Personal Finance Articles

  1. Rules For Having A Health Savings Account (HSA)

    Do you qualify? What does it cover? How to see if it makes sense to sign up for a High-Deductible Health Plan with a Health ...
  2. The Path To Becoming A CEO

    Think you have what it takes to be chief executive? Find out what those at the top have in common.
  3. How Advisors Can Fill The Talent Gap

    Financial planning firms are seeing increased demand for their services just as a talent shortfall becomes more pronounced. ...
  4. What Is Sallie Mae And How Does It Work?

    Sallie Mae is the only game in town for some would-be college students seeking loans, so it's not surprising that it's got ...
  5. Eligible For Social Security And A Pension? Lucky! (Or Confused)

    Two critical rules for Americans whose work history qualifies them for both Social Security retirement benefits and a government ...
  6. Managing A 529 Plan Based On College Expectations

    529 Plans are a popular way to save for college. Here's how to be strategic about how to fund them, depending on your children ...
  7. Companies That Succeeded With Bootstrapping

    Bootstrapping is likely to be part of the history of nearly every successful company. Here are a few success stories.
  8. The Power Of Branding

    It's the ultimate economic moat, and we look at the approaches and effects of good and bad branding.
  9. How To Cash In On Credit Cards

    How can an investor cash in on rising credit card use? There isn't an ETF yet, so let's look at the companies themselves.
  10. A Smart Approach to Student Credit Cards

    Student credit cards are a compelling alternative for young borrowers. But be sure to look at annual fees and long-term interest ...
  11. 5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    Follow these five tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  12. 6 Good Reasons To Get Renter's Insurance

    If you rent, you still need insurance for personal property and if anyone is injured at your place. The good news: It also ...
  13. Getting A Secured Credit Card

    Because these cards target consumers with difficulty getting credit, be extra careful to avoid predatory lenders when you ...
  14. Why It’s So Hard to Get Small Mortgage Loans

    Finding a lender to provide a mortgage loan for less than $50,000: It's a challenge faced by a surprising number of people, ...
  15. Top Reasons To Apply For An FHA Loan

    When is it a good idea to apply for a Federal Housing Administration loan?
  16. Filling Out The W-9 Form

    Freelancers and independent contractors have to give a W-9 to their clients – and you might need to provide one for other ...
  17. The Purpose Of The W-9 Form

    The W-9 form provides key data your clients need if you're an independent contractor. Just be sure you're not really an employee ...
  18. Measuring The Benefits Of Home Ownership

    Price appreciation is the biggest factor, but it's not the only thing to consider.
  19. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick, you could end up in the poorhouse.
  20. Start Building Solid Credit At A Young Age

    These days, credit scores can affect everything from loan terms to your job search. That's why you should establish a credit ...
  21. Last-Minute Strategies To Help Pay For College

    Find out what to do when your kid is ready for higher education, but you aren't.
  22. How To Appeal Your IRS Audit

    The auditor's review isn't always the last word. Many taxpayers who are audited can successfully appeal their audits and ...
  23. Financial Advisors Need To Seek Out This Group NOW

    Millennials are coming into their own economically, so why are financial advisors still reluctant to give them the attention ...
  24. Mortgages: Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate

    Both of these have advantages and disadvantages depending on your financial needs and prospects.
  25. Are You An Entrepreneur?

    Many people want to start a business, but not everyone has what it takes to succeed.
  26. 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. ...
  27. Cheap Car Insurance For College Students

    6 ways to get the best car insurance quotes during those years when insurance companies rate you as a high-risk customer.
  28. The Purpose Of 1099 Forms

    The need for 1099 forms and why you must track the income reported on them. If you don't, the IRS will find it anyway and ...
  29. Filling Out 1099 Forms

    There are many different 1099 forms for different types of non-employee compensation. We explain the differences among them, ...
  30. 5 Signs You Have No Money Management Skills

    If you’re worried about your money management skills, the tips below might help you figure out what you’re doing wrong and ...
  31. Online Banks: Lower Costs And Little Sacrifice

    For many, online banking has become a day-to-day routine. Still, there are some holdouts who refuse to accept the method. ...
  32. 1 in 5 Americans Are Working This Labor Day 2014

    Labor Day is supposed to offer beleaguered workers a day of reprieve from the daily grind. However, not everyone gets to ...
  33. A Primer On Preferred Stocks

    Offering both income and relative security, these uncommon shares may work for you.
  34. Winklevoss Interview: Bitcoin Payment System Worth $400 Billion

    The bull case for Bitcoin is often expressed as an estimate of the future value of all Bitcoins in circulation once it reaches ...
  35. Debunking the 80% Income Replacement Rule

