Personal Finance Articles

  1. The Most Economical Sports For Kids

    Interested in getting your child involved in youth sports? See how much you might expect to pay to play.
  2. When To Tip? And How Much?

    Good service can be rewarded through tipping. Find out which services commonly require a tip, and how much you should give. ...
  3. Forget Your Bank Account - Use Your Credit Card

    What if you used your credit card as a bank account? Believe it or not, this strange strategy could actually work.
  4. Tax Avoidance Or Illegal Evasion?

    Find out how to avoid the most common tax filing mistakes and audit triggers, so you can deduct with a clear conscience. ...
  5. No Job And $50,000 In Student Debt. Now What?

    I had a plan to pay off my career-changing graduate school debt. Now all I can do is defer payments. Or win the lottery. ...
  6. 5 Bizarre Insurance Policies

    If you can dream up a risk, you can probably insure it. From interesting to bizarre, here are five of the weirdest insurance ...
  7. What To Bring To The Tax Man

    Forgetting these forms can cost you your refund.
  8. Taking The Lead In The Interview Dance

    Learn the steps that will help lead you to a new career.
  9. A Soaring Housing Market: College Apartments

    How to play the boom in upscale student housing.
  10. 5 Surprise Costs That May Affect Your Tax Bracket

    Surprise! You may owe more than you think.
  11. Is The U.S. Still The Center Of The Economic World?

    A weakening currency and huge debts question the U.S.'s position as the world's dominant economic powerhouse.
  12. Tax Withholding: Good For Government, Bad For Taxpayers

    It's important to understand where that money coming out of your paycheck goes and why - after all, you earned it.
  13. 10 Tax Protester Claims To Avoid

    The IRS calls them "frivolous" arguments. Make one and you could get hit with big civil penalties and even criminal charges. ...
  14. The "Next Big Thing" In Pro Sports

    New sports continue to enter the market, but will they push out the traditional stalwarts?
  15. The Cost Of An Auto Recall

    The impact of an auto recall on a company isn't simply financial.
  16. How Criminals Changed The Tax Code

    Thanks to tax crooks and "creative accountants", tax codes have been designed to eliminate loopholes and catch those who ...
  17. Financial Elder Abuse Rampant In Economic Downturn

    Lawmakers slow to act against Wall Street wrongdoing.
  18. Bank Overdraft Changes: What You Need To Know

    New laws to protect consumers should be in place by the summer. Find out what will change and how it could affect you.
  19. 6 Things You Didn't Know About The U.S. Budget Deficit

    The country appears to be spiralling into more debt all the time, but is it really as bad as it looks?
  20. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  21. Cost-Benefit Analysis: The Key To Your Financial Life

    Using cost-benefit analysis can leave you with a lot more money in your wallet without a decline in your standard of living. ...
  22. Earn Tax-Free Income

    Tax rates are going up, so it pays to find sources of income that the tax collector can't touch. Here are 20 of them.
  23. Hype It Like Steve Jobs

    Since Steve Jobs is the king of hype, it's no wonder Apple earns billions of dollars every year. Read on to learn about some ...
  24. 4 New Job-Search Trends

    Job boards and traditional resumes just aren't cutting it these days. Find out the new ways that are available for jobseekers. ...
  25. Creative Accounting: When It's Too Good To Be True

    Accounting practices have matured, but there are still plenty of ways that companies can disguise their financial results. ...
  26. Olympic Economics: Boom Or Doom?

    Cities often tout the economic benefits of hosting the Olympics but the wide range of estimates make the actual impact hard ...
  27. How Much Tax Do You Really Pay?

    When you add direct and indirect taxes together, your real tax rate is much more than you expected.
  28. This Week In Finance: Carl Icahn and Ben Bernanke

    During this week in financial history, an iconic corporate raider was born, and a new economist took the helm of the Federal ...
  29. Technology Your Kids (Or Grandkids) Will Laugh At

    The time will come when you'll be the one explaining these obsolete technologies.
  30. Expensive Celebrity Valentines Gifts: Did They Work?

    These celebrities treated their sweethearts to notoriously lavish gifts - but did these grand gestures keep the couples together? ...
  31. You CAN Retire Now

    Even if your portfolio has taken a hit, these tips can get you back on track.
  32. 3 Common Tax Questions Answered

    We clarify some rules that often puzzle taxpayers.
  33. Can You Live A Debt-Free Life?

