Personal Finance Articles

  1. Is Making Your Home ‘Smart’ A Dumb Idea?

    Remote-controlled devices and home systems could allow hackers to penetrate your sensitive data, not to mention your premises.
  2. The Economics of Running a Food Truck

    Thinking of getting into the food truck business? It's not as easy as it looks. Here are some of the various challenges you'll ...
  3. Retire in Peru With $200,000 of Savings?

    Peru has a very low cost of living, affordable healthcare and an excellent climate.
  4. It's Open Enrollment: Move to Medicare Advantage?

    Oct. 15 - Dec. 7 is the time (after joining) to switch from Medicare's flexibility to the often broader coverage or lower ...
  5. Tips for When Money and Mental Health Intersect

    Advisors and therapists need to recognize their limitations when it comes to dealing with clients and patients on matters ...
  6. Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses

    State-sponsored retirement plans, which small business employees can participate in, are becoming more popular. Here's why ...
  7. Robo vs. Human Advisors: Coming Together More?

    Are investors finding more human interaction with robo-advisor services? Here's a survey of the provider landscape.
  8. Your Firm's Tech: Will it Pass Millennial Muster?

    The financial advisor world is shifting. To attract top talent, companies will need to become as tech-savvy as the millennials ...
  9. Alternative Investments: Are They Right for You?

    Alternative investments can provide unique benefits to clients for whom they are suitable. But do your due diligence and ...
  10. The Highest-Paying Engineering Careers

    Learn more about some of the highest-paying jobs in field of engineering. With just a bachelor's degree, most engineers in ...
  11. 4 Ways Amazon Threatens Google's Future

    Learn how Amazon products like Amazon Prime Now, Amazon Echo, and Amazon Cloud Drive compete with Google products and pose ...
  12. Top 4 Companies Owned By Walmart (WMT)

    Look into some of Wal-Mart's most important subsidiaries, and discover how they fit into the global operations of the world's ...
  13. How to Reward and Recognize Millennial Workers

    Millennials see work differently than older employees. Companies that expect to attract and retain millennial workers must ...
  14. Should Each Child Get the Same Inheritance?

    The answer depends on what you've given your kids in the past, what their needs are now – and, unfortunately, how contentious ...
  15. Read These Tips Before Selling Your Advisory Biz

    Here are three tips financial advisors should follow when prepping their practice for a sale to help with a smooth transaction ...
  16. For this Group, Financial Advisors are a Necessity

    Doctors have high potential for building long-lasting wealth, but they need advice on the best way to pay off student loan ...
  17. Downsizing Your Home: The Tax Implications

    If you have clients who own homes that have appreciated substantially in value since their purchase, they may have significant ...
  18. Top 6 Billionaires Living in Hong Kong

    Read about the six wealthiest men in Hong Kong, each of whom posted a $10+ billion net worth in Forbes' list of the richest ...
  19. Top 8 Billionaires Living in Japan

    Read about the eight wealthiest people living in Japan, a group of mostly self-made billionaires whose net worths ranges ...
  20. 5 Ultra-Rich People Who Live Below Their Means

    How and why some crazy-rich folks have remarkably sane spending habits.
  21. This Part of Estate Planning is Often Neglected

    In forming an estate plan, don't neglect your digital assets and legacy held in online accounts.
  22. Retirement Savings: How Much is Enough?

    Sure, you can never save too much for retirement, but just how much is enough?
  23. Top 3 Companies Owned By Time Warner (TWX)

    Learn more about the three companies that make Time Warner into one of the country's biggest mass media and entertainment ...
  24. 3 Reasons to Stay Away From TIPS

    Learn three reasons why you should avoid investing in Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) and why bondholders ...
  25. Johnson Controls Expands Into Chinese Automotive Battery Market (JCI)

    Take a look at Johnson Controls' latest joint venture in China and examine the company's well-established presence in the ...
  26. The Highest-Paying Financial Careers

    Read about the most lucrative positions in the world of finance, where hard-charging professionals can make hundreds of thousands ...
  27. 3 Iconic Automakers That No Longer Exist

    Learn more about the history of the automobile industry and discover several well-known automakers that are no longer in ...
  28. The Cities Where the Ultra-Rich Retire in Texas

    Discover how warm climates and cultural diversity makes Texas a popular retirement destination, and the cities that wealthy ...
  29. Retirement Tips for Teachers

    Discover quick and easy retirement tips for teachers, such as diversifying your portfolio, having an age goal and knowing ...
  30. When to Use Target-Date Funds

    Learn about the different uses for target-date funds. Understand the risks and considerations for making an investment in ...
  31. How Bethany Mota's YouTube Vlog Became An Empire

    Less than seven years ago, Bethany Mota was just another teenager. Thanks to YouTube, she is a celebrity who makes more than ...
  32. Benefits of Deferred Compensation Plans

    Understand the difference between a qualifying or nonqualifying deferred compensation plan. Learn about the benefits of a ...
  33. How Michelle Phan's YouTube Vlog Became A Business

    Michelle Phan was once rejected from a sales associate job because she lacked experience, but the 28-year-old persisted to ...
  34. 5 Reasons to Use a Financial Advisor

    Nobody wants to pay for advice, but the help of a pro can be invaluable.
  35. How Do Silicon Valley Traders and Wall Street Traders Compare?

