Personal Finance Articles

  1. The Minimum Wage: Does It Matter?

    The numbers show that a fight for a living wage is more important than a fight for a raise in minimum wage.
  2. Don’t Fail Student Loan Debt 101

    Don't be a statistic! According to a recent study, six in 10 Millennials don’t know what they owe or what to do with student ...
  3. Messenger's Latest Frontier: E-commerce (FB, FLWS)

    Facebook has introduced the Messenger platform in Beta, enabling chatbots for e-commerce and other communications between ...
  4. This Social Security Collection Strategy Expires Soon

    A Social Security collection strategy used by many couples to maximize benefits will not be available to new users on April ...
  5. File & Suspend Ends April 29th: How to Adjust

    Retirees, near-retirees and their financial advisors are about to lose a $60k Social Security loophole. Act fast or find ...
  6. Can the U.S. Consumer Continue to Hold Up the World?

    Seven years into the recovery, a key driver of economic growth continues to demonstrate a frustrating conundrum: Consumer ...
  7. Money Fund Alternatives for 401(k) Plan Clients

    Upcoming changes to money market fund rules may trigger changes in options offered by many 401(k) plans. Here are some alternatives ...
  8. Top Tips for Creating a Web Portal for Clients

    Fostering communication and workflow with clients via a secure, web-based portal should be of the utmost importance for advisors. ...
  9. Move Over, Yuppie. Here Comes the Yuccie

    If you're not a “yuccie” (“young urban creative”) yourself, it's time you learned who they are. Think artisanal - but not ...
  10. Mark Mahaney Gives Insights on Twitter Inc and Yahoo (TWTR, YHOO)

    In an exclusive interview, top RBC analyst Mark Mahaney explains his views on troubled companies Twitter Inc (TWTR) and Yahoo! ...
  11. What Lenders Look at on Your Credit Report

    What do lenders consider when they look at your credit report? It’s a simple question with a complicated answer.
  12. Retirement: U.S. Vs. Abroad

    Which option would make more sense for you: retiring abroad or staying at home in the U.S.? A look at the advantages and ...
  13. St. Jude Medical is Turning the Corner (STJ)

    A review of St. Jude Medical's business operations, financials, valuation and growth drivers.
  14. Top Paying Cities with a High Standard of Living

    Here are the best places to live to earn a high income and enjoy a high standard of living in 2016.
  15. Where You Get the Most/Least for Your State Taxes

    Are you deriving the greatest benefits from your tax dollars? A recent survey from WalletHub may indicate otherwise.
  16. Why Wirehouses are Winners Under Fiduciary Rule

    Under the final fiduciary rule wirehouses will see less restrictions than originally thought.
  17. Some Annuities Lose Fiduciary Rule Exemption

    Fixed-indexed annuities have lost an exemption under the final fiduciary rule, a move that wasn't expected.
  18. What to Know Before Moving to a Lower-Tax State

    Moving to a state with different tax rules can be very tempting. Here are some things you should consider before moving for ...
  19. GoPro Hires Apple Hardware Designer (GPRO, AAPL)

    While Coster will bring with him much experience about ways to keep customers enthused and engaged about a brand, it won't ...
  20. 3 Federal Income Tax Facts You Didn't Know

    Learn about three federal income tax facts that most Americans may not know from one of the most trusted financial resources ...
  21. Yes, You Can Still Expect Health Insurance at Work

    A recent report from The New York Times says that health plans offered by employers are here to stay, despite the passage ...
  22. Zika Virus: Latest Advice on Staying Safe

    The new concern is increasing brain infections in adults from Zika. Also see the 50 U.S. cities Zika could reach this summer. ...
  23. Should You Incorporate Your Business?

    Find out how becoming a corporation can protect and further your finances.
  24. Should You Buy A Life Insurance Disability Rider?