    Avoiding loans goes against the norm but it can be possible - and enjoyable.
  34. Watch Out For "Junk" Mortgage Fees

    So many fees are tacked on to a mortgage, that it's easy to pay more than you have to.
  35. Avoiding Tax Scams

    These schemes can lead to fines - and even jail time - for both the scammer and his victims.
  36. Filing Your First Tax Return

    Tax time can be intimidating - but knowing these tips can ease the process and get you a hefty return.
  37. 10 Resume Red Flags

    You may think you have a strong resume, but if you are including these surprising red-flag items, you may not even make it ...
  38. Sports Bets That Would Have Made You Rich In 2009

    If you had placed these wagers, you would be very rich in 2010.
  39. The 7 Most Universal Job Skills

    As the unemployment rate hovers around 10%, learn what skills you need to avoid becoming part of the statistic.
  40. The 10 Most Common Tax-Filing Mistakes

    Be sure to double check your federal income tax return for these common mistakes that could cost you time and money.
  41. Choosing A Compatible Broker

    We go over the factors that determine different investing personalities, and the services that best suit them.
  42. Marrying Your Finances: File Jointly And Save!

    Read these tips to find financial (and wedded) bliss, and put some cash in your pockets.
  43. Careers in Crisis: Three Industries Hit Hardest By Job Losses

    The entire nation is suffering from unemployment headaches, but some industries are hurting worse than others.
  44. 5 Extreme Budget Makeovers

    Think you're frugal? These people went to unbelievable lengths to cut back on their living expenses.
  45. Cash And Student Loan Forgiveness: The Perfect First Job

    Pesky student loans can make your first few years (even decades) of employment difficult. These organizations can make all ...
  46. 6 Ways To Steal Her Heart - Without Breaking The Bank

    There's nothing like a romantic proposal to sweep a girl off her feet. Here are six ways to make a major impression on a ...
  47. The "New" Valentine's Day

    Consumer spending habits around this holiday are changing. Find out where romantic-minded shoppers are putting their money ...
  48. 7 States With No Income Tax

    These states impose no income tax on residents, but will putting down new roots really save you money?
  49. Free Online Content: Can It Last?

    With media organizations facing increased financial challenges, paid content is becoming an increasingly attractive option. ...
  50. Tap Into Your Secret Job Market

    With persistence, creativity and a little luck, you can tap the hidden job market and unearth exciting job opportunities ...
  51. 6 Famous Prenup Screw-Ups

    If you make big money, a prenuptial agreement is serious business. Unfortunately for these big-wigs, they didn't take it ...
  52. 4 Ways To Make The Most Of Low Interest Rates

    Just because the interest rates are low is no reason to abandon the market completely - there are still plenty of opportunities ...
  53. Stretch Your Savings By Working Into Your 70s

    Staying employed a little longer may allow for a more comfortable retirement.
  54. Be Mine, Frugal Valentine

    If your budget for Valentine's Day is restricted, don't worry. These companies are offering festive and frugal deals.
  55. This Week In Finance - Nasdaq Turns 40

    As the exchange enters its 40th year, it's a good time to examine how the Nasdaq's become one of the world's largest stock ...
  56. "Temporary" Taxes That Stuck

    Taxpayers should be wary when a new "temporary tax" is introduced. Sometimes these temporary taxes are anything but.
  57. Keep Your Pending Home Sale From Collapsing

    You've done your research and found your dream home - find out what could go wrong and ruin your sale!
  58. 5 Areas Where House Prices Are Increasing

    The National Association of Realtors' January data was better than last year, but some cities are rebounding much faster ...
  59. APR and APY: Why Your Bank Hopes You Can't Tell The Difference

    Banks use these rates to entice borrowers and investors. Find out what you're really getting.
  60. Top Tips For Cheaper, Better Car Insurance

    Accident, theft, vandalism - make sure your coverage will protect you when you need it most.
  61. 11 Tax Deductions You Can't Actually Write Off

    These are some of the most common tax write-offs that you can't really claim.
  62. Dial Into Cell Phone Profits

    Everyone seems to have a cell phone or smartphone these days. Learn how to invest in this explosive market.
  63. The 8 Best Bank Perks

    Many banks are now offering free perks to entice new customers.
  64. Millionaires With The Most Bankruptcies

    These celebrities made a lot and lost a lot - sometimes several times over. Find out who they are.
  65. What Are You Teaching Your Kids About Money?

