Personal Finance Articles

  1. 8 Lease Clauses You Need To Know

    If you're renting an apartment this year, beware of signing contracts with these tricky clauses.
  2. 5 Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Financial Resolutions

    Don't let these slipups wreck your financial resolutions in 2011.
  3. Top 10 Tips For A Financially Safe Retirement

    You've worked hard to secure enough to retire, so make sure you keep it safe.
  4. Top Indian Billionaires And How They Made Their Money

    Learn about the richest people from India and how they accumulated their fortunes.
  5. 5 Common Small Business Mistakes

    Don't let these start-up problems ruin your business success.
  6. Find Quality Investments With ROIC

    Return on invested capital is a great way to measure the true value produced by a company. Learn to use the ROIC metric and increase your chances of finding successful investments.
  7. Top Mobile Banking Dangers And How To Avoid Them

    Banks have improved the functionality of mobile banking so that consumers can transfer funds, pay bills or check balances whenever and wherever they may be.
  8. Minimize Taxes With Asset Location

    Learn how to maximize your investment returns with this tax-minimization strategy.
  9. Tax Tips For Financial Advisors

    Self-employed advisors are prone to a number of unique expenses, but the tax benefits can often balance out the financial burdens.
  10. 5 Successful Mompreneurs

    Learn about the rise of the "mompreneur" and why these industrious women are getting so much attention.
  11. 7 Things You Need To Know About Working From Home

    Before you work from home you should consider these seven things to make sure it's for you.
  12. 5 CEO Bonuses Worth More Than You'll Earn In A Lifetime

    We look at some corporate head honchos who are in the running for the fattest bonuses in 2010, and what they've done to earn them.
  13. The Redefined Retirement Dream

    After 2008's market crash, the pretty picture of retirement looks very different. Learn what the new definition of "retirement" will mean for you.
  14. A Social Security Reality Check

    Recessions and depleted Social Security funds could derail your post-work plans. Find out how to stay on track.
  15. Water Cooler Finance: Goodbye 2010 (And Good Riddance?)

    This past week marked the last trading day of a tumultuous year.
  16. Failed Billionaire Tax Loopholes

    Billionaires have a big edge when it comes to finding tax breaks. They can hire the best legal minds to find and exploit tax loopholes.
  17. Worst Financial Decisions Of 2010

    Like every year, 2010 had some real doozies when it came to questionable financial decisions.
  18. Top 10 Tips For Buying Your First Home In 2011

    Buying your first home can be an exhilarating experience, provided you do some research, stay within a comfortable budget and work with reputable professionals who will guide you through the process.
  19. 5 Risky Mortgage Types To Avoid

    There are plenty of ways to end up with a bad mortgage. The risks of these five should make every homebuyer think twice before signing.
  20. 5 Ways Your Partner Can Ruin Your Credit

    Financial disagreement is one of the top reasons couples split, and often after one person has ruined the other's finances.
  21. Biggest Investing Blunders Of 2010

    No investor can make all of the right moves, so there are always regrets to learn from in the market.
  22. 8 Signs You're About To Get Fired

    You've seen the layoffs happen around you, and wonder: could I be next? Here are eight signs you're about to get fired, and what to do in order to save your career.
  23. CEO Success Stories Of 2010

    These CEOs pulled their companies back from the brink of financial ruin. Find out what they did to achieve the turnaround and how they did it.
  24. 9 Reasons To Say "No" To Credit

    Instead of rationalizing, learn to talk yourself out of buying things you can't afford.
  25. Top Homeowner Tax Write-Offs For 2010

    The subprime mortgage meltdown of 2008 has not diminished the tax advantages of home ownership in America.
  26. 5 Industries To Watch In 2011

    Three industries that have lagged so far in 2010 include financials, healthcare and consumer staples.
  27. Water Cooler Finance: Canadian Takeover And U.S. Tax Breaks

    As Wall Street set to close for the holidays, a few companies held off on their Christmas shopping to give the financial world something to talk about.
  28. Digging Out Of Personal Debt

    Find out why good intentions can put consumers in an even bigger hole than before.
  29. 7 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies

    Do you have a capital loss that could be booked and used to offset future tax liabilities? If so, it may be time to sell.
  30. Soon-To-Be Billionaires In 2011

    It's only a matter of time before a new crop of wealthy individuals hits the billion dollar mark in 2011.
  31. The 10 Most Important Tax Tips Of 2010

    Make the most of the last few days of the year by taking advantage of these 10 tax tips before 2010 ends.
  32. Top Lies You Can Tell When You're Looking For A New Job

    New year, new job hunt? If you're job hunting from your old job, you'll have to proceed with caution.
  33. Will Your Gift Card Gift Go Unused?

