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  1. Tesla's Got the Keys: A History of Its Success

    Tesla’s cars have catapulted the company into the spotlight as one of the few successful independent automakers.
  2. The Hidden Costs Of Home Ownership

    Mortgage lenders don't factor the extra costs into your loan amount. Make sure you save for the "little" things.
  3. Is Jessica Alba’s Company Worth $1B?

    As Jessica Alba is contemplating an exit strategy, which public companies may be the most likely suitors for The Honest Company, ...
  4. Why Gold Matters

    Gold is a very useful investment during periods of instability and high inflation.
  5. Financial Planning Tips for Infertility Treatments

    Infertility treatments can help couples realize their dreams—at a cost. Luckily, these five tips may reduce the price tag ...
  6. This Is How Retirees Live on $1 Million Dollars

    Learn how to use various strategies, including immediate annuities and traditional portfolio investing, to make $1 million ...
  7. How To Maximize Your Retirement Income

    Make sure you're maximizing your retirement savings with these strategies for those golden years ahead.
  8. Cash Advances: the Good and the Bad

    Understand who benefits most from cash advances – and when it might make sense to get one.
  9. Yes, You Can Make Money on Your Home Equity

    While it is not without risk, it is possible to use the equity in your home, especially if the mortgage is paid off, to invest ...
  10. The Best Alternatives to Payday Loans

    If you are short on cash a week or more before your next paycheck, you may consider taking out a so-called payday loan. There ...
  11. Peak Oil: What To Do When The Wells Run Dry

    Find out how to invest and protect your investments in this slippery sector.
  12. Adoption: How to Plan Financially for One

    Here are some tips to address the financial implications of adopting a child.
  13. Is $200,000 Enough to Retire in the Philippines?

    How long would $200,000 in savings last if you retired in the Philippines? Longer than in most countries, especially if you ...
  14. What Determines Oil Prices?

    Changes in the price of oil aren't arbitrary. Read on to find out what moves them and why.
  15. FPHAX: Mutual Fund to Invest in Pharmaceuticals by Fidelity

    Learn about the pharmaceutical industry, including the two main threats it faces in 2016 and an analysis of the Fidelity ...
  16. Should Retirees Take a Gamble on Leveraged ETFs?

    Leveraged ETFs offer the potential for big rewards, but retirees must weigh the risks before adding them to their portfolio. ...
  17. Two Roads: Debt or Financial Independence?

    A higher income won't make you richer – unless you learn to live on less.
  18. 3 Best Staycation Ideas for Seattle

    Discover ways to have an ideal staycation in Seattle, such as taking a bicycle tour of the city, and visiting the Pacific ...
  19. Bay Area Housing Market: Bubble or Not?

    Identify some of the common arguments for and against the presence of a housing bubble in 2016 in the Bay Area real estate ...
  20. 10 Best States to Own a Big House

    On top of the low property taxes and average housing costs, these states all tend to have great natural beauty and land worth ...
  21. Can Your Pension’s Cost-of-Living Clause Be Frozen?

    Recent events in New Jersey prove that relying on a pension alone to fund your retirement is risky. Make sure you have multiple ...
  22. Calculating Iran's Possible Credit Rating

    Iran's central bank deputy governor says the country could be in line to receive a credit rating. IMF economic data show ...
  23. How Millennials Can Save the World While Saving for Retirement

    If you are a millennial investor — or just think like one — you are likely to have some very different attitudes about investing ...
  24. 7 Tips Before Picking Mutual Funds for College Savings Plan

    Discover what factors should be considered to make the best choices for a 529 portfolio, and learn about how risk and age ...
  25. Simple Ways to Invest in Real Estate

    Owning property isn't always easy, but there are plenty of perks. Here are some ways to invest in real estate.
  26. Declare Your Own Financial Independence Day

    Financial independence is not easy, but it is there for the taking with hard work and careful planning.
  27. 3 Easy Ways to Value Real Estate Investments

    Investing in income-generating real estate involves market data and a degree of subjectivity.
  28. Find the Best Homeowners Insurance

    Don't wait for the next Hurricane Sandy or massive oil sands fire to find out if your homeowners insurance really protects ...
  29. The Downside of Spending Retirement Savings

    Thinking of borrowing or withdrawing funds from your nest egg to cover a financial emergency? You may want to find other ...
  30. Six Things Bad Financial Advisors Do

    So you've gone to the trouble and expense of hiring a financial advisor. Here's how to decide whether they're doing you right ...
  31. What is the Average Salary for an MBA Graduate?

    An MBA is often described as a surefire way to increase one's salary, but it's actually more complicated than that.
  32. 3 Secrets You Didn't Know About Estate Planning

    Three estate planning secrets every advisor and saver needs to know.
  33. Which Is Better: A 30-Year or a 15-Year Mortgage?

    Most homebuyers compare the monthly payments between mortgages, but what about these other points?
  34. How Are Dividends On IRAs Taxed?

