Personal Finance Articles

  1. Betting On The Entertainment Industry

    Speculating on new flicks for profit is becoming an important component of Hollywood business.
  2. 7 Air Travel Perks That Used To Be Free

    If you're a long-time air traveler, you've probably noticed that flying means pulling out your wallet a whole lot more often. Find out what's fallen off the list of airline freebies.
  3. Top 10 Most Expensive Medical Procedures

    As if being sick isn’t bad enough, the price of these procedures just might kill you.
  4. Why Young People Shouldn't Diss Social Security

    Funds aren't being exhausted as quickly as some think, and it's not just retirees who qualify for benefits.
  5. What The First Date Can Teach You About Love, Money And The Person You're With

    Who's picking up the bill on dates these days and what it says about gender roles.
  6. Are You Ready To Buy A House?

    There are a number of factors, aside from cost, that you should think about before buying a new house.
  7. Taking Your Home "Off The Grid"

    There are many alternatives to traditional energy sources - though, they can come at a price.
  8. Claim The Homebuyer Tax Credit Before It Expires

    This credit expires April 30, but you can still cash in, and buying a house isn't the only way to do it.
  9. The Happiness Index - How Prosperous Are You?

    Not all nations measure their success in dollars and material items - Bhutan, south of China, measures it in happiness.
  10. Rent-To-Own Real Estate Full Of Pitfalls

    Before you consider this type of arrangement, you should be aware of how it works, who benefits and the many things that can go wrong.
  11. Why Celebrity Lawyers Make The Big Bucks

    These lawyers take on high-profile, high-stress celebrity cases and are compensated well for it.
  12. This Week in Financial History: Visa's IPO, Viva Las Vegas And The Ides Of March

    From the founding of Sin City to the world's largest IPO, find out what historic financial events occurred this week.
  13. Management Strategies From A Top CEO

    Find out what this winning manager did to grow one of the biggest companies in the world.
  14. The Virtual Market: What We're Buying And How Much We're Spending

    Whether it's shoes for an avatar or a whole space station, the online market in virtual goods is bigger than you think.
  15. 6 Financial Apps You'll Love

    These smartphone apps won't break the bank - in fact, they may help you save money.
  16. 6 Freelance Jobs That Don't Pay

    Plenty of worthwhile freelance gigs are out there - you just need to be careful to steer clear of the duds and dead ends.
  17. Revamp Your Resume: The Power Of Positive Spin

    Face it - your last job was a bore. These tips will help make your resume stand out to your future employers.
  18. 6 Leprechaun Leaders For St. Patrick's Day

    Check out these six mischievous corporate leaders who secretly siphoned off money from their companies and profited at investors’ expense.
  19. What's The Deal With An Opt-Out IRA?

    President Obama has proposed creating a new type of IRA designed to help Americans without access to a company retirement plan invest easier. What makes this new idea so different, and how does it work?
  20. Want A Bigger Tax Refund? Don't Itemize

    Six reasons why many taxpayers can save money and time by claiming the standard deduction.
  21. March Madness MVPs - Where Are They Now?

    These former MVPs seemed to be holding the basketball world at their fingertips. Find out which went on to have slam-dunk careers.
  22. The 4-1-1 on 403(b) Plans

    These plans resemble 401(k) plans in many respects, but are specially designed for nonprofit entities.
  23. Infamous Female Financiers

    These fabulously affluent females twisted, bent and broke the law to bring home the bacon.
  24. Water Cooler Finance: We're Getting Richer And Spending More

    This week showed Americans' cautious optimism about the economy as more signs of recovery keep popping up.
  25. Tax Deductions For Rental Property Owners

    Besides creating ongoing income and capital appreciation, real estate provides deductions that can reduce the income tax on your profits.
  26. Are The Volunteer Corps Right For You?

    The Peace Corps and AmeriCorps offer low pay, but they offer higher benefits down the road.
  27. Play Video Games; Become A Millionaire

    New ways to benefit from this industry have emerged over the last few years. The best part is, they're very profitable.
  28. Target Prices: The Key To Sound Investing

    Learn how to evaluate the legitimacy of target prices and why investors should trust these over ratings.
  29. 5 Spring Clean-Up Tips For Your Finances

    When you're done cleaning out the garage, consider putting some shine on your financial affairs.
  30. 10 Tax Tips For Stock Options

    Options and restricted stock are a great perk--if you don't get caught in a tax trap. Here's what you need to know.
  31. Money Can't Buy Love, But It Can Help You Find It

    Internet dating has blossomed from a sorry alternative for starting a relationship to a widely accepted practice and thriving industry.
  32. The Green Of St. Patrick's Day

    This Irish holiday has a storied history. Find out why we celebrate, and how much we spend.
  33. Debunking The "Best" Retirement Destinations

    These popular destinations have some major drawbacks.
  34. Millionaires Who Gave It All Away

    These rich philanthropists turned their backs on luxury to find far richer experiences than their money could buy.
  35. Major Career Exam? There's An App For That!

