Personal Finance Articles

  1. Top 5 Cities For Cheap Real Estate

    In this buyer's market, these places offer the best deal.
  2. Run Your Finances Like A Business

    Think of yourself as your own little company. To make it run smoothly, you need to take a look at your books.
  3. From Booms To Bailouts: The Banking Crisis Of The 1980s

    The economic environment of the late 1970s and early 1980s created the perfect storm for a banking crisis.
  4. Handling Family Looking For A Handout: It's Elemental

    If your siblings tend to you for money, head them off tactfully by teaching their kids about finance.
  5. Foreclose On High Housing Prices

    Foreclosed homes may be financially appealing, but there are many obstacles to consider before buying.
  6. Top 4 (Financial) Life-Changing Events

    Good or bad, major life transitions carry daunting challenges along with them, especially for your finances.
  7. 2009 Tax Credits: A Holiday Gift To Yourself

    Before you run out and buy gifts for others, make sure you give yourself a gift by wrapping up all the tax breaks you possibly can.
  8. Get The Most Bang For Your Charitable Buck

    Stretch your donation dollars this holiday season by giving to an efficient nonprofit organization.
  9. 10 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

    Know what you're in for before jumping into the home remodeling game.
  10. 7 Holiday Hot Spots For Any Budget

    From Las Vegas to Sidney, there's a unique vacation spot that fits your budget.
  11. 5 Careers That Thrive On The Holiday Season

    While you are spending, these careers are making big bucks.
  12. New Credit Scoring Forgives Small Debt

    FICO 08 means that certain types of old debt won't affect your credit score, but it's not all good news.
  13. 9 Ways To Have A Cheap And Cheery Holiday

    This season, find ways to celebrate without overspending.
  14. Retiring On Investment Interest: Can It Be Done?

    Spending investment interest in retirement can be a viable strategy, but it won't work for everyone.
  15. Top 10 Most Hair-Raising Sports Contracts

    These multi-million dollar contracts have haunted the players who scored them, then failed to deliver.
  16. Holiday Spending: The Key To Economic Recovery?

    Consumer spending is one statistic that can be used to tell if we're coming out of a recession.
  17. Insurance 101 For Renters

    If it's time for you to leave the nest, find out how to protect your new home from disaster.
  18. Is Biased Investing Holding You Back?

    Risk aversion seems to come to us naturally, preventing us from stepping into unfamiliar territory. But feeling comfortable isn't always the best thing for your portfolio.
  19. 6 Simple Steps To $1 Million

    Becoming a millionaire is not as hard as you might think - it just takes time.
  20. Are You Living House-Poor?

    Budgeting your living expenses doesn't have to put you in the poor house. Read on for some tips on efficient money management.
  21. Financial Mistakes That Could Haunt You Forever

    Learn from others and don't fall prey to these financial pitfalls.
  22. 7 Ways To Trim Your Budget - And Your Waistline

    Lose weight while saving money. The best of both worlds!
  23. New Year Likely To Ring In More Poverty

    The U.S. is home to an increasing number of poverty-stricken families - and it'll probably get worse before it gets better.
  24. Top 6 Scariest Neighborhoods For Homebuyers

    If you're looking for a spooky spot this Halloween, these communities boast the most horrifying foreclosure rates in the country
  25. 5 Money-Saving Shopping Tips

    Reducing the amount you spend is the easiest way to make your money grow.
  26. Variable Annuities With Living Benefits: Worth The Fees?

    Added features can make a variable annuity suitable for certain investors. Find out if it could work for you.
  27. 3 Factors That Drive The U.S. Dollar

    We look at three important factors that affect U.S. dollar value, and how to determine when it's the right time to buy currency.
  28. 10 Jobs With High Pay, Low Education Requirements

    Not all careers require extensive education. These are some jobs that, with the proper training, can launch your professional life.
  29. Host A Holiday Party For Less

    We teach you how to throw an economical party, without looking cheap.
  30. When Wholesale Funding Goes Bad

    The wholesale funding process is extremely dependent on the credit markets. Therefore, it is not always the best option for a business.
  31. Forbes' Top Small Companies: Where Are They Now?

    How did these companies fare after topping the Forbes list of America's best small cap companies?
  32. Score A Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  33. 10 Simple Steps To Financial Security Before 30

    Find out how to reach your long-term goals without becoming a tightwad.
  34. 5 Retirement Planning Rules For Recent Graduates

    The future may seem far off, but now is the time to plan for it.
  35. 4 Home Upgrades That Don't Pay

    We look at four housing upgrades that aren't worth your time or money.
  36. 11 Ways To Earn Cash While On Vacation

    While everyone else is spending on vacations, you can use yours to pick up some extra cash.
  37. The Hidden Costs Of Renting The Basement

    There's more to being a landlord than just collecting rent every month.
  38. Life Insurance: Putting A Price On Peace Of Mind

    Would your death leave loved ones financially stranded? Find out how to ease your mind and keep them protected.
  39. Payday Loans Don't Pay

    Hold too tightly to this rescue line and you'll soon be drowning in debt.
  40. Kids Or Cash: The Modern Marriage Dilemma

    It now costs nearly $300,000 to raise a child for 18 years. Are you sure you're up for it?
  41. Going All-In: Comparing Investing And Gambling

