Personal Finance Articles

  1. Wall Street History: Windows 1.0 And Ticker-Tape Parades

    This week we look back on some innovative product launches and some standard-issue Wall Street scandals.
  2. 5 Moves That Make You Look Cheap

    It's great to be frugal, but sometimes there's a fine line between saving money and being cheap.
  3. 7 Tips For Shopping Online Safely This Holiday Season

    Christmas shopping: long lines, crowded parking lots - wouldn't you prefer to shop on the internet? Here are seven tips for ...
  4. The 5 Biggest Mistakes Home Sellers Make

    Avoiding these common missteps will help make sure that your home doesn't end up sitting on the market.
  5. Born To Be Millionaires: The Benefactors Of Big Business

    These fortunate sons (and daughters) might be able to fit their resumes on a Post-it note, but their earnings are enormous. ...
  6. Be A Holiday Saver, Not A Scrooge

    Learn to balance the fine line between responsible holiday spending and inconsiderate saving with these holiday budgeting ...
  7. Internships: Not Just For College Kids Anymore

    Many job seekers, frustrated because jobs in their field have all but dried up, are revisiting their college roots and taking ...
  8. How To Outsmart Private Mortgage Insurance

    It's possible to use a second mortgage to avoid this fee, but is it in your best interest?
  9. Water Cooler Finance: G20 Leader Spats And China Fakes It

    This week in the financial news: new video game sales records are being broken, while China can't seem to get along with ...
  10. Capital Gains Tax 101

    Find out how taxes are applied to your investment returns and how you can reduce your tax burden.
  11. Retirement: Which Generations Are The Best Savers?

    Most of us know we're not saving enough for retirement, but what generation is ahead in the race?
  12. Roth 401(k), 403(b): Which Is Right For You?

    Learn how to decide between a 401(k), 403(b) or Roth to help you build your nest egg.
  13. How To Compare The Costs Of Renting With Homeownership

    Trulia's "Rent Vs. Buy" index is a suitable, though not all-encompassing, tool for determining your next living arrangement. ...
  14. Strategic Default: Why Owners Are Abandoning Their Homes

    We explain how a strategic default works, what its implications are and whether there are any good alternatives.
  15. How Big Corporations Avoid Big Tax Bills

    How do companies manage to pay such low taxes? Just look at Google's 2.4% tax rate.
  16. Should You Buy A House At Auction?

    The traditional real estate market isn't the only place to conduct your home search. Auctions also bring many buying opportunities. ...
  17. Social Networking Your Way To More Money

    You might see social network sites as nothing more than a way to catch up with friends, but some people have found ways to ...
  18. 5 Unsung Tech Entrepreneurs

    Tycoons like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are household names, but see if you can name the elusive pioneers of these inventions. ...
  19. Top Grossing Cartoon Movies

    Recently, animated movies have been capturing the attention of both children and adults, and in the process, have attracted ...
  20. Wall Street History: Dow 1000, Death And Taxes

    This week we look back on an unlikely landmark, the introduction of new legislations and a $600 million accounting error. ...
  21. 6 Tax Breaks That Anyone Can Claim

    Tax deductions and credits aren't just for big companies. You might be surprised how many tax breaks apply to your return. ...
  22. 5 Long-Term Consequences Of The Recession

    Apart from the headlines about jobs, this recession is doing damage in other areas that goes unnoticed.
  23. Banking Has Changed: What Does It Mean For Consumers?

    Banks have long been leading spenders on technological innovations. Learn the key changes in the banking industry and what ...
  24. 10 Cities Where Renting Rules

    It's a buyer's market in real estate, so it's smart to buy, right? Not always. Here are 10 cities where it can be better ...
  25. How International Tax Rates Impact Your Investments

    International investors need to be aware of the staggering correlation between tax rates and economic performance.
  26. The Who, What And How Of Microfinance

    Microfinancing allows people in poverty to safely take on reasonable small business loans in an ethical manner.
  27. Top 5 Things To Know About Robo-Signers

    According to recent news reports, robots are taking over U.S. banks. Here, we separate fact from hype.
  28. Top Social Media Entrepreneurs

    These five media magnates have revolutionized social media, while making themselves rich.
  29. 5 Companies That Changed Their Core Products

    As times and technologies change, companies must adapt to fit the marketplace. These five companies are perfect examples ...
  30. Introduction To Exchange-Traded Funds

    Get into ETFs and enjoy the benefits of a mutual fund with the flexibility of a stock.
  31. 2010: The Best Time To Die?

