Personal Finance Articles

  1. LTC Insurance: The Umbrella Every Boomer Needs

    The costs of long-term care can be astronomical. Protect your nest egg with LTC insurance.
  2. 6 Sources For Free Tax Help

    From community-based services to free software, there are many free resources to help with your taxes.
  3. Easy Ways To Cut Rental Costs

    If rent payments are crippling your finances, then read on to learn how to save your money.
  4. 5 Costs Of Financial Procrastination

    Though the costs of procrastination are not easy to measure, the effects can be financially devastating.
  5. Raising Taxes To Subsidize Rural Internet

    The FCC is considering a tax hike to subsidize internet access in rural areas.
  6. 6 Economic Gifts I Want For Christmas

    Here are six things that will lead to everyone getting their wish this year, and for many years to come.
  7. Life Insurance Clauses Determine Your Coverage

    Understanding these key parts of your policy will help you to ensure that your family will be covered.
  8. Earnings Sustainability: The Key To Your Investing Future

    Learn how to analyze earnings sustainability - an important part of making sound investments.
  9. 4 Industry-Changing Tech Trends

    As technology advances, some industries become obsolete. Follow the trends that will affect jobs, investments and your purchases. ...
  10. Top Holiday Spending Mistakes

    This year, avoid some shopping blunders and take a vacation from spending.
  11. Education That Offers The Best Return

    It's true: the more you put in, the more you get out. These careers are the perfect examples.
  12. Scrimp On Holiday Shopping - Without Looking Like A Scrooge

    Americans will spend nearly $1,000 on the holidays this year, but you don't have to be one of them.
  13. Home-Equity Loans: The Costs

    Learn the factors to consider when comparing the different programs offered by various lenders.
  14. 5 Crucial Jobs That You Don't Think About

    These behind-the-scenes jobs make the high profile professions like doctors and lawyers possible.
  15. Retirement Readiness Varies By Industry: Study

    Goldman employees lag; pilots' packages soar.
  16. The Minimum Wage: Does It Matter?

    Despite paying one of the highest minimum wages in the world, the minimum wage is a perpetual hot potato among politicians ...
  17. Is A Reverse Mortgage Right For You?

    Home equity can be a viable financing alternative, but it depends on how you spend the funds.
  18. What Real Estate Agents Don't Want You To Know

    While they can be instrumental in helping you buy or sell a home, real estate agents may ulterior motives.
  19. Top Tips For Sticking To A Thanksgiving Budget

    Before buying your turkey and trimmings, plan and budget to keep costs under control.
  20. 9 Unusual Uses For Gold

    With gold hitting record highs we show you some unusual ways to add some shine to your portfolio.
  21. The Roth Conversion Mulligan

    Recharacterizing your Roth back to a Traditional IRA is a great way to capitalize on a major market decline.
  22. Overcoming 5 Major Retirement Risks

    Retirement can be pricey but there are ways to boost your savings and minimize your costs.
  23. A Homeowner's Guide To Online Real Estate

    Buying or selling a house online has its ups and downs. Be educated before you get in over your head.
  24. Top 10 Financial Blessings Of 2009

    It's been a tough year for the broad economy, but the fact that we've emerged from the brink of economic collapse gives us ...
  25. Find Happiness By Altering Life Benchmarks

    It's not fair to compare yourself to the Joneses. Find out how to alter your aspirations and still meet your goals.
  26. 6 Tips For Last-Minute Christmas Budgeting

    Christmas shopping doesn't need to break the bank. These tips will help you shop smarter.
  27. 4 Steps To Surviving A Job Loss

    Being laid off is an unpleasant experience that many Americans are experiencing through this recession. But there is hope. ...
  28. Prepaid "Credit" Cards: Convenience At A Cost

    These cards offer convenience and security, but are they worth it?
  29. The Louvre Accord: The Fight Against U.S. Dollar Deflation

    After the Plaza Accord, the U.S. dollar continuously declined. In an effort to put on the brakes, the G6 convened.
  30. Three Documents You Shouldn't Do Without

    Estate planning is not just about the division of assets after you die. Read on to save your loved ones extra grief.
  31. 8 Easy Ways To Slash Your Holiday Budget

    Have a happy holiday without the financial regret. These tips will show you how.
  32. 6 Common Misconceptions About Dividends

    You've almost certainly heard these commonly held beliefs about dividends. Find out why they're wrong.
  33. 7 Family-Friendly U.S. Cities

    These cities are, all things considered, some of the best places in the country to settle down.
  34. Money Market Mayhem: The Reserve Fund Meltdown

    This event serves as a stark reminder to investors about understanding their portfolios.
  35. Working Longer: Will It Hurt Your Retirement?

    Many are choosing to work longer in order to rebuild their nest eggs, but despite the extra income, there are drawbacks. ...
  36. Corporate Thanksgiving: Who Should Be Thankful For What

    There may not be a lot to be thankful for in terms of this year’s economy, but some sectors have more to be thankful than ...
  37. Peak Oil: Problems And Possibilities

    Learn a little more about the "non" part of this nonrenewable resource.
  38. How Credit Cards Built A Plastic Empire

    A decade before Mastercard or Visa existed, the first credit card company was introduced.
  39. The Costs And Rewards Of Parenthood

    Children can cost quite a hefty chunk of change - but it's worth it.
  40. Your Financial Life: From Stressful To Stress-Free

    Find out how to get the ball rolling on your future financial security. Then sit back and watch things unfold.
  41. 10 Office Exercises to Combat Stress and Weight Gain

    Making small changes to your routine can help your overall health. And the best part is, it's free!
  42. These Financial Products Are Too Complex For The Average Joe

    Structured financial products are so elaborate that investors are unable to assess costs and risk.
  43. 7 Ways To Improve Your Home's Sell-ability

    Even in a down market, there are some quick and easy ways to improve the chances of selling your house.
  44. What The Rich And Powerful Have In Common

    There's no sure formula to success, but focusing on these traits will help you on your way.
  45. Retirement Saving Through The Ages

    It's never too late to start saving for retirement, but there is a "better" time to get it rolling.
  46. How Unemployment Affects You (Even If You're Working)

    Rebounding from a stint of unemployment can be a frustrating thing to do. These tips should soften the blow.
  47. The Top 8 Most Generous Canadian Provinces

    These provinces and territories rank high for generosity. Find out what sets them apart.
  48. 6 Reasons Why You NEED A Budget, U.K.

