Personal Finance Articles

  1. Wall Street: Where The Customer Is Always Wrong

    In the financial industry, there's not much emphasis placed on dealing with customer complaints, but there should be.
  2. Target Strategies Often Miss The Mark

    Before jumping into a tailor-made asset allocation plan, do the research - it will add years to your financial health.
  3. 3 Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs

    It's never too late to jump into the entrepreneurship game - these three stories provide the proof.
  4. How Does The GM Volt Stack Up?

    The Volt will be good for the environment, but will it be good for your wallet?
  5. A Day Without Spending, A Lifetime's Worth Of Lessons

    Financial guru Suze Orman once challenged her fans to go a day without spending any money. Here are the lessons learned from this exercise.
  6. 7 Job-Hunting Tips For Older Workers

    Though older workers can have a hard time finding a job, there are a lot of ways to become employed, and even some age advantages.
  7. A $50,000 House - But At What Cost?

    It sounds like a great deal for a house, but you may have to sacrifice some of the items on your wish list to get it.
  8. 4 Unusual Ways To Boost Social Security Benefits

    Find out how to work the system to get the highest total benefits the law allows.
  9. Health Insurance: Paying For Pre-Existing Conditions

    If you bring a pre-existing condition to a new insurer, you may find yourself without coverage.
  10. Budgeting For A New Baby

    This little member of your family will be a big expense. Find out what you need to budget for and how to save.
  11. Generation Caregiver - Are You Ready?

    More that half of Gen Xers anticipate being a primary caregiver for an aging relative in their lifetime. That care comes at a cost.
  12. How The Sarbanes-Oxley Era Affected IPOs

    After the infamous collapse of companies like Tyco, Enron and WorldCom, the government responded to try and prevent it from happening again.
  13. Tips For Resolving Disputes With Your Financial Advisor

    Before you blame your advisor for your losses, be sure you know your rights and responsibilities.
  14. Medical Forms May Be Hazardous To Your Financial Health

    Be sure you know what you're signing, when it comes to medical forms.
  15. Bartering Through A Cash Crisis

    Bartering can save you money and make use of your talents, find out how to get started.
  16. The GRE: A Cheaper Alternative For Business School

    The GMAT is the standard test for business schools, but many will accept a GRE score instead.
  17. When Your Employer Cuts Your 401(k) Match

    In hard times, companies may stop matching your 401(k) contribution, but there are ways to offset the hit.
  18. The Economics Of Pet Ownership

    Before you bring a furry friend into your household, make sure you can handle the hefty financial commitment.
  19. Marriage, Divorce And The Dotted Line

    Does signing a prenuptial agreement put your marriage on shaky ground, or is it just smart planning?
  20. Get Smart With Your Current Car

    If a new car isn't in your budget, here are some tips to make your current car more fuel efficient.
  21. College: Pay Now Or Pay Later?

    Make the best of - without spending the most in - your college years.
  22. Variable Prepaid Forward Contract: Scam Or Safety Net?

    Top executives can benefit from this kind of contract, but is it at the expense of the shareholders?
  23. Understanding The Mortgage Payment Structure

    We explain the calculation and payment process as well as the amortization schedule of home loans.
  24. 20 Ways To Save On Medical Bills

    Handy tips to cut the cost of hospital bills, co-pays, prescription drugs and more.
  25. Are You Ready to Rent?

    If you think it's time to test your wings and leave your parents' nest, read on.
  26. Refusing An Inheritance

    Contrary to popular belief, inheriting assets isn't always a good thing. Find out what to do if you want to disclaim them.
  27. 7 Expenses That Are Keeping You In Debt

    The average American family is nearly $11,000 in debt. Here are seven expenses that might be keeping you in the red.
  28. Online Banks: Lower Costs And Little Sacrifice

    For many, online banking has become a day-to-day routine. Still, there are some holdouts who refuse to accept the method.
  29. Savvy Student-Only Back-To-School Discounts

    Whatever a student needs, there's a discount for it. Most of the time all you have to do is flash a valid student ID card to get a bargain.
  30. 20 Lazy Ways To Save Money

    Saving money is always good, but especially in a recession. These tips are easy ways to keep your wallet full.
  31. Bigger Hurdles Ahead For Entrepreneurs

    The mini credit crunch in small business lending is going to hit a lot of businesses that depend on short-term credit.
  32. Banking Stress Tests: Would Yours Pass?