    If your smartphone addiction is standing between you and your career goals, check out some of these popular career prep apps.
  36. Bank Regulations: Good Or Bad?

    Big investors are calling for more regulations, while others are up in arms at the ideas. So who's right?
  37. 6 Major Collectibles Payoffs

    From comics to records these rare items scored unbeatable returns for those who were able to recognize their value.
  38. Is Your Bank Going Broke?

    In 2009, the list of struggling banks grew by leaps and bounds. Find out which banks are faring the worst in 2010.
  39. 5 Reasons Not To Convert To A Roth IRA

    Will your tax rate be lower in retirement? Do you plan to spend all your savings? Think twice about a conversion.
  40. A Quick And Dirty Look At Sports Gambling

    Americans love to gamble on sports, but most of the money wagered doesn't come with a receipt - or the backing of the U.S. government.
  41. Investments To Die For

    It is possible to benefit financially from death - without being a character in a murder mystery.
  42. Stupid Athletes' Moves That Threatened Their Fortunes

    We look at the financial repercussions of five sports stars' dishonorable moments, and whether they were able to rebuild their brand.
  43. Home-Equity Loans: What You Need To Know

    We shed light on why consumers decide to use this form of debt and whether it is a good alternative.
  44. Social Security Depletion: Is The Fear Justified?

    There are a number of reasons why concerns over Social Security depletion have emerged, but there are ways you can prepare for it.
  45. Earn Big Bucks With A Specialized Financial Career

    Choosing to specialize may be easier for you and more beneficial to your clients.
  46. Should You Invest In A Green Home?

    Energy neutral homes are becoming real possibilities, but the financial point of view might not be so optimistic.
  47. This Week in Financial History: Speculative Bubbles, Bill Gates, Coca Cola and Capitalism

    From the millionaire boom and the IPO of one of the world's largest companies, read on to find out what significant financial events of the past occurred during this week.
  48. Credit Cards And Campus: A Rough Break Up

    The CARD Act of 2009 includes new restrictions for students who want a credit card.
  49. U.S. Sales Tax Rates Hit Record High

    Shopping blues: Top tax 12%. Chicago's 10.25% highest big-city rate. More Internet tax fights loom.
  50. 8 Ultra-Rich Women Investors

    These super-wealthy women have built their fortunes and their companies over the years.
  51. 6 Steps To Stop Fighting Over Money

    Disagreeing over money is the top reason for divorce. Find out how to stop these disagreements.
  52. Water Cooler Finance: Recalls, Lawsuits and Other News

    Find out what's making news in the world of finance this week.
  53. The European Union's Dead Weight

    Greece and the other troubled European Union nations are in need of financial reform.
  54. Stars Behaving Badly: Disastrous Celebrity Hirings

    Bad behavior is all too common in the workplace, but it can't match the drama of these celebrities' stunts
  55. 7 Costly Pro Athlete Screw-Ups

    These multi-millionaires have squandered away their fortunes through bad financial decisions.
  56. Getting Started On Your Estate Plan

    With some preparation, you can save your heirs from paying a hefty estate tax. Here are some tips.
  57. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick, you could end up in the poorhouse.
  58. 8 Steps To An Organized Financial Life

    Disorganization makes planning difficult, and that can cost you big time.
  59. How Savings Are Saving The Economy

    Even with inflation fears, saving money is still sage advice in a recovering economy.
  60. 6 Resume Must-Haves

    If you forget to include these important details on your resume, you can forget about getting the job.
  61. For Young Investors, Too Many Choices, Too Few Dollars

    Your retirement may be decades away, but this is no time to procrastinate.
  62. 6 Ways To Get Fit For Free

    Fitness opportunities are available everywhere you turn. So, get out there and break a sweat - without breaking the bank!
  63. Last-Minute Strategies To Help Pay For College

    Find out what to do when your kid is ready for higher education, but you aren't.
  64. The Tradition Of The NYSE Bell

    Ringing the NYSE bell has become a time-honored tradition that has included many celebrities, athletes and notable personalities.
  65. Long-Term Care Insurance: You Have Options

    The latest offerings provide more coverage and the ability to pick and choose what types of coverage you'll need.
  66. 9 Famous Celebrity Firings

    Don't feel too bad about losing your job; these celebrities were fired, but went on to make millions.
  67. 6 Professional Apps Worth Buying

    Although the cost for these apps seems high, they may actually save you money.
  68. Financial Villains: Where Are They Now?

