Personal Finance Articles

  1. Retiring in Vietnam: The Pros and Cons

    Vietnam – with its natural beauty, welcoming locals and low cost of living – is worth a look as a retirement spot. Here are ...
  2. Student Loan Forgiveness: A New Route

    DeVry (and other for-profit) students & grads, pay attention: An obscure direct-loan program reg could make it possible to ...
  3. The Top 5 Female CEOs to Watch Out For in 2016

    Here is why these five women CEOs will make a big impact in 2016.
  4. 4 Value Plays in the Retail Sector for H1 2016 (BBBY, WMT)

    Discover four value stocks of companies operating in the retail sector that can prove valuable investments for the second ...
  5. The Top 5 Micro Cap Retail Stocks for 2016 (KIRK,TCS)

    Identify five promising micro-cap retail stocks that all growth investors should have their eyes on when making portfolio ...
  6. Stressed Out? How Advisors Can Deal with It

    Financial advisors face loads of stress, especially during troubled times. Here's how to deal with the job's stresses and ...
  7. New Year's Resolutions: How to Help Clients Adhere

    Clients setting new resolutions is one thing, but it can be hard to achieve financial goals for some people. Here's how advisors ...
  8. You’re Leaving: Should Your 401(k) Stay?

    Companies now want departing employees to keep their 401(k) plans invested with the firm's manager. Is that a good idea, ...
  9. Fortune Brands Home & Security: An Activist Investment Analysis (FBHS)

    Read about Bill Ackman's highly successful breakup of longtime holding company Fortune Brands in one of the most profitable ...
  10. Clorox: An Activist Investment Analysis (CLX)

    Read about the high-profile battle between The Clorox Company and billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, who had three ...
  11. Etsy: How It's Fared Since Its 2015 IPO (ETSY)

    Discover why Etsy had one of the worst IPOs of 2015, and how you would have fared as an investor had you invested in Etsy ...
  12. Party City Holdings: How It's Fared Since Its 2015 IPO (PRTY)

    Learn about Party City Holding's performance as a public company. Investors would have lost much more than the Russell 2 ...
  13. Fitbit Inc: How It's Fared Since Its 2015 IPO (FIT)

    Read about Fitbit and its position in the wearable fitness device market, and learn more about how it has performed since ...
  14. How High-Deductible Health Plans Work

    It will give you access to a Health Savings Account, but are the limitations worth the benefits?
  15. How Does Medicare Work After Retirement?

    One of the most important topics in retirement is Medicare. Here's the lowdown on how it works and what it may cost you.
  16. University Donations: Which Schools Got the Most

    A closer look at the staggering $40.3 billion donated to colleges and universities in 2015.
  17. Business Analyst: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn the different types of business analyst careers available; understand the skills and education needed and the salary ...
  18. 10 Tips for Getting a Fair Price on a Home

    When the housing market booms, it's tougher than ever to get a good price. Make sure the house you choose is worth the price ...
  19. Obama’s Final Gesture to Expand Retirement

    President Obama has announced that the 2017 congressional budget will feature an attempt to expand access to qualified retirement ...
  20. 3 Things That May Happen at FOMC Meeting

    We are keeping a close eye on what the Fed will say about economic outcomes and participants’ viewpoints at the FOMC meeting ...
  21. 5 Best Real Estate Markets for 2016

    Real estate investing can be very lucrative, and these five markets are poised for a profitable 2016.
  22. JNJ vs. PG: Which is the Better Bet Right Now?

    These two stocks are long-term powerhouses, but one has the edge over the other right now.
  23. 5 Reasons Americans Retire in Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico’s unique status as a U.S. territory can make it particularly attractive to Americans.
  24. Solo 401(k) vs. SEP: Which is Best for Biz Owners?

