Personal Finance Articles

  1. Student Loan Debt: What Every Borrower Should Know

    If you must take on student debt, you should know the different types of loans and federal programs available well before ...
  2. 5 Top Business Schools in America

    These schools produce many of the most successful business grads and offer some of the best education in business and management. ...
  3. Why Negative Interest Rates Are Not Working

    Find out why negative interest rate policies are failing because bond buyers do not want a negative yield and saturated borrowers ...
  4. Mutual Fund for Retirement From Fidelity (FFFFX)

    Learn about some of the performance trends of the Fidelity Freedom 2040 Fund, and discover which times of year the fund has ...
  5. How Much Rent Can You Afford on a $100K Salary?

    You know your salary, but how much should you be spending on rent? Here's how to figure it out.
  6. Is the Bank of Japan Failing as a Central Bank?

    The failure of Abenomics and 25+ years of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy disappointments have Japan on the brink of ...
  7. 3 Reasons To Not Sell After a Market Downturn

    Find out the reasons that it is not a good idea to sell after a market downturn. There are lessons to be learned from the ...
  8. 5 Ultra-Rich People Who Live Below Their Means

    How and why some crazy-rich folks have remarkably sane spending habits.
  9. Living Abroad in Retirement: Can You Afford It?

    These are the financial implications of retiring abroad, as well as what you need to consider in order to do so.
  10. The 5 Dumbest Financial Moves You Can Make

    Have you made any of these financial mistakes? Here's what not to do.
  11. FSAGX: Fidelity's Gold and Precious Metal Mutual Fund

    Evaluate the performance of the Fidelity Select Gold Portfolio since January 2012, and identify seasonal trends that emerge ...
  12. Should You Pay All Cash For Your Next Home?

    Pay cash only for a home? Here are the pros and cons.
  13. 10 Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs of the Decade

    Women entrepreneurs that have risen to the top in the last decade.
  14. Top Reasons to File Separately When Married

    Usually couples file their taxes jointly, not separately. Except for these possible exceptions...
  15. How Bowery Works and Makes Money

    Learn about Bowery, including the marketing strategies it uses and its many music venues that support the music industry's ...
  16. 5 Vacation Discounts for Retirees

    Now that you’re retired, you can take a vacation whenever you want (unless, of course, you signed up for grandkid daycare). ...
  17. 4 Reasons Why Riders Choose Uber

    Find out the reasons why riders love Uber, which has provided more than 1 billion rides to customers worldwide.
  18. The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance

    Ten Commandments to follow for a secure economic future.
  19. Smartest Things to Do with $10,000 of Savings

    It's crucial that you put your hard-earned cash to good use. Putting away $10,000 is comforting, but investing that money ...
  20. 4 Signs You're Headed For Financial Trouble

    Here are some situations that should set off alarm bells.
  21. Behind U.S. Equities' Declining Buybacks and Dividend Payments

    Learn what a decline in share repurchases and dividend payouts by corporations means for equity markets, and whether it is ...
  22. How the Strong Dollar Impacts Hedge Funds (MNGPY)

    Learn why the U.S. dollar rallied in May 2016. Discover how a rising dollar impacts hedge funds, and become aware of why ...
  23. What Are the Different Parts of Medicare?

    At age 65, most people have to sign up for Medicare. Learn which of its four programs are mandatory – and which you can skip.
  24. Why the Dollar Can't Help U.S. Banks

    Learn why a strong dollar should produce benefits for the largest U.S. banks, but why those benefits are likely to be offset ...
  25. Why Technology is Key for Ultra-Wealthy Clients

    The ultra wealthy have very different needs that tend to be a lot more complex than a typical client. Here are new technologies ...
  26. Top 3 Stocks to Buy Now Utilizing Financial Ratios (UAL, DISCA)

    Learn about a research report that analyzes stocks based on fundamental criteria, and three stocks that rank highly based ...
  27. Why Economic Payoff From Technology Is Crucial for Companies

    Learn why recent innovations in technology have not produced productivity increases, and why companies still see technology ...
  28. M&A: Chinese Companies' Interests in U.S. Companies

    Explore China's record-setting cross-border M&A activity while delving into the reasons surrounding this splurge of foreign ...
  29. Which Industries Can Produce the Next Amazon-Like Stock? (AMZN)

    Learn about three industries that are ripe for disruption and have the potential to produce a company with the growth characteristics ...
  30. What are Financial Statement Assertions?