    An unbelievable amount of money gets wasted in the form of non-redemption: nearly $5 billion a year. These tips will ensure that your gift card gift doesn't go to waste.
  34. 7 Mortgage Trends To Expect In 2011

    How will the year compare to 2010? What's likely to be different?
  35. The Millionaire's Retirement Plan

    We show you how to hit the millionaire mark step by step.
  36. 9 Credit Card Resolutions For The New Year

    The New Year is the perfect time to clean up your messy financial habits.
  37. 7 Expenses You Won't Believe Are Deductible

    Many taxpayers would be surprised to discover some of the things that qualify as legitimate deductions.
  38. 5 Financial Habits To Start In 2011

    Hoping to make 2011 more prosperous that this year? Learn top financial habits you should take up for the New Year.
  39. Your Subsidized Holiday Feast

    Find out how government farm subsidies can distort the price of food you're putting on your table for the holidays.
  40. Get Out Of Debt In 2011

    Here are some easy steps you can take to get your debt under control in the New Year.
  41. Santa's Salary: The Highest Paid Holiday Help

    If you're looking for work around the holidays, there are definite perks to working in the red suit. Learn about Santa's high personal appearance fees.
  42. What Should You Do With Your Christmas Bonus?

    The economy is picking up and companies are paying bonuses again. Should you spend it or save it?
  43. 6 Financial Questions To Ask Your Partner

    Discussing finances with you partner can save you loads of stress down the road.
  44. 10 Money-Saving Year-End Tax Tips

    Getting organized well before the deadline will curb your frustration and your tax liability.
  45. 5 Tough Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

    Don't get caught unprepared when your prospective employer throws these questions at you in the interview.
  46. Goodbye, Black Friday; Hello, Green Monday

    We look at the impact of Green Monday and see whether it will change the way people shop and businesses sell.
  47. Top Tax Deductions For Brokers

    If you are paying out of pocket, you can make your business expenses work for you at tax time.
  48. 6 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Gift Cards

    Gift cards are big business, amounting to an estimated $91 billion in annual retail spending. Get the most bang for your gift card buck.
  49. 7 Signs Your Pension Fund Is In Trouble

    Even if you're lucky enough to have a pension plan, you can't assume it'll pay out.
  50. 5 Unusual Assets That Might Outperform The Market

    Investors don't have to stick to stocks and bonds to beat the market.
  51. Why Financial New Year's Resolutions Fail

    We look at the reasons it's hard to stick with your financial resolutions and ways to make them work.
  52. The Truth About Store Credit Cards

    Learn about the good, bad and the ugly behind store credit cards.
  53. 6 Discounts You Can Get For Paying Cash

    If you have the money in your pocket, it may get you a great deal on your purchase.
  54. Water Cooler Finance: FBI Insider-Trading Bust

    While the economic recovery isn't happening as quickly as we'd hoped, there are definite signs that things are getting better.
  55. Tips On How To Use IRAs To Boost Retirement Savings

    According to the Trustees of the Social Security Fund, the fund will be depleted by 2037. Are you ready?
  56. 5 Basic Things To Know About Bonds

    Learn these basic terms to breakdown this seemingly complex investment area.
  57. Student Loan Debt: Is Consolidation The Answer?

    Consolidating your student loans offers convenience, but there are drawbacks.
  58. Ways To Slash Your Home Energy Bill

    Upgrading household appliances to more energy-efficient models can slash your utilities bill.
  59. Wall Street History: Poor Richard And Jack Welch

    This week, learn about important tea parties and the key to striking it rich according to J. Paul Getty.
  60. Retiring In 2011? What You Need To Know

    If you stay abreast of economic and legislative developments and adapt to new circumstances, you can still retire with confidence.
  61. How Riots Influence An Economy

    Economic austerity measures have produced some riots in the hardest-hit countries, but do these protestors’ bold tactics actually get them anywhere?
  62. 5 Ways To Save On Investments

    Many investors overpay to play the market. Learn ways to make your investment strategies cost less.
  63. Companies That Have Been Busted For False Claims

    If you think a company's claims sound too good to be true, it may only be a matter of time before the Federal Trade Commission catches on.
  64. The History Of Insurance

    The first written policy appeared in Hammurabi's Code. Find out how it evolved from there.
  65. The Benefits And Value Of Stock Options

    The pros and cons of corporate stock options have been debated since the incentive was created. Learn more about stock option basics and the cost of stock options.
  66. Quiz: How Do You Pay?

