Personal Finance Articles

  1. Understanding How Oil Companies Pay Taxes

    Read about how big oil corporations pay taxes, and learn about tax exemptions and the option to defer. Discover the argument ...
  2. Top Tips for Maximizing Social Security

    Between delaying filing, claiming strategies and taking advantage of special marital benefits, there are several ways to ...
  3. Is Southwest Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (LUV)

    Learn about Southwest's outlook, valuation and suitability for retirement investments. Find out if LUV is a better fit for ...
  4. Maryland's 3 Most Affordable Retirement Communities

    Learn about some of the most affordable retirement communities in Maryland and why the state is attractive to many active ...
  5. Virginia's 3 Most Affordable Retirement Communities

    Discover why Virginia is a popular destination for retirees and learn more about some of the most affordable retirement communities ...
  6. Zoning Laws for Home Based Businesses

    Understand what types of home-based businesses are allowed and what types of businesses aren't allowed. Learn what to do ...
  7. The 3 Best Retirement Calculators For 2016

    Find out the top three online retirement calculators to use in 2016 for determining how much you need to save to provide ...
  8. Business Vs. Consumer Credit Reports: What's the Difference?

    Find out the difference between a business credit report and a personal credit report, and why it should matter for business ...
  9. Deferred Compensation Plans for Small Business Owners

    Find out the best tax-qualified options business owners can use to defer their compensation and accumulate capital for their ...
  10. Privateer Holdings Revolutionizes the Cannabis Industry

    Watch Privateer Holdings succeed by bringing more respectability to the legalized medical and recreational marijuana and ...
  11. Microsoft: An Activist Investment Analysis (MSFT)

    Find out how hedge fund ValueAct Capital managed to turn a 0.8% position in Microsoft stock into a CEO change, a place on ...
  12. 4 Famous People Whose Finances Were Under Conservatorship

    Understand what conservatorship is and how it comes about during the legal process. Learn about four celebrities who were ...
  13. Bank of New York Mellon: An Activist Investment Analysis (BK)

    Read about one of 2015's most intriguing corporate battles: the activist feud between Bank of New York Mellon shareholders ...
  14. Apple's 3 Key Financial Ratios (AAPL)

    Find out that even for Apple, not every financial ratio reveals all things positive, and how a particular ratio may point ...
  15. Is Passive Investing Effective for Retirement Savings?

    Learn about the differences between active and passive investing for those approaching retirement. Discover how passive investing ...
  16. Is It Safe to Shoot For Higher Yields When You're Retired?

    Find out how reaching for yield in retirement can create more risk than returns and the alternative for boosting retirement ...
  17. Compliance Officer: Career Path & Qualifications

    Read about what it takes to become a compliance officer, why the field is so diverse and why the government might be the ...
  18. The Top 3 Women-Owned Businesses in Dallas

    Read about three of the top companies in Dallas owned and operated by women, and learn how these firms are succeeding in ...
  19. When Does It Make Sense to Buy an Annuity?

    Annuities are not always appropriate for every situation. Here is when it makes sense to purchase them.
  20. How to Fund a Start-Up with 401(k) Assets

    A growing number of people have decided that retirement is a great time to start a business. Here are the pros and cons of ...
  21. Keep Calm and Carry on: The Investopedia State of the Union

    Investopedia readers are well educated market participants who seek to become sophisticated investors. By collecting data ...
  22. Is United Continental Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (UAL)

    Learn about United Continental stock's suitability for retirement investments, and find out if UAL is better for traditional ...
  23. The Top 5 Women-Owned Businesses in Atlanta

    Find out about five of the top women-owned businesses in Atlanta, which include companies in the manufacturing and construction ...
  24. Government Grants for Women-Owned Businesses

    Explore options for financial grants as a female business owner, and discover helpful resources for alternate ways of funding ...
  25. Is Invensense Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (INVN)

    Understand why InvenSense stock is reasonably suitable for a traditional IRA but, due to its upside potential, a much better ...
  26. Is Bank of America Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (BAC)

    Learn why Bank of America's established track record and long-term stability make it more suitable for a traditional IRA ...
  27. Palm Bay, Florida: The 5 Best Retirement Communities

    The Palm Bay area of Florida is a popular destination for retirees. Find out about some of the most popular retirement communities ...
  28. 4 Problems With Costco's Business Model (COST)

    Read about some of the problems with Costco's business model. While the company has been successful, there are still several ...
  29. LLC Vs. Incorporation (Inc.): Which Should I Choose?

