Personal Finance Articles

  1. When Will Interest Rates Rise?

    Find out if -- and why -- the Federal Reserve will keep raising interest rates and what that might mean for savers, investors ...
  2. The Top 5 Financials Stocks for 2016 (JPM, BAC)

    Explore detailed analyses of the top five financials stocks to consider in 2016, and learn why they are poised to rise with ...
  3. Top 10 Investopedia Personal Finance Stories of 2015

    Every year is the year to start saving money, and 2015 was no different.
  4. These 5 Books Will Transform the Way You Think

    Just as successful startups disrupt their industries, these writers disrupt our view of the world.
  5. Defining The 3 Types Of Investments

    The first step to being a successful investor is knowing what is and isn't an investment.
  6. How Safe Is Traveling in Europe?

    Here, some factors to consider as you make your travel plans this year.
  7. Find the Top Retirement Cities in Puerto Rico

    From sprawling urban San Juan to seaside and mountain towns, Puerto Rico is dotted with communities that retirees might want ...
  8. Becoming An Insurance Agent

    Few careers match the opportunity for as quick and large a paycheck as does being a life insurance agent.
  9. 4 Tips for Retiring in Puerto Rico

    If beaches are your thing, Puerto Rico is likely on your radar as a retirement destination. Here's what else to know before ...
  10. How Robert Duggan Became a Billionaire

    An overview of how Robert Duggan became the world's wealthiest Scientologist.
  11. The Power of Major Credit Rating Agencies

    The performance of major independent credit rating agencies is a controversial topic, particularly due to the strength of ...
  12. Lose 10 Pounds Of Overspending

    Bad spending habits are not always obvious. What could you be doing to ensure that your money's going where it should?
  13. How to Convince Millennials They Need an Advisor

    Advisors who stay on the cutting edge of technology can capitalize on millennials' habits and establish vital relationships ...
  14. How Much Millennials Need to Save for Retirement

    Millennials may not be worrying about retirement just yet, but they should be thinking about how much they'll need to save ...
  15. Retirement: Why the First Decade is the Most Vital

    Retirement doesn't mean retiring from managing finances. And the first decade of retirement is the most crucial. Here's why ...
  16. Why Not to Despair Over Retirement Budgeting

    Recent research shows people spend much less money in retirement than they do during their working lives. Here's why.
  17. Iconic Restaurants and Top 10 Economies: The Top INV Stories of 2015

    What were you reading in 2015?
  18. PGX: PowerShares Preferred ETF

    Read an in-depth analysis of the PowerShares Preferred ETF, a preferred share-based ETF that focuses on generating investor ...
  19. XLV: Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF

    Learn about the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund including its performance, current holdings, recent performance and the ...
  20. This is the Biggest Threat to Financial Advisors

    Baby Boomers are retiring at a steady clip, and the more of them that retire, the less business advisors serving them have. ...
  21. How to Rake in Customers with Social Media

    Think your company doesn't stand to gain anything from social media? Think again. Here are some tips on how to best to reach ...
  22. Why Advisors Should Team Up

    More than half of all practicing financial advisors now work in teams, says a recent study. Here's why.
  23. A Guide to Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts

    An in depth look at Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, how they work and who they are best suited for.
  24. How Pro Athletes Can Choose the Right Advisor

    When it comes to finances, professional athletes can be vulnerable. Here's what they need to look for in a financial advisor. ...
  25. A Review of Vanguard Target Retirement Funds

    Gain insight into the Vanguard Target Retirement Funds with a look at the fund composition, fees and what to consider in ...
  26. Dish Network's 3 Key Financial Ratios (DISH)

    Understand why some key financial ratios for Dish Network are universally worse than its peers' and the industry average ...
  27. IHI: iShares US Medical Devices ETF

    Learn about the iShares U.S. Medical Devices exchange-traded fund, its characteristics, suitability and recommendations for ...
  28. 3 Signs You Have Retirement Disillusionment

    Everyone has an idea about what their retirement will look like but often the reality is far from the expectations.
  29. Do You Have What It Takes to Sell Your Home?

    Selling your home on your own can save you money. But you'll need market knowledge, marketing skills and the drive to successfully ...
  30. How FanDuel and DraftKings Work

    DraftKings and FanDuel lead the daily fantasy sports industry, supported primarily by advertising, entry fees, media companies ...
  31. Hipmunk Plans to Outperform Hotel and Flight Competitors

    Hipmunk's easy-to-use, comprehensive search platform appeals to a tech-savvy generation looking for personalized advice and ...
  32. 7 Popular Marketing Techniques For Small Businesses

    This guide will help you get the word out about your small business.
  33. The World's Top 10 Retailers (WMT, COST)

    Read about some of the top retail companies in the world, and learn a little about the products they sell and the markets ...
  34. 10 Tips for Avoiding a Tax Audit

    To help you avoid a tax audit this year make sure you stay away from these ten red flags.
  35. 3 Top Tips on How to Be Truly Client-Centered

    Financial advisors can stand out from the competition by following these tips to run a truly client-centered practice.
  36. How GenLink Can Help Advisors Navigate Generations

