Personal Finance Articles

  1. How to Help Clients Plan Their Funerals

    Advisors should be talking to clients about delineating funeral wishes in a secure way so family members aren’t let out of ...
  2. Razor Wars: Gillette Vs. Harry's Vs. Dollar Shave Club

    Discover how the Dollar Shave Club, Harry's and Gillette Shaving Club compare, and find out about the different subscription ...
  3. Analyzing Wal-Mart's Price & Profitability Ratios in 2016 (WMT)

    Learn about Wal-Mart Stores' price and profitability ratios, such as the price-to-sales ratio, dividend yield, operating ...
  4. Analyzing UnitedHealth Group’s Return on Equity (UNH)

    Learn more about the outlook for UnitedHealth Group in 2016, and discover the company's historical and future return on equity ...
  5. How Safe Is Your Pension?

    A 2014 law permits some private pension plans to reduce benefits. How to figure out if your retirement income is endangered.
  6. Can the Market Affect Social Security Benefits?

    What you should know about the relationship between the stock market and your monthly Social Security check.
  7. Is Under Armour Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (UA)

    Explore the fundamentals of Under Armour stock, and discover why it better suits a Roth IRA than a traditional IRA.
  8. Is WWE Legend Jimmy Snuka's Murder Charge Affecting Its Stock? (WWE)

    Learn about the events surrounding former WWE superstar Jimmy Snuka's recent murder charge, and discover what, if any, consequences ...
  9. National Parks: Best Travel Deal Ever for Retirees

    The U.S. National Park System is expansive, but the one thing it isn't for retirees is expensive. All you have to be is 62.
  10. Top 5 Companies Owned By Estee Lauder (EL)

    Learn more about the global success of Estee Lauder, and discover five of the most profitable companies or subsidiaries that ...
  11. PayPal or eBay: Which Stock Should You Own? (EBAY, PYPL)

    Learn which metrics and factors to analyze when weighing PayPal and eBay investments after their split into two separate ...
  12. Home Energy Audit Checklist – 5 Important Steps

    Look at these 5 steps to reduce energy waste in your home to help you create a more sustainable household.
  13. Are Car Title Loans Ever a Good Idea?

    Most people knowledgeable about finance consider title loans predatory. What would constitute a good-quality short-term loan? ...
  14. Taking a Roth IRA Early Withdrawal for College Tuition

    Weigh this Roth IRA strategy against using a 529 plan to save for college – it may be smarter.
  15. Top 10 States for Switching to Solar

    Investing in solar for your home can make good financial sense if you live in a state that’s friendly to this renewable energy.
  16. 10 Fastest Growing Social Ventures in 2016

    The success of these social ventures embodies a new hybrid business model that will lead the global economy into a greener, ...
  17. If You Had Purchased $100 of Netflix in 2009 (NFLX)

    Learn how a $100 investment in Netflix stock in January 2009 would have fared over the years.
  18. Colorado's Retail Pot Use Increases State Revenue

    Colorado State revenue from marijuana sales have grown by over 75%, and most of that increase is due to sales for recreational ...
  19. 6 Things Startup Founders Wish They Had Known Before Launch

    Here are six things that successful entrepreneurs wish they had known before they started their companies.
  20. Find the Best Social Security Lawyers: Here's How

    A good Social Security lawyer may make the difference between qualifying for disability benefits and being left out in the ...
  21. Is Gilead Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (GLID)

    Learn why Gilead's growing revenues, healthy margins and attractive valuations make it an ideal investment for your traditional ...
  22. Step by Step: Applying for Social Security Disability

    Applying for disability benefits is no easy task – but it's well worth your time and effort if a disability is preventing ...
  23. What Companies Give the Best Perks?

