Personal Finance Articles

  1. The 6 Best States For Renters

    These areas offer the most bang for your rental buck.
  2. Baseball Books: The Major League's Financial Secrets

    Baseball teams often claim to be broke, but that's not always the case.
  3. Wall Street History: Fannie And Freddie Are Bailed Out

    This week in financial history saw the first Chrysler bailout, the retirement of a superstar CEO and much more.
  4. 5 Expensive Small Business Mistakes

    Don't just open the doors and bring in the customers - consider these five factors before launching your own business.
  5. 5 Expensive (And Unexpected) Things That Can Happen To Your Home

    These perils can put a dent in the value of one of your biggest assets. Find out how to prevent them.
  6. The 6 Worst Student Loan Mistakes You Can Make

    Don't let these errors in judgement affect your credit for the rest of your life.
  7. 5 Tips For First-Time Renters

    Knowing the main points of a lease will make sure you don't sign - and end up paying for - something you don't want.
  8. Top 10 Careers For Paying Back Your Student Loans

    These jobs will help you pay off your education debt quickly.
  9. 8 Things Employers Aren't Allowed To Ask You

    In their eagerness for gainful employment, many people may overlook these improper interview questions.
  10. Water Cooler Finance: The New iPod And The Roller Coaster Market

    The market continues to threaten to jump the tracks, but take heart; Apple continues to deliver shiny gadgets for us to play with.
  11. Why Retirees Can't Count On Muni Bonds

    Interest may not be tax-exempt for seniors with Medicare or Social Security benefits.
  12. 6 New Changes To Student Credit Cards

    The CARD Act of 2009 helps protect college students from piling up debt as they enter the workforce. We put together six items of the bill that should be welcome news to students and their parents.
  13. Protecting Your Financial Documents From Disaster

    Organizing and updating your records regularly can save you a lot of grief in a time of crisis.
  14. Housing Cooperatives: A Unique Type Of Home Ownership

    Co-ops are often less expensive than apartments and provide some unique benefits and drawbacks for owners.
  15. Debt, Savings, Retirement: Where Should Your Money Go?

    Come up with a money management plan that will help you allocate your funds effectively.
  16. Top 8 Ways To Get Your Resume Thrown Out

    These mistakes might mean your resume is never even read by the hiring manager.
  17. Everything You Need To Know About Credit Card Rates

    Understanding credit card rates will help you choose the right credit card, and avoid any unpleasant surprises.
  18. Top Paying Jobs For Undergrads

    That undergrad degree you're pursuing doesn't have to be the first step in a series - it can be the last schooling that you do.
  19. Top Degrees Mean Top Jobs

    These programs can help grads land a great job with an excellent salary.
  20. 4 Tips For Picking The Best Credit Cards

    Find out how to evaluate interest rates, fees, rewards and convenience to make sure you're getting the best credit card available.
  21. Wall Street History: Warren Buffett's Birthday!

    This week in financial history, the Oracle of Omaha celebrates a big birthday.
  22. How To Save $10,000 This Year In College

    With these simple tips, you can save $12,200, and without sacrificing any element of your precious college years.
  23. 8 College Financing Flubs

    These are the most common mistakes made by students and parents, as it relates to funding for higher education.
  24. 5 Company Names That Could Damage Your Resume

    These companies have a negative aura around their names that may be detrimental to your application.
  25. Homebuyer Tradeoffs: What Will You Have To Sacrifice?

    It's rarely possible to find a completely perfect home for your needs, tastes and budget, but it's OK to make tradeoffs.
  26. 4 Solar Power Rebates You May Not Know About

    Credits and rebates can make solar power a practical investment if you plan to remain in your home.
  27. 6 Outrageously Overpriced Products

    From movie theater popcorn to printer ink, here are six of the most ridiculously overpriced products consumers can't seem to live without.
  28. 6 Spending Tips From Frugal Billionaires

    You don't get to be a billionaire by spending a lot of money.
  29. 6 Signs That You've Made It To Middle Class

    If you can check off each of these points, you are likely a member of the middle class.
  30. Water Cooler Finance: The Ups And Downs Of A Double-Dip Recession

    This week in finance, disappointing economic indicators increased worries about an extended recession.
  31. The Pros And Cons Of Price Wars

    Cheaper prices for the customer may seem great, but aggressive price cutting has a downside.
  32. 7 Jobs Companies Are Desperate To Fill

    With today's high unemployment rate, it's hard to imagine there are jobs ready for the taking but it's true.
  33. 5 Questions To Ask Your Potential Financial Advisor

    If you are looking for a financial advisor, you'll need to know the questions to ask in order to fully understand your financial situation and plan.
  34. Life Insurance: How To Get the Most Out Of Your Policy

