Personal Finance Articles

  1. March Madness Economics

    One of the greatest tournaments in basketball brings in a lot of cash.
  2. 10 Tips For A Cheaper, Better Vacation

    Start planning your summer vacation with these tips, and you can have a top-quality vacation for a lot less money than you think.
  3. 4 Reasons Pro Sports Teams File For Bankruptcy

    We look at the history of sports bankruptcies, and try to understand what makes them fail.
  4. Tips For Moving Retirement Plan Assets

    Moving assets is common when changing jobs or retiring, but you have to do this carefully to avoid penalties.
  5. 5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Expenses

    Cutting your household expenses doesn't have to be painful. Start with simple changes rather than doing everything all at once.
  6. Tax Rules For Resident And Nonresident Aliens

    This article examines the definition and tax treatment of these types of non-U.S. citizens.
  7. 6 Most Expensive Spring Break Vacations

    From the beaches of Mexico to the luxury ski resorts of Colorado, find out what you could be paying for these popular spring break getaways.
  8. 5 Life Insurance Questions You Should Ask

    Confused about $1 million dollar insurance advertising claims? Decide whether they'll pay off for you.
  9. 7 Bad Reasons To Refinance Your Mortgage

    When low mortgage rates are everywhere, it might seem like a good time to refinance. Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.
  10. A Billionaire's Financial Entourage

    This crew may not be as exciting as a rock star's, but a group of financial gurus can keep more money coming in than going out.
  11. 7 Personal Finance Tips For College Grads

    In two months, the first batch of 2011 graduates advance into life's next big experience - the real world.
  12. Is Coupon Clipping A Waste Of Time?

    Coupons reduce the cost of a product or service, but are the savings really worth the time it takes?
  13. 6 Reasons You Don't Need A Prepaid Debit Card

    We'll look at six situations where a prepaid debit card might seem like a good idea, but it really isn't necessary.
  14. Are My Investments Insured Against Loss?

    Money invested in a brokerage account has some protection, but that doesn't mean you can't lose it.
  15. 6 New Credit Card Regulations That Benefit You

    President Obama recently passed the CARD act into law. Find out how these credit reforms will affect the predatory lenders who've been taking advantage of consumers.
  16. The Dangers Of Deflation

    We look at what life would be like in a deflationary environment, and what you can do to protect your investments.
  17. 7 Endangered Careers

    Ever wonder how technological advances have changed the job market?
  18. Investing Tips For DINKs

    It sounds like an insult, but many count being a DINK as a financial advantage.
  19. Investing In Your Child's Education

    Overwhelmed by increasing tuition costs for your kids? The U.S. government can help.
  20. The Small Business Jobs Act: Make It Work For You

    Understanding how to manage business credit is the key to obtaining small business loans.
  21. 6 Free Alternatives To Your Favorite Software

    State-of-the-art software is expensive, but some of the free alternatives are giving them a run for their money.
  22. Jobless In 2010? 6 Tax Breaks You Can't Miss

    These tax deductions can help soften the blow of unemployment.
  23. The Series 3 Exam: Creating A Career With Commodities

    The Series 3 exam is the quickest way to diversify sales and add futures to your investing options.
  24. How To Live Rich For A Lot Less

    Here are some simple steps you can take to live well without being wealthy.
  25. Top Tax Tips For Retirees

    Filing your taxes during retirement can be just as time consuming as when you were employed. We have some tips to help you out.
  26. Retailers Are Going Mobile: How You Can Benefit

    New technology creates increased competition for retailers, and puts consumers in a winning situation.
  27. 3 Economic Reasons Behind The Protests In Egypt

    Find out the underlying issues that have led to the recent protests and change in government in Egypt.
  28. Summer School Or Summer Job? How To Decide

    We'll look at the pros and cons of both summer jobs and summer school and give you a framework that you can use to make the choice that's right for you.
  29. 6 Things To Do Before You Call A Real Estate Agent

    There's a lot of work to be done before you pick up the phone to list your property.
  30. The Essentials Of Corporate Cash Flow

    Tune out the accounting noise and see whether a company is generating the stuff it needs to sustain itself.
  31. 6 Corporate Tax Loops Obama Wants To Close

    The Obama Administration wants to close corporate tax loopholes while possibly lowering the corporate tax rate to be more competitive with other nations.
  32. 2011 Cars With The Highest Resale Value

    A vehicle is one of the fastest-depreciating assets you own. But not every car loses value at the same rate. Check out the 2011 cars that best retained their resale value.
  33. 6 Things Putting Unions Under Fire

    We take a look at why unions arose and why things have changed.
  34. 5 Extreme Ways To Raise Your Credit Score

    These methods are legal and legitimate - but are they worth it?
  35. The Truth About IRS Tax Settlement Firms

