Personal Finance Articles

  1. 8 Toughest Retirement Decisions

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

    Find out how exchange-traded funds can take the bumps out of your investing style.
  3. 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.
  4. 6 Tricks To Make Coupons Work For You

    Use these strategies to counteract the stores' and manufacturers' coupon tactics and come out ahead.
  5. 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.
  6. Unemployed? Stay Home And Do Some Financial Housecleaning

    These financial strategies will ensure that while you're unemployed you get your finances in order.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The Misery Index: Measuring Your Misfortune

    The Misery Index measures a combination of unemployment and inflation, but what does it mean for your finances?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The Biggest S&P Missteps

    The S&P is generally respected, but several missteps have damaged the company's reputation.
  14. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  15. Estate Planning Law Changes You Need To Know

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

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

    A recession can be tough on your finances, but by planning ahead you can increase your financial resiliency.
  18. 7 Companies Facing Retiring CEOs

    These companies may all soon face a transition similar to Apple.
  19. 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.
  20. Why You Shouldn't Trust Ratings From Rating Agencies

    When the U.S. debt was downgraded, what does that really mean?
  21. Combating Retirement's Silent Killer: Inflation

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

    A high-risk security can reduce risk overall. Find out how it works.
  23. 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.
  24. 4 ETF Strategies For A Down Market

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

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

    Being realistic and honest with yourself will help you determine if you should throw away your existing budget.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. How To Get A House For Free

    There is a legal way to get a house for free - if you're willing to spend the time and effort.
  32. And The King of R&D Spending Is

    When it comes to investing in other countries, knowing how much is being spent on research and development, and where it's be spent, is important for any investor.
  33. Weird Insurance Policies

    A lot of celebrities take out insurance on their assets.
  34. Paying For College In An Economic Downturn

    There are many ways to fund a child's education including loans, scholarships, grants and protecting your investments.
  35. Taxes: Who Pays And How Much?

    When it comes to taxes, the debate is endless on who pays what, especially in Congress. With no new initiatives in sight, let's take a look at who is paying now.
  36. How To Spend Your Labor Day Weekend

    Enjoying the last weekend of summer doesn't have to cost you a fortune.
  37. 7 Tips to Avoid Online Scams and Swindles

    Online shopping is easy and convenient, and it can also be safe and secure if you know what to watch for.
  38. 9 Businesses That Thrive In Recession

    Some companies improve their bottom line as many people make more conservative decisions with money during a recession.
  39. How To Reduce Auto Insurance Costs

    Owners can decrease their costs by following a few simple steps.
  40. How Companies Create A Brand

    We take a hands-on approach to creating a brand, and see what it can mean as an investor.
  41. Don't Be A Victim Of These Investment Scams

    Some of the most sophisticated investors on Wall Street have been taken in and if it can happen to them, it could happen to you.
  42. 4 Fatal Financial Fantasies

    These dreams are likely to burst - and may blow away your financial future in the process.
  43. 9 Student Costs Everyone Can Take Advantage Of

    Taking advantage of student-themed bargains when you're no longer a student isn't unethical, it just makes good sense when you're trying to save money.
  44. 5 Ways To Fund Your Retirement

    Generating income without going to work tends to be a murky concept. Find out how it works.
  45. Selling Your House? Avoid These Mistakes

    Don't put the sale of your home at risk by committing one of these dirty deeds.
  46. 8 High Paying Jobs That Require 2-Year Degrees

    If you don't want to spend a lot of time getting a degree, but still want a solid job, here are some alternatives.
  47. 5 Alternatives To Expensive Textbooks

    Textbooks cost students a lot of money. Here are a few alternatives to these pricey purchases.
  48. How To Build A Stockpile To Save Money

    No matter where you live, you can save money by stockpiling food and supplies.
  49. Top 5 Mistakes Job Hunters Make

    As competition for jobs increases, it's important that you avoid potential mistakes, beginning with the application process.
  50. Buying Foreclosures At A Bargain Price

    Learn how to buy a foreclosed home at a discount.
  51. 5 Signs Of A Credit Crisis

    These indicators can illuminate the depth and severity of problems in the credit markets.
  52. Profit From Market Misunderstandings

    By learning to identify these key trends, investors can make exceptional risk-adjusted returns.
  53. When You Shouldn't Get a Second Job

    Working a second job can bring in more money, but the costs of that second job need to be considered.
  54. Four Online Shopping Alternatives To Amazon

    There are several alternatives when it comes to online shopping. The more you know about the reputation of the vendor and the quality of the product, the better your purchase experience will be.
  55. 5 Things You Didn't Know About Life Insurance

    Life insurance policies can be simple or complex; make sure you know as much as you can before setting up yours.
  56. Free Credit Reports And Credit Scores That Aren't Free

    Before you order a credit report or credit score, find out what the catch is with these "free" services?
  57. Winning Celebrities And The Companies They Endorse

    These top celebs have brought in a ton of money for popular companies through endorsement deals.
  58. 7 Popular Marketing Techniques For Small Businesses

    This guide will help you get the word out about your small business.
  59. Fall Home Renovation Projects

    Fall is an important transition season for home improvement projects. With the cold of winter coming, getting the house and yard prepared will save you money in the long run.
  60. A Wish List For The Best Budgeting App