    There are many benefits to owning a life insurance policy - if you get the right one for you.
  35. 9 Things You Need To Know About Homeowners' Associations

    Restrictive rules and high fees are just some of the things to watch out for before joining an HOA.
  36. Lavish Billionaire Spending Sprees

    It's hard to spend millions of dollars without someone taking notice. Check out some of these billionaires' top splurges - and what they bought.
  37. 6 Tips For Turning Your Kid Into A Entrepreneur

    Help your child cultivate the necessary skills for the business world.
  38. 6 Neighborhood Red Flags

    These six items should be considered when choosing a new home.
  39. Applying For An FHA 203(k) Loan

    If you have the time and energy, the 203(k) loan is often the only way to finance a property needing significant repairs.
  40. Buyers Clubs: Will You Really Save?

    Joining a buyers club can save you a few dollars, but there are a few other considerations you should take into account.
  41. Top 5 Home Renos For Your Money

    Home renovations are an affordable way of changing your scenery without selling your house - but which ones give you the biggest bang for the buck?
  42. How Mail-In Rebates Rip You Off

    These common strategies often leave consumers holding the bill.
  43. 5 Unusual Health Industries

    Crystals, oxygen and fish that nibble on your feet are just some of the strange health industries out there.
  44. Wall Street History: The Boesky And Siegel Deal

    Oil wells, sub sandwiches and foreclosures are all discussed this week in Wall Street history.
  45. What's Your Billionaire Age?

    Find out how much and for how long one would have to save to become a billionaire, and whether it's possible for anyone.
  46. Green Energy: Why We're Still Not Using It

    The reason we are still dependent on fossil fuels for energy is about as old as the fossils themselves. Read on to find out why.
  47. Top Broker Excuses For Poor Investments

    It is not uncommon for investors to lose money through misselling or other forms of mismanagement.
  48. 6 Ways To Save Online

    Whether you're buying online or not, with these tips, the web is your superhighway to big savings.
  49. Water Cooler Finance: A Diving Dow And Rotting Eggs

    With an attempted hostile takeover, the Bank of America lawsuit, surprising earnings and a diving Dow, business news doesn't get much more exciting.
  50. Can You Afford To Dip Into Your RRSP Early?

    Canadians have their own considerations to make before choosing early retirement.
  51. Early Out: A Realistic Plan To Retire Younger

    If you want to retire ahead of schedule, it'll take some extra planning.
  52. 5 Tips For Finding Your Perfect Job Online

    With so many jobs being advertised online, it pays to know your way around an online job search. Here's what you need to know to find and land that dream job.
  53. Turn Your Part-Time Gig Into A Full-Time Job

    These tips can help you make a permanent job out of a temporary or contract position.
  54. Is Buying A Franchise Wise?

    If you like being your own boss, this is not the job for you.
  55. Everyday Fees And How To Avoid Them

    Keep an eye out for these charges, and you'll save a bundle.
  56. Keep Working Or Stay At Home With The Kids?

    Choosing to stay at home with the kids is a choice that has both positive and negative financial consequences.
  57. 5 Simple Tips For Minimalism

    Minimalism is becoming more popular, following a decade of excess and consuming, with America feeling an urge to get back to basics.
  58. 10 Things You Must Know Before You Retire

    Don't put off your retirement planning - these 10 steps can make your later years much more manageable.
  59. Starting A Business? Consider This First

    Going into business for yourself can be a fantastic, liberating experience. But beware of the hidden pitfalls.
  60. An Introduction To The FHA 203(k) Loan

    If you're looking at a fixer-upper, the Federal Housing Administration rehab loan may be the mortgage for you.
  61. How Should Apple Spend Its Money?

    Apple has a small fortune in cash and securities. With so much to spend, Apple could shake up a number of industries.
  62. 6 Ways To Come Up With A Down Payment On A Home

    The requirements for making a down payment on a home have changed, but don't worry - there are still plenty of ways to build up that money.
  63. Top Celebrity Career Comeback Tips

    If you're struggling to get your career back on track in this recession, you can learn from a few celebrities who emerged from has-been status to find a place in the spotlight again.
  64. 7 Must-Have Real Estate Contract Conditions

    It's a good idea to educate yourself on the not-so-obvious parts of a real estate contract.
  65. Wall Street History: Hurricanes And Honest Analysts

    What do gold, Enron and Google all have in common? This week in Wall Street history!
  66. 5 Ways To Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

    America is saving 6.4 percent of its money -not bad, but we would all like to do better. Here are five simple ways to trick yourself into saving money.
  67. 6 Common Conditions With Expensive Medications

