Personal Finance Articles

  1. 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 ...
  2. How Credit Cards Built A Plastic Empire

    A decade before Mastercard or Visa existed, the first credit card company was introduced.
  3. Peak Oil: Problems And Possibilities

    Learn a little more about the "non" part of this nonrenewable resource.
  4. The Costs And Rewards Of Parenthood

    Children can cost quite a hefty chunk of change - but it's worth it.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The Top 8 Most Generous Canadian Provinces

    These provinces and territories rank high for generosity. Find out what sets them apart.
  13. 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 ...
  14. Preparing For Black Friday

    You could save a lot on your holiday spending, but only if you go prepared.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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. ...
  18. 5 Lessons From The World's Biggest Bankruptcies

    We can learn of investing strategies by studying previous financial disasters.
  19. An Estate Planning Must: Update Your Beneficiaries

    Life changes make it time to rewrite your plan's designations.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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 ...
  23. Why It Pays To Be A Lazy Investor

    Be a couch potato! This passive, but diversified, investing strategy could be for you.
  24. 8 Financial Tips For Young Adults

    You don't need an MBA to learn how to save money and invest in your future.
  25. 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 ...
  26. America's Oldest Cities

    Whether you are looking for a historic new home or an educational vacation spot, these cities have great heritage.
  27. 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. ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. Affinity Fraud: No Safety In Numbers

    Ponzi schemes are just one example of this type of scam; learn how to avoid becoming a victim.
  30. 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.
  31. 5 Holiday-Inspired Investment Ideas

    Here are some ideas that could add profit to your own stocking this holiday season.
  32. 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.
  33. Top 5 Cities For Cheap Real Estate

    In this buyer's market, these places offer the best deal.
  34. 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.
  35. Get The Most Bang For Your Charitable Buck

    Stretch your donation dollars this holiday season by giving to an efficient nonprofit organization.
  36. 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.
  37. Top 4 (Financial) Life-Changing Events

    Good or bad, major life transitions carry daunting challenges along with them, especially for your finances.
  38. Foreclose On High Housing Prices

    Foreclosed homes may be financially appealing, but there are many obstacles to consider before buying.
  39. 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 ...
  40. 10 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

    Know what you're in for before jumping into the home remodeling game.
  41. 7 Holiday Hot Spots For Any Budget

    From Las Vegas to Sidney, there's a unique vacation spot that fits your budget.
  42. 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.
  43. Top 10 Most Hair-Raising Sports Contracts

    These multi-million dollar contracts have haunted the players who scored them, then failed to deliver.
  44. 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.
  45. Insurance 101 For Renters

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

    Risk aversion seems to come to us naturally, preventing us from stepping into unfamiliar territory. But feeling comfortable ...
  47. 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. ...
  48. 6 Simple Steps To $1 Million

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

    Learn from others and don't fall prey to these financial pitfalls.
  50. 7 Ways To Trim Your Budget - And Your Waistline

    Lose weight while saving money. The best of both worlds!
  51. 5 Money-Saving Shopping Tips

    Reducing the amount you spend is the easiest way to make your money grow.
  52. 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.
  53. 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 ...
  54. 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. ...
  55. 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?
  56. 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. ...
  57. 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 ...
  58. 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 ...
  59. Score A Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  60. 10 Simple Steps To Financial Security Before 30

    Find out how to reach your long-term goals without becoming a tightwad.
  61. 4 Home Upgrades That Don't Pay

    We look at four housing upgrades that aren't worth your time or money.
  62. 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.
  63. The Hidden Costs Of Renting The Basement

    There's more to being a landlord than just collecting rent every month.
  64. 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.
  65. Payday Loans Don't Pay

    Hold too tightly to this rescue line and you'll soon be drowning in debt.
  66. Kids Or Cash: The Modern Marriage Dilemma

    It now costs nearly $300,000 to raise a child for 18 years. Are you sure you're up for it?
  67. Going All-In: Comparing Investing And Gambling

    People often compare stocks to gambling, but how close are they really?
  68. The Secret To Consistent Returns In Any Market

    Despite the market’s recent volatility, there are some investors who haven’t seen negative returns. Learn their secret.
  69. Cutting Personal Care Costs: It's A Beautiful Thing

