Personal Finance Articles

  1. Water Cooler Finance: Insiders, Door Busters And Debt Contagion

    Although Thanksgiving festivities made last week a short business week, it wasn't short on new developments for the markets ...
  2. 6 Jobs Where Your Mouth Makes Money

    If you like to talk, putting your mouth where the money is might be a good idea.
  3. How To Owe Nothing On Your Federal Tax Return

    You have the control to determine whether you owe in April. Learn more here.
  4. 5 Pitfalls Of Online Shopping

    There are definitely some advantages to shopping online. But are they enough to overlook these downfalls?
  5. Why Americans Need Boxing Day

    American spending fever is spreading North as Canadian retailers hold Black Friday sales, so it's only fair that we take ...
  6. Smart Money Moves For The End Of The Year

    These are four things you need to get in order before the New Year. If you haven't done them yet, the clock is ticking.
  7. 5 Products That Cost Way More In Canada

    Despite the CAD flirting with parity to the USD, many Canadians still shop stateside for deals. Here are five products that ...
  8. 5 Consequences Of The Mortgage Crisis

    The mortgage crisis can still be felt all over the economy - and it is leading to some nasty side effects that will linger ...
  9. Getting Rich: What Are Your Odds?

    America is home to some of the richest people in the world - so how good are your chances of joining the ranks of the wealthy?
  10. The Dirty Secret About Your Credit Score

    The tier system of credit scores leaves borrowers with little wiggle room.
  11. 5 Financial Moves That Can Make You Fat

    Fat and finances: You may not think these two things have a lot in common, but several studies suggest they do.
  12. 5 Tricks For Stretching Your Social Security Benefits

    Here are five clever tips for stretching your Social Security dollar as far as possible.
  13. Wall Street History: Carnegie, Circuit Breakers And Dynamite

    On this anniversary week of John F. Kennedy's death, we look at other monumental moments that shaped our current economy.
  14. Top 6 Features Of A Great Disability Policy

    Many people consider buying life insurance, but few think to prepare themselves from long-term illness or disability. Find ...
  15. HYIPs: The Newest Investment Scam

    Find out how to spot this kind of scam so you don't lose your hard-earned money.
  16. 7 Ways To Make Money This Holiday Season

    Everybody needs extra cash during the holidays. These seven options give you plenty of ways to fatten up your wallet.
  17. 5 New Tech Jobs And What They Pay

    Those with tech skills have several new job options.
  18. 4 Types Of Gift Giving That Will Leave You Broke

    Holiday gift-giving costs can sneak up unexpectedly. Learn to beat these seasonal snares and save a bundle in money, time ...
  19. Should You Convert To A Roth IRA In 2010?

    Learn how to keep more of your money out of the tax man's pocket come retirement.
  20. How To Ask For A Pay Raise

    We look at what you should and what you should avoid if you want to get the salary bump you deserve.
  21. What Happened To The MBS Market?

    Find out how the fall of mortgage-backed securities has changed the financial landscape.
  22. 6 Ways To Impress Your Boss

    The recession has given immense value to nearly every job in America. Learn top tips for wowing your boss and creating job ...
  23. 6 Money Myths You Learned From The Movies

    Hollywood likes to spin a tale around money, even if sometimes the story is complete fiction. Think you can tell the real ...
  24. The Most Expensive Sports Tickets

    These days, sports fans need deep pockets in order to watch their favorite teams. These are some of the highest-priced tickets ...
  25. Show Business Bankruptcy Filings

    We look at some of the entertainment industry's big bankruptcy filings and see why MGM is not alone.
  26. 7 Tips For Avoiding Shipping Costs When Shopping Online

    Before clicking on that purchase, make sure you're getting the best deal possible.
  27. 6 Companies That Will Save Christmas

    Retailers are banking on these prominent tech companies and their latest must-have gadgets to attract huge business from ...
  28. 5 Ways To Buy A Foreclosed Home

    There is no shortage of foreclosure properties. Find out how you can buy one for yourself.
  29. The Best Bang For Your Holiday Travel Budget

    If you are traveling soon, consider these locations for a great deal.
  30. Ways To Get The Best Deals In Your Inbox

    Find out how to filter through the email clutter and find some good deals.
  31. Santa Claus Endorsement Deals

    With holiday consumer spending in the hundreds of billions of dollars, Santa Claus is the most sought-after jolly face of ...
  32. How Negative Demographics Can Help The Economy

    The obese, smokers and gamblers get a bad rap for burdening society. But could these groups really be stimulating the economy?
  33. From Idea To Product: 4 Steps To Success

    These steps will help you bring your million-dollar invention to life, without breaking the bank.
  34. Wall Street History: Windows 1.0 And Ticker-Tape Parades

