Personal Finance Articles

  1. 3 Scenarios Where Downsizing Your Home Is Smart

    Downsizing your home can be a great step towards less financial stress, and leave you more time for family and travel
  2. How Women Can Improve Their Financial Standings

    From taking greater risks to saving more, here are some specific ways women can improve their financial situations.
  3. The Importance Of Your Credit Rating

    A great starting point for learning what a credit score is, how it is calculated and why it is so important.
  4. Most Effective Charitable Organizations

    We look at some of the world's top charities and see how much of their donation money actually goes towards fulfilling their ...
  5. How Families Can Survive With Just One Income

    An increasing number of households are getting by on one income. Surviving on only one income has its challenges, but it ...
  6. Tax Rules For Renting Out Your Vacation Home

    Here's a rundown of the specific tax rules that apply to homeowners renting out a vacation property.
  7. RV Travelers: A Niche Market For Advisors

    RV travelers can provide an interesting challenge for advisors.
  8. Taking Advantage Of Property Tax Abatement Programs

    Increase your home's value without increasing your property taxes.
  9. Risks To Consider Before Investing In Bonds

    Make sure you understand the risks associated with bonds before making an investment decision.
  10. Bookkeeping 101 For Advisors

    Setting up an easy-to-manage system and dedicating time to keeping it current helps keep your business on the right track. ...
  11. Cheap Ways To Keep Cool This Summer

    Try these techniques to stay cool and have fun this summer while still saving money.
  12. What Happens When Your Credit Card Expires

    You can take advantage of this process to learn about other cards that may better suit your needs.
  13. Facts You Didn't Know About Private Student Loans

    Take a close look at the characteristics of private student loans before deciding it's the best path to take.
  14. The Flow Of Company Information

    Learn how to gather all the pieces before you start to put together your puzzle.
  15. The 8 Most Volatile Sectors

    Volatility often frightens investors. Here are some unstable sectors to watch out for.
  16. Saving Money On Individual Health Insurance Policies

    Here are tips on how to find the best individual health insurance policy for you, based on your needs and budget.
  17. The Pareto Principle And Savings

    Here's how you can implement the Pareto principle in your everyday life to improve your financial standing.
  18. 5 Easy Ways To Expand Your Vacation Budget

    Driving to your vacation destination and using discount travel sites are two ways you can save money on your next trip.
  19. Must-Have Software For The Home Office

    If you have a home business, these pieces of software can be extremely helpful to you.
  20. Most Popular Outsourced Jobs

    The reasons behind outsourcing vary, and can create more efficient processes and products.
  21. Best Credit Card Features For Students

    Students should look for credit cards that charge no annual fees, have a low introductory interest rate and offer rewards ...
  22. Easy Certifications To Add To Your Resume

    These courses and certificates are relatively cheap and non-intensive, and they can help you get hired or put you in a higher ...
  23. Car Maintenance Tips That Help You Save Money

    These routine, preventative actions will help you avoid expensive auto repairs.
  24. Innovative Ways For Students To Make Money During Summer

    With a high unemployment rate for youths, it's important to be innovative and flexible when looking for a summer job.
  25. 6 Tips For Spinning A PR Nightmare

    One of the most readily available measures that organizations can employ to either avoid or reduce negative publicity is ...
  26. How To Manage Your Company Stock

    If you have company stock, it can be hard to know what to do with it. Here's what you should know.
  27. Protecting The Elderly From Scams

    Here are some of the more common scams aimed at seniors and tips on how to avoid these frauds.
  28. 5 Ways To Double Your Investment

    From risky manoeuvres to slow-and-steady strategies, we look at five methods to double your money.
  29. 5 Economic Reports You Should Watch

    Most economic reports are noise, but there are a some that are market movers.
  30. Jobs That Can't Be Outsourced

    Here are careers that are too vital to everyday American life to be replaced with outsourced labor.
  31. Personal Finance And The Election

    A recent survey suggests that personal finance is an important factor in determining who Americans will vote for. Find out ...
  32. Hey Self-Employed, Are You Making The Most Of Your Retirement Options?

    Even if you own your own business, it is still very important to save for retirement, and to understand your options for ...
  33. 6 Unlikely Rivals That Should Merge

    If these companies are looking for growth and cost-cutting, the best bet might be to look to their main competitors.
  34. 5 Things To Consider Before Relocating For Work

    Upfront planning and analysis can help keep you from jumping into a situation that can hurt your wallet or your future career ...
  35. How To Invest In Corporate Bonds

    Understand the basics of corporate bonds to increase your chances of positive returns.
  36. Unique Wedding Registries

    Engaged couples who prefer non-traditional wedding gifts have a wide variety of options when it comes to creating a wedding ...
  37. Should Having A Private Pension Be Made Mandatory?

