Personal Finance Articles

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 7 Women Inventors And Their Indispensable Designs

    About 10% of patents are awarded to women every year. Learn about some of the most familiar items invented by women, and how they came up with them.
  8. Olympic Athletes: Back To Reality

    For this year's Olympians, the return to everyday life is much more glamorous for some than others.
  9. Should You File Taxes For Free?

    If you qualify, you can file your taxes for free online. Find out how to do it, and whether it's worth the effort.
  10. Soaring Mortgage Defaults May Kill The Housing Recovery

    Delinquencies, foreclosures likely to put a damper on 2010 recovery.
  11. The History Of Taxes In The U.S.

    The number of taxes that we now consider a given did not always exist. Find out how they arose.
  12. The Best Time To Buy An iPad

    We take a look at Apple's product history and find that if you want to buy an iPad, it's best to wait.
  13. Taxpayer Alert: 1099 Traps Multiply This Year

    Bank consolidations, stock options, and 1099-R changes could create problems. Here's how to stay out of the IRS' crosshairs.
  14. How Your Credit Card Is Changing

    The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 has brought about new rules to help protect you.
  15. Investing Books It Pays To Read

    We provide some classic and lesser-known titles to add to your collection.
  16. Water Cooler Finance: Trouble At Home And Abroad

    This week was fraught with market turmoil, and it looks like the financial world is in for a bumpy ride in the weeks ahead.
  17. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  18. Retire In Style

    Set your sights on the golden years and get there sooner.
  19. 6 Alternatives To Health Insurance

    Not having health insurance doesn't mean that you have no alternatives. Here's what you can do to reduce your healthcare costs.
  20. Marriage Vs. Common Law: What It Means Financially

    The number of unmarried couples is on the rise, but your relationship may or may not be given the same benefits as married couples.
  21. 6 Reasons Why Products Fail

    There are a number of reasons outside of marketing and the actual product that can lead to unmitigated failure.
  22. Budget Like The Government

    Wouldn't it be great to run up charges everywhere and then leave the bill for someone else to pay? That's exactly what happens in the federal government.
  23. Learn Your Net Worth, Then Insure It

    This guide will help you figure out how much you're worth and how much life insurance you need.
  24. Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job

    Social networks have become popular job-seeking resources. Find out how to use them to your advantage.
  25. A Map To Grocery Store Savings

    By taking a little time to analyze a supermarket's layout, you can target the most budget-friendly areas and keep more money in your wallet.
  26. Debt Collection: Know Your Rights

    Learn about the debt collection process so you know how to handle it if it happens to you.
  27. Forget Your Bank Account - Use Your Credit Card

    What if you used your credit card as a bank account? Believe it or not, this strange strategy could actually work.
  28. Tax Avoidance Or Illegal Evasion?

    Find out how to avoid the most common tax filing mistakes and audit triggers, so you can deduct with a clear conscience.
  29. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
  30. No Job And $50,000 In Student Debt. Now What?

    I had a plan to pay off my career-changing graduate school debt. Now all I can do is defer payments. Or win the lottery.
  31. Planning For The Estate Tax's Return

    The 2010 estate tax lapse could be costly to your family if it keeps you from planning.
  32. The Most Economical Sports For Kids

    Interested in getting your child involved in youth sports? See how much you might expect to pay to play.
  33. When To Tip? And How Much?

    Good service can be rewarded through tipping. Find out which services commonly require a tip, and how much you should give.
  34. 5 Surprise Costs That May Affect Your Tax Bracket

    Surprise! You may owe more than you think.
  35. A Soaring Housing Market: College Apartments

    How to play the boom in upscale student housing.
  36. Taking The Lead In The Interview Dance

    Learn the steps that will help lead you to a new career.
  37. 5 Bizarre Insurance Policies

    If you can dream up a risk, you can probably insure it. From interesting to bizarre, here are five of the weirdest insurance policies.
  38. What To Bring To The Tax Man

    Forgetting these forms can cost you your refund.
  39. Water Cooler News: Financial News This Week

    Find out what's making news in the world of finance this week.
  40. Is The U.S. Still The Center Of The Economic World?