    Real job satisfaction isn’t built on perks alone, but they can be one sign that a company cares about keeping its employees ...
  24. Disney's 4 Key Financial Ratios (DIS)

    Learn about the financial ratios that are important in understanding Walt Disney Company; analyze the company's past performance ...
  25. Ford's 4 Key Financial Ratios (F)

    Learn about Ford Motor Company and how to analyze its business using financial ratios that help assess leverage, operations ...
  26. Callaway Golf to Trade Ex-Dividend (ELY)

    Assuming the company continues to reduce expenses, which should boost the company's cash flow, Callaway's dividend will begin ...
  27. Better for Young Investors: ETFs or Mutual Funds?

    Choosing ETFs versus mutual funds can be a tough decision for young investors. Here are some things to consider for each.
  28. Top 3 Financial Steps to Take on Disability

    Going on disability can be a stressful time financially. Here are 3 steps to take on disability to help protect against significant ...
  29. These 6 Robo-Advisors Manage the Most Money

    Investors should look at a variety of factors when choosing a robo-advisor. Here's a snapshot of the more popular ones.
  30. When it Makes Sense to Reverse an IRA Conversion

    The IRS allows taxpayers whose conversions turn out to be badly timed to reverse this transaction. Here's when it makes sense ...
  31. Advisors: How to Land Your Clients' Kids

    Advising the next generation of wealth owners—the children of your clients—is a goal worth pursing. Here are a few tips for ...
  32. Invest in Manhattan Real Estate with Just $20K

    Investing in commercial Manhattan real estate is no longer reserved for the one percent. Here's how you might be able to ...
  33. Wal-Mart's 5 Key Financial Ratios (WMT)

    Identify the five key financial ratios that fundamental analysts use to evaluate Wal-Mart's financial position and determine ...
  34. Toyota's 4 Key Financial Ratios (TM)

    Learn about important financial ratios for Toyota Motor Corporation that are crucial in evaluating the company's business ...
  35. Is It Time to Revisit Shiloh Industries? (SHLO)

    Examine the current state of Shiloh Industries Inc. entering 2016, and obtain investment analysis for investors considering ...
  36. How to Pick a Health Savings Account Custodian

    You have options in choosing the manager of your HSA, even if the account is through your employer. What to look for in ...
  37. Invest in Your Health Now for a Good Retirement

    Being in good health can save you money and make your post-work life happier and more enjoyable. Start early and focus on ...
  38. Do You Need Life Insurance For Your Child?

    Taking out life insurance for a child is hard to imagine, but having it can do more than just give you peace of mind.
  39. The 7 Hottest Travel Destinations for 2016

    An overview of the hottest travel destinations for 2016.
  40. Three Ways To Make Money Off Your Hobby

    Starting a business from your hobby has never been easier. Here are three ways to make money off your hobby.
  41. Bang for the Buck: Where Gun Buyers' Cash Could Go

    Some anticipate that stricter gun control laws could reduce the revenue of the firearm industry, but funds not spent on guns ...
  42. Annuity Rates: Lock in Now or Wait?

    With interest rates so low, does it make sense to lock in an annuity right now? We weigh the pros and cons.
  43. 3 Predictions for TV in the Next 10 Years

    Understand current technological trends in the TV industry and what has changed in the past. Learn about three predictions ...
  44. 3 Signs You're On The Right Track Financially in Your 40s

    Understand what you need to do to stay on the right financial track once you reach your 40s. Learn about three key indicators ...
  45. 6 Important Retirement Plan RMD Rules

    Paying taxes is inevitable - that's why you need to learn about the rules for required minimum distributions.
  46. Why Are Fewer People Getting a Driver’s License?

    A recent University of Michigan study shows that people under 45 are getting fewer driver's licenses. Could the privately ...
  47. Presidential Candidates Respond to Student Debt Crisis

    The next President will have to deal with the student loan debt crisis or risk a stagnant economy for years to come.
  48. Universal Life Insurance: Dangers for Retirees

    This type of permanent life insurance is often touted as a source of income, but using it that way is full of traps. So, ...
  49. Maximize the Tax Benefit from Your Annuity

    Understand how nonqualified annuities are taxed during your lifetime, and how they are taxed when passed on to your beneficiaries.
  50. 5 Reasons the HELOC Market is Expected to Heat up in 2016

    HELOCs dried up after the housing meltdown, but thanks to an improving economy, job market and rising home values they are ...
  51. Why Should You Own Bonds?

