Personal Finance Articles

  1. Top Retirement Hack? Start with a Lifestyle Change

    Instead of going through the usual retirement planning steps, some people are focusing on fostering a lower cost lifestyle ...
  2. Top 7 Startups That Emerged in Mexico City

    Learn why Mexico City has the potential to emerge as a major player in the startup scene, and identify several companies ...
  3. 5 Ways to Maximize Your Credit Card Points

    How to get the most bang for your rewards buck.
  4. A Day In The Life of A Professional Forex Trader

    The professional forex trader lives an affluent lifestyle but pays the price with many hours of research and market watching.
  5. Picking the Best Longevity Insurance

    What you need to know before buying a "reverse life" policy.
  6. Employee Or Contractor? An On-Demand Economy Problem

    Several on-demand economy startups classify, or classified, their workers as contractors rather than employees. It is an ...
  7. Elon Musk Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Read more about Elon Musk, the South African immigrant turned technology and engineering entrepreneur and inventor worth ...
  8. Best Ways to Save For Retirement Without an IRA or 401(k)

    Learn the most common types of savings vehicles used to accumulate money for retirement outside employer-sponsored 401(k)s ...
  9. How Does AirHelp Work and Make Money?

    Learn about AirHelp's business model and monetization strategy. Discover how it can quickly submit claims for your airline ...
  10. How Rollins Inc. Transformed from Radio to Pest Control

    Discover how Rollins, Inc. grew and expanded, making numerous acquisitions, transitioning from the radio industry to the ...
  11. How TheSkimm Works and Makes Money

    Obtain information on the popular news digest newsletter, theSkimm, and understand how email newsletter publishers generate ...
  12. The Top 9 Things to Know About Hillary Clinton's Economic View

    Find out where former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands on the economy, jobs, ...
  13. Inherited IRA and 401(k) Rules: Don't Run Afoul

    What you need to know when it comes to the complex rules for inherited IRAs and 401(k)s.
  14. Index or Target Dates in 401(k)s: Which is Better? (VFINX, FUSEX)

    A common question is whether or not plan participants should choose index or target date funds in a 401(k). The answer depends ...
  15. How to Bring Up a Prenup with Clients

    Prenups aren't just for the rich. Here's how to help clients agree to one if you think they'll benefit.
  16. How to Effectively Compare Credit Card Rewards

    There are so many different reward credit cards that are available. Understanding how each type work will help you pick the ...
  17. How to Avoid the Inheritance Nobody Wants: Debt

    With the biggest transfer of wealth underway, advisors need to ensure that clients don't also inherit debt.
  18. 4 Things Millennials Can't Live Without

    Millennial investors are different from those in previous generations. Here are four Gen Y needs which are instrumental to ...
  19. The Plusses of Second Opinions for Clients

    If you are not collaborating with other professionals in your circle, you could be doing your clients a disservice.
  20. Holding Out for Capital Gains Could Be a Mistake

    Holding stocks for the sole purpose of avoiding short-term capital gains taxes may be a mistake, especially if all the signs ...
  21. Advisors: Ignore a Spouse at Your Own Peril

    Financial advisors have their work cut out for them when it comes to keeping a spouse or partner in what was formerly a couple-client ...
  22. Gen Xers Turn 50: Retirement Just Got Real

    As the first of Generation X reaches age 50, retirement suddenly feels real. Here's how to start thinking about a plan.
  23. The Dark Side of the Peer-to-Peer Economy

    Disruption to traditional industries, such as hotels or taxi and livery, pose a real threat and could cost the economy both ...
  24. Why are 401(k) contributions limited?

    Find out why contributions to 401(k) retirement plans are limited, including what the current contribution limits are and ...
  25. How do you calculate penalties on a 401(k) early withdrawal?

    Find out how to calculate the penalties on early withdrawals from your 401(k), including the impact of the additional 10% ...
  26. Four Ways to Improve Education In America

    U.S. students place 27th in math and 20th in science out of 34 countries. The United States must reform its education system ...
  27. Joint Credit Cards: The Pros and Cons

    A joint credit card may sound like an easy way to split the bills, but make sure you know what you’re getting into first.
  28. 6 Reasons Why Every Investor Should Consider ETFs

    Once you understand the benefits of ETFs, you’ll see how they could be an exciting and smart way to help meet your financial ...
  29. Finding Cheap Airline Tickets: An Insider’s Guide

    If understanding airline pricing feels like decoding riddles, arm yourself with these six simple strategies to land the best ...
  30. Après Ski to Profit: Investing in a Swiss Chalet

    Evolving Swiss property laws mean that Swiss ski chalets have become precious commodities – and excellent investments, even ...
  31. Travel Tips: Avoid Exchange Rate Headaches

    How to avoid the most common issues and hassles raised by exchange rates while traveling abroad.
  32. Millennials Guide: 6 Routes to the Right Roommate

    Choosing the right roommate is key to not risking and ruining your credit history. Some simple precautions can save you from ...
  33. Pros and Cons of Capitalist vs Socialist Economies

