Personal Finance Articles

  1. A Close Look At Certified Senior Designations

    We examine the validity of senior financial designations and whether they are worth pursuing.
  2. 4 Basic Facts To Know About IRAs

    Money in an IRA can work harder for you. Here's what you need to know first.
  3. Insurance Tips For Homeowners

    Use these simple ideas to save money and get better coverage for your house.
  4. Which Retirement Plan Is Best?

    We'll show you how to choose between Roth IRAs, Traditional IRAs and 401(k)s.
  5. 5 Tips To Cut Wedding Costs

    Here are some tips to help you plan your wedding for a reasonable price.
  6. Cashing In Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
  7. Insurance College Students May Need

    If you're heading to college or already there, get insured and set yourself up with the peace of mind that your finances are covered.
  8. How FICO Scores Are Calculated

    Lenders look at this to determine your credit risk. We explain what it is and how it's figured out.
  9. Overlooked Tax Deductions

    Here are four deductions that you might not know about. Read on to save a bit of money.
  10. 10 Tips For Achieving Financial Security

    Follow this sound advice and plan for a comfortable future.
  11. Build Your Own Annuity

    Here are some tips on the different types of annuities to have in your portfolio.
  12. Banks Will Be Under More Stress In 2012

    The FDIC has proposed new regulations for banks.
  13. How To Stage Your Home To Sell

    Cleaning and removing personal items are just some of the things you'll need to do when preparing to sell your home.
  14. How To Make Your Money Matter

    If you want your money to mean something, here are some noble ways to spend it.
  15. 3 Sustainable Federal Government Investments

    With the Obama Administration focusing on long term and sustainable investments, this article looks at 3 of the best in terms of financial and social returns.
  16. The 4 Worst Ways To Borrow Money

    While there are less risky places from which to borrow, there are also predatory lenders who can make your financial situation worse than it was to begin with.
  17. Top Skills You Need On Your Resume

    In this difficult job market, here is a list of essential qualities and skills you need to land a perfect job.
  18. Sudden Wealth Syndrome: The Great Destroyer of Prosperity

    Facebook will make numerous employees instant millionaires, so we take a look at sudden wealth syndrome in 2012.
  19. Evaluating Bond Funds: Keeping It Simple

    Discover some of the key factors for determining a fund's risk-return profile.
  20. 5 Ways To Invest In Travel And Tourism

    Discover five areas of the travel and tourism market that could prove lucrative from an investing standpoint.
  21. Estate Planning Must-Haves For Unmarried Couples

    Society provides benefits to those who wed and punishes those who don't. Find out how to protect yourself.
  22. Improve Your Credit Score In 2012

    These steps will enable you to take control of your debt repayments and consistently improve your score.
  23. 3 Startups That Grew Into Huge Conglomerates

    Here's a brief history of three of the world's largest companies, and the people who started them.
  24. Will Low Retirement Ages Last Forever?

    We tell you which countries have low retirement ages and how does it affects their economy.
  25. How Wealthy Are The Presidential Candidates?

    Here's an overview of where their money comes from and who makes the most.
  26. Short Sell Your Home To Avoid Foreclosure

    Are you in danger of losing your home? Protect your credit score with a real estate short sale.
  27. Best Times Of The Year To Look For A Job

    Read this article! We give you some insight about the best times to send your resume off.
  28. Behind The Scenes Of Your Mortgage

    Four major players slice and dice your mortgage in the secondary market.
  29. A Beginners' Guide To Managing Your Money

    Discover what you need to know before becoming your own money manager.
  30. 6 Things To Look For In Earnings Reports

    Learn how to consider all the known variables when assessing a company's health.
  31. 7 Tax Terms Explained

    As the tax season begins, there are certain words you need to know. Read on to see what they are.
  32. Catching Comeback Stocks For Clients

    We'll give you the clues you need to assess which stocks can make a turnaround.
  33. Is Student Loan Debt The Next Financial Crisis?

    The student loan system is in desperate need of reform, as more and more graduates struggle to find work and pay off their student loans.
  34. Common Things That Improve And Lower Credit Scores

    Credit scores are used by lenders to estimate credit risk. Find out how you can better earn the trust of lenders and reap the benefits.
  35. Apple Stock: $500 And Climbing?

