Personal Finance Articles

  1. How to Get From Community College to Wall Street

    Community college doesn't offer an easy road to Wall Street, but it's not impossible.
  2. Rising Debt Hindering Boomers' Retirement Plans

    Boomers in pre-retirement and retirement are grappling with debt more than previous generations, which is impacting their ...
  3. 3 Misconceptions About Warren Buffett

    Learn why Warren Buffett is the man behind the curtain and how he is misunderstood regarding the ways he has adapted and ...
  4. Cheap Stocks Or Value Traps?

    The value of stocks that trade at less than cash per share can be deceiving.
  5. Businesses You Can Start For Under $1,000

    Freelance writing and consulting are just some of the small businesses that you can start with less than $1,000.
  6. 7 of the Richest Dictators In History

    These dictators obtained large amounts of wealth, often at the expense of the people they ruled.
  7. Financial Models You Can Create With Excel

    The relatively modest amount of time it takes to build these models can pay for itself by leading you to better investment ...
  8. Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage?

    Answering these five questions will help you determine whether or not to pay off your mortgage.
  9. Top 10 Cities For A Career In Finance

    Moving to one of these financial hot-spot destinations could set your career in motion.
  10. Simon Johnson on the Next Global Recession

    Simon Johnson is forecasting a "rollercoaster ride" for the world's economy.
  11. Low Rates Force Advisors to Rebuild Bond Ladders

    Prolonged low interest rates have some advisors taking a new approach with their bond-laddering strategies.
  12. How to Build the Biggest IRA Possible

    Tax savings are an obvious benefit of an IRA. But savvy investors can maximize their IRA returns with strategies like these.
  13. PRWCX: T Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund Top 5 Holdings Analysis

    Learn about the top five largest asset holdings of the T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund and related financial metrics, ...
  14. Utilities Case Study: XLU (ETF) vs. VUIAX (Mutual Fund)

    Learn about the differences between mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Compare and contrast a utilities sector mutual ...
  15. Mutual Funds to Avoid While Consumer Spending Is Weak (FSRPX)

    Learn why U.S. consumer spending was weak in the first quarter of 2016. Discover three consumer discretionary mutual funds ...
  16. A Mutual Fund With Most Investment in U.S. Companies (AMCPX)

    AMCPX: Learn about a large-cap growth fund with a 41-year track record that looks to international, mid- and small-cap stocks ...
  17. 3 Portfolio Managers for Growth Mutual Funds (FCNTX)

    Learn about several long-tenured mutual fund managers focusing on growth equities, and take a closer look at their backgrounds ...
  18. Live Like a Millionaire on $3,000/Month in These 10 Countries

    A million dollars no longer guarantees luxury. So why not consider moving to one of these countries, where a high quality ...
  19. 10 Must Watch Documentaries for Finance Professionals

    Find out about some of the best documentaries that finance professionals can watch to gain a better understanding of their ...
  20. Top 5 Wellington Funds for Retirement Diversification (HAIAX)

    Discover the top five Wellington Management funds for retirement diversification in 2016, with a summary and performance ...
  21. FMAGX: Are the Most Popular Mutual Funds Your Best Bet?

    Learn about the dangers that come with investing in the most popular mutual funds and discover how investors can better fill ...
  22. Overview of Fidelity Income and Real Return Funds (FSICX)

    Obtain detailed information about the mutual funds that Fidelity Investments offers in the category of income and real return ...
  23. FDGRX: Fidelity Growth Company Fund's Top 5 Holdings

    Discover the top five holdings of the Fidelity Growth Company Fund, a consistent long-term performance mutual fund.
  24. Embracing a Short-Term Boring Retirement Plan

    A financial planner offers his take on retirement planning and explains how his short-term boring, long-term exciting approach ...
  25. Why Advisors Need to Offer ESG Strategies

    Advisors who ignore environmental, social and governance investing do so at their peril, particularly those who work with ...
  26. How Ivanka Trump’s Dress Bolstered Macy’s (M)

