Personal Finance Articles

  1. 10 Worst First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

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

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

    These movie franchises have grossed the highest overall.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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.
  7. '90s Stars With Money Problems

    These stars had the world at their fingertips but are facing financial hardships a decade later.
  8. Wall Street History: Disney, Kodak And Astor

    This week in financial history marks the opening of the happiest place on earth and much more.
  9. 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.
  10. Cities Where Home Prices Continue To Fall

    S&P/Case-Shiller's most recent home price index bears more bad news for some cities.
  11. Investing With Purpose And For Profit: Affordable Housing

    Successful real estate investors are more than just landords - they are savvy business executives.
  12. 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.
  13. Christmas In July: How Much Can You Save?

    Christmas in July is a fairly new phenomenon with the potential for huge returns.
  14. 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?
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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.
  17. Government Debt: From Billions To Trillions

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

    Find out how to keep the cost of your textbooks from approaching your tuition expenses.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Reality Check: Why Startups Fail

    New ventures have only a 50% chance of making it through the first five years. Find out why.
  22. 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?
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. Converting An IRA Annuity To A Roth: Know The Rules

    We look at the past and current legislation that governs IRA annuity conversions.
  26. 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?
  27. iPhone 4: Numbers To Know

    We look at the the numbers behind the iPhone and see how Apple continues its smartphone trendsetting.
  28. 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.
  29. 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 ...
  30. 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. ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. 5 Reasons To Buy A New Car

    Even the most frugal drivers have a tipping point. Is it time for a new car?
  33. Will Your Home Remodel Pay Off?

    Some renovations will mean a bigger sale price on your home, while others will just cost you.
  34. Sports Stars Worth Every Penny

    Which sport stars mean the most to their teams financially?
  35. 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 ...
  36. Decoding Car Deals: What's The Real Deal?

    Don't get taken for a ride when you go to purchase your next car.
  37. 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.
  38. History Of Coinage In The U.S.

    From the barter system to commemorative coins, we look at the history of U.S. money.
  39. 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 ...
  40. 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. ...
  41. 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.
  42. 4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from unscrupulous practices means knowing how to spot them.
  43. 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 ...
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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 ...
  48. Michael Jordan: By The Numbers

    We look through Michael Jordan's storied career, and to his future as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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 ...
  52. The Most Expensive Home Insurance Perils

    Floods, hurricanes, mold, earthquakes - the threats to your home are numerous.
  53. 9 Factors That Affect When You Retire

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

    It's not impossible to retire with $1 million, but it does take timing, luck and commitment.
  55. 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.
  56. World Cup: By The Numbers

    See what major benchmarks and figures go along with this worldwide sports phenomenon.
  57. Save Money By Tracking Your Spouse's Spending

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

    Find out how you can keep your car running longer for less.
  59. Movie Ratings Vs. Ticket Sales: A Love Story

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

    These numbers tell the story of one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
  61. Do Tax Cuts Stimulate The Economy?

    Learn the logic behind the belief that reducing government income benefits everyone.
  62. 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.
  63. The Presidential Resume

    When making your way to the White House, there are some definite resume must-haves.
  64. 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 ...
  65. Beer Nation

    Ever wonder which state drinks the most beer? Find out that and more as we explore the economics of beer.
  66. Microsoft: By The Numbers

    We take a look back at this company's past and present numbers to see what they can tell us about its future.
  67. Want To Leave Money To Your Family? Stretch Your IRA

    Find out how your beneficiaries can enjoy tax-deferred growth for as long as possible.
  68. The Workaholic's Retirement Plan

    If you're still punching the clock after 30 years, what kind of retirement plan should you have?
  69. Blowing Their Own Horn: Will The World Cup Lure Investment Capital To South Africa?

    As the world watches the action in S. Africa, we check out winning investments that provide exposure to this area.
  70. 50 Years Old And Broke: Now What?

