Personal Finance Articles

  1. Cut Taxes With An Energy-Efficient Home

    A greener home can mean more green in your pocket this tax season.
  2. Conquering The Terms Of Your Mortgage

    Buyers with big down payments should get the best mortgage terms. Unfortunately, the equation isn't that simple.
  3. 4 Signs Your Home Is Overpriced

    In order to sell your home, you have to know when it's time to lower the price.
  4. Beyond Money: How 10 Top-Paying Companies Stack Up

    We look at how these top-paying companies stack up in terms of benefits, work environment and incentive plans.
  5. Maxing Out Your 401(k): Does It Pay?

    In the long-term, many people will see the benefits of maxing out a 401(k) contribution. Is it right for you?
  6. 3 Ways To Make Your Retirement Funds Last

    These retirement income distribution methods are all viable; the one you choose will depend on your personal circumstances.
  7. Where Can Americans Go for Cheaper Healthcare?

    With the rising cost of healthcare at home, Americans are looking abroad for their medical care.
  8. 4 Retirement Reality Checks

    If you hope to enjoy a comfortable retirement, it's time to get real. Here are four cold, hard truths every soon-to-be retiree must face.
  9. Beat Unemployment By Returning To School

    Returning to school may be the key to beating an economic slump.
  10. Becoming A Landlord: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

    On the surface, being a landlord seems likes like a surefire bet, but it's usually more headache than it's worth.
  11. Are You And Your Bank All A-Twitter?

    As Twitter's popularity grows, even the banks are getting on board.
  12. Bankruptcy Filing Changes That Could Affect You

    When the economy is down, more people file for bankruptcy. Make sure you know about the changes that have been made to this process.
  13. Live Longer, Retire Younger: Can You Do It?

    Use this vehicle to make sure your payout lasts as long as you do.
  14. Elliott Wave Theory

    Acquaint yourself with the principle built on the discovery that stock markets did not behave in a chaotic manner.
  15. Free Market Maven: Milton Friedman

    As proponent of free market capitalism, this economist changed the way the world's economies operate.
  16. Is It Too Late For A Career Change?

    Career changes come in many forms. Here are a few ways that you can add some excitement to your professional life.
  17. Damage Control For A Busted Budget

    Budgets break down all the time. Here are some ways to get it back on track.
  18. Pinpointing The Perfect Retirement Destination

    Retirement planning is more than just packing your bags and sailing to paradise. Do your homework and enjoy the golden years.
  19. You CAN Afford To Study Abroad

    Before you jump on the plane, understand the rules and regulations in place. Then, enjoy your time studying aborad!
  20. Variable Annuities: The Do-It-Yourself Pension Plan

    Variable annuities can cost more than mutual funds, but that might be worth the protection they can add to your retirement.
  21. Social Security - Are You Covered?

    If you aren't a U.S. citizen, even if you are a legal resident, you may be missing out on government programs.
  22. Can You Count On Your Pension?

    We look at how to determine the health of your company's pension plan, and what to do if things are looking grim.
  23. Mergers: The Sign Of Economic Recovery?

    Recent mergers by big players show economic optimism.
  24. Stable Value Funds: Risk Less And Earn More

    Stable value funds can provide higher yields and lower risk.
  25. When Wall Street Loses, CEOs Still Win

    Despite the record losses that occurred in the financial sector, many executives still received huge bonuses.
  26. Soda Tax: Penalizing The Pudgy

    Soda contributes to obesity, tooth decay and bone loss. Will taxing it help alleviate the strain on the healthcare system?
  27. Financial Capitalism Opens Doors To Personal Fortune

    The Industrial Revolution introduced a new age of investing and financial self sufficiency.
  28. Recognize And Avoid "Work At Home" Scams

    From pyramid schemes to envelope stuffing, there are a lot of scams masquerading as legitimate part-time work.
  29. Will Your Wallet Love Eating Organic?

