Personal Finance Articles

  1. 7 Cheap And Fun Vacation Alternatives

    From volunteering to house swapping, learn about inexpensive vacation alternatives that will excite you.
  2. What Is The Best Sector To Invest In Right Now?

    The consumer staples sector may become more appealing as investors look to invest in companies with stable earnings, growth potential and generous dividends.
  3. 6 Common Subscriptions You Can Live Without

    When you sign up for something, it's important to weigh the long-term benefits against the costs.
  4. 9 Things To Know About Retiring In 2011

    Retiring is a big step. Find out how to get prepared now.
  5. 9 Brands Resurrected Into Household Names

    All of these brands saw a dip in their popularity, only to have a revival to even greater heights.
  6. 5 Myths About Homeowner's Insurance

    Many homeowners believe their policies will cover them for any and all damages, but the reality can be an expensive surprise.
  7. When It's OK To Splurge

    There's nothing wrong deviating from the necessities - as long as you follow these simple guidelines.
  8. Why Food Is Still Cheap In America

    When food prices rise, they have a huge effect on developing nations, and barely affect the American middle class.
  9. 5 Investment Risks Created By Global Warming

    Climate-change deniers and believers alike would be wise to prepare for the worst.
  10. 5 U.S. Cities With The Most Credit Card Debt

    For these Americans, there is still a long way to go before the credit card balance reads zero.
  11. Financial Easter Eggs

    Not all your money has to be hard-earned. Find out some of money's favorite hiding places.
  12. Vary Your Options With Variable Annuities And Insurance

    Find out how to get the customized insurance coverage you need and want.
  13. Retiring Without A 401(k)? Here's What To Do

    While you are a disadvantage, it doesn't mean you can't make your retirement budget work without a company-sponsored plan.
  14. Why You Shouldn't Retire Away From Home

    Retiring in a tropical paradise may seem attractive, but consider these factors before packing your bags.
  15. How To Stage Your Home For A Quick Sale

    Learn how to make your house appealing to the largest number of buyers and increase your chances at a fast sale.
  16. The Pros And Cons Of Internet Banks

    Learn how internet banking services stack up against those of their brick-and-mortar peers.
  17. How To Insure Your Most Important Asset - Yourself

    Insuring your human capital is something often overlooked. Don't make the mistake of leaving your biggest asset unprotected.
  18. Buffett's World Travels

    What the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway thinks of various developing countries and which has the most potential.
  19. 6 Places To Retire For Low Income Taxes

    These states offer unique tax benefits for their long-term citizens.
  20. The Financial Risks Of Leaving Your Spouse

    Find out what can happen when you leave your spouse, and how to plan ahead to ensure the least financial trouble.
  21. The Lowdown On Low-Fee Real Estate Agents

    Find out how the services of low-commission real estate agents comapare to full-service realtors.
  22. Do Mergers Save Or Cost Consumers Money?

    A merger or acquisition can actually be beneficial to the customer - find out how, in this article.
  23. How To Open And Access An Offshore Bank Account

    You don't have to be a master criminal or billionaire to open an offshore bank account. This article will walk you through the process.
  24. Why Many Millionaires Don't Feel Rich

    Learn about the millionaire mindset, and how you can benefit from millionaire market moves.
  25. Tips For Spring Home Buying

    Springtime brings a unique set of challenges when house shopping. These are some of the most common ones.
  26. 7 Money-Saving Resources For College Students

    These resources will prove valuable to any and all thrifty students.
  27. Fees Big Investors Don't Pay

    Find out about the big savings that wealthy traders enjoy over smaller investors.
  28. 5 Government Statistics You Can't Trust

    Government economic statistics carry a lot of weight, but there are some significant gaps in the methodology.
  29. 6 Entrepreneurs Who Built Their Fortunes From Nothing

    A look at how successful entrepreneurs built empires with a meager amount of money.
  30. Can You Deduct Your IRA Contributions?

    We help you answer this important question, which is determined by whether you are considered an "active participant".
  31. Protect Your Portfolio Against Inflation And Deflation

    Inflation and deflation are opposite sides of the same coin. When both are threatening, here's what to do to keep your portfolio safe.
  32. Financial Efficiency: The Analyst's Guide To Time Management

    Being efficient on the job is the key to finding balance and avoiding burnout as a broker or advisor.
  33. How Stock Market Indexes Changed Investing

    Find out how the first market averages were calculated and what they mean for investors today.
  34. 5 Grocery Staples That Are Going Up In Price

    Food prices are rising for many reasons. Watch out for these soon-to-be-expensive staples.
  35. The New Ways Thieves Are Stealing Your Identity

    How are thieves now using new technology, like social media and old mobile phones, to steal identities?
  36. The 6 Strangest Insurance Policies Ever

    Some individuals have coverage for risks that might seem comical, absurd or even bizarre.
  37. 5 Money-Saving Moves That Cost You

    When you think you're getting a deal, it's important to consider your time and extra costs.
  38. Do Canadians Really Pay More Taxes Than Americans?

