Personal Finance Articles

  1. Wall Street History: Steve Jobs Returns To Apple

    From the bombing of Wall Street to the return of Jobs, this week in financial history has it all.
  2. Investing Myths That Need To Go

    Certain investing myths just won't die. Find out how dated sayings could be costing you.
  3. 6 Extreme Ways To Land Your Dream Job

    Get one step closer to your dream job by making sure you stand out from the rest of the applicants.
  4. 7 Ways To Outsmart Your Credit Card Company

    Card companies are finding new ways to keep their profits up under new credit card laws. How consumers can win the battle. ...
  5. Top 5 Signs Of A Bad Real Estate Agent

    The signs of a bad agent go beyond whether your home sells quickly.
  6. September 30: A Key Date For Retirement Plan Beneficiaries

    Unless certain action is taken by this date, distribution rules can put the youngest inheritor at a disadvantage.
  7. Water Cooler Finance: Mergers, Hostile Bids And SEC Probes

    Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity has once again emerged with offers being made in tech, biotech and even fertilizer. ...
  8. 6 Ways To Teach Your Children About Money

    Taxes, saving, investing and even wasting money are all part of the learning experience.
  9. Student Loan Changes You Need To Know

    New student loan legislation eliminates private lenders, adds cash to Pell grant programs and lessens debt repayment.
  10. 7 Boomer Jobs That Are Up For Grabs

    The first boomers started retiring this year - what jobs are they leaving open?
  11. 6 Weird Ways To Invest

    Plenty of people have made it big-time by investing in unusual, wacky things.
  12. How To Avoid Taxation On Life Insurance Proceeds

    Decrease the value of your taxable estate and prevent the tax man from getting you one last time.
  13. The 5 Biggest Factors That Affect Your Credit

    Credit companies rely on these factors to determine whether to lend to you and at what rate.
  14. 8 Tips For Becoming A White-Collar Worker

    Targeting your job search and playing up your strengths can greatly increase your chances of making the leap.
  15. Why Your First Home Shouldn't Be Your Dream Home

    It pays to settle for less, when purchasing your first home.
  16. The 10 Commandments Of Resume Writing

    Thou shalt not commit these resume blunders if you want to be hired.
  17. The 6 Best States For Renters

    These areas offer the most bang for your rental buck.
  18. Baseball Books: The Major League's Financial Secrets

    Baseball teams often claim to be broke, but that's not always the case.
  19. Wall Street History: Fannie And Freddie Are Bailed Out

    This week in financial history saw the first Chrysler bailout, the retirement of a superstar CEO and much more.
  20. 5 Expensive Small Business Mistakes

    Don't just open the doors and bring in the customers - consider these five factors before launching your own business.
  21. 5 Expensive (And Unexpected) Things That Can Happen To Your Home

    These perils can put a dent in the value of one of your biggest assets. Find out how to prevent them.
  22. The 6 Worst Student Loan Mistakes You Can Make

    Don't let these errors in judgement affect your credit for the rest of your life.
  23. 5 Tips For First-Time Renters

    Knowing the main points of a lease will make sure you don't sign - and end up paying for - something you don't want.
  24. Top 10 Careers For Paying Back Your Student Loans

    These jobs will help you pay off your education debt quickly.
  25. 8 Things Employers Aren't Allowed To Ask You

    In their eagerness for gainful employment, many people may overlook these improper interview questions.
  26. Water Cooler Finance: The New iPod And The Roller Coaster Market

    The market continues to threaten to jump the tracks, but take heart; Apple continues to deliver shiny gadgets for us to play ...
  27. Why Retirees Can't Count On Muni Bonds

    Interest may not be tax-exempt for seniors with Medicare or Social Security benefits.
  28. 6 New Changes To Student Credit Cards

    The CARD Act of 2009 helps protect college students from piling up debt as they enter the workforce. We put together six ...
  29. Housing Cooperatives: A Unique Type Of Home Ownership

    Co-ops are often less expensive than apartments and provide some unique benefits and drawbacks for owners.
  30. Debt, Savings, Retirement: Where Should Your Money Go?