    While you may have more organic and locally grown food options, the bottom line for your personal budget it's going to cost.
  30. Financial Career Shift: Get In The Driver's Seat

    Before you agree to work for another investment firm, be sure you know what you're getting into.
  31. 6 Financial Moves That Sound Good - But Aren't

    Have you weighed the consequences of your choices against their apparent benefits? In many cases, the answer is no.
  32. Is Your Broker Acting In Your Best Interest?

    Learn the clues you'll need to determine whether you've chosen a reputable professional.
  33. Retirement Savings Tips For 25- To 34-Year-Olds

    Keep saving when mortgages, marriages and debt demand your attention.
  34. Reduce Your Carbon Tire Print

    Find out whether you should buy new, buy used or just make your machine a bit more green.
  35. Save Money By Winterizing Your Home

    Keep your winter energy bills from overheating this year.
  36. Expensing Employee Stock Options: Is There A Better Way?

    In 2009, Senators Carl Levin and John McCain introduced a bill to stop the excessive deductions for ESOs. But is there another solution?
  37. Why Financial Advisors Disagree

    Financial advisors sometimes offer conflicting opinions that can be confusing for many investors.
  38. Will Credit Ratings Agencies Ever Be Trusted Again?

    Criteria used to rate companies is suspect - and even moreso during drastic times.
  39. Medicaid Vs. Long-Term Care Insurance

    These are not equal. Here's why you need to think twice before relying on the government-sponsored program.
  40. Do "Widow And Orphan" Stocks Still Exist?

    Is there such a thing as a safe stock providing high dividend income? It may be time to redefine the terms "widows" and "orphans."
  41. When You Can't Pay Uncle Sam

    If you can't pay your taxes, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Discover your options here.
  42. The No.1 Budgeting Tip For Young People

    Your pals are great, but they may be leading you into financial trouble.
  43. Identity Theft: Who To Call For Help

    If your identity is stolen, it's critical to act fast. Find out what to do if it happens.
  44. Avoid Capital Gains Tax On Your Home Sale

    If you have property to sell and want to avoid capital gains tax, a Section 1031 exchange may be the answer.
  45. Taking Stock Of Discounted Cash Flow

    Learn how and why investors are using cash flow-based analysis to make judgments about company performance.
  46. Take Advantage Of A Housing Crisis - Rent!

    When a housing crisis strikes, the big winners are often the renters.
  47. If America Was A Person

    So much has changed in such a short period of time the question is what, or who, exactly, is America today?
  48. College Savings Accounts: U.S. Vs. Canada

    Saving for your child's education is an important commitment. Find out what help is available to you in the U.S. and Canada.
  49. Socially Responsible Mutual Funds

    It is possible to avoid unethical investments and still profit from mutual funds. Find out how!
  50. Managing Your Personal Brand

    Want a sure-thing investment? Invest in yourself.
  51. 401(k): An Accidental Solution To The Retirement Problem

    The 401(k) is often a poor substitute for the defined-benefit plans it replaced, but there are steps you can take to make yours better.
  52. Current Account Deficits: Government Investment Or Irresponsibility?

    Deficit can be a sign of trouble for some countries, and of health for others. Find out what it means when more funds are exiting than entering a nation.
  53. 11 Most Common Budgeting Mistakes

    Don't fall to the many pitfalls created when budgeting.
  54. Fiscally Challenged? Wise Up To Financial Fraud

    Desperation often compels people to believe otherwise incredible claims from fraudsters.
  55. Healthcare Sector: Play Or Stay Away?

