Personal Finance Articles

  1. Can You Retire in Colombia With $200,000?

    The cost of living, high-quality healthcare, climate and culture are drawing more and more U.S. retirees to this country. ...
  2. 6 Tips to Stop Worrying About Retirement

    Try some creative thinking and these smart moves to take the pressure off.
  3. Are Home Inspections Worth It? - Price vs. Value

    If you’re wondering whether home inspection is worth the investment, the following information will help you decide.
  4. How to Recharacterize to a Traditional IRA

    If the technicalities of recharacterizing a Roth IRA to a traditional IRA seem dauntingly complex, here are a few simple ...
  5. 5 Warning Signs a Charity Is a Scam

    Giving to charities and helping those in need is admirable. Here's how to ensure your good intentions and donations aren't ...
  6. 5 Reasons to Convert a Roth To a Traditional IRA

    Here's a quintet of cases when the traditional IRA trumps the Roth version.
  7. Get Your House In Order By Choosing a Financial Advisor

    As the old saying goes, people don't plan to fail, they just fail to plan.
  8. Credit Card Review: Blue Cash Everyday Amex (AXP, KSS)

    Read about the Blue Cash Everyday Amex card, and learn how it saves cardholders money on groceries, gas and other household ...
  9. Credit Card Review: Chase Freedom (JPM, AMZN)

    Learn about the Chase Freedom card and how it earns 1% cash back on every purchase and up to 5% on purchases in quarterly ...
  10. Credit Card Review: Citi Double Cash

    Learn about the Citi Double Cash credit card and its simple cash back program that pays a combined 2% rate on every card ...
  11. Inflation for Dummies

    Inflation may seem like a straightforward concept, but it is more complex than it appears. We examine its varieties and causes.
  12. Justifications For High CEO Pay (AAPL, GE)

    CEOs tend to command sky-high salaries in America. Companies cite a number of reasons for this, but they don't always ring ...
  13. Extreme Mortality Bonds: High Risk and High Reward

    Insurance companies issue extreme mortality bonds to cover their losses in the event of a large-scale disaster. Here's a ...
  14. Risks Associated With Government Contracts

    Government contracts can be rewarding, but they also come with a variety of risks.
  15. 10 Public Companies That Rely On Govt. Contracts

    We look at 10 of the top public companies whose businesses rely on U.S. government contracts.
  16. Can You Retire in Brazil with $200,000 of Savings?

    Brazil has a lot to offer the expat. The cost of living and healthcare are cheaper, and the pace is unhurried. But educate ...
  17. Can Young Workers Rely on Social Security?

    Young savers have time on their hands to take advantage of many investment strategies, and they should because Social Security ...
  18. How to Defray Long-Term Care Expenses

    Here's a handful of options on what you can do to defray long-term care expenses.
  19. The True Cost of Home Caregiving

    Caring for eldery family in-home might be unavoidable, but most caregivers don't realize the true cost of doing so.
  20. Target-Date vs. Index Funds: Is One Better?

    Target-date and index funds are difficult to compare because they differ in both structure and objective, though investors ...
  21. Is a Google Robo-Advisor on the Horizon?

    It's possible that Google is looking to get into the robo-advisor business, either as a new venture or as a way to provide ...
  22. Top 3 Ways to Manage Lump-Sum Windfalls

    Have you just had a load of money drop into your lap? If so, several enviable options are available to you. Which one is ...
  23. Before You Invest in a Rental House with a Friend

    Investment property has advantages, but before you purchase a rental house with a pal, it’s smart to know what the challenges ...
  24. Whole Foods 365: The Economics of Discount Organic

    Whole Foods Market is expanding its brand to create a chain of discount natural food stores called 365 by Whole Foods Market. ...
  25. The Top 5 Most Unionized Industries

    Unions don't have the membership numbers that they once did, but they are still a vital part of several different important ...
  26. Free Credit Score: How Free Is It Really?

    Be careful of websites making bogus offers of "free" credit scores. If a site asks for credit card information, you'll most ...
  27. Credit Card Review: Amex EveryDay (AXP, JPM)

    Learn the benefits of the Amex EveryDay card, such as its introductory offer and rewards perks, and discover the types of ...
  28. How Advisors Can Tackle the Big Wealth Transfer

    The massive wealth transfer from Baby Boomers to their heirs presents opportunity and challenges for advisors. Here's how ...
  29. How a Higher Minimum Wage Would Impact the Economy

    Doubling pay for hourly workers could have several knock-on effects to the economy. Here's a brief look at a big issue.
  30. Why You Might Buy Your Next Car from Costco

    Costco, one of the strongest retailers around, has its hooks in all sort of sectors, including autos.
  31. Credit Card Review: Capital One Venture Rewards (COF)

    Learn how the Capital One Venture Rewards card helps you earn unlimited rewards miles to pay for all types of travel expenses, ...
  32. Credit Card Review: BankAmericard Cash Rewards (BAC)

    Read about the BankAmericard Cash Rewards card, and learn how to start earning unlimited cash back with its simply rewards ...
  33. Credit Card Review: QuicksilverOne Rewards