    This week we look back on some innovative product launches and some standard-issue Wall Street scandals.
  35. 5 Moves That Make You Look Cheap

    It's great to be frugal, but sometimes there's a fine line between saving money and being cheap.
  36. How An Allowance Helps Kids Get Money-Smart

    Discover which of these three reward techniques teaches the best lessons about money.
  37. 6 Red Flags Of A Financial Scam

    What should you look for when you think you're getting a deal, but aren't sure if it's really a rip-off?
  38. 4 Coupon Sites Worth Checking Out

    These online coupon sites offer different features and benefits, but they'll all help you save money.
  39. Internships: Not Just For College Kids Anymore

    Many job seekers, frustrated because jobs in their field have all but dried up, are revisiting their college roots and taking ...
  40. Be A Holiday Saver, Not A Scrooge

    Learn to balance the fine line between responsible holiday spending and inconsiderate saving with these holiday budgeting ...
  41. Born To Be Millionaires: The Benefactors Of Big Business

    These fortunate sons (and daughters) might be able to fit their resumes on a Post-it note, but their earnings are enormous.
  42. The 5 Biggest Mistakes Home Sellers Make

    Avoiding these common missteps will help make sure that your home doesn't end up sitting on the market.
  43. 7 Tips For Shopping Online Safely This Holiday Season

    Christmas shopping: long lines, crowded parking lots - wouldn't you prefer to shop on the internet? Here are seven tips for ...
  44. How To Outsmart Private Mortgage Insurance

    It's possible to use a second mortgage to avoid this fee, but is it in your best interest?
  45. Water Cooler Finance: G20 Leader Spats And China Fakes It

    This week in the financial news: new video game sales records are being broken, while China can't seem to get along with ...
  46. How To Compare The Costs Of Renting With Homeownership

    Trulia's "Rent Vs. Buy" index is a suitable, though not all-encompassing, tool for determining your next living arrangement.
  47. Roth 401(k), 403(b): Which Is Right For You?

    Learn how to decide between a 401(k), 403(b) or Roth to help you build your nest egg.
  48. Retirement: Which Generations Are The Best Savers?

    Most of us know we're not saving enough for retirement, but what generation is ahead in the race?
  49. Capital Gains Tax 101

    Find out how taxes are applied to your investment returns and how you can reduce your tax burden.
  50. How Big Corporations Avoid Big Tax Bills

    How do companies manage to pay such low taxes? Just look at Google's 2.4% tax rate.
  51. Strategic Default: Why Owners Are Abandoning Their Homes

    We explain how a strategic default works, what its implications are and whether there are any good alternatives.
  52. Should You Buy A House At Auction?

    The traditional real estate market isn't the only place to conduct your home search. Auctions also bring many buying opportunities. ...
  53. 5 Unsung Tech Entrepreneurs

    Tycoons like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are household names, but see if you can name the elusive pioneers of these inventions.
  54. Social Networking Your Way To More Money

    You might see social network sites as nothing more than a way to catch up with friends, but some people have found ways to ...
  55. Wall Street History: Dow 1000, Death And Taxes

    This week we look back on an unlikely landmark, the introduction of new legislations and a $600 million accounting error.
  56. Top Grossing Cartoon Movies

    Recently, animated movies have been capturing the attention of both children and adults, and in the process, have attracted ...
  57. 6 Tax Breaks That Anyone Can Claim

    Tax deductions and credits aren't just for big companies. You might be surprised how many tax breaks apply to your return.
  58. 5 Long-Term Consequences Of The Recession

    Apart from the headlines about jobs, this recession is doing damage in other areas that goes unnoticed.
  59. 10 Cities Where Renting Rules

    It's a buyer's market in real estate, so it's smart to buy, right? Not always. Here are 10 cities where it can be better ...
  60. Banking Has Changed: What Does It Mean For Consumers?

    Banks have long been leading spenders on technological innovations. Learn the key changes in the banking industry and what ...
  61. The Who, What And How Of Microfinance

    Microfinancing allows people in poverty to safely take on reasonable small business loans in an ethical manner.
  62. Top 5 Things To Know About Robo-Signers

    According to recent news reports, robots are taking over U.S. banks. Here, we separate fact from hype.
  63. How International Tax Rates Impact Your Investments

    International investors need to be aware of the staggering correlation between tax rates and economic performance.
  64. Job Hunters: 7 Tips For Selling Yourself

    These pointers will help you pass the interview and land the career of your dreams.
  65. Top Social Media Entrepreneurs

    These five media magnates have revolutionized social media, while making themselves rich.
  66. Introduction To Exchange-Traded Funds

    Get into ETFs and enjoy the benefits of a mutual fund with the flexibility of a stock.
  67. 2010: The Best Time To Die?

