Personal Finance Articles

  1. 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.
  2. How Obama's Tax Cuts Could Affect Your Retirement

    Obama's tax cuts are supposed to help stimulate the economy, but how will they affect your retirement plans?
  3. History's Largest Pay-Per-View Buy Rates

    Punch in the face, anyone? If you're about to generate a few million in earnings, a black eye doesn't seem so bad.
  4. Top 6 Fellowship Programs That Pay Off

    These programs pay off in terms of salaries, classes and networking opportunities.
  5. Target Your Retirement With Life-Cycle ETFs

    These target-date funds provide asset allocation and rebalancing at a low cost.
  6. Top 6 Jobs That Don't Require Degrees

    College isn't for everyone. If you'd rather learn on the job instead of in the classroom, here are some of the best jobs you can get, without a degree.
  7. Understanding Credit Card Interest

    Paying these rates can impact your disposable income and your investment returns.
  8. The 4 Best Shopping Deals For Early Fall

    We look at outdoor items, school supplies, travel and more to find where your money will go the furthest this fall.
  9. Top 12 Personal Finance Websites

    These are personal financial websites that offer the users value. It could help you find the information you need.
  10. How To Establish A Credit History

    Can't get a credit card without a credit history, and can't get a history without a card? Break the Catch-22.
  11. Top 15 Interview Tips For Students

    All that work on your resume paid off, and now it's interview time. Here are tips to help you grace it with confidence and class.
  12. Currency ETFs Simplify Forex Trades

    Reduce your stock portfolio's risk by trading with foreign currencies.
  13. Cash Flow From Investing

    Cash flow analysis is a critical process for both companies and investors. Find out what you need to know about it.
  14. Top 12 Things Not To Put On Your Resume

    Landing a job is tough enough without the added disadvantage of material that should've been left out.
  15. Top 5 Ways To Make Your Credit Card Work For You

    The best investors know that either they work for their money or their money works for them.
  16. Online Or Campus Study: What's The Better Option?

    Find out how employer's view these degrees and get some tips on where to go for an online degree.
  17. Why Do Companies Print Coupons?

    Coupons save customers money, but there's also a lot in it for the company.
  18. Top 5 Easy Saving Tips

    Saving is not something that just happens, it needs to be planned and tracked as part of a financial budget.
  19. Top Ways To Profit From Storage Auctions

    Here are some extremely valuable tips to help you become an expert at finding deals at storage auctions.
  20. The 4 Basic Elements Of Stock Value

    Investors use these four measures to determine a stock's worth. Find out how to use them.
  21. How To Form A Homeowners' Association

    Forming and managing a homeowners association is a huge task with significant responsibilities and major implications.
  22. Top 5 Underestimated Retirement Expenses

    These expenses are common in nearly everyone's retirement, yet few people properly save to meet these needs.
  23. Requirements For A Post-Housing-Bust Mortgage

    Affordable mortgages are still available, but the standards for qualifying have gotten higher.
  24. Detecting Financial Statement Fraud

    Find out how to tell if a company is manipulating its financial data, so you don't invest in the next Enron.
  25. Top 4 Portfolio Management Tips For Retirees

    Your investment choices need to change with your lifestyle, and this includes retirement.
  26. How To Maximize Your Retirement Income

    The golden years might not be so golden if you don't have enough cash on hand. Make sure you're maximizing your retirement savings with these strategies.
  27. Should You Cash Out When You Refinance?

    If you want to cash out, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.
  28. 5 Worst U.S. Housing Markets

    If you are looking for a house, these tough markets might provide good prices and flexible sellers.
  29. How To Be Smarter Than Your Financial Advisor

    Many investors are intimidated by the financial services industry, but just a little work can make a major difference.
  30. Top 5 Ways To Spend Your Retirement Dollars

    You finally have some time to yourself and a stable retirement income, so make your spending count.
  31. Top Tips For Exchanging Money

    Take these tips to heart to avoid wasting money when you exchange currencies.
  32. Is Taking Out A HELOC Right For You?