    Does it make sense to pay an additional cost for a waiver of premium rider on a life insurance policy?
  25. Rent vs. Buy: It’s Different for Expensive Property

    For multi-million dollar homes, renting often nets out as costing less than the expenses/other financials of buying a comparable ...
  26. Will Staples ETFs Continue to be a Safe Haven

    Consumer staples stocks and ETFs that track them can be a haven during tough market times.
  27. How to Guide Married Clients Who Fight About Money

    Money is a top conflict among couples. Here's how to deflate the tension so that couples can focus on maximizing their finances, ...
  28. Why Fiduciary Rule is Good News for Small Plans

    Under the new fiduciary rule small business owners may be subject to less risk for the plans that they sponsor. Here's why. ...
  29. Should You Change Your Retirement Portfolio?

    The government's new fiduciary rule is a reason to look hard at your retirement savings and consider replacing those that ...
  30. Long-term Care Policies: Not All Created the Same

    All long-term care policies have unique advantages and disadvantages. Here's an overview.
  31. Tax Credits That Can Get You a Refund

    Here are a few of the credits that may result in a refund check, even if you owe no taxes this year.
  32. How New Pro Athletes Can Secure Their Finances

    You’ve made it to the show. That means now is the best time to look beyond your playing days.
  33. 3 Reasons to Invest in Multi-family Real Estate

    Here are three reasons to consider investing in multi-family real estate as opposed to single unit rental properties.
  34. Do You Need Short-Term Health Insurance?

    Yes, if you've no other coverage options. Here’s what you need to know about how it works and how it differs from employer-provided ...
  35. GM's 4th Ignition Switch Case Dismissed (GM)

    The sooner GM can put these cases behind it and start building better/safer cars, the quicker it can grow the business and ...
  36. How to Land Affluent Business Owners as Clients

    Successful business owners comprise a substantial portion of affluent households in America. Here are some tips on how advisors ...
  37. You'd Be Rich If You Were Taxed Like a Multinational

    Oh, the money you'd save. Something to think about as you fill out your own taxes, which aren't getting a tax holiday from ...
  38. Delta's Unique Employee Structure and Its Logic Behind It (DAL)

    Find out if new profit sharing will affect the unionization efforts of Delta employees or if bigger raises keep employees ...
  39. The Best Day and Month to List Your Home

    Want to make a quicker sale? Get your house on the market this spring and pick the perfect day of the week to attract buyers. ...
  40. How Advisors Can Help Surviving Spouses

    When someone dies, it's natural for a surviving spouse to grieve. But with a little planning, fear of an unknown financial ...
  41. 5 Ways to Budget Home Remodeling Costs

    A bit of preparation and research on home remodeling can help you avoid unpleasant surprises and anticipate the real costs ...
  42. Why Low Volatility ETFs Can Serve You Well in Volatile Times

    Low volatility ETFs may not make you rich, but they can provide a cushion in volatile times.
  43. Mom, What’s This 401(k) Thing?

    We are well aware of the advice we give to young people just starting out in the work force: "Start saving for retirement." ...
  44. Why Clients Leave Their Advisors

    Clients fire financial advisors for many reasons. Here's a rundown on why they're likely to do so and how to avoid losing ...
  45. A Guide to Social Security Dependent Benefits

    Advisors and their clients tend to focus on Social Security retirement benefits. Social Security also offers dependent benefits. ...
  46. Long-Term Care Policies: Why They're Worth It

    Long-term care insurance can be a godsend for those who need it for an extended period of time. Read on for more about this ...
  47. How to Avoid the 6 Most Common Tax Audit Triggers

    These are the most common scenarios that can trigger the IRS to audit a tax return.
  48. Tax-Season Home Stretch: Last-Minute Deductions

    April 18th is almost here, but it's still not too late to find some last-minute deductions. Act now!
  49. What Happens If You Lie on a Car Insurance Application

    The majority lies to save on premiums – but consequences can be severe for not owning up to things like tickets, accidents ...
  50. Finding The Top Retirement Cities In Cambodia

    A retirement choice for the adventurous, Cambodia is finding its place as a small but shining success story in the developing ...
  51. A Statistic About the U.S. Economy that May Surprise You

    Learn why many commentators seem to be pessimistically focused on the U.S. economy’s weak wage growth and manufacturing sector ...
  52. What Type Of Person Needs A Financial Advisor?