    A weakening currency and huge debts question the U.S.'s position as the world's dominant economic powerhouse.
  41. 10 Tax Protester Claims To Avoid

    The IRS calls them "frivolous" arguments. Make one and you could get hit with big civil penalties and even criminal charges.
  42. The "Next Big Thing" In Pro Sports

    New sports continue to enter the market, but will they push out the traditional stalwarts?
  43. Tax Withholding: Good For Government, Bad For Taxpayers

    It's important to understand where that money coming out of your paycheck goes and why - after all, you earned it.
  44. Financial Elder Abuse Rampant In Economic Downturn

    Lawmakers slow to act against Wall Street wrongdoing.
  45. The Cost Of An Auto Recall

    The impact of an auto recall on a company isn't simply financial.
  46. How Criminals Changed The Tax Code

    Thanks to tax crooks and "creative accountants", tax codes have been designed to eliminate loopholes and catch those who try to skirt their annual payments to the government.
  47. 10 Sources Of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  48. Cost-Benefit Analysis: The Key To Your Financial Life

    Using cost-benefit analysis can leave you with a lot more money in your wallet without a decline in your standard of living.
  49. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  50. Bank Overdraft Changes: What You Need To Know

    New laws to protect consumers should be in place by the summer. Find out what will change and how it could affect you.
  51. 6 Things You Didn't Know About The U.S. Budget Deficit

    The country appears to be spiralling into more debt all the time, but is it really as bad as it looks?
  52. Concierge Healthcare: The Pros and Cons Of Having A Doctor On Call

    Concierge healthcare can mean extra attention from your doctor when you need it, but it isn't the best substitute for health insurance.
  53. Olympic Economics: Boom Or Doom?

    Cities often tout the economic benefits of hosting the Olympics but the wide range of estimates make the actual impact hard to pin down.
  54. Earn Tax-Free Income

    Tax rates are going up, so it pays to find sources of income that the tax collector can't touch. Here are 20 of them.
  55. Creative Accounting: When It's Too Good To Be True

    Accounting practices have matured, but there are still plenty of ways that companies can disguise their financial results.
  56. 4 New Job-Search Trends

    Job boards and traditional resumes just aren't cutting it these days. Find out the new ways that are available for jobseekers.
  57. Hype It Like Steve Jobs

    Since Steve Jobs is the king of hype, it's no wonder Apple earns billions of dollars every year. Read on to learn about some of Apple's famous tactics for building buzz.
  58. How Much Tax Do You Really Pay?

    When you add direct and indirect taxes together, your real tax rate is much more than you expected.
  59. You CAN Retire Now

    Even if your portfolio has taken a hit, these tips can get you back on track.
  60. 3 Common Tax Questions Answered

    We clarify some rules that often puzzle taxpayers.
  61. This Week In Finance: Carl Icahn and Ben Bernanke

    During this week in financial history, an iconic corporate raider was born, and a new economist took the helm of the Federal Reserve.
  62. Expensive Celebrity Valentines Gifts: Did They Work?

    These celebrities treated their sweethearts to notoriously lavish gifts - but did these grand gestures keep the couples together?
  63. Technology Your Kids (Or Grandkids) Will Laugh At

    The time will come when you'll be the one explaining these obsolete technologies.
  64. January Barometer: Did It Work?

    Find out whether this superstitious belief is worth following or little more than water cooler chatter.
  65. Can You Live A Debt-Free Life?

    Avoiding loans goes against the norm but it can be possible - and enjoyable.
  66. Watch Out For "Junk" Mortgage Fees

    So many fees are tacked on to a mortgage, that it's easy to pay more than you have to.
  67. Avoiding Tax Scams

    These schemes can lead to fines - and even jail time - for both the scammer and his victims.
  68. The 7 Most Universal Job Skills

    As the unemployment rate hovers around 10%, learn what skills you need to avoid becoming part of the statistic.
  69. Filing Your First Tax Return

    Tax time can be intimidating - but knowing these tips can ease the process and get you a hefty return.
  70. The 10 Most Common Tax-Filing Mistakes

    Be sure to double check your federal income tax return for these common mistakes that could cost you time and money.
  71. Marrying Your Finances: File Jointly And Save!

