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  1. Top Premium Checking Accounts of 2015

    Which banks offer the best deals for premium checking accounts – and what do you have to do to qualify for one?
  2. Is 21st Century Fox a Sly Bet?

    An in depth look at the revenue streams of international media conglomerate Twenty-First Century Fox.
  3. Why Retirement Planning Differs for Women

    Women face unique challenges when it comes to saving for retirement compared to men. Here's why and how to better prepare. ...
  4. Top 7 ETFs Designed for Retirement Income

    These seven ETFs offer several advantages over traditional ETFs, especially for investors seeking retirement income.
  5. How Microfinance and Investment Banking Compare

    Investment banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) provide similar services, but the clients they serve and the incentives ...
  6. Can I Become An Angel Investor?

    Because of SEC rules, you already need significant assets to become an angel investor.
  7. Why Working Doesn't Add Up For Many Women

    A type of tax deduction for Japanese stay-at-home wives puts a barrier on women working full time in the country.
  8. Tea Party Vs. Republican Party: Who Will Win In 2016?

    What agendas define the rift between the Tea Party and the Republican establishment, and which side will win the presidential ...
  9. The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate ...
  10. Financial Gifts For Grads: Kindergarten To College

    If you really want to help your grad preparing for the future, consider a present that supports their long-term goals—an ...
  11. The 10 Richest Women In Fashion

    The top 10 richest women in fashion have many similarities as well as differences. From nationality to career trajectory, ...
  12. How Financial Advisors Pick Client Investments

    How advisors choose investment portfolios is varied, and investors are wise to check with theirs to find out how he or she ...
  13. How Amazon Fresh Works

    Amazon Fresh, a grocery delivery company that operates in parts of Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, and New Jersey, is a new ...
  14. The Top 6 Companies Owned By Google

    Google owns an incredible number of companies. These are its top six acquisitions.
  15. Top Tax Issues For High-Net-Worth Individuals

    Wealth brings benefits, but from a tax perspective it creates special challenges. Here are some tax issues to pay attention ...
  16. Find The Top Retirement Cities In South Korea

    South Korea's busy, modern capital, Seoul, has traffic signs in Korean writing only and English is not widely spoken. Check ...
  17. Why Using Roaming Overseas Will Leave You Broke

    You want to use your familiar cellphone and its camera on overseas vacations, but oh woe! if you don't follow these simple, ...
  18. 6 Questions To Find The Best Real Estate Broker

    A broker will play a key role in selling your house quickly and for the best price. Here's how to identify one who will do ...
  19. Commercial Real Estate: How it Works

    The ins and outs of what commercial real estate companies do.
  20. 5 Signs That You Have a Lousy 401(k) Plan

    Knowing whether a 401(k) plan is good or not so good is important. This will help participants decide how much to invest ...
  21. Indexed Universal Life Policies: Watch These Risks

    By properly vetting indexed universal life policies, advisors and savers can avoid contracts that could prove overly costly ...
  22. The Top 5 Skills Every Actuary Needs

    The actuary profession is growing fast. Here's a look at the majors and top skills one needs to become a successful actuary.
  23. Are We Looking At A Retirement Age Of 70 Soon?

    Other countries have been hiking their retirement age. What would make the U.S. government go in that direction?
  24. Is University Prestige Really That Important?

    Getting into a top school doesn't hurt, but it's not the real driver of who goes on to do well in life, as some provocative ...
  25. 20 Ways To Pay Less At Costco

    There are plenty of little-known Costco shopping hacks that can save you big bucks at the register, and help you avoid the ...
  26. 5 Times Cash Rewards Credit Cards Come In Handy

    Using a credit card with cash rewards during emergencies can help you get through tough times, buy you time to pay off costs ...
  27. 8 Fascinating Traits Billionaires Have In Common

    A top-notch education isn't enough to strike it rich. Nothing compares to learning the habits of the world's famous entrepreneurs ...
  28. Top Tax Advantages of Buying a Home

    Don't forget these deductions and credits that homeowners can use to reduce their tax bill.
  29. The 10 Best Cities for Financial Advisors

    If you're an advisor looking for a promising location to practice, consider the combination of high wealth and low market ...
  30. Top Strategies on How to Become a Stock Broker

    Gunning to be a stock broker and want an edge? Here's some veteran advice.
  31. The Worst Cities for Financial Advisors

    Financial advisors may want to avoid low income areas or those with lofty wealth but high numbers of advisors.
  32. Costco, Target or Walmart: Which is the Best Bet?

    These three retailers have all been long-term winners. It that likely to continue? If so, which is the best bet?
  33. Obamacare: Can it Be Repealed?