    The uncertainty in the healthcare sector may have provided some opportunities for investors.
  56. 6 Ways To Make The Best Of Un-Retirement

    If you are coming out of retirement, here are six things you can do to maximize your extra years of work.
  57. Find Secure And Affordable Post-Work Health Insurance

    Learn how you can avoid financial catastrophe - without Medicare.
  58. Gift Card Budgeting: Pushing (Out) The Envelope

    Sometimes, just a new way of organizing your funds can make allthe difference in your finances.
  59. 6 Steps To Personal Economic Recovery

    Take charge of your finances and make them work for you.
  60. Cash Flow On Steroids: Why Companies Cheat

    Pressure to be the best can sometimes push corporations to cheat. Learn how they do it and how to spot it.
  61. The New Mortgage Business: More Than Just Loans

    Many mortgage brokers adapted to the post-subprime environment by becoming loan modification specialists.
  62. 8 Tips For Stretching Your Dining-Out Dollars

    Find out how to slash your restaurant expenses, without going hungry.
  63. Activist Investors: A Good Or Bad Thing?

    When a large stakeholder is dissatisfied with a company's management, it may take matters into its own hands.
  64. Student Financial Aid Changes: FAFSA 2009

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid got an upgrade in 2009. All those applying should be aware of these improvements.
  65. Equity Stripping Leaves Creditors Empty-Handed

    Add additional debt to your real estate assets to keep the creditors at bay.
  66. Make No-Load Annuities Your Viable Alternative

    These alternative retirement funds provide diversification with no fees, so what's the catch?
  67. "Cash For Refrigerators" Program Kicks Off

    On the heels of the Cash for Clunkers program, Cash for Refrigerators is born!
  68. 11 Mistakes Inexperienced Landlords Make

    Avoid these pitfalls if you considering purchasing a rental property.
  69. Introduction To SIMPLE 401(k) Plans

    Learn about the features and benefits of the plan that is a cross between a SIMPLE IRA and a traditional 401(k) plan.
  70. Take Advantage Of Your Rewards (Card)

    Know which credit card rewards program is right for you before signing up.
  71. IRS Asset Seizures: Could It Happen To You?

    If you can't pay your taxes, know that the IRS has many avenues for collecting what you owe.
  72. Extreme Commuting: Is It For You?

    Americans are spending more time behind the wheel - find out what's driving this trend.
  73. The Bear On Bonds

    Bond investing is a stable and low-risk way to diversify a portfolio. However, knowing which types of bonds are right for you is not always easy.
  74. What You Need To Know About Student Health Insurance

    Before heading off to college, read up on health insurance plans.
  75. New Healthcare Plan Taxing To All

    The idea that only the rich will be taxed for healthcare is as suspect as the idea that healthcare quality won't change.
  76. Retirement Trends: Boomerang Parents

    With many people ill prepared for retirement, seniors are moving in with their kids.
  77. 5 Lessons From The Recession

    The bear market of 2008 was a game-changer for many investors. Find out what lessons you can take away from it.
  78. 3 Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs

    It's never too late to jump into the entrepreneurship game - these three stories provide the proof.
  79. 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.
  80. How Does The GM Volt Stack Up?

    The Volt will be good for the environment, but will it be good for your wallet?
  81. 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.
  82. 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.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. Health Insurance: Paying For Pre-Existing Conditions

    If you bring a pre-existing condition to a new insurer, you may find yourself without coverage.
  86. 4 Unusual Ways To Boost Social Security Benefits

    Find out how to work the system to get the highest total benefits the law allows.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. 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.
  90. Tips For Resolving Disputes With Your Financial Advisor

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

    Be sure you know what you're signing, when it comes to medical forms.
  92. The Economics Of Pet Ownership

    Before you bring a furry friend into your household, make sure you can handle the hefty financial commitment.
  93. Bartering Through A Cash Crisis

    Bartering can save you money and make use of your talents, find out how to get started.
  94. 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.
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. College: Pay Now Or Pay Later?

    Make the best of - without spending the most in - your college years.
  98. 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?
  99. Marriage, Divorce And The Dotted Line

    Does signing a prenuptial agreement put your marriage on shaky ground, or is it just smart planning?
  100. Understanding The Mortgage Payment Structure

    We explain the calculation and payment process as well as the amortization schedule of home loans.
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