    Take a look at the 80% rule, it suggests that pre-retirees create a savings plan that will replace 80% of their income when ...
  36. How Banks Set Interest Rates On Your Loans

    On the face of it, figuring out how a bank makes money is a pretty straightforward affair. A bank earns a spread on the money ...
  37. Why Some Kids Never Leave The Nest

    Giving your children a free ride can be costly for both of you.
  38. Unexpected Challenges For Self-Employed Finance Professionals

    Going solo in financial services can present a host of unexpected challenges.
  39. Top Student Loan Providers

    Many banks and institutions offer student loans, but some offer better deals than others. Read this list of top student loan ...
  40. Discounts & Coupons You're Missing

    Are you missing out on discounts for medical, entertainment and clothing costs?
  41. An Analysis Of Social Security Benefits And Their Future

    Social Security is a significant driver of the US economy--as good a reason as any to make sure you understand it!
  42. Get the Best Savings Interest Rates For You

    How do you choose between market deposit accounts, CDs and traditional savings accounts?
  43. Cut Your Tax Bill With Donor-Advised Funds

    Beat the tax man come April 15 by investing in a charity-friendly fund.
  44. Using The Social Security Website To Get Answers

    The Social Security website is full of useful information. To save you time, here's a guide – and links – to finding answers ...
  45. Time To Consolidate Your Student Loans?

    Use these strategies to decide whether consolidating your student loans makes sense for you – and what to do next if it does.
  46. An Introduction To The CMA Designation

    Learn what the Certified Management Accountant designation is, how to get it and what it can do for your accounting career.
  47. Top Job Search Mistakes For Finance Grads

    Looking to land your dream job? Skip the entry-level position by avoiding these common errors.
  48. How the Cost of Living Affects Your Income

    Do you know all the ways cost of living increases can affect your income?
  49. How Cash Value Builds In A Life Insurance Policy

    If you have permanent life insurance, more of your insurance premium goes to cash value in the early years of your policy: ...
  50. 6 Ways To Capture The Cash Value In Life Insurance

    If you die with cash value left in your life insurance policy, the money goes to the insurance company – not to your beneficiaries. ...
  51. A Look At Berkshire Hathaway's Many Components

    Berkshire Hathaway has 59 wholly owned subsidiaries and owns big stakes in several huge companies. Just how do those pieces ...
  52. The Best Places To Exchange Currency

    Unexpected fees for changing currency can blow your foreign-travel budget. Follow these strategies to avoid them as much ...
  53. Turn Your Passion Into A Profitable Side Business

    Thinking about starting a business? Here's the first step to making a profit from a field you're passionate about.
  54. Credit Cards For People With Bad Credit

    Yes, you can get a credit card and start repairing your credit history. But brace yourself for low credit limits, sky-high ...
  55. Banker Or Broker: Which Career Is Right For You?

    Bankers and stock brokers may share similar traits, but there are many differences between the two professions.
  56. 5 Things You Shouldn't Do During A Recession

    These tips can help you avoid financial risk, and are especially important during an economic slowdown.
  57. Always Bet On Berkshire Hathaway (And Here's Why)

    With its share price at an all-time high amid talk of a stock market correction, why would anyone buy Berkshire Hathaway ...
  58. Know Cost Of Living B4 Taking A Relocation Package

    Is that promotion or new job worth taking? Before accepting the salary and relocation package, calculate what it really costs ...
  59. Top 5 Books For Young Investors

    Reading these respected tomes will help you begin your journey into investing on the right foot.
  60. FICO Credit Score Changes – Will Yours Go Up?

    Your FICO score could rise due to a new way of scoring some debts – which could make you eligible for a lower interest rate ...
  61. Mortgage Rates To Rise, But When And By How Much?

    Mortgage rates have been at historical lows since 2008 following the financial crisis. They're expected to rise, but when ...
  62. Types Of Social Security Benefits

    Social Security isn't just for the retired. It also pays benefits to the disabled, widows and widowers, children, stepchildren, ...
  63. 3 Ways to Get Social Security Benefits

    Social Security isn't just for retirement. Learn about all three benefits provided by the Social Security Administration: ...
  64. Understanding The Social Security Website

    Go to for all things Social Security. To comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010, its information was rewritten ...
  65. Secured Credit Cards

    They're not just for people with a poor credit score. Secured cards also help students and internationals with no U.S. credit ...
  66. Passing Boomers Will Leave A Big Economic Wake

    While baby boomers keep the longevity economy surging, look out for a dark fiscal forecast when it comes to retirement planning ...
  67. Improve Your Karma With Microlending

    Not all businesses are self-sustaining - many rely on microlending in order to survive.
  68. A Day Without Spending, A Lifetime's Worth Of Lessons

    Financial guru Suze Orman once challenged her fans to go a day without spending any money. Here are the lessons learned from ...
  69. Why You’re Not Helping Your Credit Score by Getting a Co-Signer

    The dangers of co-signed loans are plentiful for those signing on as the well-established borrower with good credit. However, ...
  70. Forecasting Mortgage Rates: Buy, Sell Or Refi?