    A new tool aims to help advisors bridge the generational gap.
  37. How Doctors Can Find the Right Financial Advisor

    Doctors looking for a financial advisor can find them using these methods and should ask the right questions.
  38. Estate Planning Tips for Tax-Deferred Investments

    Bequeathing assets in tax-deferred investments can be tricky. Here are some of the pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  39. How to Handle Annoying and Needy Clients

    Few things cause more headaches for financial advisors than excessively needy or annoying clients. Here’s what you need to ...
  40. The 6 Best Dental Plans with No Waiting Periods

    Many dental plans don't offer immediate coverage. How to find one that does.
  41. Top Unsecured Credit Cards to Build Your Credit

    Conventional wisdom advises you to get a credit card that will help you build positive credit. Here are four that can do ...
  42. Pros and Cons of "Small-Home" Care Facilities

    Intimate alternatives to traditional large nursing homes are gaining popularity. Could one of them be right for you or a ...
  43. New Retirement Plan Limits for 2016

    Here's what the limits look like for 2016, compared to 2015 (the taxes you'll file in April).
  44. How Private Split-dollar Life Insurance Works

    Understand how a private split-dollar life insurance plan can help leverage gifts and reduce estate taxes.
  45. 5 Big M&A deals in 2015 (PFE, AGN)

    Learn how these mergers and acquisitions helped make 2015 a boom year for M&A deals, with the total value of the companies ...
  46. The World's Top 10 Banks (JPM, WFC)

    Learn more about the world's largest banks and how more financial power shifts eastward as China is home to four of the world's ...
  47. 5 Things To Do in Disney Parks on a Budget

    Look at five things that visitors to Disneyland in Anaheim, California can do to stay within a budget without skimping on ...
  48. Equity vs. Debt Investments for Real Estate Crowdfunding

    Equity and debt investments offer two very different paths for investors who are interested in real estate crowdfunding. ...
  49. Top Retirement Planning Tips for New Mothers

    Whether you choose to be a stay-at-home mom or a work-at-home mom, there are retirement savings options for you.
  50. Toyota Stock: A Dividend Analysis (TM)

    Learn about Toyota Motor Corporation, its dividend policy, its historic dividend yield in comparison to the company's competitors ...
  51. The Top 5 Dividend-Paying Semiconductor Stocks for 2016 (CY, LLTC)

    Discover the top 5 dividend-paying semiconductor stocks for 2016, with a summary, growth outlook and expected price target ...
  52. Analyzing Costco's Return on Equity (COST)

    Understand Costco Wholesale Corporation's steadily increasing return on equity, what has driven the increases and how it ...
  53. Which Restaurant Chains Will Outperform in 2016? (MCD, YUM)

    Broad trading ranges in major restaurant chains could yield 2016 trend advances, offering profitable long-side positioning. ...
  54. 3 Popular Healthcare Stocks in 2015 (CVS, AGN)

    Discover the three most popular health care stocks of 2015, including an affordable stock that caught BlackRock Investment ...
  55. Traveling to Hawaii on a Budget

    Learn a number of easy ways to save big on airfare, car rental, lodging, meals and entertainment when vacationing on the ...
  56. 5 Tips to Lower Your Sallie Mae Payments

    Learn the essential tips on how to work with the Sallie Mae Corporation to lower the monthly payments on your private student ...
  57. Beach House Investing: Best Beach Towns in Texas

    Discover the opportunities for investing along one of America's most underappreciated coastlines and which beach towns have ...
  58. 5 Things To Do in Walt Disney World on a Budget

    Discover five free or very affordable things to do in and around Walt Disney World so that you can make the most of your ...
  59. Group Term Life Insurance: What You Need to Know

    Is group term life insurance really a good deal? What you need to know about employer-sponsored group term life insurance ...
  60. Capital Gains Tax 101

    Find out how taxes are applied to your investment returns and how you can reduce your tax burden.
  61. 3 ETFs that are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016 (SCHZ, VYM)

    Look at three ETFs that retirees or near-retirees should consider heading into 2016, and why it's important to consider both ...
  62. How Working Might Hurt Your Retirement Plans

    Research shows that relying on your ability to work well into your retirement — depending on your line of work — may not ...
  63. Is Costco Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (COST)

    Understand why shares of Costco are better suited for investments in a traditional individual retirement account as opposed ...
  64. How to Dodge Brokers Using Smarmy Sales Tactics

    Many finance professionals use illegal, high-pressure sales tactics to sell bad securities to investors. Here's how to know ...
  65. Sears's 3 Key Financial Ratios (SHLD)

    Understand how negative numbers related to Sears' sales, earnings and shareholders' equity may help explain the company's ...
  66. EUFN: iShares MSCI Europe Financials ETF

    Learn about the iShares MSCI Europe Financials fund, which invests in numerous European financial industries, such as banks, ...
  67. RXI: iShares Globl Consumer Discretionary ETF

    Explore analysis of the iShares Global Consumer Discretionary ETF, and learn about the suitability of this fund that tracks ...
  68. How Safe is Traveling in the Middle East?

