Personal Finance Articles

  1. What Americans Need To Know About Living Abroad

    From Social Security to medical assistance to taxes, here's what you need to know about living overseas.
  2. A Beginner's Guide To Going Off The Grid

    Here are some tips to supplying your own power, water and electricity.
  3. The Real Cost Of Owning A Smartphone

    The average data, texting and minute plan for a smartphone is estimated to cost around $2,100 for a two-year contract.
  4. 5 Clever Home Features

    If you're building a new home, try incorporating these unique features.
  5. Prestigious Colleges With The Lowest Tuition

    Many of these schools have surprisingly affordable tuition fees.
  6. How Credit Cards Affect Your Credit Rating

    The average American household has four cards, but does that mean more is better?
  7. What You Need To Know About Airline Baggage Fees

    It might surprise you just how much airlines are charging for additional baggage.
  8. Best States To Start Your Business In

    The best state for your business may not be as obvious as you think.
  9. How To Buy Your Own Private Island

    We look at some people who own private islands, and give you tips for making a massive purchase like this.
  10. What To Do If You Lose Your Wallet

    Here's a step-by-step guide of what to do if your wallet is lost or stolen.
  11. Why Global Unemployment Is Rising

    The ILO is reporting that there are now 50 million fewer jobs in the global economy than before 2008. Find out why.
  12. What It Costs To Get Divorced

    Here's a breakdown of how much it will cost to get divorced in the U.S. today.
  13. How Many Credit Cards Should You Carry?

    If you have ever wondered whether you should carry one, two or more cards, read on and we'll tell you.
  14. The Pros And Cons Of Home Additions

    If you're considering adding to your home, or even moving, you may want to consider all of the positives and negatives of ...
  15. How To Bring A Client Back

    Winning over a lost client isn't something you want to expend most of your effort on.
  16. What Crowdfunding Means To Investors

    Crowdfunding offers a new potential point of entry for investors, especially those with more limited funds.
  17. Start Over With The IRS

    If you're struggling to pay back taxes, try a fresh start with the IRS. They really can help.
  18. The 5 Largest Food Recalls In History

    Food recalls are common, but some food manufacturers are so large that a recall can impact the entire industry.
  19. Maternity Leave Basics: Canada Vs. The U.S.

    When compared to its northern neighbor, the American maternity leave policy is embarrassingly sparse.
  20. How To Deal With (Seriously) Dysfunctional Clients

    Difficult, unreasonable and eccentric people seek financial planners too. Find out how to cope.
  21. Be A One-Stop Shop For Your Clients

    Offering comprehensive financial services can bring in business, but coordination is the key to success.
  22. Famously Disappointing IPOs

    IPOs may seem like an enticing and exciting investment, but history suggests that IPOs are far from a sure thing.
  23. What You Need To Know About Pet Wellness Plans

    Here's a breakdown of wellness plans and pet insurance, and some tips for keeping your pet healthy.
  24. How To Fireproof Your Budget

    If you are ever faced with a crisis, here are some budget tips to help you prepare financially.
  25. 30 Financial Tips That Women Should Know By Age 30

    If you are a woman nearing 30, look at these tips to assess your financial situation.
  26. Spread Out Risk With Sector-Based ETFs

    These ETFs take the sector rotation strategy from institutional investors and puts it in your hands.
  27. An Introduction To The FRM Designation

    Learn what steps need to be taken in order to obtain the Financial Risk Manager designation.
  28. Making A Larger Down Payment Vs. Buying a Cheaper House

    We look at the financial differences between purchasing a cheaper home and making a larger down payment on a more expensive ...
  29. Get To Know Your Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The CFPB is there to protect you and hear your voice. You can help with the economic recovery by getting to know the bureau. ...
  30. 3 Ways To Save Money On Your Summer Vacation

    While the economic recovery remains tentative in the U.S., it is wise to find innovative ways of saving money when booking ...
  31. Buying Private Health Insurance

    Getting your own policy isn't easy or cheap but in some cases, it's well worth the effort.
  32. How To Survive Bankruptcy

    Bankruptcy is not the end of the world. You can survive it and come out on the other side more financially solid.
  33. 4 Habits That Damage Your Credit Score

    Many common money habits can affect your credit score negatively without you even knowing it.
  34. Tuition Insurance Takes Sting Out Of Withdrawal

    Dropping out of school can mean forfeiting all your tuition. Find out what protection is available.
  35. Selecting The Right Mix Of Insurance Benefits

    Choosing employee benefits involves weighing the probability you will need them against taxes and cost.
  36. Top Discounts For Seniors

    Here is a rundown of some of the best senior discounts across the country.
  37. Can The IRS Restrict Your Travels?