    We check in with these news-making fraudsters to see whether they cleaned up their acts after a decade or more.
  69. Fine Art Funds: A Beautiful Investment

    Have you ever admired a piece of art and wished you had the money to own it? Art funds may be one way to get a stake in this profitable market.
  70. Facing The Music: The Recording Industry's Power Struggle

    The paradigm in the music industry has shifted away from big contracts and toward "360 degree" deals that include touring and promotion.
  71. Cash In On Cash For Appliances

    After "Cash For Clunkers" your appliances were feeling left out. But no more!
  72. Tax Technology That Works

    These software programs and applications can help you prepare and get through tax season. Find out what they have to offer.
  73. 6 Unusual Ways To Make A Living

    Bounty hunters, repo men, body guards - many of these strange jobs are on the rise, so find out more about job requirements and pay.
  74. The March Madness Effect

    Colleges experience an uptick in giving when their teams compete well, and increased ticket, apparel and memorabilia sales boost the bottom line.
  75. This Week In Financial History: Birthdays, Theory and Scandal

    In the world of finance, March marks the anniversary of a number of important beginnings (and some ends) that have left an indelible print on the market.
  76. 7 Women Inventors And Their Indispensable Designs

    About 10% of patents are awarded to women every year. Learn about some of the most familiar items invented by women, and how they came up with them.
  77. Soaring Mortgage Defaults May Kill The Housing Recovery

    Delinquencies, foreclosures likely to put a damper on 2010 recovery.
  78. The Best Time To Buy An iPad

    We take a look at Apple's product history and find that if you want to buy an iPad, it's best to wait.
  79. Taxpayer Alert: 1099 Traps Multiply This Year

    Bank consolidations, stock options, and 1099-R changes could create problems. Here's how to stay out of the IRS' crosshairs.
  80. How Your Credit Card Is Changing

    The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 has brought about new rules to help protect you.
  81. Water Cooler Finance: Trouble At Home And Abroad

    This week was fraught with market turmoil, and it looks like the financial world is in for a bumpy ride in the weeks ahead.
  82. The History Of Taxes In The U.S.

    The number of taxes that we now consider a given did not always exist. Find out how they arose.
  83. Olympic Athletes: Back To Reality

    For this year's Olympians, the return to everyday life is much more glamorous for some than others.
  84. Should You File Taxes For Free?

    If you qualify, you can file your taxes for free online. Find out how to do it, and whether it's worth the effort.
  85. Investing Books It Pays To Read

    We provide some classic and lesser-known titles to add to your collection.
  86. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  87. Retire In Style

    Set your sights on the golden years and get there sooner.
  88. Budget Like The Government

    Wouldn't it be great to run up charges everywhere and then leave the bill for someone else to pay? That's exactly what happens in the federal government.
  89. Learn Your Net Worth, Then Insure It

    This guide will help you figure out how much you're worth and how much life insurance you need.
  90. 6 Alternatives To Health Insurance

    Not having health insurance doesn't mean that you have no alternatives. Here's what you can do to reduce your healthcare costs.
  91. Marriage Vs. Common Law: What It Means Financially

    The number of unmarried couples is on the rise, but your relationship may or may not be given the same benefits as married couples.
  92. 6 Reasons Why Products Fail

    There are a number of reasons outside of marketing and the actual product that can lead to unmitigated failure.
  93. Debt Collection: Know Your Rights

    Learn about the debt collection process so you know how to handle it if it happens to you.
  94. Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job

    Social networks have become popular job-seeking resources. Find out how to use them to your advantage.
  95. A Map To Grocery Store Savings

    By taking a little time to analyze a supermarket's layout, you can target the most budget-friendly areas and keep more money in your wallet.
  96. No Job And $50,000 In Student Debt. Now What?

    I had a plan to pay off my career-changing graduate school debt. Now all I can do is defer payments. Or win the lottery.
  97. Planning For The Estate Tax's Return

    The 2010 estate tax lapse could be costly to your family if it keeps you from planning.
  98. The Most Economical Sports For Kids

    Interested in getting your child involved in youth sports? See how much you might expect to pay to play.
  99. When To Tip? And How Much?

    Good service can be rewarded through tipping. Find out which services commonly require a tip, and how much you should give.
  100. Leveraging Leverage For Bigger Profits

    Leverage is like fire. Find out how to use it to heat up your investing without burning your portfolio.
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