Personal Finance Articles

  1. Opening Your Child's First Bank Account

    Teach your children to save up to meet their spending - and saving - goals.
  2. Timeless Ways To Protect Yourself From Inflation

    Inflation is a natural part of modern life - but there are some ways to cover your assets.
  3. 12 Steps To Closing A Real Estate Deal

    A long list of things needs to happen before a home becomes yours. Find out what to expect.
  4. Top Up-And-Coming Business Leaders

    A degree alone won't land you a dream job. Business plan competitions are now being used to give some students an advantage.
  5. 7 Hot Hybrids: Will They Save You Money On Gas?

    Buyers may gravitate toward hybrids to save money at the pump, but few models are actually cost effective at current gas prices.
  6. 8 Popular Post-Retirement Jobs

    Whether it's out of financial necessity or to combat boredom, an increasing number of seniors are taking on post-retirement jobs.
  7. 5 Cheap Ways To Go Green

    Going green often means shelling out more cash, but not with these innovative products.
  8. How Not To Become A Millionaire

    Everywhere we look, millionaires are trying to push their methods of financial accumulation on us. But are they effective?
  9. Buying A Home: Brand New Vs. Fixer-Upper

    We check out the advantages of each of these options, and look at the issues involved with a fixer-upper.
  10. 7 Spring Fixes To Boost Your Home's Value

    These simple, inexpensive fixes can make a world of difference to your house - and its value.
  11. Mortgage Fraud: Understanding And Avoiding It

    There are many different ways to be victimized through home ownership - learn how to identify and avoid these crimes.
  12. Wall Street History: Michael Milken, New Coke And Bad Business Decisions

    From the conviction of the Junk Bond King to the ill-fated launch of New Coke, find out what happened this week in financial history.
  13. Find Your Niche Market

    Determine which clients suit you and build your business around them.
  14. Top City-Boosting Summer Events

    These festivals bring fun - and funds - to the cities that host them.
  15. 7 Signs Of A Charitable Disaster Scam

    Make sure you know where your donations are going, and where they can be most effective.
  16. 7 Things You Should Say In An Interview

    Slip these simple phrases into your next interview and you'll have a great chance at landing the job.
  17. How To Attract Investors For Your Small Business

    Many businesses rely on venture capital in order to get off the ground. These tips will bring you closer to your grand opening!
  18. For Athletes, Is There Life After Sports?

    Find out what athletes often do when they retire.
  19. Water Cooler Finance: Buffett's Bank Fraud And Financial Eruptions

    From fraud charges to volcanic eruptions, this week's news was anything but boring.
  20. 5 Online Brokerages With Great Deals

    Find out which online brokerage firms are currently offering the best deals for opening a new account.
  21. This Year's Top Auto Stocks

    Despite what the headlines would have you believe, the automotive industry has seen some high points this year.
  22. When Your Business Needs Money: Angel Investors

    If you have a promising business that needs a boost, you may be able to put your faith in these wealthy investors.
  23. A Clear Look At EBITDA

    This measure has its benefits, but it can also present earnings through rose-colored glasses.
  24. Microsoft Vs. Apple: Does Equal Size Mean Equality?

    After a stellar run, their sizes are closer than ever. Both giants are leaders in their industries, but do both provide giant investment opportunities?
  25. How To Ditch The 9-5 Work Week

    Alternative work arrangements offer greater flexibility and freedom. Read on to find out if they're for you.
  26. The Best Summer Festivals For Your Buck

    With the plethora of summer music festivals happening around the U.S., we check out which one offers the best deal.
  27. 7 Cities With Great Real Estate Deals

    It's a buyer's market, but where are the best places to purchase your new home?
  28. 6 Things You're Doing To Delay Your Retirement

    These habits could have you working longer, retiring later and finding yourself flat broke in your golden years.
  29. As Interest Rates Rise Inflation To Follow

    Fed's focus on unemployment blinding it to price pressures.
  30. Travel By Buying Power

    Looking to score a cheap vacation this summer? Find out where you will get the most bang for your U.S. buck.
  31. Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Indexes: Know Your Benchmark

    Understanding these benchmarks can help you select the most competitive adjustable-rate loan.
  32. College Rejection Letter: Ticket To Success?

