Personal Finance Articles

  1. Stable Value Funds: Risk Less And Earn More

    Stable value funds can provide higher yields and lower risk.
  2. Mergers: The Sign Of Economic Recovery?

    Recent mergers by big players show economic optimism.
  3. When Wall Street Loses, CEOs Still Win

    Despite the record losses that occurred in the financial sector, many executives still received huge bonuses.
  4. Financial Capitalism Opens Doors To Personal Fortune

    The Industrial Revolution introduced a new age of investing and financial self sufficiency.
  5. Will Your Wallet Love Eating Organic?

    While you may have more organic and locally grown food options, the bottom line for your personal budget it's going to cost. ...
  6. Financial Career Shift: Get In The Driver's Seat

    Before you agree to work for another investment firm, be sure you know what you're getting into.
  7. Is Your Broker Acting In Your Best Interest?

    Learn the clues you'll need to determine whether you've chosen a reputable professional.
  8. Retirement Savings Tips For 25- To 34-Year-Olds

    Keep saving when mortgages, marriages and debt demand your attention.
  9. Reduce Your Carbon Tire Print

    Find out whether you should buy new, buy used or just make your machine a bit more green.
  10. Save Money By Winterizing Your Home

    Keep your winter energy bills from overheating this year.
  11. Expensing Employee Stock Options: Is There A Better Way?

    In 2009, Senators Carl Levin and John McCain introduced a bill to stop the excessive deductions for ESOs. But is there another ...
  12. Why Financial Advisors Disagree

    Financial advisors sometimes offer conflicting opinions that can be confusing for many investors.
  13. Will Credit Ratings Agencies Ever Be Trusted Again?

    Criteria used to rate companies is suspect - and even moreso during drastic times.
  14. Medicaid Vs. Long-Term Care Insurance

    These are not equal. Here's why you need to think twice before relying on the government-sponsored program.
  15. Do "Widow And Orphan" Stocks Still Exist?

    Is there such a thing as a safe stock providing high dividend income? It may be time to redefine the terms "widows" and "orphans." ...
  16. The No.1 Budgeting Tip For Young People

    Your pals are great, but they may be leading you into financial trouble.
  17. When You Can't Pay Uncle Sam

    If you can't pay your taxes, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Discover your options here.
  18. Identity Theft: Who To Call For Help

    If your identity is stolen, it's critical to act fast. Find out what to do if it happens.
  19. Avoid Capital Gains Tax On Your Home Sale

    If you have property to sell and want to avoid capital gains tax, a Section 1031 exchange may be the answer.
  20. Taking Stock Of Discounted Cash Flow

    Learn how and why investors are using cash flow-based analysis to make judgments about company performance.
  21. College Savings Accounts: U.S. Vs. Canada

    Saving for your child's education is an important commitment. Find out what help is available to you in the U.S. and Canada. ...
  22. Socially Responsible Mutual Funds

    It is possible to avoid unethical investments and still profit from mutual funds. Find out how!
  23. If America Was A Person

    So much has changed in such a short period of time the question is what, or who, exactly, is America today?
  24. Managing Your Personal Brand

    Want a sure-thing investment? Invest in yourself.
  25. 401(k): An Accidental Solution To The Retirement Problem

    The 401(k) is often a poor substitute for the defined-benefit plans it replaced, but there are steps you can take to make ...
  26. Current Account Deficits: Government Investment Or Irresponsibility?

    Deficit can be a sign of trouble for some countries, and of health for others. Find out what it means when more funds are ...
  27. 11 Most Common Budgeting Mistakes

    Don't fall to the many pitfalls created when budgeting.
  28. Fiscally Challenged? Wise Up To Financial Fraud

    Desperation often compels people to believe otherwise incredible claims from fraudsters.
  29. Healthcare Sector: Play Or Stay Away?

    The uncertainty in the healthcare sector may have provided some opportunities for investors.
  30. 6 Ways To Make The Best Of Un-Retirement

    If you are coming out of retirement, here are six things you can do to maximize your extra years of work.
  31. Find Secure And Affordable Post-Work Health Insurance

    Learn how you can avoid financial catastrophe - without Medicare.
  32. 6 Steps To Personal Economic Recovery

    Take charge of your finances and make them work for you.
  33. Gift Card Budgeting: Pushing (Out) The Envelope

    Sometimes, just a new way of organizing your funds can make allthe difference in your finances.
  34. Cash Flow On Steroids: Why Companies Cheat

    Pressure to be the best can sometimes push corporations to cheat. Learn how they do it and how to spot it.
  35. The New Mortgage Business: More Than Just Loans

    Many mortgage brokers adapted to the post-subprime environment by becoming loan modification specialists.
  36. 8 Tips For Stretching Your Dining-Out Dollars

    Find out how to slash your restaurant expenses, without going hungry.
  37. Activist Investors: A Good Or Bad Thing?

