Personal Finance Articles

  1. 5 Myths About Personal Bankruptcy

    There are some persistent myths that hover over the process of bankruptcy that are either half-truths or completely false. ...
  2. The S&P Downgrade: What Does It Mean?

    Standard & Poor's downgraded the outlook on U.S. Treasuries from "stable" to "negative." We'll look at what this means ...
  3. Landscaping On A Budget

    It's easier to hire an expensive contractor to fulfill your landscaping needs but you can do it yourself at a much lower ...
  4. The Lowest Foreclosure Rates In America

    Despite more foreclosures and a high unemployment rate, signs of life are emerging in the U.S. real estate market.
  5. What To Do If You Get Audited

    If you're in the minority of those that get audited, find out how to prepare and how to handle the process.
  6. 6 Tips For Getting A Small Business Loan In 2011

    Learn the top ways to ensure that your small-business loan application is accepted this year.
  7. How To Avoid Medical Debt

    Find out what you can do to avoid a financial meltdown when there's a medical emergency.
  8. A Career Guide For Marketing Majors

    Do you have what it takes to work in this fast-paced field? This article will help you determine if marketing is for you. ...
  9. 5 Unusual Tactics To Help You Save More

    Sometimes, changing financial habits takes a little creativity. Learn some imaginative ways to save more money.
  10. Vacation Destinations Affected By Natural Disasters

    Learn the details behind the lagging tourism in these once-bustling vacation destinations.
  11. People You Won't Believe Are Millionaires

    From an off-pitch singer to a professional caddy, these are some surprising millionaires.
  12. A Guide To CEO Compensation

    Make sure you assess whether a CEO has a stake in doing a good job for you, the shareholder.
  13. 5 Billionaires With Multimillion-Dollar Pet Projects

    Money makes many things possible, and these billionaires are putting that theory to the test.
  14. The Top States For Saving Money

    Residents in these states are ahead of the curve when it comes to saving. We'll look at why they are ahead and what you can ...
  15. Buying A Home As A Couple: What Changes, What Doesn't

    If you are considering buying a home as a couple, make sure you know what changes if you and your partner aren't married. ...
  16. The Dangers Of Share Dilution

    Investors need to be aware of the existence of dilutive securities and how they can affect existing shareholders.
  17. 5 Ways Banks Will Pad Their Profits This Year

    Recent regulations have banks looking for new ways to make money. Find out how your banking will be affected in 2011.
  18. Mortgage Options For Underwater Homeowners

    Find out what options are available when your mortgage is greater than the value of your home.
  19. 6 New Jobs You've Probably Never Heard Of

    Climate change and social media have led to exciting and growing employment opportunities.
  20. Expensive Purchases That Can Save You Money

    When making a big-ticket purchase, consider the savings along with the costs.
  21. Where's The Next Housing Bubble?

    Countries outside of the U.S. are showing definite signs of housing bubbles - but which will be the first to pop?
  22. 10 Jobs That Make People Happy

    These careers hold the highest levels of well-being and job satisfaction.
  23. Should You Buy Groceries Online?

    A look at this new way to shop and whether it will help you save or end up costing you money.
  24. Get The Most From Your Personal Financial Software

    Many people aren't taking full advantage of their financial software. This article will help you keep your money where it ...
  25. How To Value A Real Estate Investment Property

    Make sure you know what your real estate investment is worth before you sign the ownership papers.
  26. How Inflation-Fighting Techniques Affect The Currency Market

    Central banks use these strategies to calm inflation, but they can also provide longer-term clues for forex traders.
  27. The Fab Five: South Africa Joins BRIC

    South Africa's inclusion in BRIC is considered premature by some, but there could be a method to the madness.
  28. Why You Should Care About Chinese Inflation

    Because of the close ties created by global trade, China's inflation problem is our problem too.
  29. When (And When Not) To Refinance Your Mortgage

    There are both good and bad reasons to refinance. Learn more about both here.
  30. How Financial Companies Encourage Bad Habits

    Banks, credit card companies and financial advisors may be happy to see you stick to your bad money habits.
  31. Famous Money-Fueled Divorces

    Check out these three financial lessons you can learn from celebrity breakups.
  32. A Royal Budget: How Kate's Financial Life Is About To Change

    Kate Middleton is all set to marry into the British Royal Family, but do real-life princesses face budgets, money issues ...
  33. Pay For College Without Selling A Kidney

    Save thousands of dollars on tuition with these tricks and little-known programs.
  34. 5 Easy Steps To Becoming A Millionaire

    Find out some easy-to-follow tips for setting yourself up to become a millionaire.
  35. A Primer On Defined-Benefit Pension Plans

    Most of us will rely on a pension plan in the future, so it's best to know the details of the various plans before signing ...
  36. The $100 Million House: What It Really Costs

    Billionaire Yuri Milner just broke the record for the highest priced sale of a single family home in America - but it's even ...
  37. What It Really Takes To Succeed In Business

    It takes a lot more than an Ivy League education to become a CEO.
  38. 4 Money Misconceptions About Condominiums

    Condo fees and special assessments scare many owners away from condo ownership, but is this fear justified?
  39. Deadly Flaws In Major Market Indicators

    These indicators give investors and experts some data to work with, but they're far from perfect measures.
  40. 4 Billionaires You Probably Haven't Heard Of

    Find out the details behind the fortunes of these low-profile billionaires.
  41. Tips For Dealing With A Renovations Contractor

    It pays to take the time and choose the right contractor for your next big home renovation project.
  42. 5 Creative Ways To Pay Your Mortgage

    Keeping up with your mortgage in hard financial times takes creativity. Make your house and land work for you.
  43. 10 Car Insurance Myths

    Things that are believed to raise insurance premium rates, rental car insurance, etc.
  44. 4 Things To Consider Before Becoming An Estate Executor

    Executing a will takes more work than you might think. Make sure you are up to the task before agreeing to be an executor. ...
  45. Are You A Good Tenant?