    It's been all over the news that Apple hit the $500 mark. We explain what it means.
  36. What The Big Banks' Mortgage Settlement Means For Homeowners

    Check out the details of the recent mortgage settlement and see who the agreement will affect.
  37. Taxable Events You Didn't Know You Were Creating

    Understanding the implications of these events can help you plan your finances and, in some cases, save you from paying taxes altogether.
  38. Why Spring Break And Sports Cars Aren't Worth It

    Here's a list of reasons why you would be better off buckling down now rather than struggling later in life.
  39. Will You Pay Taxes During Retirement?

    Income taxes are one of the things that's certain in life. We'll explain the different tax situations when you retire.
  40. 5 Ways To Start Saving Today

    If you have no idea how to start saving your money, we list a few easy ways to start today.
  41. Where America's Health Spending Goes

    You know you've wondered about it. So we give you a little peak into where the dollars go.
  42. 5 Social Security Alternatives

    Social Security is predicted to run out in the next few decades. Read on to see how you can offset the shortfall.
  43. How To Save For A Wedding

    Most couples spend over $25,000 on a wedding. Here are some ideas for setting aside and saving money for the big day.
  44. Why You Should Buy Life Insurance

    If you haven't thought about life insurance or you're toying with the idea, we give you some reason why it might be wise to buy.
  45. How Insurance Companies Detect Insurance Scams

    Insurance companies have full fraud detection departments tasked with both preventing scams and recouping money paid out for false claims.
  46. Highest-Paid CEOs

    John Hammergren of McKesson topped the list of the best-earning CEOs for 2011. Find out how much he made and who else was on the list.
  47. How To Shop Locally And Save Money

    There are many benefits to buying locally grown food. Often, the food you purchase will be high quality, healthier and support local growers.
  48. Countries With The Highest Healthcare Spending

    Spending big doesn't necessarily mean it's the best. We take a look at the big spenders in healthcare.
  49. Increase Your Disposable Income

    Here are four quick and easy ways to up your spending money.
  50. Avoiding Foreclosure Scams

    If you want to save your home, avoid bogus offers and take matters into your own hands.
  51. Best Shopping Deals For February

    If you have that shopping itch, we tell you what deals are offered this month.
  52. 15 Jobs That Have Increased Salary During The Recession

    If you're looking for a job, you've got to read this article. We list some that have increased pay!
  53. Biggest Expenses For Retirees

    Discover some of the costs that can eat away at your retirement savings and why you should get a comprehensive assessment of your plan.
  54. How To Overcome Bad Credit

    Some lenders can look overlook your credit score and assess other factors that fairly determine if you are a reasonable credit risk.
  55. Wheels Of A Future Fortune

    Buy a quality car without driving your expenses through the roof.
  56. Best Times To Go Shopping

    Whether you love it or hate it, we'll tell you when the best times are to go clothes shopping.
  57. 4 Types Of Insurance Everyone Needs

    Here are four forms of insurance that are vital to have.
  58. Keep Your Pet's Trust

    Find out how to protect and provide for your pet after you pass away.
  59. Places To Find Free Help For Taxes

    Are you in need of free tax help? If so, here are some of the best places to look
  60. Dream Jobs That Are Attainable

    As Confucius once said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
  61. How Retirement Attitudes Of Baby-Boomers And Gen-Xers Differ

    How is your level of retirement readiness affected by the generation category in which you fall? We look at some of the factors.
  62. Rewards Credit Cards

    If you have a very good credit rating, you will have your choice of rewards credit cards, so pick the one you will be able to use the most.
  63. 6 Easy And Cheap Steps To Winterize Your Car

    Here's a guide to help you get your vehicle ready for the winter without spending too much.
  64. 5 Expenses Keeping You From Retiring

    Poor planning and the cost of raising children are just some of the expenses that could delay your retirement.
  65. 6 Valentine's Gifts That Won't Break The Bank

    Here are some incredibly affordable Valentine's gifts for people on an extreme budget.
  66. ETF Tracking Errors: Is Your Fund Falling Short?

