Personal Finance Articles

  1. Mortgages: How Much Can You Afford?

    Answering this means number-crunching as well as factoring in other considerations and expenses.
  2. Should You Use Layaway?

    Layaway plans are beginning to make a comeback. We check out the positives and negatives of the system and when should you use it.
  3. How To Finance Your Studies Abroad

    Studying abroad is a goal for many, but it can often be expensive. Find out why you don't have to spend all of your savings to study abroad.
  4. What You Need To Know About Insurance Fraud

    Insurance fraud is as old as commerce. Discover the types of life insurance fraud and how they affect you.
  5. How To Travel During Holidays With Frequent-Flier Miles

    Frequent flier miles can be a great boon for your budget. Learn how many you need to travel over the holidays.
  6. Comparing Online And In-Store Prices

    While every retailer is different, there are several factors that affect where you'll get a better deal.
  7. 5 Tips To Help Land A Holiday Job

    Many reports suggest that holiday hiring will see an increase this year. However, competition will be fierce. Here are some tips to give you a edge.
  8. What Credit Score Should You Have?

    We break down credit scores by age to see what your score should be and how it will affect your major purchases.
  9. 5 Tips To Avoid Investment Fraud

    Investor fraud is an unfortunate reality of the industry. Learn how to minimize the risks with these tips.
  10. How To Negotiate A Real Estate Agent's Commission

    If you're looking to save some money when selling your home, negotiating your agent's commission is a good way to do it.
  11. Freelancing 101: Alternatives To Unemployment

    If you are currently unemployed, a great way to make some money is by freelancing. Here are ways to help you get the most out of freelancing.
  12. Countries That Still Have The Golden AAA Credit Rating

    The U.S., Italy, Greece and others have lost the coveted AAA rating, but some countries have managed to hold onto it.
  13. How Small Businesses Can Best Use Social Media

    As a small business owner, how much time should you spend social networking? We give you some pointers.
  14. 5 Ways To Get Top Dollar For Your Used Car

    Unlike the housing market, the used car market is a seller's market. Here's how to get your car ready for an unbelievable offer.
  15. Investing In Credit Card Companies

    This investment requires keeping an eye on consumer indexes and the overall health of the economy.
  16. Don't Dump That IRA

    Negative market fluctuations may make you want to pull your money out. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't be so hasty.
  17. Strange Insurance Policies From Across The Globe

    An updated piece that depicts the strangest and most fascinating insurance policies from around the globe.
  18. 22 Ways To Fight Rising Food Prices

    As food costs rise it can be difficult to stay on budget. Here are some handy tips to spend less at the till.
  19. The Hidden Costs Of Home Ownership

    Mortgage lenders don't factor the extra costs into your loan amount. Make sure you save for the "little" things.
  20. 10 Risks That Every Stock Faces

    As an investor, the best thing you can do is to know the risks before you buy in. Find out about 10 common stock risks you should look out for.
  21. How Protests Could Change Banking

    There are alternatives for people fed-up with large banks. Will banks respond to the demands for change?
  22. Countries With The Highest And Lowest Taxes

    If you think your taxes are high, you may be surprised. Discover the countries with the highest and lowest taxes.
  23. Items Home Inspectors Won't Examine

    A home inspection is an essential step in any home purchase, but it's not foolproof. There are some things home inspectors won't check.
  24. 3 Great Ways To Use Credit During A Move

    From rewards to interest-free offers, there are plenty of ways using your credit card when you move can save you money.
  25. 4 Things That Are Reducing Your Social Security

    Worried about Social Security dwindling? We discuss four ways it’s already happening.
  26. The Financial Impact Of The NBA Lockout

    We go over the positions of the owners and players, and see how a lockout could affect those who rely on the league for business.
  27. Pros And Cons Of Credit Monitoring Services

    Identity theft is a complex problem. Learn if credit monitoring services are the solution.
  28. How To Pick The Best ETF

    Of the hundreds of exchange-traded funds on the market, some are bound to fail. Learn how to pick the best of the bunch.
  29. 3 Tax Benefits For Homeowners

    Even in today's real estate market, the benefits to owning over renting are huge. Here are some tax benefits that come with home ownership.
  30. The Benefits Of Mortgage Repayment

    Buying a home may be the biggest debt you'll ever incur. Learn why you should retire it sooner, rather than later.
  31. Maximize Your Rewards With A Few Credit Cards

    You don't have to carry a million credit cards to get the best cash back rewards. Here are some tips to get rewards with just a few cards.
  32. How To Be An Entrepreneur In The Modern World

    Here are some online resources entrepreneurs can use to get the most success out of their businesses.
  33. Getting Into The Gold Market