    Reinvesting dividends in an IRA is a great way to grow your retirement funds faster, but be sure you understand the potential ...
  35. 7 Ways Baby Boomers Can Financially Assist Parents

    To help relieve some of the pressure that comes with caregiving, here are seven ways Boomers can financially assist elderly ...
  36. Is Tesla Losing Money Each Time It Sells a Car? (TSLA)

    Discover the plight of Tesla Motors Inc., including the challenges the electric vehicle manufacturer faces as it seeks to ...
  37. Is General Motors Stock Really a Buy? (GM)

    Learn about the challenges faced by General Motors Company and the changing dynamic of the auto industry as innovation draws ...
  38. Why Women Retire with Less Money

    The gender gap plays a significant role in women's ability to put aside enough money for a comfortable retirement. How to ...
  39. Student Loan Debt: What Every Borrower Should Know

    If you must take on student debt, you should know the different types of loans and federal programs available well before ...
  40. Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    An experienced tax preparer can sense when a client is lying. Find out what sets off their lie detectors.
  41. How Much Rent Can You Afford on a $100K Salary?

    You know your salary, but how much should you be spending on rent? Here's how to figure it out.
  42. 5 Ultra-Rich People Who Live Below Their Means

    How and why some crazy-rich folks have remarkably sane spending habits.
  43. Living Abroad in Retirement: Can You Afford It?

    These are the financial implications of retiring abroad, as well as what you need to consider in order to do so.
  44. The 5 Dumbest Financial Moves You Can Make

    Have you made any of these financial mistakes? Here's what not to do.
  45. Should You Pay All Cash For Your Next Home?

    Pay cash only for a home? Here are the pros and cons.
  46. 10 Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs of the Decade

    Women entrepreneurs that have risen to the top in the last decade.
  47. Top Reasons to File Separately When Married

    Usually couples file their taxes jointly, not separately. Except for these possible exceptions...
  48. How Bowery Works and Makes Money

    Learn about Bowery, including the marketing strategies it uses and its many music venues that support the music industry's ...
  49. Traveling In The Philippines: Is It Safe?

    There is an active travel warning for parts of the Philippines. Here are precautions to follow.
  50. 5 Vacation Discounts for Retirees

    Now that you’re retired, you can take a vacation whenever you want (unless, of course, you signed up for grandkid daycare). ...
  51. 5 Things Debt Collectors Can't Do to You

    You may owe money, but you still have rights. Know what's illegal.
  52. The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance

    Ten Commandments to follow for a secure economic future.
  53. Smartest Things to Do with $10,000 of Savings

    It's crucial that you put your hard-earned cash to good use. Putting away $10,000 is comforting, but investing that money ...
  54. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Financial Trouble? Beware of these signs and follow these tips.
  55. What Are the Different Parts of Medicare?

    At age 65, most people have to sign up for Medicare. Learn which of its four programs are mandatory – and which you can skip.
  56. 12 Tips for Retiring with Just $50K Net Worth

    One in three Americans haven’t saved anything for retirement, let alone $50K. Here’s a dozen things that you can do to help ...
  57. Elizabeth Warren's Solution to No COLA Increase in 2016

    Sen. Warren plans to increase in Social Security benefits in place of a COLA in 2016.
  58. 8 Ways To Fly First Class For Cheap

    Slide into one of those first class (or business class) seats for cheap.
  59. How Much Cash Should You Keep In The Bank?

    Which portion of your money belongs in a bank, not somewhere else?
  60. 10 Tips to Topple Student Loan Debt

    How to manage those burdensome payments as you embark on adult life.
  61. Understanding Credit Card Interest

    Paying these rates can impact your disposable income and your investment returns.
  62. 8 High Risk Investments That Could Double Your Money

    8 high-risk investment vehicles that can double investors' funds.
  63. Are High-Yield Bonds Too Risky?

    Despite their reputation, the debt securities known as "junk bonds" may actually reduce risk in your portfolio.
  64. Employers: Why the I-9 Matters to You

    The Form I-9 establishes who is eligible to work in the US. Employers face sanctions for not following I-9 guidelines.
  65. The Top 5 States Where Retirees Can Buy Cheap Land

    Buying vacant land for future gain is high-risk. Look for low prices in undeveloped areas likely to see a building boom in ...
  66. 3 Shark Tank Failures That Made Millions

    Learn how some of the most successful companies rejected on the TV show "Shark Tank" left the show with no funding and still ...
  67. How High Is a 'Good' Credit Score?

    How high of a credit score do you need to get a home mortgage or buy a car? Read on for some actual numbers.
  68. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in the Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic is particularly hospitable to retirees and worth investigating as a low-cost-of-living retirement ...
  69. 10 Big Financial Planning Mistakes Parents Make

    Parenting is hard enough without having to worry about flubbing up your family's financial plan. Here are 10 common mistakes ...
  70. Trust Issues: Do You Need to Change Your Advisor?