    The U.S. Senate recently allowed a measure for the IRS to revoke your passport. Here's what you need to know.
  38. Key Strategies To Avoid Negative Bond Returns

    It is difficult to make money in bonds in a rising rate environment, but there are ways to avoid losses.
  39. What You Don't Know About Auto Insurance May Cost You

    Here's a list of interesting things you may not know about auto insurance.
  40. How To Target Ideal Customers

    Expand your definition of a lucrative client and uncover a new realm of possibilities.
  41. America's Most Outrageous Tax Loopholes

    From rent-a-cow tax breaks to NASCAR write-offs, check out some of America's silliest tax loopholes.
  42. Unclaimed Property: Forgotten Money Found

    The government holds billions of dollars of unclaimed property just waiting for citizens to claim it.
  43. 10 Stressful Jobs With Low Pay

    If you're doing one of these jobs, it's probably for reasons other than the pay, whether it's helping people, your country ...
  44. How To Find The Right Prepaid Debit Card

    Prepaid debit cards are becoming increasingly popular. Here are some tips for choosing the right prepaid debit card.
  45. 4 Groups That Win If Obamacare Is Repealed

    Here are a few vocal activists who feel the end of Obamacare will be a great boon to their cause.
  46. How Inflation Has Affected The Price Of Cars

    As time has passed, have car prices gotten reasonably more expensive or gone above inflation?
  47. Sizing Up Debt

    Ever wonder if the different types of debt are good or bad? Read on and we'll tell you.
  48. What Samsung's Success Means For Apple

    Apple has been at the top of its game, but it looks like a rival might be closing the gap.
  49. The Most Common Types Of Consumer Fraud

    You’re less likely to become a victim of consumer fraud if you know about these common scams and how to avoid them.
  50. 3 Ways Companies Profit From Virtual Goods

    A report released in late 2011 predicts that the market for virtual goods will reach $2.9 billion this year.
  51. The Importance Of Property Insurance

    Property insurance is important, but there's a lot you need to learn in order to get the proper coverage.
  52. How Large Corporations Get Around Paying Taxes

    With the high tax rate of 35% imposed on large corporations in America, these companies still end up paying way below this ...
  53. 3 Reasons Why Piracy Isn't Crippling the Recording Industry

    Here's a rundown of new revenue streams and financial decisions that are allowing the music industry to stay afloat.
  54. The Spending Habits Of Americans

    Here is an economic portrait of the average American consumer, based on recent spending habits.
  55. Building An All-ETF Portfolio

    Balance is the key when selecting an all-ETF portfolio that will hedge against market volatility.
  56. Why The Complex U.S. Tax Code Won't Be Simplified

    The tax code is 5296 pages long, and it still hasn't been abridged by Congress. Find out why.
  57. 10 Legal Business Practices Of Dubious Ethics

    Being aware of these unscrupulous methods can help you avoid them as best you can.
  58. 3 Popular Mother's Day Gift Ideas

    Here are some Mother's Day gift ideas based on current spending trends in the U.S.
  59. Purchases You Should Always Make With A Credit Card

    Credit cards aren't always bad possessions to have. There are certain perks associated with using credit cards as we make ...
  60. 6 Ways To Keep Aggressive Debt Collectors At Bay

    Get an upper hand on debt collectors by knowing your rights and using these tips.
  61. Do Deflationary Shocks Help Or Hurt The Economy?

    Find out how deflationary shocks can both benefit and hurt consumers and businesses.
  62. 3 Bonds You May Have Never Heard Of

    These lesser-known bonds may give your portfolio a boost when other investments products fall short.
  63. Are Work-From-Home Jobs Legitimate?

    Many people see work from homes jobs as scams, but are they? Here's what you should look for.
  64. 4 Ways Managers Spin Poor Performance

    Be aware of investment managers who put a positive spin on poor results.
  65. 7 Reasons Wendy's Surpassed Burger King

    The battle of the burger giants has recently taken a turn after nearly 40 years. Find out why.
  66. 5 Essential Steps To Evaluating Your Business Idea

    These are some of the tough questions you should be asking yourself before you start pouring money into your new business.
  67. Dissecting Leveraged ETF Returns

    These funds are a relatively new product to most investors, but they could be what you need for increased returns.
  68. Industries That Benefit From Broke College Students

    These types of businesses have found success by capitalizing on the college demographic.
  69. Are Hybrid Vehicles Worth The Extra Cost?

