Personal Finance Articles

  1. The Who, What And How Of Microfinance

    Microfinancing allows people in poverty to safely take on reasonable small business loans in an ethical manner.
  2. Water Cooler Finance: Lions And Diapers And Dows, Oh My!

    This week in finance, unemployment numbers were stagnant and a major movie company files for bankruptcy protection.
  3. How International Tax Rates Impact Your Investments

    International investors need to be aware of the staggering correlation between tax rates and economic performance.
  4. Are Your Bank Deposits Insured?

    Learn how the FDIC is helping to keep your money in your pockets.
  5. 5 Companies That Changed Their Core Products

    As times and technologies change, companies must adapt to fit the marketplace. These five companies are perfect examples of that theory.
  6. 2010: The Best Time To Die?

    This may be the year that will be least affected by estate taxes.
  7. Job Hunters: 7 Tips For Selling Yourself

    These pointers will help you pass the interview and land the career of your dreams.
  8. 5 Ways To Buy A Used Car

    Buying a used car usually takes a little extra effort, but it can save buyers a considerable amount of money.
  9. Top Social Media Entrepreneurs

    These five media magnates have revolutionized social media, while making themselves rich.
  10. Introduction To Exchange-Traded Funds

    Get into ETFs and enjoy the benefits of a mutual fund with the flexibility of a stock.
  11. 7 More Things Your Banker Doesn't Want You To Know

    Your banker is not your friend, and the more you know about their motives, the better you can protect your money.
  12. 4 Game-Changing Financial Technologies

    Technology has brought innovation and convenience to personal finances. Find out some of the largest financial innovations of the past few decades and how they've made your life better.
  13. 5 TV Character Careers And What They Pay

    Some of your favorite TV characters live lavish lifestyles. But are they realistic, based on their jobs?
  14. 4 Ways Social Media Makes You Spend More

    These free sites may be costing you a lot of money.
  15. 5 Real Estate Fears That Keep You From Buying

    Don't let these concerns stop you from owning your own home. Learn how to overcome common home-buying fears and feel confident in signing your mortgage.
  16. Wall Street History: Dow's Debut And Daiwa's Dishonor

    This week in financial history, an important birthday and a notable death.
  17. 6 Franchises That Are Cheap To Start

    These franchises are in the realm of financial reality for every-day people. Check them out to see if you'd like to run your own franchise.
  18. 5 Extreme Recession Real Estate Buys

    The recent economic downturn and mortgage crisis have put many real estate values in the basement. Find out about the unbelievable property prices that are popping up around the U.S.
  19. 6 Banking Fees You Can Avoid

    There are ways to avoid banking and credit card fees, but it takes planning, commitment and some lucky timing.
  20. 6 Careers You Can Do From Home

    Whether you're unemployed, a stay-at-home parent or retiree, working from home is a great career option.
  21. Your Portfolio: Time To Cash In?

    The rise and fall of the stock market makes many investors unsure of when to sell their shares. Learn the key factors to consider before liquidating your portfolio.
  22. Advance Your Career Off The Clock

    While it certainly helps to have stellar knowledge about your job, it’s also important to grow your knowledge beyond the workplace.
  23. The Ins And Outs Of Bank Fees

    These service charges could nickel and dime you right out of your nest egg.
  24. Water Cooler Finance: Rising Markets And Buffett's Successor

    Rising employment, feuding tech firms and some very big news out of Nebraska has made for a very eventful week in financial news.
  25. How To Get A Job On Wall Street

    There are many roads that lead to Wall Street, but here are some of the more direct routes.
  26. Parties For Taxes: Republicans Vs. Democrats

    Read about the political parties' differences in tax ideology, and how it can affect your paycheck.
  27. What Not To Say In A Job Interview

    Don't let your nerves get the best of you during a job interview, and avoid these major flubs.
  28. Top 6 Reasons New Businesses Fail

    Running your own business may be the American Dream, but it's become a nightmare for many entrepreneurs. Learn how to avoid the most common factors leading to bankrupt businesses.
  29. America's Biggest Food Companies

    These five companies may be synonymous with one or two products, but you'll be surprised to see how diversified each brand has become.
  30. What's Your Debt Really Costing You?

