Personal Finance Articles

  1. Increase Your Tax Refund With Above-The-Line Deductions

    Find out about these deductions and how you can use them to lower your tax bill.
  2. Alternative Ways To Hold Your Net Worth

    If you're afraid of putting your money back into the financial system, check out these alternatives.
  3. Getting Help With Your Down Payment

    It's not as easy as it once was to save for a down payment, but these tips can help give you a head start.
  4. The Perfect 2011 Investment Portfolio

    No individual picks here, but we'll look at some sectors that are good candidates to provide the greatest returns and top stocks of 2011.
  5. 15 Outrageous Super Bowl Bets

    Betting now includes aspects as obscure as who the game's MVP will thank first and how long it will take for the anthem singer to finish.
  6. 7 Popular Diet Plans And What They Cost

    Find out the price of the most popular diet plans per month and how this compares to average American food costs
  7. What Is The U.S. Government's Credit Score?

    If the U.S. government were treated like a regular person, how would lenders view it?
  8. A Prospective Homeowner Countdown

    Looking to make a move in the spring? Find out what you should be taking care of now.
  9. How To Live On Less

    Reduced income because of the recession? Here are some ess painful ways to reduce your cost of living.
  10. An Overview Of Annuities

    These contracts provide a guaranteed income stream. Learn how they work and their benefits.
  11. How Being Cheap Will Leave You Broke

    Some savings strategies won't gain you money in the long run. Learn the penny-pinching moves that will end up costing you more than you save.
  12. The Super Bowl Economy

    We take a look at who's spending the most money for the Super Bowl, and who's reaping the biggest financial benefits.
  13. Water Cooler Finance: Anti-Government Protesters Rock Egypt

    It's been a turbulent and fast-paced business week with political upheaval in the Arab world's most populace country increasing market turmoil.
  14. The 5 Consequences Of A Working Retirement

    Our vision of retirement is rapidly changing, as many Americans fully expect to work through their golden years. Find out the pros and cons of being employed for life.
  15. 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.
  16. Signs That Gas Prices Are Going Up

    These events can precipitate a rise in the price at the pump - keep your eyes peeled
  17. Biggest Shopping Trends For 2011

    2010 saw the start of many new buying trends. Learn which of these trends are expected to gain ground and find out how shoppers are apt to spend their money in 2011.
  18. 7 Ways To Be More Productive At Work

    These tips will not only make you a better employee, they'll make you a healthier person.
  19. Get Through Divorce With Your Finances Intact

    Find out how to split your finances without coming up short.
  20. 5 Careers You Never Retire From

    If you'd like the option to continue working in your field into your golden years, check out these careers.
  21. Getting To Know Business Models

    Learning how to assess business models helps investors identify companies that are the best investments.
  22. How To Become A One-Income Family

    A decrease in family income can be devastating, financially and emotionally. These tips can help you keep your head above water.
  23. Identity Theft Checklist

    If you're the unfortunate victim of identity theft, it can be very difficult. Here's a checklist to make it as easy as possible.
  24. Why Product Sizes Are Shrinking (And What You Can Do About It)

    More companies are using creative packaging to offset rising production costs. But ultimately consumers end up paying the price. Find out what you can do to avoid paying more for less.
  25. Top 6 Brazilian Billionaires

    Brazil is set to be an economic superpower in the near future, and these are some of the country's richest citizens.
  26. 7 Tips For Finding The Cheapest Gas

    Save money on gas buy checking online sources, phone apps, purchasing at the best time of day, and planning ahead.
  27. 5 Careers That Fit Your Lifestyle Goals

    Ever wish for a job that gives you less stress, more time with the family, or more money? Here are five careers that match your specific lifestyle goals.
  28. The Fundamentals Of Spousal Support Taxation

    The spousal support that is paid out after a divorce can have varying tax implications. We'll look at what you need to know to settle on the best tax solution.
  29. Ways To Save Money At The Pump

    Minor things such as idle time reduction and proper car maintenance can have significant long-term effects on your gas budget.
  30. Water Cooler Finance: Google Shakes Things Up

    Google undergoes its first CEO change since its infancy, and Apple's Steve Jobs takes sick leave. How will these major management changes affect Google and Apple's operations?
  31. 5 Tax Credits You Shouldn't Miss

    If you're not taking advantage of these deductions, you could be missing out on tax savings.
  32. Warren Buffett's Paycheck

    How much money does the Oracle of Omaha really have?
  33. 5 Countries With Low Taxes

    These countries manage to keep their overall tax levels in check, and some of them have done well because of it.
  34. The Beginner's Guide To Homeowners' Insurance

