Personal Finance Articles

  1. Tips For Dealing With A Renovations Contractor

    It pays to take the time and choose the right contractor for your next big home renovation project.
  2. 5 Creative Ways To Pay Your Mortgage

    Keeping up with your mortgage in hard financial times takes creativity. Make your house and land work for you.
  3. Deadly Flaws In Major Market Indicators

    These indicators give investors and experts some data to work with, but they're far from perfect measures.
  4. 4 Things To Consider Before Becoming An Estate Executor

    Executing a will takes more work than you might think. Make sure you are up to the task before agreeing to be an executor. ...
  5. 10 Car Insurance Myths

    Things that are believed to raise insurance premium rates, rental car insurance, etc.
  6. 8 Low-Cost Ways To Transfer Money

    If cost is your primary concern, there are several cheap(er) ways to move funds.
  7. 4 Ways To Minimize Estate Taxes

    These four strategies will ensure that most of your money goes to your loved ones, and not to the government.
  8. Are You A Good Tenant?

    Landlords are looking for specific factors that are perceived to make up good tenants - do you fit the profile?
  9. 5 Easy Ways To Save On Groceries

    Food represents a large part of the overall monthly budget for most families. Find out how to slash this expense.
  10. The World's Richest Royals

    Monarchs are largely a throwback to bygone days, but there are still some with sizable fortunes.
  11. The 6 Highest Paid People On Wall Street

    Learn more about the top Wall Street investors who made their fortunes with high-stakes hedge funds.
  12. 5 Groups That Don't Pay Taxes

    Now that you've paid your share, find out who didn't have to pay taxes this year.
  13. When Celebrity Endorsements Don't Work

    These celebrities got into hot water that ended up costing them millions in endorsement deals.
  14. Why People Don't Lie On Their Tax Returns

    Studies show people are overwhelmingly truthful when it comes to their tax filing, even when lying would benefit them.
  15. Is Your Small Business Really A Hobby?

    Make sure that your business follows IRS guidelines and stays out of hobby territory in order to make the best use of any ...
  16. Are We Losing The Middle Class?

    Find out where your income and lifestyle put you compared to the national average.
  17. 7 Cheap And Fun Vacation Alternatives

    From volunteering to house swapping, learn about inexpensive vacation alternatives that will excite you.
  18. 9 Brands Resurrected Into Household Names

    All of these brands saw a dip in their popularity, only to have a revival to even greater heights.
  19. 6 Common Subscriptions You Can Live Without

    When you sign up for something, it's important to weigh the long-term benefits against the costs.
  20. 5 Myths About Homeowner's Insurance

    Many homeowners believe their policies will cover them for any and all damages, but the reality can be an expensive surprise.
  21. What Is The Best Sector To Invest In Right Now?

    The consumer staples sector may become more appealing as investors look to invest in companies with stable earnings, growth ...
  22. 5 U.S. Cities With The Most Credit Card Debt

    For these Americans, there is still a long way to go before the credit card balance reads zero.
  23. When It's OK To Splurge

    There's nothing wrong deviating from the necessities - as long as you follow these simple guidelines.
  24. Why Food Is Still Cheap In America

    When food prices rise, they have a huge effect on developing nations, and barely affect the American middle class.
  25. Financial Easter Eggs

    Not all your money has to be hard-earned. Find out some of money's favorite hiding places.
  26. Vary Your Options With Variable Annuities And Insurance

    Find out how to get the customized insurance coverage you need and want.
  27. How To Stage Your Home For A Quick Sale

    Learn how to make your house appealing to the largest number of buyers and increase your chances at a fast sale.
  28. Why You Shouldn't Retire Away From Home

    Retiring in a tropical paradise may seem attractive, but consider these factors before packing your bags.
  29. Retiring Without A 401(k)? Here's What To Do

    While you are a disadvantage, it doesn't mean you can't make your retirement budget work without a company-sponsored plan.
  30. Buffett's World Travels

    What the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway thinks of various developing countries and which has the most potential.
  31. The Lowdown On Low-Fee Real Estate Agents

    Find out how the services of low-commission real estate agents comapare to full-service realtors.
  32. 6 Places To Retire For Low Income Taxes

    These states offer unique tax benefits for their long-term citizens.
  33. How To Insure Your Most Important Asset - Yourself

    Insuring your human capital is something often overlooked. Don't make the mistake of leaving your biggest asset unprotected. ...
  34. The Pros And Cons Of Internet Banks

    Learn how internet banking services stack up against those of their brick-and-mortar peers.
  35. The Financial Risks Of Leaving Your Spouse

    Find out what can happen when you leave your spouse, and how to plan ahead to ensure the least financial trouble.
  36. How To Open And Access An Offshore Bank Account

    You don't have to be a master criminal or billionaire to open an offshore bank account. This article will walk you through ...
  37. Do Mergers Save Or Cost Consumers Money?