    If you got rejected from college, you're in good company, so did some of the most successful people in the world.
  33. McDonald's: A History Of Innovation

    This company opened its first franchise on April 15 55 years ago. Without it, fast food just wouldn't be the same.
  34. Measuring The "Oprah Effect"

    An endorsement from Oprah can cause a small business to become an overnight success story.
  35. Shhhh! New Whisper Taxes Creeping In

    From tanning beds to pizza parlors you might be surprised about where the latest taxes might appear.
  36. 6 Budget Must-Haves

    No matter how much money you have, there are six components that you must have in your budget to weather any financial storm.
  37. Top Ways To Invest Your Tax Refund

    Investing your tax refund will give you the best possible return.
  38. Should You Have A Business Partner?

    What are the advantages of having a business partner? What are the advantages of doing it yourself?
  39. Top 403(b) Questions Answered

    This plan doesn't get as much attention as its more popular cousin - the 401(k) - but it has a lot of benefits for eligible investors.
  40. Wall Street History: GE, McDomination And J.P. Morgan

    From the formation of General Electric in 1892 to the dotcom crash of 2000, we'll look at what made financial history this week.
  41. Finessing A Recall

    Consumers can be forgiven for wondering if all the recalls are out of honest safety concerns or simply smart business.
  42. Businesses Built On Fear

    Have you ever purchased a product because you were afraid of what would happen if you didn't? Many businesses thrive for that very reason.
  43. Water Cooler Finance: My iPad Beats Your Toyota

    Some of the biggest names in retail topped the headlines in the last week.
  44. Don't Let Inaccurate Tax Forms Get You Audited!

    Copying in numbers directly from your tax forms can end up with you paying more (or less) taxes than you owe.
  45. Do-It-Yourself Real Estate Screeners

    The internet allows prospective homeowners to take charge of finding their dream home.
  46. Attention Discount Shoppers: Don't Buy Just Because It's On Sale

    The word "sale" can compel consumers to buy all sorts of things. But just because something's cheap, doesn't mean it's a deal.
  47. A Tax For Your Behavior

    To what extent are taxes and restrictions being used to modify your behavior?
  48. ROA And ROE Give Clear Picture Of Corporate Health

    Both measure performance, but sometimes they tell a very different story. This is why they’re best used together.
  49. Refund Anticipation Loans Generally A Ripoff

    These short-term loans can provide much-needed cash, but the instant payout comes at a cost.
  50. Timely Help For Tax Procrastinators

    Last-minute advice, including what to do if you find you can't finish your 1040 or pay on time.
  51. The 5 Factors Of A "Good" Location

    “Location, location, location” is a common mantra in real estate. And it’s good advice – except for one thing: most people have no idea what this really means.
  52. The Obama Tax Hikes - What To Do

    Buy munis, book losses, avoid marriage, consider a Roth conversion now and get your Lasik eye surgery next year.
  53. Understanding The U.S. Tax Withholding System

    Understanding the origins of our tax withholding system is crucial to getting the most out of it.
  54. Movie Genres That Make The Most Money

    Success in Hollywood isn't just measured by ticket sales - development costs play a large part, too.
  55. The Greatest Stock Picker Of All Time?

    Get to know some of the best stock pickers, their strategies and how they got their starts.
  56. Why Now Is The Time To Buy A Home

    With interest rates at all-time lows and major rate hikes around the corner, many experts say the best time to snag a mortgage is right now.
  57. Fixer-Upper House: Is it Worth It?

    The "handyman special" that seems like a great deal can quickly become a money pit. Find out which repairs are most likely to put you in the red.
  58. 5 Surprise Changes To The Student Loan Program

    Hidden somewhere in the recently-passed health care bill were also many major changes to the student loan program.
  59. Experienced Investors: Older And Wiser, Or Just Older?

    Find out how these famous investors have fared as they've aged.
  60. The Economics Of Summer Blockbuster Movies

    Summer movie season can be a major money maker for big studios, especially if they can produce a smash-hit.
  61. 5 Strategies For Lowering Next Year's Taxes

    If your tax bill is bigger than you'd hoped, there are few ways you can reduce it next year.
  62. Odd eBay Sales

    Whether you need a ghost in a jar or a celebrity-owned socks, eBay can hook you up.
  63. The Sales Commission Dilemma

    These professionals' interests may not always align with your own. Find out how to protect yourself.
  64. How U.S. Policy Affects Other Countries' Tax Rates

    U.S. tax policies don't just affect our own economy - many times, the entire world is influenced.
  65. Surviving A Bad Job Market

    Until the job market picks up, you may be "stuck" in your current job. Make the most of your time there.
  66. Recall Recoil: Will Toyota Recover?

    A product recall can decimate a stock in some cases, and have hardly any impact in others. What's the difference?
  67. Tiger's Return: Can He Bring The Brands Back?