    Capitalism relies on the markets. Socialism, on government planning. Each system has its pros and cons.
  34. The Biggest Private Equity Firms in Boston

    Learn about private equity firms and how they operate. Identify the top five private equity firms operating in the Boston ...
  35. How WeWork Works and Makes Money

    Find out how WeWork makes money by offering flexible, shared office space to out-of-the-cubicle workers like freelancers ...
  36. Mark Cuban Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn more about America's favorite billionaire: Mark Cuban, outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of the hit ...
  37. The Least Expensive States to Retire In

    Retirement time, and the livin' is easy in these locales.
  38. Why Walmart Raised Its Minimum Wage

    Read about the potential pros and cons of Walmart's promise to increase its minimum starting salary to $10 an hour.
  39. A Look at the Cost and Tax Treatment of College

    Is there more we can do to improve the affordability of post-secondary education? We take a look at how students and colleges ...
  40. What's Wrong with the American Tax System

    American's are highly taxed and we still run a deficit. We explain why.
  41. 3 Stocks You Wish You Had Bought in January

    Learn about three stocks investors wish they had bought in January of 2015 due to their performing better than the overall ...
  42. Why the Wealthy Shy Away from Inheritance Talk

    A recent survey of high-net-worth individuals shows that many avoid talking inheritance with children. Here are some ways ...
  43. Advisors: Warn Clients About These Audit Triggers

    There are several factors that may increase the risk of an audit, especially with high-net-worth clients.
  44. Understanding How Mutual Funds Pay Dividends

    The process by which mutual fund dividends are calculated, distributed and reported is fairly straightforward in most cases. ...
  45. 3 States Where Taxes Can Hammer Retirees

    Knowing which states ding retirees with the highest tax implications should be part of your retirement research.
  46. How 'Honesty' Could Pay off for Jessica Alba

    Is it possible that Jessica Alba is one of the savviest businesswomen on the planet?
  47. Boomers’ 401(k)s are Way Out of Whack: What to Do?

    Many baby boomers have been investing heavily in equities in their 401(k)s. Now may be the time to rebalance to avoid huge ...
  48. Why U.S. Credit Cards Are Getting a Chip and Pin

    With the introduction of EMV technology into U.S. credit cards, consumers should worry less about fraud and counterfeiting.
  49. Schedule Loan Repayments with Excel Formulas

    Calculate all the particulars of a loan using Excel, and set up a schedule of repayment for a mortgage or any other loan.
  50. Millennials Guide: Freelancer vs. Employee

    How to decide if joining the gig economy is right for you.
  51. JetSuite Simplifies Private Jet Rental

    Chartering your own plane just got a bit more affordable.
  52. The Millennial’s Guide to Personal Finance

    It's a Millennial money minefield out there! Navigate it with these money management tips.
  53. When Getting a Rent-to-Own Car Makes Sense

    If your credit is bad, rent-to-own may be a better way to purchase a car than taking out a subprime loan – or it may not ...
  54. What Are the Risks to Your Retirement Security?

    One of the biggest risks to your retirement security is something you may take for granted: your health, and more specifically, ...
  55. Simple Interest Loans: Do They Exist?

    Yes, they do. Here is what they are – and how to use them to your advantage.
  56. Signs of a Struggling Economy?

    Last week was another difficult one for stocks, marked by a bruising mid-week selloff triggered by China’s surprise devaluation ...
  57. Why Your 401(k) Is More Important Than You Think

    If you are thinking of dipping into your 401(k), think again. It’s one of your best sources of retirement income.
  58. 5 Unique Assets to Invest Your Retirement Money In

    Investing for retirement doesn't always mean 401(k)s and IRAs. Here are five unique assets to invest your retirement money ...
  59. Fixing Your Credit Score: A Do It Yourself Guide

    Following these five steps can go a long way toward repairing a low score.
  60. How to Shop for Home Insurance

    Tips for getting the best protection for your place and possessions.
  61. Best Ways to Exchange Currency

    How to avoid fees and get the best deal for your dollar.
  62. Yes, You Can Manage Your Own Retirement!

    Discover how to get started planning for and managing your retirement by making simple, deliberate steps towards financial ...
  63. Using Fibonacci to Analyze Gold (GLD, GC)

    Use Fibonacci studies to analyze gold by picking out hidden harmonic levels that can provide major support or resistance.
  64. Co-signing a Loan? Make Sure You Know The Risks

    Contractually, co-signers are just as responsible for the loan as the person actually borrowing the money. Be careful not ...
  65. Top Websites to Start an Online Business

    The Internet offers nearly endless ideas and opportunities for new businesses. Here are some great resources to get your ...
  66. 2 Stocks to Bet on the Future of Space Exploration (BA, LMT)

    Learn about why investors must wait to invest in Space X, and read about other companies involved in the future of space ...
  67. What Drives Ford's Profits? Not Just Cars

    Ford, an experienced legacy car manufacturer, sells a lot of cars around the world and makes a lot of money in the money ...
  68. Avoid These Retirement Portfolio Mistakes

    Top tips for ensuring that your portfolio is better than just "good enough."
  69. Should You Trust a Robot to Manage Your Money?