    Read these tips to find financial (and wedded) bliss, and put some cash in your pockets.
  72. 10 Resume Red Flags

    You may think you have a strong resume, but if you are including these surprising red-flag items, you may not even make it to an interview.
  73. Sports Bets That Would Have Made You Rich In 2009

    If you had placed these wagers, you would be very rich in 2010.
  74. Choosing A Compatible Broker

    We go over the factors that determine different investing personalities, and the services that best suit them.
  75. Cash And Student Loan Forgiveness: The Perfect First Job

    Pesky student loans can make your first few years (even decades) of employment difficult. These organizations can make all the difference.
  76. 6 Ways To Steal Her Heart - Without Breaking The Bank

    There's nothing like a romantic proposal to sweep a girl off her feet. Here are six ways to make a major impression on a small budget.
  77. Careers in Crisis: Three Industries Hit Hardest By Job Losses

    The entire nation is suffering from unemployment headaches, but some industries are hurting worse than others.
  78. 5 Extreme Budget Makeovers

    Think you're frugal? These people went to unbelievable lengths to cut back on their living expenses.
  79. Free Online Content: Can It Last?

    With media organizations facing increased financial challenges, paid content is becoming an increasingly attractive option.
  80. Tap Into Your Secret Job Market

    With persistence, creativity and a little luck, you can tap the hidden job market and unearth exciting job opportunities from the oddest places.
  81. The "New" Valentine's Day

    Consumer spending habits around this holiday are changing. Find out where romantic-minded shoppers are putting their money now.
  82. 7 States With No Income Tax

    These states impose no income tax on residents, but will putting down new roots really save you money?
  83. 6 Famous Prenup Screw-Ups

    If you make big money, a prenuptial agreement is serious business. Unfortunately for these big-wigs, they didn't take it seriously enough.
  84. 4 Ways To Make The Most Of Low Interest Rates

    Just because the interest rates are low is no reason to abandon the market completely - there are still plenty of opportunities to make money.
  85. Be Mine, Frugal Valentine

    If your budget for Valentine's Day is restricted, don't worry. These companies are offering festive and frugal deals.
  86. Stretch Your Savings By Working Into Your 70s

    Staying employed a little longer may allow for a more comfortable retirement.
  87. This Week In Finance - Nasdaq Turns 40

    As the exchange enters its 40th year, it's a good time to examine how the Nasdaq's become one of the world's largest stock exchanges.
  88. "Temporary" Taxes That Stuck

    Taxpayers should be wary when a new "temporary tax" is introduced. Sometimes these temporary taxes are anything but.
  89. 5 Areas Where House Prices Are Increasing

    The National Association of Realtors' January data was better than last year, but some cities are rebounding much faster than others.
  90. Keep Your Pending Home Sale From Collapsing

    You've done your research and found your dream home - find out what could go wrong and ruin your sale!
  91. APR and APY: Why Your Bank Hopes You Can't Tell The Difference

    Banks use these rates to entice borrowers and investors. Find out what you're really getting.
  92. Top Tips For Cheaper, Better Car Insurance

    Accident, theft, vandalism - make sure your coverage will protect you when you need it most.
  93. Dial Into Cell Phone Profits

    Everyone seems to have a cell phone or smartphone these days. Learn how to invest in this explosive market.
  94. The 8 Best Bank Perks

    Many banks are now offering free perks to entice new customers.
  95. Is Your 401(k) Administrator Competent?

    The more that employees know about their employee 401(k) plans, the better. But what doesn't your administrator know?
  96. How To Efficiently Read An Annual Report

    Learn how to read between the lines and decipher the actual condition of a company.
  97. 11 Tax Deductions You Can't Actually Write Off

    These are some of the most common tax write-offs that you can't really claim.
  98. New Tax Breaks That'll Help You In 2010

    With all of the new tax changes this year, the IRS won't be able to take quite as much from you.
  99. 6 Ways To Find Your Dream Job

    Find out what job you really want to do and tips for getting there.
  100. Millionaires With The Most Bankruptcies

    These celebrities made a lot and lost a lot - sometimes several times over. Find out who they are.
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