Personal Finance Articles

  1. Wall Street History: Japan Inc, Bailout Beginnings And Tax Reform

    The curse of September continues this week in history.
  2. Maximize Your Tuition Tax Benefits This Year

    To help college students pay their tuition bills and give America that extra push to get an education, the government has come up with a $2,500 tuition tax credit.
  3. Debit Cards: Why They're Not As Safe As You Think

    Ditching your credit card can be a smart move, but debit isn't yet an equal alternative.
  4. E-Careers That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago

    With the unemployment rate at 9-10%, it's important to stay on top of career trends.
  5. What Does Medicare Cover?

    Don't assume you're insured. Find out what you can expect from this healthcare program.
  6. Products That Cost More To Make Than To Buy

    These products aren't profitable for companies in themselves - but in some way, they still make money. Read on to find out how.
  7. The Big Business Of Vampires

    Franchises like "Twilight," "True Blood," and even parodies like "Vampires Suck" are raking in millions at a time when discretionary spending is low.
  8. How Salary Caps Changed Sports

    Salary caps are hotly debated, but little understood. We'll look at how the caps affect the game as well as the sports fans.
  9. Media Mashup: Who Owns Whom?

    You'd be surprised by how many publications fall under the umbrella of one company. Discover the big media companies and what they control.
  10. The Road To The Worst Credit Score Ever

    We look at what you'd have to do to achieve the worst credit score possible. Use this as a guide for what not to do.
  11. 5 Traits Of A Successful Small Business

    If you own your own company, these characteristics will be ones you want to emulate.
  12. Add-On Insurance: Do You Need It?

    Insurance is important in certain situations, but there isn't always a need.
  13. Water Cooler Finance: The End Of The Recession

    Aside from some flat unemployment rates and Blockbuster's bankruptcy filing, this week's financial news was pretty positive.
  14. 6 Tips For Getting A Good Cell Phone Plan

    Avoid overspending on cell service with this expert advice.
  15. 7 Ways Your Resume Dates You

    Don't let your outdated resume prevent you from getting the job of your dreams.
  16. Real-Life Financial Tests: Would You Pass?

    If you want more financial security, you might want to give these three tests a shot.
  17. 6 Reasons To Be Excited About The Small Business Jobs Act

    If you own your own company, these changes could make your life a lot easier, and your business a lot richer.
  18. Your Worst Financial Mistakes And Why You Made Them

    No one intends to make a financial mistake, but an unexpected disaster or poor planning could leave you in financial distress.
  19. Top 3 Pitfalls Of Discounted Cash Flow Analysis

    The DCF method can be difficult to apply to real-life valuations. Find out where it comes up short.
  20. The Lazy Way To Get The Best Mortgage Rate

    Explain mortgage broker, what they do, how they can do the work for you. Pros and cons, things to watch out for, alternatives.
  21. Winning The Job-Hunt Game

    Find out what gains you points, and penalties, in the job hunt game.
  22. Wall Street History: WaMu's Collapse, Black Friday And LTCM

    The end of September has historically been one of the worst times in finance. Find out why.
  23. Companies You Think Are Canadian

    Their advertising and brands scream Canadian, but are these companies really owned elsewhere?
  24. Mobile Money: Using Your Cell Phone To Transfer Funds

    Are you up to date on how easy it is to move your money around with your cell phone?
  25. The Professional Sports Portfolio

    Being a sports fan can actually benefit you financially. Find out how to use your sports knowledge to find investment opportunities.
  26. Products With Surprisingly Low Markup

    These products have a very small amount of markup, so when you're making your purchases you can feel good that you're paying a fair price.
  27. Top 7 Signs Your Pension Fund Is In Trouble

    How to tell if your company’s pension is being depleted - will there be anything left for you?
  28. 7 Cover Letter Blunders

    When you're applying for a job, these mistakes will keep your true potential from showing through.
  29. Water Cooler Finance: Poverty Rates Increase - And So Do Millionaires

    This week in finance, the number of poor people hits a new high and the U.S. gets tough on China.
  30. Banking Without The Banks: Will You Save?

    Nonbank credit cards and debit cards have plenty of advantages for consumers. Here's what you need to know.
  31. Can't Pay For Your Textbooks? Rent Them

    Renting textbooks is growing in popularity. Find out where to take advantage of this huge savings opportunity for college students.
  32. Avoiding "Prohibited Transactions" In Your IRA

    To avoid jeopardizing your IRA assets, find out what transactions are prohibited.
  33. 4 Key Indicators That Move The Markets

    Find out what reports to watch in order to anticipate and react to market movements.
  34. The Ins And Outs Of Seller-Financed Real Estate Deals

    There's more than one way to buy or sell a house. Seller financing presents yet another unique option.
  35. Top 6 Ways To Cut Your Tuition Bill

    With these tips, you can minimize your tuition bill and maximize the results of your hard work.
  36. 5 Self-Made Female Billionaires

    We all want to be billionaires, like the song goes. Here’s a look at some self-made female billionaires, and what characteristics these exceptionally wealthy ladies have in common.
  37. 8 Slipups That Won't Hurt Your Credit Score

    Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but knowing what actually hurts or helps your credit score will help you present yourself in the best light possible.
  38. What's Preventing Inflation?