    We look at the difference in tax rates and services offered on both sides of the border.
  39. 5 Natural Disaster Scams To Watch For

    Before you write check, make sure you know about the organization you're giving it to and where the money's going.
  40. 6 Ways To Save On DIY Projects

    Find out where to spend your cash - and where to save it - when renovating your home.
  41. A Primer On The Railroad Sector

    The railroad industry might seem antiquated, but it remains an important service that reaches all corners of the country.
  42. How To Survive A Bankruptcy Filing

    Learn how to make filing for bankruptcy less painful so you can successfully rebuild your financial life.
  43. How To Cut Your Banking Fees

    Smart consumers can side-step most of the new bank fees by investing some time and effort.
  44. 5 Things You Need To Be Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

    Before you can get serious about buying a home, you need to get pre-approval for a mortgage. Learn what you need to speed up the approval process.
  45. Why You Don't Want A Government Shutdown

    Although a government shutdown won't be devastating, it will do no good for anyone.
  46. 7 Homeowner Costs Renters Don't Pay

    There are many factors to consider when comparing buying to renting. Learn more here.
  47. 10 Ways To Effectively Minimize Student Debt

    Inflation has doubled in the past 25 years while college tuition has increased by more than 450%. Find out how to fight back.
  48. 5 Reasons You Don't Want A Promotion

    Although no one wants to be in an entry level position forever, there are some important non-monetary considerations to consider before accepting a promotion.
  49. 6 Industries Hurt By An NFL Lockout

    Everything from chicken wings to TV to sports apparel will feel the bite - these are just a few of the industries that will be hurt by a vacant NFL season.
  50. 8 Things You Need To Know Before Renting A Car

    There's a lot you may not know about renting a car. Knowing these tips will save you money while still getting where you want to go.
  51. 5 Jobs With Mandatory Overtime

    Before you get into one of these fields, you should find out how many hours a week you'll really be working.
  52. Fix Or Replace: Thinking Ahead On Home Repairs

    When something breaks, how do you decide whether to fix it or throw it away? We provide some tips.
  53. 6 Ways To Stop Credit Card Junk Mail

    Tired of credit card offers filling your mail box? Take advantage of these options to reduce the amount of credit card junk mail you receive.
  54. An Overview Of Retirement Plan RMDs

    Make your deadlines for required minimum distributions and save more of your nest egg.
  55. The Economics Of A Successful Marriage

    These theories can keep multi-million dollar corporations afloat, so they should be able to increase the odds of wedded bliss.
  56. 5 Ways To Save On Real Estate Fees

    Even a 1% reduction in real estate commissions can save you thousands of dollars.
  57. Donations: How To Maximize Your Tax Deduction

    Donating to charity is a great way to show your giving spirit and save money on your taxes at the same time.
  58. 6 Actions That Will Devastate Your Career

    Just showing up and doing your job often isn't enough - these tips will help you stay in your workplace's good books.
  59. 10 Strange Will And Testaments

    From dogs to practical jokes, the wealthy sometimes leave their money to strange causes.
  60. Take Advantage Of Employer-Sponsored LTC Insurance

    Find out why 98% of employees are missing out on some great benefits.
  61. How To Create A Business Succession Plan

    Make sure the business you built continues to thrive long after you've left the helm.
  62. 8 Basic Forex Market Concepts

    We go over some of the things you need to understand before you can trade currencies.
  63. Tax Preparation Fees: How Much Is Too Much?