    Learn about the advantages of forming an LLC over a corporation, including ease of administration. Read about the advantages ...
  30. S Corp. Vs. LLC: Which Should I Choose?

    Understand the major distinctions between an S corporation and an LLC, and the important factors to consider when choosing ...
  31. The Top 3 Women-Owned Businesses in Seattle

    Read about several of the top companies in Seattle owned by women, and learn more about what sets these companies apart from ...
  32. The Top 3 Women-Owned Businesses in Austin, Texas

    Read about several of the most successful women-owned businesses headquartered in Austin, and learn more about how these ...
  33. Advisors: Avoid Making This Mistake with Clients

    Financial advisors who focus only on wealthy clients may be missing out on a significant portion of business. Here's why.
  34. Disability and Retirement: How to Be Prepared

    Here's how financial advisors can help clients with disabilities arrive at the best solution over the long term when it comes ...
  35. Bank of America's 3 Key Financial Ratios (BAC)

    Discover some of the key financial ratios that show the quality of Bank of America's loan portfolio and how profitable the ...
  36. The Top 5 Women-Owned Businesses in Portland

    Read about five of the top Portland-based companies owned by women, and learn how these successful firms are excelling in ...
  37. How Will Raising Taxes on the 1% Make a Difference?

    What would happen if taxes were raised (even by a small degree) on the highest earners?
  38. Internal Auditor: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn about what the job of internal auditor entails, as well as the median salary, education and certifications required ...
  39. The Best and Worst States for Retirees in 2016

    Retirees have limited income, and important health care needs, so they need to know the states that provide the best financial ...
  40. How Does the Volkswagen Scandal Affect GM? (GM, VOW.DE)

    Monitor the reaction of Chinese consumers to the Volkswagen emissions scandal. It could significantly boost the market share ...
  41. Wells Fargo's 3 Key Financial Ratios (WFC)

    Look at some of most important financial ratios for with Wells Fargo & Co. and understand why they are so important for analyzing ...
  42. Making Your Own Comprehensive Retirement Plan

    Your retirement plan should include much more than how much you will save and how much you need. It must take into account ...
  43. Internal Advisor Consultant: Career Path & Qualifications

    Discover more about the responsibilities of an internal advisor consultant, the average salary he can expect and the qualifications ...
  44. Just Hired? How to Navigate Your New Job Benefits

    Being new at a workplace is nerve-wracking enough. Here's what to do first after you've been hired to better navigate complicated ...
  45. This is How to Maximize Your Retirement Accounts

    As you age and your financial situation changes, what options do you have to maximize your retirement accounts? Make sure ...
  46. Revenue Analyst: Job Description & Average Salary

    Learn what a revenue analyst does and what skills are needed to succeed in the position. Determine the education and experience ...
  47. Take Advantage of Small Business Grants for Women

    Discover five grant options that specifically target women-owned businesses, and learn how each of these grants can be of ...
  48. 3 Ways to Get Comfortable with Investing This Year

    This New Year begins, turn a fresh page on your relationship with investing and make a pledge to do a few things that will ...
  49. Target Corp. (TGT): 2015 Recap

    A recap of the highs and lows of Target in 2015
  50. Declining Venture Capital Offset by Digital Economy

    While the amount of venture capital may be on the decline this new trend certainly does not seem to present a problem for ...
  51. Investing in High-Yield Corporate Bond Funds