    Discover everything new homeowners need to know before they sign on the dotted line.
  35. 5 New Ways Credit Card Companies Are Wooing New Card Holders

    With new laws, credit card companies are forced to get creative to attract new customers.
  36. 7 Countries Raising The Minimum Wage

    Beijing city recently increased minimum wages by 21%, find out what other areas of the world are paying more.
  37. Student Borrowing: University Payment Plans Vs. Federal Student Loans

    University payment plans are a great option for reducing student loan borrowing, but only if you know the details.
  38. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  39. 5 Reverse Mortgage Scams

    Reverse mortgages can be a valuable financial tool, but the mortgage market is fraught with scams and schemes.
  40. 4 Entertainment Tech Trends For 2011

    While robots haven't replaced us as a species and humanity hasn't settled on a shiny one-piece suit as an everyday uniform, the future we once paid to read about is now our everyday lives.
  41. CDOs And The Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  42. 5 Financial Bills That Snuck In For 2010

    These five add-ons are intended to provide tax incentives for individuals and businesses, and encourage the development and growth of environmental practices.
  43. The Unseen Taxes That You Pay Every Day

    Taxes are embedded in the price of everything we buy to an extent that most people don't even realize.
  44. The Power Of Steve Jobs

    He may have health concerns, but you can't argue that he is a powerful CEO.
  45. Investment Showdown: Hot Or Not?

    We'll look at some companies that have fallen by the wayside - and the companies have come up to fill their place.
  46. 5 Steps To Disputing A Credit Card Charge

    Federal and state laws offer protection to consumers when credit card charges are in question.
  47. Baby Boomers Beware: Financial Fraud That Targets Seniors

    Unfortunately, you can never retire from being the target of financial scams.
  48. Water Cooler Finance: You're Never Too Old To Work

    This week's financial highlights include the economy's recovery, a holiday shopping recap and some IBM news.
  49. How To Cut Your Alternative Minimum Tax

    Save yourself money by lowering the amount of tax you owe.
  50. Green Tax Cuts To Know For 2011

    Even those not concerned with "green" initiatives can take advantage of these environmentally friendly tax breaks.
  51. 5 People Who Make More Than The President

    The country's highest post doesn't receive the highest pay ... not even close. Find out about some notable Americans who are out-earning the president.
  52. Convertible Bonds: Pros And Cons For Companies And Investors

    Find out why businesses choose this type of financing and what effect this has on investors.
  53. 3 Strategies For Shedding Holiday Debt

    If you are part of 13.5 million Americans who are saddled with holiday debt, it's time to enact a plan for paying off your credit cards quickly and efficiently.
  54. 5 Big Mistakes Banks Made In 2010

    2010 was another tough year for banks. Find out the biggest mistakes these financial giants made in the past year.
  55. 7 Tips For Closing A Credit Card

    Learn when it's a good idea to close a credit card, and how to make sure you do it right.
  56. Strategies For Determining The Market's True Worth

    Learn the strengths and weaknesses of passive and active management when trying to uncover the overall market's worth.
  57. What Obesity Is Costing You

    If your health isn't reason enough to keep fit, maybe the money you save will get you motivated.
  58. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  59. Warren Buffett's 2010 Portfolio

    Find out what the Oracle of Omaha bought over the past year, and how those investments are doing so far.
  60. China's Newest Billionaires

    China's new billionaires are making money in the tech industry.
  61. 8 Steps To Becoming Your Own Boss

    Your step-by-step guide to leaving the nine-to-five world and striking out on your own ... successfully.
  62. Surviving Without The Social Security COLA

    The cost of living adjustment has been eliminated; we look at the options retirees have to make up for this shortfall.
  63. 4 Changes To Flexible Spending Accounts In 2011

    Restrictions on flexible spending accounts will be changing this year - how will they influence your spending habits?
  64. How To Save More For Your Retirement

    The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 made it easier to prepare for the future. Will you be ready?
  65. Top 10 Home Business Tax Tips

    If you work for yourself, make sure you are getting the most for your tax dollars.
  66. 5 Top CEOs On Twitter

    These high-powered CEOs are on Twitter, sharing their thoughts on business, politics and current events. Find out what's on these millionaire CEOs' minds.
  67. The Problem With Financial Journalism

    One of the most serious problems facing the general investing public is that that they fail to learn enough about investments until/unless they go wrong.
  68. Water Cooler Finance: Conflicting Job Reports And A Facebook IPO