    These companies claim that they can reduce or even eliminate what you owe to the IRS. Find out the facts behind this alluring fiction.
  36. The Truth About Rising Gas Prices

    Though it may feel like it sometimes, gas stations aren't out to get you by raising their prices.
  37. 5 Billionaires Who Lost Millions

    During the recession, billionaires lost money too, but when their net worth shifts it swings by millions and even billions.
  38. 5 Ways To Receive Your Tax Refund

    Taxpayers in the U.S. can receive their income tax refund in many different forms - checks, debit cards, savings bonds and direct deposits. Find out which one is right for you.
  39. An Introduction To Hyperinflation

    Hyperinflation isn't some historical curiosity. It is a very real risk that countries and governments still struggle with today.
  40. Why There's No Such Thing As A Bad Real Estate Market

    Sometimes a "bad" market can be the best thing for you.
  41. 10 Ways To Prepare For A Personal Financial Crisis

    Life is unpredictable, but if there's anything you can do to stave off disaster, it's to be prepared and be careful.
  42. 6 Ways To Write Off Your Car Expenses

    Reduce the cost of owning and maintaining a car with these clever tax tips.
  43. How Governments Influence Markets

    The biggest influence in the markets today can create some unintended consequences.
  44. 6 Summer Jobs That Led To Celebrity Careers

    From tech-savvy jobs to giant chicken suits, peruse the humble beginnings to illustrious careers. Some jobs don't end, per say, they just get much, much better.
  45. An Introduction To Correcting Ineligible IRA Contributions

    Eager to save for retirement? Find out how to avoid overpayment penalties.
  46. 5 Hot Franchises Right Now

    There are thousands of franchise opportunities to choose from, so getting down to a single option can take time.
  47. Become A Certified Financial Divorce Analyst

    Use your financial knowledge to help people preserve their financial integrity after a failed marriage.
  48. Extreme Credit Repair: Why It Doesn't Work

    Most of these are illegal scams at worst and a waste of time at best. Here are five extreme credit repair techniques we do not recommend.
  49. 7 Fun And Practical Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund

    Discover some tips on how to spend your money in a way that balances emotional and financial health.
  50. 5 Things To Consider When Choosing Where To Retire

    Climate, taxes and property values all play a part in selecting the best places to retire.
  51. 7 Sweet Gadgets That Can Save You Money

    At first glance, these just-for-fun items seem like complete money-sinks. Guess again!
  52. 7 Factors For Comparing Credit Cards

    It's good to find a credit card that fits your lifestyle, but read the fine print to make sure you're not overpaying for the benefits.
  53. Tax Deductions You May Be Missing

    Knowing the tax deductions you're entitled to can make or break your bank account.
  54. Dividend Tax Rates: What Investors Need To Know

    Find out how legislation enacted in 2003 is benefiting both investors and corporations, and when it's scheduled to expire.
  55. A "Kiddie Tax" Overview For Parents

    Understanding how children are taxed is very important when it comes to saving for their college education.
  56. How To Pick A Stock

    So you've finally decided to start investing. But what should you put in your portfolio? Find out here.
  57. 7 Energy-Efficient Solutions For Spring

    No matter your plans, give them an energy efficient angle to help trim the baggage off your bills.
  58. Top Job Perks You May Not Have Heard Of

    Companies are becoming increasingly creative with their benefits packages, in order to attract younger employees.
  59. The Last States With Prepaid Tuition Plans

    Prepaid tuition could save you thousands of dollars and unwanted stress. Find out where you can still find them.
  60. Getting Through The Medicare Part D Maze

    Having trouble sorting through your prescription drug coverage options? We offer some solutions to the confusing process of selecting the right Medicare Part D coverage for you.
  61. Are You Over-Insured?

    You can free up a lot of money by eliminating overlapping insurance policies. Read on to learn where you are most likely to be carrying double coverage.
  62. 8 Ways To Avoid Getting Burned By Prepaid Debit Cards

    These cards have many differences from traditional debit and credit cards that can cost you money if you don't know what to watch out for.
  63. Who Wants To Be A Trillionaire?