    Landlords are looking for specific factors that are perceived to make up good tenants - do you fit the profile?
  46. The 6 Highest Paid People On Wall Street

    Learn more about the top Wall Street investors who made their fortunes with high-stakes hedge funds.
  47. The World's Richest Royals

    Monarchs are largely a throwback to bygone days, but there are still some with sizable fortunes.
  48. 8 Low-Cost Ways To Transfer Money

    If cost is your primary concern, there are several cheap(er) ways to move funds.
  49. 4 Ways To Minimize Estate Taxes

    These four strategies will ensure that most of your money goes to your loved ones, and not to the government.
  50. 5 Easy Ways To Save On Groceries

    Food represents a large part of the overall monthly budget for most families. Find out how to slash this expense.
  51. Are We Losing The Middle Class?

    Find out where your income and lifestyle put you compared to the national average.
  52. 7 Cheap And Fun Vacation Alternatives

    From volunteering to house swapping, learn about inexpensive vacation alternatives that will excite you.
  53. Why People Don't Lie On Their Tax Returns

    Studies show people are overwhelmingly truthful when it comes to their tax filing, even when lying would benefit them.
  54. When Celebrity Endorsements Don't Work

    These celebrities got into hot water that ended up costing them millions in endorsement deals.
  55. Is Your Small Business Really A Hobby?

    Make sure that your business follows IRS guidelines and stays out of hobby territory in order to make the best use of any ...
  56. 5 Groups That Don't Pay Taxes

    Now that you've paid your share, find out who didn't have to pay taxes this year.
  57. 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.
  58. 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 ...
  59. 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. ...
  60. 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.
  61. When It's OK To Splurge

    There's nothing wrong deviating from the necessities - as long as you follow these simple guidelines.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. Financial Easter Eggs

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

    Find out how to get the customized insurance coverage you need and want.
  66. 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.
  67. Why You Shouldn't Retire Away From Home

    Retiring in a tropical paradise may seem attractive, but consider these factors before packing your bags.
  68. 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. ...
  69. 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.
  70. The Lowdown On Low-Fee Real Estate Agents

    Find out how the services of low-commission real estate agents comapare to full-service realtors.
  71. The Pros And Cons Of Internet Banks

    Learn how internet banking services stack up against those of their brick-and-mortar peers.
  72. 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. ...
  73. Buffett's World Travels

    What the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway thinks of various developing countries and which has the most potential.
  74. 6 Places To Retire For Low Income Taxes

    These states offer unique tax benefits for their long-term citizens.
  75. Tips For Spring Home Buying

    Springtime brings a unique set of challenges when house shopping. These are some of the most common ones.
  76. 7 Money-Saving Resources For College Students

    These resources will prove valuable to any and all thrifty students.
  77. 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 ...
  78. Do Mergers Save Or Cost Consumers Money?

    A merger or acquisition can actually be beneficial to the customer - find out how, in this article.
  79. Why Many Millionaires Don't Feel Rich

    Learn about the millionaire mindset, and how you can benefit from millionaire market moves.
  80. Can You Deduct Your IRA Contributions?

    We help you answer this important question, which is determined by whether you are considered an "active participant".
  81. Fees Big Investors Don't Pay

    Find out about the big savings that wealthy traders enjoy over smaller investors.
  82. 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 ...
  83. 5 Government Statistics You Can't Trust

    Government economic statistics carry a lot of weight, but there are some significant gaps in the methodology.
  84. 6 Entrepreneurs Who Built Their Fortunes From Nothing

    A look at how successful entrepreneurs built empires with a meager amount of money.
  85. 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.
  86. 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?
  87. 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.
  88. How Stock Market Indexes Changed Investing

    Find out how the first market averages were calculated and what they mean for investors today.
  89. 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.
  90. 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.
  91. The 6 Strangest Insurance Policies Ever

    Some individuals have coverage for risks that might seem comical, absurd or even bizarre.
  92. How To Cut Your Banking Fees

    Smart consumers can side-step most of the new bank fees by investing some time and effort.
  93. Why You Don't Want A Government Shutdown

    Although a government shutdown won't be devastating, it will do no good for anyone.
  94. 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 ...
  95. 7 Homeowner Costs Renters Don't Pay

    There are many factors to consider when comparing buying to renting. Learn more here.
  96. 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.
  97. 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. ...
  98. How To Survive A Bankruptcy Filing

    Learn how to make filing for bankruptcy less painful so you can successfully rebuild your financial life.
  99. 6 Ways To Save On DIY Projects

    Find out where to spend your cash - and where to save it - when renovating your home.
  100. 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 ...
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