Personal Finance Articles

  1. Alien Species Invasion: The Deep Economic Impact

    Introducing foreign wildlife to a country does more financial harm than good. Read on to find out how bad it can be.
  2. The 10 Coolest Internships

    At least one of these 10 internships should appeal to any student.
  3. From Poverty To Power: Celebrities Who Started With Nothing

    From inner-city housing projects to rural homesteads without heat, these celebrities built up their millions from nothing.
  4. Get Paid To Surf The Web

    If you're out of work, these tasks could help you earn enough cash to carry you to your next job.
  5. The Defined-Benefit Plan's Many Problems

    The shift in retirement plan schemes - from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans - raises some important issues.
  6. 10 Ways The New Healthcare Bill May Affect You

    This bill is initiating big changes in the U.S. healthcare system. Find out how it will affect you.
  7. 7 Unintentional Entrepreneurs

    Have you ever stumbled on an idea and thought it was a definite money-maker? These entrepreneurs turned those ideas into success.
  8. Federal Program Overcharging Some Repaying Student Loans

    Income-based repayment program miscalculating borrower incomes.
  9. Vacation Medical Insurance: Can You Afford Not To?

    Unexpected medical expenses can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. Find out how to get properly insured.
  10. Where Is Everyone Moving To?

    Like the birds, people follow a migration pattern. Find out where people are flocking to now.
  11. Make Money On The Movies

    If you think you know which films will tank and which will soar, this new way to trade could be for you.
  12. This Week in Financial History: Bre-X, Silver Thursday And Adelphia

    Many investors still bear scars from Bre-X, Silver Thursday and the end of Aldelphia. We'll look at these and other historic financial events that occurred this week.
  13. Surprisingly Underpaid Celebrities And Other High-Profile People

    We think all celebrities are rolling in money, but here some high-profile people that make less than you.
  14. Countries With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

    A high U.S. unemployment rate may not be as restrictive as you think. Find out where the jobs really are.
  15. Water Cooler Finance: Bailouts, Buffett-Rock And Prison Brawls

    This week was marked by extremes and touched by more than a little drama - and we're not just talking about Warren Buffett's appearance in GEICO's latest TV commercial.
  16. Financial Pro Sports Steals

    These rookies started out as nobodies and were paid accordingly - but their results were extraordinary.
  17. Evaluating Executive Compensation

    Find out how to determine whether a CEO is being overpaid.
  18. Deducting Disaster: Casualty And Theft Losses

    If you've been a victim, your losses may be deductible. Find out how.
  19. Top 9 Solutions To An Unexpected Tax Bill

    Finding out you owe when you expected a refund is a nasty shock. Find out how to cope.
  20. The Most Expensive American Cities

    Some of the most beautiful places in the U.S. are also the most expensive - here's why.
  21. Health Insurance Tips For College Students

    Why buy for health insurance when your parents' policy can cover you? Read on to avoid paying twice.
  22. 7 Interview Don'ts

    Knowing what not to do will lead to a more successful interview and help you land that job.
  23. Cell Phone Evolution

    Follow the evolution of cell phones from 20 pound bricks to the sleek smart phones of today.
  24. Top 5 Reasons Why People Go Bankrupt

    Bankruptcy can be a result of overspending or bad planning, but sometimes, it's no one's fault. Find out how you can avoid it.
  25. 7 Air Travel Perks That Used To Be Free

    If you're a long-time air traveler, you've probably noticed that flying means pulling out your wallet a whole lot more often. Find out what's fallen off the list of airline freebies.
  26. Top 10 Most Expensive Medical Procedures

    As if being sick isn’t bad enough, the price of these procedures just might kill you.
  27. Why Young People Shouldn't Diss Social Security

    Funds aren't being exhausted as quickly as some think, and it's not just retirees who qualify for benefits.
  28. What The First Date Can Teach You About Love, Money And The Person You're With

    Who's picking up the bill on dates these days and what it says about gender roles.
  29. Counterintuitive Management Strategies That Work

    Traditional ideas are falling by the wayside, and being replaced by flexible arrangements and a results-oriented approach.
  30. Betting On The Entertainment Industry

    Speculating on new flicks for profit is becoming an important component of Hollywood business.
  31. Are You Ready To Buy A House?

    There are a number of factors, aside from cost, that you should think about before buying a new house.
  32. Taking Your Home "Off The Grid"

    There are many alternatives to traditional energy sources - though, they can come at a price.
  33. Claim The Homebuyer Tax Credit Before It Expires

    This credit expires April 30, but you can still cash in, and buying a house isn't the only way to do it.
  34. The Happiness Index - How Prosperous Are You?

