Personal Finance Articles

  1. A Tax For Your Behavior

    To what extent are taxes and restrictions being used to modify your behavior?
  2. Water Cooler Finance: My iPad Beats Your Toyota

    Some of the biggest names in retail topped the headlines in the last week.
  3. Don't Let Inaccurate Tax Forms Get You Audited!

    Copying in numbers directly from your tax forms can end up with you paying more (or less) taxes than you owe.
  4. Businesses Built On Fear

    Have you ever purchased a product because you were afraid of what would happen if you didn't? Many businesses thrive for ...
  5. Refund Anticipation Loans Generally A Ripoff

    These short-term loans can provide much-needed cash, but the instant payout comes at a cost.
  6. The 5 Factors Of A "Good" Location

    “Location, location, location” is a common mantra in real estate. And it’s good advice – except for one thing: most people ...
  7. Understanding The U.S. Tax Withholding System

    Understanding the origins of our tax withholding system is crucial to getting the most out of it.
  8. Movie Genres That Make The Most Money

    Success in Hollywood isn't just measured by ticket sales - development costs play a large part, too.
  9. The Greatest Stock Picker Of All Time?

    Get to know some of the best stock pickers, their strategies and how they got their starts.
  10. Why Now Is The Time To Buy A Home

    With interest rates at all-time lows and major rate hikes around the corner, many experts say the best time to snag a mortgage ...
  11. Timely Help For Tax Procrastinators

    Last-minute advice, including what to do if you find you can't finish your 1040 or pay on time.
  12. The Obama Tax Hikes - What To Do

    Buy munis, book losses, avoid marriage, consider a Roth conversion now and get your Lasik eye surgery next year.
  13. Experienced Investors: Older And Wiser, Or Just Older?

    Find out how these famous investors have fared as they've aged.
  14. The Economics Of Summer Blockbuster Movies

    Summer movie season can be a major money maker for big studios, especially if they can produce a smash-hit.
  15. 5 Strategies For Lowering Next Year's Taxes

    If your tax bill is bigger than you'd hoped, there are few ways you can reduce it next year.
  16. Fixer-Upper House: Is it Worth It?

    The "handyman special" that seems like a great deal can quickly become a money pit. Find out which repairs are most likely ...
  17. 5 Surprise Changes To The Student Loan Program

    Hidden somewhere in the recently-passed health care bill were also many major changes to the student loan program.
  18. Odd eBay Sales

    Whether you need a ghost in a jar or a celebrity-owned socks, eBay can hook you up.
  19. The Sales Commission Dilemma

    These professionals' interests may not always align with your own. Find out how to protect yourself.
  20. How U.S. Policy Affects Other Countries' Tax Rates

    U.S. tax policies don't just affect our own economy - many times, the entire world is influenced.
  21. Surviving A Bad Job Market

    Until the job market picks up, you may be "stuck" in your current job. Make the most of your time there.
  22. Recall Recoil: Will Toyota Recover?

    A product recall can decimate a stock in some cases, and have hardly any impact in others. What's the difference?
  23. 5 Top Tax Season Questions

    A tax pro answers questions she hears most often and quashes some myths.
  24. Water Cooler Finance: Auto Hope, Bubbling Oil and Obamanomics

    As usual, the financial world is filled with hope, change and uncertainty.
  25. Top 7 Myths About Starting A Business

    Don't let these myths stop you from reaching your entrepreneurial dreams.
  26. Top Tech Companies For Women

    Women have lots to offer in the male-dominated IT industry - and companies are catching on.
  27. Top 9 Benefits Of A 403(b) Plan

    Find out how the 403(b) plan helps employees of nonprofit entities meet their retirement goals.
  28. 6 Career-Killing Facebook Mistakes

    Social networking can be a valuable job-search tool and a serious liability. Find out how to keep Facebook from ruining your ...
  29. Wall Street History: Howard Hughes, Enron And Sin Taxes

    From the death of Howard Hughes to the birth of patent law, we'll look at what happened this week in financial history.
  30. 6 Avoidable Tax-Time Irritants

    Find out how to keep the IRS from getting under your skin and avoid other frustrating tax scenarios.
  31. Why Tiger Should Buy A Bachelor Pad

    One-bedroom homes are good investments - if you stay put.
  32. 5 Free Or Low-Cost Legal Services

    Legal fees have never been more expensive. Here are some ways for you to save on legal fees while still getting reliable ...
  33. Student Tax Breaks

    Education bills may not be as stressful as you think - these student tax breaks can help!
  34. Finding A Good Real Estate Agent

    Don't go it alone in the real estate market. We'll show you how to find the help you need.
  35. Why You Should Itemize Your Tax Deductions

    This strategy of moving your tax deductable payments and donations to the following year could mean hundreds more on your ...
  36. A Concise History Of Changes In U.S. Tax Law

    We look at how U.S. taxes have changed since their inception.
  37. Dispelling 5 Myths About Financial Planners

    Raise your returns or lower your losses; these often misunderstood specialists can help guide you.
  38. 6 Steps To A Successful (and Cheap) Staycation

    Tough economic times have more people spending their vacation at home. Find out how to make the most of your staycation. ...
  39. Businesses On The Brink: Change Or Fail?