    Macy's got a shot in the arm last week when Ivanka Trump turned to twitter to promote the dress she wore at the RNC, providing ...
  27. Why Rising Household Debt Will Hurt the Economy

    Global gross debt has increased by $60 trillion since the real estate and financial market meltdown in 2008.
  28. Investment Risks You Should Take in Your 20s

    You can take more risks when investing in your 20s, but not until you do this first.
  29. Money Habits Of The Millennials

    Millennials are facing the bleakest financial future of any generation in decades, and are not likely to enjoy the same standard ...
  30. How Smart Home Systems Affect Home Values

    Smartphone-operated lighting and blinds, personalized locking systems, intelligent thermostats...do these amenities pay off ...
  31. The Cost of Buying a Taco Bell Franchise (YUM)

    A Taco Bell franchise is one of the most expensive to buy and operate in the fast food business.
  32. Best Airline for Business Class: Emirates vs. Etihad vs. Qatar

    These days, business class perks often rival those in first class. Here's a look at what lures business travelers to these ...
  33. How Students Can Start Investing for the Long Term

    College students who find themselves with extra money may want to consider investing but are unsure of where to start. This ...
  34. When Is Grad School Worth It?

    How to figure whether the payback you get from going to grad school – earnings, lifestyle, career opportunities – is worth ...
  35. China's High Debt: Bad for Competitive Advantage?

    China's economic growth has been decelerating over the past decade and credit continues to expand at a rapid pace, turning ...
  36. Millennial Investing Techniques Are Changing The Game

    Millennials are taking advantage of social media and a variety of high-tech tools to plow their wealth into investment vehicles ...
  37. Why Fee-Based Variable Annuities Are Coming Back

    The DOL rule may lead to sweeping changes in the retirement planning industry, and there will likely be more use of fee-based ...
  38. 5 Must Watch Films and Documentaries for Investment Bankers

    Discover several lesser-known films that provide more accurate glimpses into the world of investment banking than big-budget ...
  39. The Economics Behind a Trump Property

    Learn how Donald Trump actually makes most of his current revenue, not just from owned real estate but through branding using ...
  40. Nailing the Conflicts of Interest With 401(k)s

    Conflicts of interest in 401(k) plans can lead to serious losses for individual investors. This is how you can become an ...
  41. Behind Amazon's 1,772% Rise in 10 years (AMZN)

    The primary drivers behind Amazon's historical stock price growth.
  42. 5 Reasons the Rich Are Better Investors than the Average Joe

    Find out five investment secrets of rich investors that make them better at investing than the average Joe. It's nothing ...
  43. Crowdfunding: What Advisors and Clients Must Know

    Now even the most elementary investor can take a stake in a startup via a crowdfuding platform. Does that mean they should?
  44. Why Advisors Love this Non-Traded REIT

    A new type of non-traded REIT is attracting advisors and investors. This is a breakdown of the unique way in which the REIT ...
  45. Why It Pays to Front Load Your 529 Plan

    If you can, take advantage of a little-known tax break and front load your 529 plan to maximize the effect of compounding. ...
  46. What Does Comcast Own ? (CMCSA, DWA)

    A quick look at businesses owned by of the media and technology company Comcast Corporation.
  47. Top 5 Mutual Fund Holders of Schlumberger (DODFX, SLB)

    Learn about the five largest mutual fund investors in giant oil services firm Schlumberger Limited.
  48. PRHSX: Risk Statistics of Health Sciences Mutual Fund

    Examine the risk metric of the T. Rowe Price Health Sciences Fund. Analyze beta, capture ratios and standard deviation to ...
  49. Overview of 3 Low-Beta Mutual Funds (FSHCX, OSMAX)

    Consider low-beta ETFs to help keep your portfolio stable. When markets fluctuate sharply, these funds are designed to experience ...
  50. Top AllianceBernstein Alternative Mutual Funds (ASYLX, AGSIX)

    Discover how to add diversification to a portfolio with nontraditional strategies and investments through three top mutual ...
  51. Winners and Losers of Low Natural Gas Prices

