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  1. How to Plan for Taxes on Dividends

    Dividends are taxed differently than other investment income. Here are some strategies to help lower taxes on dividends. ...
  2. How Black Friday Really Got Its Name

    No, it has nothing to do with accounting. Here's the real story.
  3. Payroll Taxes: Picking Apart Your Paycheck

    Here's what gets deducted from your pay, what your employer pays and where your payroll taxes actually end up.
  4. How Disney (DIS) Continues to Deliver

    The Walt Disney Co. is only an animation studio in the same way that Johnson & Johnson is only a baby powder manufacturer.
  5. Group and Individual Disability Insurance: What You Need to Know

    What you need to know about group and individual disability income coverage.
  6. 7 Solutions for Homeowners Struggling with their Mortgage

    If you can't afford your mortgage, don't throw in the towel. You may be able to find a solution that works for your particular ...
  7. How Real Estate Agent and Broker Fees Work

    Buying or selling a home? What you need to know about real estate agent and broker fees.
  8. 5 CEOs Who Returned to Save the Day

    Instead of toying with trial and error, many struggling companies have adopted a tried and true "founder knows best" strategy, ...
  9. Avoid These Top Retirement Mistakes

    Most people spend years planning for their retirement but make some common mistakes that prove costly over the long run. ...
  10. Impact of a 5-Star Yelp Review on a Company

    Learn the impact that a 5-star Yelp review can have on small businesses and how Yelp influences local competition between ...
  11. The Highest Paying Government Jobs

    Learn how professionals can work for the government and still make high salaries; identify the specific professions that ...
  12. This Is How You Could Live in the Dominican Republic on $1,000 a Month

    Determine whether a $1,000 monthly budget is enough to live comfortably and safely in the Dominican Republic, an island nation ...
  13. Retirement Isn’t One Size Fits All

    Today, retirement is viewed as the ultimate luxury. Instead of hoping for a life of leisure after work, we should try to ...
  14. 5 Things to Request If You Can't Get a Raise

    The job market is improving, but many companies are still running on tight budgets which means no raises. But there are other ...
  15. Why a Credit Card is Better than a Payday Loan

    Compare and contrast credit cards with payday loans, and understand why payday loans should be a last resort when you are ...
  16. The 3 Most Affordable Communities in Pennsylvania

    Discover why Pennsylvania is an unexpected and popular retirement destination and learn more about three of the most affordable ...
  17. Inside Procter & Gamble's Strategic Transition and Optimization

    Learn how Procter & Gamble's new CEO David Taylor could help the company's efforts to improve profitability and grow shareholder ...
  18. 3 Luxury Retirement Communities In Massachusetts

    Learn why Massachusetts is favored among certain retirees, and discover more about some of the most luxurious retirement ...
  19. When Can You Use Your IRA to Buy a House?

    If you're a first-time homebuyer (a term that's defined more flexibly than you think), you can tap your IRA to help with ...
  20. Apple Watch Poses "No Material Threat" To Fitbit, Says Fitbit CEO

    Examine the potential for marketplace competition between Fitbit and the Apple Watch in the rapidly growing consumer wearables ...
  21. 5 Signs You Need a New Credit Card

    High interest rates, hefty annual fees and poor customer service are among the indications that you have a bad credit card. ...
  22. Netflix May Produce Bollywood-Style Original Shows, Says CEO

    First Blockbuster, now cable companies? Find our how Netflix's popular streaming service is forcing the television industry ...
  23. Pinterest To Launch Its New Cash Cow: A Shopping Section

    Pinterest started out looking like a pinboard or aspriational photo-sharinng site. Now they've opened a curated online shop.
  24. 7 Easy Steps to Negotiating a Raise

    Salary negotiations aren't easy, but even if your company is on a tight budget, you can still ask for more.
  25. Budgeting for the 4 Phases of Retirement

    Retirement consists of four stages, each with different expenses and different budgeting needs. Here's how to manage your ...
  26. The Best Charitable Remainder Trust for You

    Help a favorite cause and avoid a tax bite: These are the key reasons to set up a CRT. But which version best fits your needs?
  27. Tap Your IRA to Pay for Your Kid's College?

    You can raid your retirement account to pay for your child's college education – but should you?
  28. Top Tips for Advising Clients on RMD Strategies

    Required minimum distributions are a fact of life for those 70.5 and older. Here's how to implement the best strategies for ...
  29. Do You Have a Crummy 401(k)?

