Personal Finance Articles

  1. How Safe Is Venmo And Why Is It Free?

    Venmo is a digital wallet that allows users to send money with ease. Millions use the service, but is it actually safe?
  2. Studying in the United States: Chicago

    Would you enjoy going to college in Chicago? Here's what it's like to study and live in the Windy City.
  3. Is Automation Destroying Intellectual Jobs?

    As more jobs are automated, intellectual jobs that require the human brain remain, but does artificial intelligence pose ...
  4. The Importance of Excel in Business

    Microsoft Excel is an indispensable tool for any business.
  5. Study Abroad: Budget For Germany

    One of the best investments you can make is in study abroad. And Germany, with some of the world's top universities, is surprisingly ...
  6. How Does An IRS Audit Work?

    It doesn't automatically mean an IRS agent will be ringing your doorbell. Here are the different types of IRS audits and ...
  7. Why Are Tesla Cars So Expensive?

    What makes Tesla cars so expensive? Short supply and pricey parts is a good place to start.
  8. Should You Tune In To the Market Noise?

    The world of investing is growing within the exchange traded fund (ETF) space, which has low costs and gives the ability ...
  9. 5 Smart Tips For Raising Financially Literate Kids

    Help your children learn to be financially literate with these strategies. Financial savvy begins with what they learn from ...
  10. Fast-Growing Israeli Startups Pulling Investors In

    Due to its government's policies, and an innovative defense sector that offers high-level training, Israel has become fertile ...
  11. How to Evaluate a Robo-advisor

    With the addition of robo-advisors, investors have a variety of new choices when it comes to how they find help in managing ...
  12. Getting A Mortgage When Building Your Own Home

    It's much harder to get a loan when you're building a home, not moving into one. Here's where to look and what to expect.
  13. How To Buy A Beach Condo In The Philippines

    Foreigners can't buy land in the Philippines – but they can buy condos. Here's how to get one at the beach.
  14. How to Help Clients Find Unclaimed Assets

    Locating unclaimed money or other property for clients can be a very useful additional service that can help you to add value ...
  15. Rethinking About Retirement Investing?

    There are plenty of reasons to rethink your retirement investing, wherever you fall on the spectrum between fatalistic acceptance ...
  16. Cash Back, Miles or 0% APR: Comparing Card Perks

    Consumers have a lot of choice these days when it comes to credit card rewards, including cash back, airline miles and introductory ...
  17. How To Save On Currency Exchanges in NYC

    You will get the best exchange rate in New York, but it's good to arrive in the U.S. with some dollars in your pocket. Here ...
  18. Find The Top Three Retirement Cities Of Vietnam

    Vietnam has a low cost of living, beautiful beaches and mountains – and is friendly to Westerners. A preview vacation may ...
  19. The Upside Of Working Past Retirement

    If you love your work, or your paycheck, or both, there's no reason you have to quit your job just because you hit retirement ...
  20. Terrible Credit Score? Try These Credit Cards

    When your credit is less than stellar you have fewer choices. But some are still better than others. Here's our read on which ...
  21. Vanguard Readies Muni Bond ETF

    Vanguard is set to roll out a muni bond ETF, the firm's first.
  22. Who Wants to be a 401(k) Millionaire?

    Want to be a 401(k) millionaire? Here are some tips to get you on the right path.
  23. The Pros and Cons of 401(k) Loans

    A look at the pros and cons of 401(k) loans.
  24. Why Are Consumers In Hesitation?

    Diverging monetary policy globally and a stronger dollar continued to be key drivers of the recent underperformance and last ...
  25. The Key to McDonald's? 70 Million Customers a Day

    Even when it has an underperforming year, McDonald’s is still one of the most profitable companies around.
  26. Are Longevity Annuities in 401(k)s a Good Idea?

    An in depth look at the arrival of longevity annuities in 401(k)s and IRAs.
  27. Is Now the Right Time to Buy a House?

    Thinking of buying a home? Consider these factors first.
  28. Should Investors Nix Actively Managed Funds?

    Index fund returns are on a tear but does this mean investors should nix actively managed funds?
  29. Industries That Will Disappear Soon

    As new technologies are introduced, new industries and jobs are created. However, which older industries and their profits ...
  30. How to Train Your New Financial Advisor

    Once you've hired a new adviser, an equally important process begins: training them.
  31. What Do You Need To Know About Inflation?

    When it comes to inflation, there is no shortage of opinions: one side argues the Fed should raise rates, and the opposition ...
  32. Switzerland's Declining Tax Haven Appeal

    Switzerland's tax haven allure is being threatened by efforts by the US and other governments to make Swiss banks give up ...
  33. Manhattan Luxury Condos As Investments

    New York City real estate is a trending investment for foreign investors.
  34. Best (And Worst) Ways To Change Money In Europe

    Which are the cheapest– and most costly – ways to exchange money when you're in Europe? See if you made the right choices ...
  35. 7 Ways To Increase Your Home's Appraisal Value

    When it's time to sell your home – or refinance it – it will need to be appraised. Here's how to make sure the valuation ...
  36. What’s Missing For A Turnaround In Brazil?

