Personal Finance Articles

  1. 7 Expenses You Won't Believe Are Deductible

    Many taxpayers would be surprised to discover some of the things that qualify as legitimate deductions.
  2. 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.
  3. 9 Credit Card Resolutions For The New Year

    The New Year is the perfect time to clean up your messy financial habits.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. Get Out Of Debt In 2011

    Here are some easy steps you can take to get your debt under control in the New Year.
  8. 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.
  9. 6 Financial Questions To Ask Your Partner

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

    Getting organized well before the deadline will curb your frustration and your tax liability.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 5 Unusual Assets That Might Outperform The Market

    Investors don't have to stick to stocks and bonds to beat the market.
  14. 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.
  15. Top Tax Deductions For Brokers

    If you are paying out of pocket, you can make your business expenses work for you at tax time.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The Truth About Store Credit Cards

    Learn about the good, bad and the ugly behind store credit cards.
  19. 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.
  20. 5 Basic Things To Know About Bonds

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

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

    Upgrading household appliances to more energy-efficient models can slash your utilities bill.
  23. 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.
  24. 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?
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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?
  28. 5 Ways To Save On Investments

    Many investors overpay to play the market. Learn ways to make your investment strategies cost less.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 5 Steps For Avoiding Retirement Postponement Syndrome

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

    Savvy beer fans can find some intense flavor experiences without shelling out a lot of cash.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. What's The Difference Between Medicare And Medicaid?

    One program is for the poor; the other is for the elderly. Learn which is which.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. Quiz: Rank Your Holiday Spending

    Find out how your holiday spending habits compare to average consumers.
  44. 5 Private Companies Worth Billions

    These five privately owned startups outperformed the competition to earn huge revenues in the last few years.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. Wall Street History: Orange Country Crumbles And Dow Drops

    This week, Orange County nearly goes bankrupt and an important agricultural invention goes unpatented.
  48. 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.
  49. Introduction To Currency Futures

    The forex market is not the only way for investors and traders to participate in foreign exchange.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 5 Must Read Finance Books

    We'll look at 5 financial books that are perennial favorites and what has made them so popular.
  59. 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.
  60. 7 Holiday Items With The Biggest Markups

    some items include outrageous markups, often selling at many times more than cost.
  61. 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.
  62. Taxation Rules For Bond Investors

    Several factors affect the taxable interest that must be reported. Learn more here.
  63. 6 Important Retirement Plan RMD Rules

    Paying taxes is inevitable - that's why you need to learn about the rules for required minimum distributions.
  64. 11 Most Common Tax Mistakes

    These mistakes could lead you to pay more taxes or even get into trouble with Uncle Sam.
  65. 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.
  66. Last-Minute Holiday Budgeting Tips

    Check out our tips for keeping a lid on expenses and avoiding holiday spending hangovers.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 7 Millionaire Myths

    Millionaires: tax-evading golfers that inherited their fortunes, right? You'll be surprised to find how average millionaires actually are.
  71. 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.
  72. How To Avoid 3 Common Cell Phone Scams

    The more your phone can do, the more vulnerable it is to cyber attacks.
  73. 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.
  74. 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!
  75. 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.
  76. 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?
  77. 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.
  78. 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.
  79. Santa's Financial Naughty List For 2010

    Santa is going to be shoveling a lot of coal for the financial world this year.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. 6 Jobs Where Your Mouth Makes Money

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

    These high-quality, low-price wines will fit any discount shopper's budget this holiday season.
  84. How To Owe Nothing On Your Federal Tax Return

    You have the control to determine whether you owe in April. Learn more here.
  85. 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.
  86. 5 Pitfalls Of Online Shopping

    There are definitely some advantages to shopping online. But are they enough to overlook these downfalls?
  87. 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.
  88. 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!
  89. 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?
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. Holiday Spending: 2010 Vs. 2009

    A variety of data suggests there is a real, but slow, recovery.
  93. The Dirty Secret About Your Credit Score

    The tier system of credit scores leaves borrowers with little wiggle room.
  94. 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.
  95. 5 Tricks For Stretching Your Social Security Benefits

    Here are five clever tips for stretching your Social Security dollar as far as possible.
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. HYIPs: The Newest Investment Scam

    Find out how to spot this kind of scam so you don't lose your hard-earned money.
  99. 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.
  100. 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
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