    People often compare stocks to gambling, but how close are they really?
  42. Cutting Personal Care Costs: It's A Beautiful Thing

    You may feel there's no question that your complex beauty regimen is paying off ... but at what cost?
  43. Cheap Home Renovations That Pay Off

    If you only have $1,000 to spend, what can you do that will get you the most bang for your buck?
  44. The Secret To Consistent Returns In Any Market

    Despite the market’s recent volatility, there are some investors who haven’t seen negative returns. Learn their secret.
  45. 50 Years Of Consumer Spending

    Financially, decade has it MUCH worse than our parents and grandparents did, right? You may be surprised.
  46. Top Holiday Budget Busters

    We all know the holidays are pricey, but how much are Americans really spending and on what?
  47. 6 Morbid Careers With Devilish Incomes

    Dealing with dead bodies may not be your ideal job, but you might change your mind when you find out how much it pays.
  48. Savings Accounts Not Always The Best Place For Cash Assets

    Money market funds may be all that stands between you and increasing your wealth.
  49. Financial Funds Provide Diversity ... And Risk

    Sector funds can provide maximum exposure to financial industry stocks, but this benefit is a double-edged sword.
  50. Avoid Premature Exercise On Employee Stock Options

    With early exercise, you forfeit some profit back to your employer, and incur income tax to boot.
  51. Annuities: How To Find The Right One For You

    Fixed, variable and indexed annuities offer different features. Find out which one fits your needs.
  52. Bond Raters On The Rocks

    Raters have, in the past, been a reliable source. Are those days over?
  53. Fee-Based Brokerage: Will They Work For You?

    Learn the pros and cons of this type of investing and whether it will work for you.
  54. Where Should Your Small Business Incorporate?

    Where you incorporate your small business will affect your tax rates and overall costs. Where is it the most economical?
  55. 9 Weird Companies That Hit The Big Time

    From shipwreck explorers to bowling lanes, just about any company can be publicly traded.
  56. The Rich Take A Pay Cut

    The current recession is having a large impact on the rich.
  57. Lifetime Income Annuities: The Instant Pension Plan

    If you are looking for a retirement play with a guaranteed structure payout, lifetime income annuities could be the answer.
  58. Stocks: Who Needs Them?! (You, If You Want To Retire)

    Stocks have long been trumpeted as necessary to ensure a comfortable retirement. But does that advice still make sense?
  59. Salary Caps: Are Bankers Just The Start?

    The U.S. regulation of bank CEOs' salaries could spread to other industries receiving government aid.
  60. 10 Highest-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs

    "Blue-collar" jobs aren't always the lowest paid.
  61. Why Successful Business Owners Sell Out

    Learn the motives that drive companies into the arms of an acquirer.
  62. Are You A Disciplined Investor?

    Don't let "financial porn" steer you away from a sensible, long-term approach to investing.
  63. Lending Clubs: Better Than Banks?

    If you need to borrow money and your credit is making it tough, this new option may be just what you're looking for.
  64. Financial Fraud: Don't Let It Happen To You

    When the economy is struggling, scammers come out of the woodwork to prey on the desperate. Don't be another casualty!
  65. Are College Students Passing Recession 101?

    The recession is a wakeup call for students in post-secondary schools.
  66. Conquering The Terms Of Your Mortgage

    Buyers with big down payments should get the best mortgage terms. Unfortunately, the equation isn't that simple.
  67. Strapped For Cash? Try Insurance-Premium Loans

    If you need more life insurance than you can afford, insurance premium financing can help. But you need to look at the pros and cons.
  68. Cut Taxes With An Energy-Efficient Home

    A greener home can mean more green in your pocket this tax season.
  69. 4 Signs Your Home Is Overpriced

    In order to sell your home, you have to know when it's time to lower the price.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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?
  73. Where Can Americans Go for Cheaper Healthcare?

    With the rising cost of healthcare at home, Americans are looking abroad for their medical care.
  74. Are You And Your Bank All A-Twitter?

    As Twitter's popularity grows, even the banks are getting on board.
  75. 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.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. Beat Unemployment By Returning To School

    Returning to school may be the key to beating an economic slump.
  79. Live Longer, Retire Younger: Can You Do It?

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

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

    As proponent of free market capitalism, this economist changed the way the world's economies operate.
  82. 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!
  83. 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.
  84. Damage Control For A Busted Budget

    Budgets break down all the time. Here are some ways to get it back on track.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. Financial Capitalism Opens Doors To Personal Fortune

    The Industrial Revolution introduced a new age of investing and financial self sufficiency.
  90. Mergers: The Sign Of Economic Recovery?

    Recent mergers by big players show economic optimism.
  91. When Wall Street Loses, CEOs Still Win

    Despite the record losses that occurred in the financial sector, many executives still received huge bonuses.
  92. Stable Value Funds: Risk Less And Earn More

    Stable value funds can provide higher yields and lower risk.
  93. 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?
  94. 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.
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. Is Your Broker Acting In Your Best Interest?

    Learn the clues you'll need to determine whether you've chosen a reputable professional.
  99. Reduce Your Carbon Tire Print

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

    Keep your winter energy bills from overheating this year.
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