Personal Finance Articles

  1. The Top 4 Richest Pets

    A cat received $13 million dollars when her owner died, but she isn't the richest pet in the world.
  2. Innovative Ways To Get Your Finances In Order In 2012

    Here are five smart ways that you can clean up your finances in 2012.
  3. Tips For Finding The Right IRA

    There are many IRA options available that vary depending on what you want to do with your retirement savings.
  4. What You Need To Know About COBRA Health Insurance

    We go through everything you need to know about COBRA so that you can decide if it's right for you.
  5. 5 Colleges That Are Slashing Tuition Costs

    Schools are cutting tuition fees because of the economic times. We tell you which ones are cutting prices.
  6. Worst IRA Mistakes You Can Make

    Here are some costly mistakes that you should avoid with your individual retirement account.
  7. 5 Money-Saving Ways To Lose Weight In 2012

    Is your New Year's resolution to lose weight? We list some tips on how to do it on a budget.
  8. Why You Should Care About An Internet Sales Tax

    Many retail industry observers expect an online state tax bill to pass in 2012; if it does, how could it affect you?
  9. 3 Ways To Value Real Estate Investments

    Investing in income-generating real estate involves market data and a degree of subjectivity.
  10. Avoid The Generation Debt Trap

    There is a worldwide generation of young, educated individuals mired in unmanageable debt. Find out why.
  11. Reasons To Boost Your 401(k) Contributions

    We look at tax rates, market factors, Social Security and more to see why you should be adding extra to your 401(k).
  12. Personal Finance Resolutions You Need

    Follow these useful tips to improve your financial health in the New Year.
  13. How To Transfer Your Homeowners Policy To Your New Home

    Home insurance policies need to be rewritten when you move. Here are the steps you need to follow to do so.
  14. Form 9465: Don't Pay Your Back Taxes Without It

    This form can lighten your tax load if you owe Uncle Sam.
  15. How To Claim A Dependent On Your Tax Return

    If you are a caregiver, get to know the rules for claiming a dependent before filing your taxes.
  16. An Introduction To Exchange-Traded Grantor Trusts

    These funds offer a very hands-off experience for the low-involvement investor.
  17. 5 Ways To Stretch Your Dollar With What's In The Fridge

    Groceries can be very expensive. Here are some easy and helpful ways to reduce spending in this area.
  18. End Of The Year 401(k) Options

    Now is the perfect time to evaluate your 401(k) plan and see if there are any adjustments that could be made.
  19. What New Tax And Regulatory Changes May Mean For You

    There has been a lot of debate over new tax legislation this year. How will Americans be affected by any changes?
  20. The Downsides Of Debit Cards

    The convenience of debit cards makes them a popular method of payment, but here are some downsides to consider.
  21. How Living Abroad Can Increase Your Insurance Premiums

    When you live outside the U.S for an extended period of time, your auto insurance resets. We look at how you can work around this.
  22. How The Wealthy Slash Their Income Tax Bills

    Many of these tax-minimization strategies can be used by anyone. Find out how you can pay taxes like a millionaire.
  23. 7 Last-Minute Ways To Spend Your FSA Dollars

    Your time is just about out for spending your FSA dollars. Here are some last-minute ways to do so.
  24. How Taxes Affect The Economy

    Learn how tax changes have historically affected the economy over the past three decades.
  25. 5 Ways To Cut Your New Year's Eve Party Alcohol Costs

    It's about time to ring in the new year. Here are some great tips to help you cut booze costs on New Year's Eve.
  26. What Is An ETF?: An Infographic

    Sometimes words just aren't enough. Learn about ETFs with this easy-to-understand infographic.
  27. End Of The Year IRA Options

    What are some improvements you can make to your IRA account for 2012 to make it more profitable?
  28. The 3 Best Countries For Children And Parents

    These countries top the list when it comes to education, childcare, healthcare and child development.
  29. How Does Bankruptcy Affect Your IRA?

    Since 2005, money in your IRA can be protected if you are forced to file for bankruptcy.
  30. 401(k) Planning: How Much Should You Be Saving?

    We look at how much you should contribute to your 401(k) and when. And also, how much you should have in your account during certain times in your life.
  31. Choosing A Financial Advisor: Suitability Vs. Fiduciary Standards

    Discover the differences between the Suitability and Fiduciary Standards when hiring a financial advisor.
  32. 5 Groups That Deserve Coal In Their Stockings

    After the bad behavior they've displayed this year, these groups are lucky to get anything for Christmas.
  33. Top 5 Patent Holders

    These patent-holders may not be household names, but some of them have 10-times more patents than Thomas Edison.
  34. How To Invest In Sports Teams And Groups

    Lots of people dream about sports ownership. Here are some ways you can literally get into the game.
  35. Meaningful Christmas Gift Ideas

    Giving a donation in someone's name as a Christmas gift is a great way to make a difference.
  36. What Will The Cost Of Living Be In 2012?

