Personal Finance Articles

  1. Warning Signs Of A Company In Trouble

    Don't let your clients go down with ship! Learn how to escape sinking with these tips.
  2. What Is The New 'FICO Score 9' And Its Benefits?

    A change in how some credit scores are calculated might soon make it easier for some homebuyers and homeowners to get a mortgage.
  3. Should You Borrow From Your Retirement Plan?

    It makes sense to dip into your savings in some cases, but you must be aware of the potential consequences.
  4. What $1 Million Buys You in America's Best Retirement Destinations

    Shopping for your dream retirement home in Bellingham, Brevard, Charleston and Tucson
  5. Would A Retirement Plan Overhaul Fix Our Savings Shortfall?

    There are several theories and ideas about how we can make up for the $6.6 trillion retirement savings shortfall in America. Adjustments to Social Security and our retirement savings plans are some of the chief solutions on the table.
  6. Are Your Bank Deposits Insured?

    Learn how the FDIC is helping to keep your money in your pockets.
  7. Looking Out For Your Finances As A Renter

    Landlords and property owners have their fair share of problems and with responsibility comes great headache, but it ain't all roses for renters, either.
  8. Buying Auto Insurance For Your Teen Driver

    When parents of a teen first watch their baby take the wheel, they may be too busy seeing the years flash to focus on the rigth insurance for them.
  9. 5 Reasons The Other Driver's Insurer Won't Pay

    You drive below the speed limit when another driver plows into your car. You assume their insurance company should pay, but that's not the case every time.
  10. 401(k) Plans: Roth or Regular?

    How to decide which type of 401(k) retirement savings plan makes the most sense for you. Or should you hedge your bets and sign up for both?
  11. Smooth Moves: Changing Insurance When You Relocate

    Whether moving across town or across the country you probably have a very long to-do list, but don't let insurance matters get lost in the shuffle.
  12. How to Protect Your Grandparents From Financial Predators

    What would you do if you realized that your elderly parent or grandparent was being abused financially by a family member or trusted caretaker?
  13. Strategies For Your Roth 401(k)

    A Roth 401(k) can add much to your retirement funds, especially if you start saving early and end up doing well financially. Here are the steps to take.
  14. Should You Close Your Credit Card?

    Find out the consequences before deciding to end your credit agreement.
  15. Choosing The Right 529 Education Savings Plan

    Before you fund one of these education-savings vehicles, be sure you know their differences.
  16. Muriel Siebert: Female Finance Pioneer

    Muriel Siebert has blazed many paths for investors, but is especially relevant as the first woman to sit on the NYSE.
  17. Smart Ways To Manage Your 401(k)

    Now that 401(k)s have put managing retirement money into employees' hands, you can't just contribute and forget it. How to keep top of your funds.
  18. Pick The Perfect Trust

    Trusts are an estate plan's anchor, but the terminology can be confusing. We cut through the clutter.
  19. 2010: The Year To Convert Your IRA

    Thanks to fewer restrictions, it's now easier than ever to convert your traditional IRA into a Roth IRA.
  20. 5 Investments You Can't Hold In An IRA/Qualified Plan

    The list of prohibited investment vehicles is short, but it's important to know what is off limits.
  21. Reasons To Stay Put During Retirement

    Many retirees choose to travel to warm destiniations and far off locales to live out their golden years. Here are some reasons you might not want to do that.
  22. Central Banks Pump Up the Volume

    Central bank liquidity trying to restart stalling economies around the globe bodes well for equities and bond prices.
  23. Grow Your Business With Business Incubators

    This article looks at business incubators and what they can do for you.
  24. The Unique Ways Women Approach Finance

    Understanding gender differences and how they are changing is fundamental to understanding the investing world.
  25. A Primer On Private Equity

    Private equity investing is becoming more accessible for individual investors; find out how you can get involved.
  26. Top Things To Know For An Investment Banking Interview

    Without some basic knowledge, you won't get the job. Find out what you need to know and how to prepare.
  27. The Getty Oil Takeover Fiasco

    It was the largest takeover in history and one of the most dramatic. Learn all about the fate of Getty Oil.
  28. It's Raining Lawsuits: Do You Need An Umbrella Policy?