    These wealthy individuals have the best shot at being the first trillionaire.
  64. 6 Bizarre Celebrity Insurance Policies

    There's a whole world of insurance beyond home, pet and auto - here are some of the more obscure celebrity insurance policies.
  65. Taxpayers The IRS Is Targeting This Year

    The IRS does not treat all tax returns equally - find out if you are in danger of being audited.
  66. What You Need To Know About Capital Gains And Taxes

    Find out how your profits are taxed and what to consider when making investment decisions.
  67. Rich And Careless

    We'll look at high-profile, big-money investments that turned out badly for their famous investors.
  68. How The Loch Ness Monster Affects The Economy

    Do sightings of Bigfoot, Nessie and UFOs lead to massive market fluctuations?
  69. Gas Savings Tips That Don't Actually Work

    We all try to get the most from our tank of gas, but do those tricks you hear about amount to real savings?
  70. How To Avoid Buying A "Lemon" Product

    A lack of information can lead people into bad purchases and bad investments. Find out how you can avoid these lemons.
  71. 2 Ways To Finish Undergraduate And MBA Programs Faster

    Testing out of courses and challenging course credit decisions can allow you to save money and time at college.
  72. 6 Billionaire Politicians And What They're Worth

    These businessmen have made their millions and entered the political field.
  73. Choosing The Best Disability Insurance

    Social Security benefits can be hard to collect. Find out why you need disability insurance to protect your income, and learn how to choose the right policy for you.
  74. How Real Estate Agents Sell Their Homes For More

    A well-publicized statistic finds that when real estate agents sell their own homes, they tend to get a higher price. But why?
  75. Where Your Tax Dollars Went In 2010

    2010's federal budget says a lot about our government's priorities, but it also speaks to an unsustainable level of current spending.
  76. 6 Tips For Finding A Summer Job

    It's time to start looking for your summer job - get an edge on the competition with these tips.
  77. 5 Big-Ticket Billionaire Sales

    From $75 million houses to 303-foot yachts, we look at what some famous billionaires have put up for sale in the past few years.
  78. 6 Credit Mistakes Retirees Make

    While children and adult offspring often look to their elders for wisdom, not all seniors are the best source for financial advice.
  79. The Most Expensive Kids' Sports

    Every parent should encourage their child's hobbies and interests, but at what price? Find out the sports that cost the most for your child to play.
  80. An Explanation Of Stagflation

    Find out how stagflation is measured, what factors contribute to it and how to protect your finances.
  81. Why You Can't Influence Gas Prices

    Don't believe the water-cooler talk. Big oil companies aren't to blame for high prices.
  82. 10 Tips For Getting The Lowest Car Insurance

    For many, car insurance is a costly, but necessary, expense. And while drivers can't avoid insurance payments, they can follow these tips for making their rates more reasonable.
  83. The Costs Of College Athletics

    Here we look at the price some young athletes pay in pursuit of college scholarships. Is it worth it?
  84. 5 Car Insurance Add-Ons You Don't (Always) Need

    We'll look at the types of car insurance that you can avoid to save some money on your monthly premium.
  85. An Introduction To Depreciation

    Companies make choices and assumptions in calculating depreciation, and you need to know how these affect the bottom line.
  86. Top 10 Highest-Paying Jobs For 2011

    These jobs have high salaries and great outlooks in the coming years.
  87. 5 Billionaire Finance Moves You Can't Make

    Most billionaires don't live like the rest of us. Why? Because they often buy or invest in things that we can't, in ways that we can't.
  88. Calculating (Small) Company Credit Risk

    Determining creditworthiness of smaller and medium-sized corporations isn't as easy as for larger companies, but these tips can help.
  89. 6 Simple Car Mods That Actually Save Fuel

    Check out these simple and effective ways to turn your car into a fuel-sipping cash-saver.
  90. Who Will Be The World's First Trillionaire?

    We'll look at what it will take before someone achieves the incredible sum of $1 trillion in wealth.
  91. 6 Outrageous Billionaire Purchases

    From costly pigeons to excessive parent purchases, we'll look at six of the most outrageous, expensive billionaire purchases.
  92. Explaining Types Of Fixed Annuities

    Learn about this popular retirement tool, its pros and cons and how annuities work to create a guaranteed regular stream of retirement income.
  93. 5 Industries That Are Ready To Retire

    The baby boomer generation is retiring, and economists expect a shift in the job market - in some industries more than most.
  94. 5 Growing Jobs For Retirees

    We'll look at the industries and specific jobs that are attracting post-retirement employees, and post-retiree jobs with good prospects.
  95. The Dangers Of Stranger-Owned Life Insurance

    Find out how these policies can be used to abuse the system that many people rely on for protection.
  96. Consumer Products That Depreciate The Most (And Least)

    Your new car may not hold its value as well as that old collectible toy you kept in perfect condition. Find out which purchases will still be worth something in the years to come.
  97. The 5 Worst Investments For 2011 (And Beyond)

    Thinking of investing this year? These five categories should be avoided at all costs.
  98. Preparing Finances For Deployment: A Guide For Service Members

    Those who follow the instruction in this article can look forward to a homecoming of financial prosperity.
  99. 7 Steps To Choosing A Second Career

    Whether you tackle a second career at age 25 or 55, there is always opportunity to "trade up" to something you can enjoy for the rest of your working life.
  100. 9 Easy Ways To Increase Your Gas Mileage

    Improved gas mileage is good for you, good for your car and good for the environment.
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