    In weaker economic times, banks may be tested by the government to see how safe they are.
  33. Planning For Job Loss

    Preparing for unemployment can be the best investment you make.
  34. Taking A Look At Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  35. Using Age-Based Funds In Your 401(k)

    If you prefer a "hands-off" approach to saving for retirement, target-date funds may be for you.
  36. Recession Dates: Romantic Vs. Repugnant

    You can save money on a date, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do it.
  37. 5 Ways To Teach Kids About Investing

    Learning the basics and habits at a young age is vital to a healthy future portfolio.
  38. Top 6 Recession Investing Myths

    Find out the truth about recessions and how they impact your portfolio.
  39. How To Choose A Healthcare Plan

    HMOs? PPOs? CDHPs? We'll clear up the confusion so you can find the right coverage.
  40. Dollar-Cost Averaging Pays

    Get the most out of your mutual fund by using this simple but powerful strategy.
  41. Celebrity Business Busts

    Although they probably have better hair, the business world doesn't go easy on celebrities.
  42. Make Money With Social Networking Sites

    Increase your value by using social networks to your financial advantage.
  43. The Getty Oil Takeover Fiasco

    It was the largest takeover in history and one of the most dramatic. Learn all about the fate of Getty Oil.
  44. A Brief History Of Credit Rating Agencies

    Credit rating agencies have a long history in this country. Learn about what they do and how were they developed.
  45. The Truth About The First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

    The $8,000 tax credit might be the push you need to buy your first house, but there are some things you need to know first.
  46. What's The Minimum I Need To Retire?

    Make sure your golden years are golden, not merely a struggle for existence.
  47. Send Your Kid To College Without Going Broke

    Knowledge comes at a price. Find out how to survive the financial deluge all the way through graduation.
  48. 10 Tips For Buying A Car Online

    GM's announcement to sell cars online via eBay has many consumers curious - find out how to purchase online successfully.
  49. Cut Taxes By Reporting Property Damage

    Know the options you have for your insured property if and when a disaster strikes.
  50. 5 Ways To Make Your Resume Stand Out

    Standing out from the crowd is a must, especially when high unemployment rates make competition fierce.
  51. Know The Rules For Roth 401(k) Rollovers

    Rolling a Roth 401(k) into a Roth IRA is usually the optimal thing to do.
  52. Real Estate Bargains: Location Is Everything

    For the U.S. median house price, you can live in a mansion or a closet, it all depends on location.
  53. Compensation Myths: Burger Flipper Vs. Investment Banker

    Though these two jobs are perceived as being opposites, the compensation can be quite comparable.
  54. Attend Grad School For Free

    Securing funding for your education isn't always the easiest thing to do, but there are some ways to get assistance.
  55. $46 Billion Industry Of Philanthropy

    Philanthropic giving is not just about money - millions of volunteers donate their time to worthy causes every year.
  56. 15 A+ Back-To-School Shopping Tips

    The recession might cause you to spend less on back-to-school shopping, but with these tips you can still come out on top.
  57. Top 5 Bull And Bear Arguments

    Are you a bull or a bear? Here are the top five arguments for each side.
  58. College Dorms: Good Value Or Ripoff?

    Living on campus can have many benefits, but they often come at a price.
  59. 3 New Threats For Would-Be Homeowners

    While depressed real estate prices have created bargains for buyers, these lower prices come at a cost.
  60. Indexed Universal Life: Cash, Flexibility And Safety

    IULs boast the security of fixed universal life policies and the interest-earning potential of variable policies.
  61. 13 Pre-Issue Corporate Bond Questions For Businesses

    When a company needs more funding, there are many options. Corporate bonds is just one of them.
  62. 10 (Costly) Tickets To Fast Cash

    Circumstances arise when you need cash fast. Unfortunately, each option has its own risks and sometimes, a very high cost.
  63. How A Bad Roommate Can Ruin Your Credit Score

    Living with someone can cut your expenses, but in addition to not doing the dishes, your roommate may do serious damage to your credit.
  64. 16 Tips For Scoring Cheap Tickets

    It's not impossible to enjoy your favorite pastimes - with just a little work you can find a ticket price you can afford!
  65. 7 Expensive Mistakes College Students Make

    While college freshman may be academically prepared for school they often have a lot to learn when it comes to managing money.
  66. A Look At The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

    For those who encounter this tax, it can be costly. Find out how to navigate this complicated tax arrangement.
  67. Save Money - Travel For A Living

    Would you like to live without any housing expenses? It's possible if you are a road warrior.
  68. Outside-The-Box Ways To Make Money

    These non-traditional methods can help you make some extra cash.
  69. On This Day In Finance: July 31 - Nobel Prize Recipient Milton Friedman Is Born

    Milton Friedman was born on this day 97 years ago, and had one of the largest impacts on 20th century economics.
  70. Free Financial Counseling Programs For Students

    Learning to manage your money is no easy task, but there are plenty of resources designed especially to help.
  71. 25 Ways To Impress Your Date On A Dime

    If the recession has put a damper on your disposable income don't despair - it needn't take the fun out of your love life.
  72. On This Day In Finance: July 30 - The Sarbanes-Oxley Act Is Signed Into Law

    On July 30, 2002, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
  73. Should You Buy Banks' "Toxic" Assets?