    Aging baby boomers will cause a strain on Social Security, but what can the U.S. do to ensure that the whole system doesn't ...
  38. 5 Steps To Qualify For A Mortgage If You're Self-Employed

    Qualifying for a mortgage is a little more complicated for borrowers who are self-employed.
  39. The Financial Factors Behind Population Decline

    Here's a look at American cities that have seen drastic population decline in the last few years and the financial reasons ...
  40. Maximize Your Social Security Benefits

    The plan's cost of living adjustments can provide protection against inflation.
  41. Some Of America's Most Expensive And Affordable Retirement Homes

    We look at two expensive and three affordable retirement homes to see if you really need to pay a lot of money for a quality ...
  42. Is Your Defined-Benefit Pension Plan Safe?

    Your plan may not last in a rocky market. Find out whether your savings will be affected.
  43. The Most Costly Olympic Games

    Here's a look at some financial successes and failures of past Olympic Games and how they compare to the London 2012 Olympic ...
  44. Prepare To Sell Your Business

    Follow these tips to ensure you get the most out of your hard work.
  45. A Broker's Open House Can Help You Sell Your Home

    This special type of open house can provide targeted marketing and yield expert advice.
  46. What Will The Maximum Retirement Age Be?

    Many Americans are deciding to retire later due to harsh economic conditions. Theoretically, how high will the average retirement ...
  47. What Are Mortgage Lenders Allowed To Ask Borrowers?

    Seemingly intrusive or irrelevant questions are actually legal for lenders to ask of mortgage applicants.
  48. 5 Ways To Invest $5,000

    If you've found yourself with some extra cash, it might be wise to read this before buying that big TV.
  49. 5 Reasons To Build A Web Presence

    Having a strong web presence is no longer an option for successful financial advisors. Find out why.
  50. Retirement Tips For Single-Income Homes

    Saving for retirement when only one member of a family earns an income can be difficult. Here are some retirement planning ...
  51. The Most Financially Literate Countries

    Brazil topped the list as having the most financially literate population, followed by Mexico, Australia, United States and ...
  52. Healthcare FSAs Increase Your Personal Savings

    This benefit could give you a return this year that puts many other investments to shame.
  53. 5 Top-Paying Intern Positions

    We list the top paying internships along with the average monthly salary.
  54. Investors Unsure Of Female-Owned Companies

    This article explores the background and history of why companies led by women are sometimes viewed as bad bets.
  55. Life Insurance Policies For Stay-At-Home Moms

    Here's a rundown of whether or not it is worth it to purchase life insurance if you are a stay-at-home mom.
  56. Best Places In The U.S. To Buy A Summer Home

    Here are the best spots in America to buy a summer home, based on price, exclusivity and other enticing features.
  57. How To Plan An Affordable Fourth Of July Party

    The Fourth of July is one of the biggest holidays in the U.S. Here are some affordable ideas for decorations, food and activities.
  58. Worst Case Scenario For Credit Card Debt

    You may have heard of the dreaded Chapter 13 for personal bankruptcy, but there's something even worse - Chapter 7.
  59. 10 States With High Sales Taxes

    Most states have sales taxes of some kind for goods and services. Here's a rundown of the states that have the highest sales ...
  60. 5 Costly Sports Contracts That Didn't Work

    The injuries and off-field antics of these star players cost their teams dearly. The impact was not just seen on the field, ...
  61. 10 Ways To Save Energy And Money

    The average family spends $1,600/year on utility bills - find out how to put some of that back in your wallet.
  62. Is It Better To Be Book Smart Or Street Smart?