    We take a deeper dive into ways to ballast your portfolio with bonds to balance out equity risk.
  52. Should I Apply to 'Shark Tank' or 'The Profit'?

    In this article, we'll help you determine whether or not your business can benefit from appearing on Shark Tank and The Profit.
  53. Commercial Real Estate Agent: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn more about the qualifications, daily and regular responsibilities, and average yearly salaries of commercial real estate ...
  54. 3 Ways Low Oil Prices Affect Your Everyday Budget

    Discover the three main ways the historically low price of crude oil can impact your everyday budget, including discounts ...
  55. 5 Tips on Trading During Your Retirement Years

    Having fun is key to being happy during retirement. Here are five tips on how to act responsibly for retirees who want to ...
  56. When Are You Too Old for a Mortgage?

    The answer to that question is a personal one, as long as your finances qualify you for a home loan. Here are the factors ...
  57. What to Expect From TransUnion's Earnings (TRU)

    TransUnion is not the only company to have struggled after recently launching an IPO. But few have had the level of stability ...
  58. Financial Planner: Job Description & Average Salary

    Discover the general job duties and average salary of a financial planner, as well as the education, training and skills ...
  59. Additional Streams of Income for Seniors

    Find out how a reverse mortgage can work in your favor during retirement.
  60. How Does Neighborly Work and Make Money?

    Neighborly democratizes finance, enabling investments in municipal bonds that impact local communities.
  61. Best Investment Categories for Retirement Funds

    An asset allocation that reflects your age and investment objectives is one of the keys to a low-stress retirement.
  62. The 3 Best Stocks Retirees Should Consider in 2016

    Discover the three best stocks for a 2016 retirement portfolio with strong competitive positions and viable financial positions ...
  63. 3 Reasons To Buy Government Surplus for Your Small Business

    Learn why it's wise to access government surplus auctions to buy furnishings, equipment and other items to start a new business ...
  64. Two Reasons Dividends Will Drive Returns in 2016

    Dividend paying stocks are expected to be in vogue this year. But investors have to be choosy when picking one to invest ...
  65. GLOSSYBOX Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn more about the monthly GLOSSYBOX beauty discovery service, and decide if a subscription for beauty products is something ...
  66. Corvex Management: An Activist Investor Analysis

    Read about activist hedge fund Corvex Management and its founder, Keith Meister, who is a sometimes abrasive and emotional, ...
  67. Is Now the Right Time to Invest in Maximus, Inc.? (MMS)

    Learn why fundamental analysis reveals Maximus might be a good stock buy for 2016, but understand how the election could ...
  68. 3 Ways Drones Are Changing Amazon's Business (AMZN)

    Find out the ways Amazon's cutting-edge drone technology may be changing the way the e-commerce giant is thinking about its ...
  69. The Top 5 Small Cap Retail Stocks for 2016 (PLCE, FIVE)

    Pay close attention to the performance charts for small-cap retail stocks for signals demonstrating strength despite a disappointing ...
  70. Trunk Club Review: Is It Worth It?

    Take a close look at one of the best-known online clothing services in the country, and determine whether it's a good fit ...
  71. HelloFresh Review: Is It Worth It?

    Discover one of the world's most successful meal subscription services, and learn more about how the service operates and ...
  72. How to Run a One-Person Business

    Learn how to get a successful one-person business up and running with a business plan, financing, time-management tricks ...
  73. Protect Your Kids Against Identity Theft

    Children have valid Social Security numbers and no debt, which makes them ideal targets. Here’s what parents can do to prevent ...
  74. Google's 5 Key Financial Ratios (GOOG)

    Learn how calculating financial ratios such as the debt-to-equity ratio and price-to-earnings ratio helps investors evaluate ...
  75. 3 Trends Driving HealthSouth Corp Higher (HLS)