    Assuming you have enough equity to qualify, taking out a HELOC might be a good financial move.
  33. The Market And Presidential Promises

    How can the presidential election affect your portfolio? Find out here.
  34. Top 4 TV Sports Deals Of 2011

    From multimillion to multibillion dollar deals, look no further than sports for some huge entertainment money.
  35. Top 5 Things Men Spend Money On

    How do men spend their disposable income and why do they buy the things they buy?
  36. Top 5 Unique Winter Vacations

    Depending on where you live, winter can be the best time to fly for a winter vacation.
  37. 7 Ways To Financially Empower Your Kids

    In today's technologically advanced world, how can you teach your kids about savings?
  38. 6 Must-Have Features For The iPhone 5

    The iPhone 5 is likely just around the corner. These are some of the features that it's likely to have.
  39. Top Celebrity Investors And What They're Invested In

    These celebs use their big bucks to invest in worthwhile ventures and make themselves even richer.
  40. Do You Need An MBA To Climb The Corporate Ladder?

    Find out how an MBA helps your business career and whether you really need one.
  41. Why Leveraged ETFs Don't Always Boost Returns

    These ETFs don't always provide the returns you expect. Find out why this happens, and what you can do about it.
  42. Top 5 Critical Retirement Plan Mistakes To Avoid

    These five common retirement mistakes can get you into financial trouble at a point when you most need stability.
  43. 5 Mistakes Real Estate Investors Should Avoid

    Don't let a slow real estate market drag you down - steer clear of these pitfalls.
  44. Find Security In Covered Bonds

    Find out about a safe investing alternative that could have prevented the subprime meltdown.
  45. How To Take A Corporate Approach To Personal Finance

    These tips and tricks are used by large companies and can be applied to your own personal finances.
  46. Top Estate Planning Tips For Same-Sex Couples

    Estate planning for same-sex couples requires extra effort and legal assistance.
  47. 8 Guerilla Marketing Tips For Small Businesses

    These cost-effective marketing strategies can help take your business to the next level.
  48. Store Credit Cards: Do The Incentives Pay Off?

    Check out the pros and cons behind store credit cards; they might actually help you save money.
  49. Top Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

    Follow this step-by-step guide to make your homeownership dreams a reality.
  50. Countries With The Highest Taxes

    If you thought your taxes as an American were high, think again. Here's a list of the top five countries with the highest tax revenues as a percentage of GDP.
  51. 6 Companies That Will Transform How You Shop

    The Internet has really changed the way we shop, and these unique sites are pushing this trend even further.
  52. Missing Out On Social Security

    We look at how a retiree's Social Security benefits are affected by the age at which they retire.
  53. Ivar Kreuger: Businessman Or Scam Artist?

    Match monopolist Ivar Kreuger started as a brilliant businessman, but his high-flying lifestyle led to some shady dealings.
  54. Dollar-Cost Averaging With ETFs

    If you are investing small amounts regularly into an exchange-traded fund, be sure to do it right.
  55. 9 Tips For Getting Free Publicity For Your Business

    Branding and publicity are extremely important for small businesses. We look at some helpful hints and tricks for entrepreneurs.
  56. Hot, High-Paying Career Sectors

    These jobs are in high-demand, fast-growing career sectors and offer impressive salaries.
  57. The Cost Of Ignoring Termites

    Termites can cause serious damage and are a threat that should be insured against through regular maintenance and treatment.
  58. Do You Still Need A Desktop Computer?

    Is there really a need for a desktop computer today when there are so many options for laptops and mobile devices?
  59. 5 Steps To Forming A Tax-Exempt Nonprofit Corporation

    Before you tackle this challenge, know the challenges of forming and operating an official nonprofit organization.
  60. Does Life Insurance Make Sense When You Retire?

    Whether you need life insurance in your retirement depends on your existing insurance and your goals for passing on your wealth.
  61. Teaching Your Partner About Household Finances

    This is just one more way to take care of one of the most important people in your life.
  62. How To Get The Best Return On Your Home Renos

    If you're trying to improve the value of your home, these home renovation projects are your best bets.
  63. 5 Ways To Avoid Foreclosure

    If you go into default on your mortgage payments, don't worry, there are still ways to save your home.
  64. Accredited Financial Counselor: An Introduction

    This designation is highly relevant as it allows you to help the middle- and lower-income population in America.
  65. Historical Ideas To Create A Workable Budget

    How did past generations overcome economic turmoil and what lessons can we learn from them?
  66. Who Will Dominate The Electronic Textbook Market?

    A look at how the two giant book retailers compare on price, rental length and other features.
  67. Lesser Known Insurance Policies

    These are the niche premiums that can be bought if you believe that your needs are not being met.
  68. Which MBAs Offer A Good Return On Investment?