    High-cost, outdated plans can keep your retirement portfolio from thriving. Here's what to do – and the 2015 Supreme Court ...
  30. How to Start a Seasonal Business

    Starting a seasonal small business isn't as hard as you think. With the right planning, you can have a successful business ...
  31. How Advisors Should Be Using Pinterest, Instagram

    Financial planners need to think out of the box when it comes to strategizing on Pinterest and Instagram, but these networks ...
  32. Mortgage Fees That Can Trash Your Refinance Deal

    Before deciding that refinancing your mortgage at a lower interest rate is a good deal, factor all the fees into your calculations.
  33. 7 Ways to Save on Home Office Costs

    Working at home can come with many costs. Here are some easy ways to keep your expenditures low.
  34. Protecting Your Retirement From Unexpected Events

    Learn how to prepare for retirement by diversifying your investment portfolio, what insurance to buy and how to protect yourself ...
  35. The Upside of a Client Service Associate Career

    Client service associates play a vital role in the financial industry. Here's the lowdown on this position and what it can ...
  36. Avoid These Mistakes with Backdoor Roth IRAs

    A Backdoor IRA can help you save for retirement beyond traditional IRAs. Here are some pitfalls to avoid.
  37. Common Interview Questions for Accountants

    Learn which job interview questions to prepare for to help advance your accounting career. Discover that what you do not ...
  38. How to Advise Clients Behind on Retirement Savings

    Many Americans are behind when it comes to saving for retirement. Here's how advisors can help.
  39. Samsung Vs. Apple: Comparing Business Models

    Read an in-depth review of competing business models in the tech industry, including how Apple and Samsung are redefining ...
  40. We Finally Learn Why PayPal Was So Excited About Venmo

    PayPal announced the release of "Pay With Venmo," which would allow customers to use Venmo at retailers almost as they would ...
  41. This Is How Financial Advisors Can Help with Debt

    Learn how a financial advisor can help you analyze and structure your finances to bring down debt, and how to find the right ...
  42. Playing The Decline of Traditional Retailers

    Play the decline of traditional retailers with a strategy that lowers built-in exposure to online sales.
  43. 5 U.S. Cities With High Paychecks and a Low Cost of Living

    Consider these U.S. hubs where workers get paid competitive salaries while enjoying a high quality of life due to a low cost ...
  44. 4 Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World

    Read about four entrepreneurs who are affecting positive change on a global level, potentially improving the lives of billions ...
  45. 3 Best Vanguard Target Retirement Funds

    Learn about three Vanguard target retirement funds that offer broad diversification and automatic rebalancing as investors ...
  46. 3 Luxury Retirement Communities In California

    Discover why California is a popular destination for retirees, and learn more about three of the most luxurious retirement ...
  47. The Highest Paying Business Careers

    Learn how to make a lot of money in the business world by choosing the right career path, and identify the specific business ...
  48. 3 Stores to Avoid This Coming Black Friday

    Learn what stores are best to avoid if you absolutely must participate in the madness known as Black Friday, and identify ...
  49. Top 3 Billionaire Living in Barbados

    Learn about the lone full-time billionaire resident of Barbados, Eugene Melnyk, who is also a Ukrainian Canadian executive ...
  50. How Retirement Plan Admins Trick You Into Saving $

    Some of these persuasion techniques may seem a little sneaky, but they're for your own good.
  51. How Much Do You Need to Retire in the Bahamas?

    The Bahamas may be paradise, but it’s also a financial enigma: low taxes and affordable real estate, but “island prices” ...
  52. Who Should Be Your Life Insurance Beneficiary?

    It might seem logical to just name your young children, but doing so can have undesirable consequences. Here are some better ...
  53. Can You Retire In Italy With $200,000 of Savings?

    The secret: If you want to live in Italy on a budget, you need to live like an Italian, not like an American movie star.
  54. Franchise vs. Startup? How to Decide

    For you, self-employment is definitely the name of the game. But which route is better: opening a franchise or starting a ...
  55. How Much Money Do You Need to Retire in Italy?

    A favorable exchange rate is just one reason Italy makes the list of possible retirement destinations for Americans.
  56. The Pros and Cons of Being a Nonprofit

    Evaluating the tradeoffs organizations face when choosing between becoming a tax-exempt nonprofit or for-profit business ...
  57. Why Financial Advisor Background Checks Are Vital

    An alliance of public interest groups is pressuring FINRA to broaden its BrokerCheck tool.
  58. Petrobas Impact on the Brazilian Economy

    How the Petrobas scandal has shaken the Brazilian economy.
  59. Helping Your Teen Find Their First Job

    Parents can help their teens along the path to landing a first job with these strategies and tips.
  60. Affordable Care Plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum?

    How to choose among the different coverage levels in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Which metal makes the most sense for ...
  61. Don't Lose a Job Over Your Facebook Profile

    Employers use Facebook to weed out candidates, so your Facebook page better be clean.
  62. Essential Health Benefits Under The Affordable Care Act

    Under the Affordable Care Act, certain preventive health services and these 10 essential health benefits are the minimum ...
  63. Cutting Your Cost for Marketplace Health Insurance

    Here's how you may be able to lower your costs for health insurance coverage in 2016 though the Health Insurance Markerplace.
  64. Haunting Wall Street: The Halloween Terminology Of Investing

    Beware of zombies and Jekyll and Hyde companies! Read about the spooky terms circulating Wall Street.
  65. Are You Picking the Right 401(k) Funds?

