Personal Finance Articles

  1. Using Life Insurance To Make Charitable Donations

    Your life insurance policy can be a great tool for charitable giving. Find out how.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Water Cooler Finance: Billion-Dollar Summits And Barack Vs. BP

    Keep up to date with this week's financial and economic headlines.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 50 Years Old And Broke: Now What?

    What do you do if you find yourself close to retirement, but far from your savings goals?
  8. Self Employed? 5 Steps To Scoring A Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  9. A History Of Baseball Economics

    A look at baseball from semi professional to its rise as a moneymaking business.
  10. 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.
  11. You Get Paid For That?!

    We look at five different jobs that most people would be willing to do for free.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 5 Rental Red Flags

    Pay attention to the small things when rental shopping.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. American Idol's Career Secret

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

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

    Understanding your property taxes can protect you from financial shocks.
  21. 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.
  22. Biggest Corporate Comebacks

    Apple isn't the only major company to learn from its mistakes and return to glory.
  23. 5 Forgotten Financial Frauds

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

    Make a name for yourself among your industry peers by joining a professional association.
  25. 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.
  26. Hidden Holiday Fees And How To Find Them

    Going on vacation is expensive but unexpected costs can make it downright unaffordable.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 15 Insurance Policies You Don't Need

    Learn how to save money by saying "no" to unnecessary coverage.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. Encouraging Good Habits With An Incentive Trust

    Money can be a powerful motivator - why not use it to teach your heirs positive lessons?
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. I Can't Believe It's Oil!

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

    The best way to avoid additional charges and taxes is to know which transactions have expensive consequences.
  41. 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.
  42. 5 Dead Auto Brands And Why They Died

    These auto brands had their run, and have been sent off to rust.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. Why You Never Hear From Your Financial Planner

    If your financial planner is calling you too often, something might be wrong.
  48. Top Tax Refunds For Recent Grads

    Don't miss out on these tax credits if you have recently graduated.
  49. 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.
  50. GM Going Public?

    After emerging from bankruptcy six weeks after declaring, GM may be poised for a new IPO.
  51. 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.
  52. Goldman: Guilty Of Finance, Innocent On Fraud

    While Goldman is no angel, the focus on CDO and derivatives transactions is misguided at best.
  53. 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.
  54. Custom Budgeting For Young Adults

    Percentage budgeting is a flexible way for young adults to navigate their first financial challenges and decisions.
  55. 5 Steps Of A Bubble

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

    This week in history marks many births - including that of the SEC.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. Living And Death Benefit Riders: How Do They Work?

    Find out how these different riders work, and which type is right for you.
  60. 7 Affordable Summer Adventure Sports

    These affordable sports are self-powered, providing participants a valuable workout, usually in a beautiful setting.
  61. The Latest, Greatest Corporate Mergers And Acquisitions

    Find out which companies have come together lately and why.
  62. 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.
  63. Your Banker's 6 Dirty Secrets

    Sometimes your banker isn't completely honest. Find out what your bank has been hiding from you.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 5 Tips For Dealing With Your Banker

    Being prepared can pay off when it comes to dealing with your bank.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. Establishing A Revocable Living Trust

    This arrangement allows you to have more control over your estate - both before and after your death.
  70. 7 Ways To Save On Home Remodeling

    More homeowners are remodeling their homes instead of moving, but remodeling jobs can quickly become expensive nightmares.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. Outrageous Celebrity Appearance Fees

    Learn what you need to take in $100,000 speaking fees and $50,000 appearance fees.
  74. The Disability Insurance Policy: Now In English

    Learn to translate this complicated policy so you can rest assured you're covered.
  75. Wall Street History: The Dow, The Commodore And Darth Vader

    This week in financial history marks the introduction of the world's most carefully watched index, the birth of a robber baron and much more.
  76. Best Frequent Flyer Credit Cards For (Almost) Free Travel

    Worried about how you’re going to afford your next plane ticket? We’ll show you the best credit cards for racking up frequent flyer miles.
  77. Water Cooler Finance: Buffett Buzz, Toxic CDOs And Facebook Privacy

    This week, the stories around Goldman Sachs and eurozone woes continued to unfold.
  78. The Best-Selling Video Games Of All Time

    Video games are selling better than ever before, but how can investors get in on the action?
  79. 6 New Hurdles For Home Financing

    There are many challenges to financing a home. Find out which ones are especially problematic right now.
  80. Prepaid Funerals: Frugal To The End

    With funeral expenses on the rise, find out how to go about prepaying for funeral costs, and whether it's right for you.
  81. Your Million-Dollar Gift To Wall Street

    Ignore this article if you enjoy giving your money to millionaires.
  82. The Myth About Market Bubbles

    Bubbles have made and ruined fortunes. Though they can be difficult to predict, understanding how they work gives you a visible advantage.
  83. Public Relations: Offering Businesses A Competitive Advantage

    To maximize the sales potential of any business, a public relations program should be part of the master marketing plan.
  84. LOST: Behind The Numbers Of A TV Phenomenon

    After 121 mind-bending episodes, ABC's LOST came to an end on Sunday. Questions may still exist, but these numbers are a sure thing.
  85. What Is A Cash Flow Statement?

    Learn how the CFS relates to the balance sheet and income statement as a part of a company's financial reports.
  86. 7 Ways To Save On Summer Getaways

    Find out how to have a fun and budget-friendly summer adventure.
  87. 4 Reasons Why Airlines Are Always Struggling

    Why is the airline industry synonymous with ongoing losses and insolvency? We list four reasons.
  88. 5 Top-Earning Video Game Characters

    These top-earning video game characters have brand power to rival pro athletes and movie stars. Find out which colorful character is leading the pack.
  89. Cross-Border Shopping Tips

    Find out how to capitalize on exchange rates, in order to save money while shopping in North America.
  90. 5 Reasons Why You Still Need A Real Estate Agent

    Doing the work yourself can save money, but it could end up being more costly than a realtor’s commission in the long run.
  91. NASCAR: From Back Alleys To Big Bucks

    What started as a small regional race circuit just a few decades ago has become one of the largest revenue sports on the planet.
  92. 4 Career Networking Tips That Work

    Find out the who, the how and the why of using networking to move up in your career.
  93. Reverse Mortgage Pitfalls

    Before tapping your home equity, find out what can go wrong.
  94. How To Parent Your Aging Parents

    For sandwich generation, planning ahead is key to good elder care.
  95. Outliving Your Retirement Savings

    Find out how this worst-case scenario can happen, and what you can do if it happens to you.
  96. Wall Street History: The NYSE Is Born, Bubbles Form

    This week in financial history saw the birth of the NYSE an attempt to destroy Microsoft, and much more.
  97. Getting Your Name Off A Cosigned Loan

    If your friend or relative has proved to be irresponsible, getting out of the cosigned loan can improve your financial security and options for borrowing.
  98. Understanding Lender-Required Flood Insurance

    Having to buy flood insurance shouldn't be a surprise. Find out what you need to know when purchasing or refinancing a house.
  99. Baseball Greats Who Were Paid Like Benchwarmers

    These legendary players changed the face of their sport - but they weren't in it for the money.
  100. 5 Penalty-Free IRA Withdrawals

    Most Americans think that an IRA is locked up until they reach 59.5, and withdrawals before that date trigger taxes and a 10% penalty tax. This is not always true.
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