Personal Finance Articles

  1. How To Deduct Property Taxes

    Find out how you can deduct property taxes.
  2. A Brief History Of Exchange-Traded Funds

    Learn how ETFs have become the most popular investment vehicle in less than 20 years.
  3. How To Avoid Scams

    Anyone can be a victim of a scam. Find out how you can avoid them.
  4. How Does Your Homeowners Insurance Handle A Downed Tree?

    A downed tree can happen at any time due to a storm or old age. But when it falls, will your insurance cover it?
  5. Steve Jobs And The Apple Story

    Discover the lessons you can learn from Steve Jobs, with a brief history of Apple.
  6. Will Insurance Keep Your Business Safe?

    Skilled employees are key to a successful business. Find out how to avoid a financial setback if they leave.
  7. Adjusting Your Life Insurance Policy After A Move

    Your life insurance policy needs to be updated numerous times during your life. After you move is one such time.
  8. How Twitter Changed Business/Consumer Relationships

    In just six years, Twitter has not only revolutionized social media but also the relationship between consumers and businesses.
  9. Are LED Lightbulbs Worth The High Cost?

    Congress voted to put the new light bulb legislation on hold, but should that give you reason to put off ditching the incandescents?
  10. Avoid Tricky Tax Issues On Municipal Bonds

    Learn the rules every investor should know before buying into this "tax-free" investment.
  11. 5 Ways To Avoid The Middle Seat On The Airplane

    You can purchase tickets on the same airline to get a higher status, use the internet or take advantage of business class upgrades.
  12. Congress Ready To Act On Online Sales Tax

    Congress is set to pass a bill that will give states the power to tax online sellers. But will it benefit Americans or just hamper online-based small-businesses?
  13. How To Get A Credit Card Despite Bad Credit

    Prepaid credit cards and secured credit cards are both excellent options for getting a credit card despite having a poor credit rating.
  14. Bursting Boomers' Inheritance Dreams

    Waiting for a big payload from an aging relative? The chance of cashing in is lower than you think.
  15. Possible Effects Of An Iran Embargo

    Because of Europe's dependence on Middle East oil, an embargo is likely to not lead to any changes.
  16. 3 Tips To Boost Your Chances Of Finding Work In 2012

    Here are three skills that will put the U.S. job seeker in good shape as we enter 2012.
  17. Pros And Cons Of Purchasing A Vacation Home

    Many homeowners and investors dream of owning vacation property. Here are some tips to make it happen.
  18. 5 Triple-Threat Performers

    We tell you about five celebrities that are a threat on three fronts, and how this affects their income and the profitability of their projects.
  19. Remember Your 3 Important Credit Scores? Now It's 4

    CoreLogic is the newest credit reporting agency. Its reports will include activity that the big three agencies don't track, including pay-day loans and HOA dues delinquencies.
  20. Are You Really Getting A Great Deal On Flash Sale Sites?

    The deals aren't as good as you think, and the fast-paced business models often make you pay more. Here's how to not fall victim.
  21. Android Vs. iPhone: The Economics Of Apps

    Android outsold Apple in smartphones this quarter, but Apple still leads in total revenue.
  22. 3 Of History's Costliest Hairdos

    A look at three costly hairdos and the impact that they had, both financially and socially.
  23. 10 New Year’s Resolutions To Cut Costs In Your Home

    With 2012 now upon us, use these tips to bring down the everyday cost of home ownership.
  24. Use Real Estate To Put Off Tax Bills

    Find out how you can build wealth and reduce your taxes.
  25. Customers And Business Owners Turning To HSAs

    We tell you why more and more businesses are getting rid of PPOs in favor of HSAs.
  26. Financial Implications Of Retiring Abroad

    Retiring abroad sounds like a dream come true. We tell you what you need to know before that happens.
  27. 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.
  28. Innovative Ways To Get Your Finances In Order In 2012

    Here are five smart ways that you can clean up your finances in 2012.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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?
  33. 3 Ways To Value Real Estate Investments

    Investing in income-generating real estate involves market data and a degree of subjectivity.
  34. 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.
  35. Worst IRA Mistakes You Can Make

    Here are some costly mistakes that you should avoid with your individual retirement account.
  36. Avoid The Generation Debt Trap

    There is a worldwide generation of young, educated individuals mired in unmanageable debt. Find out why.
  37. Personal Finance Resolutions You Need

    Follow these useful tips to improve your financial health in the New Year.
  38. 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.
  39. 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).
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. An Introduction To Exchange-Traded Grantor Trusts

    These funds offer a very hands-off experience for the low-involvement investor.
  44. 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?
  45. The Downsides Of Debit Cards

    The convenience of debit cards makes them a popular method of payment, but here are some downsides to consider.
  46. Form 9465: Don't Pay Your Back Taxes Without It

    This form can lighten your tax load if you owe Uncle Sam.
  47. How Taxes Affect The Economy

    Learn how tax changes have historically affected the economy over the past three decades.
  48. 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.
  49. What Is An ETF?: An Infographic

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

    What are some improvements you can make to your IRA account for 2012 to make it more profitable?
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. Choosing A Financial Advisor: Suitability Vs. Fiduciary Standards

    Discover the differences between the Suitability and Fiduciary Standards when hiring a financial advisor.
  57. Top 5 Patent Holders

    These patent-holders may not be household names, but some of them have 10-times more patents than Thomas Edison.
  58. The 3 Best Countries For Children And Parents

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

    Since 2005, money in your IRA can be protected if you are forced to file for bankruptcy.
  60. 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.
  61. What's Next For Netflix?

    Net streaming is new, unmarked territory where rules are still being made. Netflix' future could be bright.
  62. 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.
  63. Meaningful Christmas Gift Ideas

    Giving a donation in someone's name as a Christmas gift is a great way to make a difference.
  64. 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.
  65. Superstar Sportscasters’ Salaries

    Networks understand the importance of a great sportscaster, and that’s why these personalities collect million-dollar contracts.
  66. 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.
  67. The Pros And Cons Of Buying Distressed Property

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

    Big doesn't always mean bad. We tell you four reasons why.
  69. 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.
  70. 5 Inexpensive Winter Activities For Kids

    Having your child stay active during the winter months doesn't need to break the bank.
  71. 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.
  72. The Best Alternatives To A 401(k)

    A 401(k) is the traditional retirement account for most Americans. However, there may be better options.
  73. 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.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. DIY Gifts With Great ROI

    These gifts will not only impress your friends and family, they are also affordable to make.
  77. 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.
  78. 5 Ways Your Debt-Relief Firm Is Scamming You

    Find out how you can tell if a debt-relief company is ripping you off.
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. 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?
  82. 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.
  83. An Overview Of Itemized Deductions

    Not taking the standard deduction this year could save you hundreds of dollars.
  84. Why You Need Renters Insurance

    Renters insurance is vital to your well-being. Here are some reasons why you can't go without it.
  85. The Debt Ratings Debate

    Lack of competition and potential conflicts of interest have called the value of these ratings into question.
  86. 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.
  87. College Loans: Private Vs. Federal

    Not all student loans are the same. Know what you're getting into before signing on the dotted line.
  88. 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.
  89. 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.
  90. Where Are Advertisers Spending Their Money?

    We list five outlets where advertisers are spending their money, and how these trends developed.
  91. 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!
  92. Tax Deductions On Mortgage Interest

    If you're a homeowner, this is one item you want to understand and use on your return.
  93. 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?
  94. 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?
  95. 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.
  96. 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?
  97. 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.
  98. 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.
  99. 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.
  100. 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.
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