    There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting a school for your MBA, not the least is when you will see a return on your investment.
  69. The Nation's Mortgage Horror Stories

    A certain number of errors is understandable given the volume of foreclosures and repossessions handled by lenders, but many were simply administrative errors.
  70. Budget Basics For College Students

    Responsibly managing limited funds in college can be the difference between having a fun and being cash-strapped.
  71. 8 Toughest Retirement Decisions

    Retirement planning today is much more complicated than in our parents' day.
  72. ETFs For Sector Rotation Strategies

    Find out how exchange-traded funds can take the bumps out of your investing style.
  73. How An Insurance Company Determines Your Premiums

    Find out how insurers use credit history to build an insurance score and how it could affect your bottom line.
  74. 6 Tricks To Make Coupons Work For You

    Use these strategies to counteract the stores' and manufacturers' coupon tactics and come out ahead.
  75. The Cheapest Ways To Get Your Currency Exchanged

    Travelers have a number of options when it comes to exchanging currency. Find out the cheapest way to exchange.
  76. Unemployed? Stay Home And Do Some Financial Housecleaning

    These financial strategies will ensure that while you're unemployed you get your finances in order.
  77. The Impact Of 9/11 On Business

    The U.S. economy made great strides after September 11, but there are those that feel the current state of the economy is indirectly related.
  78. Debt Settlement Arrangements And Your Credit Score

    The debt settlement process is not for everyone and can further damage your credit score. However, it can prevent the debt from being sold to a collection agency, who may only accept payment in full.
  79. 4 Legal Documents You Should Have In The Wake Of September 11

    The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is a vivid reminder of how important it is to have your financial affairs in order.
  80. The 5 Worst Financial Moves You Can Make Right Now

    In these uncertain times, it's easy to make rash decisions in an effort to secure your finances, but these decisions can cost you in the long run.
  81. 4 Taxes That Didn't Exist 40 Years Ago

    Americans have always had to pay taxes - it's how the country keeps running - but the continual addition of 'new taxes' is where it gets interesting.
  82. The Biggest S&P Missteps

    The S&P is generally respected, but several missteps have damaged the company's reputation.
  83. The Misery Index: Measuring Your Misfortune

    The Misery Index measures a combination of unemployment and inflation, but what does it mean for your finances?
  84. Estate Planning Law Changes You Need To Know

    When organizing your affairs, you'll need to be aware of tax rates and other regulations.
  85. Should You Insure Your Collectibles?

    Insuring your valuable collectibles is just as important as insuring the rest of your home's contents.
  86. Budgeting For A Recession

    A recession can be tough on your finances, but by planning ahead you can increase your financial resiliency.
  87. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  88. 4 Rising Food Costs That Will Hurt Your Wallet

    You might not be able to do anything directly about rising grain prices but you can shop smarter.
  89. Why You Shouldn't Trust Ratings From Rating Agencies

    When the U.S. debt was downgraded, what does that really mean?
  90. 7 Companies Facing Retiring CEOs

    These companies may all soon face a transition similar to Apple.
  91. Combating Retirement's Silent Killer: Inflation

    Inflation can devour a once secure nest egg. Learn how to protect yours.
  92. Make Your Portfolio Safer With Risky Investments

    A high-risk security can reduce risk overall. Find out how it works.
  93. 10 Tips For Getting A Fair Price On A Home

    Don't let buying a home bust your budget. Make sure the house you choose is worth the price you pay.
  94. 4 ETF Strategies For A Down Market

    If the market's got you feeling low, these investments could pick you up.
  95. The Illusion Of Diversification: The Myth Of The 30 Stock Portfolio

    Find out what it takes to really diversify your portfolio.
  96. Bailing On Your Budget

    Being realistic and honest with yourself will help you determine if you should throw away your existing budget.
  97. 7 Ways To Save On Last-Minute Travel

    Whether for an emergency or just a cheaper vacation, these tips can save you a ton of cash for last-minute travel.
  98. 3 Groups of Companies that are almost a Monopoly

    A look at companies that have a monopolistic place in the marketplace, and whether or not it's a good idea to invest in them.
  99. The Next AAA Countries Headed For A Downgrade

    The next two years will continue to be volatile for many countries as they try to reign in their debt and avoid recession in the process.
  100. 5 Hidden Fees To Watch For On Vacation

    Fall may seem like the perfect time to take advantage of special travel deals, just be aware of extra charges like taxes and other standard fees.
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