Personal Finance Articles

  1. FHA Money Trouble Causes Concern For Homebuyers

    The FHA says it's operating in the black, but reports say otherwise. If it goes bankrupt, what will the repercussions be?
  2. 3 Steps To A Financially-Sound 2012

    With rising disposable income levels, the coming year is the best time to get your finances in order. Find out how.
  3. Why You Need Renters Insurance

    Renters insurance is vital to your well-being. Here are some reasons why you can't go without it.
  4. An Overview Of Itemized Deductions

    Not taking the standard deduction this year could save you hundreds of dollars.
  5. The Debt Ratings Debate

    Lack of competition and potential conflicts of interest have called the value of these ratings into question.
  6. College Loans: Private Vs. Federal

    Not all student loans are the same. Know what you're getting into before signing on the dotted line.
  7. Real Estate Deal-Breakers That Shouldn't Be

    Some things can get in the way of owning your dream home, but they don't have to.
  8. Where Are Advertisers Spending Their Money?

    We list five outlets where advertisers are spending their money, and how these trends developed.
  9. 6 Online Financial Calculators You Should Know About

    Don't worry about using the old fashioned, solar-powered calculator to figure out your finances. Use the internet!
  10. Tax Deductions On Mortgage Interest

    If you're a homeowner, this is one item you want to understand and use on your return.
  11. Why You Should Wait To Buy A House

    Here is a review of current economic factors and price trends that suggest the bottom has not yet been reached in the housing market.
  12. A Guide To Returning Christmas Gifts

    The Christmas season can be stressful, but returning unwanted gifts can be even more stressful. Here are some tips to help you avoid the stress.
  13. Best Credit Cards For Holiday Shopping

    Many credit cards offer some sort of bonus when you sign up for the card. Here are some of the best deals.
  14. Using Tax Lots: A Way To Minimize Taxes

    The method of identifying cost basis can help you to get the most out of reduced tax rates.
  15. What PPACA Means For The Uninsured

    What will happen to the millions of uninsured Americans if the Supreme Court decides against the mandate that requires people to buy health insurance?
  16. How To Make Social Security Work

    What's going to happen to Social Security by the time you retire? What can be done to help it?
  17. Why Crude Oil Prices May Not Affect Pump Prices

    When oil rises in price, the price of gas at the pump usually rises as well. Why doesn't it always happen?
  18. 5 Moves To Get Your Finances In Order For The New Year

    Instead of the same old New Year's resolutions, why not get your finances straight? We tell you five ways to do it.
  19. How Much Do You Need To Spend To Earn Credit Card Points?

    You're always going to have to spend money. So why not get something back? We look at how often you have to make purchases to redeem credit card points.
  20. 9 Meaningful Holiday Gifts

    Too often we spend money on items that are fun, but ultimately wasteful for the holidays. This year, why not buy gifts that are meaningful.
  21. 4 Blogs That Will Help You Save Money

    Here is a rundown of some popular blogs that discuss easy ways to save money and live frugally.
  22. Deadlines You Must Meet If You Inherit A Retirement Account

    If you've inherited an IRA or any other retirement account, we tell you what deadlines you need to be aware of.
  23. Retirement Planning In A Changing World

    Retiring at the age of 65 is quickly becoming a thing of the past. So, what is happening to make this change?
  24. End-Of-The-Year Income Tax Checklist

    From grouping related expenses to taking advantage of the alternative minimum tax, here are some things you need to keep in mind when doing taxes.
  25. The Hottest Toys This Christmas

    We talk to some experts and see which toys are expected to be best-sellers this holiday season.
  26. 3 Essential Personal Finance Resolutions

    We offer three potential New Year's resolutions that may help you to enjoy a financially rewarding year.
  27. The History Behind Labor Strikes In Pro Sports

    Before players' unions were formed, pro athletes didn't always have the rights they do today. Here's a look at some devastating strikes in sports.
  28. The 5 Most Expensive Stadiums In The World

    These cities and franchise owners spared no expense to build world-class stadiums, but not every investment paid off as originally planned.
  29. Rewards Credit Cards That Give Back The Most

    There are many different types of rewards offered by credit card companies. Here are some examples, and the best ways to take advantage of them.
  30. Tax Credits And Deductions For Parents

    Your children can help you save on your taxes with these credits and deductions.
  31. 5 Last-Minute Ways To Maximize Your Tax Deductions

    With tax season right around the corner, here are some ways to increase your tax deductions.
  32. Getting Into International Investing

    Diversifying can mean not only investing in various asset classes but also venturing beyond domestic exchanges.
  33. Keeping Up With Your Continuing Education

    Professional maintenance can be a chore. Learn how to streamline the process.
  34. Facing Co-Op Bankruptcy

    Co-op investors can often be penalized for other people's actions. Read on to learn about the most common types of co-op default.
  35. How To Get The Most Out Of A 401(k) Program

    Saving for retirement is important. We tell you about six ways to take advantage of your 401(k) and other retirement plans.
  36. How To Decorate On A Budget

    Don't have a lot to spend on Christmas decorations? Don't worry. Here are some ways you can decorate for cheap.
  37. 4 Expensive Winter Sports For Kids

    If your child wants to take up a winter sport, and it's one of these four, be prepared to open your wallet.
  38. Does Tax Loss Harvesting Really Work?