    When a large stakeholder is dissatisfied with a company's management, it may take matters into its own hands.
  38. Student Financial Aid Changes: FAFSA 2009

    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid got an upgrade in 2009. All those applying should be aware of these improvements. ...
  39. Equity Stripping Leaves Creditors Empty-Handed

    Add additional debt to your real estate assets to keep the creditors at bay.
  40. Introduction To SIMPLE 401(k) Plans

    Learn about the features and benefits of the plan that is a cross between a SIMPLE IRA and a traditional 401(k) plan.
  41. 11 Mistakes Inexperienced Landlords Make

    Avoid these pitfalls if you considering purchasing a rental property.
  42. IRS Asset Seizures: Could It Happen To You?

    If you can't pay your taxes, know that the IRS has many avenues for collecting what you owe.
  43. Take Advantage Of Your Rewards (Card)

    Know which credit card rewards program is right for you before signing up.
  44. Extreme Commuting: Is It For You?

    Americans are spending more time behind the wheel - find out what's driving this trend.
  45. The Bear On Bonds

    Bond investing is a stable and low-risk way to diversify a portfolio. However, knowing which types of bonds are right for ...
  46. What You Need To Know About Student Health Insurance

    Before heading off to college, read up on health insurance plans.
  47. Retirement Trends: Boomerang Parents

    With many people ill prepared for retirement, seniors are moving in with their kids.
  48. Wall Street: Where The Customer Is Always Wrong

    In the financial industry, there's not much emphasis placed on dealing with customer complaints, but there should be.
  49. 3 Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs

    It's never too late to jump into the entrepreneurship game - these three stories provide the proof.
  50. Target Strategies Often Miss The Mark

    Before jumping into a tailor-made asset allocation plan, do the research - it will add years to your financial health.
  51. 7 Job-Hunting Tips For Older Workers

    Though older workers can have a hard time finding a job, there are a lot of ways to become employed, and even some age advantages. ...
  52. A $50,000 House - But At What Cost?

    It sounds like a great deal for a house, but you may have to sacrifice some of the items on your wish list to get it.
  53. 4 Unusual Ways To Boost Social Security Benefits

    Find out how to work the system to get the highest total benefits the law allows.
  54. Budgeting For A New Baby

    This little member of your family will be a big expense. Find out what you need to budget for and how to save.
  55. Generation Caregiver - Are You Ready?

    More that half of Gen Xers anticipate being a primary caregiver for an aging relative in their lifetime. That care comes ...
  56. Tips For Resolving Disputes With Your Financial Advisor

    Before you blame your advisor for your losses, be sure you know your rights and responsibilities.
  57. Medical Forms May Be Hazardous To Your Financial Health

    Be sure you know what you're signing, when it comes to medical forms.
  58. Bartering Through A Cash Crisis

    Bartering can save you money and make use of your talents, find out how to get started.
  59. The GRE: A Cheaper Alternative For Business School

    The GMAT is the standard test for business schools, but many will accept a GRE score instead.
  60. When Your Employer Cuts Your 401(k) Match

    In hard times, companies may stop matching your 401(k) contribution, but there are ways to offset the hit.
  61. The Economics Of Pet Ownership

    Before you bring a furry friend into your household, make sure you can handle the hefty financial commitment.
  62. Variable Prepaid Forward Contract: Scam Or Safety Net?

    Top executives can benefit from this kind of contract, but is it at the expense of the shareholders?
  63. Get Smart With Your Current Car

    If a new car isn't in your budget, here are some tips to make your current car more fuel efficient.
  64. College: Pay Now Or Pay Later?

    Make the best of - without spending the most in - your college years.
  65. Understanding The Mortgage Payment Structure

    We explain the calculation and payment process as well as the amortization schedule of home loans.
  66. 20 Ways To Save On Medical Bills

    Handy tips to cut the cost of hospital bills, co-pays, prescription drugs and more.
  67. Are You Ready to Rent?

