Personal Finance Articles

  1. 6 Psychological Traps That Make You Spend

    If you're finding it hard to stick to your holiday budget, you're not alone. Find out what retailers do to weaken shoppers' resolve.
  2. 7 Holiday Items With The Biggest Markups

    some items include outrageous markups, often selling at many times more than cost.
  3. Water Cooler Finance: Steady Stocks, Big G's And Madoff News

    This week in finance, unemployment was up, Disney sold a studio and Groupon rebuffed Google's advances.
  4. How Your Tax Rate Is Determined

    Feel like the government always has its hand in your pocket? Learn the theory behind how it decides how much to take.
  5. 6 Important Retirement Plan RMD Rules

    Paying taxes is inevitable - that's why you need to learn about the rules for required minimum distributions.
  6. Taxation Rules For Bond Investors

    Several factors affect the taxable interest that must be reported. Learn more here.
  7. 6 Overnight Millionaires

    Wealth rarely falls into our hands. But for these success stories, money seemingly came with minimal effort - and a lot of luck.
  8. Last-Minute Holiday Budgeting Tips

    Check out our tips for keeping a lid on expenses and avoiding holiday spending hangovers.
  9. Uncle Sam's Surprise: Unexpected Sources Of Taxable Income

    When you get an unexpected check, don't be surprised when the tax man shows up to collect his share.
  10. Santa's Stock Portfolio

    Old Saint Nicholas isn't known for his investing prowess, but if he does buy stocks, these 9 are probably on his list.
  11. 11 Most Common Tax Mistakes

    These mistakes could lead you to pay more taxes or even get into trouble with Uncle Sam.
  12. 7 Millionaire Myths

    Millionaires: tax-evading golfers that inherited their fortunes, right? You'll be surprised to find how average millionaires actually are.
  13. Festive Portfolio Picks Worth Celebrating

    We look at festive products and the firms that are likely to benefit as shopping sentiment turns more cheerful this holiday season.
  14. 7 Job-Hunting Tips For 2011

    What’s new in job hunting? Approach the new year by taking advantage of your resources - both online and offline - to get the best results from your job hunt.
  15. 6 Helpful Apps For The Holiday Season

    With more than 300,000 apps available on iTunes, there's a chance you may miss out on some of these festive, yet functional, holiday apps.
  16. What Exceeding Your Holiday Budget Really Costs

    And extra $500 may not seem like a lot around the holidays, but what else could that money be going towards, that would help you in the future?
  17. How To Avoid 3 Common Cell Phone Scams

    The more your phone can do, the more vulnerable it is to cyber attacks.
  18. Holiday Budget 2010: How Do You Stack Up?

    From presents to food to decorations, Christmas costs can pile up. Find out the amount of a typical holiday budget.
  19. Wall Street History: Christmas Cheer Or Irrational Exuberance?

    This week in finance, Disney was born and prohibition was lifted. It doesn't get much jollier than that!
  20. Recession-Busting Sports Ticket Deals

    The recession has meant a drop in attendance for many franchises, which has resulted in teams creating unusual promotions to sell more seats.
  21. Top 10 Tips For A Financially Safe Retirement

    You've worked hard to secure enough to retire, so make sure you keep it safe.
  22. Santa's Financial Naughty List For 2010

    Santa is going to be shoveling a lot of coal for the financial world this year.
  23. 4 Things That Are Easier With A Credit Card

    Love it or hate it, there are some things in life that get to be very tricky when you don’t have plastic in your wallet.
  24. The Easiest Way To Save: Automatically

    Learn the ins and outs automatic savings accounts, what you need to know and whether they're right for you.
  25. How To Owe Nothing On Your Federal Tax Return

    You have the control to determine whether you owe in April. Learn more here.
  26. Water Cooler Finance: Insiders, Door Busters And Debt Contagion

    Although Thanksgiving festivities made last week a short business week, it wasn't short on new developments for the markets and economy.
  27. The New Rich: How Much Money Does It Take?

    It used to be that if you had a million dollars, you were wildly wealthy. Find out how much money you need to be considered rich by today's standards.
  28. 6 Jobs Where Your Mouth Makes Money

    If you like to talk, putting your mouth where the money is might be a good idea.
  29. Holiday Wines That Won't Break The Bank

    These high-quality, low-price wines will fit any discount shopper's budget this holiday season.
  30. Why Your Will Should Name Designated Beneficiaries

    Find out how to make the tough decisions when it comes to choosing who will receive your assets and how they will be paid out.
  31. 5 Pitfalls Of Online Shopping

    There are definitely some advantages to shopping online. But are they enough to overlook these downfalls?
  32. Smart Money Moves For The End Of The Year

    These are four things you need to get in order before the New Year. If you haven't done them yet, the clock is ticking.
  33. Why Americans Need Boxing Day

    American spending fever is spreading North as Canadian retailers hold Black Friday sales, so it's only fair that we take on Boxing Day!
  34. 5 Consequences Of The Mortgage Crisis

    The mortgage crisis can still be felt all over the economy - and it is leading to some nasty side effects that will linger for some time.
  35. 5 Products That Cost Way More In Canada

    Despite the CAD flirting with parity to the USD, many Canadians still shop stateside for deals. Here are five products that are always cheaper to buy in the U.S. than in Canada.
  36. Holiday Spending: 2010 Vs. 2009

    A variety of data suggests there is a real, but slow, recovery.
  37. How Much Social Security Will You Get?

