Personal Finance Articles

  1. Surviving On An Irregular Income

    Being self-employed provides freedom, but only if you learn to make your money last.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. When Things Go Awry, Insurers Get Reinsured

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

    Making small adjustments to your habits and lifestyle can have big payoffs.
  7. Borrowing Smart In A Debt-Filled World

    Leveraging your money can have many perks, but it's not always the smartest financial plan.
  8. Choosing The Right Retirement Destination

    Retire in a place that fits your plans for post-work living.
  9. Housing Deals That Fall Through

    Find why buyers back out and what you can do if you're left holding the bag.
  10. Making Sense Of The Tax Code

    If tax rules and regulations are Greek to you, read on to learn how to decipher them.
  11. Resume Scribes Seal The Deal

    Find out how professional resume writers can help you land a coveted career.
  12. Too Much Debt For A Mortgage?

    Just because a lender is willing to offer you a loan doesn't mean you should take it.
  13. For Top-Notch Insurance Coverage, Compare Quotes

    Find out how to use and compare policy options to get the best coverage at the best price.
  14. 8 Ways To Help Family Members In Financial Trouble

    Find out how to help the ones you love without hurting yourself.
  15. 401(k) Predators: Don't Become Prey

    Be leery of "free" financial education sessions - the providers may not be working in your best interest.
  16. Bag The Best Bank Account

    Take advantage of the deals banks offer, and find the right account for your financial situation.
  17. 5 Retirement Plan Moves To Make Before Year-End

    Make sure all your loose ends are tied with these simple reminders and tips for your plans.
  18. The Marketing Director's Pitch

    Are your shoulder's wide enough to carry a company's reputation?
  19. Subprime Is Often Subpar

    Proceed with caution when considering these short-term, high-interest mortgages.
  20. Why You Shouldn't Let Your Partner Do The Books

    One person often deals with the finances in a relationship, but being ignorant has a cost.
  21. Car Shopping: New Or Used?

    Don't get taken for a ride. Learn the pros and cons before the salesperson makes a pitch.
  22. Be Your Own Boss By Freelancing

    Learn the pros and cons before you bid adieu to sales meetings and power suits forever.
  23. Pursuing Alpha In A Well-Diversified IRA

    This strategy is not as complex as some investment gurus would like you to believe.
  24. REX Agreements Climb As House Prices Decline

    These purchase options let you hedge against a decline in your home's value without having to sell the house.
  25. Save Without Sacrifice

    Don't sacrifice your life for your savings - get out there and have fun!
  26. Asset Protection For The Business Owner

    Could incorporating your business help protect it? Find out here.
  27. The Impact Of Recession On Businesses

    Find out how this economic cycle affects both small and big business.
  28. Becoming An Insurance Agent

    Few careers match the opportunity for as quick and large a paycheck as does being a life insurance agent.
  29. Older Parents Face New Financial Challenges

    Older parents are becoming the norm, but when it comes to finances, this choice has special considerations.
  30. House Your Retirement With Self-Directed Real Estate IRAs

    Investors are now able to invest directly in real property, mortgages and other assets.
  31. Benefits Of A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account

    These accounts can lower your taxable income and help you support a dependent family member.
  32. How Does Crude Oil Affect Gas Prices?

    Find out how this commodity's fluctuating price affects more than just how much you pay at the pump.
  33. Examining Credit Crunches Around The World

    Market tops and bottoms have proliferated the financial markets throughout history. Learn how countries dealt with these tough economic periods.
  34. 401(k) Plans For The Small Business Owner

    If you own a business, this may be the plan for you! Find out about its benefits and eligibility requirements.
  35. The Ins and Outs Of In-Process R&D Expenses

    Are these charge-offs fair accounting or earnings manipulation? Learn more here.
  36. The P/E Ratio: A Good Market-Timing Indicator

    Check out the returns this newer technical analysis tool would've yielded over the period from 1920 to 2003.
  37. New Retirement Plan Limits For 2011

    New changes to the law can have a huge impact on your nest egg.
  38. Wrap Accounts: A Gift Of Advice?