    A merger or acquisition can actually be beneficial to the customer - find out how, in this article.
  38. Tips For Spring Home Buying

    Springtime brings a unique set of challenges when house shopping. These are some of the most common ones.
  39. 7 Money-Saving Resources For College Students

    These resources will prove valuable to any and all thrifty students.
  40. Why Many Millionaires Don't Feel Rich

    Learn about the millionaire mindset, and how you can benefit from millionaire market moves.
  41. Can You Deduct Your IRA Contributions?

    We help you answer this important question, which is determined by whether you are considered an "active participant".
  42. 5 Government Statistics You Can't Trust

    Government economic statistics carry a lot of weight, but there are some significant gaps in the methodology.
  43. Protect Your Portfolio Against Inflation And Deflation

    Inflation and deflation are opposite sides of the same coin. When both are threatening, here's what to do to keep your portfolio ...
  44. Fees Big Investors Don't Pay

    Find out about the big savings that wealthy traders enjoy over smaller investors.
  45. 6 Entrepreneurs Who Built Their Fortunes From Nothing

    A look at how successful entrepreneurs built empires with a meager amount of money.
  46. How Stock Market Indexes Changed Investing

    Find out how the first market averages were calculated and what they mean for investors today.
  47. 5 Grocery Staples That Are Going Up In Price

    Food prices are rising for many reasons. Watch out for these soon-to-be-expensive staples.
  48. Financial Efficiency: The Analyst's Guide To Time Management

    Being efficient on the job is the key to finding balance and avoiding burnout as a broker or advisor.
  49. The New Ways Thieves Are Stealing Your Identity

    How are thieves now using new technology, like social media and old mobile phones, to steal identities?
  50. 5 Money-Saving Moves That Cost You

    When you think you're getting a deal, it's important to consider your time and extra costs.
  51. Do Canadians Really Pay More Taxes Than Americans?

    We look at the difference in tax rates and services offered on both sides of the border.
  52. The 6 Strangest Insurance Policies Ever

    Some individuals have coverage for risks that might seem comical, absurd or even bizarre.
  53. How To Survive A Bankruptcy Filing

    Learn how to make filing for bankruptcy less painful so you can successfully rebuild your financial life.
  54. A Primer On The Railroad Sector

    The railroad industry might seem antiquated, but it remains an important service that reaches all corners of the country. ...
  55. 6 Ways To Save On DIY Projects

    Find out where to spend your cash - and where to save it - when renovating your home.
  56. 5 Things You Need To Be Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

    Before you can get serious about buying a home, you need to get pre-approval for a mortgage. Learn what you need to speed ...
  57. How To Cut Your Banking Fees

    Smart consumers can side-step most of the new bank fees by investing some time and effort.
  58. Why You Don't Want A Government Shutdown

    Although a government shutdown won't be devastating, it will do no good for anyone.
  59. 7 Homeowner Costs Renters Don't Pay

    There are many factors to consider when comparing buying to renting. Learn more here.
  60. 5 Natural Disaster Scams To Watch For

    Before you write check, make sure you know about the organization you're giving it to and where the money's going.
  61. 8 Things You Need To Know Before Renting A Car

    There's a lot you may not know about renting a car. Knowing these tips will save you money while still getting where you ...
  62. 5 Jobs With Mandatory Overtime

    Before you get into one of these fields, you should find out how many hours a week you'll really be working.
  63. 5 Reasons You Don't Want A Promotion

    Although no one wants to be in an entry level position forever, there are some important non-monetary considerations to consider ...
  64. 6 Ways To Stop Credit Card Junk Mail

    Tired of credit card offers filling your mail box? Take advantage of these options to reduce the amount of credit card junk ...
  65. Fix Or Replace: Thinking Ahead On Home Repairs

    When something breaks, how do you decide whether to fix it or throw it away? We provide some tips.
  66. An Overview Of Retirement Plan RMDs

    Make your deadlines for required minimum distributions and save more of your nest egg.
  67. 5 Ways To Save On Real Estate Fees

    Even a 1% reduction in real estate commissions can save you thousands of dollars.
  68. The Economics Of A Successful Marriage

