Personal Finance Articles

  1. Advertising, Crocodiles And Moats

    Memorable advertising is a brick in the fortress that keeps competitors at bay.
  2. 5 Careers That Let You Work Longer

    While not everyone is cut out for earning a paycheck into their 70s, there are occupations that allow and even encourage it.
  3. Top Tech For Your Buck

    You may not be one of those people who has to have the latest electronic gadget. If you are, however, check out this list.
  4. Top 5 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings

    While you may not have the funds to be as lavish as these weddings, they may give you some inspiration for your own.
  5. 5 Successful Companies That Survived The Dotcom Bubble

    These companies did what many others could not - survived the dotcom bubble.
  6. 5 U.S. Cities Too Expensive To Buy A House In

    Whether it's the lifestyle or career opportunities, these cities continue to attract people putting pressure on available land and housing.
  7. The Executor's Checklist: 7 Things To Do Before They Die

    Being an executor comes with a lot of responsibility, and these tips will reduce the complications that can come with the job.
  8. 10 Considerations For Using Your Credit Card Abroad

    Credit cards can be the best item you pack when traveling, just make sure that you are taking the right card that suits your needs.
  9. 6 Different Ways To Get Your MBA

    Whether you are a full-time student or are already established in your career, there are several options for obtaining a MBA degree.
  10. Best Back-To-School Deals

    Are students the only ones who can benefit from the back to school deals? Depends on what you're buying.
  11. Real Estate Indicators For Prospective Homebuyers

    If you want to buy a home but you’re holding out until market conditions show signs of improvement, housing indicators can help point the way.
  12. A New Approach To Equity Compensation

    The new financial accounting standard known as FAS 123R could take a bite out of your portfolio. Find out why here.
  13. What's Your Online Couponing Personality?

    Discover your couponing habits and learn to make the most of them and save more.
  14. Charity CEOs: Are They Being Paid Too Much?

    Deciding how much charities should spend on the salaries of their CEOs is more difficult than you may think.
  15. An Introduction To Student Loans And The FAFSA

    Learn how to fill out the FAFSA form so that it is easier for you to fund your education.
  16. How To Prevent An Online Shopping Nightmare

    Internet shopping is not like walking into your favorite store, especially if you run into problems.
  17. 7 High-Paid Public Service Jobs

    Some public service jobs pay far above the national average, and also come with good benefits and job security.
  18. 7 Unusual Property Ownership Rules

    Unique real estate regulations from around the world.
  19. 5 Benefits Of Retiring Early

    As tough as it seems in these economic times, there are advantages to stopping work ahead of schedule - especially for those with big plans for their retirement years.
  20. The Cost Of Hiring A New Employee

    Hiring a new employee means more than just a salary ... a lot more.
  21. The Gold Standard Revisited

    Think the value of gold is unshakable? Read this chronicle of its rise and fall.
  22. Long-Term Care: More Than Just A Nursing Home

    Learn what you can do now to keep your options open in the future.
  23. Fix It Or Trash It?

    Four types of household or personal items and whether it makes sense to put money into fixing them or whether it's more financially-prudent to throw them out.
  24. 5 New Ways To Look For A Job

    If traditional methods aren't working for you, these easy tricks can help your job search be more effective.
  25. The VIX: Using The "Uncertainty Index" For Profit And Hedging

    Learn the best ways to profit and hedge using the Chicago Board Options Exchange Market Volatility Index.
  26. Is Someone Listening To Your Phone Messages?

    Phone hacking is serious, but there are many things you can do to make it harder on a thief.
  27. Are Investing Seminars Worth It?

    A look at two types of seminars and what each has to offer.
  28. Make A Risk-Based Mortgage Decision

    Find out how to choose which mortgage style is right for you.
  29. Will The Greek Crisis Affect Your Retirement?