    Fee-based accounts were banned in 2007, but a on a practical level, this service remains the same for investors.
  39. Seek Out Past Losses To Uncover Future Gains

    Tax loss carry-forwards can help reduce the tax burden of owning a profitable fund.
  40. Watch Your Back In The Annuity Game

    Find out how to get the upper hand when dealing with this payout challenge.
  41. Non-Cash Contribution Rules Could Cut Returns

    Higher standards for certain contributions could mean smaller deductions for you.
  42. Unearth Profits In Oil Exploration And Production

    Drill down into financial statements to tap into the right companies and let returns flow.
  43. Why Are Mortgage Rates Increasing?

    Learn how the secondary mortgage market and investor demand affect the cost of home ownership.
  44. McMansion: A Closer Look At The Big House Trend

    The average home size is now 2,500 square feet - how big should you go?
  45. In A Cash Crunch? Hold A Yard Sale

    Lighten your load for a heavier wallet. We'll provide helpful tips to ensure a successful sale.
  46. Have A Princess Wedding On A Pauper Budget

    Don't say "I do" to years of debt. We'll show you how to have fairy tale wedding on a frugal budget.
  47. Get A Step Up With Credit Shelter Trusts

    Don't let unexpected taxes eat away at your inheritance or burden your heirs.
  48. The Biofuels Debate Heats Up

    Interest in these new energy sources is growing. Should you buy in?
  49. Healthy Survival Guide For Sandwiched Boomers

    Caring for children and parents is squeezing baby boomers' finances. Find out how to cope.
  50. No Need To Rush End-Of-Career Retirement Planning

    Your retirement is fast approaching, but your retirement plan needn't change as quickly.
  51. World's Wackiest Stock Indicators

    Can butter production help you predict the market's next move? Find out here.
  52. Pages From The Bad CEO Playbook

    Excess compensation, golden parachutes, tunneling and IPO spinning make these bad executives even worse.
  53. Estate Planning For Canadians

    Trusts, wills, taxes and rules differ by country. Find out what you need to know about estate plans in Canada.
  54. Creating A Home Business Work Space

    Your work environment can make or break your career as an entrepreneur.
  55. Should You Put Your Faith In A Trust?

    Many institutions want a piece of your portfolio, but trusts can provide a one-stop shop.
  56. Critical Illness Insurance: Get Paid If You Get Sick

    This coverage will allow you to focus your attention on getting well, rather than getting by.
  57. Dialing In On The Credit Crisis

    Would a similar crisis have occurred if iPhone investors were offered the same loan options as homeowners?
  58. Recharacterizing Your IRA Contribution Or Roth Conversion

    Learn why you might make such a transaction and find out how to calculate how it will affect you.
  59. Spotting Cash Cows

    We show you why some of these companies stand apart from the herd.
  60. 6 Ways To Maximize The Value Of Your 401(k)

    From matching employer contributions to proper asset allocation, we'll tell you how to get the most out of your plan.
  61. Cut Your Tax Bill

    Paying your bills early or giving an extra donation now can help you come tax time.
  62. Navigating Government And Nonprofit Financial Statements

    Learn how to trace where your tax dollars and charitable donations are going.
  63. Create A Pain-Free Postnuptial Agreement

    This marital contract can underline your love for each other - not undermine it.
  64. How Will The Subprime Mess Impact You?

    The subprime collapse could mean doom and gloom for housing, equities and the overall economy.
  65. The Gatekeepers: Consultants Hold The Key

    Institutional investment consultants help match up asset managers with large institutions.
  66. Is Your 401(k) On Track?