    There are certain benefits and drawbacks that go with being a trader on the West Coast of North America.
  36. The 3 Steps to Preparing for Rising Interest Rates

    Let’s examine three steps you can take to understand the rate environment, how it relates to your investments and decide ...
  37. 5 Creative Ways to Finance Your Small Business

    Building a small business requires serious money. Fortunately, there is a wide range of options at your disposal when it's ...
  38. 3 Recession Signposts to Watch

    For now, the recent spate of U.S. weakness appears to be a slowdown, not a full-blown recession. However, the risks to the ...
  39. How Betterment Eliminated Third-Party Admins to Cut Costs

    Once Betterment decided to offer 401(k) plans, the robo-advisor decided to use one of its strongest asset – algorithms – ...
  40. Can You Have an HSA If You Get Medicare?

    The answer is usually no, but there are exceptions. You just have to know the rules to avoid penalties.
  41. Top 10 Companies Owned By Amazon (AMZN)

    Learn about what has made Amazon so successful over the years. Learn about 10 of the most important companies that Amazon ...
  42. Company Policies you Did Not Know Might Be Illegal

    While you need an employee handbook to maintain law and order, trying to enforce illegal policies can land you in hot water.
  43. Retirement Planning for the Self-Employed

    How to select a qualified retirement plan if you are self-employed and have no employees.
  44. Top 4 Billionaires Living in Korea

    Take a closer look at four of South Korea's most influential billionaires, a group of people that happens to include the ...
  45. Taxes in California for Small Business: The Basics

    Understand the tax implications of running a small business in California, and learn which state taxes apply based on business ...
  46. Top 5 Billionaires Living in Singapore

    Read about the top billionaires living in Singapore and how they made their fortunes, and learn which 33-year-old Brazilian ...
  47. 5 Iconic Airlines That No Longer Exist

    Learn the stories behind the disappearance of a number of formerly iconic airlines that no longer exist following financial ...
  48. How to Pick the Best Stocks? Listen to Customers (AMZN, PZZA)

    Rated top in customer service, these companies have delivered impressive stock performance over the past year.
  49. The Better Bet: Urban Outfitters or Lululemon? (URBN, LULU)

    If you're going to invest in a volatile retailer, go with the one that has the most upside potential.
  50. What is Google Express?

    Understand what Google Express is and how it operates. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks to shopping with Google Express ...
  51. Are Oil Stocks Safe for Retirees? (CVX, SDRL)

    Learn how retirees might want to consider oil stocks for their portfolios because of strong dividends. Understand the risks ...
  52. 3 Luxury Retirement Communities in North Carolina

    Discover why North Carolina is growing in popularity among retirees, and learn more about some of the most luxurious retirement ...
  53. NGOs Millennials Like To Donate To

    To appeal to millennials, NGOs must adapt to new approaches to giving.
  54. 6 Benefits of Working Part Time Instead of Full Time

    Examine the various advantages of working full time versus working part time, and learn key factors to consider in making ...
  55. Try These Ways to Reduce Your Bank Fees

    The tables have turned on consumers: Not only are bank account interest rates measly, but fees can take a serious bite out ...
  56. Top 5 Billionaires Living in London

    Understand where the most billionaires reside and how many of them have chosen to live there. Learn about the top billionaires ...
  57. Requirements to Obtain a Jumbo Mortgage

    Understand what a jumbo mortgage is and what it is used to purchase. Learn about the key requirements needed to obtain a ...
  58. It’s Never Too Late to Contribute to Your 401(k)

    Find out why it is never the wrong time to start contributing to a 401(k), even in your late 30s, 40s or 50s; discover how ...
  59. The Rise of the Gig Economy

    The poorly understood gig economy is just getting started and is becoming more important and indispensable as more people ...
  60. The Purpose of a Social Security Statement

    Learn what information your Social Security benefit statement contains and how you can use the information to more intelligently ...
  61. Invest through Equity Crowdfunding: Risks and Rewards

    Investing through equity crowdfunding carries risks such as risk of failure, fraud and doubtful returns. But it also offer ...
  62. Is The Internet of Things a Good Investment?

    Investing in the Internet of Things in a targeted way means picking individual stocks. So be prepared: It's a high-risk, ...
  63. Where Do Lawyers Earn the Most Money?