    Your approach to your finances could determine your children's financial success.
  66. 6 Ways To Find Your Dream Job

    Find out what job you really want to do and tips for getting there.
  67. Avoid An Audit: 6 "Red Flags" You Should Know

    Don't make yourself a target - steer clear of these attention-grabbing tax-filing practices.
  68. Give To Charity; Slash Your Tax Payment

    Being generous has never been more (financially) rewarding!
  69. When A Homeowner's Best Move Is Turning Over The Keys

    Moving out of your own home is sometimes the smartest financial move.
  70. Red Carpet Looks For Less

    Here are five tips for getting the Hollywood glam, without the hefty price tag.
  71. Doggie Business

    These companies thrive on spoiling man's best friend. But is this industry for the dogs?
  72. 5 Signs You Shouldn't Switch Careers

    While switching careers can work wonders for your sanity and your bank account, you should always look before you leap.
  73. Are You Getting What You Paid For?

    Carefully checking your purchases can help protect your budget.
  74. Mass Layoffs: The Hardest-Hit States

    The mass layoff data for December has been released, and while the numbers are far from good, they have been a lot worse. ...
  75. Cosmetic Change: Dollars And Sense

    Before joining the celebrity-driven cosmetic surgery revolution, learn the costs and the risks.
  76. The Not-So-$uper Bowl

    You may think it goes without saying that Super Bowl host cities benefit from the event, but as it turns out officials have ...
  77. The Amateur Investor's Guide To Analyzing Corporate Efficiency

    Find out how the amateur investor can measure the success of management.
  78. 5 Strange New Ways To Invest

    These new investment vehicles could be for you if you are feeling burned by the recession.
  79. Don't Bank On A Tax Refund

    When you get a refund, you’ve essentially lent your money to the government, interest-free. Find out how to keep your money ...
  80. Big Brother Breweries

    We look at the activity of the world's three largest brewers, and the impact on brewers and consumers.
  81. 10 Things You Should Know About 1099s

    They're arriving in the mail now. Don't ignore them, or you could be buying trouble with the IRS.
  82. Your Taxes: Where Do They Go?

    You know you're paying a big chunk of your income to taxes. But where is it going?
  83. 5 Tricks Companies Use During Earnings Season

    Don't be fooled: Companies use all kinds of tactics to make bad earnings look good. Find out how to see through them.
  84. 6 Tips For Becoming A Budget Gourmet

    Fill your stomach without emptying your wallet.
  85. The Spend-Every-Penny Retirement Plan

    If your goal is to enjoy every cent you've worked so hard to save, here are some tips on how to spend it all without running ...
  86. 9 Careers On The Way Out

    Some careers have gone away due to technology, advances in productivity and conservation efforts.
  87. 10 Things to Know About 1031 Exchanges

    Real estate swaps grow popular, but traps are many. Beware new rules on vacation homes.
  88. Earnings Forecasts: A Primer

    Learn how this key metric is calculated and how it is used to judge market performance.
  89. Will Avatar Ruin Sports TV?

    The advent of 3D technologies may mean a drastic change in how we watch television. Is this move for the better?
  90. Housing Numbers: Northeast Drags Down the Nation

    The most recent report suggests that a rebound just isn't in the cards, especially in the Midwest and Northeast regions. ...
  91. 5 Famous Tax Cheats

    These five famous Americans tried to dodge the taxman and got caught. Find out who they were and what they owed.
  92. Heavy-Handed Bank Regs To Hurt Middle Class

    Feds should focus on their own role in the financial crisis.
  93. New Baby, New Tax Break

    Delivering a new baby also delivers a $1,000 child tax credit - and that's just the start!
  94. Turn Small Savings Into A Big Nest Egg

    Small changes to spending and saving habits can reap major rewards - with limited sacrifice.
  95. 10 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

    The receipts you cram into your wallet could be replaced with cash come tax season.
  96. Whom Should Corporations Please?

    Companies balance the interests of owners, customers and employees. Find out who comes out on top.
  97. Consumer "Fads" That Haven't Faded

    From bottled water to Harry Potter, these products were deemed fads but have managed to stick around.
  98. 5 Ways To Cut Your Cable Bill

    The cost of cable keeps climbing, but that doesn't mean you have to pay more satisfy your TV cravings.
  99. Are You Unknowingly Committing Health Insurance Fraud?

    Insurers tend to automatically flag certain claims as fraud. Find out which claims could land you in a sticky situation. ...
  100. Strategies For Quarterly Earnings Season

    Breeze through consensus estimates like the biggest Wall Street forecasters.
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