    Hybrids will save you money on gas, but with their list prices being much higher than non-hybrids, you may want to do the ...
  70. The Everyday Lives Of Frugal Billionaires

    Many of the world's richest people manage their money sensibly. Here is a list of billionaires who spend wisely.
  71. The Biggest College Scams Of All Time

    Some of the worst scams ever were either committed by college students or involved a post-secondary institution being duped.
  72. How To Make Money With Domain Names

    With the Internet getting bigger every day, domain names have now become a commodity, and for investors who are willing to ...
  73. Sell Your Skills, Not Your Degree

    If you want to switch careers, you may not have to go back to school to do it.
  74. Scary Statistics About Retirement For Women

    Here are some recent figures that highlight how women are preparing for retirement.
  75. 4 Common Sales Techniques People Fall For

    Sometimes our purchases as consumers are unknowingly manipulated by sales representatives in cunning and psychological ways.
  76. 7 Low Cost Spring Cleaning Jobs

    Spending a little time and money to maintain your home today could save you a lot of time and money in the future.
  77. Have Housing Prices Bottomed Out?

    Here are some of the key figures on the current housing market and how you might interpret them.
  78. Celebrity Couples Where The Woman Earns More

    Even in Hollywood there are some cases where the female is the main provider of income.
  79. Reporting Your Interest Income

    Find out how your accounts are taxed and which forms you need.
  80. Lose 10 Pounds Of Overspending

    Bad spending habits are not always obvious. What could you be doing to ensure that your money's going where it should?
  81. What To Do If You Filed Your Taxes Late

    What happens if you missed this year's April 17 deadline?
  82. How To Tell If You're Cheap Or Frugal

    Here are a few distinct character differences between those who understand value and those who don't.
  83. International Financial Reporting Standards

    Learn about the purpose of the IFRS, as well as its benefits, goals and fundamental difference from the U.S. GAAP.
  84. Are Financial Advisors Losing Your Money?

    Studies have shown financial advisors may not be behaving ethically with your money. Here are some things you should watch ...
  85. Teaching Kids About Financial Literacy

    Financial literacy is an important subject to teach kids. It is now being taught in some schools.
  86. Tips To Help You Avoid Being Audited

    Since 2009, the number of annual audits has increased by 12%. Find out how to decrease your chances of being audited.
  87. 6 Steps To Becoming A Real Estate Agent

    Take these steps seriously, and you'll have your first "sold" sign up with your savings account still intact.
  88. 11 Hidden Costs Of Owning A Home

    The cost of buying a home extends beyond the down payment, closing costs and your mortgage. Watch out for these costs.
  89. Franchises That Have Tweens To Thank For Financial Success

    With the tween market spending an estimated $43 billion per annum, we look at the global franchises which have taken advantage ...
  90. Alternatives To The Cold Call

    Want to build your business as a financial professional? We provide some choice advice.
  91. Should Your 401(k) Be In An Annuity?

    Housing your retirement plan inside a variable annuity contract offers some big advantages, but only if you are close to ...
  92. An Introduction To Sector ETFs

    Find out how these specialized ETFs can give your portfolio the punch it needs.
  93. 5 Ways To Save On Parking

    Parking can be expensive, but options like carpools and economy lots can add up to big savings.
  94. Financial Information Your Spouse Should Know

    Your family needs to be prepared if something happens to you, which is why sharing financial information is important.
  95. Can Your Age Lower Your Credit Score?

    Here is a rundown of how age can relate to what your credit score is.
  96. How To Plan An Affordable Summer Wedding

    With summer just around the corner, we look at how couples looking to tie the knot can make significant savings during the ...
  97. Is Your High-Profile Job Worth The Price?

    Certain careers can be prestigious and lucrative, but there are always costs. Find out if they're worth it.
  98. 5 Reasons To Use A Real Estate Agent In A Down Market

    Home sales continue to struggle. Now more than ever, you need a good agent to help you sell your home. Here's why.
  99. 3 Ways To Lower Gas Prices

    Gasoline is expensive. From increasing overall supply to lowering demand, there are a few ways gas prices could drop.
  100. How To Eat Healthy Food And Save Money

    With the organic food market continuing to thrive, we look at ways in which the modern consumer can cut his or her costs ...
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