    Chemical and fertilizer manufacturers benefit from a low price for natural gas, while utilities and natural gas producers ...
  52. 3 Eaton Vance Mutual Funds with Long Track Records (EV)

    Discover three Eaton Vance mutual funds with long track records. Review brief descriptions about each fund's management and ...
  53. VTIAX: Overview of Vanguard International Stock Fund

    Explore the top largest holdings of the Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund, VTIAX.
  54. Top 3 AllianceBernstein Multi-asset Mutual Funds (ABAEX)

    Explore three AllianceBernstein multi-asset mutual funds that have relatively strong Morningstar ratings and have beaten ...
  55. Overview of Fidelity Target Date Funds (FFFVX, FFFEX)

    Get an overview of Fidelity's Freedom Funds, with an explanation of the strategy and a brief summary of the Freedom 2005, ...
  56. 11 Things You Pay For That Libraries Have For Free

    If it's been a few years since you ventured into a library, you'll be amazed at what they offer - for free!
  57. CAIBX: Overview of American Funds Capital Income Builder

    Learn about the American Funds Capital Income Builder Fund, a world asset allocation fund from Capital Group that focuses ...
  58. Top 4 Mutual Fund Holders of Intel (INTC, VTSMX)

    Discover which mutual funds own the largest stakes in Intel, and learn about the investment style and strategy of each of ...
  59. 5 Cities That Give You the Best Chance to Get Rich

    If you want to build sustainable wealth, where you choose to hang your hat can have a significant impact on your success. ...
  60. Global Equity Funds: VHGEX (Mutual Fund) vs. ACWI (ETF)

    Explore the similarities and differences between the holdings, performance and structures of VHGEX and ACWI. Find out why ...
  61. 4 Global Economic Issues of an Aging Population

    Discover why dramatic increases in life expectancy is creating significant socioeconomic challenges for many advanced industrialized ...
  62. True Value Of An Olympic Medal

    Olympic medals may not be as valuable as one might think. They are made mostly out of silver, making them much less valuable ...
  63. Best Income Investments Other Than Dividend Stocks

    Besides dividend-paying stocks, there are a host of other income investments that can help diversify your portfolio and increase ...
  64. FCNTX: 3 Mutual Funds That Invest in The Private Companies

    Find out which mutual funds are investing in private companies before their initial public offering and how their investments ...
  65. Studying Financial Sector: XLF (ETF) vs. VFAIX (Mutual Fund)

    Explore the similarities and differences between securities that are exposed to the financial sector, XLF and VFAIX.
  66. How Did World's Second-Richest Man Make His Money?

    Learn about Amancio Ortega's rags-to-riches story, where the man who founded Zara and owned much of Inditex became a billionaire ...
  67. How to Beat Robo-Advisors With Online Marketing

    With these digital marketing tips, financial advisors can present themselves as an engaging alternative to their more impersonal ...
  68. 3 Reasons You Should Understand Investing

    Everyone should learn a few investing basics, even if you plan to hire an investment professional.
  69. Fees You Can Expect from a Financial Advisor

    A look at the different types of financial advisors and how their fees work when it comes to providing financial planning ...
  70. Microsoft's Competitive Advantage: An Inside Look

    Microsoft thoroughly understands how to build competitive advantage to expand market share and dominate competitors. Here's ...
  71. Top 3 Mutual Fund Holders of EMC Corp (DODGX, EMC)

    Discover the top three largest mutual fund holders of EMC Corporation shares, and learn if their investment strategy can ...
  72. How Did Bridgewater's Ray Dalio Get Rich?