    With forecasted employment growth, robust tech and automakers, and some serious social media stock action, it's an exciting start for 2011.
  69. 4 Career-Boosting Social Media Moves

    Learn how to use social media sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, to find job opportunities or to advance your own career.
  70. Notable Company Name Changes

    Often, the name of a business can enhance its profits. Find out the surprising former names of these now-successful companies.
  71. Don't Get Sued: 5 Tips To Protect Your Small Business

    Find out what you can do to limit risk and keep your business running smoothly.
  72. 8 Lease Clauses You Need To Know

    If you're renting an apartment this year, beware of signing contracts with these tricky clauses.
  73. The Truth About Real Estate Prices

    Historical housing price data suggests ongoing increases in housing prices, but these numbers don't tell the whole truth.
  74. 5 Products That Failed And Why

    Not every new strategy or product launch goes well; even those with big-name companies behind them can still fail.
  75. 5 Things You May Not Know About CEO Pay

    These CEOs have discovered a recession-proof financial strategy, but it's one they'd rather you don't know about.
  76. Top 3 Challenges Facing Social Security

    The first official Social Security card was given out in 1936 and while the system is still paying out, a lot has changed.
  77. How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices

    In order to increase your odds for receiving funding, here are some criteria considered by venture capitalists.
  78. 5 Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Financial Resolutions

    Don't let these slipups wreck your financial resolutions in 2011.
  79. Top 10 Tips For A Financially Safe Retirement

    You've worked hard to secure enough to retire, so make sure you keep it safe.
  80. Top Indian Billionaires And How They Made Their Money

    Learn about the richest people from India and how they accumulated their fortunes.
  81. Minimize Taxes With Asset Location

    Learn how to maximize your investment returns with this tax-minimization strategy.
  82. 5 Common Small Business Mistakes

    Don't let these start-up problems ruin your business success.
  83. Top Mobile Banking Dangers And How To Avoid Them

    Banks have improved the functionality of mobile banking so that consumers can transfer funds, pay bills or check balances whenever and wherever they may be.
  84. Find Quality Investments With ROIC

    Return on invested capital is a great way to measure the true value produced by a company. Learn to use the ROIC metric and increase your chances of finding successful investments.
  85. 5 Successful Mompreneurs

    Learn about the rise of the "mompreneur" and why these industrious women are getting so much attention.
  86. 7 Things You Need To Know About Working From Home

    Before you work from home you should consider these seven things to make sure it's for you.
  87. Tax Tips For Financial Advisors

    Self-employed advisors are prone to a number of unique expenses, but the tax benefits can often balance out the financial burdens.
  88. A Social Security Reality Check

    Recessions and depleted Social Security funds could derail your post-work plans. Find out how to stay on track.
  89. 5 CEO Bonuses Worth More Than You'll Earn In A Lifetime

    We look at some corporate head honchos who are in the running for the fattest bonuses in 2010, and what they've done to earn them.
  90. The Redefined Retirement Dream

    After 2008's market crash, the pretty picture of retirement looks very different. Learn what the new definition of "retirement" will mean for you.
  91. Water Cooler Finance: Goodbye 2010 (And Good Riddance?)

    This past week marked the last trading day of a tumultuous year.
  92. Pharmaceutical Sector: Does The FDA Help Or Harm?

    We look at how the FDA affects the pharmaceutical industry, and how investors can avoid the pitfalls.
  93. Failed Billionaire Tax Loopholes

    Billionaires have a big edge when it comes to finding tax breaks. They can hire the best legal minds to find and exploit tax loopholes.
  94. Worst Financial Decisions Of 2010

    Like every year, 2010 had some real doozies when it came to questionable financial decisions.
  95. Top 10 Tips For Buying Your First Home In 2011

    Buying your first home can be an exhilarating experience, provided you do some research, stay within a comfortable budget and work with reputable professionals who will guide you through the process.
  96. How Much Debt Can You Handle?

    Follow these five steps to manage debt without cutting up your credit cards.
  97. 5 Ways Your Partner Can Ruin Your Credit

    Financial disagreement is one of the top reasons couples split, and often after one person has ruined the other's finances.
  98. Biggest Investing Blunders Of 2010

    No investor can make all of the right moves, so there are always regrets to learn from in the market.
  99. 8 Signs You're About To Get Fired

    You've seen the layoffs happen around you, and wonder: could I be next? Here are eight signs you're about to get fired, and what to do in order to save your career.
  100. 5 Risky Mortgage Types To Avoid

    There are plenty of ways to end up with a bad mortgage. The risks of these five should make every homebuyer think twice before signing.
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