    Small adjustments can have a significant impact on your returns. Learn what to watch for.
  67. Letter Of Instruction - Don't Leave Life Without It

    This simple document can take the guesswork and headache out of settling your estate.
  68. Avoiding Online Investment Scams

    Find out how to spot internet fraud and protect your hard-earned money.
  69. Tips To Beat Tough Interviews

    Learn how to answer some of the hardest interviewer questions and scenarios.
  70. 5 ATM Scams That Can Break The Bank

    Don't get scorched by ATM thieves who want to burn a hole in your wallet.
  71. 401(k) Debit Cards: Taking A Swipe At Your Retirement Savings

    This is just another more convenient way to borrow from your plan. But at what cost?
  72. Hidden Costs Of Product Rebates

    These cash incentives lure in consumers, who are often unable to collect on the deal.
  73. Bear Spray For Your 401(k)

    You can defend your retirement savings from the ravages of a bear market. We'll show you how.
  74. Tax-Free Accounts Make Saving A Snap For Canadians

    In 2009, the Canadian government began allowing citizens to save more tax-free dollars than ever.
  75. Inflation-Protected Annuities: Part Of A Solid Financial Plan

    If you worry about inflation and longevity risks, this may be the investment for you.
  76. ARMed And Dangerous

    In a climate of rising interest rates, having an adjustable-rate mortgage can be risky.
  77. Personal Pensions: Repackaging The Annuity

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  78. Chipping Away At The Pension Freeze Trend

    Learn five steps that'll put your retirement back into your own hands.
  79. The Top 3 Retiree Worries (And What To Do About Them)

    Discover the most common problems retirees face, and what they can do to solve them.
  80. Subprime Lending: Helping Hand Or Underhanded?

    These loans can spell disaster for borrowers, but that doesn't mean they should be condemned.
  81. Plan To Retire Rich

    Don't just hope for the best - develop a course of action to achieve your goals.
  82. Will You Break Even On Your Home?

    Calculate how much your property will need to appreciate to cover the costs of owning it.
  83. Squeeze A Greenback Out Of Your Latte

    Stick to your budget every day with these 15 simple tips.
  84. College Cost Reduction Act Helps Students Meet Payments

    This legislation can help families pay college costs and reduce student debt.
  85. Fatal Seduction Of The Municipal Bond Insurers

    Learn how a foray into CDOs and other exotic products ruined an industry's image.
  86. Rejuvenate Your Life And Career With A Sabbatical

    Sometimes a one-week vaction isn't enough. Learn the pros and cons of an extended break.
  87. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of account suits your specific needs.
  88. 3 Life Events That Can Ruin Retirement Plans

    Death, divorce and loss of income can leave retirees reeling. Learn how to prepare.
  89. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac And The Credit Crisis Of 2008

    Is the U.S. Congress' failure to rein in these mortgage giants to blame for the financial fallout?
  90. Did Your Roth IRA Conversion Pass or Fail?

    If you are moving assets from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA, you need to know the associated tax rules.
  91. Making Spousal IRA Contributions

    Eligibility requirements, contribution limits and tax deductions all change with one little ring.
  92. Cost-Push Inflation Versus Demand-Pull Inflation

    Gain a deeper understanding of aggregate supply and demand, forces which raise the price of goods and services.
  93. The Indiana Jones Guide To Getting Ahead

    Follow Indy's advice to conquer the obstacles blocking your path to financial well-being.
  94. Saving Money With A Private Annuity Trust

    Learn about a strategy that could help you reduce taxes, diversify your portfolio and generate income.
  95. Revealing The Hidden Costs Of Weddings

    Find out how to avoid paying more for your big day!
  96. Pinpoint Takeovers First

    Use these seven steps to discover a takeover before the rest of the market catches on.
  97. Chasing Down Biotech Zombie Stocks

    Find out whether you have "living dead" stocks lurking in your portfolio.
  98. How Your Annuity Company Determines Renewal Rates

    Find the firm that's right for you by uncovering how it makes its investment choices.
  99. You Can't Live On Love

    If your head is in the clouds, check out this down-to-earth financial advice for couples.
  100. Variable Annuity Benefits: What The Fine Print Won't Tell You

    Learn the truth before you strap yourself into these annuity "seat belts".
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