    These five tools would make a perfect and complete budgeting app.
  61. 3 Ways To Attract Job Opportunities

    Are you looking for a job or unhappy in your current job? Here are some surefire ways to increase your prospects.
  62. 5 Alternatives To Summer Travel That End Up Costing You More

    Here are some instances where staycations or other options may end up costing you more. How can you avoid these money-blowing blunders?
  63. Famous White-Hat Hackers

    Think hacking is just for teenagers or malicious identity thieves? Think again. Here are some well-known hackers that use their skills in positive ways.
  64. Top Retirement Investments For 2011

    These investments are perfect ways to maximize your earning potential in preperation for retirement.
  65. 4 Financial Liabilities Young Adults Should Avoid

    If you are starting out, and trying to save money, consider these liabilities that might hinder your saving and budgeting potential.
  66. How To Use The Dividend Capture Strategy

    Dividend capture strategies provide an alternative investment approach to income seeking investors.
  67. How To Attend A Wedding For Less

    How can you keep the costs of travel, fancy outfits and gifts under control when attending a wedding?
  68. Vision Care Insurance: Will You See A Benefit?

    Find out everything there is to know about vision care insurance to see if it's the right choice for you.
  69. Old Rockers Who Have Turned Into Top Business People

    From Gene Simmons of KISS to U2's Bono, these rockers know more than how to rock the stage.
  70. Can The U.S. Regain Its AAA Rating?

    We look at countries that have regained a AAA rating in the past, and whether the U.S. is on track to having its debt rating restored.
  71. College Education Cliches: Fact Or Fiction?

    Here is a look at some common myths that might help you decide when and if you should continue your education.
  72. The New Retirement Age

    Why are more and more people planning on working later into their golden years?
  73. Why S&P Downgraded The U.S. And Others Did Not

    We look at the U.S. debt and see whether the recent downgrade was justified.
  74. 6 Sneaky Ways Coupons Make You Spend More

    If you're hoping to save money by using coupons, watch out for sellers' strategies.
  75. Eating Healthy On A Budget

    Is proper nutrition too expensive? Here are several ways to eat healthy while keeping an eye on your wallet.
  76. How To Get A Price Match

    A look at the price match policies of major retailers - what do consumers need to know to take advantage of these policies?
  77. 9 Tips For Safeguarding Your Accounts

    When it comes to keeping your money safe, don't rely on the FDIC - there's much more you can do.
  78. 10 Ways ETFs Can Grow Your Portfolio

    Implement the core/satellite approach used by money managers for better returns and lower risk.
  79. Fund Your Schooling With PLUS Loans

    Find out what they and are whether you're eligible to apply for these no-maximum loans.
  80. Stress Testing Your College Budget

    Heading to college? Run your budget through a stress test first, and make sure you've got your finances figured out.
  81. 7 Signs It's Time To Retire

    If you're planning to retire soon, these are a few things to watch out for.
  82. How Do Your Finances Stack Up?

    We look at the average consumer numbers, so you can get some perspective on how you spend your hard-earned dollars.
  83. Money Market Mutual Funds: A Better Savings Account

    An good alternative to the traditional savings account is the money market mutual fund. It's easy, safe and has better returns.
  84. A Beginner's Guide To Precious Metals

    All that glitters isn't gold. Find out how to get started on your treasure hunt.
  85. How To Rent Out Your Spare Room

    If you have extra space in your house, why not rent it out, especially during the school term, to help pay the mortgage?
  86. Tips For Getting Out Of A Cell Phone Contract

    How do you get out of a cell phone contract early without paying an expensive early termination fee?
  87. 10 Questionable Investments

    These areas make for very poor investment choices right now.
  88. Tips For Face-to-Face Buying And Selling

    Be aware of these dangers when buying or selling goods in person.
  89. Are Computers Bringing Down The Stock Market?

    We take a look at high frequency trading and see if it's one of the reasons for stock market losses.
  90. How To Ask Your Employer To Fund Your Education

    If you can get your education paid for by your company it is a win-win for both parties.
  91. Top 3 Retirement Savings Tips For 55- To 64-Year-Olds

    Find ways to save money and increase your nest egg for the fast-approaching golden years.
  92. 4 Billionaires That Were In The Right Place At The Right Time

    These billionaires made all the right decisions, and had a bit of luck, too.
  93. Patent Wars And Their Effect On Your Wallet

    How can patent wars, and patent trolls, affect new businesses?
  94. Best Loyalty Programs For 2011

    What makes Discover, Ebates and other companies stand out?
  95. Valuing Startup Ventures

    Valuing a company is a difficult task, regardless of the size of the business - but these methods can help.
  96. 6 Employment Perks And How To Get Them

    Find out how to get more than money from your employer.
  97. The Value Of An Ivy League Education

    Does an Ivy League education give you a better chance of landing a high-paying job?
  98. The Cost Of Unemployment To The Economy

    Unemployment carries many costs, both obvious and hidden, for an economy.
  99. 6 Things To Buy In August

    Looking for the best deals of the month? From laptops to landscaping, here are the best bets on good deals.
  100. How To Protect Your Assets In A Post-Downgrade Economy

    Economic times may be tough, but investment opportunities are available and assets may be protected in a variety of ways.
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