    Learn more about one of the best cash back rewards credit cards for individuals with average or good credit ratings: the ...
  34. What to Know About Transferable Points Programs

    Transferable points programs give credit card users a more extensive way to use credit card points for travel.
  35. How Express Scripts Makes Money

    The pharmacy benefit manager claims to lower prescription drug costs for consumers, medical providers, and health insurance ...
  36. Three Perks Business Should Give Their Employees

    Firms that treat their employees well have a competitive advantage over their rivals. Here are three important perks to give ...
  37. How Peter Thiel Became a Superstar

    A review of the career of legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel.
  38. 3 Key Steps To Take Before You Quit Your Job

    Leaving a job on the best basis means thinking through everything from professional etiquette to what's financially adequate.
  39. Are These the 10 Best Stocks in the World?

    Most of the top 10 stocks in the world have performed exceptionally well over the past several years. Here's a look at their ...
  40. Making Your Home Retirement "Ready"

    Key steps to take so that your home is in good shape for you to live there as long as you want.
  41. Credit Card Review: Premier Rewards Gold Amex (AXP)

    Read more about the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card, one of the top charge cards in the United States and a favorite ...
  42. Best Banks to Stash Your Million Dollars

    Get the richest perks and red carpet treatment for you and your money from these financial institutions.
  43. Credit Card Review: Gold Delta SkyMiles Amex (AXP, DAL)

    Learn about the three American Express cards that partner with Delta Airlines. Understand the benefits of the Gold Delta ...
  44. What Does an Ideal Retirement Portfolio Look Like?

    The "ideal" portfolio can differ from one investor to another depending on many factors, but some themes hold true no matter ...
  45. Credit Card Review: Citi ThankYou Preferred

    Understand what makes a reward credit card worth opening. Learn about the Citi ThankYou Preferred card and its benefits and ...
  46. Does that Budget Leave Room for Charitable Giving?

    Your clients want to be philanthropic, but does their financial situation allow them to afford charitable giving?
  47. How to Protect Your Retirement After a Divorce

    Divorce is never fun, but knowing the rules and anticipating the impact of retirement plan division and pension payouts can ...
  48. Credit Card Review: Capital One Quicksilver Rewards (COF)

    Learn more about the Capital One Quicksilver Rewards card and how its simple cash back rewards program can put more money ...
  49. Credit Card Review: Citi Diamond Preferred

    Read about Citi's Diamond Preferred credit card, a low APR offering with excellent balance transfer benefits and a long-term ...
  50. Credit Card Review: BankAmericard Travel Rewards (BAC)

    Understand what the BankAmericard Travel Rewards card is and what its benefits are. Learn about the few drawbacks to the ...
  51. Credit Card Review: Discover it (DFS, AMZN)

    Learn why the Discover it card provides a great balance between cost effectiveness and robust rewards, especially for those ...
  52. The Number One Reason Why Most Traders Fail

    We show you the simple tools, availble to everyone, to succeed as an active trader: education, experience, charts, vision, ...
  53. Netflix's New Strategy: Penetrate Your Hotel Room

    Will Netflix’s new venture—to offer its media content in hotels—pay dividends? Investopedia explores the business potential ...
  54. American Express Returns Vs. DJ Industrial Average

    American Express has handily outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 2009, but unusual weakness in the last year ...
  55. Credit Card Review: Platinum American Express (AXP, UAL)

    Take a closer look at the gold standard of luxury travel rewards credit cards, the American Express Platinum, and find out ...
  56. Credit Card Review: Citi Simplicity

    Understand how the Citi Simplicity credit card works, what its pros and cons are, and which kinds of consumers would be happiest ...
  57. Credit Card Review: Discover it Miles

    Understand what makes a credit card valuable and possible drawbacks; learn about the Discover it Miles card and how it may ...
  58. Credit Card Review: Chase Sapphire Preferred (JPM, COF)

    Learn why the Chase Sapphire Preferred card is ideal for users who travel a lot and like to eat at restaurants, and discover ...
  59. Vice Can Be Nice: 4 Sin Stocks to Consider (LVS, MO)

    These four sin stocks are likely to be resilient during a bear market.
  60. A Day in the Life of a Financial Advisor

    Financial advisors do a lot more than just manage portfolios, including prospecting, marketing, client servicing, compliance ...
  61. The Best (and Worst) Companies For Workplace Diversity

    Learn which large companies are the most committed to workplace diversity and which have the most work to do in their hiring ...
  62. The Financial Singularity Will Destroy Your Return

    Given the current and future growth of financial technology, many believe algorithms will soon define what drives market ...
  63. How Top Advisors Innovate to Stay Ahead

    Successful advisors are innovative, reaching out to a new generation of clients by embracing new technology.
  64. Can Mobileye Revolutionize The Car Industry?

    Cars are evolving into vehicles connected to the ecosystem around us. With its ability to sense and detect objects around ...
  65. The Benefits Of Corporate Inversion

    Many U.S. companies have found it advantageous to relocate their headquarters rather than face the highest corporate tax ...
  66. Retire In Ecuador with $200,000 Of Savings?

