Personal Finance Articles

  1. 6 Major Collectibles Payoffs

    From comics to records these rare items scored unbeatable returns for those who were able to recognize their value.
  2. Debunking The "Best" Retirement Destinations

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

    These rich philanthropists turned their backs on luxury to find far richer experiences than their money could buy.
  4. 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. ...
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. ...
  10. Investments To Die For

    It is possible to benefit financially from death - without being a character in a murder mystery.
  11. 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 ...
  12. Credit Cards And Campus: A Rough Break Up

    The CARD Act of 2009 includes new restrictions for students who want a credit card.
  13. 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.
  14. 8 Ultra-Rich Women Investors

    These super-wealthy women have built their fortunes and their companies over the years.
  15. 6 Steps To Stop Fighting Over Money

    Disagreeing over money is the top reason for divorce. Find out how to stop these disagreements.
  16. 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 ...
  17. Earn Big Bucks With A Specialized Financial Career

    Choosing to specialize may be easier for you and more beneficial to your clients.
  18. 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.
  19. 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 ...
  20. 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
  21. Getting Started On Your Estate Plan

    With some preparation, you can save your heirs from paying a hefty estate tax. Here are some tips.
  22. 7 Costly Pro Athlete Screw-Ups

    These multi-millionaires have squandered away their fortunes through bad financial decisions.
  23. Water Cooler Finance: Recalls, Lawsuits and Other News

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

    Greece and the other troubled European Union nations are in need of financial reform.
  25. 8 Steps To An Organized Financial Life

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

    Even with inflation fears, saving money is still sage advice in a recovering economy.
  27. For Young Investors, Too Many Choices, Too Few Dollars

    Your retirement may be decades away, but this is no time to procrastinate.
  28. 6 Resume Must-Haves

    If you forget to include these important details on your resume, you can forget about getting the job.
  29. 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! ...
  30. 9 Famous Celebrity Firings

    Don't feel too bad about losing your job; these celebrities were fired, but went on to make millions.
  31. 6 Professional Apps Worth Buying

    Although the cost for these apps seems high, they may actually save you money.
  32. 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. ...
  33. 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.
  34. Cash In On Cash For Appliances

    After "Cash For Clunkers" your appliances were feeling left out. But no more!
  35. 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. ...
  36. 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.
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. 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 ...
  40. The March Madness Effect

    Colleges experience an uptick in giving when their teams compete well, and increased ticket, apparel and memorabilia sales ...
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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 ...
  43. Olympic Athletes: Back To Reality

    For this year's Olympians, the return to everyday life is much more glamorous for some than others.
  44. 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.
  45. Investing Books It Pays To Read

    We provide some classic and lesser-known titles to add to your collection.
  46. Soaring Mortgage Defaults May Kill The Housing Recovery

    Delinquencies, foreclosures likely to put a damper on 2010 recovery.
  47. 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.
  48. 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. ...
  49. 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. ...
  50. 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.
  51. 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. ...
  52. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  53. 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 ...
  54. 6 Reasons Why Products Fail

    There are a number of reasons outside of marketing and the actual product that can lead to unmitigated failure.
  55. 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 ...
  56. 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.
  57. 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 ...
  58. Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job

    Social networks have become popular job-seeking resources. Find out how to use them to your advantage.
  59. 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 ...
  60. Debt Collection: Know Your Rights

    Learn about the debt collection process so you know how to handle it if it happens to you.
  61. Forget Your Bank Account - Use Your Credit Card

    What if you used your credit card as a bank account? Believe it or not, this strange strategy could actually work.
  62. Tax Avoidance Or Illegal Evasion?

    Find out how to avoid the most common tax filing mistakes and audit triggers, so you can deduct with a clear conscience. ...
  63. 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. ...
  64. Planning For The Estate Tax's Return

    The 2010 estate tax lapse could be costly to your family if it keeps you from planning.
  65. 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.
  66. 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. ...
  67. Taking The Lead In The Interview Dance

    Learn the steps that will help lead you to a new career.
  68. 5 Surprise Costs That May Affect Your Tax Bracket

    Surprise! You may owe more than you think.
  69. A Soaring Housing Market: College Apartments

    How to play the boom in upscale student housing.
  70. 5 Bizarre Insurance Policies

    If you can dream up a risk, you can probably insure it. From interesting to bizarre, here are five of the weirdest insurance ...
  71. What To Bring To The Tax Man

    Forgetting these forms can cost you your refund.
  72. Is The U.S. Still The Center Of The Economic World?