    This type of insurance protects your assets and future wages against lawsuits. Find out if it might benefit you.
  29. A New Approach To Long-Term Care Insurance

    This practical product can protect you from the rising cost of care and provide for your beneficiaries at the same time.
  30. Tax-Free Savings Accounts And Instruments

    There aren't many places where you can save your money tax free, but there are a few. Check out these savings accounts and other financial instruments.
  31. Bankruptcy Protection For Your Accounts

    Will the plan assets you've worked hard for be safe if you experience a personal financial crisis?
  32. Credit Card Savings

    How to save money on credit cards by choosing the right type for your needs and lifestyle.
  33. Pros And Cons Of A Health Savings Account (HSA)

    Health Savings Accounts let you pay healthcare costs with pre-tax dollars and keep money you don't spend now for future use. Would one make sense for you?
  34. Choosing The Winners In The Click-And-Mortar Game

    E-tailing has changed the way consumers do nearly everything. Do you know how to pick the best retailer?
  35. The Best Of The Best Wealth Management Firms

    Looking for a fee-only wealth management firm? Here's a handy ranking to get you started on your search for a top financial advisor.
  36. 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.
  37. The Basics Of Financial Responsibility

    Just being able to make your credit card payment doesn't cut it. Find out what does.
  38. Top Tips For First-Time Home Buyers

    Follow this step-by-step guide to make your homeownership dreams a reality.
  39. How To Compare Home Insurance Companies

    There's a ton of information out there. Here's how to organize it and find the best company and best rates when you insure your home.
  40. 5 Affordable Fall Vacation Spots for Baby Boomers

    It's still hard to believe that many baby boomers, the generation that typified the eternal youth of the 1960s, are officially senior citizens.
  41. Filling The Gaps In General Liability Insurance

    Standard liability coverage may not be enough. Special needs call for specialized policies.
  42. Understanding The Insurance Transfer-For-Value Rule

    If you are banking on your life insurance payout being tax-free, you may be in for a surprise.
  43. Passing The Buck: The Hidden Costs Of Annuities

    These may look like good retirement vehicles, but beware of the fees buried in the fine print.
  44. The Birth Of Stock Exchanges

    Learn how British coffeehouses helped give rise to the juggernaut that is the NYSE.
  45. WaterSense: Saving Water And Money

    With a few simple updates, you could be saving on your annual water expenses.
  46. Take Advantage Of A Housing Crisis - Rent!

    When a housing crisis strikes, the big winners are often the renters.
  47. 3 Deadlines For Retirement Plan Beneficiaries

    To take full advantage of new RMD regulations, beneficiaries need to take action before important deadlines.
  48. Combining Your Plan Assets? Not So Fast!

    You might reduce the costs of maintaining more than one account, but you could also be forfeiting tax benefits.
  49. 10 Tips For Achieving Financial Security

    Follow this sound advice and plan for a comfortable future.
  50. How Much Life Insurance Should You Carry?

    Learn how much - if any - insurance you really need.
  51. 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.
  52. Free Car Payment Insurance: What's The Catch?

    Many dealers are offering payment protection plans on new cars. Are they right for you?
  53. Traditional IRA Deductibility Limits

    Find out where you can take a tax deduction on the contributions you make.
  54. The 5 Types Of Earnings Per Share

    A look at the five varieties of EPS and what each represents can help an investor determine whether a company is a good value, or not.
  55. Laid Off? You Can Still Retire

    Joblessness is temporary, but neglecting your retirement savings has permanent consequences.
  56. Becoming A Financial Writer

    Instead of working on Wall Street, write about it.
  57. Maintaining Work/Life Balance For Financial Professionals

    Maintaining work/life balance is a challenge for most professionals in the finance industry, but it doesn't have to be that way.
  58. The Best Investments For Young People

    Young investors today who wish to begin a savings plan face a bewildering array of investment options.
  59. Top 8 House-Hunting Mistakes

    These common mistakes occur when you allow your emotions to take over.
  60. Calculating The Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

    The amount of money you save by paying your mortgage off quickly will far exceed any benefit from the mortgage interest tax deduction.
  61. Designating A Trust As Retirement Beneficiary

    Designating a trust as your IRA beneficiary can be beneficial, but it requires proper planning to avoid problems.
  62. 7 Counterintuitive Retirement Strategies That Work

    We address seven investment misconceptions, and how you can make your retirement plan make sense.
  63. Top 10 Ways To Get Top Dollar For Your Car

    Find out what steps you can take to reduce the depreciation of your vehicle.
  64. Playing Hardball When Selling Your Home

    Using these strategies will help you get more cash when selling your house.
  65. Estate Planning: 16 Things To Do Before You Die

    Find out what you need to prepare to avoid serious estate planning mistakes.
  66. Business Owners: How To Set Up An SEP IRA

    SEP IRAs are simple to set up and run, making them a popular choice for business owners.
  67. Recognize And Avoid "Work At Home" Scams

    From pyramid schemes to envelope stuffing, there are a lot of scams masquerading as legitimate part-time work.
  68. Earnings: Quality Means Everything

    It's quantity that generates all the hype, but there are more meaningful factors that gauge true performance.
  69. Key Steps To Building A Great Financial Planning Practice