    Come up with a money management plan that will help you allocate your funds effectively.
  31. Top 8 Ways To Get Your Resume Thrown Out

    These mistakes might mean your resume is never even read by the hiring manager.
  32. Everything You Need To Know About Credit Card Rates

    Understanding credit card rates will help you choose the right credit card, and avoid any unpleasant surprises.
  33. Top Paying Jobs For Undergrads

    That undergrad degree you're pursuing doesn't have to be the first step in a series - it can be the last schooling that you ...
  34. Top Degrees Mean Top Jobs

    These programs can help grads land a great job with an excellent salary.
  35. 4 Tips For Picking The Best Credit Cards

    Find out how to evaluate interest rates, fees, rewards and convenience to make sure you're getting the best credit card available. ...
  36. 5 Company Names That Could Damage Your Resume

    These companies have a negative aura around their names that may be detrimental to your application.
  37. How To Save $10,000 This Year In College

    With these simple tips, you can save $12,200, and without sacrificing any element of your precious college years.
  38. Wall Street History: Warren Buffett's Birthday!

    This week in financial history, the Oracle of Omaha celebrates a big birthday.
  39. 8 College Financing Flubs

    These are the most common mistakes made by students and parents, as it relates to funding for higher education.
  40. 4 Solar Power Rebates You May Not Know About

    Credits and rebates can make solar power a practical investment if you plan to remain in your home.
  41. Homebuyer Tradeoffs: What Will You Have To Sacrifice?

    It's rarely possible to find a completely perfect home for your needs, tastes and budget, but it's OK to make tradeoffs. ...
  42. 6 Outrageously Overpriced Products

    From movie theater popcorn to printer ink, here are six of the most ridiculously overpriced products consumers can't seem ...
  43. 6 Spending Tips From Frugal Billionaires

    You don't get to be a billionaire by spending a lot of money.
  44. Water Cooler Finance: The Ups And Downs Of A Double-Dip Recession

    This week in finance, disappointing economic indicators increased worries about an extended recession.
  45. The Pros And Cons Of Price Wars

    Cheaper prices for the customer may seem great, but aggressive price cutting has a downside.
  46. 7 Jobs Companies Are Desperate To Fill

    With today's high unemployment rate, it's hard to imagine there are jobs ready for the taking but it's true.
  47. 5 Questions To Ask Your Potential Financial Advisor

    If you are looking for a financial advisor, you'll need to know the questions to ask in order to fully understand your financial ...
  48. 6 Signs That You've Made It To Middle Class

    If you can check off each of these points, you are likely a member of the middle class.
  49. Life Insurance: How To Get the Most Out Of Your Policy

    There are many benefits to owning a life insurance policy - if you get the right one for you.
  50. 6 Tips For Turning Your Kid Into A Entrepreneur

    Help your child cultivate the necessary skills for the business world.
  51. 6 Neighborhood Red Flags

    These six items should be considered when choosing a new home.
  52. Applying For An FHA 203(k) Loan

    If you have the time and energy, the 203(k) loan is often the only way to finance a property needing significant repairs. ...
  53. Buyers Clubs: Will You Really Save?

    Joining a buyers club can save you a few dollars, but there are a few other considerations you should take into account. ...
  54. Lavish Billionaire Spending Sprees

    It's hard to spend millions of dollars without someone taking notice. Check out some of these billionaires' top splurges ...
  55. Top 5 Home Renos For Your Money

    Home renovations are an affordable way of changing your scenery without selling your house - but which ones give you the ...
  56. How Mail-In Rebates Rip You Off

    These common strategies often leave consumers holding the bill.
  57. Green Energy: Why We're Still Not Using It

    The reason we are still dependent on fossil fuels for energy is about as old as the fossils themselves. Read on to find out ...
  58. Wall Street History: The Boesky And Siegel Deal

    Oil wells, sub sandwiches and foreclosures are all discussed this week in Wall Street history.
  59. What's Your Billionaire Age?

    Find out how much and for how long one would have to save to become a billionaire, and whether it's possible for anyone. ...
  60. 6 Ways To Save Online

    Whether you're buying online or not, with these tips, the web is your superhighway to big savings.
  61. Early Out: A Realistic Plan To Retire Younger

    If you want to retire ahead of schedule, it'll take some extra planning.
  62. Water Cooler Finance: A Diving Dow And Rotting Eggs

    With an attempted hostile takeover, the Bank of America lawsuit, surprising earnings and a diving Dow, business news doesn't ...
  63. 5 Tips For Finding Your Perfect Job Online

    With so many jobs being advertised online, it pays to know your way around an online job search. Here's what you need to ...
  64. Turn Your Part-Time Gig Into A Full-Time Job

    These tips can help you make a permanent job out of a temporary or contract position.
  65. Is Buying A Franchise Wise?

    If you like being your own boss, this is not the job for you.
  66. Everyday Fees And How To Avoid Them

    Keep an eye out for these charges, and you'll save a bundle.
  67. Keep Working Or Stay At Home With The Kids?

