Personal Finance Articles

  1. Protesting With Your Money: Does It Work?

    You have more power than you think when you protest with your wallet rather than your voice.
  2. Foods With The Biggest Price Increases

    These foods have suffered the most inflation in past year; what does that mean for the average consumer?
  3. Protect Yourself From Group Buying Scams

    Online coupons, daily deals and group buying offers are flooding the internet. Learn how to spot a fake deal from a legitimate ...
  4. An Introduction To The CFA Designation

    The CFA designation is seen as the key certification for investment professionals. Find out what the CFA signifies for candidates ...
  5. The Premium You Pay On A Valentine Gift

    You can't buy love, but on February 14 everybody tries. And higher prices are always the result.
  6. Buying A Car: The Worst Investment?

    An automobile is considered to be one of the worst investments that can be made, but there are ways to turn that negative ...
  7. $1 CEOs And What They Make Now

    During the recession, many CEOs took a $1 salary until their companies returned to profitability. We look at the millions ...
  8. How Unemployment Stats Affect Employed People

    Unemployment is still hovering close to 10%, but what does it all mean to you? Find out how unemployment statistics affect ...
  9. Increase Your Tax Refund With Above-The-Line Deductions

    Find out about these deductions and how you can use them to lower your tax bill.
  10. The Perfect 2011 Investment Portfolio

    No individual picks here, but we'll look at some sectors that are good candidates to provide the greatest returns and top ...
  11. Alternative Ways To Hold Your Net Worth

    If you're afraid of putting your money back into the financial system, check out these alternatives.
  12. Getting Help With Your Down Payment

    It's not as easy as it once was to save for a down payment, but these tips can help give you a head start.
  13. 15 Outrageous Super Bowl Bets

    Betting now includes aspects as obscure as who the game's MVP will thank first and how long it will take for the anthem singer ...
  14. 7 Popular Diet Plans And What They Cost

    Find out the price of the most popular diet plans per month and how this compares to average American food costs
  15. What Is The U.S. Government's Credit Score?

    If the U.S. government were treated like a regular person, how would lenders view it?
  16. How To Live On Less

    Reduced income because of the recession? Here are some ess painful ways to reduce your cost of living.
  17. How Being Cheap Will Leave You Broke

    Some savings strategies won't gain you money in the long run. Learn the penny-pinching moves that will end up costing you ...
  18. An Overview Of Annuities

    These contracts provide a guaranteed income stream. Learn how they work and their benefits.
  19. A Prospective Homeowner Countdown

    Looking to make a move in the spring? Find out what you should be taking care of now.
  20. Signs That Gas Prices Are Going Up

    These events can precipitate a rise in the price at the pump - keep your eyes peeled
  21. The Super Bowl Economy

    We take a look at who's spending the most money for the Super Bowl, and who's reaping the biggest financial benefits.
  22. The 5 Consequences Of A Working Retirement

    Our vision of retirement is rapidly changing, as many Americans fully expect to work through their golden years. Find out ...
  23. Biggest Shopping Trends For 2011

    2010 saw the start of many new buying trends. Learn which of these trends are expected to gain ground and find out how shoppers ...
  24. 7 Ways To Be More Productive At Work

    These tips will not only make you a better employee, they'll make you a healthier person.
  25. Get Through Divorce With Your Finances Intact

    Find out how to split your finances without coming up short.
  26. 5 Careers You Never Retire From

    If you'd like the option to continue working in your field into your golden years, check out these careers.
  27. Getting To Know Business Models

    Learning how to assess business models helps investors identify companies that are the best investments.
  28. How To Become A One-Income Family

    A decrease in family income can be devastating, financially and emotionally. These tips can help you keep your head above ...
  29. Why Product Sizes Are Shrinking (And What You Can Do About It)

    More companies are using creative packaging to offset rising production costs. But ultimately consumers end up paying the ...
  30. Top 6 Brazilian Billionaires

    Brazil is set to be an economic superpower in the near future, and these are some of the country's richest citizens.
  31. Identity Theft Checklist

    If you're the unfortunate victim of identity theft, it can be very difficult. Here's a checklist to make it as easy as possible.
  32. 7 Tips For Finding The Cheapest Gas

    Save money on gas buy checking online sources, phone apps, purchasing at the best time of day, and planning ahead.
  33. The Fundamentals Of Spousal Support Taxation

    The spousal support that is paid out after a divorce can have varying tax implications. We'll look at what you need to know ...
  34. Ways To Save Money At The Pump

    Minor things such as idle time reduction and proper car maintenance can have significant long-term effects on your gas budget. ...
  35. 5 Careers That Fit Your Lifestyle Goals

    Ever wish for a job that gives you less stress, more time with the family, or more money? Here are five careers that match ...
  36. Water Cooler Finance: Google Shakes Things Up

    Google undergoes its first CEO change since its infancy, and Apple's Steve Jobs takes sick leave. How will these major management ...
  37. Warren Buffett's Paycheck

    How much money does the Oracle of Omaha really have?
  38. 5 Tax Credits You Shouldn't Miss

    If you're not taking advantage of these deductions, you could be missing out on tax savings.
  39. 5 Countries With Low Taxes

    These countries manage to keep their overall tax levels in check, and some of them have done well because of it.
  40. 5 New Ways Credit Card Companies Are Wooing New Card Holders

    With new laws, credit card companies are forced to get creative to attract new customers.
  41. 7 Countries Raising The Minimum Wage

    Beijing city recently increased minimum wages by 21%, find out what other areas of the world are paying more.
  42. Student Borrowing: University Payment Plans Vs. Federal Student Loans

    University payment plans are a great option for reducing student loan borrowing, but only if you know the details.
  43. 5 Reverse Mortgage Scams

    Reverse mortgages can be a valuable financial tool, but the mortgage market is fraught with scams and schemes.
  44. The Unseen Taxes That You Pay Every Day

    Taxes are embedded in the price of everything we buy to an extent that most people don't even realize.
  45. 5 Financial Bills That Snuck In For 2010

    These five add-ons are intended to provide tax incentives for individuals and businesses, and encourage the development and ...
  46. Investment Showdown: Hot Or Not?