    What kind of person should enlist the help of a financial advisor and who might be better off going it alone?
  53. Your 401(k): Not the Best Emergency Fund

    If you have an emergency and need to access your retirement funds, you may have to pay a penalty if you dip into your 401(k). ...
  54. How Apple's Court Defeat Will Reshape the E-book Market

    Apple recently lost the final appeal in the e-book price-fixing case and Apple's loss is Amazon's win.
  55. Which Child's Best for Monetary Power of Attorney?

    Don’t make the mistake of trying to appear “fair” or avoid hurt feelings. Trustworthiness and ability are the factors to ...
  56. U.S. Visas for Entrepreneurs, Investors & Skilled Workers

    The options for getting a scarce U.S. visa. For the fourth year in a row, there will be a lottery for the H-1B visa for skilled ...
  57. 4 Tips on Being Upfront About Fees with Clients

    Advisors should be proactive in discussing fees so clients know what they are paying. Here are some pointers in how to start ...
  58. Rebalance IRA: The Right Robo-Advisor Fit for You?

    Here are the pros and cons of investing time and money into Rebalance IRA, a robo-advisor upstart that zeroes in on retirement ...
  59. How to Get the Most out of Your HELOC

    A home equity line of credit allows you to leverage your home for different reasons. Here are three ways to get the most ...
  60. Owe Taxes? You Could Lose Your Passport

    A rule slipped into a transportation bill allows the U.S. government to revoke your passport if your tax debt exceeds $5 ...
  61. Are Low-Down-Payment Mortgages Better than Paying PMI?

    When you can’t put down at least 20% on a mortgage, you usually have to have private mortgage insurance (PMI). But what about ...
  62. Medicare’s New Payment Rules: Should You Worry?

    Medicare is moving from a fee-per-service model for hip and knee replacements to one that involves bundled payments. How ...
  63. Using the TIPS Spread to Predict Inflation (TIP, ATPIX)

    Learn how analysts and investors use the TIPS spread to forecast inflation rates, and how accurate the TIPS spread has been ...
  64. Reverse Mortgages: How They Can Cushion Retirement

    Reverse mortgages can add some wiggle room to your retirement budget. Here's the lowdown on how to use them — and how not ...
  65. Advisors on the Air: Tips for Hosting a Radio Show

    Hosting a radio show is a great way for financial advisors to reach new clients. Here are some tips on how to generate quality ...
  66. Tips on How to Delay RMDs for Working Clients

    Qualified plan participants who work past age 70½ can delay taking required minimum distributions if they qualify. Here's ...
  67. How Working Longer Impacts Social Security

    A look at the impact of working longer on Social Security retirement benefits.
  68. Which Retirement Funds Are Protected from Creditors?

    While many employer-sponsored retirement accounts – including most 401(k)s – are protected against creditors, that’s not ...
  69. How to Save for Retirement Like a Wealthy CEO

    Don't have a CEO's income? You can still employ a millionaire’s saving strategy when it comes to planning for retirement. ...
  70. 401(k) Alternatives for High-Income Earners

    One downside to earning more is a higher tax rate on your 401(k) distributions. Here's how high-earners can minimize that ...
  71. 4 Ways to Get a Degree Without Taking on Debt

    Although taking out student loans has become the norm in recent times, it is possible to get a degree without the burden ...
  72. How the Fiduciary Rule Could Save Investors $17B

    Supporters of the new "fiduciary rule" say it could save Americans with IRAs and 401(k)s around $17 billion per year, but ...
  73. What Does It Cost to Retire in Panama?