    The Public-Private Investment Progam is part of the government's effort to fix the failing financial sector. But is it a good investment?
  74. On This Day in Finance: July 29 - Bonus Army Invades Washington, D.C.

    On July 29, 1932, government troops and tanks forcibly remove World War I veterans from makeshift camps in Washington D.C.
  75. Is It Worth Going Green?

    Going green might make you feel good about your purchases, but it probably won't help your finances.
  76. Retirement Lessons To Teach Your Children

    If your retirement plan hasn't worked out, at least your children can learn from your mistakes.
  77. On This Day In Finance: July 28 - Pfizer CEO Gets $180 Million Handshake

    On July 28, 2006, then Pfizer CEO Henry McKinnell resigned from his position, receiving a benefit and compensation package of $180 million in the process.
  78. The 9 Worst Career Choices Right Now

    These careers are on the way out; here are some alternatives you can switch to.
  79. Top 5 Must-Haves For Flipping Houses

    Not everyone can make money in this field. Find out what you need before you buy in.
  80. On This Day In Finance: July 27 - H.J. Heinz Is Incorporated

    The H.J. Heinz company, founded by Henry John Heinz, was incorporated on July 27, 1900.
  81. Consolidate Your Student Loans Now And Save

    Now is the time to lock in your variable rate student loan to optimize your educational investment and save on your repayment.
  82. 5 Health Insurance Considerations

    It may not be the most exciting of topics, but there are many ways to save on and increase the efficiency of your health insurance.
  83. Benefits Abound For Active Traders Who Incorporate

    Trading through a separate business structure allows active traders access to all of the tax mitigation and asset protection strategies available.
  84. 7 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Life

    Find out what you can do to prepare and cope in tough economic times.
  85. Transfer Retirement Savings When You Change Jobs

    Half of Americans lose their nest eggs when they switch careers. Learn why you should avoid this trap.
  86. Contemplating Collectible Investments

    Profit margins are slim, but that needn't deter those with a passion for eras past.
  87. Managing Your Money: There's An App For That

    From reminders to pay your bills to portfolio tracking, find out which apps can help you stay on top of your finances.
  88. On This Day In Finance: July 24 - Freddie Mac Is Born

    On July 24, 1970, the United States Congress established Freddie Mac.
  89. Benefit Issues When Your Employer Goes Bankrupt

    There are some safeguards in place to ensure that health benefits don't just disappear when a plan is canceled.
  90. On This Day In Finance: July 23 - Ford Delivers First Model A

    The first car produced by the Ford Motor company was the original Model A that came out in 1903.
  91. Top 5 Fast Food Value Menu Deals

    Find out what you can can get for less than $1 and how it compares to cooking it yourself.
  92. One Person + Multiple Careers = Greater Wealth

    Self-made millionaires are not one-trick ponies. You shouldn't be either.
  93. Lending From A Loan Officer's Perspective

    Learn how a loan officer thinks, so that you can get the best and safest loan.
  94. On This Day In Finance: July 22 - John Dillinger Is Killed

    On July 22, 1934, famed bank robber John Dillinger was killed by FBI agents in Chicago.
  95. Get Hired In Finance, Despite The Recession

    During a recession, there are still plenty of options for a business school graduate.
  96. Business Owners: Avoid Enron-esque Retirement Plans

    If your business administers a retirement plan, you should recognize what's at stake.
  97. 7 Low-Rate Mortgage Shams

    Interest rates on a mortgage aren't the only factor defining a good loan.
  98. On This Day In Finance: July 21 - WorldCom Files For Bankruptcy

    At one time the second largest long distance phone company in the U.S., WorldCom was forced to file for bankruptcy on July 21 after being exposed for accounting fraud.
  99. Money-Saving Tips For Sports Fans

    If you do a little sleuthing and stay flexible on which teams to follow, you can still enjoy all the excitement of live sporting events.
  100. Subaccounts: As Good Their Clone Funds?

    Variable annuity subaccounts are virtual clones of mutual funds but they have their own CUSIP number and their historical performances are tracked separately.
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