire? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

    Can you afford to stop working and step into a comfortable, stress-free retirement? Here are three questions to ask to help ...
  90. How to Choose Between a Roth or Traditional 401(k)

    A Roth 401(k) offers potential advantages, but may or may not be the right choice for a given client. Here's how to decide. ...
  91. Can Lump Sum Payments Fix Social Security?

    Solving the problems that riddle Social Security won't be carried out with a single solution. Here's one idea that could ...
  92. Moody's Downgrades 3 Gulf Countries' Credit

    Moody's downgraded the credit ratings of three Gulf countries over the weekend.
  93. McDonald's Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (MCD)

    Learn about a handful of important McDonald's customers, including several major franchisees operating in countries around ...
  94. Sheryl Sandberg's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg's success story including her early life and education and career path to top female ...
  95. 3 Billionaire PMs That You Should Follow (BRK.A, KO)

    Explore three portfolio managers, each with a personal net worth exceeding $1 billion, and discover similarities between ...
  96. The 3 Best Online Mortgage Lenders

    Learn about three of the top online mortgage lenders. Find out about the innovative new mortgage product features and services ...
  97. Quicken Loans Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know (INTU)

    Learn about Quicken Loans, including the mortgage products it offers and what consumer reviewers think about them.
  98. Stonegate Mortgage Reviews: What You Need to Know (SGM)

    Learn about Stonegate Mortgage, the mortgage products it offers, the rates it provides and a general consensus from consumer ...
  99. Home Depot Stock: Analyzing 3 Key Customers (HD)

    Find out which companies pay significant portions of their operating budgets to Home Depot and why their relationships are ...
  100. Disney Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (DIS)

    Discover how some of Disney's most important corporate customers help the media giant distribute its vast array of family-oriented ...
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