Personal Finance Articles

  1. The Series 3 Exam: Creating A Career With Commodities

    The Series 3 exam is the quickest way to diversify sales and add futures to your investing options.
  2. Jobless In 2010? 6 Tax Breaks You Can't Miss

    These tax deductions can help soften the blow of unemployment.
  3. Top Tax Tips For Retirees

    Filing your taxes during retirement can be just as time consuming as when you were employed. We have some tips to help you ...
  4. How To Live Rich For A Lot Less

    Here are some simple steps you can take to live well without being wealthy.
  5. Retailers Are Going Mobile: How You Can Benefit

    New technology creates increased competition for retailers, and puts consumers in a winning situation.
  6. The Small Business Jobs Act: Make It Work For You

    Understanding how to manage business credit is the key to obtaining small business loans.
  7. The Essentials Of Corporate Cash Flow

    Tune out the accounting noise and see whether a company is generating the stuff it needs to sustain itself.
  8. 3 Economic Reasons Behind The Protests In Egypt

    Find out the underlying issues that have led to the recent protests and change in government in Egypt.
  9. Summer School Or Summer Job? How To Decide

    We'll look at the pros and cons of both summer jobs and summer school and give you a framework that you can use to make the ...
  10. 6 Things To Do Before You Call A Real Estate Agent

    There's a lot of work to be done before you pick up the phone to list your property.
  11. 6 Corporate Tax Loops Obama Wants To Close

    The Obama Administration wants to close corporate tax loopholes while possibly lowering the corporate tax rate to be more ...
  12. 6 Things Putting Unions Under Fire

    We take a look at why unions arose and why things have changed.
  13. The Truth About IRS Tax Settlement Firms

    These companies claim that they can reduce or even eliminate what you owe to the IRS. Find out the facts behind this alluring ...
  14. 5 Extreme Ways To Raise Your Credit Score

    These methods are legal and legitimate - but are they worth it?
  15. The Truth About Rising Gas Prices

    Though it may feel like it sometimes, gas stations aren't out to get you by raising their prices.
  16. 2011 Cars With The Highest Resale Value

    A vehicle is one of the fastest-depreciating assets you own. But not every car loses value at the same rate. Check out the ...
  17. 5 Billionaires Who Lost Millions

    During the recession, billionaires lost money too, but when their net worth shifts it swings by millions and even billions. ...
  18. 10 Ways To Prepare For A Personal Financial Crisis

    Life is unpredictable, but if there's anything you can do to stave off disaster, it's to be prepared and be careful.
  19. 5 Ways To Receive Your Tax Refund

    Taxpayers in the U.S. can receive their income tax refund in many different forms - checks, debit cards, savings bonds and ...
  20. Why There's No Such Thing As A Bad Real Estate Market

    Sometimes a "bad" market can be the best thing for you.
  21. 6 Ways To Write Off Your Car Expenses

    Reduce the cost of owning and maintaining a car with these clever tax tips.
  22. An Introduction To Hyperinflation

    Hyperinflation isn't some historical curiosity. It is a very real risk that countries and governments still struggle with ...
  23. How Governments Influence Markets

    The biggest influence in the markets today can create some unintended consequences.
  24. 6 Summer Jobs That Led To Celebrity Careers

    From tech-savvy jobs to giant chicken suits, peruse the humble beginnings to illustrious careers. Some jobs don't end, per ...
  25. 5 Hot Franchises Right Now

    There are thousands of franchise opportunities to choose from, so getting down to a single option can take time.
  26. An Introduction To Correcting Ineligible IRA Contributions

    Eager to save for retirement? Find out how to avoid overpayment penalties.
  27. Extreme Credit Repair: Why It Doesn't Work

    Most of these are illegal scams at worst and a waste of time at best. Here are five extreme credit repair techniques we do ...
  28. 7 Fun And Practical Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund

    Discover some tips on how to spend your money in a way that balances emotional and financial health.
  29. 5 Things To Consider When Choosing Where To Retire

    Climate, taxes and property values all play a part in selecting the best places to retire.
  30. 7 Sweet Gadgets That Can Save You Money

    At first glance, these just-for-fun items seem like complete money-sinks. Guess again!
  31. Tax Deductions You May Be Missing

    Knowing the tax deductions you're entitled to can make or break your bank account.
  32. 7 Factors For Comparing Credit Cards