    Owners of small businesses have several choices when it comes to saving for retirement. When does it make sense to choose ...
  25. Medicare: Reducing Income for the Right Reasons

    The higher your income the higher your surcharges on Medicare payments. Find ways to reduce income and reduce payments via ...
  26. How Billionaires Around the Globe Give Back

    This list of foreign billionaire philanthropists is robust. Here's a list of rich entrepreneurs around the globe who have ...
  27. Managing Housing Costs During Retirement

    Keeping your home in retirement could pose financial restrictions you may not have considered. Explore options and keep more ...
  28. Events in 2016 That'll Alter Your Retirement Plans

    Retirement savers who are trying to see what lies ahead can expect these changes affecting their retirement plans in 2016.
  29. Got a Raise? 7 Smart Things to Do With It

    If you get a raise and spend all of it each month, from a wealth-building perspective you didn’t get a raise at all. Make ...
  30. The Top 5 Micro Cap Healthcare Stocks for 2016 (FONR,AGTC)

    Learn about the health care sector's performance since the bull market began and five micro-cap health care stocks to watch ...
  31. 3 Changes to Watch at Sony (SNE)

    Learn how Sony's restructuring has returned the company to profitability, and what signs to watch for to see if Sony can ...
  32. 7 Fun Spring-Break Family Vacations for Retirees

    Now's the time to plan a spring-break vacation and bond with the grandkids. Here are seven great family-friendly vacation ...
  33. 3 Reasons To Get High-Premium Health Insurance

    Health insurance is expensive, which is why many people opt for the lowest-premium plan. But that may not always be the cheapest.
  34. The Top 5 Small Cap Restaurant Stocks for 2016 (BLMN,DENN)

    Learn about the market conditions that could help continue pushing restaurant stocks higher in 2016 and the five small-cap ...
  35. Making Money Off Your GoPro Videos (GPRO)

    Find out how to make money from your GoPro videos. The company offers a licensing platform that allows entrepreneurs to sell ...
  36. Is Catastrophic Health Insurance Right for You?

    Catastrophic health plans protect you from high medical costs if you get seriously hurt or injured. But when is catastrophic ...
  37. How Pinterest Can Make a Move On The Male Market

    By considering the preferences of men in its generation of content, features and functions, Pinterest could win over a market ...
  38. 3 Automotive Stocks to Look Out for in 2016

    A look at three automotive stocks that have outperformed the market for the last five years.
  39. How Venture Capital Will Change in 2016

    Venture capitalists face a tech bubble on the horizon, along with an influx of new non-traditional investors via Wall Street ...
  40. What is the American Dream in 2016?

    The American Dream is still alive and well, but it looks very different than it used to.
  41. How Does Slack Work and Make Money?

    This on the rise Unicorn is an enterprise chat platform that aims to integrate all aspects of your work life on one simple ...
  42. The 7 Best Countries for Retiring in Latin America

    You’ll find plenty of Latin American countries on this year’s lists of top places to retire abroad. Here’s a look at a few.
  43. The 4 Best Countries for Retiring in Asia

    Whether you're looking to hang out with your fellow expats, or immerse yourself in the local culture, Asia has much to offer ...
  44. Which Life Insurance is Right For You?

    Consumers have choices when it comes to life insurance. Knowing your future needs for cash or retirement can make the difference ...
  45. How to Hedge Longevity Risk with Annuities

    Many Americans are looking for guaranteed retirement income that will last as long as they will. Here's how immediate annuities ...
  46. How Fees and Taxes Can Consume Your Nest Egg

    The challenges of saving for retirement are many; high fees, excessive fund costs and the impact of taxes can really add ...
  47. 7 Best Robo-Advisors for Client Transparency

    These are the top seven robo-advisors when it comes to the transparency of their fees and services.
  48. McGraw Hill Financial: An Activist Investment Analysis (MHFI, MHE)

    Learn about the high-profile split between McGraw Hill Financial and McGraw Hill Education, and how a few activist investors ...
  49. Can My Pension Fund Embrace Automated Investing?

    Robo-advisors are the hot thing in investment management. Is one coming to a retirement fund near you, or does your fund ...
  50. Harry's Review: Is It Worth It?

