Personal Finance Articles

  1. Starbucks Stock Swap: Happy Baristas Means Happy Investors

    Starbucks let their employees swap their stock for a lower strike price, a good sign for value investors.
  2. Four Inexpensive Ways To Get Healthcare

    Feeling stressed out? Your health could suffer and your budget might not be far behind.
  3. On This Day In Finance: June 8 - New Deal Again

    Troubled economic times, loss of trust in financial institutions, high unemployment, and the need to stimulate the economy, sound familiar?
  4. The Best Offense

    A good defense can save a portfolio from certain disaster.
  5. America's Best Bank Deals

    Smaller banks could mean big profits for the average investor.
  6. Expert Tips For Cutting Credit Card Debt

    Managing your debt could mean the difference between spending $45,000 or saving $184,000.
  7. On This Day In Finance: June 5 - The Birthday Of Adam Smith

    The birthday of Adam Smith.
  8. Vacation Home Or Income-Producing Investment?

    There is an alternative to letting your cottage sit empty all year, but turning a profit won't be easy.
  9. Can You Trust Your Bank?

    With the large amount of banks closing their doors, can you trust the institution that has your money?
  10. The Economics Of Gardening: Can You Dig It?

    Since Michelle Obama broke ground on a garden at the White House, interest in growing our own food has soared.
  11. On This Day In Finance: June 4 - The Birth Of The Modern ATM

    On this day in 1973 the first patent for the ATM is issued.
  12. Chrysler Bailout 2009: Third Time's A Charm?

    Uncle Sam has saved Chrysler with money from taxpayers' pockets despite the fact that it failed the same test twice.
  13. What The Unemployment Rate Doesn't Tell Us

    The unemployment rate is climbing, but what does it mean?
  14. On This Day In Finance: June 3 - Alexander Graham Bell Creates Photophone

    On this day in 1880, Bell transmitted the first wireless telephone message.
  15. Voluntary 401(k) Contributions: A Thing Of The Past?

    Contributing to your retirement plan may no longer be voluntary, but automatic enrollment has a number of benefits.
  16. On This Day In Finance: June 2 - Alan Greenspan Begins His Reign As Fed Chairman

    On June 2nd, 1987, Alan Greenspan was appointed as the 13th chairman of the Federal Reserve.
  17. Can Business Evolve In A Green World?

    Learn how global warming is starting to heat up America's corporate climate.
  18. Commute Smart: Save Time, Money And The Earth

    Make your daily commute more efficient with these simple tips. Find out how much you could save just by going to and from work.
  19. GM Lights The Torch For The Bankruptcy Olympics

    Instead of the world's best athletes, there will be a gathering of elite legal professionals for a contest of wills.
  20. On This Day In Finance: June 1 - Misery Index Hits All-Time High

    On this day in 1980 the misery index hit its highest point ever
  21. How Buying Groceries in Bulk Will De-Bulk Your Checking Account

    When your refrigerator is always full, it's hard to know what needs replenishing and what doesn't.
  22. Travel Smart By Planning How You'll Pay

    With a little pre-trip planning, you can avoid being stranded without adequate funds.
  23. 10 Books Every Investor Should Read

    Want advice from some of the most successful investors of all time? Check out our reading list.
  24. Stagflation, 1970s Style

    Find out how Milton Friedman's monetarist theory helped bring the U.S. out of the economic doldrums.
  25. Saving Your Home From Foreclosure

    Learn the tactics you can use to prevent your home from being repossessed.
  26. Tired Of Banks? Try A Credit Union

    These nonprofit organizations can provide a range of services for lower fees.
  27. Borrowing From Your Retirement Plan

    Left with no alternative but to take money out from your retirement savings? Here are some guidelines.
  28. Electrifying Apartment Bills: How To Reduce Them

    As a renter, there are still factors that can influence your heating and air conditioning bill.
  29. On This Day In Finance: May 29 - The Truth In Lending Act

    One of the cornerstones of consumer credit protection signed into law.
  30. How Interest Rate Cuts Affect Consumers

    Traders rejoice when the Fed drops the rate, but is it good news for all? Find out here.
  31. Will Digital TV Allow You To Ditch Cable?

    On June 12, 2009, broadcast stations will leave analog behind to upgrade to a digital signal.
  32. Are Conventions In Vegas Bad For Business?