    Understand why trends such as the aging U.S. population, government health care reform and economic improvement are driving ...
  76. Ten Social Security Questions Everyone Asks

    The average American doesn’t know enough about Social Security. Here are answers to 10 of the more common questions people ...
  77. Invesco’s Top Funds for Retirement

    Here's a list of Invesco investments—retirement funds—that may work for you if you have the time to let them mature over ...
  78. 5 Things to Know About the Volkswagen Scandal in 2016

    Find out what your need to know about Volkswagen and the impact the scandal will have on the company, its shareholders and ...
  79. Advisors: How to Mend Doctors’ Retirement Planning

    While physicians are typically highly compensated, many fall short when it comes to retirement savings. Here are some steps ...
  80. How Medtronic Makes Money (MDT)

    Here's the story of an American medical device firm that covers almost every segment in medicine and recently moved to Ireland ...
  81. Beer of the Month Subscription Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn how you can get access to some of the best craft beers produced in the world, delivered right to your front door every ...
  82. Will Health Care Continue to Drive IPOs in 2016?

    Learn why health care IPOs may be slowing in 2016, and how Obamacare, poor previous filings and economic factors are affecting ...
  83. Latest Labor Numbers: Good News for the Market?

    Some economic numbers are indicating that the labor market is outperforming the stock market. Should investors be bullish? ...
  84. RYFSX: Top 4 Royce Funds for Retirement Diversification

    Discover four of The Royce Funds mutual funds suitable for diversifying retirement portfolios that focus on investing in ...
  85. Just the Right Book Review: Is It Worth It?

    Take an in-depth look at Just the Right Book, a subscription service that delivers personalized book selections based on ...
  86. What Your Credit Score Means for Your Love Life

    Wondering if your significant other wants to commit and is reliable? The Fed might have the answer.
  87. ‘Happy Birthday to You’ Belongs to Everyone Now

    A class action lawsuit over the copyright to the iconic American song “Happy Birthday to You” ends by placing the ubiquitous ...
  88. Top Legal Tips for Starting a Business

    Before you launch a new business, make sure you're on top of the key issues that most startups face.
  89. Who Does Cheap Oil Benefit? See This Stock (DG)

    Cheap oil won't benefit most companies, but this retailer might buck that trend.
  90. Top Problems with Financial Data Aggregation

    A new front in personal finance technology—data aggregation—seeks to make our financial lives easier. But here's why it may ...
  91. What the Next Decade Holds for Financial Advisors

    A look at the top trends of the financial advisory business in the next decade.
  92. The Gay Couple's Guide to Social Security Benefits

    The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality affords same-sex couples access to Social Security benefits. ...
  93. 10 Ways to Protect Your Social Security Number

    Identity theft thrives in part because people must give their Social Security number for so many types of interactions. How ...
  94. Best Stocks to Buy for Around $1 (NXTD, MBII)

    Watch for strong technical indicators and other positive information when considering the purchase of any stock trading in ...
  95. Profit from Art with a Charitable Remainder Trust

    With a CRUT, art collectors can avoid capital gains taxes on the sale of art– while also leaving their favorite charity a ...
  96. The Honest Company Bundles Review: Are They Worth It?

    Learn more about The Honest Company and its bundle subscription services, which deliver discounted diapers, formula and other ...
  97. These Free Super Bowl Ads Happened (BUD)

    The average 30-second Super Bowl cost marketers $5 million in 2016. But these companies benefited from free advertising during ...
  98. LEVIX: Top 3 Lazard Funds for Retirement Diversification

    Learn about Lazard Asset Management, its long history of strong performance and the top three Lazard funds to consider for ...
  99. 3 Healthy Financial Habits for 2016

    ”Winning” investors don't just set it and forget it. They consistently take steps to adapt their investment plan in the face ...
  100. Should You Retire in Greece This Year?

    The Greek financial crisis has left the nation in a vulnerable economic state. Does that make it a good place for expat retirees ...
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