    Add some sparkle to your portfolio by getting in on this classic commodity.
  34. 4 Other Wall Street Protests You've Never Heard Of

    We look at some past Wall Street protests and explain why Occupy Wall Street is quite different.
  35. 5 Alternatives To Selling Your Home

    If your home won't sell, you have other options. We tell you about five of them.
  36. Warning Signs Of A Company In Trouble

    Don't let your clients go down with ship! Learn how to escape sinking with these tips.
  37. The Huge Benefits Of High School Economics

    Teaching economics in high school as a core subject would benefit students, and help ease the cycles of boom and bust for future generations.
  38. The Evolution Of Banking

    Banks are a part of ancient history. Find out how this system of money management developed into what we know today.
  39. Jobs With Great Pay, But Huge Stress

    You may want these jobs for the pay and the benefits, but the work can be a killer.
  40. The Scary Truth About Downgrades

    The recent downgrade of the U.S. credit rating seems ominous. Find out if you should be concerned.
  41. Consumer Debt: Knowing Your Legal Rights

    As a consumer, knowing your rights and duties is key to getting rid of debt. We show you how to achieve this.
  42. Beginner's Guide To Auto Insurance

    Find the perfect policy that suits both your coverage and budgetary needs.
  43. Why Bad Bonds Get Good Ratings

    Credit ratings are not the only tool to rely on when assessing bonds. Find out why they sometimes fall short.
  44. 10 Common Questions About Social Security

    Find out everything you need to know about this program.
  45. How Grocery Price Matching Can Save You Money

    Don't waste your time and gas money traveling from store to store. Instead, use price matching to get every store's lowest prices.
  46. 5 Cheap Design Touches That Increase Your Home's Value

    Want to add value to your home or make it appealing to prospective buyers? We’ve got five easy solutions.
  47. 10 Realistic Ways To Manage Your Student Debt Load

    Student debt can be very difficult to pay off. Here are useful and manageable ways for young people to pay off student loans.
  48. How Social Security Increases Will Affect Americans

    Social Security benefits will rise 3.6% next year. However, many are questioning if there will be anything left in a decade.
  49. 4 Ways To Deal With New Debit Card Fees

    There's a new debit card fee on the horizon. Find out the four different ways you can choose to deal with it.
  50. How To Winterize And Heat Your Home For Less

    Here are three environmentally-friendly tips on how to save money on your heating costs this winter.
  51. The Consumer Price Index: A Friend To Investors

    As a measure of inflation, this index can help you make key financial decisions.
  52. Why Is The Euro Falling?

    We look at the reasoning behind the selling pressure on the euro, and see how this can impact the average consumer.
  53. 10 Countries With The Cheapest Gas At The Pump

    Does your wallet whimper when you stop to put gas in your car? It turns out that your pain is not felt everywhere.
  54. Top 10 Highest Paid Government Leaders

    When you compare the world leaders bringing home the most bacon, you'd be surprised to learn that there's more to salary than meets the eye.
  55. What's Your Employee Value?

    Have you ever wondered how much you're worth to your boss? Here's a method for calculating that value.
  56. 6 Ways To Make Money With Your Blog

    A blog is not only a way to voice your opinions, it's also a great way to make a little extra money.
  57. Top 5 Grossing Horror And Thriller Movies

    These films, which are great to watch around Halloween, have proven to be extremely lucrative at the box office.
  58. 4 Things To Consider Before Switching Jobs

    Before switching jobs in a rough economy, there are some considerations to make. Back-up plans are important, if the opportunity is worth the risk.
  59. Curbing The Effects Of Inflation

    Your investments suffer when general price levels rise. Learn how you can control the damage with IPSs.
  60. How To Dispute Errors On Your Credit Report

    It just takes some time and effort to rebound from a nasty case of "credit rejection shock."
  61. The Benefits Of ETF Investing

    Exchange-traded funds provide unique opportunities for investors. Find out how.
  62. Should The Economy Scare You?

    The media and government tell us what to believe about the economy, but what's really going on? The effect of U.S. debt, social security and class warfare is larger than you may realize.
  63. When You Should Break Your Personal Finance Rules

    You've heard all the tried and true investment tricks, but do they really apply to you? Here are four rules that you may be better off breaking.
  64. Most Expensive Halloween Costumes

    Though expensive, these costumes may be worth your money if you're a fan and willing to make an investment.
  65. 4 Difficult Places For Foreigners To Buy Real Estate

    Buying property in the U.S. can be a difficult process. Buying internationally can be even worse, especially in these four countries.
  66. 4 Scariest Ways To Earn A Living

    The pay is good, but the hazards? Off the chart. Review this list of dangerous jobs and you'll quit complaining about cubicle cramp.
  67. The "True" Cost Of Stock Options