    Following the status quo will kill your financial practice. Find out the tips you need to follow to keep you a step or two ahead of the competition.
  70. 8 Gifts For Financial Geeks

    Put one of these unique offerings under someone's tree this year.
  71. 4 Tips For Using Credit Cards Overseas

    Overseas travel can be both confusing and expensive, so here are some ways to minimize the cost of spending abroad.
  72. Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

    We give you seven guidelines to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
  73. The Generation Gap

    Studies suggest that young workers may not be able to retire comfortably - or at all.
  74. A Closer Look At Accelerated Benefit Riders

    Accelerated benefit riders can allow policy holders to access the death benefit in their life insurance policy while they are still living if they meet certain conditions. Knowing what you get for what you pay can help you to more intelligently purchase these products.
  75. Will Filing An Insurance Claim Raise Your Rates?

    An accident can mean higher insurance costs - even if it wasn't your fault.
  76. The Unique Advantages Of VA Mortgages

    Find out how being a veteran can save you money on your mortgage.
  77. How Google's Self-Driving Car Will Change Everything

    Self-driving vehicles are coming fast, and they’re going to radically change what it’s like to get from point A to point B, not to mention the town or city you live in.
  78. The Evolution Of Banking

    Banks are a part of ancient history. Find out how this system of money management developed into what we know today.
  79. Attention Home Buyers! Why You Need A Lawyer

    Property transactions are complex and subject to specific state/local rules. A professional can simplify the process.
  80. Home Loans For Disaster Recovery

    There are numerous government programs available for people who need financial help recovering from a household disaster.
  81. Where To Put Your Cash: Call Deposit Vs Time Deposit Accounts

    Time deposit accounts and call deposit accounts allow customers to earn higher interest in exchange for less access to their cash.
  82. How To Avoid Falling Prey To The Next Madoff Scam

    Due diligence does work, but the loose reporting standards for hedge funds make extra care and attention necessary.
  83. Choosing The Best Life Insurance Company For You

    What to consider before you choose the life insurance company that can give you the policy you need now – and meet your needs as your life evolves.
  84. Identity Theft: How Much Should You Worry?

    Identity fraud cost $18 billion last year. But are enough Americans victimized – with big enough losses – that it's worth buying protection?
  85. So You Wanna Buy A Franchise?

    Franchises are growing more popular with entrepreneurs. Here's why and what to expect from them.
  86. Should You Get a Gas Credit Card?

    Many credit cards now reward you for your gasoline purchases. But some are more generous than others.
  87. Getting Schooled: Six Steps to Better College Prep

    Hard to believe, but my firstborn starts high school this week, and I realize that we need to start planning for his next step — college.
  88. 5 Ways Google Changed Our Relationship With Money

    Yesterday marked 16 years since Google co-founders filed for incorporation, opened a bank account and deposited a $100,000 check from Andy Bechtolsheim.
  89. Credit, Debit And Charge: Sizing Up The Cards In Your Wallet

    Not all plastic is equal! Learn the difference between the three kinds, and how each can affect your finances.
  90. Getting A Car Title Loan

    This loan-of-last-resort uses your car as collateral and features very high interest rates and fees. Be extremely wary of even considering one.
  91. 5 Horrific Things That Can Haunt Your Finances

    Check out a few of the scariest financial disasters and find out what you can do to protect yourself.
  92. Cut Commissions With "For Sale By Owner" Sales

    It takes a lot more work, but selling your home without a realtor can have benefits.
  93. Understanding Value: Donald Trump & His Net Worth

    Having your dad bankroll your first big project is more than a simple leg up. But what Donald Trump did from there is far more than a silver spoon story.
  94. 5 Better Uses of Your Money Than Buying US Open Tickets

    With the 118th US Open tennis tournament now underway in Flushing, NY, fans from around the globe are gathering to watch both up-and-coming and elite tennis players battle for the cup. Started in 1881 in New Port, R.I., the US Open has grown from 26 players and around 100 spectators to over 900 matches and nearly three-quarters of a million people who come to watch the best of the best.
  95. Top Indicators From The Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Of the BLS indicators, the change in nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rate, as well as the CPI and PPI, are the ones most closely watched by investors.
  96. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  97. Real Estate and Crowdfunding: A New Path For Investors

    Real estate investing and crowdfunding - is this a good mix?
  98. Want To Be A Financial Planner? Click Here

    Boomer-aged financial advisors are retiring in droves. Luckily, more and more schools are creating financial planning programs. Here's a quick list.
  99. Just What Factors Into The Value Of Your Used Car?

    Just what should you pay for that used car? And how much should you get for your beater? With these web sites, those are easy questions to answer.
  100. 4 Savings Accounts for Investors

    Curious about the best saving accounts and which ones suit investors?
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