    If you're paying off a mortgage or plan to buy a home, chances are you pay attention to where mortgage rates are heading. ...
  71. 5 Financial Lessons You Must Teach Your Kids

    Teach your kids the relationship between work, money and achieving financial goals with these five simple lessons.
  72. What's the Cheapest Airfare Really?

    By the time you add in all the extra fees, that supposedly discount airfare might not be your best bet. Here's how to know ...
  73. How To Reduce Holiday Debt

    Holiday expenses can drown you in debt. Find out how to avoid this festive spending hangover.
  74. Debt Consolidation: When It Helps, When It Doesn't

    Here's the smart way to use a debt consolidation to get your financial life back on track
  75. When, Why And How To File A Complaint With The CFPB

    When the employees you interact with at your bank, credit card company, mortgage lender or other financial institution seem ...
  76. How To Work In Financial Communications

    The surest way to develop a career in financial communications is to blend together the right mix of talent, education, persistence ...
  77. Leasing to Section 8 Tenants?

    Real estate investors and landlords: It's worthwhile to investigate the section 8 market. Learn about the pros and cons of ...
  78. What Do Credit Score Ranges Mean?

    Take a closer look at what credit scores in each range mean for your financial future.
  79. How The Sarbanes-Oxley Era Affected IPOs

    After the infamous collapse of companies like Tyco, Enron and WorldCom, the government responded to try and prevent it from ...
  80. Georges Doriot And The Birth Of Venture Capital

    Venture capital has been around for centuries, but Georges Doriot turned it into a structured field of investment.
  81. How to Pick a Charity

    The increasing number of charitable organizations mean the competition is fierce for your charitable dollars. Use these tips ...
  82. Who Pays Your Social Security Benefits?

    The short answer is, current earners. Taxes on current wages pay the Social Security benefits of retirees, the disabled, ...
  83. The Top Credit Reporting Bureaus: How Different?

    Consumers who compare their credit scores across the three agencies may find that the numbers don’t always match.
  84. 5 Good Reasons To Build A Career In Nonprofits

    There's never been a better time to work in non-profits. The move makes sense at life stages from just starting out to looking ...
  85. Get An Academic Finance Career

    Working nine months a year and earning a six-digit salary might seem like the high life, but these jobs are not easy to come ...
  86. The Best Financial Careers For Women

    Here are four finance careers that real women say allow them to achieve success, satisfaction and work-life balance.
  87. 5 Keys To Lower Life Insurance Quotes

    If you get no-frills coverage early and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you’ll almost always enjoy considerable savings from lower ...
  88. How To Keep Debt Low

    Here's a breakdown of how you can stay out of debt or keep your debt low.
  89. Selling Your House? Avoid These Mistakes

    Don't put the sale of your home at risk by committing one of these dirty deeds.
  90. Do-It-Yourself Projects To Boost Home Value

    These simple projects can add value to your property without taking too much out of your wallet.
  91. The Biggest Stock Scams Of All Time

    Where there is money, there are swindlers. Protect yourself by learning how investors have been betrayed in the past.
  92. The Purpose Of The IRS W-4 Form

    Why do you need to fill out a W-4 form and what does the IRS do with it?
  93. Filling Out Your W-4 Form

    Your step-by-step guide to making sure your employer reports your tax withholding correctly to the IRS from your first day ...
  94. Medicaid Vs. Medicare

    Medicare and Medicaid only sound similar. Medicaid doesn't require being 65 or disabled to get benefits. Some low-income ...
  95. 7 Ways To Consolidate Debt

    Different loan sources to use when you consolidate debt.
  96. How Return On Equity Can Help You Find Profitable Stocks

    It pays to invest in companies that generate profits more efficiently than their rivals. This is where ROE comes in.
  97. Gold Scams To Watch Out For

    Buying and selling gold can be extremely lucrative, but there are also many risks associated with gold. Here are some useful ...
  98. Wall Street’s Glass Ceiling

    It’s tough to boast that there are more female CEOs than ever before when they make up only 4.2% of the total.
  99. Find The Right Financial Advisor

    Learn how to weed out those who are just out to make a quick buck.
  100. When Financial Crisis Strikes The Bank Of Mom And Dad

    If you really want your kids to learn to be financially responsible adults, it's time to stop giving them money.
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