Personal Finance Articles

  1. 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.
  2. Top Tips For Cheaper, Better Car Insurance

    Accident, theft, vandalism - make sure your coverage will protect you when you need it most.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. How To Efficiently Read An Annual Report

    Learn how to read between the lines and decipher the actual condition of a company.
  6. Dial Into Cell Phone Profits

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

    Many banks are now offering free perks to entice new customers.
  8. 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.
  9. What Are You Teaching Your Kids About Money?

    Your approach to your finances could determine your children's financial success.
  10. Top Tips For Successfully Renting Out Your Home

    Renting out your home can be a great way to ride out a real estate slump - if you do it right.
  11. 6 Ways To Find Your Dream Job

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

    These celebrities made a lot and lost a lot - sometimes several times over. Find out who they are.
  13. The Taylor Rule: An Economic Model For Monetary Policy

    This interest rate forecasting model has helped central banks around the world adjust their rates to balance out inflation.
  14. Avoid An Audit: 6 "Red Flags" You Should Know

    Don't make yourself a target - steer clear of these attention-grabbing tax-filing practices.
  15. Give To Charity; Slash Your Tax Payment

    Being generous has never been more (financially) rewarding!
  16. 5 Signs You Shouldn't Switch Careers

    While switching careers can work wonders for your sanity and your bank account, you should always look before you leap.
  17. When A Homeowner's Best Move Is Turning Over The Keys

    Moving out of your own home is sometimes the smartest financial move.
  18. Red Carpet Looks For Less

    Here are five tips for getting the Hollywood glam, without the hefty price tag.
  19. Doggie Business

    These companies thrive on spoiling man's best friend. But is this industry for the dogs?
  20. Are You Getting What You Paid For?

    Carefully checking your purchases can help protect your budget.
  21. Cosmetic Change: Dollars And Sense

    Before joining the celebrity-driven cosmetic surgery revolution, learn the costs and the risks.
  22. Mass Layoffs: The Hardest-Hit States

    The mass layoff data for December has been released, and while the numbers are far from good, they have been a lot worse.
  23. Attention Home Buyers! Why You Need A Lawyer

    Property transactions are complex and subject to specific state/local rules. A professional can simplify the process.
  24. The Not-So-$uper Bowl

    You may think it goes without saying that Super Bowl host cities benefit from the event, but as it turns out officials have been using some creative math.
  25. The Amateur Investor's Guide To Analyzing Corporate Efficiency

    Find out how the amateur investor can measure the success of management.
  26. 5 Strange New Ways To Invest

    These new investment vehicles could be for you if you are feeling burned by the recession.
  27. Don't Bank On A Tax Refund

    When you get a refund, you’ve essentially lent your money to the government, interest-free. Find out how to keep your money working in your favor, year-round.
  28. Big Brother Breweries

    We look at the activity of the world's three largest brewers, and the impact on brewers and consumers.
  29. 6 Tips For Becoming A Budget Gourmet

    Fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.
  30. 5 Tricks Companies Use During Earnings Season

    Don't be fooled: Companies use all kinds of tactics to make bad earnings look good. Find out how to see through them.
  31. 10 Things You Should Know About 1099s

    They're arriving in the mail now. Don't ignore them, or you could be buying trouble with the IRS.
  32. Your Taxes: Where Do They Go?

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
  33. 9 Careers On The Way Out

    Some careers have gone away due to technology, advances in productivity and conservation efforts.
  34. 10 Things to Know About 1031 Exchanges

    Real estate swaps grow popular, but traps are many. Beware new rules on vacation homes.
  35. The Spend-Every-Penny Retirement Plan

    If your goal is to enjoy every cent you've worked so hard to save, here are some tips on how to spend it all without running out.
  36. 5 Famous Tax Cheats

    These five famous Americans tried to dodge the taxman and got caught. Find out who they were and what they owed.
  37. Heavy-Handed Bank Regs To Hurt Middle Class

    Feds should focus on their own role in the financial crisis.
  38. Georges Doriot And The Birth Of Venture Capital

    Venture capital has been around for centuries, but Georges Doriot turned it into a structured field of investment.
  39. Housing Numbers: Northeast Drags Down the Nation

    The most recent report suggests that a rebound just isn't in the cards, especially in the Midwest and Northeast regions.
  40. Will Avatar Ruin Sports TV?