    Robo-advisors offer several benefits, but should investors trust a computer to manage their investments?
  70. Are Your Financial Advisor Fees Competitive?

    Are the fees you charge your clients for financial planning competitive? Here's how to determine if they are in line with ...
  71. Best Ways to Avoid RMD Tax Hits on IRAs

    If you want to avoid hefty tax penalties, read this cheat sheet on IRA required minimum distributions.
  72. Secrets to Finding the Right Nursing Home

    The wrong choice could mean inadequate – or even deadly – care.
  73. Things Nursing Homes Are Not Allowed to Do

    What rights do a home's residents have? The same ones they they had before they entered the facility.
  74. Key Financial Ratios to Analyze The Healthcare Industry

    Examine the health care sector and learn about significant financial ratios used by investors and analysts to evaluate health ...
  75. Understanding the Trends Driving India's Rise

    Numerous factors support India’s rise as a global superpower and will help the economy continue on a high and sustainable ...
  76. How to Buy Annuities When Interest Rates Are Low

    The current low interest rate environment complicates the decision to buy an annuity. Here's what financial advisors need ...
  77. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Dropbox Worth?

    Learn about the private company Dropbox and how it operates. Understand the company's current valuation, how it was derived, ...
  78. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Uber Worth? (FB, GOOG)

    Learn about the private company Uber and how it has found so much success since 2010. Understand the valuation of the company ...
  79. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Spotify Worth? (AAPL)

    Learn about the private company Spotify and how it has achieved success. Understand the company's most recent valuation and ...
  80. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Lyft Worth?

    Learn about the private company Lyft and how it has become a successful rideshare company. Understand its most recent valuation ...
  81. How Much Medicaid and Medicare Cost Americans

    Medicaid & Medicare cost Americans plenty out of their paychecks. But how much, really? And what does that money buy?
  82. Top Retirement Prep Questions to Ask Clients

    Is your client really ready for retirement? Here are some essential questions to ask.
  83. 3 Ways to Monetize Your Expertise

    Anyone can make money from sharing their knowledge with others.
  84. How Dave Ramsey Made His Fortune

    Dave Ramsey is one of America's most trusted sources for financial advice, but how exactly did he make his money?
  85. The Economics of Raising the Social Security Age

    Briefly examine the economics behind raising the retirement age for Social Security benefits and how it could impact the ...
  86. The Economics of a CrossFit Gym

    Learn the economics of opening a CrossFit gym, including the business model, relationship with corporate, expenses and projected ...
  87. The 3 Most Common Demand Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

    One of the hardest parts of creating a new product is figuring out if people are actually going to want it.
  88. 4 Signs It’s Not the Right Time to Raise Money

    It’s a really good time to be the CEO of a late-stage startup. However, even if you can raise a lot of money for very cheap, ...
  89. 5 Ways to Protect Pensions from Nursing Homes

    How to safeguard a patient's funds from shady or unscrupulous staffers.
  90. How GM Keeps on Truckin'

    Following a giant bailout and a giant IPO, the new GM is carried by sales of its giant trucks. But is it profitable?
  91. Healthcare Premiums Keep Rising, But Salaries Aren’t

    Learn how college and health insurance costs have skyrocketed while wages have stagnated, and how, given the necessity of ...
  92. Top Tips for Minimizing Taxes on Social Security

    Social Security benefits are taxable under certain circumstances. Here are some ways retirees can lessen the tax burden. ...
  93. The Impact of the 401(k) Court Ruling on Advisors

    The Supreme Court's recent ruling on 401(k)s has many implications for financial advisors. Here's a look.
  94. Avoiding Red Flags with Online Mortgage Lenders

    Using an online mortgage lender can be convenient, but how do you know you can trust one? Follow these tips to make sure ...
  95. Retirement Plan Options for Small-Business Owners (SCHW, TROW)

    Small-business owners and self-employed individuals are responsible for funding their own retirement. The SEP-IRA and solo ...
  96. Startup Analysis: How Much Is Xiaomi Worth?

    Learn about the private company Xiaomi, its business model and the success it found recently. Understand the company's most ...
  97. Debit vs. Credit Card: Which Is Better for Booking a Hotel?

    When booking a hotel it might be your best choice to use a credit card rather than a debit card.
  98. The Insurance Industry's Future in Visual Tech Investment

    A growing number of automobile insurers are choosing to invest in developing digital infrastructure.
  99. 3 Hotel REITs that Outperformed the Market

    There are quite a few REITs that own and operate a collection of hotels and other lodging properties. They are known as hospitality ...
  100. The Economics of FanDuel

    Part of fantasy sports’ success lies in one-day and week-long contests serving as an alternative to season-long games. FanDuel, ...
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