    You've been paying in for years - now it's time to find out what the system owes you.
  38. Getting Rich: What Are Your Odds?

    America is home to some of the richest people in the world - so how good are your chances of joining the ranks of the wealthy?
  39. 5 Financial Moves That Can Make You Fat

    Fat and finances: You may not think these two things have a lot in common, but several studies suggest they do.
  40. Wall Street History: Carnegie, Circuit Breakers And Dynamite

    On this anniversary week of John F. Kennedy's death, we look at other monumental moments that shaped our current economy.
  41. The Dirty Secret About Your Credit Score

    The tier system of credit scores leaves borrowers with little wiggle room.
  42. Top 6 Features Of A Great Disability Policy

    Many people consider buying life insurance, but few think to prepare themselves from long-term illness or disability. Find out how to shop for disability insurance and protect yourself from financial ruin.
  43. 5 Tricks For Stretching Your Social Security Benefits

    Here are five clever tips for stretching your Social Security dollar as far as possible.
  44. 7 Ways To Make Money This Holiday Season

    Everybody needs extra cash during the holidays. These seven options give you plenty of ways to fatten up your wallet.
  45. 5 Traps That Make It Hard To Save On Black Friday

    For consumers, shopping on this day can be a black hole for their finances
  46. 4 Types Of Gift Giving That Will Leave You Broke

    Holiday gift-giving costs can sneak up unexpectedly. Learn to beat these seasonal snares and save a bundle in money, time and stress.
  47. 5 New Tech Jobs And What They Pay

    Those with tech skills have several new job options.
  48. Should You Convert To A Roth IRA In 2010?

    Learn how to keep more of your money out of the tax man's pocket come retirement.
  49. HYIPs: The Newest Investment Scam

    Find out how to spot this kind of scam so you don't lose your hard-earned money.
  50. Water Cooler Finance: GM's Dramatic Return

    It was a notable week in finance, highlighted by General Motors' sensational re-entry to the stock market.
  51. How To Ask For A Pay Raise

    We look at what you should and what you should avoid if you want to get the salary bump you deserve.
  52. Financial Thanksgiving 2010

    It may not seem to be the case, but there are several reasons to be thankful this year, both economically and financially.
  53. What Happened To The MBS Market?

    Find out how the fall of mortgage-backed securities has changed the financial landscape.
  54. 6 Ways To Impress Your Boss

    The recession has given immense value to nearly every job in America. Learn top tips for wowing your boss and creating job security.
  55. 7 Tips For Avoiding Shipping Costs When Shopping Online

    Before clicking on that purchase, make sure you're getting the best deal possible.
  56. 6 Money Myths You Learned From The Movies

    Hollywood likes to spin a tale around money, even if sometimes the story is complete fiction. Think you can tell the real deal from the reel deal?
  57. Show Business Bankruptcy Filings

    We look at some of the entertainment industry's big bankruptcy filings and see why MGM is not alone.
  58. The Most Expensive Sports Tickets

    These days, sports fans need deep pockets in order to watch their favorite teams. These are some of the highest-priced tickets in the field.
  59. The Best Bang For Your Holiday Travel Budget

    If you are traveling soon, consider these locations for a great deal.
  60. Ways To Get The Best Deals In Your Inbox

    Find out how to filter through the email clutter and find some good deals.
  61. Santa Claus Endorsement Deals

    With holiday consumer spending in the hundreds of billions of dollars, Santa Claus is the most sought-after jolly face of the season. Here are some brands that Santa Claus endorses.
  62. 6 Companies That Will Save Christmas

    Retailers are banking on these prominent tech companies and their latest must-have gadgets to attract huge business from holiday shoppers.
  63. 5 Ways To Buy A Foreclosed Home

    There is no shortage of foreclosure properties. Find out how you can buy one for yourself.
  64. Wall Street History: Windows 1.0 And Ticker-Tape Parades

    This week we look back on some innovative product launches and some standard-issue Wall Street scandals.
  65. 5 Moves That Make You Look Cheap

    It's great to be frugal, but sometimes there's a fine line between saving money and being cheap.
  66. 6 Red Flags Of A Financial Scam