    Not all nations measure their success in dollars and material items - Bhutan, south of China, measures it in happiness.
  35. Rent-To-Own Real Estate Full Of Pitfalls

    Before you consider this type of arrangement, you should be aware of how it works, who benefits and the many things that can go wrong.
  36. 6 Financial Apps You'll Love

    These smartphone apps won't break the bank - in fact, they may help you save money.
  37. 6 Freelance Jobs That Don't Pay

    Plenty of worthwhile freelance gigs are out there - you just need to be careful to steer clear of the duds and dead ends.
  38. Management Strategies From A Top CEO

    Find out what this winning manager did to grow one of the biggest companies in the world.
  39. Revamp Your Resume: The Power Of Positive Spin

    Face it - your last job was a bore. These tips will help make your resume stand out to your future employers.
  40. Why Celebrity Lawyers Make The Big Bucks

    These lawyers take on high-profile, high-stress celebrity cases and are compensated well for it.
  41. This Week in Financial History: Visa's IPO, Viva Las Vegas And The Ides Of March

    From the founding of Sin City to the world's largest IPO, find out what historic financial events occurred this week.
  42. The Virtual Market: What We're Buying And How Much We're Spending

    Whether it's shoes for an avatar or a whole space station, the online market in virtual goods is bigger than you think.
  43. Infamous Female Financiers

    These fabulously affluent females twisted, bent and broke the law to bring home the bacon.
  44. Water Cooler Finance: We're Getting Richer And Spending More

    This week showed Americans' cautious optimism about the economy as more signs of recovery keep popping up.
  45. 6 Leprechaun Leaders For St. Patrick's Day

    Check out these six mischievous corporate leaders who secretly siphoned off money from their companies and profited at investors’ expense.
  46. The 4-1-1 on 403(b) Plans

    These plans resemble 401(k) plans in many respects, but are specially designed for nonprofit entities.
  47. What's The Deal With An Opt-Out IRA?

    President Obama has proposed creating a new type of IRA designed to help Americans without access to a company retirement plan invest easier. What makes this new idea so different, and how does it work?
  48. Want A Bigger Tax Refund? Don't Itemize

    Six reasons why many taxpayers can save money and time by claiming the standard deduction.
  49. March Madness MVPs - Where Are They Now?

    These former MVPs seemed to be holding the basketball world at their fingertips. Find out which went on to have slam-dunk careers.
  50. Tax Deductions For Rental Property Owners

    Besides creating ongoing income and capital appreciation, real estate provides deductions that can reduce the income tax on your profits.
  51. Are The Volunteer Corps Right For You?

    The Peace Corps and AmeriCorps offer low pay, but they offer higher benefits down the road.
  52. Target Prices: The Key To Sound Investing

    Learn how to evaluate the legitimacy of target prices and why investors should trust these over ratings.
  53. Money Can't Buy Love, But It Can Help You Find It

    Internet dating has blossomed from a sorry alternative for starting a relationship to a widely accepted practice and thriving industry.
  54. The Green Of St. Patrick's Day

    This Irish holiday has a storied history. Find out why we celebrate, and how much we spend.
  55. Play Video Games; Become A Millionaire

    New ways to benefit from this industry have emerged over the last few years. The best part is, they're very profitable.
  56. 5 Spring Clean-Up Tips For Your Finances

    When you're done cleaning out the garage, consider putting some shine on your financial affairs.
  57. 10 Tax Tips For Stock Options

    Options and restricted stock are a great perk--if you don't get caught in a tax trap. Here's what you need to know.
  58. 6 Major Collectibles Payoffs

    From comics to records these rare items scored unbeatable returns for those who were able to recognize their value.
  59. Debunking The "Best" Retirement Destinations

    These popular destinations have some major drawbacks.
  60. Millionaires Who Gave It All Away

    These rich philanthropists turned their backs on luxury to find far richer experiences than their money could buy.
  61. Major Career Exam? There's An App For That!

    If your smartphone addiction is standing between you and your career goals, check out some of these popular career prep apps.
  62. Bank Regulations: Good Or Bad?

    Big investors are calling for more regulations, while others are up in arms at the ideas. So who's right?
  63. Is Your Bank Going Broke?