    Lawyers earn much higher wages working in certain industries, states and metropolitan areas. Learn the best-paying sectors ...
  64. 5 Reasons Your Retirement Depends on Your Kids

    The career and life choices your children make now can drastically affect your life down the road. Here's how, and what you ...
  65. When You Need a Jumbo or Super-Jumbo Mortgage

    Rising housing prices have made so-called jumbo and super-jumbo loans a necessity for more homebuyers.
  66. Find the Best Medigap Plan for You

    Picking a plan to fill in the “gaps” in Original Medicare from the alphabet soup of options can be daunting. Here are guidelines ...
  67. 5 Ways to Avoid Identity Fraud

    Identity theft was the number one consumer complaint in 2014. Here are some ways you can protect yourself.
  68. Fight the New Attack on Your Utility Bill

    Guard against stealth attempts to increase utility rates as you reduce your monthly costs with these inexpensive tips.
  69. An Introduction to Wrong Way Risk

    Wrong way risk arises when credit exposure to counterparty during the life of trade is adversely correlated to the counterparty’s ...
  70. How To Get A Business Loan If You Have Bad Credit

    Your business' credit standing may be less than stellar, but you can still get financing. We show you how.
  71. The Return of CDOs After the 2008 Financial Crisis

    Learn how the market for CDOs is coming back after the 2008 financial crisis, and understand how the market for these products ...
  72. 10 Providers With 401(k) Plans for Small Employers

    If you're a small business that has steered clear of a 401(k) plan for your employees, find out how these providers can make ...
  73. 11 Top Celebrity Restaurants

    These 11 celebrities may come from a variety of industries but they have all seen the allure of the restaurant business, ...
  74. Inversions and Transfer Pricing Will Hurt the US Economy

    Corporate inversion, while it benefits large corporations, costs the U.S. economy billions of dollars in federal tax revenue. ...
  75. 3 Things to Consider When Renting By the Room

    Although renting by the room can increase returns on rental property, it does come with a few caveats.
  76. Top 5 Billionaires Living in Switzerland

    Discover the trend that is increasing the number and net worths of Swiss billionaires. Learn about the top billionaires in ...
  77. Celebrities Who Opened Their Own Businesses

    From Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop to Jessica Alba's "Honest" products, a look at celebrities who have become entrepreneurs.
  78. How Traveling After College Can Help Your Career

    Traveling solo after college can have a positive influence on your career. Here’s why.
  79. How To Save On Your Cell Phone Bill

    Mobile phones are now a way of life, but you shouldn't be paying more than $100 a month for your phone. Here are a host of ...
  80. 4 Ways To Cut Your Living Expenses

    Living expenses can add up if you're not careful, here's how to save on everyday living expenses.
  81. How to Compare Permanent Life Insurance Policies

    How you can use the internal rate of return to compare and purchase a permanent life insurance policy.
  82. How Donor-Advised Funds Can Help Cut Taxes

    There are many ways to reduce taxes, but a donor-advised fund might be one strategy you haven’t considered. Here's why you ...
  83. Top Alternatives Assets for Capital Preservation

    At best, alternative investments can help preserve capital by avoiding correlation with stocks and by beating inflation. ...
  84. How to Financially Prepare for a Hurricane

    Insurance isn't enough: How to ensure that you're ready financially for a natural disaster.
  85. Can't Afford to Retire? Try Out the 'Unretirement'

    Many of us dream about retiring, but getting there seems to be harder to achieve financially these days. Here are some tips ...
  86. The 4 Best Ways to Cut the Cord

    Happily part ways with your cable box by using a digital antenna, Slingbox, streaming, or a strategic combination of the ...
  87. Udacity & Google Android Nanodegree Program

    Understand the partnership between Google and Udacity and the nanodegree program they developed. Learn how the program helps ...
  88. Whole Foods' Plan to Get More of Your Paycheck (WFM)

    Whole Foods has established a partnership with Mendocino Farms. Here's what potential the deal offers for investors.
  89. Will this Upstart Challenge Whole Foods? (WFM, SFM)

    Here's why investors should consider putting Sprouts Farmers Market on their watch list.
  90. How Nike's Stock (NKE) Continues to 'Just Do It'

    Nike always finds a way to fuel growth. Here is a look at its latest strategy.
  91. How Symphony Plans to Take on Bloomberg

    Bloomberg has dominated the financial information industry since forever. Will Symphony be the company to finally knock Bloomberg ...
  92. How Advisors Can Factor in Their Clients' Health

    Healthcare costs keep rising. Advisors should make sure that clients understand the costs that they may face if they are ...
  93. Successful Advisory Practices Share These Traits

    Successful financial advisory firms commonly grow their practices in these three ways.
  94. How to Help Clients Navigate 529 Plans

    Here are some of the best practices Morningstar identified that financial advisors should keep in mind when helping clients ...
  95. 4 Ways To Shop Safely Online

    Online shopping has become the norm but that doesn't mean it isn't risk free. Don't shop safely and you can become the next ...
  96. Series A, B, C Funding: What It All Means and How It Works

    Series A, B and C funding rounds have nothing to do with the alphabet, rather with the development stage of startups raising ...
  97. The 7 Best States For Property Taxes, and Why

    Understand why some states have high property taxes while others have low property taxes. Learn about the states with the ...
  98. 8 States With Estate Taxes

    Understand the difference between the federal estate tax and state-specific estate taxes. Learn about some of the worst states ...
  99. Taxes in Oregon for Small Business: The Basics

    Learn the tax laws for small businesses in Oregon, and understand the different types of taxes small business owners face ...
  100. 401(k) vs. IRA: Which to Fund When

    Here are some points to remember as you're choosing where to put your retirement savings.
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