    Trouble in Greece will come home to roost in America, but maybe not in the most obvious ways.
  30. The Most Affordable Cities To Live In

    Here is a look at some of the places in the United States where your money will go the furthest.
  31. Why It's Tough To Stay On Top In Tech

    When it comes down to it, the biggest winner in the technology wars is the consumer.
  32. Top-Earning Superhero Movies

    Four out of 2011's top 10 flicks are superhero movies. Why can't we resist a cape and a mask, and how much money are these movies making?
  33. Home Organization On A Budget

    These simple steps will keep you on time and efficient without spending a lot of cash.
  34. The 5 Most Expensive Places To Buy A Home

    Find out what makes these areas so desirable to live in despite the high costs of real estate.
  35. How To Become A Self-Taught Finance Expert

    A wealth of information is at your fingertips, and getting started is easy.
  36. Top Countries For Vices

    We'll look at three of the most common (and legal) vices - smoking, drinking and overeating - and see where in the world these vices have the strongest holds.
  37. 10 Reasons Why Online Grocery Shopping Is Failing

    Although some companies still continue to develop offerings, observers ponder the question: Why does online grocery shopping continue to fail?
  38. The Power Of Branding

    It's the ultimate economic moat, and we look at the approaches and effects of good and bad branding.
  39. Most Costly Computer Hacks Of All Time

    A computer hack doesn't just cost the company money; it also hurts their brand image.
  40. Disclaiming Inherited Plan Assets

    There are some good reasons for choosing not to accept the funds, but be sure you follow the proper process.
  41. 5 Emerging Social Media Companies You Need To Know

    If you aren't already using these services, you might want to check them out.
  42. The Island Approach To Credit Card Use

    The Island Approach can help you get out of debt and maximize your rewards. Find out how you can use this method.
  43. An Introduction To Stafford Loans

    Stafford loans provide student funding that a majority of people can easily access. Find out if you qualify.
  44. Is Your Commute Worth It?

    The extra 30 minutes in the car may be costing you more than you think.
  45. What Strikes Are Costing The Canadian Economy

    Between the postal strike and the Air Canada strike, the costs are starting to add up.
  46. The State Of The 401(k)

    Companies have been slow to restore 401(k) matching, but history says good workers will demand good benefits.
  47. How Many Credit Cards Should You Have?

    National stats indicate most consumers have three or more cards - are you one of them?
  48. 4 Reasons Not To Refinance Your Home

    Interest rates are still extremely low, but they aren't expected to stay there for long. Should you refinance before it's too late? Not necessarily.
  49. 5 Of The World's Oldest Companies

    Find out which companies have been around the longest - and why they've lasted.
  50. Can You Trust Your Trustee?

    Ignorance and incompetence can cost you money. Make sure your trustee is up to the task.
  51. Shield Your Portfolio From Inflation For Real Returns

    Inflation-protected securities are part of the equation, but they're not a perfect solution.
  52. 5 Signs You're About To Be Fired

    These red flags might mean it's time to start looking for a new job.
  53. 7 Stable Investments For Your Retirement

    These investing alternatives can give you returns that you can count on.
  54. Credit Cards: Should You Ever Pay An Annual Fee?

    Most of the time, it doesn’t make sense to pay an annual fee for a credit card. Here are some circumstances when it does.
  55. Careers That End At 30

    If you have one of these jobs, you might want to plan for an early retirement or second career.
  56. 5 Places With Good Jobs And Cheap Housing

    Having a great job without affordable housing (or vice versa) can be a real headache. These cities offer both.
  57. 7 Ways Using Your Credit Card Can Save On Summer Travel

    No matter how you plan to get to your destination, the secret to cutting your costs lies in using your credit cards.
  58. The Truth About Credit Card Swipe Fees

    Swipe fee legislation will only have a small effect on profit margins for merchants and little to no effect on prices.
  59. Amazing Yard Sale Finds

    Most people go yard saling in the hopes of saving money, but some have ended up making thousands of dollars in the process.
  60. How To Create An Effective Retirement Income Strategy

    We will design a portfolio that should balance the requirements of liberal income with sufficient liquidity to withstand down markets.
  61. Are You Overplanning For A Disaster?

    Excessive disaster preparation can cause more problems than it solves.
  62. Government Subsidies For Business

    Many industries rely on government assistance in both good times and bad. What are the benefits of these programs, and how do they impact the consumer?
  63. 5 Groceries Going Up In Price This Summer

    Keep an eye on the cost of these food staples as you may be paying more in the near future.
  64. 5 Ways To Make Budgeting Fun

    These easy tips can help make financial planning a breeze.
  65. The No-Experience Resume For College Grads

    Graduates face unique challenges when entering the job market for the first time. Find out how to overcome them.
  66. 5 Inflation-Beating Bond Picks

    Look beyond traditional bonds when planning long-term. The alternatives can be extremely rewarding.
  67. 6 Security Apps You Should Know About