    Learn how Raymond Dalio, founder of hedge fund company Bridgewater Associates, became a billionaire and made the Forbes 4 ...
  73. Top 5 Mutual Fund Holders of HP (DODGX,HPQ)

    Discover the top 5 mutual fund investors in HP Inc., the computer and printer spinoff from Hewlett-Packard. Read about each ...
  74. 6 Women Who Turned Failing Companies Into Winners

    We list a few notable women who turned around companies that were suffering.
  75. The Cost of Buying a McDonald's Franchise (MCD)

    Setting up a new McDonald’s franchise can cost the owner up to $2.2 million to get the restaurants up and running, but it ...
  76. IRS Rule on 401(k) After-Tax Dollars

    A relatively new IRS ruling has made it easier for taxpayers to benefit from making after-tax contributions to their 401(k) ...
  77. How Travel Stocks Have Performed Since Brexit

    Have travel stocks rallied or faltered since Brexit?
  78. 4 Way to Move Beyond Long-Term Unemployment

    The long-term unemployed should reach out for personal help, career advice and consider new job options to get back into ...
  79. Mobile Investing: What Investors Want

    Financial advisory firms that want to maintain their competitive edge need to stay abreast of the latest mobile technology ...
  80. 2 Companies That Want to Be the Next Apple (AAPL)

    Executives at Tesla Motors and Huawei Technologies say their companies have the potential to be as big as Apple
  81. Tesla: 6 Secrets You Didn't Know (TSLA)

    We bet you don't know who founded Tesla, how long CEO Elon Musk spent in grad school, how much he gets paid, or how fast ...
  82. Behind Google's 243% Rise in 10 years (GOOGL)

    Analyze Alphabet's stock price history to determine the primary drivers of appreciation. See how growth and outlook were ...
  83. Good Credit? Try This Credit Card Alternative

    Personal loans are a credit card alternative to try if you've got great credit and you want to lock in a lower interest rate ...
  84. Foreign Firms Face Increasing Barriers in China

    Foreign firms are facing increasing protectionism and uncertainty regarding intellectual rights protection when expanding ...
  85. Why Average Investors Can't Make Money (XOP)

    Average Investors are dramatically underperforming the market. Here's a look at how they can fix those mistakes and make ...
  86. 5 Staycation Ideas for Couples on a Budget

    Investigate 5 staycation ideas for couples on a budget.
  87. Disney: 6 Secrets You Didn't Know (DIS)

    Six things you probably didn't know about The Walt Disney Company, including how it generates nearly half of its revenue.
  88. 5 Reasons to Find Asset Managers Who Use ETFs

    Learn why investors should seek out asset managers who invest in ETFs and discover the superior advantages ETFs offer over ...
  89. Phillips 66 vs. ConocoPhillips: Who Won (COP, PSX)

    A look at why ConocoPhillips, once America's third-largest oil company, decided to spin off Phillips 66 in 2012.
  90. How Did Reed Hastings Get Rich? (NFLX)

    Discover how Reed Hastings, CEO and co-founder of Netflix, got so rich.
  91. Should I Use a Money Market Fund Like a Checking Account?

    Find out why is not a good idea to replace your checking account, or any retail banking account, with a money market fund ...
  92. How Installment Loans Work

    Everything you need to know before taking out an installment loan.
  93. Another Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Builds His Gold Position

    Paul Singer of Elliott Management becomes the latest hedge fund manager to seek a refuge in gold.
  94. Facebook: 7 Secrets You Didn't Know (FB)

    Why Mark Zuckerberg walks the office with a samurai sword, and other surprising facts about Facebook's leadership, operations, ...
  95. What Record Oil Stock Sales Mean for Investors (SU, QEP)

    Energy producers are raising money from a record volume of secondary offerings to acquire land and increase production.
  96. Amazon: 10 Secrets You Didn't Know (AMZN)

    10 little-known facts about e-commerce leader Amazon.com Inc., the world's largest online provider of retail goods headed ...
  97. Here's Why Fixed-Income Returns Are So Low

    As the Federal Reserve remains reluctant to aggressively raise interest rates, investors continue to search for yield.
  98. The 3 Biggest iShare Bond ETFs (AGG, LQD)

    The characteristics, yields and duration of the three largest bond ETFs offered by BlackRock iShares.
  99. 5 Restaurant Stocks With High Debt Levels (YUM, QSR)

    Examine the restaurant industry to identify five companies with high debt levels. Assess capital structure with financial ...
  100. 3 Unintended Consequences From the New Fiduciary Rules

    Learn about three possible unintended consequences of the newly passed DOL fiduciary rule, including how they may impact ...
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