    Although your minimum monthly payment may not look like much, your debt is denting your finances more than you realize.
  31. 7 New Tax Breaks For 2011

    Taxpayers should be aware of these seven new (or improved) breaks, such as a larger earned income credit and tax-free employer-paid parking.
  32. Top 6 Unusual Money-Saving Tips

    Sometimes coupon clipping and bargain hunting aren't enough to make your income cover your expenses. It may be time to try these frugal finance tips.
  33. Applying For A Job When You're Overqualified

    Career advice gurus give the dos and don'ts of persuading employers that you are fit for a job opening.
  34. Wall Street History: We Fell On Black Days

    This week in financial history, Wall Street suffers some disastrous days.
  35. When Paying Off Debt With Your 401(K) Makes Sense

    The experts warn against touching your retirement savings early, but there are situations where it is the best financial decision.
  36. 10 Reasons To Fear The U.S. Economy

    With Halloween around the corner, here are some spooky thoughts about the economy.
  37. 7 Tips For Staying Off The Chopping Block

    In today's competitive job market, employees need to work harder than ever just to keep their jobs.
  38. America's Richest Sports Team Owners

    There may not be as many people in the seats this year, but many sports team owners are still doing quite well for themselves.
  39. 4 Haunted Houses And What They're Worth

    The courts view a haunted reputation as a detriment to a home's value, but these homes' histories may have boosted their value.
  40. How To Invest In Everyday Products

    Investors are often told to "invest in what you know." Find out what companies make the products you use daily.
  41. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  42. Breaking Down Credit Card Fine Print

    Those "perks" offered by credit card companies usually come with strings attached, and these are just a few of them.
  43. A Look At Cell Phone Companies

    Cell phone makers have been jockeying for top spot over the last decade. Find out who the major players are and who has the next must-have product that will shoot them ahead of the competition.
  44. Water Cooler Finance: Ghosts Of Economies Past

    Will old disasters come back to haunt the markets in the time for Halloween?
  45. Don't Forget The Kids: Save For Their Education And Retirement

    Retirement and education financing are the two most important planning items for taxpayers.
  46. 5 Horrific Things That Can Haunt Your Finances

    Check out a few of the scariest financial disasters and find out what you can do to protect yourself.
  47. You Worked How Long To Buy That?!

    Find out the true cost of items by translating them into hours worked.
  48. Know Your Foreclosure Rights

    Find out what homeowners are entitled to under the law, and how they can ensure their rights are honored by lenders.
  49. Stop Procrastinating! Enroll In A College Savings Plan

    The cost of sending your kids to college could be a serious financial burden - unless you get prepared. Now.
  50. 6 Drug Companies With Expiring Patents In 2011

    The 2011 "patent cliff" is approaching and many big name pharmaceutical manufacturers face patent expiration on their core products. Is this a coffin nail or can these companies overcome generic competition.
  51. 6 Late-In-Life Entrepreneurs

    We've all heard stories of college kids starting successful businesses, but what about business start-ups of the not-so-young?
  52. The Story Behind The Foreclosure Crisis

    One little house in Maine could end up costing the mortgage industry a large amount of money.
  53. 6 Tax Myths Everyone Should Know

    There are many tax myths that have grown out of general tax confusion. Learning about them can help you avoid costly mistakes.
  54. Credit Card Features You Shouldn't Use

    Avoid these add-ons that cost much more than standard credit card interest rates for purchases.
  55. 3 Alternative Ways To Assess Your Investment Manager

    Find out whether your funds are being managed according to your goals.
  56. Companies Built On A Single Product

    Though they may seem like a rare breed these days, these organizations have built their reputations on just one item.
  57. Bank Vs. Budget: How Much House Can You Afford?

    Learn whether you can afford the mortgage that the bank will lend you.
  58. Wall Street History: Panics, Scandals And Rogue Traders (Oh My!)

    This week chronicles the heroics of J.P. Morgan, a classic embargo battle, the first of Wall Streets' dark days and much more.
  59. Top 6 Ways To Increase Your Tax Refund Now

    Planning ahead can generate a larger tax refund down the road - these tips will get you on the right path.
  60. Bridging The Gaps On Your Resume

    Everyone experiences unemployment, but it's not something you want exposed to potential employers. Learn to craft a resume that downplays your downtime and promotes your assets.
  61. Hotshots Needed For Commodity Trading Advisor Positions

    If you can multi-task and you enjoy a good challenge, this lucrative career could be a perfect fit.
  62. 7 Billionaires' First Jobs

    We all know of these famous billionaires, and how they made their money. But have you ever wondered how they got their start?
  63. Can You Dispute A Foreclosure?

    The bank has foreclosed on your mortgage, but do you really have to leave? Learn how to fend off the lenders and gain the time you need to save your home.
  64. Zooming In On Net Operating Income

    NOI is a long-run profitability measure that smart investors can count on.
  65. Water Cooler Finance: The Beginning Of A Foreclosure Crisis?