    These theories can keep multi-million dollar corporations afloat, so they should be able to increase the odds of wedded bliss.
  69. 10 Strange Will And Testaments

    From dogs to practical jokes, the wealthy sometimes leave their money to strange causes.
  70. Donations: How To Maximize Your Tax Deduction

    Donating to charity is a great way to show your giving spirit and save money on your taxes at the same time.
  71. 6 Actions That Will Devastate Your Career

    Just showing up and doing your job often isn't enough - these tips will help you stay in your workplace's good books.
  72. Take Advantage Of Employer-Sponsored LTC Insurance

    Find out why 98% of employees are missing out on some great benefits.
  73. 8 Basic Forex Market Concepts

    We go over some of the things you need to understand before you can trade currencies.
  74. 5 Types Of Insurance You Can (And Should) Afford

    With insurance and warranties being offered on seemingly everything, it's hard to know what policies are worth your money. ...
  75. Tax Preparation Fees: How Much Is Too Much?

    These are the five most important variables to consider, when deciding if a tax preparer is charging a reasonable amount ...
  76. How To Negotiate A Great Price On A Car

    The sticker price on a car is rarely the final word - these tips and tricks will help you walk away from a dealership with ...
  77. 6 iPhone Apps To Help You Budget Better

    With budgeting, half the battle is getting organized. These apps can help you do just that.
  78. 5 Sources Of Income You Aren't Claiming - But Should

    There are many types of taxable benefits that you may receive on a regular basis on which Uncle Sam wants to take his share.
  79. 5 Tips For Selecting A Forex Broker

    Discover the best ways to find a broker who will help you succeed in the forex market.
  80. 7 Places To Find Free WiFi

    Free internet is widely available and easily accessible - you just need to know where to look. Here are some places to start.
  81. 5 Money-Saving Insurance Tips For Couples

    It may not be the best part of getting married, but saving money on insurance is a great financial benefit.
  82. 5 Of The Most Adaptive Companies

    Markets come and go, so successful companies learn how to adapt to changing times.
  83. Do You Understand Your Credit Score?

    Most Americans don't really understand their credit scores. Find out what you need to know.
  84. 6 Ways Marriage Can Improve Your Finances

    Understanding your partner's situation is an essential step before combining your finances - but the perks can be plentiful.
  85. The Great Canadian Tax Quiz

    How much do you know about the taxes you pay? Here's a list of 10 tax questions to test your knowledge.
  86. How To Correct Ineligible (Excess) IRA Contributions

    Eager to save for retirement? Learn how to avoid overpayment penalties.
  87. 6 Things You're Paying Too Much For

    Many people pay bills month after month on things they could be paying considerably less for – or gotten for free.
  88. Betting On March Madness? Watch Out For The Tax Man

    Gambling on your office bracket is one thing, but gambling on your tax bracket is another. Learn how to keep more of your ...
  89. 7 Real-Life Ways To Become A Billionaire

    Find out which paths the majority of billionaires followed, and how they got there.
  90. How To Choose The Right Executor For Your Estate

    Making a careful choice now can save your heirs from a lot of problems later.
  91. 5 Tips For Dealing With Car Dealers

    Negotiating with car salesmen becomes a lot easier if you follow these five easy steps.
  92. Promissory Notes: Not Your Average IOU

    These may be a handy way to borrow money, but this convenience does not come without risk.
  93. Simple Last-Minute Tax Tips

    A little preparation and organization can take the stress out of last-minute tax filing.
  94. The Money Behind The NFL Players' Lawsuit

    In this article, we look at the NFL players' anti-trust lawsuit, and the possible financial ramifications.
  95. The New Allowance: Putting Your Kids To Work

    Creating jobs at home for kids to earn money is better than the old-fashioned allowance.
  96. 4 Ways To Give Back With Your Tax Refund

    Many people choose to invest or save their tax refund, but have you considered using the money to improve the lives of others? ...
  97. Canadians: The 5 Fastest Ways To Save For A Down Payment

    Some methods of saving for a down payment are faster than others. Here are five tried and true ways to get into a house faster.
  98. Getting A Mortgage: How The Process Has Changed

    After the banking crisis, banks have tightened their lending standards. Find out how the current mortgage-lending standards ...
  99. 4 Benefits Of Rising Oil Prices

    Although it may seem odd, higher oil prices can actually lead to some positive outcomes.
  100. 5 Driving Myths That Cost You Money

    In theory, these fuel-saving methods have some merit, but in practice many of these tips are ineffective, unsafe or both.
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