    These economic factors are keeping inflation in check.
  39. The Build-Your-Own College Scholarship Plan

    These alternatives to college and university scholarship programs can greatly ease a student's financial burden.
  40. Back-To-School Investing: Watch Dads And Online Shoppers

    Investors can find opportunity by finding the retailers who are successful in wooing men and online shoppers.
  41. Stay Motivated To Get Out Of Debt

    Keep yourself focused and you'll be out of the hole in no time.
  42. Investing Myths That Need To Go

    Certain investing myths just won't die. Find out how dated sayings could be costing you.
  43. 7 Ways To Outsmart Your Credit Card Company

    Card companies are finding new ways to keep their profits up under new credit card laws. How consumers can win the battle.
  44. Wall Street History: Steve Jobs Returns To Apple

    From the bombing of Wall Street to the return of Jobs, this week in financial history has it all.
  45. 6 Extreme Ways To Land Your Dream Job

    Get one step closer to your dream job by making sure you stand out from the rest of the applicants.
  46. September 30: A Key Date For Retirement Plan Beneficiaries

    Unless certain action is taken by this date, distribution rules can put the youngest inheritor at a disadvantage.
  47. Top 5 Signs Of A Bad Real Estate Agent

    The signs of a bad agent go beyond whether your home sells quickly.
  48. Water Cooler Finance: Mergers, Hostile Bids And SEC Probes

    Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity has once again emerged with offers being made in tech, biotech and even fertilizer.
  49. Student Loan Changes You Need To Know

    New student loan legislation eliminates private lenders, adds cash to Pell grant programs and lessens debt repayment.
  50. 7 Boomer Jobs That Are Up For Grabs

    The first boomers started retiring this year - what jobs are they leaving open?
  51. 6 Weird Ways To Invest

    Plenty of people have made it big-time by investing in unusual, wacky things.
  52. 6 Ways To Teach Your Children About Money

    Taxes, saving, investing and even wasting money are all part of the learning experience.
  53. Texas Ratio Rounds Up Bank Failures

    This measure can help investors spot potential trouble in a bank's financials. Find out how.
  54. How To Avoid Taxation On Life Insurance Proceeds

    Decrease the value of your taxable estate and prevent the tax man from getting you one last time.
  55. The 5 Biggest Factors That Affect Your Credit

    Credit companies rely on these factors to determine whether to lend to you and at what rate.
  56. Why Your First Home Shouldn't Be Your Dream Home

    It pays to settle for less, when purchasing your first home.
  57. 8 Tips For Becoming A White-Collar Worker

    Targeting your job search and playing up your strengths can greatly increase your chances of making the leap.
  58. The 10 Commandments Of Resume Writing

    Thou shalt not commit these resume blunders if you want to be hired.
  59. The 6 Best States For Renters

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

    Baseball teams often claim to be broke, but that's not always the case.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. Top 10 Careers For Paying Back Your Student Loans

    These jobs will help you pay off your education debt quickly.
  66. 8 Things Employers Aren't Allowed To Ask You

    In their eagerness for gainful employment, many people may overlook these improper interview questions.
  67. 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.
  68. Why Retirees Can't Count On Muni Bonds

    Interest may not be tax-exempt for seniors with Medicare or Social Security benefits.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. Protecting Your Financial Documents From Disaster

    Organizing and updating your records regularly can save you a lot of grief in a time of crisis.
  72. 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.
  73. Debt, Savings, Retirement: Where Should Your Money Go?

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

    These mistakes might mean your resume is never even read by the hiring manager.
  75. 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.
  76. Top Degrees Mean Top Jobs

    These programs can help grads land a great job with an excellent salary.
  77. 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.
  78. 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.
  79. 5 Company Names That Could Damage Your Resume

    These companies have a negative aura around their names that may be detrimental to your application.
  80. Wall Street History: Warren Buffett's Birthday!

    This week in financial history, the Oracle of Omaha celebrates a big birthday.
  81. 8 College Financing Flubs

    These are the most common mistakes made by students and parents, as it relates to funding for higher education.
  82. 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.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. 6 Spending Tips From Frugal Billionaires

    You don't get to be a billionaire by spending a lot of money.
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. The Pros And Cons Of Price Wars

    Cheaper prices for the customer may seem great, but aggressive price cutting has a downside.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. 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.
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. 6 Tips For Turning Your Kid Into A Entrepreneur

    Help your child cultivate the necessary skills for the business world.
  96. 6 Neighborhood Red Flags

    These six items should be considered when choosing a new home.
  97. 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.
  98. 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?
  99. How Mail-In Rebates Rip You Off

    These common strategies often leave consumers holding the bill.
  100. 5 Unusual Health Industries

    Crystals, oxygen and fish that nibble on your feet are just some of the strange health industries out there.
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