    Is a business trip to Vegas the same as a trip to Mardi Gras or the Super Bowl, or is it a necessity to economically doing business?
  33. Understanding Mortgage Impound Accounts

    Home buyers with low down payments may get stuck with higher mortgage payments. Find out what you get for the extra money.
  34. On This Day In Finance: May 28 - Whitewater Convictions

    Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal are found guilty of fraud.
  35. Cut Wasteful Spending For A Rich Retirement

    Diverting cash away from unnecessary frills and into investments can mean the difference between retiring rich, or not retiring at all.
  36. Inflation: It's A Good Thing

    Increasing prices may not be what strapped consumers want to see, but they're just what economists are hoping for right now.
  37. The Bright Side Of The Credit Crisis

    Find out how this tough economic period can be a learning experience for all.
  38. Would You Lend Money To Uncle Sam?

    Recently, the credit quality of the United States has come into question, leaving taxpayers holding the bag.
  39. Get The Best Deals On Gym Memberships

    Gym memberships can be expensive but these six tips will help you get the best deal.
  40. On This Day In Finance: May 27 - The Securities Act of 1933

    Congress enacted the Securities Act of 1933 as part of the response to the 1929 stock market crash. It was the first step to ensuring the rights and safeties of investors in the United States.
  41. Designating A Minor As An IRA Beneficiary

    Leaving liquid assets like cash or securities to minors can be a complicated procedure. Make sure you understand how your gift will be distributed, managed and taxed.
  42. Banks Think It's Better To Take and Receive

    Some financial institutions are fleecing unwary consumers while enjoying taxpayer bailouts
  43. How Carry-On Luggage Saves Vacation Dollars

    If you only have carry-on luggage, you can skip the cab and take public transportation to the hotel, such as subways, trolleys or buses.
  44. On This Day In Finance: May 26 - The Birth Of The Dow

    The birth of one of the oldest and most famous stock indexes in the world.
  45. Personal Loans: To Lend Or Not To Lend?

    Attempting to help a loved one with a cash loan can put a strain on your relationship - and your bank account.
  46. Survive The Downturn By Turning Off The TV

    Improve your financial stability by reducing the time you spend on non-value-added activities.
  47. Shop Like a Pedestrian: 5 Shopping Situations Where Walking Saves You Money

    Find out how walking to where you shop can not only improve your health but your finances.
  48. A Stock Rebound Isn't A Magic Pill

    From the president to market pundits, everyone is trying to convince investors that all signs are green and it’s time to buy. Is it?
  49. Will the New Credit Card Rules Impact Your Pile of Debt?

    With the Senate passing tougher credit card rules, the House likely to follow, and President Obama expected to sign it into law by the end of the month, the pile of credit card debt sitting on your balance sheet might not seem so bad and could possibly be getting better.
  50. Don't Be Misled By Investment Advertising

    Investment companies and brokers want to sell. Unfortunately, this can result in promotional material that is not entirely frank, or far worse, truly misleading.
  51. Is Now The Best Time To Buy A Home?

    See how the recent downturn in the economy may have created one of the best buyer's markets in history.
  52. A Sneaky Recipe For Family Financial Advice

    If there's one rule about life that never changes, family will never listen to you about anything. Try this recipe for success.
  53. How Does The Economy Affect House Size?

    The better the economy, the bigger the house. But beware - everything that glitters isn't gold.
  54. Game Theory: Beyond The Basics

    Take your game theory knowledge to the next level by learning about simultaneous games and the Nash Equilibrium.
  55. 10 Last-Minute Retirement Tips

    The months leading up to your retirement can be the most crucial in terms of planning. Review your insurance, make a budget and plan your estate so the transition to retirement is as easy as possible.
  56. 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 save thousands of dollars.
  57. Returning To Work: Is It Right For You And Your Family?

    Returning to the workplace can create some unique stresses. In the end, does the additional income justify the extra expenses?
  58. Losing Your Job: From A To Z

    Job loss can be devastating. Learn how to anticipate it and quickly get back on your feet.
  59. 10 Hurdles To Closing On A New Home

    It's the biggest purchase of your life - find out what can go wrong before you even close the deal.
  60. How To Lay Off Staff

    Firing employees isn't easy, but it is simple: be honest, be compassionate and be quick
  61. 5 Ways To Lose Your Retirement Nest Egg

    These common mistakes can put your savings at risk. Find out how to avoid them.
  62. Ridiculous Ideas That Made People Millions

    These wacky inventions didn't look like the money machines they became for their creators.
  63. Coupon Shopping: Clip Your Way To Savings

    Use coupons strategically to score big savings on everyday purchases.
  64. Financial Infidelity: Are YOU A Cheater?