    What do you do if you find yourself close to retirement, but far from your savings goals?
  71. Water Cooler Finance: Billion-Dollar Summits And Barack Vs. BP

    Keep up to date with this week's financial and economic headlines.
  72. States That Bank On Barbecue Season

    In some states and towns around the U.S., barbecue season can mean millions of dollars in tourism income.
  73. Self Employed? 5 Steps To Scoring A Mortgage

    Convince lenders that you're a good bet despite your lack of a steady income.
  74. Can't Get A Raise? Negotiate Your Benefits

    There are many ways your employer can make your job more pleasant, even when money is tight.
  75. A History Of Baseball Economics

    A look at baseball from semi professional to its rise as a moneymaking business.
  76. 5 Rental Red Flags

    Pay attention to the small things when rental shopping.
  77. Percentage Budgeting For Seniors: Are You On Track?

    Retirement should be a time to relax and enjoy your golden years, but it's equally important to carefully manage your finances. ...
  78. You Get Paid For That?!

    We look at five different jobs that most people would be willing to do for free.
  79. The Actual Top Grossing US Movies

    Blockbuster movie calculations don't include inflation. Find out what the real top grossing movies are.
  80. Your Property Tax Assessment: What Does It Mean?

    Understanding your property taxes can protect you from financial shocks.
  81. Dating And Job Hunting: The Same Skills Apply

    In your career and your love life, it is equally important to take the time and effort to make each encounter special.
  82. Wall Street History: Superman, Trump And Mr. Copper

    A lot of birthdays this week, including Ford Motors, the FDIC and Donald Trump. We also check look at antitrust and Hoover's ...
  83. American Idol's Career Secret

    Lee DeWyze worked in finance as well as in a paint store.
  84. Financial Professionals: The Benefits Of Joining An Association

    Make a name for yourself among your industry peers by joining a professional association.
  85. 5 Vacation Destinations For The Wannabe Rich

    While you may not be able to pay your way to privacy, with a little creativity, you can land a stop on a deserted white sand ...
  86. Biggest Corporate Comebacks

    Apple isn't the only major company to learn from its mistakes and return to glory.
  87. 5 Forgotten Financial Frauds

    Bernie Madoff reminded us about the Ponzi scheme. What other old scams are due for a comeback?
  88. Hidden Holiday Fees And How To Find Them

    Going on vacation is expensive but unexpected costs can make it downright unaffordable.
  89. Get Your Budget Beach-Ready

    The same diet and exercise tips that work wonders for your waist line can also help you trim your spending.
  90. 7 Ways To Fund Your Child's Athletic Pursuits

    Children's athletic pursuits can put a big dent in parents' budgets. Find out how to keep costs down.
  91. Water Cooler Finance: The iPhone Launch, Buffett's Lunch And BP's Lashing

    This week in financial news saw more uncertainty in the markets on bad news from retail, GM and BP.
  92. Flipping Houses: Is It Better Than Buy and Hold?

    Real estate investors can flip a property or use it for cash flow. Find out which will work in your neck of the woods.
  93. Best Amusement Parks For Your Buck

    We break down some of the U.S.'s most popular amusement parks to find out which one provides the best value.
  94. Investment Options For Any Income

    You don't need piles of money to begin investing. Even $50 is enough, if you know how to use it right.
  95. Can't Get a Summer Job? Be Your Own Boss!

    Find out how to get started and what resources are available to help you become a successful entrepreneur.
  96. Encouraging Good Habits With An Incentive Trust

    Money can be a powerful motivator - why not use it to teach your heirs positive lessons?
  97. 4 Things That Are More Expensive Than You Think

    Small purchases may not appear to be a big deal initially, but over time these little items will end up costing you a whole ...
  98. Top Cities For Real Estate Flipping

    These three cities have seen home prices increase every month for almost a year now, but still offer potential bargains in ...
  99. Avoiding IRS Penalties On Your IRA Assets

    The best way to avoid additional charges and taxes is to know which transactions have expensive consequences.
  100. Wall Street History: Social Security, Martha Stewart And Men In Dresses

    This week in financial history saw the birth of social security, a bizarre rogue trader and more.
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