    Find out the size and causes of ETF tracking errors and which funds are at risk.
  67. The Non-Academic Qualities Job Seekers Need In 2012

    With signs of an economic recovery becoming apparent, we look at three crucial qualities that job seekers need.
  68. How To Invest In Private Equity

    Private Equity might be a pricey investment, but returns are on the rise and the payoff could be big.
  69. Deal Effectively With Difficult Clients

    Learn how to tame the most shrewish clients with these simple methods.
  70. The Best Valentine's Day Gifts For Women

    These are some of the most popular sellers when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts for women.
  71. Detecting Accounting Manipulation

    "One-time charges" and "investment gains" are two strategies companies can use to distort their numbers.
  72. Hidden Cost Of Weddings

    Gratuities and state taxes are just some of the hidden costs that could spoil the budget of your special day.
  73. How Much To Save To Retire By 50

    Depending on how much you make, when you have to start and what percentage you need, how much do you need to save each paycheck to have $50, 000 a year after 50?
  74. Affordable Ways To Celebrate Presidents Day

    Here are some fun things to do on the holiday that won't cost much.
  75. Best Stores For Valentine's Deals

    These stores have some great Valentine's Day deals to take advantage of this year.
  76. The Most Popular Valentine's Gifts For Men

    These tried and true favorites are always best-sellers around Valentine's Day.
  77. Surviving The IRS Audit

    Keeping thorough records and knowing the penalties make this experience easier than you'd expect.
  78. Which Is The Better Lender – VISA Or A Bank?

    One is not like the other. We help you decide where to borrow money from.
  79. High-Value Valentine's Gifts For Entrepreneurial Women

    It's going to take more than a run-of-the-mill gift for this special Valentine. Check out these suggestions for the business-minded woman.
  80. 7 Things You Didn't Know Affect Your Credit Score

    Having a good credit score plays a big part in being approved for a loan or a mortgage. Here are some things to watch for to keep your credit score healthy.
  81. Safe Tax Planning For High-Net-Worth Filers

    Planning is essential for the affluent seeking tax breaks. Get to know the legal strategies for saving more.
  82. Big Box Stores Vs. Small Retailers

    We list five factors for you to consider when choosing between a big-box or smaller retailer.
  83. The Dangers Of Options Backdating

    This form of executive compensation can pose serious risks for investors.
  84. How Facebook Beat MySpace

    Facebook became the leader of social media by offering users a clean design and the right mix of customization options.
  85. Tax Tips For First-Time Filers

    Here is a quick rundown on what you need to know if you're filing your taxes for the first time.
  86. Avoid These Valentine's Don'ts

    Valentine's Day can be very expensive. Here are ways many people rack up debt.
  87. The Most Outrageous Taxes

    Some very strange things have been taxed over the years. Here are some of the strangest.
  88. 7 Affordable Ways To Spend Spring Break

    Taking a road trip or staying with family when traveling are just some ways to affordably enjoy your spring break.
  89. Playing Hardball When Selling Your Home

    Using these strategies will help you get more cash when selling your house.
  90. Should You File An Early Tax Return?

    When it comes to filing your taxes, it can often pay to wait until the deadline.
  91. Reinventing Brands: Makeover Or Move Over

    Brands undergo various changes to remain competitive. Discover those that changed and those that fell behind.
  92. How Getting A Raise Affects Your Taxes

    Many people think they may actually make less overall because they are paying more taxes.
  93. Economic Effects Of Life After Military Service

    The end of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will have an impact on the economy. Discover how.
  94. 5 Estate Planning Tips

    These tips can help you reduce taxes on your estate and ensure that your last wishes are closely met.
  95. When You Should Plan For A Tax Refund

    Getting a tax refund seems like a once-a-year bonus, but it might be better to track your taxes so you don't pay more than you owe in the first place.
  96. How To Set Up A Trust Fund If You're Not Rich

    You don't need to be worth millions to create your own trust fund. Learn how your money can be handled in the event of your death.
  97. How To Make Money By Working From Home

    There is an abundance of work-from-home opportunities, but research and caution is crucial to finding a legitimate home-based job.
  98. Get A 6-Month Tax Extension

    Discover how to get some extra time from the IRS, without paying for the privilege.
  99. Credit Cards For Kids

    Giving your child a credit card can be an important lesson in money management.
  100. Fee-Based Research: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    Providing information on stocks that would otherwise not be available, fee-based research plays an important but complicated role in the market.
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