Personal Finance Articles

  1. 7 Insurance Tricks That Cost You Money

    Not all insurance companies are out to get you, but you should still learn how to save money when dealing with unscrupulous insurers.
  2. 6 Problems With 401k Plans

    If you pay attention to the problems here, you will be able to avoid the negative effects and meet your retirement goals.
  3. Warranties That Aren't Worth It And Why

    Buying the retail warranty on your laptop might work out in your favor, but not every warranty will give you a good return.
  4. The 2011 Billionaire Investment Portfolio

    Find out where the extremely wealthy are putting their cash in 2011.
  5. What Determines Gas Prices?

    Gas prices are influenced by more than supply and demand. Find out what determines the price you pay at the pump.
  6. Can Divorce Insurance Keep You From The Poorhouse?

    Divorce rates are estimated to be between 40-50%, and you could lose as much as 77% of your net worth.
  7. The Surprising Salaries Of Fringe Sports Stars

    You don't have to aspire to play in the NFL, NBA or MLB if you want to make a living playing sports. Find out the compensation for the top athletes in these lesser-known sports.
  8. How Credit Card Delinquency Works

    The more you understand about delinquency, the better prepared you'll be to handle it.
  9. The 5 Most Overlooked Problems In A Home Inspection

    Home inspectors aren't guaranteed (or required) to catch every flaw in your next home. Here are five ways you can protect your most expensive investment.
  10. TFSA Or RRSP?

    Canadians now have two options for retirement savings. Find out how to figure out which one's best for you.
  11. 5 Ways To Be Irreplaceable At Work

    Use these tips to position yourself as an indispensable employee and increase your job security.
  12. Should Employees Be Compensated With Stock Options?

    Learn the good, the bad and the ugly sides of this type of payout.
  13. The Controversy Over Option Expensing

    There has been much debate over whether companies should treat employee stocks options as an expense. This article examines both sides of the argument.
  14. What Billionaires Do After Retirement

    Retirement as a billionaire may sound like heaven, but for some, their work has only begun once they collect their gold Rolex.
  15. 5 Tips For Saving On Kids' Sports

    Parents' bank accounts shouldn't suffer because of their kids' sporting activities.
  16. 5 Reasons You And Your Credit Card Should Stay Broken Up

    Consumer credit card debt rose in December, so it's time to think twice about rekindling your relationship with that piece of plastic.
  17. Deciphering Deferred Annuity Designations

    Tax deferred annuities can be complex arrangements. Discover some of the situations that arise when an owner or annuitant dies and how to reduce tax liability if you're the beneficiary.
  18. Canadian Mortgage Changes You Need To Know

    Canada is changing the rules for issuing mortgages, including length and equity requirements. Learn how these changes will change the real estate market and the economy.
  19. The Apple Ecosystem

    There is a long line of companies that benefit from the multibillion dollar success of Apple's ultra-hot consumer electronics.
  20. Tips For Filing Taxes Safely Online

    Filing online is easy and straightforward, but there are a few risks to watch out for.
  21. 5 Stocks For Valentine's Day

    These Valentine's-related stocks are good enough to fall in love with.
  22. Protesting With Your Money: Does It Work?

    You have more power than you think when you protest with your wallet rather than your voice.
  23. An Introduction To The CFA Designation

    The CFA designation is seen as the key certification for investment professionals. Find out what the CFA signifies for candidates and investors.
  24. Foods With The Biggest Price Increases

    These foods have suffered the most inflation in past year; what does that mean for the average consumer?
  25. Protect Yourself From Group Buying Scams

    Online coupons, daily deals and group buying offers are flooding the internet. Learn how to spot a fake deal from a legitimate discount and ways to recover you cash if you've already been had.
  26. The Premium You Pay On A Valentine Gift

    You can't buy love, but on February 14 everybody tries. And higher prices are always the result.
  27. 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.
  28. Buying A Car: The Worst Investment?

    An automobile is considered to be one of the worst investments that can be made, but there are ways to turn that negative into some positive gains.
  29. How Unemployment Stats Affect Employed People

    Unemployment is still hovering close to 10%, but what does it all mean to you? Find out how unemployment statistics affect your employment.
  30. $1 CEOs And What They Make Now

    During the recession, many CEOs took a $1 salary until their companies returned to profitability. We look at the millions they're making now.
  31. Alternative Ways To Hold Your Net Worth

    If you're afraid of putting your money back into the financial system, check out these alternatives.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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
  36. 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?
  37. A Prospective Homeowner Countdown

    Looking to make a move in the spring? Find out what you should be taking care of now.
  38. An Overview Of Annuities

    These contracts provide a guaranteed income stream. Learn how they work and their benefits.
  39. How To Live On Less

    Reduced income because of the recession? Here are some ess painful ways to reduce your cost of living.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. Signs That Gas Prices Are Going Up

    These events can precipitate a rise in the price at the pump - keep your eyes peeled
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. Get Through Divorce With Your Finances Intact

    Find out how to split your finances without coming up short.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. Getting To Know Business Models

    Learning how to assess business models helps investors identify companies that are the best investments.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 5 Tax Credits You Shouldn't Miss

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

    How much money does the Oracle of Omaha really have?
  61. 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.
  62. 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?
  63. The Beginner's Guide To Homeowners' Insurance

    Discover everything new homeowners need to know before they sign on the dotted line.
  64. 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.
  65. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  66. 5 Reverse Mortgage Scams

    Reverse mortgages can be a valuable financial tool, but the mortgage market is fraught with scams and schemes.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. CDOs And The Mortgage Market

    These structured products contribute to keeping borrowing rates low.
  72. 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.
  73. The Power Of Steve Jobs

    He may have health concerns, but you can't argue that he is a powerful CEO.
  74. 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.
  75. Baby Boomers Beware: Financial Fraud That Targets Seniors

    Unfortunately, you can never retire from being the target of financial scams.
  76. 5 Steps To Disputing A Credit Card Charge

    Federal and state laws offer protection to consumers when credit card charges are in question.
  77. 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.
  78. How To Cut Your Alternative Minimum Tax

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

    Even those not concerned with "green" initiatives can take advantage of these environmentally friendly tax breaks.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. 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.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. What Obesity Is Costing You

    If your health isn't reason enough to keep fit, maybe the money you save will get you motivated.
  87. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  88. 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.
  89. China's Newest Billionaires

    China's new billionaires are making money in the tech industry.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. 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?
  93. Top 10 Home Business Tax Tips

    If you work for yourself, make sure you are getting the most for your tax dollars.
  94. 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.
  95. 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?
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. 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.
  99. 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.
  100. 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.
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