    These sneaky financial moves could erode your finances - and your relationship.
  65. Protect Yourself From HELOC Fraud

    Identity thieves are using home equity lines of credit to commit their crimes.
  66. 5 Tax(ing) Retirement Mistakes

    Don't let these simple errors take the luster off your golden years.
  67. Pharmaceutical Phenoms: America's Best-Selling Medicines

    These three drugs were the winners of their day. Find out what winning pharmaceuticals have in common.
  68. Paring Down Moving Costs

    Unexpected costs can add to the stress of relocation. Plan ahead and anticipate what may pop up.
  69. Chrysler And The 1979 Bailout

    This American icon almost went under, but the U.S. government refused to let it fail.
  70. Investing In The Healthcare Sector

    Perform a thorough checkup to uncover a medical stock with a clean bill of health.
  71. Automating Your Bill Payments

    Automation can be a painless (and free) way to remove the stress of bill scheduling from your life - if you do it right.
  72. Business Startup Costs: It's In The Details

    Don't overlook the details when starting up a business. It's the small expenses that have the potential to make or break a great idea.
  73. Hedge Your Bets With Inflation-Linked Bonds

    ILBs such as TIPS and I-Bonds allow investors to curb the corrosive effects of inflation and increase portfolio diversification.
  74. Adam Smith And "The Wealth Of Nations"

    Adam Smith's 1776 classic may have had the largest global impact on economic thought.
  75. How Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Were Saved

    These mortgage giants had to be put under government conservatorship, driving home the gravity of the subprime crisis.
  76. No Debt Forgiveness For The Tax Man

    Debt settlement sounds like a free lunch, but it has tax consequences.
  77. The Pros And Cons Of Small Business Credit Cards

    Business owners have many financial tools at their disposal. Should a credit card be one of them?
  78. Laid Off? You Can Still Retire

    Joblessness is temporary, but neglecting your retirement savings has permanent consequences.
  79. Find The Right Financial Advisor

    Learn how to weed out those who are just out to make a quick buck.
  80. Evaluating Grocery Store Stocks

    Retail grocers are no longer a homogeneous group selling products in the same manner. Find out how to evaluate these companies.
  81. The Foundation Of Structured Settlements

    This annuitized payment setup should be arranged through impartial attorneys and tax agents.
  82. The Fall Of The Market In The Fall Of 2008

    How did America's strong economy tumble so quickly? Find out here.
  83. Can't Sell Your Home? Rent It

    Find out how to profit from your property when the housing market dips.
  84. Net Worth Nosedive: Can You Still Retire?

    If a dip in the economy has you worried about retirement, you still have options.
  85. How And When To Switch Your 529 Plan

    Just as with any investment, you should review your plan to make sure it's meeting your needs.
  86. How To Get The Best Price On A New Car

    Find out tips that'll save the haggling and get you the best price on a new car.
  87. Segregated Funds: Investment Protection For Canadian Citizens

    These funds contain the best of all worlds, providing opportunities for market growth with a no-loss guarantee.
  88. Peer-To-Peer Lending Breaks Down Financial Borders

    Banks are no longer the only option for a loan - the P2P lending system operates without them.
  89. Falling Giant: A Case Study Of AIG

    Find out why the U.S. government approved an enormous bailout package for American Investment Group (AIG).
  90. Collateralized Debt Obligations: From Boon To Burden

    CDOs were to be Wall Street's boon - instead they went bust. Find out what went wrong.
  91. Surviving On An Irregular Income

    Being self-employed provides freedom, but only if you learn to make your money last.
  92. Job Hunting: Higher Pay Vs. Better Benefits

    Focusing on salary may be a mistake. Find out which benefits have the highest long-run payoff.
  93. 5 Ways To Save On Child Care Costs

    Child care costs can be a shock to new and expecting parents, but are some programs in place to help with the first few years.
  94. Iceland's Near Collapse: What Can We Learn?

    This thriving country was brought to its knees by the rapid growth - and subsequent decline - of its banking industry.
  95. Tough Times: Should You Dip Into Your Qualified Plan?

    401(k)s, pensions and profit-sharing plans can be a source of cash, but there are consequences to this option.
  96. When Things Go Awry, Insurers Get Reinsured

    Guru Warren Buffett is making this sector popular. Learn more here.
  97. Cheap Steps To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    Making small adjustments to your habits and lifestyle can have big payoffs.
  98. Choosing The Right Retirement Destination

    Retire in a place that fits your plans for post-work living.
  99. Borrowing Smart In A Debt-Filled World

    Leveraging your money can have many perks, but it's not always the smartest financial plan.
  100. Housing Deals That Fall Through

    Find why buyers back out and what you can do if you're left holding the bag.
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