    Understand financial statement assertions and what they mean in accounting. For investors, it is important that assertions ...
  31. 12 Tips for Retiring with Just $50K Net Worth

    One in three Americans haven’t saved anything for retirement, let alone $50K. Here’s a dozen things that you can do to help ...
  32. 3 Consistent Mutual Funds

    Learn about mutual funds with longtime portfolio managers. See how investors prefer funds with consistency in portfolio management.
  33. (DODBX) Dodge & Cox: Mutual Fund With Both Stocks & Bonds

    Discover how implementing bond exposure with equity exposure helps lead to outperformance and stability during times of financial ...
  34. First Eagle: Mutual Fund With Both Stocks & Bonds

    Evaluate the composition of the First Eagle Global Fund, and study how the fund's makeup has evolved between March 2015 and ...
  35. If You Had Invested Right After Costco's IPO

    Find out how much your investment would be worth if you had invested $1,000 during Costco's IPO and how much you would have ...
  36. Elizabeth Warren's Solution to No COLA Increase in 2016

    Sen. Warren plans to increase in Social Security benefits in place of a COLA in 2016.
  37. 8 Ways To Fly First Class For Cheap

    Slide into one of those first class (or business class) seats for cheap.
  38. 10 Tips to Topple Student Loan Debt

    How to manage those burdensome payments as you embark on adult life.
  39. How Inflation and Unemployment Are Related

    How can inflation affect unemployment, and vice versa? Here we examine wage inflation, stagflation and the Phillips Curve.
  40. Understanding Credit Card Interest

    Paying these rates can impact your disposable income and your investment returns.
  41. 8 High Risk Investments That Could Double Your Money

    8 high-risk investment vehicles that can double investors' funds.
  42. 3 Reasons Costco Has Membership Fees

    There's more to Costco's membership fees than meet the eye.
  43. High Risk, High Yield: 3 Investments

    3 risky high-yield investments for yield-seeking investors with limited options in a low-rate environment.
  44. Are High-Yield Bonds Too Risky?

    Despite their reputation, the debt securities known as "junk bonds" may actually reduce risk in your portfolio.
  45. Should Public College Be Free?

    Bernie Sanders wants Wall Street to pay for public college tuition. What's the deal?
  46. Step-by-Step: How To Replace Or Renew Your Green Card

    Replacing or renewing a green card is simple, but tedious.
  47. Employers: Why the I-9 Matters to You

    The Form I-9 establishes who is eligible to work in the US. Employers face sanctions for not following I-9 guidelines.
  48. Ace the U.S. Citizenship Test!

    A guide to the U.S. citizenship test for immigrants.
  49. The Top 5 States Where Retirees Can Buy Cheap Land

    Buying vacant land for future gain is high-risk. Look for low prices in undeveloped areas likely to see a building boom in ...
  50. 3 Shark Tank Failures That Made Millions

    Learn how some of the most successful companies rejected on the TV show "Shark Tank" left the show with no funding and still ...
  51. Smartphone Still Has Growth Potential in Developed Markets (APPL, QCOM)

    Learn why the conventional wisdom about saturation in the smartphone market is incorrect and why opportunities exist to expand ...
  52. 3 Value Stocks That Mutual Funds Are Overestimating

    Learn why Goldman Sachs concludes that most mutual funds perform more poorly than their benchmark indexes. Discover three ...
  53. If You Had Purchased $100 of Apple in 2002

    Discover just how much money an investor could have made with only a $100 investment in Apple Inc. stock initiated in 20 ...
  54. What Disneyland Shanghai Means for Disney’s Shares (DIS)