    A look at the cost of living in 2012, and how U.S. consumers can adapt to them.
  37. Superstar Sportscasters’ Salaries

    Networks understand the importance of a great sportscaster, and that’s why these personalities collect million-dollar contracts.
  38. How To Get Rid Of Your Ex-Spouse's Debts

    Divorce is hard enough without one spouse abusing the financial end of the relationship. Find out how to protect your finances.
  39. What's Next For Netflix?

    Net streaming is new, unmarked territory where rules are still being made. Netflix' future could be bright.
  40. 5 Inexpensive Winter Activities For Kids

    Having your child stay active during the winter months doesn't need to break the bank.
  41. How To Give A Stock For Christmas

    If you're looking for a gift that can hold its value, and teach your kid about finances, a stock might be the best thing to get.
  42. The Best Alternatives To A 401(k)

    A 401(k) is the traditional retirement account for most Americans. However, there may be better options.
  43. 5 Alternatives To Starting Your Own Business

    Want to start your own business but don't want the hassle of doing it by yourself? Find out how.
  44. The Pros And Cons Of Buying Distressed Property

    Real estate bargains abound, but is buying a distressed property more trouble than it's worth?
  45. Why You Should Stick With The Big Banks

    Big doesn't always mean bad. We tell you four reasons why.
  46. Online Options For Unwanted Christmas Gifts

    This article explores the ways in which you can recycle your unwanted Christmas gifts, and make them work for you in the process.
  47. The Pitfalls Of Borrowing From Your 401(k)

    The whole point of a 401(k) is to allow you to save enough for retirement. Here are some reasons why withdrawing funds early is a bad idea.
  48. When Money Is Tight, An Emergency Fund Can Save The Day

    Having an emergency fund to fall back on is essential. Don't have one? Don't worry. We give you some tips to start one.
  49. Ways To Budget For A New Year's Party

    Are you hosting a New Year's eve party on a budget? We've got some tips that won't break your wallet.
  50. How To Manage And Consolidate Your Own Debt

    With debt management services costing a lot of money, this article looks at why it is better to manage your own financial liability.
  51. DIY Gifts With Great ROI

    These gifts will not only impress your friends and family, they are also affordable to make.
  52. An Overview Of Itemized Deductions

    Not taking the standard deduction this year could save you hundreds of dollars.
  53. 3 Steps To A Financially-Sound 2012

    With rising disposable income levels, the coming year is the best time to get your finances in order. Find out how.
  54. Why You Need Renters Insurance

    Renters insurance is vital to your well-being. Here are some reasons why you can't go without it.
  55. 5 Ways Your Debt-Relief Firm Is Scamming You

    Find out how you can tell if a debt-relief company is ripping you off.
  56. Will Social Security Live To See 80?

    We outline the many problems with the Social Security program and how the situation came to be so dire.
  57. 6 Ways To Volunteer During The Holidays

    It's always nice to lend a hand around the holidays, and here are some unique ways you can help out.
  58. FHA Money Trouble Causes Concern For Homebuyers

    The FHA says it's operating in the black, but reports say otherwise. If it goes bankrupt, what will the repercussions be?
  59. The Debt Ratings Debate

    Lack of competition and potential conflicts of interest have called the value of these ratings into question.
  60. College Loans: Private Vs. Federal

    Not all student loans are the same. Know what you're getting into before signing on the dotted line.
  61. Real Estate Deal-Breakers That Shouldn't Be

    Some things can get in the way of owning your dream home, but they don't have to.
  62. Why You Should Wait To Buy A House

    Here is a review of current economic factors and price trends that suggest the bottom has not yet been reached in the housing market.
  63. A Guide To Returning Christmas Gifts

    The Christmas season can be stressful, but returning unwanted gifts can be even more stressful. Here are some tips to help you avoid the stress.
  64. Where Are Advertisers Spending Their Money?