    Learn how to get the right mix of funds for your age, how to identify the best funds offered in your 401(k) plan and red ...
  66. The Tax Benefits of Continuing Care Communities

    Continuing care retirement communities may be a viable option for some as they age. They also offer these tax benefits.
  67. Working During 'Retirement?' What You Need to Know

    More workers than ever plan on working another job after they retire. Here are some of the financial implications of doing ...
  68. Target Date Funds Can Be Customized: Here's How

    Target date funds will likely become a permanent fixture in the marketplace for the retirement plan sector. Here's how they ...
  69. Why Advisors Should Study Up on ETFs

    Advisors need to know the details around how ETFs can be constructed as well as the potential pitfalls that these funds may ...
  70. T. Rowe Price’s Top Funds for Retirement

    Finding a retirement fund with strong long-term potential in this environment is like finding a needle in a haystack.
  71. These 2 Retailers are Bucking the Trend (COST,TJX)

    These two retailers are right in line with current consumer trends, which should lead to high upside potential and resiliency ...
  72. Top Mutual Funds for Aggressive Investors

    Do you like high risk and high reward? If so, these mutual funds — believe it or not — might interest you.
  73. Is Hershey (HSY) Still a Sweet Investment?

    After a bittersweet third quarter is Hershey still likely to be a long-term winner?
  74. Why Millennials May Not Be Able to Retire

    The retirement outlook for millennials may appear grim but it doesn’t have to be. Gen Y still has time, but it needs to get ...
  75. Startups That Got Screwed by Venture Capital

    Venture capital support can make or break a startup. But before taking the cash, founders should make sure they are not making ...
  76. 4 Reasons You Shouldn't Use Your Retirement Savings as a Piggy Bank

    An overview of the effects of borrowing against your retirement savings.
  77. How to Manage Your Grocery Budget

    Managing your grocery budget can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't need to be. These simple changes in the kitchen ...
  78. Hiring? Regulations Small Businesses Need to Know

    When a small business becomes an employer, it has new responsibilities. Make sure you familiarize yourself with regulatory ...
  79. How Labor Force Participation Rate Affects U.S. Unemployment

    While a falling unemployment rate sounds like a good thing, it can actually be indicative of people leaving the labor force ...
  80. 10 Tips For Running a Successful Airbnb Property

    How to run a successful Airbnb property with these 10 tips.
  81. How Does Paribus Work and Make Money?

    Paribus gets costumers money back on their purchases after the fact, using the same algorithms that retailers use to manipulate ...
  82. What Happens To Your Student Debt If You Die?

    What happens to student debt when you die? It all depends on the lending agency.
  83. Best Teleconference Software For Small Businesses

    Here's a look at some teleconferencing software and apps that could suit a number of small business requirements.
  84. Best Ways to Contact the Social Security Administration

    Navigating the thousands of rules that govern Social Security benefits can be difficult. Thankfully, the Social Security ...
  85. Peers: Your Secret Weapon for Retirement Savings?

    Studies show when individuals see colleagues and peers saving, they're more apt to save more too. It's healthy competition, ...
  86. Philanthropy Planning with Millennial Clients

    As more Millennials care about giving while they're still young, advisors must put philanthropy planning and strategy at ...
  87. How ‘Real’ Is Your Free Score From Credit Karma?

    A free credit score sounds good, but is it worth giving up your personal information to get one online?
  88. 7 Strategies Small Business Owners Should Know

    Use these techniques to make your business stand out from the pack and thrive.
  89. Is There Any Upside Left for Walgreens?

    Walgreens is about to get much bigger, but does bigger equal better in this case?
  90. Is Walmart a Bargain Right Now?

    Every great growth story comes to an end. Is this the beginning of the end for Walmart or a buying opportunity?
  91. Enrolled in a Bad 401(k)? Here's How to Deal

    Here's how financial advisors can help clients enrolled in subpar 401(k) plans (and how investors can make the most of one).
  92. Buy a House in the Philippines: A How-To Guide

    Foreign-ownership regulations make it a little tricky, but plan right and you can have a home in paradise.
  93. Trends Driving Managed Care M&A

    The uncertainty introduced by legislation has many managed care companies worried about potential financial losses. Companies ...
  94. Top Chicago Restaurants for Wining and Dining

    Looking to wine and dine clients in Chicago? These seven spots should be on your short list.
  95. How Millennials Can Maximize Their 401(k) Plan

    Free advice on how to get free money: an advisor offers tips on how millennials can get the most out of their 401(k).
  96. 4 Ways to Check Credit Card Accounts for Trouble

    Credit cards do offer some protection against fraud, but here are 4 reasons to be vigilant and protect your credit score ...
  97. Is Zynga Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA?

    Find out if Zynga is a suitable investment for an IRA. Learn about Zynga's long-term prospects. Is Zynga more appropriate ...
  98. 5 Ways Overvaluing Your Home Can Hurt You

    Getting top dollar for your home is everyone's goal, but overvaluing your home can hurt its chances of being sold.
  99. Top Tips for Getting More Client Referrals

    If you're not talking to your clients about referring you to friends, you should be.
  100. Retirement's Evolution: How to Be Prepared

    For many, retirement might not be the full stoppage of work and living a life of leisure but rather one of slowly phasing ...
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