    It's good to find a credit card that fits your lifestyle, but read the fine print to make sure you're not overpaying for ...
  33. Dividend Tax Rates: What Investors Need To Know

    Find out how legislation enacted in 2003 is benefiting both investors and corporations, and when it's scheduled to expire. ...
  34. A "Kiddie Tax" Overview For Parents

    Understanding how children are taxed is very important when it comes to saving for their college education.
  35. How To Pick A Stock

    So you've finally decided to start investing. But what should you put in your portfolio? Find out here.
  36. Getting Through The Medicare Part D Maze

    Having trouble sorting through your prescription drug coverage options? We offer some solutions to the confusing process ...
  37. 7 Energy-Efficient Solutions For Spring

    No matter your plans, give them an energy efficient angle to help trim the baggage off your bills.
  38. Top Job Perks You May Not Have Heard Of

    Companies are becoming increasingly creative with their benefits packages, in order to attract younger employees.
  39. The Last States With Prepaid Tuition Plans

    Prepaid tuition could save you thousands of dollars and unwanted stress. Find out where you can still find them.
  40. Are You Over-Insured?

    You can free up a lot of money by eliminating overlapping insurance policies. Read on to learn where you are most likely ...
  41. 8 Ways To Avoid Getting Burned By Prepaid Debit Cards

    These cards have many differences from traditional debit and credit cards that can cost you money if you don't know what ...
  42. Who Wants To Be A Trillionaire?

    These wealthy individuals have the best shot at being the first trillionaire.
  43. 6 Bizarre Celebrity Insurance Policies

    There's a whole world of insurance beyond home, pet and auto - here are some of the more obscure celebrity insurance policies. ...
  44. Rich And Careless

    We'll look at high-profile, big-money investments that turned out badly for their famous investors.
  45. How The Loch Ness Monster Affects The Economy

    Do sightings of Bigfoot, Nessie and UFOs lead to massive market fluctuations?
  46. Gas Savings Tips That Don't Actually Work

    We all try to get the most from our tank of gas, but do those tricks you hear about amount to real savings?
  47. What You Need To Know About Capital Gains And Taxes

    Find out how your profits are taxed and what to consider when making investment decisions.
  48. Taxpayers The IRS Is Targeting This Year

    The IRS does not treat all tax returns equally - find out if you are in danger of being audited.
  49. Choosing The Best Disability Insurance

    Social Security benefits can be hard to collect. Find out why you need disability insurance to protect your income, and learn ...
  50. 6 Billionaire Politicians And What They're Worth

    These businessmen have made their millions and entered the political field.
  51. How Real Estate Agents Sell Their Homes For More

    A well-publicized statistic finds that when real estate agents sell their own homes, they tend to get a higher price. But ...
  52. 2 Ways To Finish Undergraduate And MBA Programs Faster

    Testing out of courses and challenging course credit decisions can allow you to save money and time at college.
  53. Where Your Tax Dollars Went In 2010

    2010's federal budget says a lot about our government's priorities, but it also speaks to an unsustainable level of current ...
  54. 6 Tips For Finding A Summer Job

    It's time to start looking for your summer job - get an edge on the competition with these tips.
  55. 5 Big-Ticket Billionaire Sales

    From $75 million houses to 303-foot yachts, we look at what some famous billionaires have put up for sale in the past few ...
  56. 6 Credit Mistakes Retirees Make

    While children and adult offspring often look to their elders for wisdom, not all seniors are the best source for financial ...
  57. The Most Expensive Kids' Sports

    Every parent should encourage their child's hobbies and interests, but at what price? Find out the sports that cost the most ...
  58. An Explanation Of Stagflation

    Find out how stagflation is measured, what factors contribute to it and how to protect your finances.
  59. Why You Can't Influence Gas Prices

    Don't believe the water-cooler talk. Big oil companies aren't to blame for high prices.
  60. The Costs Of College Athletics

    Here we look at the price some young athletes pay in pursuit of college scholarships. Is it worth it?
  61. 5 Car Insurance Add-Ons You Don't (Always) Need

    We'll look at the types of car insurance that you can avoid to save some money on your monthly premium.
  62. 10 Tips For Getting The Lowest Car Insurance

    For many, car insurance is a costly, but necessary, expense. And while drivers can't avoid insurance payments, they can follow ...
  63. Top 10 Highest-Paying Jobs For 2011

    These jobs have high salaries and great outlooks in the coming years.
  64. Calculating (Small) Company Credit Risk

    Determining creditworthiness of smaller and medium-sized corporations isn't as easy as for larger companies, but these tips ...
  65. 5 Billionaire Finance Moves You Can't Make

    Most billionaires don't live like the rest of us. Why? Because they often buy or invest in things that we can't, in ways ...
  66. 6 Simple Car Mods That Actually Save Fuel

    Check out these simple and effective ways to turn your car into a fuel-sipping cash-saver.
  67. Who Will Be The World's First Trillionaire?