    These are the five most important variables to consider, when deciding if a tax preparer is charging a reasonable amount for services.
  64. 12 Things You Need To Know About Financial Statements

    Discover how to keep score of companies to increase your chances of choosing a winner.
  65. 5 Types Of Insurance You Can (And Should) Afford

    With insurance and warranties being offered on seemingly everything, it's hard to know what policies are worth your money. Learn about five affordable insurance policies that are worth considering.
  66. How To Negotiate A Great Price On A Car

    The sticker price on a car is rarely the final word - these tips and tricks will help you walk away from a dealership with the best deal possible.
  67. 6 iPhone Apps To Help You Budget Better

    With budgeting, half the battle is getting organized. These apps can help you do just that.
  68. 5 Sources Of Income You Aren't Claiming - But Should

    There are many types of taxable benefits that you may receive on a regular basis on which Uncle Sam wants to take his share.
  69. 7 Places To Find Free WiFi

    Free internet is widely available and easily accessible - you just need to know where to look. Here are some places to start.
  70. 5 Money-Saving Insurance Tips For Couples

    It may not be the best part of getting married, but saving money on insurance is a great financial benefit.
  71. 5 Tips For Selecting A Forex Broker

    Discover the best ways to find a broker who will help you succeed in the forex market.
  72. 5 Of The Most Adaptive Companies

    Markets come and go, so successful companies learn how to adapt to changing times.
  73. The Great Canadian Tax Quiz

    How much do you know about the taxes you pay? Here's a list of 10 tax questions to test your knowledge.
  74. 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.
  75. Do You Understand Your Credit Score?

    Most Americans don't really understand their credit scores. Find out what you need to know.
  76. How To Correct Ineligible (Excess) IRA Contributions

    Eager to save for retirement? Learn how to avoid overpayment penalties.
  77. 6 Ways Marriage Can Improve Your Finances

    Understanding your partner's situation is an essential step before combining your finances - but the perks can be plentiful.
  78. 5 Tips For Dealing With Car Dealers

    Negotiating with car salesmen becomes a lot easier if you follow these five easy steps.
  79. Betting On March Madness? Watch Out For The Tax Man

    Gambling on your office bracket is one thing, but gambling on your tax bracket is another. Learn how to keep more of your winnings, while keeping the IRS happy.
  80. 6 Things You're Paying Too Much For

    Many people pay bills month after month on things they could be paying considerably less for – or gotten for free.
  81. 7 Real-Life Ways To Become A Billionaire

    Find out which paths the majority of billionaires followed, and how they got there.
  82. How To Choose The Right Executor For Your Estate

    Making a careful choice now can save your heirs from a lot of problems later.
  83. Simple Last-Minute Tax Tips

    A little preparation and organization can take the stress out of last-minute tax filing.
  84. Promissory Notes: Not Your Average IOU

    These may be a handy way to borrow money, but this convenience does not come without risk.
  85. The Money Behind The NFL Players' Lawsuit

    In this article, we look at the NFL players' anti-trust lawsuit, and the possible financial ramifications.
  86. The New Allowance: Putting Your Kids To Work

    Creating jobs at home for kids to earn money is better than the old-fashioned allowance.
  87. How To Invest In Private Companies

    It can be tough to invest in a company that doesn't trade on an exchange, but there are also several advantages.
  88. Canadians: The 5 Fastest Ways To Save For A Down Payment

    Some methods of saving for a down payment are faster than others. Here are five tried and true ways to get into a house faster.
  89. 7 Things To Consider Before Selling Your Own Home

    A "for sale" sign won't sell your house. Find out what it takes and whether you can do it all yourself.
  90. 4 Ways To Give Back With Your Tax Refund

    Many people choose to invest or save their tax refund, but have you considered using the money to improve the lives of others? Find out how to do some good with your tax refund this year.
  91. 4 Benefits Of Rising Oil Prices

    Although it may seem odd, higher oil prices can actually lead to some positive outcomes.
  92. Getting A Mortgage: How The Process Has Changed

    After the banking crisis, banks have tightened their lending standards. Find out how the current mortgage-lending standards have changed in the last five years.
  93. The Impact Of U.S. Corporate Taxation On Investment Decisions And CFC Transfer Pricing

    To avoid taxation, businesses do careful tax planning, taking into consideration more than one country's taxation system.
  94. The Top March Madness Teams, And What They're Worth

    A look at the top March Madness schools, based on ranking and overall number of titles, and the finances backing their programs.
  95. 5 Driving Myths That Cost You Money

    In theory, these fuel-saving methods have some merit, but in practice many of these tips are ineffective, unsafe or both.
  96. 5 Ways To Double Your Tax Refund

    Many companies offer incentives that allow you to multiply your tax refund - at a price. Here are five of the more popular promotions this year.
  97. 5 Ways March Madness Makes Money

    With the popularity of the college basketball tournament, there's a lot of cash changing hands.
  98. Spring Cleaning For Your Budget

    The end of winter encourages many people to clean their homes, but spring is also a great time to organize and improve your financial planning.
  99. 3 Ways Social Media Can Wreck Your Career

    We look at some ways that social media can get you in trouble, and some people who lost their jobs for these mistakes.
  100. 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.
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