    This is a regular December tradition for investors, but it may not actually provide any benefit.
  39. Is The Santa Claus Rally For Real?

    Will Santa Claus bring the gift that investors are looking for this year? What are the chances of a Santa Claus rally?
  40. ETFs: How Did We Live Without Them?

    These funds burst onto the scene in 1993 and have continued to provide new opportunities for investors since.
  41. Redefining The American Dream

    Here is a realistic look at the "American Dream," based on your potential instead of an impossible ideal.
  42. How HELOCs Can Hurt You

    A home equity line of credit is a convenient way to borrow money. But, there are things to be cautious about before you get into trouble.
  43. Who Should You Tip During The Holidays?

    Here is a guide to the people in your life you might consider tipping during the holidays, and how much you should give them.
  44. 5 Worthwhile, Inexpensive Christmas Destinations

    Is your family looking to go some place exotic for the holidays this year? We tell you about five inexpensive places to visit.
  45. How Does Industry-Run Education Work?

    Choosing between educational institutions can be difficult. Discover some of the options and their costs.
  46. Cut Christmas Costs Without Compromising

    As we hurtle towards Christmas, it's time to start considering how we can keep to our budgets, without compromising the festive season.
  47. How Much To Save To Become A Millionaire

    With a little discipline and the help of some powerful savings vehicles, anyone can hit this mark.
  48. How Much Are NFL Teams Really Worth?

    While numbers are not released league-wide, here's a look at the revenue-generating capabilities of Super Bowl Champions the Green Bay Packers.
  49. What Is And Isn't Covered By Homeowners Insurance

    Understanding what your insurance covers can be confusing. Learn what almost all insurance policies have in common.
  50. 5 Ideas To Supplement Your Retirement Income

    Are you looking to supplement your retirement income, or just need to get out of the house? We list five possible ways to do it.
  51. 6 Benefits Of Using A Credit Union

    Find out how credit unions are community-focused and offer better interest rates than traditional banks.
  52. What Does Winning A Gold Medal Mean For Your Finances?

    We look at how winning a gold medal at the Olympic games affects the athlete's, the team's and the country's bottom line.
  53. Successful Companies That Improved With New Leadership

    The death of a successful corporate founder and CEO doesn't necessarily mean the company will fail. Many have flourished afterwards.
  54. Youngest Inventors To Strike It Rich

    Some of these inventors were younger than 10 years old when they came up with their practical and ingenious ideas.
  55. The Best Retirement Account For You

    There is a dizzying array of retirement accounts in America. Learn which is the right one for you.
  56. How To Budget For A New Baby

    The cost of raising a family varies. We break down the expenses involved in having your first child.
  57. 5 Best Bets For Buying Gold

    Gold is a desirable alternative for those looking to diversify risk. Discover your options.
  58. How Retirement Programs Vary Worldwide

    Is old age insurance in the U.S. relatively indulgent? Discover how it compares to programs elsewhere.
  59. Who's Most Likely To Be In Debt In 2012?

    With the economy still struggling, we look at homeowners, retirees and students to see who will be most affected by debt next year.
  60. Eat Healthy And Save Money

    These six cheap and nutritious foods are a perfect way to deal with rising grocery prices while staying healthy.
  61. 7 Tips To Move On The Cheap

    Moving can be very expensive, but if you use these cost-effective moving tips you'll save money.
  62. Enron: The Fall Of A Wall Street Darling

    Enron is a classic example of greed gone wrong and how investors were led astray.
  63. Gifts That Help Save Money

    These practical gifts will help save money on energy costs, groceries, home improvement and more.
  64. The Investing Risk Of Underfunded Pension Plans

    Determine the risk to a company's EPS and financial condition resulting from an underfunded pension plan.
  65. 8 Reasons To Dump A Mutual Fund

    Buy and hold is not forever. Find out when it pays to sell your fund and move on.
  66. Media's Most Controversial Political Pundits

    We look at these conservative pundits' past statements, books, listener base and, in some cases, earnings.
  67. How Being A Student Saves You Money

    We list seven ways you can keep cash in your pocket as a student.
  68. Recession-Proof Sports Leagues

    Even in the hardest of times, these leagues are certain to turn a profit.
  69. 5 Ways To Afford Early Retirement

    Taking an early retirement in today's world is no easy feat, but it can be done. Find out how.
  70. Are Vision And Dental Plans Worth It?