    While the most expensive drugs may be for rare diseases, there are lots of common conditions that require some pricey prescriptions.
  68. Use ROA To Gauge A Company's Profits

    Do you rely too heavily on ROE? Consider using return on assets for a more complete picture.
  69. 8 Occupations With Increased Demand

    From the looks of these numbers, an economic recovery may be on the way sooner than later for many industries.
  70. Top 6 Ways To Ruin Your Retirement

    Make sure you aren't doing anything on this list, or your golden years could be in jeapardy.
  71. Crisis Management Strategies For Business Owners

    When a PR problem arises, your company will be judged on how you handle it. Are you ready?
  72. A Look At Single-Premium Life Insurance

    Want to provide for your dependents and finance your own long-term care? Learn more here.
  73. Billionaires Who Haven't Taken The Pledge

    The Pledge has gained a lot of attention, but some names are missing. We'll look at a few notables not signing up.
  74. Companies Playing Catch-Up With The Competition

    These companies may have a rough battle ahead of them, but the competition is sure to make them stronger.
  75. Water Cooler Finance: Billionaire Pledges and Other Positive Press

    This week in finance, the market was feeling the heat, the auto industry is perking up and billionaires are giving it all away.
  76. The 7 Best Places To Put Your Savings

    You work hard to put your money away for the future, but where you should you keep it?
  77. Canadians: Save For Retirement, Pay Less Tax

    If you're thinking about how to plan for retirement, an RRSP's tax incentives, simplicity and flexibility could be a great option.
  78. Who's Cashing In On Pro Sports Revenue?

    As professional sports leagues have become more popular, the millions of dollars generated has become billions.
  79. Lazy Portfolio Strategies For Your RRSP

    Check out this cheap and easy way to secure good returns for the long term.
  80. Student Loan Deferment: Live To Pay Another Day

    Extending your principal repayment date can increase your chances of fighting off default.
  81. Taking The Surprise Out Of Long-Term Care

    Don't be caught unprepared - find out what to look for in LTC insurance policies.
  82. 7 Best Companies To Have On Your Resume

    Some companies just have that Ivy League shine; that great reputation with which anyone wants to be associated. Here are seven best companies to have on your resume, and where they're hiring.
  83. Top 5 Ways To Budget For A Baby

    Follow these simple tips to keep your wallet as fat and healthy as your new baby.
  84. The Importance Of Inflation And GDP

    Learn the underlying theories behind these concepts and what they can mean for your portfolio.
  85. 5 Famous Wall Street Meltdowns

    Steve Slater set the standard for losing it on the job, but these four set the bar for going mad on Wall Street.
  86. 5 Types Of REITs And How To Invest In Them

    Real estate investment trusts are a sound addition to a diversified portfolio. Learn what you need to know to invest.
  87. Can You Afford To Retire Early?

    Early retirement is the hope of many people currently in the workplace. So, how do we get there - and what are the downsides?
  88. Top 6 Most Indebted Countries (And Why)

    Is the U.S. debt as bad as it sounds? Take a look at these European countries, and the U.S. doesn't seem so bad.
  89. Is The Billionaire Charity Pledge A Good Idea?

    Will Bill Gates' call for billionaires to become more active in charitable giving do all the good it could?
  90. Wall Street History: Greenspan And IPO Madness

    Scandals, IPOs and huge, ugly computers all share this week in Wall Street history.
  91. 5 Top-Paid Sports Commissioners

    Guess who takes the top spot in this ranking of sports commissioners' salaries.
  92. 5 New Barriers To Getting A Mortgage

    New lending requirements have made it much tougher to get approved, and some common situations that may not have presented a problem for approval in the past, do now.
  93. CEO Headhunting: New Jobs For Ex-Execs

    Even the most publicly unpopular CEOs have found success after leaving the firms that brought them notoriety.
  94. 5 Billionaire Habits That Can Make You Richer

    Billionaires are a very elite group, but they have more in common than just money.
  95. A Safer Money Market With Rule 2a-7

    Money markets are traditionally "safe" investments - but Rule 2a-7 just made them a bit safer.
  96. Water Cooler Finance: Who Is The Next Buffett?

    This week in finance, the search for Buffett's successor continues, wheat is scarce in Russia, and two men named Mark leave big name companies.
  97. The Evolution Of Retirement

    Retirement has transformed over the years as worker's life spans increase and their expectations change.
  98. Teaching Your Child To Be Financially Savvy

    If you start today, you can set your kids up for a lifetime of smart money management.
  99. Why You Absolutely Need An Emergency Fund

    What is an emergency fund, and why is it often the first component of sound financial planning?
  100. Top 5 States For Construction Workers

    If you work in construction, these states may offer the best working conditions for you.
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