Personal Finance Articles

  1. 7 Things Every Student Renter Should Know

    It's exciting to live on your own for the first time, and a little preparation will ensure that the experience is a positive one.
  2. 4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from unscrupulous practices means knowing how to spot them.
  3. Tour De France: Cash On Wheels

    With more than one million people attending an event for one day, the corporate sponsors have an enormous captive audience.
  4. 10 Home Repairs That Will Save You Money

    Have you been avoiding your home repairs? Think again - these 10 low-cost repairs can save you big money.
  5. Buy Your Next Home From Uncle Sam

    As a result of rising foreclosures, some Americans will buy their next home from the U.S. government.
  6. Retirement Jobs You Can Do From The Beach

    If you're ready to hit the beach but you're not financially ready to retire, there is hope.
  7. Behind The Big Brands

    You've heard of huge companies like Apple, Google and Coca-Cola, but you may be unaware of their suppliers who work behind the scenes.
  8. Michael Jordan: By The Numbers

    We look through Michael Jordan's storied career, and to his future as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
  9. Insurance: Avoiding The Modified Endowment Contract Trap

    Congress has placed limits on the amount of money that can be put into life insurance policies - what can you do to counteract this?
  10. The Most Expensive Home Insurance Perils

    Floods, hurricanes, mold, earthquakes - the threats to your home are numerous.
  11. Will Your Job Let You Retire A Millionaire?

    These jobs will get you to the million mark by retirement if you save 10% of your salary each year.
  12. Discontinued Car Brands - To Buy or Not To Buy?

    The prices on these models have dropped, but that doesn't always mean they're a good deal.
  13. Water Cooler Finance: Shocking Court Rulings, Sinking Markets

    This week in finance was marked by red cards from the U.S. court system, poor economic defense and Warren Buffett's World Cup soccer picks.
  14. World Cup: By The Numbers

    See what major benchmarks and figures go along with this worldwide sports phenomenon.
  15. 9 Factors That Affect When You Retire

    Are you headed to an early retirement, or will you be working into your golden years?
  16. 6 Tips To Get Approved For A Mortgage

    You can change your bank's answer to a loan request from 'No' to 'Yes'. Find out how.
  17. The Millionaire's Retirement Plan

    It's not impossible to retire with $1 million, but it does take timing, luck and commitment.
  18. Movie Ratings Vs. Ticket Sales: A Love Story

    Even some of the biggest names in Hollywood often can't overcome an R rating.
  19. Wimbledon: By The Numbers

    These numbers tell the story of one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
  20. Save Money By Tracking Your Spouse's Spending

    Couples find watchful eyes help them cut costs.
  21. Top 5 Money-Saving Tips For Your Car

    Find out how you can keep your car running longer for less.
  22. Dying Careers And How To Survive Them

    These career choices may leave you standing in the unemployment line. Move from laid-off to in-demand by choosing the right career.
  23. Beer Nation

    Ever wonder which state drinks the most beer? Find out that and more as we explore the economics of beer.
  24. Do Tax Cuts Stimulate The Economy?

    Learn the logic behind the belief that reducing government income benefits everyone.
  25. Wall Street History: Madoff Funnels, Buffett Gives And Ma Bell Marries

    This week in finance we have a big donation from Buffett and a big scam from Madoff.
  26. The Presidential Resume

    When making your way to the White House, there are some definite resume must-haves.
  27. Want To Leave Money To Your Family? Stretch Your IRA

    Find out how your beneficiaries can enjoy tax-deferred growth for as long as possible.
  28. Using Life Insurance To Make Charitable Donations

    Your life insurance policy can be a great tool for charitable giving. Find out how.
  29. Microsoft: By The Numbers

    We take a look back at this company's past and present numbers to see what they can tell us about its future.
  30. The Workaholic's Retirement Plan

    If you're still punching the clock after 30 years, what kind of retirement plan should you have?
  31. Blowing Their Own Horn: Will The World Cup Lure Investment Capital To South Africa?

    As the world watches the action in S. Africa, we check out winning investments that provide exposure to this area.
  32. 50 Years Old And Broke: Now What?

    What do you do if you find yourself close to retirement, but far from your savings goals?
  33. Water Cooler Finance: Billion-Dollar Summits And Barack Vs. BP

    Keep up to date with this week's financial and economic headlines.
  34. States That Bank On Barbecue Season

    In some states and towns around the U.S., barbecue season can mean millions of dollars in tourism income.
  35. Self Employed? 5 Steps To Scoring A Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  36. Can't Get A Raise? Negotiate Your Benefits

    There are many ways your employer can make your job more pleasant, even when money is tight.
  37. A History Of Baseball Economics

    A look at baseball from semi professional to its rise as a moneymaking business.
  38. You Get Paid For That?!

