Personal Finance Articles

  1. The Dangers Of Paying For Your Kid's College

    We all want the best for our kids, and that includes a college education. But should you be footing the bill?
  2. 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Buy A House Right Now

    Everyone keeps saying now is the time to buy. Here's why you shouldn't.
  3. Delayed Interest: Buy More, Pay Much More Later

    Find out the real cost of buying on a delayed interest plan.
  4. 6 Things To Know Before Taking Out A Student Loan

    Before you sign your loan documents, make sure you know what you are getting into.
  5. 8 Reasons To Tough Out Your Job

    Yes, there are many reasons to search for a new job - but consider these eight factors before burning a bridge.
  6. How To Be Debt-Free In 2011

    It's hard to think of Christmas when you're busy beating the summer heat, but now is the best time to prepare.
  7. Weird Insurance Bets Worth Millions

    These are not the policies written by the folks in grey flannel suits.
  8. 10 Investing Tips From Heavy Metal

    Duelling guitars, frenetic drumming, ear-splitting vocals... and solid investment advice?
  9. Water Cooler Finance: The Unrelenting Claw Of Bernie Madoff

    As some industry giants are slipping, some underdogs are finally getting a foothold.
  10. Buying A Home: New Or Previously Owned?

    Brand-new homes have distinct advantages - and drawbacks. Find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.
  11. Parental Leave: Can You Afford It?

    Taking time off with your child can be a big financial decision. Find out what you need to consider.
  12. All-Time Low Mortgage Rates: Time To Refinance?

    Interest rates keep dipping lower and lower. Find out what it takes to tip the scales toward a refinance.
  13. First Impression Career Blunders To Avoid

    These non-verbal cues may cost you the job before the interview even starts.
  14. Is Free Education Really Free?

    As the cost of college in the U.S. continues to climb, it's hard to believe that in some countries you can still be educated ...
  15. How To Prepare For Rising Interest Rates

    Get to know the basic, time-tested strategies that any investor or trader can use to profit in a rising interest rate environment. ...
  16. Crazy Company Back-To-School Deals

    It's back-to-school time, and retailers are fighting for consumer dollars. Here are some of the crazy marketing tactics you ...
  17. 6 Factors That Influence Exchange Rates

    Find out how a currency's relative value reflects a country's economic health and impacts your investment returns.
  18. 5 Specialty Vacations And What They Cost

    These high-end vacations may be costly, but the memories may be worth the price tag.
  19. 5 Tips For Acing A Phone Interview

    Find out how to conquer this common initial screening tool.
  20. 5 Ways To Get Healthy And Save Thousands A Year

    You know you should live healthier, but have you ever looked at how much your unhealthy habits cost you?
  21. 6 New Credit Scams To Watch Out For

    It seems that everyone has their hand in your pocket these days. Learn how to protect yourself against these financial scams. ...
  22. 5 Financial Apps Worth Buying

    Getting your new iPhone set up? These apps will help you manage your money.
  23. 6 Sources Of Student Money You May Have Missed

    This checklist will help you get all the money for school you can.
  24. 5 Reasons You Didn't Get The Job

    Some of these mistakes are avoidable - some are not. But any of them can keep you from landing your next gig.
  25. Obscure Sports That Pay Big

    These sports may not be big names, but the top athletes are still well-compensated.
  26. Wall Street History: Worldcom, Rigas And Freddie

    Financial scandals were all the rage in 2002, and this week in financial history saw two of them implode.
  27. States That Pay The Most Taxes

    These five states may pay through the nose in taxes - but the benefits may just be worth it.
  28. 4 Alternatives To A Traditional Mortgage

    If you can't qualify for or don't want a traditional mortgage, one of these options might be right for you.
  29. What To Do When You Don't Have Enough To Retire

    Lifestyle changes and a bit more work can make all the difference.
  30. How Secure Is Your Job?

    While some career fields seem promising, others are cleaning house.
  31. Why You Should Draft A Will

    Don't trust the courts to follow your wishes - plan the distribution of your own assets.
  32. Water Cooler Finance: Goldman Fined, Financial Fixes And Apple's "Apology"

    This week marked some huge financial changes and conclusions.
  33. 5 Financial Faux-Pas

    No one is really supposed to talk about money, despite the fact that much of our lives revolve around it.
  34. Should Your College Kid Live At Home?

