Personal Finance Articles

  1. Top Holiday Spending Mistakes

    This year, avoid some shopping blunders and take a vacation from spending.
  2. Retirement Readiness Varies By Industry: Study

    Goldman employees lag; pilots' packages soar.
  3. Home-Equity Loans: The Costs

    Learn the factors to consider when comparing the different programs offered by various lenders.
  4. The Minimum Wage: Does It Matter?

    Despite paying one of the highest minimum wages in the world, the minimum wage is a perpetual hot potato among politicians ...
  5. Scrimp On Holiday Shopping - Without Looking Like A Scrooge

    Americans will spend nearly $1,000 on the holidays this year, but you don't have to be one of them.
  6. 5 Crucial Jobs That You Don't Think About

    These behind-the-scenes jobs make the high profile professions like doctors and lawyers possible.
  7. Is A Reverse Mortgage Right For You?

    Home equity can be a viable financing alternative, but it depends on how you spend the funds.
  8. The Roth Conversion Mulligan

    Recharacterizing your Roth back to a Traditional IRA is a great way to capitalize on a major market decline.
  9. 9 Unusual Uses For Gold

    With gold hitting record highs we show you some unusual ways to add some shine to your portfolio.
  10. What Real Estate Agents Don't Want You To Know

    While they can be instrumental in helping you buy or sell a home, real estate agents may ulterior motives.
  11. Top Tips For Sticking To A Thanksgiving Budget

    Before buying your turkey and trimmings, plan and budget to keep costs under control.
  12. Find Happiness By Altering Life Benchmarks

    It's not fair to compare yourself to the Joneses. Find out how to alter your aspirations and still meet your goals.
  13. Top 10 Financial Blessings Of 2009

    It's been a tough year for the broad economy, but the fact that we've emerged from the brink of economic collapse gives us ...
  14. Overcoming 5 Major Retirement Risks

    Retirement can be pricey but there are ways to boost your savings and minimize your costs.
  15. A Homeowner's Guide To Online Real Estate

    Buying or selling a house online has its ups and downs. Be educated before you get in over your head.
  16. Prepaid "Credit" Cards: Convenience At A Cost

    These cards offer convenience and security, but are they worth it?
  17. 6 Tips For Last-Minute Christmas Budgeting

    Christmas shopping doesn't need to break the bank. These tips will help you shop smarter.
  18. 4 Steps To Surviving A Job Loss

    Being laid off is an unpleasant experience that many Americans are experiencing through this recession. But there is hope. ...
  19. The Louvre Accord: The Fight Against U.S. Dollar Deflation

    After the Plaza Accord, the U.S. dollar continuously declined. In an effort to put on the brakes, the G6 convened.
  20. 6 Common Misconceptions About Dividends

    You've almost certainly heard these commonly held beliefs about dividends. Find out why they're wrong.
  21. Three Documents You Shouldn't Do Without

    Estate planning is not just about the division of assets after you die. Read on to save your loved ones extra grief.
  22. 7 Family-Friendly U.S. Cities

    These cities are, all things considered, some of the best places in the country to settle down.
  23. 8 Easy Ways To Slash Your Holiday Budget

    Have a happy holiday without the financial regret. These tips will show you how.
  24. Working Longer: Will It Hurt Your Retirement?

    Many are choosing to work longer in order to rebuild their nest eggs, but despite the extra income, there are drawbacks. ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. Money Market Mayhem: The Reserve Fund Meltdown

    This event serves as a stark reminder to investors about understanding their portfolios.
  27. How Credit Cards Built A Plastic Empire

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

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

    Children can cost quite a hefty chunk of change - but it's worth it.
  30. 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!
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. The Top 8 Most Generous Canadian Provinces

    These provinces and territories rank high for generosity. Find out what sets them apart.
  37. 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 ...
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Preparing For Black Friday

    You could save a lot on your holiday spending, but only if you go prepared.
  41. 5 Lessons From The World's Biggest Bankruptcies

    We can learn of investing strategies by studying previous financial disasters.
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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. ...
  44. 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.
  45. An Estate Planning Must: Update Your Beneficiaries

    Life changes make it time to rewrite your plan's designations.
  46. 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.
  47. 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 ...
  48. 8 Financial Tips For Young Adults

    You don't need an MBA to learn how to save money and invest in your future.
  49. Why It Pays To Be A Lazy Investor

    Be a couch potato! This passive, but diversified, investing strategy could be for you.
  50. 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. ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. America's Oldest Cities

    Whether you are looking for a historic new home or an educational vacation spot, these cities have great heritage.
  53. 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 ...
  54. 5 Holiday-Inspired Investment Ideas

    Here are some ideas that could add profit to your own stocking this holiday season.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. Affinity Fraud: No Safety In Numbers

    Ponzi schemes are just one example of this type of scam; learn how to avoid becoming a victim.
  58. Top 5 Cities For Cheap Real Estate

    In this buyer's market, these places offer the best deal.
  59. 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.
  60. Foreclose On High Housing Prices

    Foreclosed homes may be financially appealing, but there are many obstacles to consider before buying.
  61. Top 4 (Financial) Life-Changing Events

    Good or bad, major life transitions carry daunting challenges along with them, especially for your finances.
  62. 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 ...
  63. Get The Most Bang For Your Charitable Buck

    Stretch your donation dollars this holiday season by giving to an efficient nonprofit organization.
  64. 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.
  65. 10 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

    Know what you're in for before jumping into the home remodeling game.
  66. 7 Holiday Hot Spots For Any Budget

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

    These multi-million dollar contracts have haunted the players who scored them, then failed to deliver.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. Insurance 101 For Renters

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

    Risk aversion seems to come to us naturally, preventing us from stepping into unfamiliar territory. But feeling comfortable ...
  72. 6 Simple Steps To $1 Million

    Becoming a millionaire is not as hard as you might think - it just takes time.
  73. 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. ...
  74. Financial Mistakes That Could Haunt You Forever

    Learn from others and don't fall prey to these financial pitfalls.
  75. 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. ...
  76. 7 Ways To Trim Your Budget - And Your Waistline

    Lose weight while saving money. The best of both worlds!
  77. 5 Money-Saving Shopping Tips

    Reducing the amount you spend is the easiest way to make your money grow.
  78. 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.
  79. 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 ...
  80. 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?
  81. 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 ...
  82. 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 ...
  83. 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. ...
  84. Score A Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  85. 10 Simple Steps To Financial Security Before 30

    Find out how to reach your long-term goals without becoming a tightwad.
  86. 4 Home Upgrades That Don't Pay

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

    There's more to being a landlord than just collecting rent every month.
  88. 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.
  89. 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.
  90. Payday Loans Don't Pay

    Hold too tightly to this rescue line and you'll soon be drowning in debt.
  91. 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?
  92. 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.
  93. 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?
  94. Going All-In: Comparing Investing And Gambling

    People often compare stocks to gambling, but how close are they really?
  95. 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?
  96. Savings Accounts Not Always The Best Place For Cash Assets

    Money market funds may be all that stands between you and increasing your wealth.
  97. 50 Years Of Consumer Spending

    Financially, decade has it MUCH worse than our parents and grandparents did, right? You may be surprised.
  98. 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.
  99. Top Holiday Budget Busters

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

    Sector funds can provide maximum exposure to financial industry stocks, but this benefit is a double-edged sword.
  101. Annuities: How To Find The Right One For You

    Fixed, variable and indexed annuities offer different features. Find out which one fits your needs.
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