    Retiring in Ecuador means living a good life on a fixed income. Why not live where your Social Security dollars can provide ...
  67. Is Level Money The Perfect Budgeting Tool? (COF, INTU)

    Here’s a detailed review of how Level Money works and whether it could be the perfect tool to help you budget.
  68. Credit Card Review: Chase Slate

    Take a closer look at one of the most popular balance-transfer credit cards on the market: the Chase Slate card with a 0% ...
  69. Credit Card Review: BankAmericard (BAC)

    Examine an overview of the credit card lineup offered through Bank of America, each of which is a different version of the ...
  70. 10 Jobs to Avoid Right Now

    These jobs may never recover to pre-recession highs, can easily be outsourced overseas or may disappear altogether as technology ...
  71. Are You Paying Too Much in Taxes?

    Overpaying taxes amounts to an interest-free loan to the government. Here are some ways to avoid that scenario.
  72. 10 Richest, Most Successful Tech Geniuses

    Unlike many industries, tech billionaires are mostly self-made. Many of these billionaires came from humble means and, through ...
  73. Will Nepotism Kill Wal-Mart? (WMT, AMZN)

    Wal-Mart recently appointed Greg Penner, grandson-in-law of its founder to the post of Board Chairman. Should investors be ...
  74. Pepsi (PEP) Gets Crafty with Soda: Will it Pop?

    Pepsi is getting crafty with the launch of its Stubborn Soda. Is it a recipe for success?
  75. The Most Popular ETFs with Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors might continue to perform well by holding these popular ETFs, but time is limited.
  76. This is the Top Fear of Gen X, Millennial Savers

    Younger folks are more stressed than older generations about having enough money for retirement.
  77. Will Consumer Spending Save 2015?

    Consumer spending is considered an important number (and it is), but a savvy investor will always look at "why" rather than ...
  78. Will Jet.com Revolutionize Shopping?

    Jet.com has arrived and will look to steal market share from Amazon over the next several years. Will it be successful?
  79. Advisors: Broach this Topic with Grandparents

    Talking to older clients about financial planning for their grandchildren may help secure a new generation of clients.
  80. How to Respond to 'I Already Have an Advisor'

    Every advisor has met someone who already works with an advisor. Here are some tips for keeping the door open.
  81. The 10 Richest Women In Finance

    Who are the top 10 women in the financial industry?
  82. Today's Top Young Investors

    Given the very different world that we live in as compared to the one the Warren Buffett graduated into, young, hopeful investors ...
  83. Don't Get Trapped in a Zombie Foreclosure

    Understand how foreclosures work and you can avoid the disastrous consequences of having a zombie foreclosure.
  84. Worldwide Trend that Will Forever Alter Retirement

    Because longetivity is driving change in global and U.S. economies, we bring you a series of interviews with leading experts ...
  85. Why U.S. Consumers Aren’t Spending

    Despite continued improvement in the labor market and lower gasoline prices, consumers' activity remains soft: retail sales ...
  86. Gay Weddings Mean Big Business

    The coming boom in same sex marriages represents a money-making opportunity for anyone in the wedding industry.
  87. 4 Ways Millennials Can Buy Private Businesses

    Buying private businesses is a good way to have greater control over your investments while increasing your income and avoiding ...
  88. Top Benefits of Prenup and Postnup Agreements

    It can be a sticky subject, but prenuptial or postnuptial agreements can head off a lot of potential messiness. Here's a ...
  89. The Importance of Healthcare Risk Management

    Risk management is especially important in healthcare because human lives might be on the line. Here are some strategies ...
  90. Top 7 Ways to Manage Business Risks

    Risk management is a form of insurance in itself for small business owners. Here are seven steps to implement a plan.
  91. Tips for Insuring Your Salary

    Those with high incomes really can’t afford to be without disability insurance. Here's why.
  92. Why Companies Need Risk Management

    Implementing risk management strategies can save an entire organization from failure. Is yours up to snuff?
  93. 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Southwest Airlines (LUV)

    Learn some little-known facts about Southwest Airlines' surging business.
  94. Why Equity Financing Is Worth It

    When a business takes on an equity partner, it is exposed to a number of advantages that debt financing simply cannot provide. ...
  95. Why Best Buy Failed in China

    Best Buy entered China with much fanfare in 2006. The Minnesota-based retailer exited quietly last year. What went wrong? ...
  96. How Grant Cardone Built a $350M Real Estate Empire

    Sales trainer Grant Cardone built his multimillion-dollar real estate empire without raising external capital from anyone ...
  97. Medicaid and Nursing Homes: A Quick Guide to the Rules

    Medicaid can cover the costs of a long-term healthcare facility, if you qualify. But that's a big if.
  98. Which Robo-Advisor is Right for You?

    Which robo-advisor is right for you? There are many factors to consider, including breadth of services, ease of use and cost.
  99. Hiring a Nanny? 20 Questions to Ask First

    How to find a caregiver who'll fit into your family – and which questions you can't ask.
  100. Are Markets Ready For An Interest Rate Hike?

    Despite financial market fears over the uncertainty of Greece’s debt crisis and the recent drop in China’s stock-market, ...
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