    This isn't a decision to make lightly - it will have a huge impact on your college bill.
  35. 6 Things You Shouldn't Sell At A Garage Sale

    Your garage is probably the most convenient place to stage a sale, but it may not be the most profitable.
  36. 10 Worst First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

    These errors could wind up costing you more than the coveted key to your first home.
  37. Top Pro Athlete Pension Plans

    Not all pension plans in professional sports are created equal.
  38. Top 10 Successful Movie Franchises

    These movie franchises have grossed the highest overall.
  39. 10 States Cashing In On Tourism

    Tourism can bring in billions of dollars and employing tens of thousands. Here are the top ten states cashing in on tourism ...
  40. Cash In On Companies With Declining Sales

    The latest retail report showed a 0.5% decrease in sales. Find out which companies took the biggest hit.
  41. Wall Street History: Disney, Kodak And Astor

    This week in financial history marks the opening of the happiest place on earth and much more.
  42. How Will The Expiring Bush Tax Cuts Affect You?

    Find out which expiring tax cuts might cost you money if Congress doesn't extend them.
  43. '90s Stars With Money Problems

    These stars had the world at their fingertips but are facing financial hardships a decade later.
  44. Investing With Purpose And For Profit: Affordable Housing

    Successful real estate investors are more than just landords - they are savvy business executives.
  45. June Retail Sales: Worthless Data Or Valuable Tool?

    Investors live and die by monthly retail sales, but the data might be too short term and unreliable to use.
  46. A Foolproof Budget Plan For Textbooks

    College textbooks can cost a fortune. We show you how to take some of the sting out of this expense.
  47. Cities Where Home Prices Continue To Fall

    S&P/Case-Shiller's most recent home price index bears more bad news for some cities.
  48. Water Cooler Finance: I-Spy, IPOs And iPhones

    With much of the financial world taking advantage of the summer holidays, the news this week ranges from Lebron to Conrad ...
  49. Christmas In July: How Much Can You Save?

    Christmas in July is a fairly new phenomenon with the potential for huge returns.
  50. Billionaires: Can They Solve The World's Problems?

    If Buffett and Gates did convince other billionaires to give away their fortunes, what could be paid for?
  51. Long-Term Care Insurance: Who Needs It?

    No one is immune to the possibility of one day needing long-term care - and the costs can deplete a life savings.
  52. How Much Does It Pay To Be A Hero?

    We look at those who fight crime and save lives, and see how much they get paid for it.
  53. Government Debt: From Billions To Trillions

    The national debt has been growing in leaps and bounds. Find out why.
  54. Students, Get More Bang For Your Textbook Dollars

    Find out how to keep the cost of your textbooks from approaching your tuition expenses.
  55. 8 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Use Coupons

    You can save a lot of money with coupons, but sometimes avoiding them is the best strategy.
  56. Reality Check: Why Startups Fail

    New ventures have only a 50% chance of making it through the first five years. Find out why.
  57. Is Your Business Model Viable? An 8-Point Test

    You have a great business idea, but now you wonder: is my upstart business model really viable?
  58. 5 Things To Do Before Interest Rates Go Up

    It is inevitable that interest rates will go up, but what should investors do to prepare themselves?
  59. Why The Jobless Claims Report Doesn't Really Matter

    This weekly report can influence the markets, but is it a reliable indicator of economic health?
  60. Wall Street History: A Robber Baron And A Beer Baron

    This week in financial history sees the birth of Bud and the richest man in history.
  61. Converting An IRA Annuity To A Roth: Know The Rules

    We look at the past and current legislation that governs IRA annuity conversions.
  62. iPhone 4: Numbers To Know

    We look at the the numbers behind the iPhone and see how Apple continues its smartphone trendsetting.
  63. Should You Invest In Build America Bonds?

    Here are some pros and cons of the debt securities created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  64. 5 Reasons To Buy A New Car

    Even the most frugal drivers have a tipping point. Is it time for a new car?
  65. Water Cooler Finance: More Spilled Oil, Fewer Jobs

    The financial news held few surprises this week, but amidst the ho-hum offerings, there were some interesting bits of news ...
  66. Social Buying: A New Way To Save

    Has the recession left you with cabin fever? Harness the power of social buying websites to get out and try something new. ...
  67. 10 Steps To Buying A Car (Without Getting Taken For A Ride)

    Ready to buy a new or gently used car? Before you get dazzled by the balloons and the new car smell, follow these ten steps ...
  68. Will Your Home Remodel Pay Off?