    We'll look at some companies that have fallen by the wayside - and the companies have come up to fill their place.
  47. Baby Boomers Beware: Financial Fraud That Targets Seniors

    Unfortunately, you can never retire from being the target of financial scams.
  48. 5 Steps To Disputing A Credit Card Charge

    Federal and state laws offer protection to consumers when credit card charges are in question.
  49. The Power Of Steve Jobs

    He may have health concerns, but you can't argue that he is a powerful CEO.
  50. 5 People Who Make More Than The President

    The country's highest post doesn't receive the highest pay ... not even close. Find out about some notable Americans who ...
  51. Water Cooler Finance: You're Never Too Old To Work

    This week's financial highlights include the economy's recovery, a holiday shopping recap and some IBM news.
  52. How To Cut Your Alternative Minimum Tax

    Save yourself money by lowering the amount of tax you owe.
  53. Convertible Bonds: Pros And Cons For Companies And Investors

    Find out why businesses choose this type of financing and what effect this has on investors.
  54. 7 Tips For Closing A Credit Card

    Learn when it's a good idea to close a credit card, and how to make sure you do it right.
  55. Strategies For Determining The Market's True Worth

    Learn the strengths and weaknesses of passive and active management when trying to uncover the overall market's worth.
  56. 5 Big Mistakes Banks Made In 2010

    2010 was another tough year for banks. Find out the biggest mistakes these financial giants made in the past year.
  57. What Obesity Is Costing You

    If your health isn't reason enough to keep fit, maybe the money you save will get you motivated.
  58. 4 Alternatives To Traditional Mutual Funds

    A rich offering of attractive alternatives have the open-ended mutual fund facing obsolescence.
  59. Warren Buffett's 2010 Portfolio

    Find out what the Oracle of Omaha bought over the past year, and how those investments are doing so far.
  60. China's Newest Billionaires

    China's new billionaires are making money in the tech industry.
  61. 8 Steps To Becoming Your Own Boss

    Your step-by-step guide to leaving the nine-to-five world and striking out on your own ... successfully.
  62. 5 Top CEOs On Twitter

    These high-powered CEOs are on Twitter, sharing their thoughts on business, politics and current events. Find out what's ...
  63. How To Save More For Your Retirement

    The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 made it easier to prepare for the future. Will you be ready? ...
  64. 4 Changes To Flexible Spending Accounts In 2011

    Restrictions on flexible spending accounts will be changing this year - how will they influence your spending habits?
  65. Top 10 Home Business Tax Tips

    If you work for yourself, make sure you are getting the most for your tax dollars.
  66. 4 Career-Boosting Social Media Moves

    Learn how to use social media sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, to find job opportunities or to advance your own ...
  67. Notable Company Name Changes

    Often, the name of a business can enhance its profits. Find out the surprising former names of these now-successful companies. ...
  68. Water Cooler Finance: Conflicting Job Reports And A Facebook IPO

    With forecasted employment growth, robust tech and automakers, and some serious social media stock action, it's an exciting ...
  69. 5 Things You May Not Know About CEO Pay

    These CEOs have discovered a recession-proof financial strategy, but it's one they'd rather you don't know about.
  70. Top 3 Challenges Facing Social Security

    The first official Social Security card was given out in 1936 and while the system is still paying out, a lot has changed. ...
  71. 8 Lease Clauses You Need To Know

    If you're renting an apartment this year, beware of signing contracts with these tricky clauses.
  72. 5 Products That Failed And Why

    Not every new strategy or product launch goes well; even those with big-name companies behind them can still fail.
  73. Top Indian Billionaires And How They Made Their Money

    Learn about the richest people from India and how they accumulated their fortunes.
  74. Top 10 Tips For A Financially Safe Retirement

    You've worked hard to secure enough to retire, so make sure you keep it safe.
  75. 5 Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Financial Resolutions

    Don't let these slipups wreck your financial resolutions in 2011.
  76. 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 ...
  77. 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 ...
  78. Minimize Taxes With Asset Location

    Learn how to maximize your investment returns with this tax-minimization strategy.
  79. 5 Common Small Business Mistakes

    Don't let these start-up problems ruin your business success.
  80. 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 ...
  81. 5 Successful Mompreneurs

    Learn about the rise of the "mompreneur" and why these industrious women are getting so much attention.
  82. 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.
  83. A Social Security Reality Check

    Recessions and depleted Social Security funds could derail your post-work plans. Find out how to stay on track.
  84. 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 ...
  85. 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 ...
  86. The Redefined Retirement Dream

    After 2008's market crash, the pretty picture of retirement looks very different. Learn what the new definition of "retirement" ...
  87. 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 ...
  88. Worst Financial Decisions Of 2010

    Like every year, 2010 had some real doozies when it came to questionable financial decisions.
  89. 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 ...
  90. 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. ...
  91. 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 ...
  92. 9 Reasons To Say "No" To Credit

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

    The subprime mortgage meltdown of 2008 has not diminished the tax advantages of home ownership in America.
  94. 5 Industries To Watch In 2011

    Three industries that have lagged so far in 2010 include financials, healthcare and consumer staples.
  95. 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 ...
  96. 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 ...
  97. 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.
  98. 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.
  99. Digging Out Of Personal Debt

    Find out why good intentions can put consumers in an even bigger hole than before.
  100. 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. ...
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