    Find out if Harry's, the fast-growing, online purveyor of low-cost razor blades and shaving kits, is worth all of the hype ...
  51. This Is What Donald Trump's Portfolio Looks Like

    Find out what Donald Trump's portfolio looks like and gain some interesting insights into the way the billionaire's investment ...
  52. How Bank Cost-Cutting Could Affect You

    Banks are looking to cut costs. If history is any guide, it could be at your expense. Here's how to protect yourself.
  53. Financial Analyst: Job Description & Average Salary

    Understand the types of career paths you can take as a financial analyst, and learn the education and skills you need to ...
  54. Is a Vanguard Roth IRA Account Right For You?

    Learn about factors such as fees and fund performance that help determine whether Vanguard is a suitable place to hold a ...
  55. Uber: An IPO Candidate in 2016?

    Find out the reasons why massively successful Uber Technologies, Inc. may be a candidate for an initial public offering (IPO) ...
  56. Stormy Winter Weather: Do This to Survive

    Maybe you’ll get through the winter without dealing with a(nother) monster storm, but it’s best to be ready. Work down this ...
  57. Tools for Finding the Right Loan or Grant for Your Small Business

    Learn more about some of the best tools, resources and organizations available to connect small business owners with business ...
  58. Philippines: A Friendly Country for English Speakers

    Read about one of Asia's top English-speaking countries, and learn about the government policies that have brought English ...
  59. Why Commodities Aren't to Blame for Market Malaise

    Commodities are taking the brunt of the blame for poor investment performance. Are they the real villain?
  60. What to do During a Market Correction

    The market has corrected...now what? Here's what you should consider rather than panicking.
  61. 7 Ways to Use a Strong Credit Score During Retirement

    Find out why it is important to maintain a good credit in retirement. Learn seven reasons not to leave your credit score ...
  62. 6 Best Renters Insurance Providers

    Here are six companies that consistently offer excellent renters insurance at competitive rates.
  63. Manpacks Review: Is It Worth It?

    Find out if Manpacks, the fast-growing e-commerce subscription service for men's grooming products and underwear, is worth ...
  64. Amazon Financing Now in the U.K.: Is America Next?

    Amazon has unveiled a great credit product in the U.K. Will America be the next country to have access to this financing ...
  65. How to Hire a Retirement Advisor

    Making a retirement plan is a demanding task. Finding the right person (or people) to do it takes care.
  66. What Retirees Need to Know About Health Insurance

    Healthcare costs can eat a large chunk out of a retiree's income. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare and make the ...
  67. Your Retirement-Planning Team

    As you accumulate wealth, retirement planning can be too complex for just one person. The right team can help you avoid headaches ...
  68. Make Sure You Avoid Adding These Mutual Funds to Your 401(k)

    Find out which five types of mutual funds you should avoid in your 401(k), including why buying this year's hottest fund ...
  69. An Annuity Lowdown for Investors and Advisors

    Knowing how annuities work starts with an explanation of what each part is. Here is a list of terms that cover the basic ...
  70. Retirement Planning for the Wealthy: Top Tips

    A recent study shows a few key areas of financial planning that advisors are overlooking for wealthy individuals. Here's ...
  71. Is This the Most Important Retirement Investment?

    Giving back in retirement is an oft-ignored but important investment. Giving charitably can be a force for happiness for ...
  72. 5 Robo-Advisor Predictions for 2016

    One of the fastest-growing sectors within the financial services industry, robo-advising will see many changes this year. ...
  73. Best Income Investing Strategies for Retirees

    The past few years have been tough for retirees seeking income from their investments. Here are some of the best strategies ...
  74. How to Prod Clients Into Talking Long-Term Care

    Long-term care is a difficult subject to broach, but it's a reality for millions of Americans. Here's how to bring it up ...
  75. All That Glitters Does Not Belong in an IRA

    Gold can be an attractive investment given its meteoric rise. But those wanting it within their IRA must look at some of ...
  76. Performance Review: Real Estate in 2015