    These companies are going down with their industries unless they can make drastic changes.
  40. 5 Billionaires Who Live Below Their Means

    Imagine having millions or billions of dollars, but living like you do right now.
  41. Water Cooler Finance: Warren Buffett Buys A Lemonade Stand

    News of Warren Buffett's unsolicited takeover bid for Kayla Summers' lemonade stand, and other top financial news.
  42. Hatch A New Financial Plan

    With spring just around the corner, now is a great time for a financial makeover.
  43. Your Mortgage: When It's Time to Walk Away

    Mathematically speaking, walking away can sometimes be the most prudent choice. Find out how to run the numbers.
  44. Blogging: The Perfect Stay-At-Home Career?

    Millions of stay-at-home parents are blogging for extra income, and some are raking in six-figure salaries.
  45. From Celebrity To Working Stiff

    These celebrities found their true calling away from their initial high-profile positions.
  46. The March Madness Approach To Investing

    Find out the many similarities between filling your March Madness bracket and filling your portfolio.
  47. Wall Street History: A Random Walk, Nixon's Taxes and The Marlboro Man

    From Nixon's tax bill to Marlboro Friday, we'll look at what happened this week in financial history.
  48. Politicians Who Skipped Out On Taxes

    Their salaries depend on people paying taxes, but these politicians avoided paying taxes themselves.
  49. The Biggest Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid This Year

    The real estate market has changed dramatically in the last few years - don't get caught in the cold.
  50. 7 Decisions That Lead To Bankruptcy In The UK

    In the past three years, personal bankruptcies have been on the rise throughout the U.K. Here's how it happens.
  51. From Play To Pay: Financial Games For Kids

    The earlier that kids are exposed to real-world financial issues, the more prepared they will be.
  52. Medical Tourism: Are The Savings Worth The Risk?

    With six-figure price tags for some medical procedures, many Americans are going abroad for more affordable healthcare.
  53. Money-Saving Smartphone Apps

    In many ways, these apps are more useful than the products they're modeled after.
  54. Water Cooler Finance: Zombies File Taxes, Dead Bills Rise Again

    It seems that Halloween has come early to the world of finance. We take a look at what's making news this week.
  55. Marital Union; Financial Separation

    For a happy marriage, a financial separation may be the best solution.
  56. Choosing A Tax Preparer

    There are many people and companies that can file your taxes. Find out what each has to offer, and which is right for you. ...
  57. A Guide To Investing In Consumer Staples

    These companies may not be flashy but they offer investors structure and diversification.
  58. Celebrity CEOs

    There are a number of stars who also possess top-grade business savvy. Find out which celebs are a double threat.
  59. Tap Retirement Funds To Buy A Home?

    It's not ideal, but there are times when it can make sense to use your IRA or 401(k) for a down payment.
  60. Alien Species Invasion: The Deep Economic Impact

    Introducing foreign wildlife to a country does more financial harm than good. Read on to find out how bad it can be.
  61. The 10 Coolest Internships

    At least one of these 10 internships should appeal to any student.
  62. From Poverty To Power: Celebrities Who Started With Nothing

    From inner-city housing projects to rural homesteads without heat, these celebrities built up their millions from nothing. ...
  63. Get Paid To Surf The Web

    If you're out of work, these tasks could help you earn enough cash to carry you to your next job.
  64. The Defined-Benefit Plan's Many Problems

    The shift in retirement plan schemes - from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans - raises some important issues. ...
  65. 7 Unintentional Entrepreneurs

    Have you ever stumbled on an idea and thought it was a definite money-maker? These entrepreneurs turned those ideas into ...
  66. 10 Ways The New Healthcare Bill May Affect You

    This bill is initiating big changes in the U.S. healthcare system. Find out how it will affect you.
  67. Where Is Everyone Moving To?