    This may be the year that will be least affected by estate taxes.
  32. Job Hunters: 7 Tips For Selling Yourself

    These pointers will help you pass the interview and land the career of your dreams.
  33. 5 Ways To Buy A Used Car

    Buying a used car usually takes a little extra effort, but it can save buyers a considerable amount of money.
  34. 7 More Things Your Banker Doesn't Want You To Know

    Your banker is not your friend, and the more you know about their motives, the better you can protect your money.
  35. 4 Game-Changing Financial Technologies

    Technology has brought innovation and convenience to personal finances. Find out some of the largest financial innovations ...
  36. 5 TV Character Careers And What They Pay

    Some of your favorite TV characters live lavish lifestyles. But are they realistic, based on their jobs?
  37. 4 Ways Social Media Makes You Spend More

    These free sites may be costing you a lot of money.
  38. 5 Real Estate Fears That Keep You From Buying

    Don't let these concerns stop you from owning your own home. Learn how to overcome common home-buying fears and feel confident ...
  39. Wall Street History: Dow's Debut And Daiwa's Dishonor

    This week in financial history, an important birthday and a notable death.
  40. 6 Franchises That Are Cheap To Start

    These franchises are in the realm of financial reality for every-day people. Check them out to see if you'd like to run your ...
  41. 6 Banking Fees You Can Avoid

    There are ways to avoid banking and credit card fees, but it takes planning, commitment and some lucky timing.
  42. Advance Your Career Off The Clock

    While it certainly helps to have stellar knowledge about your job, it’s also important to grow your knowledge beyond the ...
  43. Water Cooler Finance: Rising Markets And Buffett's Successor

    Rising employment, feuding tech firms and some very big news out of Nebraska has made for a very eventful week in financial ...
  44. The Ins And Outs Of Bank Fees

    These service charges could nickel and dime you right out of your nest egg.
  45. How To Get A Job On Wall Street

    There are many roads that lead to Wall Street, but here are some of the more direct routes.
  46. 6 Careers You Can Do From Home

    Whether you're unemployed, a stay-at-home parent or retiree, working from home is a great career option.
  47. Your Portfolio: Time To Cash In?

    The rise and fall of the stock market makes many investors unsure of when to sell their shares. Learn the key factors to ...
  48. Parties For Taxes: Republicans Vs. Democrats

    Read about the political parties' differences in tax ideology, and how it can affect your paycheck.
  49. What Not To Say In A Job Interview

    Don't let your nerves get the best of you during a job interview, and avoid these major flubs.
  50. Top 6 Reasons New Businesses Fail

    Running your own business may be the American Dream, but it's become a nightmare for many entrepreneurs. Learn how to avoid ...
  51. America's Biggest Food Companies

    These five companies may be synonymous with one or two products, but you'll be surprised to see how diversified each brand ...
  52. What's Your Debt Really Costing You?

    Although your minimum monthly payment may not look like much, your debt is denting your finances more than you realize.
  53. 7 New Tax Breaks For 2011

    Taxpayers should be aware of these seven new (or improved) breaks, such as a larger earned income credit and tax-free employer-paid ...
  54. Top 6 Unusual Money-Saving Tips

    Sometimes coupon clipping and bargain hunting aren't enough to make your income cover your expenses. It may be time to try ...
  55. Applying For A Job When You're Overqualified

    Career advice gurus give the dos and don'ts of persuading employers that you are fit for a job opening.
  56. Wall Street History: We Fell On Black Days

    This week in financial history, Wall Street suffers some disastrous days.
  57. America's Richest Sports Team Owners

    There may not be as many people in the seats this year, but many sports team owners are still doing quite well for themselves. ...
  58. When Paying Off Debt With Your 401(K) Makes Sense

    The experts warn against touching your retirement savings early, but there are situations where it is the best financial ...
  59. 4 Haunted Houses And What They're Worth

    The courts view a haunted reputation as a detriment to a home's value, but these homes' histories may have boosted their ...
  60. 10 Reasons To Fear The U.S. Economy

    With Halloween around the corner, here are some spooky thoughts about the economy.
  61. 7 Tips For Staying Off The Chopping Block

    In today's competitive job market, employees need to work harder than ever just to keep their jobs.
  62. Breaking Down Credit Card Fine Print

    Those "perks" offered by credit card companies usually come with strings attached, and these are just a few of them.
  63. A Look At Cell Phone Companies

    Cell phone makers have been jockeying for top spot over the last decade. Find out who the major players are and who has the ...
  64. Water Cooler Finance: Ghosts Of Economies Past

    Will old disasters come back to haunt the markets in the time for Halloween?
  65. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  66. How To Invest In Everyday Products

    Investors are often told to "invest in what you know." Find out what companies make the products you use daily.
  67. You Worked How Long To Buy That?!