    These smartphone and tablet apps aren't just intriguing - they may be vital in the war against high-tech theft.
  68. 8 Considerations For Using Your Credit Card Abroad

    How to choose the right credit card to take on your next international trip and what to expect when you use it.
  69. 5 Factors Threatening Your Dream Retirement

    You've worked hard all your life; are you ready to call it quits?
  70. Renting In The Most Expensive Cities: What You Get

    With New York City not even making the top 10, you'll be surprised to learn what cities have the most expensive rent.
  71. 6 Ways To Learn To Love Your Job

    If you can't quit, these tips will help you make the most of your work situation.
  72. An Introduction To Corporate Bond ETFs

    Learn about the pros and cons of these specialized ETFs, and get in on the opportunities they can provide.
  73. It's Never Too Early To Start Saving

    The earlier you begin investing, the more stable your future will be in the short and long term.
  74. Advisors: Tips For Providing For Older Clients

    Make sure the needs of baby boomers and their parents are met - if not exceeded.
  75. Profit From Unwanted Life Policies With Life Settlement

    With a life settlement you could cash in on your policy money now.
  76. 6 Late-Stage Retirement Catch-Up Tactics

    It's not too late, but if you want to retire comfortably you'll have to be aggressive.
  77. 6 Sneaky Ways Online Purchases Are Hurting Your Budget

    Watch out for these money-traps when shopping online.
  78. Money Facts: Derek Jeter's 3000th Hit

    The Yankees shortstop's quest for hit No. 3,000 means more than a place in the history books
  79. The Easy Way To Stay On Budget On Vacation

    Planning for and staying on track with your budget during your vacation will help make the enjoyment last - even after your receive your credit card statement.
  80. When You Should Change Your Withholding Tax

    When there are major changes in your life, you should adjust your withholding to ensure you aren't paying too much in taxes.
  81. Shorting ETFs: Profit Or Peril?

    Although more detail and attention may be needed, ETFs can be shorted - and at a great profit.
  82. 7 Fees That You Should Always Negotiate

    These expenses should always have some wiggle room.
  83. The College Degrees You Should Have Gotten

    The top degrees based on earning potential might not be what you expect.
  84. Taking Another Look At Auto Stocks

    The automotive manufacturers in the U.S. may be on their way to recovery.
  85. How Being Lazy Can Save You Money

    Your laid-back lifestyle may be just the trick to keeping more cash in your wallet.
  86. Why Extreme Couponing Won't Work For You

    Though you can possibly save some money, extreme couponing is often not worth it.
  87. A Primer On Private Equity

    Private equity investing is becoming more accessible for individual investors; find out how you can get involved.
  88. 9 Different Ways To Find A New Job

    Make sure you're covering all your bases and you'll have a new career in no time.
  89. The Rise Of Labor Unions In Pro Sports

    Most of today's pro athletes enjoy the perks that come with union membership - but this wasn't always the case.
  90. Why High Oil Prices Are Good For The Environment

    High gas prices may be a frustrating side effect of the nation's oil crisis, but there's actually an upside to sticker shock at the pump - it's good for the environment.
  91. A Guide To Investor Fees

    Fees are one of the most important determinants of investment performance and something that every investor should know.
  92. Never Pay Retail For These 7 Expenses

    If you do pay retail, you are missing out on some great savings.
  93. 5 Economies That Have Been Downgraded This Year

    Several countries have seen the rating agencies downgrade their debt this year.
  94. The Magic Numbers Of Retirement

    Don't forget these numbers when planning for your golden years.
  95. Should You Buy Property On Leased Land?

    Find out what to consider before investing in a leased-land property.
  96. Alternatives To Business School

    Universities don't have a monopoly on information - advance in your career without going back to school.
  97. 4 Things That Keep You From Getting Life Insurance

    We look at four common reasons people give for not applying for life insurance, and see if they're legitimate.
  98. Get Active In Your Bond Portfolio

    Find out why being a couch potato with your bonds actually could be mashing your results.
  99. Pros And Cons Of Offshore Investing

    Tax loopholes are shrinking, but there are still plenty of viable prospects. Get the big picture.
  100. Valuing A Company Using The Residual Income Method

    Learn the underlying basics behind the residual income model and how it can be used to place an absolute value on a firm.
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