    You may feel there's no question that your complex beauty regimen is paying off ... but at what cost?
  70. Cheap Home Renovations That Pay Off

    If you only have $1,000 to spend, what can you do that will get you the most bang for your buck?
  71. 50 Years Of Consumer Spending

    Financially, decade has it MUCH worse than our parents and grandparents did, right? You may be surprised.
  72. Savings Accounts Not Always The Best Place For Cash Assets

    Money market funds may be all that stands between you and increasing your wealth.
  73. Top Holiday Budget Busters

    We all know the holidays are pricey, but how much are Americans really spending and on what?
  74. Financial Funds Provide Diversity ... And Risk

    Sector funds can provide maximum exposure to financial industry stocks, but this benefit is a double-edged sword.
  75. Avoid Premature Exercise On Employee Stock Options

    With early exercise, you forfeit some profit back to your employer, and incur income tax to boot.
  76. Annuities: How To Find The Right One For You

    Fixed, variable and indexed annuities offer different features. Find out which one fits your needs.
  77. 6 Morbid Careers With Devilish Incomes

    Dealing with dead bodies may not be your ideal job, but you might change your mind when you find out how much it pays.
  78. Fee-Based Brokerage: Will They Work For You?

    Learn the pros and cons of this type of investing and whether it will work for you.
  79. Where Should Your Small Business Incorporate?

    Where you incorporate your small business will affect your tax rates and overall costs. Where is it the most economical? ...
  80. Bond Raters On The Rocks

    Raters have, in the past, been a reliable source. Are those days over?
  81. 9 Weird Companies That Hit The Big Time

    From shipwreck explorers to bowling lanes, just about any company can be publicly traded.
  82. Lifetime Income Annuities: The Instant Pension Plan

    If you are looking for a retirement play with a guaranteed structure payout, lifetime income annuities could be the answer. ...
  83. 10 Highest-Paying Blue-Collar Jobs

    "Blue-collar" jobs aren't always the lowest paid.
  84. Salary Caps: Are Bankers Just The Start?

    The U.S. regulation of bank CEOs' salaries could spread to other industries receiving government aid.
  85. Why Successful Business Owners Sell Out

    Learn the motives that drive companies into the arms of an acquirer.
  86. Are You A Disciplined Investor?

    Don't let "financial porn" steer you away from a sensible, long-term approach to investing.
  87. Lending Clubs: Better Than Banks?

    If you need to borrow money and your credit is making it tough, this new option may be just what you're looking for.
  88. Financial Fraud: Don't Let It Happen To You

    When the economy is struggling, scammers come out of the woodwork to prey on the desperate. Don't be another casualty!
  89. Are College Students Passing Recession 101?

    The recession is a wakeup call for students in post-secondary schools.
  90. Cut Taxes With An Energy-Efficient Home

    A greener home can mean more green in your pocket this tax season.
  91. Conquering The Terms Of Your Mortgage

    Buyers with big down payments should get the best mortgage terms. Unfortunately, the equation isn't that simple.
  92. Strapped For Cash? Try Insurance-Premium Loans

    If you need more life insurance than you can afford, insurance premium financing can help. But you need to look at the pros ...
  93. 4 Signs Your Home Is Overpriced

    In order to sell your home, you have to know when it's time to lower the price.
  94. Where Can Americans Go for Cheaper Healthcare?

    With the rising cost of healthcare at home, Americans are looking abroad for their medical care.
  95. Maxing Out Your 401(k): Does It Pay?

    In the long-term, many people will see the benefits of maxing out a 401(k) contribution. Is it right for you?
  96. Beyond Money: How 10 Top-Paying Companies Stack Up

    We look at how these top-paying companies stack up in terms of benefits, work environment and incentive plans.
  97. Becoming A Landlord: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

    On the surface, being a landlord seems likes like a surefire bet, but it's usually more headache than it's worth.
  98. Beat Unemployment By Returning To School

    Returning to school may be the key to beating an economic slump.
  99. Bankruptcy Filing Changes That Could Affect You

    When the economy is down, more people file for bankruptcy. Make sure you know about the changes that have been made to this ...
  100. Are You And Your Bank All A-Twitter?

    As Twitter's popularity grows, even the banks are getting on board.
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