    This may be the year that will be least affected by estate taxes.
  68. 5 Companies That Changed Their Core Products

    As times and technologies change, companies must adapt to fit the marketplace. These five companies are perfect examples ...
  69. 5 Ways To Buy A Used Car

    Buying a used car usually takes a little extra effort, but it can save buyers a considerable amount of money.
  70. 4 Game-Changing Financial Technologies

    Technology has brought innovation and convenience to personal finances. Find out some of the largest financial innovations ...
  71. 7 More Things Your Banker Doesn't Want You To Know

    Your banker is not your friend, and the more you know about their motives, the better you can protect your money.
  72. Wall Street History: Dow's Debut And Daiwa's Dishonor

    This week in financial history, an important birthday and a notable death.
  73. 4 Ways Social Media Makes You Spend More

    These free sites may be costing you a lot of money.
  74. 5 Real Estate Fears That Keep You From Buying

    Don't let these concerns stop you from owning your own home. Learn how to overcome common home-buying fears and feel confident ...
  75. 5 TV Character Careers And What They Pay

    Some of your favorite TV characters live lavish lifestyles. But are they realistic, based on their jobs?
  76. 6 Franchises That Are Cheap To Start

    These franchises are in the realm of financial reality for every-day people. Check them out to see if you'd like to run your ...
  77. 6 Banking Fees You Can Avoid

    There are ways to avoid banking and credit card fees, but it takes planning, commitment and some lucky timing.
  78. How To Get A Job On Wall Street

    There are many roads that lead to Wall Street, but here are some of the more direct routes.
  79. Your Portfolio: Time To Cash In?

    The rise and fall of the stock market makes many investors unsure of when to sell their shares. Learn the key factors to ...
  80. 6 Careers You Can Do From Home

    Whether you're unemployed, a stay-at-home parent or retiree, working from home is a great career option.
  81. Advance Your Career Off The Clock

    While it certainly helps to have stellar knowledge about your job, it’s also important to grow your knowledge beyond the ...
  82. The Ins And Outs Of Bank Fees

    These service charges could nickel and dime you right out of your nest egg.
  83. Water Cooler Finance: Rising Markets And Buffett's Successor

    Rising employment, feuding tech firms and some very big news out of Nebraska has made for a very eventful week in financial ...
  84. Parties For Taxes: Republicans Vs. Democrats

    Read about the political parties' differences in tax ideology, and how it can affect your paycheck.
  85. Top 6 Reasons New Businesses Fail

    Running your own business may be the American Dream, but it's become a nightmare for many entrepreneurs. Learn how to avoid ...
  86. What Not To Say In A Job Interview

    Don't let your nerves get the best of you during a job interview, and avoid these major flubs.
  87. America's Biggest Food Companies

    These five companies may be synonymous with one or two products, but you'll be surprised to see how diversified each brand ...
  88. Wall Street History: We Fell On Black Days

    This week in financial history, Wall Street suffers some disastrous days.
  89. Top 6 Unusual Money-Saving Tips

    Sometimes coupon clipping and bargain hunting aren't enough to make your income cover your expenses. It may be time to try ...
  90. What's Your Debt Really Costing You?

    Although your minimum monthly payment may not look like much, your debt is denting your finances more than you realize.
  91. 7 New Tax Breaks For 2011

    Taxpayers should be aware of these seven new (or improved) breaks, such as a larger earned income credit and tax-free employer-paid ...
  92. Applying For A Job When You're Overqualified

    Career advice gurus give the dos and don'ts of persuading employers that you are fit for a job opening.
  93. 4 Haunted Houses And What They're Worth

    The courts view a haunted reputation as a detriment to a home's value, but these homes' histories may have boosted their ...
  94. America's Richest Sports Team Owners

    There may not be as many people in the seats this year, but many sports team owners are still doing quite well for themselves.
  95. When Paying Off Debt With Your 401(K) Makes Sense

    The experts warn against touching your retirement savings early, but there are situations where it is the best financial ...
  96. 7 Tips For Staying Off The Chopping Block

    In today's competitive job market, employees need to work harder than ever just to keep their jobs.
  97. 10 Reasons To Fear The U.S. Economy

    With Halloween around the corner, here are some spooky thoughts about the economy.
  98. Breaking Down Credit Card Fine Print

    Those "perks" offered by credit card companies usually come with strings attached, and these are just a few of them.
  99. Water Cooler Finance: Ghosts Of Economies Past

    Will old disasters come back to haunt the markets in the time for Halloween?
  100. A Look At Cell Phone Companies

    Cell phone makers have been jockeying for top spot over the last decade. Find out who the major players are and who has the ...
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