    High-yield corporate bond funds provide an interesting investment option, particularly for private investors chasing returns ...
  52. The Economics of Owning a Coffee Shop

    Understand the economics of owning and running a coffee shop. Learn the basics of taking into account fixed, variable, and ...
  53. Pitfalls of Medicare Advantage Plans

    A Medicare Advantage plan may help you lower health costs not covered by Medicare. But there are definite tradeoffs, compared ...
  54. 3 Reasons To Be Flexible When Investing For Retirement

    Retirement investing can't be something you set and forget. If you aren't flexible, you could end up with a savings shortfall, ...
  55. Make Employees Happier with This Simple Tip

    Offering socially responsible options is a good way to increase employees' sense of satisfaction, which can lead to improved ...
  56. Why Long Term Care Isn’t a Client Priority

    Long term care is a difficult subject to broach with clients, but advisors need to do it. Here are some tips on how to tackle ...
  57. 4 Ways that the Presidential Election Will Affect Your Portfolio

    Healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy and defense stocks could be impacted, as presidential campaign statements translate into ...
  58. Launching a Twitter Ad Campaign for Your Small Business

    Learn how to launch a Twitter ad campaign for your small business, and discover the best practices for optimizing your Twitter ...
  59. Successful Entrepreneurs on the Worst Advice They've Received

    Here is some of the worst business advice that top entrepreneurs have received.
  60. Making Spousal IRA Contributions

    Eligibility requirements, contribution limits and tax deductions all change with one little ring.
  61. Tax-Saving Advice for IRA Holders

    Be informed about benefits and deductions that may apply to you and avoid costly mistakes on your return.
  62. These IRA Contributions Will Cut Your 2015 Taxes

    No matter how you save for retirement, take advantage of the time between now and April 15, 2016, to add to your nest egg ...
  63. The 5 Most Important Venture Capital Deals of 2015

    The year 2015 marks a pivotal point for the venture capital industry, as investors cast doubt on high-tech startup valuations. ...
  64. Should You Let Your 401(k) Be Managed by Vanguard?

    Find out if Vanguard's reputation and track record as a 401(k) plan provider is as stellar as its reputation and track record ...
  65. How to Avoid Violating Wash Sale Rules When Realizing Tax Losses

    How to avoid violating the IRS wash sale rules when realizing capital losses in your taxable investment account.
  66. Life Insurance After Retirement: Do You Need It?

    The answer depends on your sources of income, how much debt you carry and whether you have dependents who rely on you financially.
  67. 5 Companies Offering Low-Cost Dental Insurance

    How and where to look to maximize your dental insurance premium dollar.
  68. 3 Disrupters of Retail Banking

    Understand how the retail banking industry operates and why it's becoming outdated. Learn about three disrupters that are ...
  69. 3 Alternative Ways To Save for College

    The cost of college is skyrocketing at a time of record student loan debt. But there are ways to earn a college degree without ...
  70. Is Renter’s Insurance Worth It?

    Renter’s insurance is so relatively inexpensive that there’s really no reason not to have it. Still, how much does it cost ...
  71. Why Billionaires Love to Invest in Newspapers

    Why, if newspapers are in such dire straights, are savvy investors like Buffett and Bezos investing in print? Let’s take ...
  72. How Advisors Can Land Plan Sponsors as Clients

    Plan sponsors can be lucrative clients for advisors. Here are the areas that financial advisors should focus on to attract ...
  73. Why Being Too Conservative Can Hurt Your Retirement Savings

    People close to retirement have to get more conservative in their investments, but they can't be too safe. Unless they want ...
  74. Life Estate vs Irrevocable Trust: Which is Better?