    We look at five different jobs that most people would be willing to do for free.
  39. How To Pass On Digital Assets After You're Gone

    Planning for blogs, email and photos now will pay off for your heirs and estate.
  40. Percentage Budgeting For Seniors: Are You On Track?

    Retirement should be a time to relax and enjoy your golden years, but it's equally important to carefully manage your finances.
  41. 5 Rental Red Flags

    Pay attention to the small things when rental shopping.
  42. Wall Street History: Superman, Trump And Mr. Copper

    A lot of birthdays this week, including Ford Motors, the FDIC and Donald Trump. We also check look at antitrust and Hoover's bad idea.
  43. Independent 401(K): A Top Retirement Vehicle For Sole Proprietors

    This vehicle has several advtanges over the SEP IRA. Find out why it's often a better alternative.
  44. American Idol's Career Secret

    Lee DeWyze worked in finance as well as in a paint store.
  45. The Actual Top Grossing US Movies

    Blockbuster movie calculations don't include inflation. Find out what the real top grossing movies are.
  46. Your Property Tax Assessment: What Does It Mean?

    Understanding your property taxes can protect you from financial shocks.
  47. Dating And Job Hunting: The Same Skills Apply

    In your career and your love life, it is equally important to take the time and effort to make each encounter special.
  48. Biggest Corporate Comebacks

    Apple isn't the only major company to learn from its mistakes and return to glory.
  49. 5 Forgotten Financial Frauds

    Bernie Madoff reminded us about the Ponzi scheme. What other old scams are due for a comeback?
  50. Financial Professionals: The Benefits Of Joining An Association

    Make a name for yourself among your industry peers by joining a professional association.
  51. 5 Vacation Destinations For The Wannabe Rich

    While you may not be able to pay your way to privacy, with a little creativity, you can land a stop on a deserted white sand beach all the same.
  52. Hidden Holiday Fees And How To Find Them

    Going on vacation is expensive but unexpected costs can make it downright unaffordable.
  53. Get Your Budget Beach-Ready

    The same diet and exercise tips that work wonders for your waist line can also help you trim your spending.
  54. 7 Ways To Fund Your Child's Athletic Pursuits

    Children's athletic pursuits can put a big dent in parents' budgets. Find out how to keep costs down.
  55. Water Cooler Finance: The iPhone Launch, Buffett's Lunch And BP's Lashing

    This week in financial news saw more uncertainty in the markets on bad news from retail, GM and BP.
  56. 15 Insurance Policies You Don't Need

    Learn how to save money by saying "no" to unnecessary coverage.
  57. Flipping Houses: Is It Better Than Buy and Hold?

    Real estate investors can flip a property or use it for cash flow. Find out which will work in your neck of the woods.
  58. Can't Get a Summer Job? Be Your Own Boss!

    Find out how to get started and what resources are available to help you become a successful entrepreneur.
  59. Best Amusement Parks For Your Buck

    We break down some of the U.S.'s most popular amusement parks to find out which one provides the best value.
  60. Investment Options For Any Income

    You don't need piles of money to begin investing. Even $50 is enough, if you know how to use it right.
  61. Encouraging Good Habits With An Incentive Trust

    Money can be a powerful motivator - why not use it to teach your heirs positive lessons?
  62. 4 Things That Are More Expensive Than You Think

    Small purchases may not appear to be a big deal initially, but over time these little items will end up costing you a whole lot more than you bargained for.
  63. Money-Making Movies With Terrible Reviews

    Just because an overly-hyped film rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars does not mean it will receive critical acclaim.
  64. 7 Last-Minute Ways To Pay For College

    If you're scrambling for tuition, check out these last-ditch options to come up with the cash.
  65. Wall Street History: Social Security, Martha Stewart And Men In Dresses

    This week in financial history saw the birth of social security, a bizarre rogue trader and more.
  66. I Can't Believe It's Oil!