    Some renovations will mean a bigger sale price on your home, while others will just cost you.
  69. Raising The Retirement Age: 5 Countries Testing The Waters

    Many countries are raising the retirement ages for their citizens. Find out what this means to you.
  70. Sports Stars Worth Every Penny

    Which sport stars mean the most to their teams financially?
  71. 4 Lessons From Billionaire College Entrepreneurs

    We'll be looking at what these college entrepreneurs were majoring in and how they went about building up billion-dollar ...
  72. Decoding Car Deals: What's The Real Deal?

    Don't get taken for a ride when you go to purchase your next car.
  73. History Of Coinage In The U.S.

    From the barter system to commemorative coins, we look at the history of U.S. money.
  74. Beach-onomics: Live By The Water

    Just like other markets, coastal prices fluctuate, and timing is everything. We'll take a look at some of the economics of ...
  75. Wall Street History: iPhone Launch, IRS Birth And ZZZZ Best Fraud

    Landmarks in taxation, technology and fraud are just some of the events from this week in financial history.
  76. 4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from unscrupulous practices means knowing how to spot them.
  77. 7 Things Every Student Renter Should Know

    It's exciting to live on your own for the first time, and a little preparation will ensure that the experience is a positive ...
  78. Tour De France: Cash On Wheels

    With more than one million people attending an event for one day, the corporate sponsors have an enormous captive audience. ...
  79. 10 Home Repairs That Will Save You Money

    Have you been avoiding your home repairs? Think again - these 10 low-cost repairs can save you big money.
  80. Retirement Jobs You Can Do From The Beach

    If you're ready to hit the beach but you're not financially ready to retire, there is hope.
  81. Buy Your Next Home From Uncle Sam

    As a result of rising foreclosures, some Americans will buy their next home from the U.S. government.
  82. Behind The Big Brands

    You've heard of huge companies like Apple, Google and Coca-Cola, but you may be unaware of their suppliers who work behind ...
  83. Michael Jordan: By The Numbers

    We look through Michael Jordan's storied career, and to his future as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
  84. The Most Expensive Home Insurance Perils

    Floods, hurricanes, mold, earthquakes - the threats to your home are numerous.
  85. Will Your Job Let You Retire A Millionaire?

    These jobs will get you to the million mark by retirement if you save 10% of your salary each year.
  86. Discontinued Car Brands - To Buy or Not To Buy?

    The prices on these models have dropped, but that doesn't always mean they're a good deal.
  87. Water Cooler Finance: Shocking Court Rulings, Sinking Markets

    This week in finance was marked by red cards from the U.S. court system, poor economic defense and Warren Buffett's World ...
  88. World Cup: By The Numbers

    See what major benchmarks and figures go along with this worldwide sports phenomenon.
  89. 9 Factors That Affect When You Retire

    Are you headed to an early retirement, or will you be working into your golden years?
  90. The Millionaire's Retirement Plan

    It's not impossible to retire with $1 million, but it does take timing, luck and commitment.
  91. 6 Tips To Get Approved For A Mortgage

    You can change your bank's answer to a loan request from 'No' to 'Yes'. Find out how.
  92. Movie Ratings Vs. Ticket Sales: A Love Story

    Even some of the biggest names in Hollywood often can't overcome an R rating.
  93. Wimbledon: By The Numbers

    These numbers tell the story of one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
  94. Save Money By Tracking Your Spouse's Spending

    Couples find watchful eyes help them cut costs.
  95. Top 5 Money-Saving Tips For Your Car

    Find out how you can keep your car running longer for less.
  96. Beer Nation

    Ever wonder which state drinks the most beer? Find out that and more as we explore the economics of beer.
  97. Do Tax Cuts Stimulate The Economy?

    Learn the logic behind the belief that reducing government income benefits everyone.
  98. Wall Street History: Madoff Funnels, Buffett Gives And Ma Bell Marries

    This week in finance we have a big donation from Buffett and a big scam from Madoff.
  99. The Presidential Resume

    When making your way to the White House, there are some definite resume must-haves.
  100. Dying Careers And How To Survive Them

    These career choices may leave you standing in the unemployment line. Move from laid-off to in-demand by choosing the right ...
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