    In 2009, the list of struggling banks grew by leaps and bounds. Find out which banks are faring the worst in 2010.
  64. 5 Reasons Not To Convert To A Roth IRA

    Will your tax rate be lower in retirement? Do you plan to spend all your savings? Think twice about a conversion.
  65. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  66. A Quick And Dirty Look At Sports Gambling

    Americans love to gamble on sports, but most of the money wagered doesn't come with a receipt - or the backing of the U.S. government.
  67. Investments To Die For

    It is possible to benefit financially from death - without being a character in a murder mystery.
  68. Stupid Athletes' Moves That Threatened Their Fortunes

    We look at the financial repercussions of five sports stars' dishonorable moments, and whether they were able to rebuild their brand.
  69. Credit Cards And Campus: A Rough Break Up

    The CARD Act of 2009 includes new restrictions for students who want a credit card.
  70. U.S. Sales Tax Rates Hit Record High

    Shopping blues: Top tax 12%. Chicago's 10.25% highest big-city rate. More Internet tax fights loom.
  71. 8 Ultra-Rich Women Investors

    These super-wealthy women have built their fortunes and their companies over the years.
  72. 6 Steps To Stop Fighting Over Money

    Disagreeing over money is the top reason for divorce. Find out how to stop these disagreements.
  73. Earn Big Bucks With A Specialized Financial Career

    Choosing to specialize may be easier for you and more beneficial to your clients.
  74. Should You Invest In A Green Home?

    Energy neutral homes are becoming real possibilities, but the financial point of view might not be so optimistic.
  75. This Week in Financial History: Speculative Bubbles, Bill Gates, Coca Cola and Capitalism

    From the millionaire boom and the IPO of one of the world's largest companies, read on to find out what significant financial events of the past occurred during this week.
  76. Social Security Depletion: Is The Fear Justified?

    There are a number of reasons why concerns over Social Security depletion have emerged, but there are ways you can prepare for it.
  77. Stars Behaving Badly: Disastrous Celebrity Hirings

    Bad behavior is all too common in the workplace, but it can't match the drama of these celebrities' stunts
  78. 7 Costly Pro Athlete Screw-Ups

    These multi-millionaires have squandered away their fortunes through bad financial decisions.
  79. Water Cooler Finance: Recalls, Lawsuits and Other News

    Find out what's making news in the world of finance this week.
  80. Getting Started On Your Estate Plan

    With some preparation, you can save your heirs from paying a hefty estate tax. Here are some tips.
  81. The European Union's Dead Weight

    Greece and the other troubled European Union nations are in need of financial reform.
  82. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick, you could end up in the poorhouse.
  83. 8 Steps To An Organized Financial Life

    Disorganization makes planning difficult, and that can cost you big time.
  84. For Young Investors, Too Many Choices, Too Few Dollars

    Your retirement may be decades away, but this is no time to procrastinate.
  85. Last-Minute Strategies To Help Pay For College

    Find out what to do when your kid is ready for higher education, but you aren't.
  86. How Savings Are Saving The Economy

    Even with inflation fears, saving money is still sage advice in a recovering economy.
  87. 6 Resume Must-Haves

    If you forget to include these important details on your resume, you can forget about getting the job.
  88. 6 Ways To Get Fit For Free

    Fitness opportunities are available everywhere you turn. So, get out there and break a sweat - without breaking the bank!
  89. 9 Famous Celebrity Firings

    Don't feel too bad about losing your job; these celebrities were fired, but went on to make millions.
  90. Long-Term Care Insurance: You Have Options

    The latest offerings provide more coverage and the ability to pick and choose what types of coverage you'll need.
  91. 6 Professional Apps Worth Buying

    Although the cost for these apps seems high, they may actually save you money.
  92. The Tradition Of The NYSE Bell

    Ringing the NYSE bell has become a time-honored tradition that has included many celebrities, athletes and notable personalities.
  93. Cash In On Cash For Appliances

    After "Cash For Clunkers" your appliances were feeling left out. But no more!
  94. Tax Technology That Works

    These software programs and applications can help you prepare and get through tax season. Find out what they have to offer.
  95. Financial Villains: Where Are They Now?

    We check in with these news-making fraudsters to see whether they cleaned up their acts after a decade or more.
  96. Fine Art Funds: A Beautiful Investment

    Have you ever admired a piece of art and wished you had the money to own it? Art funds may be one way to get a stake in this profitable market.
  97. Facing The Music: The Recording Industry's Power Struggle

    The paradigm in the music industry has shifted away from big contracts and toward "360 degree" deals that include touring and promotion.
  98. 6 Unusual Ways To Make A Living

    Bounty hunters, repo men, body guards - many of these strange jobs are on the rise, so find out more about job requirements and pay.
  99. The March Madness Effect

    Colleges experience an uptick in giving when their teams compete well, and increased ticket, apparel and memorabilia sales boost the bottom line.
  100. This Week In Financial History: Birthdays, Theory and Scandal

    In the world of finance, March marks the anniversary of a number of important beginnings (and some ends) that have left an indelible print on the market.
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