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  1. How Much Life Insurance Should You Carry?

    Learn how much - if any - insurance you really need.
  2. The Dangers Of Stranger-Owned Life Insurance

    Find out how these policies can be used to abuse the system that many people rely on for protection.
  3. Free Car Payment Insurance: What's The Catch?

    Many dealers are offering payment protection plans on new cars. Are they right for you?
  4. Laid Off? You Can Still Retire

    Joblessness is temporary, but neglecting your retirement savings has permanent consequences.
  5. Traditional IRA Deductibility Limits

    Find out where you can take a tax deduction on the contributions you make.
  6. The 5 Types Of Earnings Per Share

    A look at the five varieties of EPS and what each represents can help an investor determine whether a company is a good value, ...
  7. Maintaining Work/Life Balance For Financial Professionals

    Maintaining work/life balance is a challenge for most professionals in the finance industry, but it doesn't have to be that ...
  8. Becoming A Financial Writer

    Instead of working on Wall Street, write about it.
  9. Calculating The Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction

    The amount of money you save by paying your mortgage off quickly will far exceed any benefit from the mortgage interest tax ...
  10. The Best Investments For Young People

    Young investors today who wish to begin a savings plan face a bewildering array of investment options.
  11. Top 8 House-Hunting Mistakes

    These common mistakes occur when you allow your emotions to take over.
  12. 7 Counterintuitive Retirement Strategies That Work

    We address seven investment misconceptions, and how you can make your retirement plan make sense.
  13. Designating A Trust As Retirement Beneficiary

    Designating a trust as your IRA beneficiary can be beneficial, but it requires proper planning to avoid problems.
  14. Top 10 Ways To Get Top Dollar For Your Car

    Find out what steps you can take to reduce the depreciation of your vehicle.
  15. Playing Hardball When Selling Your Home

    Using these strategies will help you get more cash when selling your house.
  16. Business Owners: How To Set Up An SEP IRA

    SEP IRAs are simple to set up and run, making them a popular choice for business owners.
  17. Estate Planning: 16 Things To Do Before You Die

    Find out what you need to prepare to avoid serious estate planning mistakes.
  18. 8 Gifts For Financial Geeks

    Put one of these unique offerings under someone's tree this year.
  19. 4 Tips For Using Credit Cards Overseas

    Overseas travel can be both confusing and expensive, so here are some ways to minimize the cost of spending abroad.
  20. 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.
  21. Earnings: Quality Means Everything

    It's quantity that generates all the hype, but there are more meaningful factors that gauge true performance.
  22. Key Steps To Building A Great Financial Planning Practice

    Following the status quo will kill your financial practice. Find out the tips you need to follow to keep you a step or two ...
  23. Tax Tips For The Individual Investor

    We give you seven guidelines to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.
  24. The Generation Gap

    Studies suggest that young workers may not be able to retire comfortably - or at all.
  25. Will Filing An Insurance Claim Raise Your Rates?

    An accident can mean higher insurance costs - even if it wasn't your fault.
  26. The Unique Advantages Of VA Mortgages

    Find out how being a veteran can save you money on your mortgage.
  27. A Closer Look At Accelerated Benefit Riders

    Accelerated benefit riders can allow policy holders to access the death benefit in their life insurance policy while they ...
  28. How Google's Self-Driving Car Will Change Everything

    Self-driving vehicles are coming fast, and they’re going to radically change what it’s like to get from point A to point ...
  29. Home Loans For Disaster Recovery

    There are numerous government programs available for people who need financial help recovering from a household disaster. ...
  30. The Evolution Of Banking

    Banks are a part of ancient history. Find out how this system of money management developed into what we know today.
  31. Attention Home Buyers! Why You Need A Lawyer

    Property transactions are complex and subject to specific state/local rules. A professional can simplify the process.
  32. Where To Put Your Cash: Call Deposit Vs Time Deposit Accounts

    Time deposit accounts and call deposit accounts allow customers to earn higher interest in exchange for less access to their ...
  33. How To Avoid Falling Prey To The Next Madoff Scam

    Due diligence does work, but the loose reporting standards for hedge funds make extra care and attention necessary.
  34. Choosing The Best Life Insurance Company For You

    What to consider before you choose the life insurance company that can give you the policy you need now – and meet your needs ...
  35. Identity Theft: How Much Should You Worry?

    Identity fraud cost $18 billion last year. But are enough Americans victimized – with big enough losses – that it's worth ...
  36. So You Wanna Buy A Franchise?

    Franchises are growing more popular with entrepreneurs. Here's why and what to expect from them.
  37. Should You Get a Gas Credit Card?