    The advent of 3D technologies may mean a drastic change in how we watch television. Is this move for the better?
  41. Earnings Forecasts: A Primer

    Learn how this key metric is calculated and how it is used to judge market performance.
  42. Turn Small Savings Into A Big Nest Egg

    Small changes to spending and saving habits can reap major rewards - with limited sacrifice.
  43. New Baby, New Tax Break

    Delivering a new baby also delivers a $1,000 child tax credit - and that's just the start!
  44. 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

    The receipts you cram into your wallet could be replaced with cash come tax season.
  45. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  46. Foreclosure Opens Doors For Real Estate Investors

    Learn how to spot hot properties that you can turn around for a profit.
  47. 5 Ways To Cut Your Cable Bill

    The cost of cable keeps climbing, but that doesn't mean you have to pay more satisfy your TV cravings.
  48. Consumer "Fads" That Haven't Faded

    From bottled water to Harry Potter, these products were deemed fads but have managed to stick around.
  49. Are You Unknowingly Committing Health Insurance Fraud?

    Insurers tend to automatically flag certain claims as fraud. Find out which claims could land you in a sticky situation.
  50. Strategies For Quarterly Earnings Season

    Breeze through consensus estimates like the biggest Wall Street forecasters.
  51. 6 Reasons To Make A Lateral Career Move

    Making a lateral career move could be the best move you make. Find out when it's worth moving over when you can't move up.
  52. Live A Rich Retirement Or Leave A Legacy?

    Should you dine on caviar or put Tom Jr. through college? Here are some guidelines for making this tough decision.
  53. The Tiger Woods Effect - $12 Billion Wiped Out

    The Tiger Woods debacle shook the marketing complex. Major sponsors are drawing their lines in the sand, and the cost is huge.
  54. Public Pensions, Managers Falsify Investment Returns

    Fraud gives inflated view of many assets performances.
  55. The Dog Ate My IRA Rollover

    If you miss the 60-day rollover deadline, will the IRS be sympathetic?
  56. Six Jobs Paying $35 (Or More) Per Hour

    Looking for a high-paying job? These six pay above $35 per hour.
  57. International Aid To Haiti: The Large And Small

    We look at the aid that's been promised to Haiti and see which nations are most generous on a per-capita basis.
  58. Newly Divorced? How To File Your Taxes

    Divorce is a rough transition. Make the tax changes as easy as possible with these tips.
  59. 10 Costly Celebrity Divorces

    These 10 celebrities split from their better halves - and parted with a fortune in the process.
  60. Getting The Real Earnings

    EPS helps investors analyze earnings in relation to changes in new-share capital.
  61. 2010: The Year To Convert Your IRA

    Thanks to fewer restrictions, it's now easier than ever to convert your traditional IRA into a Roth IRA.
  62. Home Improvements: Does It Pay To Go Green?

    Going green doesn't have to damage your finances. These tips can help you save your bank account and the environment.
  63. Millionaires By Marriage

    These non-celebrities tied the knot with ultra-rich A-listers. Find out how these fairy-tale couples met.
  64. 7 Tips For Tidying Up Your Credit Score

    Fixing a damaged credit score isn't the hardest thing to do, but it does require some dedication.
  65. A Year In Product Recalls

    Some products were announced with great hype, only to be pulled from shelves.
  66. The Basics Of Financial Responsibility

    Just being able to make your credit card payment doesn't cut it. Find out what does.
  67. Where Are The Jobs?

