Personal Finance Articles

  1. 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.
  2. Are You Getting What You Paid For?

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

    Before joining the celebrity-driven cosmetic surgery revolution, learn the costs and the risks.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The Amateur Investor's Guide To Analyzing Corporate Efficiency

    Find out how the amateur investor can measure the success of management.
  7. 5 Strange New Ways To Invest

    These new investment vehicles could be for you if you are feeling burned by the recession.
  8. 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.
  9. Big Brother Breweries

    We look at the activity of the world's three largest brewers, and the impact on brewers and consumers.
  10. Your Taxes: Where Do They Go?

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
  11. 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.
  12. 6 Tips For Becoming A Budget Gourmet

    Fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 9 Careers On The Way Out

    Some careers have gone away due to technology, advances in productivity and conservation efforts.
  16. 10 Things to Know About 1031 Exchanges

    Real estate swaps grow popular, but traps are many. Beware new rules on vacation homes.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Earnings Forecasts: A Primer

    Learn how this key metric is calculated and how it is used to judge market performance.
  20. 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?
  21. 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.
  22. Heavy-Handed Bank Regs To Hurt Middle Class

    Feds should focus on their own role in the financial crisis.
  23. New Baby, New Tax Break

    Delivering a new baby also delivers a $1,000 child tax credit - and that's just the start!
  24. Turn Small Savings Into A Big Nest Egg

    Small changes to spending and saving habits can reap major rewards - with limited sacrifice.
  25. 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

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

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

    Learn how to spot hot properties that you can turn around for a profit.
  28. Consumer "Fads" That Haven't Faded

    From bottled water to Harry Potter, these products were deemed fads but have managed to stick around.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. Strategies For Quarterly Earnings Season

    Breeze through consensus estimates like the biggest Wall Street forecasters.
  32. 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.
  33. Six Jobs Paying $35 (Or More) Per Hour

    Looking for a high-paying job? These six pay above $35 per hour.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. Public Pensions, Managers Falsify Investment Returns

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

    If you miss the 60-day rollover deadline, will the IRS be sympathetic?
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. Newly Divorced? How To File Your Taxes

    Divorce is a rough transition. Make the tax changes as easy as possible with these tips.
  42. 10 Costly Celebrity Divorces

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

    EPS helps investors analyze earnings in relation to changes in new-share capital.
  44. The Basics Of Financial Responsibility

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

    We look at the areas and industries that are still showing promising employment numbers - and the ones that aren't.
  46. Millionaires By Marriage

    These non-celebrities tied the knot with ultra-rich A-listers. Find out how these fairy-tale couples met.
  47. 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.
  48. A Year In Product Recalls

    Some products were announced with great hype, only to be pulled from shelves.
  49. Asset Allocation In A Bond Portfolio

    An investor's fixed-income portfolio can easily beat the average bond fund. Learn how and why!
  50. The Best Way To Borrow

    There are many avenues from which to drum up funding. Find out the pros and cons of each.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 5 Overpaid Jobs

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

    This financial decision should only be used as a last resort. Find out how to avoid it.
  55. Caring For Fido After You're Gone

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

    This metric is an attempt to counteract creative accounting, but it poses its own set of challenges.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. How To Ask For A Pay Raise

    Read the dos and don'ts that will help you get that pay raise!
  60. Earnings: Quality Means Everything

    It's quantity that generates all the hype, but there are more meaningful factors that gauge true performance.
  61. 5 Cities Where Homes Aren't Selling

    These five major metropolitan areas have property values that have declined the most.
  62. 2010: The Year You Get Your Finances In Order

    Here are three easy steps to get your finances in order for 2010.
  63. 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.
  64. The 2010 Real Estate Outlook

    The real estate market is still struggling, but that doesn't leave everyone out in the cold.
  65. 10 Tips For Deducting Your 'Hobby'

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

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

    Internal return on investment helps determine a stock's ability to propel shareholder returns.
  68. 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!
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. Fend Off Foreclosure - With Bankruptcy?

    When you have a tough financial decision to make about your home, make sure you have all the information.
  72. Extreme Socially Responsible Investing

    Make your money work for you without putting it into ventures that don't support your values.
  73. 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.
  74. 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.
  75. IRS To Regulate Tax Preparers

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

    Instead of working on Wall Street, write about it.
  77. 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.
  78. 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.
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. Financial New Year's Resolutions

    If you are in the mood to set financial goals, now is the time to put that feeling to good use.
  83. 2 Years Of Education, A Lifetime Of Success

    Believe it or not, many two-year colleges have advantages over their four-year counterparts.
  84. Will A Systematic Withdrawal Plan Work For You?

    Check out the particulars of an SWP to see if it's the right choice for your retirement.
  85. 2009's Biggest Financial Scandals

    At the heart of every financial scandal is a loss of trust. Find out which major scandals deflated the public's trust in 2009.
  86. It's A HAMP Shame: Feds Seek To Share The Mortgage Blame

    Has the Home Affordable Modification Program failed completely?
  87. Reduce Interest With An All-In-One Mortgage

    "Offset" mortgages combine a checking account, home-equity loan and mortgage into one account.
  88. Wine And Chocolate: A Sweet Deal For Investors

    Adding candy and liquor stocks to your portfolio is a great way to indulge in these holiday staples.
  89. Is Your 401(k) Being Mismanaged?

    401(k) plans managed by the wrong people can be hazardous to your future!
  90. $1 Million: Does It Still Mean You're Rich?

    Being a millionaire used to mean you were on top of the world, but now it means you're still climbing the ladder.
  91. Retire In 2010: What You Need To Know

    Retirement might sound like a great idea, but are you really ready to quit your day job this year?
  92. Top 2010 Job-Hunting Tips

    Remember, hunting for a job is like selling a product, except that YOU are the product.
  93. Retire From Work, But Not Personal Financial Planning

    Here are some personal finance tips for those who want to live well after work ends.
  94. Bounce Back From A Credit Score Disaster

    If the recession has wrecked havoc on your FICO score, these tips will help you rebuild your credit.
  95. Should The U.S. Switch To A Flat Tax?

    Some countries have begun charging a flat tax rate instead of the gradual tax system of the Western world.
  96. Investors Misfire With Target-Date Funds

    Using all-in-one funds as one of many can lead to a skewed asset allocation.
  97. The Real Cost Of The 12 Days Of Christmas

    How much would it cost to buy all the gifts in the "12 Days of Christmas" carol?
  98. 10 Ways To Make Money This Holiday Season

    The holidays don't have to be a drain on your wallet. Learn how you can actually come out on top this season!
  99. Even Millionaires Go Bankrupt

    It shouldn't shock people that millionaires go bankrupt. Once you become a millionaire, there are a million ways to lose it.
  100. 10 Great Investment Books For The Holidays

    Looking for the perfect gift? Here's a list of informative reads you'll want to share with others this season.
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