Personal Finance Articles

  1. Bag The Best Bank Account

    Take advantage of the deals banks offer, and find the right account for your financial situation.
  2. 8 Ways To Help Family Members In Financial Trouble

    Find out how to help the ones you love without hurting yourself.
  3. The Indiana Jones Guide To Getting Ahead

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

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

    Learn five steps that'll put your retirement back into your own hands.
  6. 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.
  7. Subprime Lending: Helping Hand Or Underhanded?

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

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

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

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

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

    Learn how a foray into CDOs and other exotic products ruined an industry's image.
  13. 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.
  14. Demystification Of Bank Accounts

    Find out which type of account suits your specific needs.
  15. 3 Life Events That Can Ruin Retirement Plans

    Death, divorce and loss of income can leave retirees reeling. Learn how to prepare.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. Making Spousal IRA Contributions

    Eligibility requirements, contribution limits and tax deductions all change with one little ring.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. An Introduction To The Roth 401(k)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Becoming a full-time caregiver again presents many challenges - including making ends meet.
  30. 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.
  31. Creating A Tax-Deductible Canadian Mortgage

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

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

    When families get desperate to scrape together college funds, they may fall prey to scammers.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. Bankruptcy Protection For Your Accounts

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Trusts are an estate plan's anchor, but the terminology can be confusing. We cut through the clutter.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 5 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Life (Insurance)

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

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

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

    Develop the skills you need to trade on your own or to become a technical analyst.
  50. 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.
  51. Roth Vs. Traditional IRA: Which Is Right For You?

    To answer this question, you need to consider several of the factors we outline here.
  52. Mistakes In Designating A Retirement Beneficiary

    Make sure your beneficiary designations not only reflect your intentions but also meet the requirements to be effective.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Retiring Early: How Long Should You Wait?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Evander Holyfield reveals 5 tips to success in his autobiography. We apply them to finances here.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 7 Steps To Selling Your Small Business

    Money in the bank and newfound free time make this grueling process worth the trouble.
  67. 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.
  68. Your Car: Fixer-Upper Or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  69. Asset Distributions A Key Consideration For Retirees

    How you distribute qualified retirement plan money can affect your taxes and Social Security benefits.
  70. Insurance Coverage: A Business Necessity

    Don't go to work without this policy in place - especially if your work is in your home.
  71. Cut Your Bank Fees

    Find out how to get the bank to pay you for using their services, not the other way around.
  72. 11 Things You May Not Know About Your IRA

    These little-known features will help you get the most out of your retirement savings.
  73. 4 History-Making Wall Street Crooks

    Find out how these Wall Street high-rollers landed themselves in hot water.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. Designating A Trust As Retirement Beneficiary

    Designating a trust as your IRA beneficiary can be beneficial, but it requires proper planning to avoid problems.
  77. Unexpected 1099-R Form: What To Do

    Did your IRA custodian report distributions you thought were non-reportable? Find out what went wrong.
  78. Finding Profit In Troubled Stocks

    Find out the difference between a company capable of surviving a share-price beating and one that cannot.
  79. 8 Reasons To Never Borrow From Your 401(k)

    Find out why dipping into your future savings can have serious consequences.
  80. Pension Law Could Reduce Your Payout

    Discover how this act negatively affects your lump-sum withdrawals.
  81. Save Money The Scottish Way

    Take a trip through history to learn from some (in)famously frugal Scots.
  82. Does Your Investment Manager Measure Up?

    These key stats will reveal whether your advisor is a league leader or a benchwarmer.
  83. 5 Retirement Questions Everyone Must Answer

    Find out what information you need to guide your planning and achieve your goals.
  84. Sneaky Strategies That Fuel Overspending

    Find out how to avoid six of the worst vender ploys this holiday shopping season.
  85. Top 6 Myths About Social Security Benefits

    Misinformation on retirement benefits is common. We'll set the record straight.
  86. Biggest Merger and Acquisition Disasters

    Find out which companies collapsed after merging.
  87. Top 9 Vacation Destinations For Wall Street Geeks

    Indulge your inner geek with one of these financial-themed holiday getaways.
  88. Understanding The Escrow Process

    Learn the 10 steps that lead up to closing the deal on your new home and taking possession.
  89. The Better Business Bureau's Tool Belt For Saving Cash

    The BBB is one resource to help you connect with the best product/service providers in your area.
  90. The History Of Consumer Credit Rights

    The Fair Credit Billing Act of 1974 gave consumers the power to dispute credit card charges.
  91. 5 Things To Consider Before Late-In-Life Marriage

    Waiting to marry has become the norm, but do you know what to consider before saying "I do"?
  92. Distribution Rules For Inherited Retirement Plan Assets

    If you've recently inherited a retirement plan, you must get to know the rules for distributing the funds.
  93. Strategic Ways To Distribute Your RMD

    We give you some tips on preserving your nest egg in the face of unavoidable withdrawals.
  94. A Closer Look At The Roth 401(k)

    Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of this new investment account and see if it's right for you.
  95. Cold Call Without Getting The Cold Shoulder

    Learn how to warm up prospective clients to your business and your abilities.
  96. Help Your Kids Understand Money

    These simple tips will help you raise financially savvy kids.
  97. Is That Airline Ready For Lift-Off?

    Break through the clouds to see if these stocks will rocket higher, or crash and burn.
  98. Failing Health Could Drain Your Retirement Savings

    You may not be able to prevent illness, but it doesn't have to infect your savings.
  99. Downshift To Simplify Your Life

    Learn how to ditch the rat race with voluntary simple living.
  100. The True Cost Of Owning A Car

    Driving is often the most convenient way to get around, but it'll cost you.
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