    What should you look for when you think you're getting a deal, but aren't sure if it's really a rip-off?
  67. How Negative Demographics Can Help The Economy

    The obese, smokers and gamblers get a bad rap for burdening society. But could these groups really be stimulating the economy?
  68. From Idea To Product: 4 Steps To Success

    These steps will help you bring your million-dollar invention to life, without breaking the bank.
  69. How An Allowance Helps Kids Get Money-Smart

    Discover which of these three reward techniques teaches the best lessons about money.
  70. 4 Coupon Sites Worth Checking Out

    These online coupon sites offer different features and benefits, but they'll all help you save money.
  71. The 5 Biggest Mistakes Home Sellers Make

    Avoiding these common missteps will help make sure that your home doesn't end up sitting on the market.
  72. 7 Tips For Shopping Online Safely This Holiday Season

    Christmas shopping: long lines, crowded parking lots - wouldn't you prefer to shop on the internet? Here are seven tips for shopping online safely this holiday season.
  73. Born To Be Millionaires: The Benefactors Of Big Business

    These fortunate sons (and daughters) might be able to fit their resumes on a Post-it note, but their earnings are enormous.
  74. Be A Holiday Saver, Not A Scrooge

    Learn to balance the fine line between responsible holiday spending and inconsiderate saving with these holiday budgeting tips.
  75. Internships: Not Just For College Kids Anymore

    Many job seekers, frustrated because jobs in their field have all but dried up, are revisiting their college roots and taking on internships.
  76. Tax Treatment Of Roth IRA Distributions

    Learn the requirements for withdrawing funds tax and penalty free.
  77. Bank Advisor Blunders And How To Avoid Them

    Unfortunately, this business tends to focus on sales rather than customer service.
  78. Water Cooler Finance: G20 Leader Spats And China Fakes It

    This week in the financial news: new video game sales records are being broken, while China can't seem to get along with its peers.
  79. How To Outsmart Private Mortgage Insurance

    It's possible to use a second mortgage to avoid this fee, but is it in your best interest?
  80. How To Compare The Costs Of Renting With Homeownership

    Trulia's "Rent Vs. Buy" index is a suitable, though not all-encompassing, tool for determining your next living arrangement.
  81. Roth 401(k), 403(b): Which Is Right For You?

    Learn how to decide between a 401(k), 403(b) or Roth to help you build your nest egg.
  82. Capital Gains Tax 101

    Find out how taxes are applied to your investment returns and how you can reduce your tax burden.
  83. Retirement: Which Generations Are The Best Savers?

    Most of us know we're not saving enough for retirement, but what generation is ahead in the race?
  84. Should You Buy A House At Auction?

    The traditional real estate market isn't the only place to conduct your home search. Auctions also bring many buying opportunities.
  85. Strategic Default: Why Owners Are Abandoning Their Homes

    We explain how a strategic default works, what its implications are and whether there are any good alternatives.
  86. How Big Corporations Avoid Big Tax Bills

    How do companies manage to pay such low taxes? Just look at Google's 2.4% tax rate.
  87. Top Grossing Cartoon Movies

    Recently, animated movies have been capturing the attention of both children and adults, and in the process, have attracted enormous revenue.
  88. Wall Street History: Dow 1000, Death And Taxes

    This week we look back on an unlikely landmark, the introduction of new legislations and a $600 million accounting error.
  89. Social Networking Your Way To More Money

    You might see social network sites as nothing more than a way to catch up with friends, but some people have found ways to profit from social networking.
  90. 5 Unsung Tech Entrepreneurs

    Tycoons like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are household names, but see if you can name the elusive pioneers of these inventions.
  91. 6 Tax Breaks That Anyone Can Claim

    Tax deductions and credits aren't just for big companies. You might be surprised how many tax breaks apply to your return.
  92. 5 Long-Term Consequences Of The Recession

    Apart from the headlines about jobs, this recession is doing damage in other areas that goes unnoticed.
  93. Banking Has Changed: What Does It Mean For Consumers?

    Banks have long been leading spenders on technological innovations. Learn the key changes in the banking industry and what institution is right for you.
  94. 10 Cities Where Renting Rules

    It's a buyer's market in real estate, so it's smart to buy, right? Not always. Here are 10 cities where it can be better to rent.
  95. Traditional IRA Deductibility Limits

    Find out where you can take a tax deduction on the contributions you make.
  96. Top 5 Things To Know About Robo-Signers

    According to recent news reports, robots are taking over U.S. banks. Here, we separate fact from hype.
  97. The Who, What And How Of Microfinance

    Microfinancing allows people in poverty to safely take on reasonable small business loans in an ethical manner.
  98. 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.
  99. How International Tax Rates Impact Your Investments

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

    Learn how the FDIC is helping to keep your money in your pockets.
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