    Many credit cards now reward you for your gasoline purchases. But some are more generous than others.
  38. Getting Schooled: Six Steps to Better College Prep

    Hard to believe, but my firstborn starts high school this week, and I realize that we need to start planning for his next ...
  39. 5 Ways Google Changed Our Relationship With Money

    Yesterday marked 16 years since Google co-founders filed for incorporation, opened a bank account and deposited a $100,0 ...
  40. Credit, Debit And Charge: Sizing Up The Cards In Your Wallet

    Not all plastic is equal! Learn the difference between the three kinds, and how each can affect your finances.
  41. Getting A Car Title Loan

    This loan-of-last-resort uses your car as collateral and features very high interest rates and fees. Be extremely wary of ...
  42. 5 Horrific Things That Can Haunt Your Finances

    Check out a few of the scariest financial disasters and find out what you can do to protect yourself.
  43. Cut Commissions With "For Sale By Owner" Sales

    It takes a lot more work, but selling your home without a realtor can have benefits.
  44. Understanding Value: Donald Trump & His Net Worth

    Having your dad bankroll your first big project is more than a simple leg up. But what Donald Trump did from there is far ...
  45. 5 Better Uses of Your Money Than Buying US Open Tickets

    With the 118th US Open tennis tournament now underway in Flushing, NY, fans from around the globe are gathering to watch ...
  46. Top Indicators From The Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Of the BLS indicators, the change in nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rate, as well as the CPI and PPI, are the ones most ...
  47. Want To Be A Financial Planner? Click Here

    Boomer-aged financial advisors are retiring in droves. Luckily, more and more schools are creating financial planning programs. ...
  48. Real Estate and Crowdfunding: A New Path For Investors

    Real estate investing and crowdfunding - is this a good mix?
  49. Microfinance: What It Is And How To Get Involved

    This growing industry is full of opportunities for the socially conscious investor.
  50. Just What Factors Into The Value Of Your Used Car?

    Just what should you pay for that used car? And how much should you get for your beater? With these web sites, those are ...
  51. 4 Savings Accounts for Investors

    Curious about the best saving accounts and which ones suit investors?
  52. Find the Best Savings Account Rates

    You know how to spot the highest interest rate, but how do you really get the best deal on savings accounts?
  53. The 4 Basic Elements Of Stock Value

    Investors use these four measures to determine a stock's worth. Find out how to use them.
  54. Top Strategies For Saving In A 529 Plan

    Saving for college can be a daunting task. These 8 strategies can help to make the process a little easier.
  55. Signs You Need To Look For A Better Credit Card

    High interest rates, hefty annual fees and poor customer service are among the indications that you have a bad credit card. ...
  56. FAs Should Factor Clients Into Succession Plans

    Financial advisory firms are finally taking succession planning seriously. Here's how.
  57. Strategies For Debt Consolidation Loans

    A debt consolidation loan may help if your income doesn't quite cover your credit card and loan payments. Here's how to avoid ...
  58. Limited Liability Partnership (LLP): The Basics

    LLPs are a flexible legal and tax entity that allows partners to benefit from economies of scale by working together while ...
  59. 5 Costs Associated With Renting An Apartment

    What to expect when you, too, move into your first apartment some day (better start saving money now).
  60. 51 Best Labor Day 2014 Deals, Discounts and Freebies

    Labor Day is coming up this weekend, and with it will come Labor Day sales, deals and freebies.
  61. 4 Ways To Value A Real Estate Rental Property

    Learning these concepts is the first step in getting into the real estate investment game.
  62. Start Saving With A Roth 401(k)

    Here are the steps to take if you want to choose – and make the most of – a Roth 401(k) as you save for retirement.
  63. Ridiculous Ideas That Made People Millions

    These wacky inventions didn't look like the money machines they became for their creators.
  64. Peak Oil: What To Do When The Wells Run Dry

    Find out how to invest and protect your investments in this slippery sector.
  65. Rules For Having A Health Savings Account (HSA)

    Do you qualify? What does it cover? How to see if it makes sense to sign up for a High-Deductible Health Plan with a Health ...
  66. The Path To Becoming A CEO

    Think you have what it takes to be chief executive? Find out what those at the top have in common.
  67. How Advisors Can Fill The Talent Gap

    Financial planning firms are seeing increased demand for their services just as a talent shortfall becomes more pronounced. ...
  68. What Is Sallie Mae And How Does It Work?