    If you think it's time to test your wings and leave your parents' nest, read on.
  68. Refusing An Inheritance

    Contrary to popular belief, inheriting assets isn't always a good thing. Find out what to do if you want to disclaim them. ...
  69. 7 Expenses That Are Keeping You In Debt

    The average American family is nearly $11,000 in debt. Here are seven expenses that might be keeping you in the red.
  70. 20 Lazy Ways To Save Money

    Saving money is always good, but especially in a recession. These tips are easy ways to keep your wallet full.
  71. Planning For Job Loss

    Preparing for unemployment can be the best investment you make.
  72. Banking Stress Tests: Would Yours Pass?

    In weaker economic times, banks may be tested by the government to see how safe they are.
  73. Taking A Look At Tax Havens

    These tax-free zones might sound appealing, but the consequences often aren't.
  74. Using Age-Based Funds In Your 401(k)

    If you prefer a "hands-off" approach to saving for retirement, target-date funds may be for you.
  75. 5 Ways To Teach Kids About Investing

    Learning the basics and habits at a young age is vital to a healthy future portfolio.
  76. Top 6 Recession Investing Myths

    Find out the truth about recessions and how they impact your portfolio.
  77. Dollar-Cost Averaging Pays

    Get the most out of your mutual fund by using this simple but powerful strategy.
  78. How To Choose A Healthcare Plan

    HMOs? PPOs? CDHPs? We'll clear up the confusion so you can find the right coverage.
  79. Celebrity Business Busts

    Although they probably have better hair, the business world doesn't go easy on celebrities.
  80. Make Money With Social Networking Sites

    Increase your value by using social networks to your financial advantage.
  81. What's The Minimum I Need To Retire?

    Make sure your golden years are golden, not merely a struggle for existence.
  82. A Brief History Of Credit Rating Agencies

    Credit rating agencies have a long history in this country. Learn about what they do and how were they developed.
  83. The Truth About The First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

    The $8,000 tax credit might be the push you need to buy your first house, but there are some things you need to know first. ...
  84. 10 Tips For Buying A Car Online

    GM's announcement to sell cars online via eBay has many consumers curious - find out how to purchase online successfully. ...
  85. Send Your Kid To College Without Going Broke

    Knowledge comes at a price. Find out how to survive the financial deluge all the way through graduation.
  86. Know The Rules For Roth 401(k) Rollovers

    Rolling a Roth 401(k) into a Roth IRA is usually the optimal thing to do.
  87. 5 Ways To Make Your Resume Stand Out

    Standing out from the crowd is a must, especially when high unemployment rates make competition fierce.
  88. Real Estate Bargains: Location Is Everything

    For the U.S. median house price, you can live in a mansion or a closet, it all depends on location.
  89. Compensation Myths: Burger Flipper Vs. Investment Banker

    Though these two jobs are perceived as being opposites, the compensation can be quite comparable.
  90. Attend Grad School For Free

    Securing funding for your education isn't always the easiest thing to do, but there are some ways to get assistance.
  91. $46 Billion Industry Of Philanthropy

    Philanthropic giving is not just about money - millions of volunteers donate their time to worthy causes every year.
  92. Top 5 Bull And Bear Arguments

    Are you a bull or a bear? Here are the top five arguments for each side.
  93. 3 New Threats For Would-Be Homeowners

    While depressed real estate prices have created bargains for buyers, these lower prices come at a cost.
  94. 13 Pre-Issue Corporate Bond Questions For Businesses

    When a company needs more funding, there are many options. Corporate bonds is just one of them.
  95. 10 (Costly) Tickets To Fast Cash

    Circumstances arise when you need cash fast. Unfortunately, each option has its own risks and sometimes, a very high cost. ...
  96. 16 Tips For Scoring Cheap Tickets

    It's not impossible to enjoy your favorite pastimes - with just a little work you can find a ticket price you can afford! ...
  97. A Look At The Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

    For those who encounter this tax, it can be costly. Find out how to navigate this complicated tax arrangement.
  98. 7 Expensive Mistakes College Students Make

    While college freshman may be academically prepared for school they often have a lot to learn when it comes to managing money. ...
  99. Save Money - Travel For A Living

    Would you like to live without any housing expenses? It's possible if you are a road warrior.
  100. 25 Ways To Impress Your Date On A Dime

    If the recession has put a damper on your disposable income don't despair - it needn't take the fun out of your love life. ...
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