    Weigh your options before you decide to change or stick with your current insurance coverage. Think about these before you sign on the dotted line.
  71. Walt Disney: How Entertainment Became An Empire

    One of the most powerful companies in the entertainment sector has some lessons to share for new budding entrepreneurs.
  72. Cheap Celebrity Appearance Fees

    Make your next party truly epic by hiring an affordable celebrity to attend your event.
  73. 3 Tips For Buying Investment Properties

    Real estate can be a highly effective wealth building tool. Learn how to increase your chances of success.
  74. How Hollywood Portrays Wall Street

    Here is a rundown of some of the most interesting takes Hollywood has had on Wall Street news.
  75. The FHA's Minimum Property Standards

    If you're thinking about purchasing a home with an FHA loan, here are some standards that must be met for the deal to go through.
  76. Student Loan Rules You Should Know About

    Before signing your student loan documents, you should know about these changes for 2012.
  77. How To Profit From Natural Gas

    A new bill was introduced to encourage expansion of natural gas. Learn how this could be a money-maker for consumers.
  78. 5 Most Expensive Diamonds Ever Auctioned

    The Sun Drop Diamond was auctioned on November 15 for $10.9 million. How does that compare to other expensive diamonds that have been sold?
  79. How To Build Your Professional Reputation

    If you’re an expert in a particular field, you can use Internet resources to get your name out there. We tell you six ways of how to do it.
  80. Best Sports Bets Of The Year

    If you had bet on these longshots this year, you would have taken home a lot of winnings.
  81. All I Want For Christmas Are These ETFs

    Back in the day, parents or grandparents used to buy children savings bonds. Today, it may be shares in an ETF.
  82. 6 Types Of Insurance Coverage You Didn't Think You Needed

    These different types of insurance coverage can be beneficial, but they're often overlooked and misunderstood.
  83. How To Prevent Identity Theft While Traveling

    When traveling this holiday season, use these tips to protect yourself from identity theft while on the road.
  84. Should Your Credit Rating Scare You?

    Take the mystery out of credit scores by learning the most important ways it can impact your life.
  85. Starting Early With Financial Planning

    You can achieve your financial goals if you start early enough. Here are some tips.
  86. 5 Overlooked Vacation-Planning Tips

    As fun as vacations are, planning for them can be stressful. Here are some tips to help you avoid that stress.
  87. 6 Smartphone Apps To Help Save On Holiday Shopping

    With the help of these smartphone apps, you can save money and find upcoming deals for the holidays.
  88. 3 Superstar Athletes That Nobody Wanted

    Professional sports teams are willing to pay big money for superstar athletes, but what happens when players don't live up to the hype?
  89. How To Use Price Adjustments To Get The Best Deals

    We take a look at 6 top retailers' price adjustment policies, and tell you how to get your money's worth.
  90. New Wheels: Lease Or Buy?

    These two major ways to obtain a car have very different advantages and drawbacks. Find out which is best for you.
  91. Ultra ETFs: The Ultimate Addition To Your Portfolio?

    Ultra ETFs can add huge returns to your portfolio, but there's a lot of risk and volatility involved with these leveraged ETFs.
  92. 4 Reasons To Use Your Benefits Before Year-End

    In some situations, you're better off taking care of medical and dental work now than waiting until next year.
  93. Understanding Contents Coverage

    This type of insurance deals with personal belongings. Find out what it covers, and if you need to cover more expensive items.
  94. 4 Ways To Get The Most From Your Credit Cards This Cyber Monday

    Before you check out, make sure you're not leaving rewards on the table.
  95. Must-Use Platforms For Job Seekers

    Social media sites like LinkedIn have become invaluable in the search for a job.
  96. 3 Republican Plans For Your Taxes

    With an election year looming, candidates are playing with taxes to try to earn your vote.
  97. 7 Unique And Inexpensive Gifts For The Holidays

    Looking for gift ideas that won't break the bank? We've got seven personal service ideas for you.
  98. 7 Steps For Building Your Personal Brand Online

    Here are seven ways to maximize your professional exposure online.
  99. Rethink Your Credit Cards For Holiday Spending

    Make sure you have the best cards for your spending habits, before the holidays.
  100. How To Combat Youth Unemployment

    As youth unemployment in the U.S. hovers around the 18% mark, the time has come for government action.
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