Personal Finance Articles

  1. Unearth Profits In Oil Exploration And Production

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

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

    The average home size is now 2,500 square feet - how big should you go?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Get A Step Up With Credit Shelter Trusts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Many institutions want a piece of your portfolio, but trusts can provide a one-stop shop.
  15. 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.
  16. Dialing In On The Credit Crisis

    Would a similar crisis have occurred if iPhone investors were offered the same loan options as homeowners?
  17. Inflation-Protected Annuities: Part Of A Solid Financial Plan

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

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

    Discover an investment that can provide a stable income once you've left the work force.
  20. Cut Your Tax Bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn how to answer some of the hardest interviewer questions and scenarios.
  29. 5 ATM Scams That Can Break The Bank

    Don't get scorched by ATM thieves who want to burn a hole in your wallet.
  30. 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?
  31. Hidden Costs Of Product Rebates

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

    You can defend your retirement savings from the ravages of a bear market. We'll show you how.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Making Spousal IRA Contributions

    Eligibility requirements, contribution limits and tax deductions all change with one little ring.
  36. The Indiana Jones Guide To Getting Ahead

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

    Learn about a strategy that could help you reduce taxes, diversify your portfolio and generate income.
  38. Chipping Away At The Pension Freeze Trend

    Learn five steps that'll put your retirement back into your own hands.
  39. 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.
  40. Subprime Lending: Helping Hand Or Underhanded?

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn how a foray into CDOs and other exotic products ruined an industry's image.
  46. 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.
  47. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of account suits your specific needs.
  48. 3 Life Events That Can Ruin Retirement Plans

    Death, divorce and loss of income can leave retirees reeling. Learn how to prepare.
  49. 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?
  50. A Case Study: Earnings Manipulation And The Role Of The Media

    Here we explore why the media focuses on certain earnings manipulation cases in post-Enron Wall Street.
  51. 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.
  52. The Rap On Wrap Fees For Retirement Accounts

    If your retirement account is managed under a wrap fee program, you need to consider whether you should pay the fee out of your retirement account balance or out-of-pocket.
  53. An Introduction To The Roth 401(k)

    The money that you earn today is taxed today, making tax-free retirement withdrawals a reality.
  54. Revealing The Hidden Costs Of Weddings

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn the truth before you strap yourself into these annuity "seat belts".
  60. Tips For Boosting Your Business

    Find out how butter up new clients, build up old files and better your bottom line.
  61. Raising Grandchildren A Financial Feat

    Becoming a full-time caregiver again presents many challenges - including making ends meet.
  62. What To Expect When Applying For Life Insurance

    Before jumping into a policy, check out these tips on how to score the best plan for you.
  63. Creating A Tax-Deductible Canadian Mortgage

    Find out how to get a tax benefit from your mortgage like your neighbours to the south.
  64. Tuition Reimbursement - An Employment Perk

    Boost your value in the job market at your employer's expense.
  65. Life Lesson No. 1: Avoid College Scholarship Fraud

    When families get desperate to scrape together college funds, they may fall prey to scammers.
  66. Roth Vs. Traditional IRA: Which Is Right For You?

    To answer this question, you need to consider several of the factors we outline here.
  67. Lump Sum Versus Regular Pension Payments

    If you're about to retire, you may be facing this dilemma soon. Find out what your options are.
  68. Bankruptcy Protection For Your Accounts

    Will the plan assets you've worked hard for be safe if you experience a personal financial crisis?
  69. Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  70. Paying Uncle Sam: From Tobacco To $1 Trillion

    The services we rely on, like education, law and security, were built on taxes.
  71. Burdening Your Retirement With A Mortgage

    Carrying this debt can have benefits if done correctly, but is it worth the risk?
  72. Update Your Variable Annuity With Section 1035

    Thanks to a special tax code clause, you can surrender a variable annuity without paying income tax.
  73. Five Strategies For Surviving Tough Times

    Cruise through a slowing economy - even when others are going off the rails.
  74. Pick The Perfect Trust

    Trusts are an estate plan's anchor, but the terminology can be confusing. We cut through the clutter.
  75. Top 3 Trends Affecting Private Wealth Management

    Don't miss out on high-net-worth clients because you aren't prepared for their service demands.
  76. Sometimes It Pays To Borrow From Your 401(k)

    401(k) loans have been demonized, but they're often the most beneficial source of cash.
  77. Cut Credit Card Bills By Negotiating A Lower APR

    Reducing the rate charged on your credit card balance is the first step to getting out of debt.
  78. 5 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Life (Insurance)

    Don't let these simple errors leave you unprotected. Read on to learn more.
  79. Is Your Teen Ready For A Credit Card?

    Find out how to determine whether your child is ready to handle this financial responsibility.
  80. Uncovering A Career In Forensic Accounting

    Does a job as a financial sleuth sound interesting to you? Dig in to learn more.
  81. Get Technical With A CMT Certification

    Develop the skills you need to trade on your own or to become a technical analyst.
  82. Retirement Funds To Fund Startups

    Retired entrepreneurs who have "played it safe" and retirees who want to stretch their dollars are looking to invest here.
  83. Business Owners: A Guide To Qualified Retirement Plan Loans

    Thinking of adding a loan feature to your company's plan? Here's what you need to know.
  84. How To Evaluate Pension Risk By Analyzing Annual Costs

    Learn how to assess whether a company's pension plan is posing more risks than what the footnotes indicate.
  85. Mistakes In Designating A Retirement Beneficiary

    Make sure your beneficiary designations not only reflect your intentions but also meet the requirements to be effective.
  86. Five Investing Pitfalls To Avoid, According to Investor's Business Daily

    Common sense or common folly? Discover some approaches to circumventing typical stumbling blocks on the road to profitable investing.
  87. Deducting Losses On Your IRA Investments

    In regular accounts in which taxes are not deferred, losses on investments can be included on your tax return. Find out how.
  88. Retiring Early: How Long Should You Wait?

    Maximize your Social Security benefits by choosing when you retire.
  89. Pension Protection Act Of 2006 Becomes Law

    Learn how the passed bill can help you save more for retirement.
  90. Capital Gains Tax Cuts For Middle Income Investors

    Find out how TIPRA plans to slash taxes for those in the 10-15% tax bracket.
  91. How Budgeting Works For Companies

    Learn how to break down and understand a corporate budget.
  92. Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  93. From The Printing Press To The Internet

    Find out how this invention contributed to the development and evolution of the U.S. economy.
  94. Health-y Savings Accounts

    HSAs can provide a new way to save for retirement and medical expenses.
  95. Does Condo Life Suit You?

    Association fees and disputes with neighbors could spoil your move if you're unprepared.
  96. Financial Tips From A Heavyweight Champion

    Evander Holyfield reveals 5 tips to success in his autobiography. We apply them to finances here.
  97. Dawn Of The Zombie Debt

    Are old debts coming back to haunt you? We'll show you how to keep these zombies from eating you alive.
  98. What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded.
  99. 7 Steps To Selling Your Small Business

    Money in the bank and newfound free time make this grueling process worth the trouble.
  100. What To Do If Your Insurance Won't Pay

    Before paying for coverage, find out what you need to do to ensure you get paid.
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