    Is entrusting your money to a non-fiduciary, traditional financial advisor as a young, new investor a good or bad idea?
  71. Seth Klarman Predicts a Tough Road Ahead for MU,PYPL

    In Q1, billionaire hedge fund manager Seth Klarman reduced his stake in PYPL while completely selling out of PYPL. Let's ...
  72. Can Immigration Reform Help the Economy?

    Learn some of the possible effects, both good and bad, of immigration reform on the economy. These include more jobs and ...
  73. What Happened to the Bull Market?

    Stocks suffered a horrific sell-off following the surprise vote by the UK to exit the EU. But what happened to the bull market? ...
  74. Why It's a Great Time to Launch an Advisory Firm

    The time is ripe to be a young financial advisor. Here's why.
  75. Consumers' Inability to Pay Off Credit Card Debt Is Rising (SYF, JPM)

    Learn why a warning from Synchrony Financial about bad credit card debts may spell trouble for credit card companies and ...
  76. Who is Ruling the Jumbo Mortgage Market?

    The jumbo mortgage market appears to be booming this year, despite the few economic hurdles everyone's battling. Here's who ...
  77. Why Hedge Funds Are Shorting Australian Banks (CMWAY, WBK)

    Discover why hedge funds are shorting Australian banks, including key themes such as an overheated property market, bad debts ...
  78. No, Comic Book Investing Won’t Fund Your Retirement

    Collecting comic books can be a terrific hobby, but it's unlikely they will cover your cost of your living after you retire. ...
  79. Protecting Finances When a Child Makes a Mistake

    Here is how you can best protect your child, yourself and your finances when an emergency occurs.
  80. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Mexico

    Learn why Mexico's low cost of living, inexpensive healthcare, natural beauty and culture make it such a popular retirement ...
  81. Have a Real Vacation This Summer – Stay Home!

    Skip the crowded highways and the long airport lines and enjoy a relaxed – and money-saving – family staycation.
  82. 4 Reasons Why Delaware Is Considered a Tax Shelter

    Understand what a tax shelter is and how one is created. Learn why Delaware is considered a tax shelter.
  83. The Tax Speech That Could Elect President Donald J. Trump

    Trump hasn’t disclosed his taxes. He hasn’t even paid them, as best we know. Here’s how he could make political lemonade ...
  84. Saving for College: The Top 4 Lessons I Learned

    Because you cannot go back to change poor financial decisions, here's some advice on how to plan for college costs from a ...
  85. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Ecuador

    Understand why Latin America is a popular retirement destination for Americans. Learn about the top four reasons why Americans ...
  86. 2 Reasons Why the Stock Market Leads the Economy

    Pay attention to how economic strength can follow a sustained stock market advance and how economic weakness can result from ...
  87. How the "Buy the Dip" Mentality in the Stock Market May Fade

    Consider portfolio changes for a sustained stock market drawdown, with the S&P 500 near its record high, stock valuations ...
  88. Why the Fed’s Job is All the More Complicated

    The Fed revealed that it will take a more dovish approach to normalizing its federal funds rate, but still left the door ...
  89. Billionaire Carl Icahn's Q1 Moves: PYPL, AAPL

    Billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn reduced his holdings in PYPL and AAPL in Q1. Let's find out why.
  90. How to Plan Financially for an Active Retirement

    Contrary to popular belief retirement doesn't always mean downsizing and slowing down. Here's how to plan for a richer retirement. ...
  91. Will You Be Able to Retire by Age 70?

    A perfect storm of factors means that Americans are retiring later than ever. Is that a bad thing?
  92. Don’t Delay Retirement for Your Child’s College

    Sparing your child a mountain of student loans is admirable, although it might not make sense to delay your retirement in ...
  93. 4 Ways Financial Plans Get Derailed

    A financial plan is useless if it never gets put to use. Here are four things to avoid when creating one with a client.
  94. Active vs. Passive Investing for Retirees

    For most investors, sticking with a passive strategy for retirement investing will probably result in the best long-term ...
  95. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Costa Rica

    Understand why more and more Americans are deciding to retire in developing countries. Learn about the top five reasons why ...
  96. The Emerging Market Opportunity in a Yield Drought

    Learn why investors face the choice of either accepting lower income or increasing risk in their bond portfolios in the search ...
  97. 5 Reasons Why Easy Growth Is Behind Us

    Explore the five reasons why easy global growth is behind us, as stated by Mary Meeker, and discover where the biggest opportunities ...
  98. 17 Types of Income the IRS Can’t Touch

    That's right, 17. Uncle Sam can't get his hands on your money if it's in one of these very specific income categories.
  99. 4 Government-Funded FuelCell Energy Projects (FCEL)

    Discover FuelCell Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL), an alternative energy provider developing renewable fuel cell power plants ...
  100. Why Citi Says Lower Gas Prices Aren't Helping the World (C)

    Learn why lower prices of oil have done little to increase U.S. consumer spending, drive corporate earnings or increase global ...
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