    Sallie Mae is the only game in town for some would-be college students seeking loans, so it's not surprising that it's got ...
  69. Eligible For Social Security And A Pension? Lucky! (Or Confused)

    Two critical rules for Americans whose work history qualifies them for both Social Security retirement benefits and a government ...
  70. Managing A 529 Plan Based On College Expectations

    529 Plans are a popular way to save for college. Here's how to be strategic about how to fund them, depending on your children ...
  71. Companies That Succeeded With Bootstrapping

    Bootstrapping is likely to be part of the history of nearly every successful company. Here are a few success stories.
  72. The Power Of Branding

    It's the ultimate economic moat, and we look at the approaches and effects of good and bad branding.
  73. How To Cash In On Credit Cards

    How can an investor cash in on rising credit card use? There isn't an ETF yet, so let's look at the companies themselves.
  74. A Smart Approach to Student Credit Cards

    Student credit cards are a compelling alternative for young borrowers. But be sure to look at annual fees and long-term interest ...
  75. 5 Tips For Recession House Hunters

    Follow these five tips to get a leg up on rival bargain hunters.
  76. 6 Good Reasons To Get Renter's Insurance

    If you rent, you still need insurance for personal property and if anyone is injured at your place. The good news: It also ...
  77. Getting A Secured Credit Card

    Because these cards target consumers with difficulty getting credit, be extra careful to avoid predatory lenders when you ...
  78. Why It’s So Hard to Get Small Mortgage Loans

    Finding a lender to provide a mortgage loan for less than $50,000: It's a challenge faced by a surprising number of people, ...
  79. Top Reasons To Apply For An FHA Loan

    When is it a good idea to apply for a Federal Housing Administration loan?
  80. Filling Out The W-9 Form

    Freelancers and independent contractors have to give a W-9 to their clients – and you might need to provide one for other ...
  81. The Purpose Of The W-9 Form

    The W-9 form provides key data your clients need if you're an independent contractor. Just be sure you're not really an employee ...
  82. 5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping A Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick, you could end up in the poorhouse.
  83. Measuring The Benefits Of Home Ownership

    Price appreciation is the biggest factor, but it's not the only thing to consider.
  84. Start Building Solid Credit At A Young Age

    These days, credit scores can affect everything from loan terms to your job search. That's why you should establish a credit ...
  85. Last-Minute Strategies To Help Pay For College

    Find out what to do when your kid is ready for higher education, but you aren't.
  86. How To Appeal Your IRS Audit

    The auditor's review isn't always the last word. Many taxpayers who are audited can successfully appeal their audits and ...
  87. Financial Advisors Need To Seek Out This Group NOW

    Millennials are coming into their own economically, so why are financial advisors still reluctant to give them the attention ...
  88. Mortgages: Fixed-Rate Versus Adjustable-Rate

    Both of these have advantages and disadvantages depending on your financial needs and prospects.
  89. Are You An Entrepreneur?

    Many people want to start a business, but not everyone has what it takes to succeed.
  90. The Truth About Real Estate Prices

    Historical housing price data suggests ongoing increases in housing prices, but these numbers don't tell the whole truth. ...
  91. Cheap Car Insurance For College Students

    6 ways to get the best car insurance quotes during those years when insurance companies rate you as a high-risk customer.
  92. The Purpose Of 1099 Forms

    The need for 1099 forms and why you must track the income reported on them. If you don't, the IRS will find it anyway and ...
  93. Filling Out 1099 Forms

    There are many different 1099 forms for different types of non-employee compensation. We explain the differences among them, ...
  94. 5 Signs You Have No Money Management Skills

    If you’re worried about your money management skills, the tips below might help you figure out what you’re doing wrong and ...
  95. Online Banks: Lower Costs And Little Sacrifice

    For many, online banking has become a day-to-day routine. Still, there are some holdouts who refuse to accept the method. ...
  96. 1 in 5 Americans Are Working This Labor Day 2014

    Labor Day is supposed to offer beleaguered workers a day of reprieve from the daily grind. However, not everyone gets to ...
  97. A Primer On Preferred Stocks

    Offering both income and relative security, these uncommon shares may work for you.
  98. Winklevoss Interview: Bitcoin Payment System Worth $400 Billion

    The bull case for Bitcoin is often expressed as an estimate of the future value of all Bitcoins in circulation once it reaches ...
  99. Debunking the 80% Income Replacement Rule

    Take a look at the 80% rule, it suggests that pre-retirees create a savings plan that will replace 80% of their income when ...
  100. How Banks Set Interest Rates On Your Loans

    On the face of it, figuring out how a bank makes money is a pretty straightforward affair. A bank earns a spread on the money ...
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