    Unrest in the Middle East dominates the news, but many parts of the region are safe for vacation and business travelers. ...
  69. BBC: BioShares Biotechnology Clinical Trials ETF

    Learn more about the BioShares Biotechnology Clinical Trials Fund, a new and innovative fund focusing on breakthroughs in ...
  70. The Average Cost of Dental Insurance in America

    Three types of dental insurance and how much they will cost you.
  71. Should I Invest in Bonds After I Retire?

    Yes, retirees should invest in bonds, but remember that not all bonds are safe investments. Seek the help of a financial ...
  72. Why Retirees Can't Count on Muni Bonds

    Interest may not be tax-exempt for seniors with Medicare or Social Security benefits.
  73. IBB: iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology ETF

    Learn about the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology exchange-traded fund, which offers one of the most diversified ways of investing ...
  74. Traveling to San Francisco on a Budget

    Discover how to vacation in San Francisco on a budget, and learn about the abundance of entertainment the city offers at ...
  75. FBT: First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech ETF

    Learn more about the First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology Fund, a highly rated exchange-traded fund in the biotech space.
  76. Is Rite Aid Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (RAD)

    Find out if Rite Aid stock is suitable for an IRA investment. Learn about RAD's financial outlook and whether a traditional ...
  77. Picking the Best Real Estate Attorney for Your Next Purchase

    Learn about the process of picking the best real estate attorney for a given situation and the different resources that can ...
  78. Best 3 Mortgage Calculator Websites with PMI

    Learn more about all of the factors behind PMI, and discover the three best websites that provide a mortgage calculator that ...
  79. CDs Vs. Inflation: Are They Keeping Up?

    Learn how to determine whether the money invested in certificates of deposit (CDs) can keep pace with the rate of inflation ...
  80. How Much Should You Invest in Your Career Growth?

    If you want to advance your career and earn more money, then it is time to invest in yourself and your skills.
  81. The Tech World Sees Number of “Unicorns” Boom

    As the number of tech startups valued over $1 billion begins to level out, we evaluate the changing nature of private valuations.
  82. Traveling to Miami on a Budget

    Learn how to have the time of your life in Miami, one of the favorite playgrounds of the wealthy, even if you are not wealthy ...
  83. Traveling to London on a Budget

    Discover three simple tips for traveling to London on a budget. Learn to minimize your biggest expenses so you do not have ...
  84. Retirement Tips for Lawyers

    Learn valuable tips that lawyers can use to prepare themselves financially, mentally and emotionally for a great new life ...
  85. Should You Buy Variable Universal Life Insurance ?

    A guide to when it is best to buy universal life insurance.
  86. Is Apple Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (AAPL)

    Discover the taxation structures of traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs, and five reasons why Apple is a suitable stock to add ...
  87. Best Record Keeping Software Products for Your Business

    Discover the importance of bookkeeping for your business and three of the best bookkeeping software options for your small ...
  88. CURE: Direxion Daily Healthcare Bull 3X ETF

    Learn about the Direxion Daily Healthcare Bull. This is a leveraged ETF that tracks the health care sector, which is a leader ...
  89. 3 REITs that Are Top Bets for Retirement in 2016 (HCP, O)

    Learn more about three real estate investment trusts (REITs) that would be the best bets for boosting your retirement income ...
  90. How To Do a Background Check on Prospective Employees

    Discover why background checks can be extremely costly, tips for small businesses conducting checks on a budget and if professional ...
  91. Why You Should Set Up a Charitable Trust Now

    Now may be the best time to set up a charitable trust. Here's why.
  92. Retirement Planning: Don't Do These 6 Things

    If you’re putting in the work to build your retirement, you should put in the work to protect it. Here are six mistakes to ...
  93. Vacation in the Midwest on a Budget

    Discover why the Midwest is a great travel alternative to expensive places such as Hawaii, and learn ways to enjoy a fun ...
  94. Top Estate Planning Tips for 401(k)s and IRAs

    Here's how to avoid estate planning pitfalls when it comes to leaving IRA and 401(k) assets to heirs.
  95. Top Tips on How to Break Bad News to Clients

    Delivering bad news to clients is never a fun task. Here are some tips on how to do it right.
  96. 5 Best iPhone Personal Budgeting Apps for 2016

    Discover the top five most popular and useful apps for personal finance, money management and budgeting available for iPhone ...
  97. SBIO: ALPS Medical Breakthroughs ETF

    Learn more about a unique and innovative exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the biotechnology industry: the ALPS Medical Breakthroughs ...
  98. Traveling to Las Vegas on a Budget

    Learn how to experience all the Las Vegas glitz and glamour without spending a fortune on travel, lodging, meals and entertainment.
  99. IHF: iShares US Healthcare ETF

    Learn about the iShares U.S. Healthcare exchange-traded fund, which invests in a wide range of health care providers, hospitals ...
  100. IYR: iShares US Real Estate ETF

    Learn about the iShares US Real Estate fund, which holds shares of equity and nonequity real estate investment trusts incorporated ...
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