    Now that Shanghai Disneyland has opened, should investors be excited or worried? Here is what the Shanghai deal means for ...
  55. Large Facebook Investor Sees IPO Boom (FB)

    Learn why Mark Andreessen believes technology IPOs and M&A activity may rebound strongly beginning in late 2016, and why ...
  56. 4 Reasons You Should Avoid Alibaba (BABA)

    Learn why some analysts believe Alibaba's accounting lacks transparency, and why they believe the company may be overstating ...
  57. 5G Network: 3 Companies to Invest in Before 2020 (QCOM, NOK)

    According to a report by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, these companies are developing the equipment needed to make the ongoing ...
  58. Is Einhorn Investing in the Next Valeant Stock? (VRX)

    Learn why famed hedge fund manager David Einhorn initiated a long position in Mylan despite regulatory concerns about the ...
  59. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in the Dominican Republic

    The Dominican Republic is particularly hospitable to retirees and worth investigating as a low-cost-of-living retirement ...
  60. Is China Joining the Plunge Protection Team?

    Learn why official measurements may understate the true amount of credit creation in China, and how China's economic problems ...
  61. 4 Reasons Soros' Philosophy Is Hard to Implement

    Develop the skill to identify investments worthy of a significant portfolio allocation and build the self-discipline to exit ...
  62. El-Erian on the New World Order: Interview

    Dr. Mohamed El-Erian sat down with Investopedia columnist David Garrity to discuss how investors can prepare for a drastically ...
  63. 10 Big Financial Planning Mistakes Parents Make

    Parenting is hard enough without having to worry about flubbing up your family's financial plan. Here are 10 common mistakes ...
  64. Heat Up Your Portfolio With "BBQ" Stocks (HRL,TSN)

    Americans eat a lot of chicken and beef consumption is on the rise so you might want to consider these "BBQ" stocks to heat ...
  65. Investing in Oil Stocks vs. Oil Companies: What's the Difference? (USO)

    Learn about the major advantages, disadvantages and risks of investing in oil companies and investing in oil and gas exploration ...
  66. 4 Ways to Hedge the Next Recession (MDY, ASHR)

    Discover how the next recession will be different and how you can use hedging strategies to ensure a positive outcome for ...
  67. Janus Launches Obesity ETF (SLIM,OLD,FITS,ORG)

    Janus has launched four thematic ETFs, including an obesity ETF, designed to track changing demographic and consumer trends.
  68. Trust Issues: Do You Need to Change Your Advisor?

    Is entrusting your money to a non-fiduciary, traditional financial advisor as a young, new investor a good or bad idea?
  69. Seth Klarman Predicts a Tough Road Ahead for MU,PYPL

    In Q1, billionaire hedge fund manager Seth Klarman reduced his stake in PYPL while completely selling out of PYPL. Let's ...
  70. Can Immigration Reform Help the Economy?

    Learn some of the possible effects, both good and bad, of immigration reform on the economy. These include more jobs and ...
  71. How Mutual Funds Chasing Popular Stocks Hurt Alpha

    Learn about the Goldman Sachs research report, which concluded that mutual funds overweight holdings of stocks that are less ...
  72. 5G vs. 4G: 4 Things Investors Should Know Before 2020 (VZ,T)

    Investigate the development status of next-generation 5G mobile technology and learn more about how it should compare to ...
  73. Why Goldman Sachs' EPS Forecast Is Too High (GS)

    Explore the reasoning behind Goldman Sachs' projected earnings for the Standard & Poor's 500, as well as the factors that ...
  74. Goldman Sachs on the Real Cost of a Fed Hike (GS)

    Learn why Goldman Sachs believes that aggressive Fed tightening would lead to $1 trillion in bond market losses, and why ...
  75. Does Deutsche Bank Have Similarities to Lehman? (DB)

    Learn why Deutsche Bank's mounting debt and need to raise capital lead some analysts to believe it may be the next Lehman ...
  76. Why Capital Outflows From China Are Inevitable