    Learn how much it costs to retire comfortably in Panama, and why it has become one of the most popular retirement destinations ...
  74. Up-to-Six-Figure Loans a Business Can Get – Fast

    The banking industry has invested a lot of money into shortening loan approval times from a few weeks to a few minutes, but ...
  75. Why Many Americans Believe Retirement is Out of Reach

    If a financially secure retirement feels like it's just beyond your grasp, you're not alone. This year's EBRI survey reveals ...
  76. Panama Papers Tip of the Iceberg as Congress Aids Tax Cheats & Terrorists

    Never mind the Panama Papers. America has its own ‘State Thieves, Embezzlers And Liars (STEAL) Protection Acts’ that can ...
  77. Yes, Drug Prices Really Have Doubled

    It isn’t just your imagination: The price of prescription meds has been climbing. The trend is expected to continue, so start ...
  78. Is the Fed On the Right Track?

    Find out why the Federal Reserve (Fed) missed its window to raise interest rates nearly three years ago, when conditions ...
  79. Wealthy Execs Face Tougher Curbs on Bonuses

    The ways of amassing wealth on Wall Street are about to change, thanks to new federal regulations regarding executive bonus ...
  80. Savings Priority: Which Goals Beat Retirement?

    Everyone knows that they should save more for retirement, but a Capital One Investing survey shows that other goals come ...
  81. Watch the Fees on Your New Car - They Can Add Up!

    If you’re in the market for a new car, the asking price isn’t the only number you should be negotiating. The fees can cost ...
  82. How are Englander's investment faring? (QCOM, SUNE)

    Let’s take a closer look at Israel Englander’s fourth quarter investments in QUALCOMM, Inc. and Sunedison Inc.
  83. Fiduciary Rule: How Advisors Should Outsource Risk

    The impending fiduciary rule will lead to increased liability for many advisors but there are ways to outsource some of the ...
  84. Grow Your Referrals from Pros with These Tips

    Getting referrals from other professionals can be one of the best ways to grow your business. Here are five ways to do it.
  85. Advisors: How to Sell Your Practice to a Larger Firm

    Selling any business can be fraught with risks and obstacles and financial advisory firms are no different.
  86. Established Wealth Managers with Robo-Advisors

    These established wealth management firms offer robo-advisor platforms or have one in the works.
  87. Toyota Joining the Competition with a New Compact Crossover (TM)

    Learn about the Toyota C-HR, how it was developed from a concept car, its launch at the Geneva Motor Show and how it will ...
  88. All You Need to Know About Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  89. Why Rollover Your Retirement Assets into an IRA?

    If you're in the workplace now, chances are you'll ask yourself this question eventually: 'Should I rollover to an IRA?' ...
  90. PIMCO and BlackRock See Inflation on Horizon

    PIMCO and BlackRock see inflation on the horizon. If you think they are correct here's how to invest.
  91. Jamie Dimon's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (C, JPM)

    Learn how Jamie Dimon did not waste time making a mark in the family business by creating one of the most successful financial ...
  92. The Top 10 European Tax Havens

    While the popular stereotype of a tax haven is a Caribbean island, these countries in Europe serve as attractive places for ...
  93. The Fiduciary Rule and IRA Rollover Conflicts

    The pending fiduciary rules proposed by the DOL could put a real crimp in rollovers from 401(k) plans to IRAs.
  94. Tax Haven Vs. Tax Shelters: Is There a Difference?

    Learn about the difference between tax havens and tax shelters, and how both are used to reduce tax liability or avoid paying ...
  95. An Argument for Not Saving Everything for Retirement

    We know that we need to amass a significant nest egg for a leisurely retirement. But what about enjoying our time now?
  96. How to Tell if You're Investing Too Conservatively

    Investing is a balance between growing and preserving your money. It's understandable to want to be conservative, but what ...
  97. Use Life Insurance to Help Those With a Disability

    Why and how to use permanent life insurance to help provide for a family member with a disability or special needs
  98. The Deadline for Catch-Up Contributions: April 18

    Those who want to maximize their retirement plan contributions can still make a prior-year contribution for 2015. Don't miss ...
  99. How to Protect Your Income No Matter What

    What does it mean to insure your income? Here are a variety of ways to do it and some insights into when it might make sense ...
  100. Salesforce's New Advisor-Focused Cloud Offering

    A solid client-advisor relationship is the foundation of reputable advisory firms. Here's a look at how Salesforce.com's ...
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