    A weakening currency and huge debts question the U.S.'s position as the world's dominant economic powerhouse.
  73. Tax Withholding: Good For Government, Bad For Taxpayers

    It's important to understand where that money coming out of your paycheck goes and why - after all, you earned it.
  74. 10 Tax Protester Claims To Avoid

    The IRS calls them "frivolous" arguments. Make one and you could get hit with big civil penalties and even criminal charges. ...
  75. The "Next Big Thing" In Pro Sports

    New sports continue to enter the market, but will they push out the traditional stalwarts?
  76. Water Cooler News: Financial News This Week

    Find out what's making news in the world of finance this week.
  77. Financial Elder Abuse Rampant In Economic Downturn

    Lawmakers slow to act against Wall Street wrongdoing.
  78. The Cost Of An Auto Recall

    The impact of an auto recall on a company isn't simply financial.
  79. How Criminals Changed The Tax Code

    Thanks to tax crooks and "creative accountants", tax codes have been designed to eliminate loopholes and catch those who ...
  80. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  81. Cost-Benefit Analysis: The Key To Your Financial Life

    Using cost-benefit analysis can leave you with a lot more money in your wallet without a decline in your standard of living. ...
  82. Bank Overdraft Changes: What You Need To Know

    New laws to protect consumers should be in place by the summer. Find out what will change and how it could affect you.
  83. 6 Things You Didn't Know About The U.S. Budget Deficit

    The country appears to be spiralling into more debt all the time, but is it really as bad as it looks?
  84. Creative Accounting: When It's Too Good To Be True

    Accounting practices have matured, but there are still plenty of ways that companies can disguise their financial results. ...
  85. Olympic Economics: Boom Or Doom?

    Cities often tout the economic benefits of hosting the Olympics but the wide range of estimates make the actual impact hard ...
  86. Earn Tax-Free Income

    Tax rates are going up, so it pays to find sources of income that the tax collector can't touch. Here are 20 of them.
  87. 4 New Job-Search Trends

    Job boards and traditional resumes just aren't cutting it these days. Find out the new ways that are available for jobseekers. ...
  88. Hype It Like Steve Jobs

    Since Steve Jobs is the king of hype, it's no wonder Apple earns billions of dollars every year. Read on to learn about some ...
  89. You CAN Retire Now

    Even if your portfolio has taken a hit, these tips can get you back on track.
  90. 3 Common Tax Questions Answered

    We clarify some rules that often puzzle taxpayers.
  91. How Much Tax Do You Really Pay?

    When you add direct and indirect taxes together, your real tax rate is much more than you expected.
  92. This Week In Finance: Carl Icahn and Ben Bernanke

    During this week in financial history, an iconic corporate raider was born, and a new economist took the helm of the Federal ...
  93. Expensive Celebrity Valentines Gifts: Did They Work?

    These celebrities treated their sweethearts to notoriously lavish gifts - but did these grand gestures keep the couples together? ...
  94. Technology Your Kids (Or Grandkids) Will Laugh At

    The time will come when you'll be the one explaining these obsolete technologies.
  95. January Barometer: Did It Work?

    Find out whether this superstitious belief is worth following or little more than water cooler chatter.
  96. Can You Live A Debt-Free Life?

    Avoiding loans goes against the norm but it can be possible - and enjoyable.
  97. Watch Out For "Junk" Mortgage Fees

    So many fees are tacked on to a mortgage, that it's easy to pay more than you have to.
  98. Avoiding Tax Scams

    These schemes can lead to fines - and even jail time - for both the scammer and his victims.
  99. The 10 Most Common Tax-Filing Mistakes

    Be sure to double check your federal income tax return for these common mistakes that could cost you time and money.
  100. Marrying Your Finances: File Jointly And Save!

    Read these tips to find financial (and wedded) bliss, and put some cash in your pockets.
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