    Today, many investors have written off Brazil following several years of poor performance, decelerating growth and chronically ...
  37. How To Move From Nest Egg To Income?

    Income vs. a nest egg is closely tied to what most of us are ultimately interested in for retirement – maintaining our standard ...
  38. Is An MIT Education Worth the Tuition?

    An education from MIT may look pricey on the surface, but the earning potential of graduates means it's usually a very solid ...
  39. Made A Mistake On Your Tax Return? Don't Panic

    You can always file an amended return. But the sooner you do it, the better.
  40. Top Financial Planning Colleges: A Primer

    An overview of the top colleges for financial planners and advisors.
  41. Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard

    Should you pay the annual fee (waived the first year) for this rewards travel card? See how it compares.
  42. Grad School After College: Go Right Away Or Wait?

    Going sooner keeps the education momentum going, but there are times when it pays to wait. Here's how to decide.
  43. Why Gold's Price is More than 'Supply and Demand'

    The price of gold is moved by a combination of factors. But the way they work together is sometimes counterintuitive.
  44. Eyeing REITs? Consider these Risks

    REITs are a great way to invest in real estate without all the drama and headaches. That said, there are risks.
  45. What Pet Insurance Actually Covers

    If you buy insurance for your pet, what will it cover – and what will you still have to pay for?
  46. Airbnb or Hotel: Which Is Better for Vegas Visitors?

    Airbnb will likely cost you a lot less than a hotel. Here's a look at the pluses and minuses – and some specific hotel vs. ...
  47. Business Taxes: Not Paying More Than You Have To

    If you're a small business owner, note these potential tax deductibles so that you don't pay taxes that could have been extra ...
  48. Is $200,000 Enough To Retire In The Philippines?

    How long would $200,000 in savings last if you retired in the Philippines? Longer than in most countries, especially if you ...
  49. Ready For The Entrepreneurial Leap?

    There are key traits and motivations that characterize an entrepreneur; these aren't necessarily genetic, but can be acquired ...
  50. Is Pet Insurance Worth The Price?

    Should you insure your pet? Here's how pet insurance works and how to decide if it's worth buying this coverage.
  51. Helping Clients Choose Long-Term Care Insurance

    The need for long-term care has become an inescapable (and pricey) issue for retirees. Here's what financial advisors can ...
  52. The Cheapest Times To Fly To New York City

    Summer is the costliest season to travel to the Big Apple from abroad. You'll save money in the colder months, as long as ...
  53. When Is It Cheaper To Fly To Europe?

    When can you fly to Europe for the lowest fares? Hint: You'll need gloves and a scarf.
  54. How To Arrange An Installment Agreement For Taxes

    Not enough cash on hand for your April 15th tax bill? No need to panic. Here's what to do.
  55. Why Early Retirement Is A Bad Idea

    8 good reasons to put off your retirement date
  56. Helping Young Investors Avoid Financial Pitfalls

    Young investors are especially prone to financial mistakes. Here's what you can do to help them.
  57. Is PayPal's Credit Card Worth Getting?

    You can use PayPal with credit cards from many issuers. But now you can also use a PayPal card – and apply the rewards directly ...
  58. What Do Certified Financial Planners Earn?

    Individuals with the Certified Financial Planner designation enjoy an above-average salary range as well as promising current ...
  59. IRA Holders Face New Rules in 2015

    New rules for IRA holders mean less loopholes in 2015.
  60. Is This Dividend Stock A Value Or Value Trap?

    We can say that Fifth Street Finance has had a rough year, but there's a huge difference between an undervalued stock and ...
  61. SAT Vs. ACT: 6 Key Differences

    While there's some overlap in content, the ACT and SAT exams have significant differences that students should consider before ...
  62. Top Tips for Family Wealth Transfers

    Essential tips for tackling family wealth transfers.
  63. Just Graduated? How To Find The Best Career

    No single career is "best" for everyone. But here's how to identify where the good jobs are, and how to launch yourself onto ...
  64. Are You Missing Out On These Tax Exemptions?

    To lower your tax bill, make sure that you're taking all the exemptions that apply to you.
  65. Why These Are 2015's 10-Best Financial Stocks

    If you're going to invest in the financial stocks, these names need to be on your radar.
  66. How to Keep Up With the Retirement's Evolution

    How people think of retirement is changing rapidly. Here's how financial advisors can address semi-retirement, growing longevity ...
  67. Want To Learn Financial Tips For Women?

    Although Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus was focused more on love than money, some of the analogy also works fairly ...
  68. Self-Driving Cars Could Change The Auto Industry

    Driverless cars have piqued human interest for centuries. A true driverless car, however, has remained elusive until recently.
  69. The Cheapest Times To Fly To Hawaii

    What's the best way to save money on flying to Hawaii?
  70. What Makes LinnCo Different From MLPs?