    We look at the areas and industries that are still showing promising employment numbers - and the ones that aren't.
  68. The Best Way To Borrow

    There are many avenues from which to drum up funding. Find out the pros and cons of each.
  69. Asset Allocation In A Bond Portfolio

    An investor's fixed-income portfolio can easily beat the average bond fund. Learn how and why!
  70. Sell Your Rental Property For A Profit

    Being a landlord can be taxing, especially when you want to sell. Find out how to reduce your burden.
  71. How To Make $1 Million In Your Small Business

    Make your dream a reality. Find out what you can do to reach this financial goal.
  72. 5 Overpaid Jobs

    Looking at whether someone else could do the same job for less pay, we find some surprising overpaid jobs.
  73. Prevent Bankruptcy With These Tips

    This financial decision should only be used as a last resort. Find out how to avoid it.
  74. A Solar-Powered Home: Will It Pay Off?

    Outfitting your home with solar power can be a long-term investment, or just a step toward greener living.
  75. Caring For Fido After You're Gone

    You don't have to be Leona Helmsley to provide for your pet.
  76. Core Earnings Strip Away "Creative" Accounting

    This metric is an attempt to counteract creative accounting, but it poses its own set of challenges.
  77. How To Ask For A Pay Raise

    Read the dos and don'ts that will help you get that pay raise!
  78. The Best 401(k) Moves Right Now

    Whether you've been out or in the market lately, the health of your 401(k) is vital.
  79. Earnings: Quality Means Everything

    It's quantity that generates all the hype, but there are more meaningful factors that gauge true performance.
  80. 5 Cities Where Homes Aren't Selling

    These five major metropolitan areas have property values that have declined the most.
  81. 2010: The Year You Get Your Finances In Order

    Here are three easy steps to get your finances in order for 2010.
  82. New Home Repair Troubleshooting

    Think a new home means no repairs? Think again. Learn about common repair and maintenance items and how to cut your costs.
  83. The 2010 Real Estate Outlook

    The real estate market is still struggling, but that doesn't leave everyone out in the cold.
  84. 10 Tips For Deducting Your 'Hobby'

    Here's how to keep Uncle Sam from claiming your small side business is really a hobby.
  85. Why Now Is The Time For A Roth IRA

    Legislative changes in recent years make Roth IRAs worth a second look.
  86. Earnings Power Drives Stocks

    Internal return on investment helps determine a stock's ability to propel shareholder returns.
  87. 2010 Investment Outlook

    We look at what investors should be keeping in mind - and on their radars – as we enter the next phase of the economic recovery.
  88. Six-Figure Jobs You Don't Have To Go To College For

    Can you make an elite salary with a basic education? Yes you can!
  89. 8 Signs Your Neighborhood Is On The Upswing

    If you were hard-hit by the real estate crash, you may be wondering when things will get better for you. We show you how to keep tabs.
  90. Extreme Socially Responsible Investing

    Make your money work for you without putting it into ventures that don't support your values.
  91. Fend Off Foreclosure - With Bankruptcy?

    When you have a tough financial decision to make about your home, make sure you have all the information.
  92. Is Your Forex Broker A Scam?

    While the forex market is slowly becoming more regulated, there are many unscrupulous brokers who should not be in business.
  93. Freebies From Your Health Insurance Company

    Whether your goal is to lose weight, quit smoking or just take overall better care of yourself you may have a surprising ally: your health insurance company.
  94. Warren Buffett's Frugal, So Why Aren't You?

    The Oracle of Omaha has a net worth in the billions, but his lifestyle is not as rich as you may think.
  95. IRS To Regulate Tax Preparers

    But new standards won't help taxpayers this filing season.
  96. Becoming A Financial Writer

    Instead of working on Wall Street, write about it.
  97. Forces That Move Stock Prices

    You can't predict exactly how stocks will behave, but knowing what affects prices will put you ahead of the pack.
  98. 5 Reasons Your Financial Resolutions Won't Work

    The new year is the time serious self-examination. But not every resolution you make will last - here's why.
  99. Celebrity Recession: Stars Who've Lost It All

    Not even celebrities were immune to the economic downturn of the past year. See who fell and why.
  100. The Future Of Green Technology Investing

    Other endeavors may be experiencing a credit crunch, but investing in energy conservation, sustainable energy and resource maximization is on the rise.
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