    Attempting to repeal Obamacare is a yearly ritual for House Republicans, but trying again in 2016 or beyond could create ...
  34. Tips for Assessing a Client's Risk Tolerance

    Determining a client’s risk tolerance is a critical piece of the puzzle in designing and appropriate asset allocation.
  35. 5 Estate Planning Must-Dos Before Saying "I Do"

    There are many exciting things to look forward to when a couple gets married; not among them is putting financial affairs ...
  36. Why Small Business Owners Need Financial Advisors

    Small business owners are too busy to effectively manage their own money. That's why a financial advisor can be a big help. ...
  37. How Apps Are Changing The World

    Apps have allowed people to replace several pieces of tech with a single smartphone or tablet and have made the data from ...
  38. 10 Worst And Best Vacation Cities In The U.S.

    The many costs of planning a vacation will put a stress on most people’s finances, but where you choose to go can be what ...
  39. The Top 10 Companies Owned By Facebook (FB)

    These 11 acquisitions show how big, and how rich, Facebook has become.
  40. The 10 Richest Women In Tech & Media (GOOG, BABA)

    These 10 women are the wealthiest in tech and media.
  41. What Does It Cost To Study Abroad In Mexico?

    Study abroad in Mexico has raised safety concerns. But a program in a peaceful region can be a good choice for the budget-minded ...
  42. Why Some Investors Are Tilting Toward TIPS

    Last month’s five-year TIPS auction drew nearly $48 billion in interest, a sign of recent renewed demand for this inflation ...
  43. The Big Chill: What’s Wrong With The U.S. Consumer

    Based on the most recent April data, investors may, once again, be disappointed when the second-quarter gross domestic product ...
  44. What Are The Top Retirement Cities In Malaysia?

    Kuala Lumpur or George Town? That depends on whether you're looking for post-modern glitter or cobblestones and a slower ...
  45. Which Is Better: Priceline Or Hotwire? (PCLN, EXPE)

    Both travel booking sites are easy to use, and each has its devotees. Here's a comparison.
  46. An Advisor's Guide to Prof. Liability Insurance

    A guide to what financial advisors need to know about professional liability insurance.
  47. 401(k) Risks Advisors Should Know About

    Lawsuits are challenging the the fiduciary duty of plan sponsors related to 401(k) fees. Here's what financial advisers should ...
  48. Why Doing Your Taxes is Good Retirement Planning

    Income tax time is a great time to reevaluate retirement planning, since all the information you need is right at your fingertips.
  49. Tips for Boosting Your Retirement Income

    Here are some best practices on how to generate as much retirement income as possible.
  50. Is ‘Free’ Now the Best Price for Online Advice?

    For many investors, robo-advisors may be a better deal than traditional financial advisors, though they should know what ...
  51. Worst 5 States That Save The Least In Retirement

    If you're picking a place to retire, before you just stick a pin in the map, check out these cautionary criteria. Here are ...
  52. Can Electric Cars Replace Gas Guzzlers?

    High costs and poor battery performance have deterred many from switching to electric cars, which begs the question: can ...
  53. How To Invest In Internet-Connected Cars

    Companies are combining automotive technology with phones, watches, and computers to create a new, profitable industry.
  54. What Skills Do You Need For An Investment Banking Job?

    Aspiring for the best paid investment banking jobs? Here is the list of top skills that investment banks look for in job ...
  55. Top Skills Hedge Funds Look For In Job Candidates

    Lucrative salary, high perks, and best quantitative brains at work. What are the top skills a candidate needs to get a job ...
  56. The 5 Countries With The Lowest Interest Rates

    Interest rates in many nations are at record low levels as of May 2015. We look at the five nations with the lowest rates. ...
  57. American Express's Main Competition

    American Express competes with Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Financial Services in the credit card space. It also competes ...
  58. Is There Any Upside Left in Costco?

    Costco's stock has performed exceptionally well over the past five years, but does it need a breather?
  59. Is Your Retirement Plan On Track?

    Sooner or later that day will come. Do you know if you're ready? Here's how to tell and what to do if your trajectory needs ...
  60. India's Two-Child Policy

    As of 2014, 11 Indian states have passed laws to restrict Indian citizens from having no more than two children.
  61. Using Excel PV Function to compute Bonds PV

    To determine the value of a bond today - for a fixed principal (par value) to be repaid in the future at any predetermined ...
  62. Which Estate Transfer Technique is Right for You?

    This article explains the difference between the two estate transfer methods -- a will and a trust, and the circumstances ...
  63. Credit Cards That Will Get You First Class Flights

    It's getting harder and harder to be upgraded to first or business class on airlines. Here are some credit cards that may ...
  64. Dos And Don'ts Of Selling A House

    Tips for selling your house in the shortest time possible and for the best price
  65. Top 6 Money Management Apps For 2015

    Spenders who should be keeping better track of their cash flow will benefit the most from these money management apps.
  66. Why The U.S. Economy Is Ready For Liftoff

    Though the U.S. economy is once again underperforming expectations, as it has for the past five years, the economy is ready ...
  67. What New Grads Need To Do On Their First Job

    It's never too early to start saving aside something for retirement. But what purpose could a retirement account serve when ...
  68. Steps to Starting Up an Independent Broker Dealer