    Despite initial reports of the losses he caused to his sponsors, Woods may be the biggest casualty of his tarnished reputation.
  68. 6 Career-Killing Facebook Mistakes

    Social networking can be a valuable job-search tool and a serious liability. Find out how to keep Facebook from ruining your job prospects.
  69. Top 9 Benefits Of A 403(b) Plan

    Find out how the 403(b) plan helps employees of nonprofit entities meet their retirement goals.
  70. Wall Street History: Howard Hughes, Enron And Sin Taxes

    From the death of Howard Hughes to the birth of patent law, we'll look at what happened this week in financial history.
  71. Top Things To Know For An Investment Banking Interview

    Without some basic knowledge, you won't get the job. Find out what you need to know and how to prepare.
  72. 5 Top Tax Season Questions

    A tax pro answers questions she hears most often and quashes some myths.
  73. Water Cooler Finance: Auto Hope, Bubbling Oil and Obamanomics

    As usual, the financial world is filled with hope, change and uncertainty.
  74. Top Tech Companies For Women

    Women have lots to offer in the male-dominated IT industry - and companies are catching on.
  75. Top 7 Myths About Starting A Business

    Don't let these myths stop you from reaching your entrepreneurial dreams.
  76. 6 Avoidable Tax-Time Irritants

    Find out how to keep the IRS from getting under your skin and avoid other frustrating tax scenarios.
  77. Why Tiger Should Buy A Bachelor Pad

    One-bedroom homes are good investments - if you stay put.
  78. 5 Free Or Low-Cost Legal Services

    Legal fees have never been more expensive. Here are some ways for you to save on legal fees while still getting reliable advice.
  79. Student Tax Breaks

    Education bills may not be as stressful as you think - these student tax breaks can help!
  80. Finding A Good Real Estate Agent

    Don't go it alone in the real estate market. We'll show you how to find the help you need.
  81. Businesses On The Brink: Change Or Fail?

    These companies are going down with their industries unless they can make drastic changes.
  82. Why You Should Itemize Your Tax Deductions

    This strategy of moving your tax deductable payments and donations to the following year could mean hundreds more on your return.
  83. A Concise History Of Changes In U.S. Tax Law

    We look at how U.S. taxes have changed since their inception.
  84. Dispelling 5 Myths About Financial Planners

    Raise your returns or lower your losses; these often misunderstood specialists can help guide you.
  85. 6 Steps To A Successful (and Cheap) Staycation

    Tough economic times have more people spending their vacation at home. Find out how to make the most of your staycation.
  86. Your Mortgage: When It's Time to Walk Away

    Mathematically speaking, walking away can sometimes be the most prudent choice. Find out how to run the numbers.
  87. Blogging: The Perfect Stay-At-Home Career?

    Millions of stay-at-home parents are blogging for extra income, and some are raking in six-figure salaries.
  88. From Celebrity To Working Stiff

    These celebrities found their true calling away from their initial high-profile positions.
  89. The March Madness Approach To Investing

    Find out the many similarities between filling your March Madness bracket and filling your portfolio.
  90. 5 Billionaires Who Live Below Their Means

    Imagine having millions or billions of dollars, but living like you do right now.
  91. Water Cooler Finance: Warren Buffett Buys A Lemonade Stand

    News of Warren Buffett's unsolicited takeover bid for Kayla Summers' lemonade stand, and other top financial news.
  92. Hatch A New Financial Plan

    With spring just around the corner, now is a great time for a financial makeover.
  93. The Biggest Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid This Year

    The real estate market has changed dramatically in the last few years - don't get caught in the cold.
  94. Wall Street History: A Random Walk, Nixon's Taxes and The Marlboro Man

    From Nixon's tax bill to Marlboro Friday, we'll look at what happened this week in financial history.
  95. Politicians Who Skipped Out On Taxes

    Their salaries depend on people paying taxes, but these politicians avoided paying taxes themselves.
  96. 7 Decisions That Lead To Bankruptcy In The UK

    In the past three years, personal bankruptcies have been on the rise throughout the U.K. Here's how it happens.
  97. From Play To Pay: Financial Games For Kids

    The earlier that kids are exposed to real-world financial issues, the more prepared they will be.
  98. Medical Tourism: Are The Savings Worth The Risk?

    With six-figure price tags for some medical procedures, many Americans are going abroad for more affordable healthcare.
  99. Marital Union; Financial Separation

    For a happy marriage, a financial separation may be the best solution.
  100. Money-Saving Smartphone Apps

    In many ways, these apps are more useful than the products they're modeled after.
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