    College educations generally improve a person's chances of being successful, but it's also possible to be successful with ...
  63. 5 Big Companies That Have Cut Out Pension Plans

    Companies are putting the responsibility of saving for retirement on the employee.
  64. Unemployment Benefit Changes Coming Soon

    Here's a rundown of how the intended changes to unemployment benefits in the U.S. will affect U.S. citizens.
  65. Fatten Up Your Take-Home Pay In 4 Easy Steps

    Many in the financial services industry are underpaid - don't be one of them.
  66. 7 Affordable Ways To Buy Happiness

    Whether it's taking up gardening or adopting a pet, there are many ways a person can improve his or her level of happiness ...
  67. How Inflation Has Affected Transportation Prices

    Getting around today is less expensive than it was 10 years ago, and this downtrend shows no signs of stopping.
  68. Start Your Own Small Business

    Quit your job, be your own boss and earn a paycheck. Find out what to do to make it happen.
  69. The True Value Of A Staycation

    A staycation can not only save you and your family money, but it can save time, benefit the economy, help you learn and much ...
  70. 5 Cheap Ways To Increase Happiness

    It doesn't take a lot of money to increase your happiness. Here are five inexpensive ways that you can lift your mood and ...
  71. Financial Preparation For Deployment

    Are you preparing for deployment? Here are some things to know to get your funds in line before you go.
  72. Fastest Growing Small Business Sectors

    If you want a booming small business, these are some of your best bets.
  73. How To Dress For Success In Business

    Here are a few tips to help you put your best foot forward.
  74. Is Extreme Couponing Going Extinct?

    Many reatilers are starting to crack down on extreme couponing tactics.
  75. 7 Companies With Big Advertising Budgets

    Here's what the corporations with some of the biggest advertising budgets in the U.S. spend their money on.
  76. Who Should Pay For College?

    With college costs continuing to escalate, the question of who pays for it is increasingly relevant.
  77. What If Social Security Disability Runs Out Of Money?

    The social security disability program is nearly bankrupt and could run out of money by 2016.
  78. 3 Reasons Why Women Will Lead The Economic Recovery

    Here are some reasons why women are poised to be the demographic to turn around the economy.
  79. Investopedia Staff's Fatherly Financial Advice

    We share our personal accounts of ways our dads' financial tips have helped us throughout our lives.
  80. How To Avoid Becoming A Fraud Victim

    Be aware of your rights as a consumer, and know how scammers work so you can protect your money.
  81. Do You Need Dental Coverage?

    Here's an overview of what dental insurance is and whether or not it would be a worthwhile purchase in your situation.
  82. Not All Retirement Accounts Should Be Tax-Deferred

    It may be better to leave your assets exposed to the tax man when you're saving to retire.
  83. Tough Times For Working Moms

    Here's a rundown of some of the difficulties working moms face in today's society.
  84. Used Car Shopping: How To Avoid A Lemon

    Being prepared before buying will save you thousands in the long run.
  85. Educating About Poverty Through Frugal Living

    Live Below the Line is a challenge that hopes to raise awareness about poverty in the U.S. These tips can help you cut your ...
  86. The Costliest Diseases In America

    America spends truly staggering amounts of money on diseases that are, in many cases, preventable.
  87. Comparing Health Savings And Flexible Spending Accounts

    When it comes to medical expenses, there are many accounts that provide tax advantages. We look at two commonly seen among ...
  88. Why You Should Be Wary Of Target-Date Funds

    These funds are hard to understand and might not be a wise choice by themselves. We tell you why.
  89. How To Get Your First Credit Card

    Here's a rundown of how you can go about getting your first credit card.
  90. Innovative Packaging That Packed A Punch

    It's easy to dismiss clever packaging as a gimmick, but an appealing package can turn a mundane product into a breakaway ...
  91. Careers With Declining Salaries

    Whether due to the economy or increased competition, these careers are coming with lower and lower salaries.
  92. Summer School Or Summer Job? Weighing The Benefits

    The decision to go to summer school or seek out a job can have economic and academic repercussions.
  93. 5 Countries You Need To Visit Sooner Rather Than Later

    There are indicators in some countries that conditions may change and travelers may miss out on exploring these places.
  94. For IRAs, Time Is Money

    Don't procrastinate. The timing of your contributions can mean thousands more in savings.
  95. Is Insurance Underwriting Right For You?

    If you have excellent analytical skills and an eye for detail, this may be your calling.
  96. Challenges Female-Owned Companies Face

    Studies show that companies owned by women may have a more difficult time finding investors than male-owned companies.
  97. How People Fall Into A Debt Spiral

    If you're struggling to pay off your debt, you'll need to develop discipline and patience in order to dig yourself out.
  98. Fun Father's Day Gift Ideas

    No matter what your Dad's interests are, here are some interesting gift ideas for you to choose from.
  99. The Importance Of Strategic Planning

    Planning out the future of your business is the best way to ensure success. Here are some tips.
  100. Father's Day Gifts That Dads Regret Getting

    These cliche gifts can sometimes be very disappointing Father's Day presents.
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