    Explore possible central bank collusion between the People's Bank of China and the U.S. Federal Reserve over future interest ...
  77. Why It's a Great Time to Launch an Advisory Firm

    The time is ripe to be a young financial advisor. Here's why.
  78. Consumers' Inability to Pay Off Credit Card Debt Is Rising (SYF, JPM)

    Learn why a warning from Synchrony Financial about bad credit card debts may spell trouble for credit card companies and ...
  79. Why Hedge Funds Are Shorting Australian Banks (CMWAY, WBK)

    Discover why hedge funds are shorting Australian banks, including key themes such as an overheated property market, bad debts ...
  80. A Look at Vanguard's Global Dividend ETFs (VYMI)

    Global dividend ETFs offer competitive yields. Here are two from Vanguard to consider.
  81. Should Advisors Care About BRICS in 2016?

    Should advisors look to the BRICS countries as an investment alternative in 2016?
  82. No, Comic Book Investing Won’t Fund Your Retirement

    Collecting comic books can be a terrific hobby, but it's unlikely they will cover your cost of your living after you retire. ...
  83. Why the Brexit is Such a Big Deal for the World

    How will the Brexit affect the U.K. — and the global — economy in the months ahead?
  84. Protecting Finances When a Child Makes a Mistake

    Here is how you can best protect your child, yourself and your finances when an emergency occurs.
  85. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Mexico

    Learn why Mexico's low cost of living, inexpensive healthcare, natural beauty and culture make it such a popular retirement ...
  86. 10 Countries With The Biggest Forex Reserves

    Without adequate reserves, a nation's economy can grind to a halt. Here are the 10 nations with the biggest forex reserves. ...
  87. Have a Real Vacation This Summer – Stay Home!

    Skip the crowded highways and the long airport lines and enjoy a relaxed – and money-saving – family staycation.
  88. 4 Reasons Why Delaware Is Considered a Tax Shelter

    Understand what a tax shelter is and how one is created. Learn why Delaware is considered a tax shelter.
  89. The Tax Speech That Could Elect President Donald J. Trump

    Trump hasn’t disclosed his taxes. He hasn’t even paid them, as best we know. Here’s how he could make political lemonade ...
  90. Lower for Longer: Wells Fargo's View on Interest Rates (WFC)

    Learn what Wells Fargo & Company believes about future U.S. interest rates and how low interest rates affect the bank's profitability.
  91. 4 Catalysts for Sudden Drawdowns in Equity Markets

    Learn about four potential risks to equity markets and how changes in the way markets view those risks could trigger a sudden ...
  92. Interested in Investing in Europe? Eye These ETFs

    Want exposure to the European markets? Check out these ETFs.
  93. 34% Probability of U.S. Recession by Q1 2017, UBS Warns

    Learn why UBS thinks there is an increasing likelihood of a U.S. recession by 2017, as well as why it believes that high-yield ...
  94. Smartphone Markets Are Maturing: Should You Still Own QQQ?

    Explore the ramifications of maturing smartphone and PC markets for the PowerShares QQQ ETF, as well as a fund risk greater ...
  95. Saving for College: The Top 4 Lessons I Learned

    Because you cannot go back to change poor financial decisions, here's some advice on how to plan for college costs from a ...
  96. 4 Reasons Why Americans Retire in Ecuador

    Understand why Latin America is a popular retirement destination for Americans. Learn about the top four reasons why Americans ...
  97. PIMCO: 3 Thoughts on Opportunistic Credit

    Learn why PIMCO believes the high-yield market is entering a new stage of the investment cycle, including areas in which ...
  98. Will South Korea Devalue the Won?

    Learn why the largest countries in Asia are devaluing their currencies. Discover how South Korea may respond and what this ...
  99. 2 Reasons Why the Stock Market Leads the Economy

    Pay attention to how economic strength can follow a sustained stock market advance and how economic weakness can result from ...
  100. 10 Stocks With Limited Brexit Exposure (T,BBY,AFL)

    Brexit is wreaking havoc on financial markets, but these 10 stocks might offer some resiliency.
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