    Launching your own broker-dealer is a lot of work, but the potential payoff is great, both personally and financially.
  69. Why Hedge Fund Managers Make Good Advisory Clients

    Super-busy hedge fund managers should be viewed as an opportunity for sophisticated financial advisors who can step in and ...
  70. A Look at How the Ultra-Wealthy Invest

    Ultra-wealthy investors are cautious this year as they approach the markets. Many target mutual funds and stocks, but most ...
  71. The 10 Richest Women In The United States (WMT, AAPL)

    We provide an overview of America's 10 richest women, the sources of their wealth, and their professional and philanthropic ...
  72. Top Commodities ETFs for Your Retirement Portfolio

    There are many commodity-tracking ETFs, but only a few are must-adds to your retirement portfolio.
  73. Estate Planning and Elderly and Passed Clients

    By keeping up with new estate tax rules, financial advisors can help elderly clients save big on tax costs.
  74. 5 Signs You're Getting Bad Financial Advice

    Use good judgment and practice due diligence when contracting with professional money managers and advisors.
  75. Avoid These 5 Scams Targeting Senior Citizens

    Unfortunately, many scam artists try to prey on people whom they perceive as particularly vulnerable, especially seniors. ...
  76. Is Amazon Overvalued? Compare Price-To-Sales Ratios

    The price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio is the most common and easiest valuation metric to calculate. But what happens when earnings ...
  77. 7 Bankrupt Companies That Came Back

    Bankruptcy is often the end of a company – until it isn't.
  78. How To Decode Your Future Retirement Income

    When we get statements showing the account balances for our retirement savings, we just see one big number – the total amount ...
  79. 10 Retirement Savings Myths That Won’t Go Away

    If you’re confused about the different retirement investment vehicles or don’t know how to save for retirement, it’s important ...
  80. The Advantages That Older Entrepreneurs Enjoy

    Entrepreneurs typically have more experience, more collateral, and more connections when they are in their fifties, and are ...
  81. Swimming Pools: Costs Vs. Long-Term Value

    Consider the costs of installing and maintaining a swimming pool, and compare this with the pool's utility and the market ...
  82. With Rates Low, Where Can Advisors Find Yield?

    There are many different options — both conventional and unconventional — available for financial advisors seeking yield ...
  83. How To Finance Foreign Real Estate

    If you don't pay cash, financing real estate abroad is likely to cost more than at home. Watch for local laws and be sure ...
  84. A Quick Guide To Healthcare ETFs

    The healthcare industry offers a broad variety of sector ETFs but it’s difficult to avoid exposure to pharmaceuticals and ...
  85. Planning a Cheap Vacation to the Most Expensive Cities In The World

    These smart tips won't make your whole vacation free, but they will help you shave expenses – and have a better time!
  86. What Do Financial Advisors Do?

    Just what does a financial advisor do? A lot, in fact. And any potential client should do their due diligence and come prepared ...
  87. Should You Buy or Sell These Troubled Retailers?

    Retail is in trouble, but the companies that survive could reward investors down the road.
  88. Feeling Risk-Averse? Consider These Investments

    These investments offer risk-averse investors resiliency to bear markets while paying sustainable dividends or interest. ...
  89. Top 10 Most Developed Cities in the U.S

    Want to know where to live, work, or play? If so, the following information might be of great value to you.
  90. Investing: How to Make Fast Money in Your 20s

    In your 20s and want to maximize returns on your investments? Here's how. But be careful.
  91. Top 5 Biggest Mobile E-retailers

    Online shopping has never been easier, thanks to the proliferation of mobile shopping apps.
  92. How The Federal Reserve Affects Mortgage Rates

    The Federal Reserve's actions as it aims to maintain economic stability impact the cost of funds for banks and consequently ...
  93. In Your 20s? Reasons To Get A Roth IRA Now

    There are strong reasons to put retirement savings into a Roth IRA now, while time is on your side, your salary hasn't peaked, ...
  94. How the Robo-Advisors Differ (& How They're Alike) (SCHW)

    Not all robo-advisors are created equal, and each could be perfect for a specific body of investors. Here's a look at the ...
  95. The Economics Of Tesla Batteries (TSLA)

    Last week, Tesla announced its own line of commercial and residential batteries, called the PowerWall series, proving once ...
  96. Are You in the Top One Percent of the World?

    If you live in an industrialized country, cracking the top 1% of income earners isn't as difficult as you might think.
  97. The Purpose Of Having A Social Security Number

    When (and why) it is necessary to use the nine-digit number the United States government issues to individuals and when you ...
  98. New Avenues For Bitcoin Funding Opened Up By SEC

    Could New SEC Regulations Pave the Way for Investing in Bitcoin Startups?
  99. How Internet-Connected Cars Work

    With the rise of connected devices and wearable technology, even your car can connect to your digital life.
  100. The Most Competitive Industries For New Graduates

    Graduating from college is an exciting yet uncertain time for many students, as the overall job market is becoming more complex ...
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