    BUDGET YOUR MONEY! Financial experts and money advisors have been shouting this mantra from the mountaintops for countless ...
  49. Preparing For Black Friday

    You could save a lot on your holiday spending, but only if you go prepared.
  50. Living The High Life For $1,000 Per Month

    From Brooklyn to Austin, you'd be amazed at what you can rent for $1,000.
  51. 5 Lessons From The World's Biggest Bankruptcies

    We can learn of investing strategies by studying previous financial disasters.
  52. You're Retired. Should You Ditch Your Life Insurance Policy?

    If you're trying to determine whether you should throw out your life insurance policy along with your business suits, here ...
  53. 9 Green Careers With High Pay

    Being environmentally conscious doesn't mean you have to give up the comforts of life. Find out which jobs provide for both. ...
  54. An Estate Planning Must: Update Your Beneficiaries

    Life changes make it time to rewrite your plan's designations.
  55. Buying Into Corporate Research & Development (R&D)

    Investors take note: companies that cut research and development are in danger of saving today but losing big tomorrow.
  56. Do You Need A Real Estate Agent?

    There's no guarantee that realtors will act in your best interest, but it may be worth hiring one anyway.
  57. Franchises Struggling Under SBA Loans

    Here we look at 10 companies that the Coleman Report labeled as the worst performers based on loan failures over the 200 ...
  58. 8 Financial Tips For Young Adults

    You don't need an MBA to learn how to save money and invest in your future.
  59. Why It Pays To Be A Lazy Investor

    Be a couch potato! This passive, but diversified, investing strategy could be for you.
  60. 6 Tips For Protecting Your Home's Value

    New taxes, property values, appraisals, community changes and nearby abandoned foreclosures can all lower your home's value. ...
  61. 6 Reasons Why You NEED A Budget

    By now, you're probably sick of hearing the b word. Too bad. This is just of those financial lessons that cannot be preached ...
  62. America's Oldest Cities

    Whether you are looking for a historic new home or an educational vacation spot, these cities have great heritage.
  63. Would You Walk Away From Your Home?

    It's a tough choice, but some people will be forced to foreclose. Others won't. Find out which factors are likely to make ...
  64. Financial Statement Manipulation An Ever-Present Problem For Investors

    The SEC has taken steps to eliminate this type of corporate fraud, but it remains a real risk for investors.
  65. 5 Holiday-Inspired Investment Ideas

    Here are some ideas that could add profit to your own stocking this holiday season.
  66. The Only 3 Money Lessons Your Kids Need

    These three principles apply to all financial decisions, making your money talk with your kids simple and effective.
  67. Affinity Fraud: No Safety In Numbers

    Ponzi schemes are just one example of this type of scam; learn how to avoid becoming a victim.
  68. Top 5 Cities For Cheap Real Estate

    In this buyer's market, these places offer the best deal.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. Foreclose On High Housing Prices

    Foreclosed homes may be financially appealing, but there are many obstacles to consider before buying.
  72. Get The Most Bang For Your Charitable Buck

    Stretch your donation dollars this holiday season by giving to an efficient nonprofit organization.
  73. Top 4 (Financial) Life-Changing Events

    Good or bad, major life transitions carry daunting challenges along with them, especially for your finances.
  74. 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 ...
  75. 10 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

    Know what you're in for before jumping into the home remodeling game.
  76. 7 Holiday Hot Spots For Any Budget

    From Las Vegas to Sidney, there's a unique vacation spot that fits your budget.
  77. 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.
  78. Top 10 Most Hair-Raising Sports Contracts

    These multi-million dollar contracts have haunted the players who scored them, then failed to deliver.
  79. 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.
  80. Insurance 101 For Renters

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

    Risk aversion seems to come to us naturally, preventing us from stepping into unfamiliar territory. But feeling comfortable ...
  82. 6 Simple Steps To $1 Million

    Becoming a millionaire is not as hard as you might think - it just takes time.
  83. 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. ...
  84. Financial Mistakes That Could Haunt You Forever

    Learn from others and don't fall prey to these financial pitfalls.
  85. 5 Money-Saving Shopping Tips

    Reducing the amount you spend is the easiest way to make your money grow.
  86. 7 Ways To Trim Your Budget - And Your Waistline

    Lose weight while saving money. The best of both worlds!
  87. 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.
  88. 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 ...
  89. 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. ...
  90. 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. ...
  91. 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?
  92. 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 ...
  93. Score A Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  94. 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 ...
  95. 4 Home Upgrades That Don't Pay

    We look at four housing upgrades that aren't worth your time or money.
  96. 10 Simple Steps To Financial Security Before 30

    Find out how to reach your long-term goals without becoming a tightwad.
  97. 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.
  98. The Hidden Costs Of Renting The Basement

    There's more to being a landlord than just collecting rent every month.
  99. 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.
  100. Payday Loans Don't Pay

    Hold too tightly to this rescue line and you'll soon be drowning in debt.
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