Personal Finance Articles

  1. Does A Second Family Income Make Financial Sense?

    Find out if the benefits of an extra income can outweigh the costs and inconvenience of having both partners away from home. ...
  2. Options On Gold And Silver ETFs

    Trading the commodities can mean extra expenses. These commodity-based ETFs give you the flexibility of trading like stocks. ...
  3. 8 Factors That Devalue A Good Home

    Whether you're listing your house or looking to buy, these factors should play a big part in valuing a property.
  4. 5 Crazy Corporate Valuations That Proved Too Low

    These companies once considered selling out at much lower valuation than the billions they're now worth.
  5. The Downside Of Cheap Vacation Properties

    Find out about the adverse trade-offs that come with getting a bargain on a vacation home.
  6. Store Credit Card Traps To Avoid

    Retail credit cards may seem like a good idea, but they can create enormous debt problems in the future.
  7. A Guide To Investing In Oil Markets

    Find out how to take advantage of this market without having to open a futures account.
  8. Turn Your Home Into A Vacation Destination

    These home improvements are easy, luxurious and a smart way to add value to your home.
  9. How The Rich Got Richer

    Take a look at how the world's wealthiest people increased their fortunes over the past year.
  10. What The New Mortgage Lending Rules Really Mean

    Every mortgage rule change has consequences for borrowers, lenders, the housing market and the broader economy.
  11. 4 Ways To Forecast Currency Changes

    Whether you are a business or a trader, having an exchange rate forecast to guide your decisions helps to minimize risks ...
  12. Buffett's Biggest Missteps

    Looking at the track record of this famously successful investor, it is clear that even keen investors can make the same ...
  13. How To Create A Real Estate Bidding War

    There are still many areas in the United States that are attractive enough to buyers that you can start a good, old-fashioned ...
  14. Are 529 College Savings Plans Right For You?

    The 529 College Savings Plan may be the most popular of its type, but does it fit your needs?
  15. Top 9 States With The Most Billionaires

    Have you ever wondered where in the United States the billionaires are living? You might be surprised at the answers.
  16. What S&P's Warning On U.S. Debt Means

    A downgrade of the U.S. credit rating could have far-reaching effects across markets.
  17. The Factors That Will Cause $6-Per-Gallon Gas

    Find out why some analysts believe we could soon be paying six dollars per gallon for gas.
  18. Retirees: Save Money On Your Long-Term Travel

    Learn tips for making your retirement travels affordable and enjoyable.
  19. Online Poker Goes Bust

    From a business perspective, is the recent crackdown of online poker really justified?
  20. 5 Signs Your Coupon Habit Has Gone Too Far

    Saving money is great, but some people take coupon clipping to the extreme with detrimental consequences.
  21. The Economics Of Group Buying Sites

    Find out how these sites work, how they make money and how the deals affect the participating businesses.
  22. How To Analyze Real Estate Investment Trusts

    REITs are much like dividend-paying companies, but analyzing them requires consideration of the accounting treatment of property. ...
  23. Why Interest Rates Matter For Forex Traders

    Central banks' rate changes are one of the biggest influences on the forex market.
  24. Avoid Foreclosure: How To Handle An Underwater Mortgage

    Foreclosure is the biggest fear of any struggling homeowner. These tips just might save your credit rating.
  25. Corporate Partnerships That Went Sour

    Business partnerships can be incredibly successful or totally dysfunctional. Here are five that failed to stand the test ...
  26. 5 Bank Fees You May Not Know About

    Banking regulations have recently changed and fees are following suit.
  27. 6 Tips For Planning One-Tank Trips This Summer

    A great vacation doesn't have to cost you your life savings.
  28. 5 Myths About Personal Bankruptcy

    There are some persistent myths that hover over the process of bankruptcy that are either half-truths or completely false.
  29. What To Do If You Get Audited

    If you're in the minority of those that get audited, find out how to prepare and how to handle the process.
  30. The Lowest Foreclosure Rates In America

    Despite more foreclosures and a high unemployment rate, signs of life are emerging in the U.S. real estate market.
  31. The S&P Downgrade: What Does It Mean?

    Standard & Poor's downgraded the outlook on U.S. Treasuries from "stable" to "negative." We'll look at what this means ...
  32. Landscaping On A Budget

    It's easier to hire an expensive contractor to fulfill your landscaping needs but you can do it yourself at a much lower ...
  33. 6 Tips For Getting A Small Business Loan In 2011

    Learn the top ways to ensure that your small-business loan application is accepted this year.
  34. How To Avoid Medical Debt

    Find out what you can do to avoid a financial meltdown when there's a medical emergency.
  35. Vacation Destinations Affected By Natural Disasters

    Learn the details behind the lagging tourism in these once-bustling vacation destinations.
  36. 5 Unusual Tactics To Help You Save More

    Sometimes, changing financial habits takes a little creativity. Learn some imaginative ways to save more money.
  37. People You Won't Believe Are Millionaires

    From an off-pitch singer to a professional caddy, these are some surprising millionaires.
  38. A Career Guide For Marketing Majors

    Do you have what it takes to work in this fast-paced field? This article will help you determine if marketing is for you. ...
  39. Buying A Home As A Couple: What Changes, What Doesn't

    If you are considering buying a home as a couple, make sure you know what changes if you and your partner aren't married. ...
  40. A Guide To CEO Compensation