    MLPs are some of the favorite investments of dividend investors, as the surge in the energy industry increased the amount ...
  71. How To Fly To Europe For $100 (Maybe)

    A new airline called WOW announced one-way trips to Iceland from U.S. airports for as low as $99. One problem: If you don't ...
  72. 3 Things I Learned From lululemon Athletica's 10-K

    Lululemon athletica has emerged not only as one of the nation's fastest-growing retailers, but also as one of the market's ...
  73. Is It Smart To Get Dual Citizenship?

    Does it ever make sense to be a citizen of the U.S. and somewhere else? Yes, so you can work minus a visa – not so much, ...
  74. Will Technology Displace Human Financial Management?

    Technology is creating more tools that help individuals avoid the common financial management and money management firms. ...
  75. Venezuela Teeters On Edge As Oil Revenues Shrink

    Low oil prices have drastically revised the economic status quo -- dealing a destabilizing blow to oil-exporters like Venezuela ...
  76. What Must The UK Do To Keep North Sea Oil Afloat?

    The UK government may need to take drastic action to ensure the viability of UK North Sea offshore oil production amid high ...
  77. How IPG Photonics Is Tapping Into The Auto Boom

    The manufacturing process of big industrial companies involves sophisticated laser technology to ensure precision and optimal ...
  78. Gas Dispute Poses Risks For Both The EU And Russia

    The Russia-Ukraine gas dispute has caused energy insecurity for the EU, which is seeking new gas suppliers, and market uncertainty ...
  79. Quickbooks vs. Quicken

    QuickBooks and Quicken are two of the most widely used financial management tools in the world. Determine which one is right ...
  80. The Fundamentals of Draghinomics

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has introduced a set of reforms aimed at reviving the eurozone economy.
  81. First Resume? Tips For High School Students

    Here's how to shape your school projects, babysitting and any other jobs you've had into a resume that will get you hired.
  82. Start Saving Now! Here's Why

    When money is tight early in your career, saving may seem a waste of time – but even a small amount can pay big dividends, ...
  83. Surprising Ways A Mortgage Affects A Credit Score

    It takes a good credit score to get favorable mortgage rates. Then, how you pay a mortgage will shape your score – just having ...
  84. What Is The Average Salary For An MBA Graduate?

    An MBA is often described as a surefire way to increase one's salary. It turns out that compensation for MBA graduates is ...
  85. How Real Estate Agent and Broker Fees Work

    Buying or selling a home? What you need to know about real estate agent and broker fees.
  86. Changing Money: Best Places In Washington, D.C.

    Visiting Washington, D.C., from abroad? Here are tips for exchanging currency focused on location, price and other options.
  87. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Here are some warnings that you could be in over your head financially – and how to fix the situation before it's too late.
  88. BillGuard Vs. Mint Vs. SigFig Vs. Personal Capital

    Which of these financial apps deserves a place on your mobile? That depends on your needs and how sophisticated you want ...
  89. 2015 Cash Offers To Move Your IRA Or 401(k)

    Move your IRA to (or open a new one at) one of these retirement-fund custodians and you could get a cash reward – 401(k) ...
  90. How Do Women Close The Retirement Savings Gap?

    Every year, BlackRock conducts a survey to learn about the attitudes and behavior of investors. We just released our findings ...
  91. GMAT or GRE: Is One Better for MBA Applicants?

    In prior years, those applying to an MBA program had to take the GMAT exam. Today, a growing number of universities accept ...
  92. Expat In America: Visas To Retire In the U.S.

    It isn't easy for non-citizens to retire in the United States unless a family member is already a citizen. But some visas ...
  93. Which Is Better: A Salary or Hourly Wages?

    A salary may be the more prestigious option – but you could take home more being paid by the hour.
  94. 3 Things That Could Hold Intuitive Surgical Back

    Taking a long-term view that favors Intuitive Surgical developer increasing in value, doesn't mean that there are near-term ...
  95. 3 Things I Learned From The Container Store's 10K

    Since going public at the end of 2013, The Container Store's shares have fallen by roughly half their value. But not all ...
  96. Should You Consider Nuance Communications?

    It's been a turbulent few years for Nuance Communications, even as voice-powered virtual assistants continue to rise in popularity ...
  97. What Are Costco’s Latest Earnings?

    On March 5, Costco, the wholesale retail giant reported second-quarter earnings that handily outpaced analysts' expectations. ...
  98. Why A High-Yield Dividend May Not Be Sustainable?

    Dividend stocks are the foundation from which great retirement portfolios are built, and they serve multiple purposes for ...
  99. The Fundamentals Of Abenomics

    Abenomics is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive, three-pillared economic policy.
  100. How Instagram Makes Money

    Like many big names in social media, Instagram started as a fun idea without a clear path to profit.
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