    Find out the true cost of items by translating them into hours worked.
  68. Stop Procrastinating! Enroll In A College Savings Plan

    The cost of sending your kids to college could be a serious financial burden - unless you get prepared. Now.
  69. Know Your Foreclosure Rights

    Find out what homeowners are entitled to under the law, and how they can ensure their rights are honored by lenders.
  70. 6 Late-In-Life Entrepreneurs

    We've all heard stories of college kids starting successful businesses, but what about business start-ups of the not-so-young? ...
  71. The Story Behind The Foreclosure Crisis

    One little house in Maine could end up costing the mortgage industry a large amount of money.
  72. 6 Drug Companies With Expiring Patents In 2011

    The 2011 "patent cliff" is approaching and many big name pharmaceutical manufacturers face patent expiration on their core ...
  73. 6 Tax Myths Everyone Should Know

    There are many tax myths that have grown out of general tax confusion. Learning about them can help you avoid costly mistakes. ...
  74. Credit Card Features You Shouldn't Use

    Avoid these add-ons that cost much more than standard credit card interest rates for purchases.
  75. Companies Built On A Single Product

    Though they may seem like a rare breed these days, these organizations have built their reputations on just one item.
  76. Bank Vs. Budget: How Much House Can You Afford?

    Learn whether you can afford the mortgage that the bank will lend you.
  77. Wall Street History: Panics, Scandals And Rogue Traders (Oh My!)

    This week chronicles the heroics of J.P. Morgan, a classic embargo battle, the first of Wall Streets' dark days and much ...
  78. 3 Alternative Ways To Assess Your Investment Manager

    Find out whether your funds are being managed according to your goals.
  79. Hotshots Needed For Commodity Trading Advisor Positions

    If you can multi-task and you enjoy a good challenge, this lucrative career could be a perfect fit.
  80. Bridging The Gaps On Your Resume

    Everyone experiences unemployment, but it's not something you want exposed to potential employers. Learn to craft a resume ...
  81. Top 6 Ways To Increase Your Tax Refund Now

    Planning ahead can generate a larger tax refund down the road - these tips will get you on the right path.
  82. House Price Vs. Interest Rate: Which Is More Important?

    Deciding which factor is more important can make a difference in monthly payments, ability to move and Homowners Association ...
  83. Water Cooler Finance: The Beginning Of A Foreclosure Crisis?

    This week in financial news, robo-signers are explained and Buffett is selling more stock.
  84. 7 Billionaires' First Jobs

    We all know of these famous billionaires, and how they made their money. But have you ever wondered how they got their start? ...
  85. Can You Dispute A Foreclosure?

    The bank has foreclosed on your mortgage, but do you really have to leave? Learn how to fend off the lenders and gain the ...
  86. Top 8 Ways Lose Money On Bonds

    Find out what these common ways are so that you can avoid them - and the losses that follow.
  87. Top 6 Home Renovation Scams To Avoid

    Renovations are stressful, but if you rush through important details you could fall prey to one of these scams.
  88. 5 Jobs That Cash In On Disasters

    Disasters just happen, but there are many businesses that are able to make the best of them.
  89. 4 Key Factors To Building A Profitable Portfolio

    Buying stocks is a careful balance of risk and reward. Learn to identify your risk tolerance and financial goals with these ...
  90. Can You Make Money Renting Your Property?

    Current market conditions may make your home a tough sell. It could be time to consider renting your property until a profitable ...
  91. The Skinny On Canadian Sports Lotteries

    Putting your money where your mouth is on the favourite team could add some spice to your sports viewing.
  92. Breaking Through The Middle Class

    While there is no easy way to the top, understanding some basic economics will help you you move up the economic ladder. ...
  93. No Wonder You're Not Getting Hired!

    Find out which unexpected mistakes could be holding you back.
  94. 6 Simple Ways To Save This Halloween

    Getting you and your family prepared for Halloween can be a terrifying expense. Learn six tricks to ensure your Halloween ...
  95. Top 4 Nightmares For Real Estate Investors

    Renting out your property is not without risks; the good news is, they don't have to keep you up at night.
  96. Signs It's Time To Retire

    Your house is paid off and you're ready to travel and pursue other interests, but can you do it?
  97. Home Winterizing Tips That Work

    Pick up a few of these tested tips, and you can help control those energy and financial leaks before they start!
  98. Wall Street History: Antitrust, OPEC And Disney

    This week in financial history has seen two important pieces of legislation come into being, as well as the beginnings of ...
  99. Fantasy Football: A Two-Billion Dollar Market

    This side of sports separates the casual fan from the diehard fan.
  100. Water Cooler Finance: History's Biggest Rogue Trading Scandal

    This week in finance the economy falters and the markets stay hopeful, a $6 billion fine is imposed and Google joins the ...
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