    Oil is in more than you think. These common products are all petroleum based.
  67. Avoiding IRS Penalties On Your IRA Assets

    The best way to avoid additional charges and taxes is to know which transactions have expensive consequences.
  68. Top Cities For Real Estate Flipping

    These three cities have seen home prices increase every month for almost a year now, but still offer potential bargains in the foreclosure market.
  69. Water Cooler Finance: Buffett Speaks Up, AIG Deal Collapses

    This week the Buffett saga continues, your kids' drinking glasses aren't safe and oil keeps flowing.
  70. Make Your Kid A Millionaire

    So you want your kid to be a millionaire. Who doesn't? Here are a few tips to get your youngster on the road to riches.
  71. 5 Dead Auto Brands And Why They Died

    These auto brands had their run, and have been sent off to rust.
  72. Why You Never Hear From Your Financial Planner

    If your financial planner is calling you too often, something might be wrong.
  73. Top 5 Benefits Of A Summer Job - Besides Pay

    No matter how brainless or backbreaking your part-time job may be, the benefits go way beyond your pocketbook.
  74. Filling In The Medicare Gaps

    Basic Medicare is not a perfect fit for everyone - sometimes, extra policies are required to suit a person's needs.
  75. Top Tax Refunds For Recent Grads

    Don't miss out on these tax credits if you have recently graduated.
  76. Investing In Artist Futures

    If you think a budding artist has major potential, you may be able to invest in his or her art with these new futures contracts.
  77. GM Going Public?

    After emerging from bankruptcy six weeks after declaring, GM may be poised for a new IPO.
  78. Canadian Celebs' Outrageous Speaking Fees

    Canada is often overshadowed by the U.S., but some athletes and actors command exorbitant speaking fees just like their American teammates and costars.
  79. Goldman: Guilty Of Finance, Innocent On Fraud

    While Goldman is no angel, the focus on CDO and derivatives transactions is misguided at best.
  80. 8 Great Ideas For Your Summer Staycation

    If the money just isn't there for a big trip, it doesn't mean you can't have a great summer.
  81. 5 Steps Of A Bubble

    Bubbles are deceptive and unpredictable, but by studying their history we can prepare to our best ability.
  82. Wall Street History: Rogue Traders, The SEC And Alan Greenspan

    This week in history marks many births - including that of the SEC.
  83. Custom Budgeting For Young Adults

    Percentage budgeting is a flexible way for young adults to navigate their first financial challenges and decisions.
  84. Credit Card Rental Car Insurance How To

    Most people know about this coverage perk, but few have any idea about how to cash in. Find out here.
  85. 7 Affordable Summer Adventure Sports

    These affordable sports are self-powered, providing participants a valuable workout, usually in a beautiful setting.
  86. Living And Death Benefit Riders: How Do They Work?

    Find out how these different riders work, and which type is right for you.
  87. Are Female CEOs Still Underpaid?

    It's long been an issue that women make less than their male counterparts. We investigate whether this is true at the top.
  88. Your Banker's 6 Dirty Secrets

    Sometimes your banker isn't completely honest. Find out what your bank has been hiding from you.
  89. The Latest, Greatest Corporate Mergers And Acquisitions

    Find out which companies have come together lately and why.
  90. Water Cooler Finance: Crying Over Spilled Oil, And Buffett Goes To Court

    This week, Apple surpasses Microsoft, and Mercury may be on Ford's chopping block.
  91. Strategies For Withdrawing Retirement Income

    You've accumulated the wealth you need to retire, but how will you distribute it? We'll lay out some options.
  92. 5 Tips For Dealing With Your Banker

    Being prepared can pay off when it comes to dealing with your bank.
  93. 4 Frivolous Tax Arguments That Won't Work

    Many Americans still try to get out of paying taxes, but the most common excuses just don't hold water.
  94. NBA Finals: By The Numbers

    We look at the numbers behind the game, from most wins to biggest salaries, to find out what the finals mean to players and other interested parties.
  95. Establishing A Revocable Living Trust

    This arrangement allows you to have more control over your estate - both before and after your death.
  96. Sports CEOs: For Better Or For Worse

    The owner of a sports team may be the single most important person in determining the team's success.
  97. 6 Surprising Facts About The Early Days Of Income Tax

    Income tax is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about it.
  98. Outrageous Celebrity Appearance Fees

    Learn what you need to take in $100,000 speaking fees and $50,000 appearance fees.
  99. 7 Ways To Save On Home Remodeling

    More homeowners are remodeling their homes instead of moving, but remodeling jobs can quickly become expensive nightmares.
  100. The Goldman Sachs Accusation Explained

    Despite the airtime this scandal has received, the details aren't clear. Find out what happened and how it affects you.
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