    Perhaps the real cost of employee stock options is already accounted for in the expense of buyback programs.
  68. Cities With The Fastest Internet Speeds

    How fast can you download music or movies? Depends on where you live. Broadband use has exploded over the past decade, but there are clear winners and losers when it comes to speed.
  69. Helping Aging Parents Manage Their Money

    Old age can make dealing with finances difficult. Find out how you can help aging parents manage their finances and estates.
  70. How To Avoid Halloween Legal Issues

    Halloween can actually be a very dangerous holiday; learn about the pitfalls and legal liabilities.
  71. How To Improve Curb Appeal On A Budget

    Keeping the budget under $1000 we take a look at how you can give your home more curb appeal.
  72. 5 Insurance Policies Everyone Should Have

    Insurance policies come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Shop carefully and the right policies will go a long way towards helping you protect your assets.
  73. What's The Difference Between Retiring In Canada And America?

    American and Canadian governments provide many of the same types of services, but the subtle differences between the two countries are worth noting.
  74. 6 Blogs That Help You Budget Better

    These websites are filled with excellent tips for people looking for help with budgeting.
  75. What You Need In A Financial Survival Kit

    This simple kit can save you weeks or months of frustration, and could save your financial future.
  76. Retirement Planning For Those Who Live Past 100

    Can your nest egg survive several decades of retirement?
  77. Top 4 Affordable Halloween Decor Ideas

    These tips will help turn your home spooky this Halloween without breaking the bank.
  78. Top 6 High-Paying Environmental Jobs

    Working to save the earth doesn't have to mean being broke.
  79. Are You Living Too Close To The Edge?

    If a missed paycheck will make your finances cave in, you must learn how to make proper supports.
  80. Understanding The Income Statement

    Learn how to use revenue and expenses, among other factors, to break down and analyze a company.
  81. The 5 Types Of Earnings Per Share

    A look at the five varieties of EPS and what each represents can help an investor determine whether a company is a good value, or not.
  82. Talking About Money When Times Are Tough

    It can be hard to talk about money with your children, especially when times are tough, here are some tips to make it easy.
  83. Top 3 Budgeting Tips For Lazy People

    Automate your budgeting with these simple technologies.
  84. Top 8 Ways To Stick To Your Budget

    If sticking to your budget is tougher than you thought it would be, here are some strategies to keep you going in the right financial direction.
  85. How To Escape Halloween Budget Killers

    Here are some handy tips to help you make the most out of Halloween without going over budget.
  86. Top 6 Factors For Homebuyers

    As a first time buyer, there is much to consider. Here we have a look at some of the factors that may influence your decision, and suggest which factors are worth taking a second look at.
  87. How To Run A Home Office On A Budget

    Keep the costs low and your business running with these simple tips.
  88. How The Credit CARD Act Impacts Your Finances Today

    We look at the way this legislation has helped and hurt consumers, and give you some ideas to help navigate the outcome.
  89. What We Can Learn From Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs was one of the greatest minds of our time. We look at his finest accomplishments and the lessons his legacy leaves behind.
  90. How Technology Can Save You Money

    These technological advances are great ways to organize your personal finances.
  91. How To Remain Positive In A Job Search

    These tips will help you keep up your confidence and motivation in a tough job market.
  92. A Beginner's Guide To Penny-Pinching

    Great, simple ways to save money around your home.
  93. Steve Jobs: Legacy Of A Tech Guru

    We look at the legacy of Steve Jobs and how his financial success and tech innovation helped shape the world.
  94. Top 6 Tips For Turning Your Home Into A Rental Property

    Learn what you need to do to turn your property into a rental property.
  95. Tips For Handling Sudden Wealth

    With sudden wealth comes increased responsibility. Read this advice so you don't become a riches-to-rags story.
  96. Why Following Financial Trends Can Hurt Your Future

    Have you ever seen that demotivational poster that says "None of us is as dumb as all of us"? Sometimes that's most obvious in financial trends.
  97. Top 5 Ways To Legally Cut Out Cable

    With the cost of cable expected to continue rising, it's time to figure out whether you actually need it.
  98. Top 5 Post-Grad Degrees That Lead To High Pay

    These post-grad degrees take a lot of work, but they pay off in the long run.
  99. Top 5 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Problem Renters

    Renting seems like the perfect way to mitigate the costs of an extra home that won’t sell; the intended course of action when a property was purchased for an unbelievable price, or many of the other reasons that people become landlords. Although it seems like a fail-proof plan on the surface, becoming a landlord can be a financially and mentally rewarding experience, or it could be the source of a large-scale loss of time and money.
  100. 5 States That Are Bad For Retirees

    High taxes, poor healthcare and high crime are some of the reasons these states are bad places to retire.
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