    People considering application for Medicaid can put their biggest asset - their home - in a trust that splits ownership of ...
  75. Work or Staying at Home: You Still Need a Plan

    A great deal of the econonmic engine is fueled by stay-at-home parents. Their financial needs matter as much as anyone. Here's ...
  76. 8 Steps to Take If You’re Retiring in 2016

    Along with all the exciting plans you're making for your retirement, take these financial steps in preparation for a smooth ...
  77. Self-Driving Cars: A Good Investment?

    Will self-driving cars act as an upside catalyst for these companies?
  78. The Top 5 Municipal Bond Funds for 2016

    Understand how the addition of municipal bond mutual funds can enhance a portfolio, and learn the top-rated municipal bond ...
  79. The Top 5 Mid Cap Healthcare Stocks for 2016 (COO, ICLR)

    Discover the top five mid-cap health care stocks for 2016, with a summary, growth outlook and expected price target for each ...
  80. The Top 5 Health Care ETFs for 2016 (XLV, VHT)

    Read about five of the top health care exchange traded funds available today, and learn how you can get exposure to this ...
  81. Is Your Health Insurance Enough For Retirement?

    Learn what to expect to pay for health insurance in retirement, what is covered through Medicare and what the Affordable ...
  82. Introduction to Social Security

    You've probably contributed to this fund, but will you reap the benefits? Find out here.
  83. How to Price Your Home Like the Pros

    Selling a house without using a realtor can be a difficult task. Thankfully the internet has made it easy to list a home ...
  84. 3 Ways to Get Social Security Benefits

    Social Security isn't just for retirement. Learn about all three benefits provided by the Social Security Administration: ...
  85. What Is the Lowest Credit Score?

    Learn about the different types of credit scores available to borrowers, and find out about the lowest scores under each ...
  86. 529 Plan Contribution Limits in 2016

    Learn about the contribution and account balance limits on 529 plan accounts and discover how these contribution limits differ ...
  87. Split Dollar Life Insurance: How it Works

    Understanding how split dollar life insurance plans are designed and what tax regulations they must follow.
  88. Pros & Cons of Using a Robo-Advisor

    Robo-advisors come in all shapes and sizes. This article goes through the pros and cons of this new approach to financial ...
  89. 10 Common Questions About Social Security

    Find out everything you need to know about this program.
  90. Estate Planning Checkup: When to Update your Estate Plan

    Estate planning is an important piece of an overall financial plan, but it can't be set and forgotten. Life events are going ...
  91. 4 Personal Loans Sources for Fair Credit

    Discover the best places to apply for an unsecured personal loan if you have only fair credit, including information on rates ...
  92. SIMPLE IRA Contribution Limits in 2016

    Learn the SIMPLE IRA contribution limits for 2016, with a brief summary of how the plan works, including eligibility and ...
  93. The Top 4 Entertainment ETFs for 2016 (PEJ, XLY)

    Learn more about the entertainment sector, the companies that are included and the four ETFs that provide investors with ...
  94. 10 Healthy Foods That Are Easy on Your Budget

    Learn more about healthy food options, and understand how you can eat healthier foods while you remain true to your budget.
  95. Is ConocoPhillips Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (COP)

    Learn more about ConocoPhillips, one of the strongest companies in the oil sector, and whether it would be a suitable addition ...
  96. Indexed Annuities and New DoL Rules: What to Know

    The DOL has proposed a bill that includes tightening rules regarding the sale of indexed annuities. Here's what it means ...
  97. How Advisors Can Help Clients Avoid Tax Scams

    Here's how advisors and their clients can avoid falling prey to tax scams and cyber criminals.
  98. Writing Off the Expenses of Starting Your Own Business

    Learn how to navigate the complicated rules for writing off the expenses of starting your own business. It could save you ...
  99. Using Licensing to Rent Your Ideas to Large Companies

    Learn how to license your ideas to get your groundbreaking product on the shelves without raising capital or having business ...
  100. The Top 10 Healthcare Stocks for 2016 (ABT, AGN)

    Learn about the top 10 health care stocks expected to grow in 2016, with brief insights into each company's growth potential ...
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