    Like the birds, people follow a migration pattern. Find out where people are flocking to now.
  68. This Week in Financial History: Bre-X, Silver Thursday And Adelphia

    Many investors still bear scars from Bre-X, Silver Thursday and the end of Aldelphia. We'll look at these and other historic ...
  69. Make Money On The Movies

    If you think you know which films will tank and which will soar, this new way to trade could be for you.
  70. Federal Program Overcharging Some Repaying Student Loans

    Income-based repayment program miscalculating borrower incomes.
  71. Vacation Medical Insurance: Can You Afford Not To?

    Unexpected medical expenses can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. Find out how to get properly insured.
  72. Water Cooler Finance: Bailouts, Buffett-Rock And Prison Brawls

    This week was marked by extremes and touched by more than a little drama - and we're not just talking about Warren Buffett's ...
  73. Countries With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

    A high U.S. unemployment rate may not be as restrictive as you think. Find out where the jobs really are.
  74. Financial Pro Sports Steals

    These rookies started out as nobodies and were paid accordingly - but their results were extraordinary.
  75. Surprisingly Underpaid Celebrities And Other High-Profile People

    We think all celebrities are rolling in money, but here some high-profile people that make less than you.
  76. Evaluating Executive Compensation

    Find out how to determine whether a CEO is being overpaid.
  77. Top 9 Solutions To An Unexpected Tax Bill

    Finding out you owe when you expected a refund is a nasty shock. Find out how to cope.
  78. 7 Interview Don'ts

    Knowing what not to do will lead to a more successful interview and help you land that job.
  79. Cell Phone Evolution

    Follow the evolution of cell phones from 20 pound bricks to the sleek smart phones of today.
  80. Top 5 Reasons Why People Go Bankrupt

    Bankruptcy can be a result of overspending or bad planning, but sometimes, it's no one's fault. Find out how you can avoid ...
  81. The Most Expensive American Cities

    Some of the most beautiful places in the U.S. are also the most expensive - here's why.
  82. What The First Date Can Teach You About Love, Money And The Person You're With

    Who's picking up the bill on dates these days and what it says about gender roles.
  83. Counterintuitive Management Strategies That Work

    Traditional ideas are falling by the wayside, and being replaced by flexible arrangements and a results-oriented approach. ...
  84. Betting On The Entertainment Industry

    Speculating on new flicks for profit is becoming an important component of Hollywood business.
  85. 7 Air Travel Perks That Used To Be Free

    If you're a long-time air traveler, you've probably noticed that flying means pulling out your wallet a whole lot more often. ...
  86. Are You Ready To Buy A House?

    There are a number of factors, aside from cost, that you should think about before buying a new house.
  87. Top 10 Most Expensive Medical Procedures

    As if being sick isn’t bad enough, the price of these procedures just might kill you.
  88. Claim The Homebuyer Tax Credit Before It Expires

    This credit expires April 30, but you can still cash in, and buying a house isn't the only way to do it.
  89. The Happiness Index - How Prosperous Are You?

    Not all nations measure their success in dollars and material items - Bhutan, south of China, measures it in happiness.
  90. Taking Your Home "Off The Grid"

    There are many alternatives to traditional energy sources - though, they can come at a price.
  91. Rent-To-Own Real Estate Full Of Pitfalls

    Before you consider this type of arrangement, you should be aware of how it works, who benefits and the many things that ...
  92. 6 Financial Apps You'll Love

    These smartphone apps won't break the bank - in fact, they may help you save money.
  93. Revamp Your Resume: The Power Of Positive Spin

    Face it - your last job was a bore. These tips will help make your resume stand out to your future employers.
  94. Management Strategies From A Top CEO

    Find out what this winning manager did to grow one of the biggest companies in the world.
  95. This Week in Financial History: Visa's IPO, Viva Las Vegas And The Ides Of March

    From the founding of Sin City to the world's largest IPO, find out what historic financial events occurred this week.
  96. The Virtual Market: What We're Buying And How Much We're Spending

    Whether it's shoes for an avatar or a whole space station, the online market in virtual goods is bigger than you think.
  97. Why Celebrity Lawyers Make The Big Bucks

    These lawyers take on high-profile, high-stress celebrity cases and are compensated well for it.
  98. 6 Freelance Jobs That Don't Pay

    Plenty of worthwhile freelance gigs are out there - you just need to be careful to steer clear of the duds and dead ends. ...
  99. Infamous Female Financiers

    These fabulously affluent females twisted, bent and broke the law to bring home the bacon.
  100. Water Cooler Finance: We're Getting Richer And Spending More

    This week showed Americans' cautious optimism about the economy as more signs of recovery keep popping up.
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