    We list five outlets where advertisers are spending their money, and how these trends developed.
  65. 6 Online Financial Calculators You Should Know About

    Don't worry about using the old fashioned, solar-powered calculator to figure out your finances. Use the internet!
  66. Tax Deductions On Mortgage Interest

    If you're a homeowner, this is one item you want to understand and use on your return.
  67. What PPACA Means For The Uninsured

    What will happen to the millions of uninsured Americans if the Supreme Court decides against the mandate that requires people to buy health insurance?
  68. Using Tax Lots: A Way To Minimize Taxes

    The method of identifying cost basis can help you to get the most out of reduced tax rates.
  69. How To Make Social Security Work

    What's going to happen to Social Security by the time you retire? What can be done to help it?
  70. Why Crude Oil Prices May Not Affect Pump Prices

    When oil rises in price, the price of gas at the pump usually rises as well. Why doesn't it always happen?
  71. Best Credit Cards For Holiday Shopping

    Many credit cards offer some sort of bonus when you sign up for the card. Here are some of the best deals.
  72. Deadlines You Must Meet If You Inherit A Retirement Account

    If you've inherited an IRA or any other retirement account, we tell you what deadlines you need to be aware of.
  73. 4 Blogs That Will Help You Save Money

    Here is a rundown of some popular blogs that discuss easy ways to save money and live frugally.
  74. 5 Moves To Get Your Finances In Order For The New Year

    Instead of the same old New Year's resolutions, why not get your finances straight? We tell you five ways to do it.
  75. How Much Do You Need To Spend To Earn Credit Card Points?

    You're always going to have to spend money. So why not get something back? We look at how often you have to make purchases to redeem credit card points.
  76. 9 Meaningful Holiday Gifts

    Too often we spend money on items that are fun, but ultimately wasteful for the holidays. This year, why not buy gifts that are meaningful.
  77. The Hottest Toys This Christmas

    We talk to some experts and see which toys are expected to be best-sellers this holiday season.
  78. Retirement Planning In A Changing World

    Retiring at the age of 65 is quickly becoming a thing of the past. So, what is happening to make this change?
  79. 3 Essential Personal Finance Resolutions

    We offer three potential New Year's resolutions that may help you to enjoy a financially rewarding year.
  80. The History Behind Labor Strikes In Pro Sports

    Before players' unions were formed, pro athletes didn't always have the rights they do today. Here's a look at some devastating strikes in sports.
  81. End-Of-The-Year Income Tax Checklist

    From grouping related expenses to taking advantage of the alternative minimum tax, here are some things you need to keep in mind when doing taxes.
  82. Rewards Credit Cards That Give Back The Most

    There are many different types of rewards offered by credit card companies. Here are some examples, and the best ways to take advantage of them.
  83. Tax Credits And Deductions For Parents

    Your children can help you save on your taxes with these credits and deductions.
  84. 5 Last-Minute Ways To Maximize Your Tax Deductions

    With tax season right around the corner, here are some ways to increase your tax deductions.
  85. The 5 Most Expensive Stadiums In The World

    These cities and franchise owners spared no expense to build world-class stadiums, but not every investment paid off as originally planned.
  86. Getting Into International Investing

    Diversifying can mean not only investing in various asset classes but also venturing beyond domestic exchanges.
  87. Keeping Up With Your Continuing Education

    Professional maintenance can be a chore. Learn how to streamline the process.
  88. ETFs: How Did We Live Without Them?

    These funds burst onto the scene in 1993 and have continued to provide new opportunities for investors since.
  89. Facing Co-Op Bankruptcy

    Co-op investors can often be penalized for other people's actions. Read on to learn about the most common types of co-op default.
  90. How To Get The Most Out Of A 401(k) Program

    Saving for retirement is important. We tell you about six ways to take advantage of your 401(k) and other retirement plans.
  91. Does Tax Loss Harvesting Really Work?

    This is a regular December tradition for investors, but it may not actually provide any benefit.
  92. Is The Santa Claus Rally For Real?

    Will Santa Claus bring the gift that investors are looking for this year? What are the chances of a Santa Claus rally?
  93. Redefining The American Dream

    Here is a realistic look at the "American Dream," based on your potential instead of an impossible ideal.
  94. How To Decorate On A Budget

    Don't have a lot to spend on Christmas decorations? Don't worry. Here are some ways you can decorate for cheap.
  95. 4 Expensive Winter Sports For Kids

    If your child wants to take up a winter sport, and it's one of these four, be prepared to open your wallet.
  96. How Does Industry-Run Education Work?

    Choosing between educational institutions can be difficult. Discover some of the options and their costs.
  97. How HELOCs Can Hurt You

    A home equity line of credit is a convenient way to borrow money. But, there are things to be cautious about before you get into trouble.
  98. Cut Christmas Costs Without Compromising

    As we hurtle towards Christmas, it's time to start considering how we can keep to our budgets, without compromising the festive season.
  99. Who Should You Tip During The Holidays?

    Here is a guide to the people in your life you might consider tipping during the holidays, and how much you should give them.
  100. 5 Worthwhile, Inexpensive Christmas Destinations

    Is your family looking to go some place exotic for the holidays this year? We tell you about five inexpensive places to visit.
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