    This week in financial news, robo-signers are explained and Buffett is selling more stock.
  66. House Price Vs. Interest Rate: Which Is More Important?

    Deciding which factor is more important can make a difference in monthly payments, ability to move and Homowners Association fees.
  67. Top 8 Ways Lose Money On Bonds

    Find out what these common ways are so that you can avoid them - and the losses that follow.
  68. The Skinny On Canadian Sports Lotteries

    Putting your money where your mouth is on the favourite team could add some spice to your sports viewing.
  69. 4 Key Factors To Building A Profitable Portfolio

    Buying stocks is a careful balance of risk and reward. Learn to identify your risk tolerance and financial goals with these fundamental tips.
  70. Top 6 Home Renovation Scams To Avoid

    Renovations are stressful, but if you rush through important details you could fall prey to one of these scams.
  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. Can You Make Money Renting Your Property?

    Current market conditions may make your home a tough sell. It could be time to consider renting your property until a profitable sale is possible.
  73. 5 Jobs That Cash In On Disasters

    Disasters just happen, but there are many businesses that are able to make the best of them.
  74. Top 4 Nightmares For Real Estate Investors

    Renting out your property is not without risks; the good news is, they don't have to keep you up at night.
  75. Breaking Through The Middle Class

    While there is no easy way to the top, understanding some basic economics will help you you move up the economic ladder.
  76. No Wonder You're Not Getting Hired!

    Find out which unexpected mistakes could be holding you back.
  77. 6 Simple Ways To Save This Halloween

    Getting you and your family prepared for Halloween can be a terrifying expense. Learn six tricks to ensure your Halloween is a treat.
  78. Signs It's Time To Retire

    Your house is paid off and you're ready to travel and pursue other interests, but can you do it?
  79. 4 Companies To Watch This Earnings Season

    As earnings season gears up, there are a few companies that financial experts are watching.
  80. Home Winterizing Tips That Work

    Pick up a few of these tested tips, and you can help control those energy and financial leaks before they start!
  81. Wall Street History: Antitrust, OPEC And Disney

    This week in financial history has seen two important pieces of legislation come into being, as well as the beginnings of a company that would one day create "the happiest place on earth".
  82. Fantasy Football: A Two-Billion Dollar Market

    This side of sports separates the casual fan from the diehard fan.
  83. Top Tips For Maxing Out Your Retirement Account

    If you are behind in your retirement plan contributions for the year, this is the time to figure out how to catch up.
  84. 5 Money Transfer Technologies And Their Risks

    New technology makes cash swaps simple, but are the risks worth the convenience?
  85. Water Cooler Finance: History's Biggest Rogue Trading Scandal

    This week in finance the economy falters and the markets stay hopeful, a $6 billion fine is imposed and Google joins the TV biz.
  86. The Shoe Lover's Investment Portfolio

    These stocks are worth a look if you love footwear.
  87. Quiz: Are Your Finances Above Average?

    We look at average Canadian debt, credit scores and much more so you can find out how you stack up.
  88. How To Budget For An Irregular Income

    Find out how to live comfortably through both fat and lean years.
  89. Is The Middle Class Really Disappearing?

    Find out exactly what "middle class" means and whether it's really getting rarer.
  90. Commodity Prices Are Pinching Consumers

    Prices of commodities - cotton, wheat, coffee, etc. - have recently spiked. Learn how that affects consumers.
  91. Major Sports Memorabilia Sales

    Sports memorabilia items stir up a lot of emotion for both fans and players about the performances they represent.
  92. Cut Your Tax Bill With Donor-Advised Funds

    Beat the tax man come April 15 by investing in a charity-friendly fund.
  93. Getting the Whole Story on Variable Annuities

    Variable annuities are another way to save money tax-deferred - but don't jump in blindly!
  94. Thanksgiving On A Budget

    Don't miss these easy ways to save this Thanksgiving season.
  95. Proposed Tax Changes: Will You Pay More Or Less?

    Expiring tax credits, changing income brackets - it's hard to keep up with proposed tax changes.
  96. Will You Have To Delay Your Retirement?

    With increasing healthcare costs, a longer life and a depleting Social Security fund, will you have to work until you physically can't?
  97. 4 Things To Know About Earnings Season

    Investors should know that earnings reports are not just about the earnings.
  98. The Best And Worst Investing Advice

    Some financial sayings are worth a second look, even if they seem to be set in stone.
  99. Why Retailers Love Gift Cards

    Gift cards have many benefits for retailers compared to cash sales. We'll look at a few of them.
  100. Quiz: How Do Your Finances Measure Up?

    We look at average American debt, credit scores and much more so you can find out how you stack up.
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