    We'll look at what it will take before someone achieves the incredible sum of $1 trillion in wealth.
  68. 5 Industries That Are Ready To Retire

    The baby boomer generation is retiring, and economists expect a shift in the job market - in some industries more than most. ...
  69. Explaining Types Of Fixed Annuities

    Learn about this popular retirement tool, its pros and cons and how annuities work to create a guaranteed regular stream ...
  70. 5 Growing Jobs For Retirees

    We'll look at the industries and specific jobs that are attracting post-retirement employees, and post-retiree jobs with ...
  71. 6 Outrageous Billionaire Purchases

    From costly pigeons to excessive parent purchases, we'll look at six of the most outrageous, expensive billionaire purchases. ...
  72. Consumer Products That Depreciate The Most (And Least)

    Your new car may not hold its value as well as that old collectible toy you kept in perfect condition. Find out which purchases ...
  73. The 5 Worst Investments For 2011 (And Beyond)

    Thinking of investing this year? These five categories should be avoided at all costs.
  74. 7 Steps To Choosing A Second Career

    Whether you tackle a second career at age 25 or 55, there is always opportunity to "trade up" to something you can enjoy ...
  75. 9 Easy Ways To Increase Your Gas Mileage

    Improved gas mileage is good for you, good for your car and good for the environment.
  76. 10 Tax Benefits For The Self-Employed

    Running your own business has both personal and financial perks.
  77. 5 Steps To Scoring A Mortgage

    Find out what you can do to polish up some of the common flaws that put off lenders.
  78. 4 Key Factors That Drive The Real Estate Market

    Whether you are investing directly or indirectly in property, you need to know the factors that affect its value.
  79. 6 Ways To Save On Insurance

    Love it or hate it, insurance policies are a necessary expense in everyone's life. Learn the top tricks for saving money ...
  80. How The Rich Got That Way

    We explore the most common ways that people get rich, and look at what you can do to join the ranks of the wealthy.
  81. Find Your Dream Home For Less

    If you think you can't afford your dream home, check out these compromises that could make it happen.
  82. 6 Huge Insurance Claims

    Next time you think that insurance is a waste of your money, think about these expensive claims.
  83. The Most Controversial Tax Deductions

    When it comes to taxes, it's hard to make people happy but these deductions raised more than the average amount of controversy. ...
  84. The Ultimate Tax-Time Checklist

    Find out what information you need to pull together before filling out your return.
  85. 7 Products Under $5 That Made Millions

    Some of the most successful inventions were created by accident. Many of these products were never meant to see public distribution, ...
  86. Government Regulations: Do They Help Businesses?

    These rules are in place to protect consumers and help businesses thrive at the same time.
  87. How Long Until Your Hybrid Pays Off?

    Buying a hybrid vehicle to save money on fuel costs is an appealing idea, but how long will you have to drive that fuel-sipper ...
  88. 2 Key Tactics Retailers Use To Increase Sales

    Many companies use versioning and bundling to increase sales. These strategies can offer value to consumers, but they also ...
  89. What To Do When Your Insurance Company Won't Pay

    Struggling to get a claim honoured? Find out what you can do.
  90. 6 Apps That Can Save You Money On Your Car

    These apps are designed help you save on gas, maintenance and parking - and most of them are free.
  91. 5 Companies Changing How You Buy

    Between group coupons and convenient shop-from-home sites, the way we buy is changing.
  92. Unique Insurance Policies You Should Consider

    You may have basic insurance plans for your car and your home, but check out these unusual – but still practical options. ...
  93. 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. ...
  94. 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 ...
  95. 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. ...
  96. The 2011 Billionaire Investment Portfolio

    Find out where the extremely wealthy are putting their cash in 2011.
  97. 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.
  98. 5 Ways To Be Irreplaceable At Work

    Use these tips to position yourself as an indispensable employee and increase your job security.
  99. 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.
  100. How Credit Card Delinquency Works

    The more you understand about delinquency, the better prepared you'll be to handle it.
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