    Choosing to stay at home with the kids is a choice that has both positive and negative financial consequences.
  68. 5 Simple Tips For Minimalism

    Minimalism is becoming more popular, following a decade of excess and consuming, with America feeling an urge to get back ...
  69. 10 Things You Must Know Before You Retire

    Don't put off your retirement planning - these 10 steps can make your later years much more manageable.
  70. Starting A Business? Consider This First

    Going into business for yourself can be a fantastic, liberating experience. But beware of the hidden pitfalls.
  71. 6 Ways To Come Up With A Down Payment On A Home

    The requirements for making a down payment on a home have changed, but don't worry - there are still plenty of ways to build ...
  72. Top Celebrity Career Comeback Tips

    If you're struggling to get your career back on track in this recession, you can learn from a few celebrities who emerged ...
  73. 7 Must-Have Real Estate Contract Conditions

    It's a good idea to educate yourself on the not-so-obvious parts of a real estate contract.
  74. An Introduction To The FHA 203(k) Loan

    If you're looking at a fixer-upper, the Federal Housing Administration rehab loan may be the mortgage for you.
  75. 5 Ways To Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

    America is saving 6.4 percent of its money -not bad, but we would all like to do better. Here are five simple ways to trick ...
  76. Wall Street History: Hurricanes And Honest Analysts

    What do gold, Enron and Google all have in common? This week in Wall Street history!
  77. 6 Common Conditions With Expensive Medications

    While the most expensive drugs may be for rare diseases, there are lots of common conditions that require some pricey prescriptions. ...
  78. Use ROA To Gauge A Company's Profits

    Do you rely too heavily on ROE? Consider using return on assets for a more complete picture.
  79. Companies Playing Catch-Up With The Competition

    These companies may have a rough battle ahead of them, but the competition is sure to make them stronger.
  80. 8 Occupations With Increased Demand

    From the looks of these numbers, an economic recovery may be on the way sooner than later for many industries.
  81. Top 6 Ways To Ruin Your Retirement

    Make sure you aren't doing anything on this list, or your golden years could be in jeapardy.
  82. Crisis Management Strategies For Business Owners

    When a PR problem arises, your company will be judged on how you handle it. Are you ready?
  83. Billionaires Who Haven't Taken The Pledge

    The Pledge has gained a lot of attention, but some names are missing. We'll look at a few notables not signing up.
  84. Who's Cashing In On Pro Sports Revenue?

    As professional sports leagues have become more popular, the millions of dollars generated has become billions.
  85. Water Cooler Finance: Billionaire Pledges and Other Positive Press

    This week in finance, the market was feeling the heat, the auto industry is perking up and billionaires are giving it all ...
  86. The 7 Best Places To Put Your Savings

    You work hard to put your money away for the future, but where you should you keep it?
  87. Lazy Portfolio Strategies For Your RRSP

    Check out this cheap and easy way to secure good returns for the long term.
  88. Student Loan Deferment: Live To Pay Another Day

    Extending your principal repayment date can increase your chances of fighting off default.
  89. Taking The Surprise Out Of Long-Term Care

    Don't be caught unprepared - find out what to look for in LTC insurance policies.
  90. 5 Famous Wall Street Meltdowns

    Steve Slater set the standard for losing it on the job, but these four set the bar for going mad on Wall Street.
  91. 7 Best Companies To Have On Your Resume

    Some companies just have that Ivy League shine; that great reputation with which anyone wants to be associated. Here are ...
  92. The Importance Of Inflation And GDP

    Learn the underlying theories behind these concepts and what they can mean for your portfolio.
  93. Top 5 Ways To Budget For A Baby

    Follow these simple tips to keep your wallet as fat and healthy as your new baby.
  94. 5 Types Of REITs And How To Invest In Them

    Real estate investment trusts are a sound addition to a diversified portfolio. Learn what you need to know to invest.
  95. Can You Afford To Retire Early?

    Early retirement is the hope of many people currently in the workplace. So, how do we get there - and what are the downsides? ...
  96. Top 6 Most Indebted Countries (And Why)

    Is the U.S. debt as bad as it sounds? Take a look at these European countries, and the U.S. doesn't seem so bad.
  97. Is The Billionaire Charity Pledge A Good Idea?

    Will Bill Gates' call for billionaires to become more active in charitable giving do all the good it could?
  98. Wall Street History: Greenspan And IPO Madness

    Scandals, IPOs and huge, ugly computers all share this week in Wall Street history.
  99. 5 Top-Paid Sports Commissioners

    Guess who takes the top spot in this ranking of sports commissioners' salaries.
  100. 5 Billionaire Habits That Can Make You Richer

    Billionaires are a very elite group, but they have more in common than just money.
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