    Find out why there are signs of another housing bubble after a great year for real estate investors in 2015, and see some ...
  77. Relative Value Unit-Based Compensation Structure Explained

    Learn how a relative value unit-based compensation structure works for physicians and why it may help reduce health care ...
  78. 3 Economic Challenges France Faces in 2016

    Learn about the three most significant economic challenges facing France in 2016. How will France implement reforms to improve ...
  79. 3 Economic Challenges Russia Faces in 2016

    Learn about the three largest challenges facing the Russian economy in 2016. How will low oil prices and high inflation impact ...
  80. Beach Property in California: The Pros & Cons

    Learn the pros and cons of buying a beach condo in California, and how to protect yourself from common pitfalls many condominium ...
  81. 3 Methods to use Life Insurance as an Investment During Retirement

    Find out whether life insurance may be a smart investment after you retire, and why it really depends on what you are trying ...
  82. 5 Economic Changes to Expect if a Democrat Wins in 2016

    Discover the potential economic effects of a Democratic White House win in 2016, including higher taxes for the wealthy and ...
  83. 3 Safer Income-Oriented Asset Classes for Retirees in 2016

    Learn why the chase for safe retirement income will continue in 2016 with market yields remaining low, even with the Fed's ...
  84. The Importance of Being an iPhone

    Apple's iPhone sales are predicted to slow down in the coming year. They may need to look beyond iPhones for growth. Or, ...
  85. How to Help a Client Qualify for Medicaid

    Figuring out Medicaid eligibility can be very complicated—here are some steps to help you assist clients with qualifying ...
  86. Pros and Cons of Indexed Universal Life Insurance

    Indexed universal life insurance has its pros and cons. Here's what you need to consider before purchasing a policy.
  87. Beach Property in Puerto Rico: The Pros & Cons

    Learn these important tips for buying a beach condo in Puerto Rico. You need to have a buyer's agent and an attorney to represent ...
  88. A Look Into Alibaba's Main Competitor: JD.com (BABA, JD)

    Read about China's two largest e-commerce companies, and learn about some operational developments that are slowly bringing ...
  89. The Top 3 Invesco Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Explore analyses of the top three Invesco mutual funds for retirement diversification in 2016, and learn about the characteristics ...
  90. 6 Cities in Puerto Rico for Retirement and Vacationing

    Learn about some of the most popular retirement destinations in Puerto Rico, and decide whether this U.S. territory is the ...
  91. People Are Watching Showtime's "Billions" Because They Feel Wall St Is Screwing Them

    TV dramas about Wall Street have historically tanked. That is, until Showtime's "Billions." A few financial crises can alter ...
  92. Top 5 Transamerica Funds for Retirement Diversification in 2016

    Learn about five Transamerica funds that can provide retirees with viable alternatives to underperforming savings through ...
  93. How Catastrophic Health Insurance Works

    Catastrophic health insurance is open to people under 30 and those who qualify by income under the Affordable Care Act. But ...
  94. 3 Reasons Why This Is the Perfect Time To Visit Greece

    Discover three reasons why now is the best time to visit Greece, including the favorable exchange rate and the country's ...
  95. Obamacare Penalty: What Actually Happens (& When)

    If you didn't have health insurance last year – or miss this year's deadline – how is the Affordable Care Act penalty enforced?
  96. B/E Aerospace: An Activist Investment Analysis (BEAV)

    Find out how activist investment fund Relational Investors forced B/E Aerospace to split up, only to pull out after founder ...
  97. The Generation Gap in Retirement Savings

    Baby Boomers may be closer to retirement, but compared to Millennials, they’re less likely to be on track with their savings. ...
  98. Treasurer: Job Description & Average Salary

    Discover more about the responsibilities of a treasurer and the skills needed for this position, as well as the average annual ...
  99. Uber vs. Avis

    Car rental companies are taking a hit: Uber has become the number one choice for business travelers looking for a ride. Here’s ...
  100. 6 Personal Finance Tips to Start 2016

    The new year is an excellent opportunity to review your personal financial plan and take steps to get on track to meet your ...
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