    We look at how the average person pays for every day expenses, gifts and bills. Are you an average consumer?
  67. 5 Steps For Avoiding Retirement Postponement Syndrome

    People who work to organize their finances can avoid postponing retirement and plan for the future.
  68. Holiday Beers That Won't Break Your Budget

    Savvy beer fans can find some intense flavor experiences without shelling out a lot of cash.
  69. 6 Ways Small Businesses Can Save On Taxes

    Save on year-end business taxes with these ideas: incorporate in another region, create an umbrella company, sell inventory and make smart investments.
  70. 9 For-Sale-By-Owner Mistakes

    Avoiding these errors will help ensure that your home sells quickly while allowing you to keep that commission fee for yourself.
  71. Can You Hit A Perfect Credit Score?

    Everyone wants a great credit score, but few know exactly how to achieve perfection. Find out how your credit score is kept and what it takes to reach a perfect 850 rating.
  72. Will Your Rent Rise In 2011?

    Lower vacancy rates in multi-family housing sectors suggest an increase in property rental fees by 1.6% in 2011.
  73. 6 Things To Know About Social Security In 2011

    Staying aware of the changes in this important government program will help you be better prepared in both your present and future financial planning efforts.
  74. 5 Delusions About Working From Home

    Many think working from home is going to be great, but here are some common misconceptions about telecommuting and running a home-based business.
  75. Water Cooler Finance: Barack Obama Vs. The World

    This week saw mixed indicators of our nation's financial stability - while jobless claims are down, housing prices are still in turmoil.
  76. Work Habits That Cost You Money

    We've become so complacent in our work duties that we often don't realize the habits that are holding us back.
  77. What's The Difference Between Medicare And Medicaid?

    One program is for the poor; the other is for the elderly. Learn which is which.
  78. Pay Taxes Like A Billionaire

    The richest people know the ropes when it comes to paying as little in taxes as possible. Find out how you can do the same.
  79. Creating A Customized Resume

    If you think the one-page resume rule limits you to a boring, constrained list of past jobs, you'll be surprised by these unique resume ideas.
  80. Quiz: Rank Your Holiday Spending

    Find out how your holiday spending habits compare to average consumers.
  81. The World's Most Powerful Bankers

    These CEOs usually keep a low profile, but they are partially in control of unbelievable assets and hundreds of thousands of staff.
  82. Wall Street History: Orange Country Crumbles And Dow Drops

    This week, Orange County nearly goes bankrupt and an important agricultural invention goes unpatented.
  83. 5 Private Companies Worth Billions

    These five privately owned startups outperformed the competition to earn huge revenues in the last few years.
  84. Black Friday/Cyber Monday In Review

    The two biggest shopping days of the year are over, find out how sales and spending have fared in 2010.
  85. Introduction To Currency Futures

    The forex market is not the only way for investors and traders to participate in foreign exchange.
  86. 2010 Tax Changes You Need To Know

    The government has tinkered with the tax rules quite a bit this year. Find out what has changed.
  87. Financial Resolutions For 2011

    Each year we resolve to manage our money better, only to find that life gets in the way. Learn strategies for making a financial plan that you can keep the whole year through.
  88. Top Tips For Year-End Car Buying

    'Tis the season to purchase new wheels, and these tips will help you drive away with the best price.
  89. Career Comparison: Real Estate Agent Or Mortgage Broker

    If you're considering one of these careers, this article is designed to help you make a logical choice between the two.
  90. Top 5 Industries Hiring For The Holidays

    Looking to earn a little extra money this season? These industries are traditonally open for new employees during the holidays.
  91. 5 Essential Traits For Working At Home

    Working from home has some great perks and some definite drawbacks. Before you take the leap, find out if you have the mindset needed to work effectively from your home.
  92. 6 Tips For Avoiding A Holiday Spending Hangover

    If you've already overspent this holiday season, here are some tips to help bandage the wound.
  93. 401(k) Fees You Need To Know

    Many workers are largely unaware of the various fees that their plans charge them, or what the fees are for.
  94. 5 Must Read Finance Books

    We'll look at 5 financial books that are perennial favorites and what has made them so popular.
  95. 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.
  96. 7 Holiday Items With The Biggest Markups

    some items include outrageous markups, often selling at many times more than cost.
  97. 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.
  98. 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.
  99. 6 Important Retirement Plan RMD Rules

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

    Several factors affect the taxable interest that must be reported. Learn more here.
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