    Make sure you assess whether a CEO has a stake in doing a good job for you, the shareholder.
  41. The Top States For Saving Money

    Residents in these states are ahead of the curve when it comes to saving. We'll look at why they are ahead and what you can ...
  42. 5 Billionaires With Multimillion-Dollar Pet Projects

    Money makes many things possible, and these billionaires are putting that theory to the test.
  43. 5 Ways Banks Will Pad Their Profits This Year

    Recent regulations have banks looking for new ways to make money. Find out how your banking will be affected in 2011.
  44. Expensive Purchases That Can Save You Money

    When making a big-ticket purchase, consider the savings along with the costs.
  45. 6 New Jobs You've Probably Never Heard Of

    Climate change and social media have led to exciting and growing employment opportunities.
  46. The Dangers Of Share Dilution

    Investors need to be aware of the existence of dilutive securities and how they can affect existing shareholders.
  47. Mortgage Options For Underwater Homeowners

    Find out what options are available when your mortgage is greater than the value of your home.
  48. Where's The Next Housing Bubble?

    Countries outside of the U.S. are showing definite signs of housing bubbles - but which will be the first to pop?
  49. How To Value A Real Estate Investment Property

    Make sure you know what your real estate investment is worth before you sign the ownership papers.
  50. Should You Buy Groceries Online?

    A look at this new way to shop and whether it will help you save or end up costing you money.
  51. 10 Jobs That Make People Happy

    These careers hold the highest levels of well-being and job satisfaction.
  52. Get The Most From Your Personal Financial Software

    Many people aren't taking full advantage of their financial software. This article will help you keep your money where it ...
  53. Famous Money-Fueled Divorces

    Check out these three financial lessons you can learn from celebrity breakups.
  54. When (And When Not) To Refinance Your Mortgage

    There are both good and bad reasons to refinance. Learn more about both here.
  55. How Inflation-Fighting Techniques Affect The Currency Market

    Central banks use these strategies to calm inflation, but they can also provide longer-term clues for forex traders.
  56. Why You Should Care About Chinese Inflation

    Because of the close ties created by global trade, China's inflation problem is our problem too.
  57. The Fab Five: South Africa Joins BRIC

    South Africa's inclusion in BRIC is considered premature by some, but there could be a method to the madness.
  58. A Royal Budget: How Kate's Financial Life Is About To Change

    Kate Middleton is all set to marry into the British Royal Family, but do real-life princesses face budgets, money issues ...
  59. How Financial Companies Encourage Bad Habits

    Banks, credit card companies and financial advisors may be happy to see you stick to your bad money habits.
  60. 5 Easy Steps To Becoming A Millionaire

    Find out some easy-to-follow tips for setting yourself up to become a millionaire.
  61. What It Really Takes To Succeed In Business

    It takes a lot more than an Ivy League education to become a CEO.
  62. A Primer On Defined-Benefit Pension Plans

    Most of us will rely on a pension plan in the future, so it's best to know the details of the various plans before signing ...
  63. Pay For College Without Selling A Kidney

    Save thousands of dollars on tuition with these tricks and little-known programs.
  64. 4 Money Misconceptions About Condominiums

    Condo fees and special assessments scare many owners away from condo ownership, but is this fear justified?
  65. The $100 Million House: What It Really Costs

    Billionaire Yuri Milner just broke the record for the highest priced sale of a single family home in America - but it's even ...
  66. 4 Billionaires You Probably Haven't Heard Of

    Find out the details behind the fortunes of these low-profile billionaires.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. Deadly Flaws In Major Market Indicators

    These indicators give investors and experts some data to work with, but they're far from perfect measures.
  70. 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. ...
  71. 10 Car Insurance Myths

    Things that are believed to raise insurance premium rates, rental car insurance, etc.
  72. 8 Low-Cost Ways To Transfer Money

    If cost is your primary concern, there are several cheap(er) ways to move funds.
  73. 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.
  74. Are You A Good Tenant?

    Landlords are looking for specific factors that are perceived to make up good tenants - do you fit the profile?
  75. 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.
  76. The World's Richest Royals

    Monarchs are largely a throwback to bygone days, but there are still some with sizable fortunes.
  77. 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.
  78. When Celebrity Endorsements Don't Work

    These celebrities got into hot water that ended up costing them millions in endorsement deals.
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. 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 ...
  82. Are We Losing The Middle Class?

    Find out where your income and lifestyle put you compared to the national average.
  83. 7 Cheap And Fun Vacation Alternatives

    From volunteering to house swapping, learn about inexpensive vacation alternatives that will excite you.
  84. 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.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. 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 ...
  88. 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.
  89. When It's OK To Splurge

    There's nothing wrong deviating from the necessities - as long as you follow these simple guidelines.
  90. 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.
  91. Financial Easter Eggs

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

    Find out how to get the customized insurance coverage you need and want.
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. Why You Shouldn't Retire Away From Home

    Retiring in a tropical paradise may seem attractive, but consider these factors before packing your bags.
  96. The Lowdown On Low-Fee Real Estate Agents

    Find out how the services of low-commission real estate agents comapare to full-service realtors.
  97. Buffett's World Travels

    What the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway thinks of various developing countries and which has the most potential.
  98. The Pros And Cons Of Internet Banks

    Learn how internet banking services stack up against those of their brick-and-mortar peers.
  99. 6 Places To Retire For Low Income Taxes

    These states offer unique tax benefits for their long-term citizens.
  100. 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. ...
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