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  1. What Is a Phased Retirement and How Do I Get One?

    Workers around the country are redefining what retirement looks like. One way is a phased retirement, in which you gradually ...
  2. How to Cut Healthcare Costs in Retirement

    The rising cost of healthcare is a scary prospect for many retirees. Here's what you can do to try and keep such costs as ...
  3. Top Tax Deductions Not to Overlook

    If you want to pay as little as possible in taxes, it's important to learn about all the different credits and deductions ...
  4. Iowa 529 College Savings Plan: Investment Plan Analysis

    Learn about investment options for the Iowa 529 College Savings Plan and how they compare to top 529 college savings plans ...
  5. How Are 2015’s Best Stocks Performing YTD?

    Are last year's best stocks still delivering for investors? If yes, why? If no, why not?
  6. Keeping Drug Prices Down When You’re Retired

    Prescription drug prices have doubled in seven years, and seniors are really feeling the crunch. What options do retirees ...
  7. Airline Ticket Prices: What a Difference a Day Makes

    When to start ordering airline tickets for the best prices.
  8. 7 Licensed Products You Wish You Invented

    Learn about some products that have been licensed to big-box stores that any of us could have come up with, and find out ...
  9. Target Red Card: What You Need to Know (TGT)

    Target Corp’s Red Card is fantastically popular and a win-win for shoppers and the retailer.
  10. Alwaleed bin Talal: Saudi Arabia's Warren Buffett

    An overview of how Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal became Saudi Arabia's wealthiest man and most successful investor.
  11. 6 Tax Forms for Investors Who Have Money Abroad

    If you're a U.S. citizen or resident, and you own assets in other countries, you might need to file these six forms with ...
  12. If You Love a Brand, Should You Buy Their Stock? (AMZN,NFLX)

    Is there a correlation between brands consumers love most and the performance of their stocks?
  13. Deferred Compensation Plans for Nonprofits

    Learn about the two types of deferred compensation plans that nonprofit companies can use to allow high-ranking employees ...
  14. What is Costco’s Auto Program? (COST)

    A look at Costco's somewhat unknown Auto Program.
  15. Amazon Prime Creates a Captive Audience (AMZN)

    Amazon Prime is an addictive service which has created a captive consumer audience for Amazon.com Inc.
  16. How Uber is Selling all Your Ride Data

    Customers are not just a source of revenue for a company’s core business, information about them is used by many companies ...
  17. How to Navigate a Lousy 401(k) Plan

    Here are some strategies to help clients who have a less-than-stellar 401(k) plan.
  18. Advisors: Why You Should Avoid Trying to Do it All

    Few advisors are capable of providing services in all aspects of financial planning alone. Here's what to do to effectively ...
  19. Top Tax Strategies for Clients in a Bear Market

    So far 2016 has been off to a shaky start. Here are some tax strategies to help offset the pain.
  20. The World's Top 10 Health Care Companies (UNH, MDT)

    Discover the world's top 10 health care companies according to market capitalization, including a brief summary of each.
  21. Could You Be Owed a Life Insurance Payout?

    If you’re not certain whether or not your deceased loved one had a life insurance policy, it doesn’t hurt to do a little ...
  22. Inside the Hedge Fund Infatuation with Charter Schools

    Find out why the federal tax credits available for investing in charter schools has lured dozens of hedge funds to the lucrative ...
  23. Peter Thiel's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about the early life, education, success and influence of PayPal co-founder and libertarian activist Peter Thiel.
  24. Penny Stocks Vs. Venture Capital: Which Carries the Highest Risk?

    Learn how the challenges of venture capital investing and buying penny stocks differ and which type of investment carries ...
  25. Stephen Schwarzman's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (BX)

    Learn more about the life of Stephen A. Schwarzman, one of the most influential and successful people in private equity in ...
  26. Telecom and Cable Will Soon Be One (T, VOD)

    Understand the reasoning behind the trend of telecom and cable becoming one, such as the benefits of cross-selling, mobile ...
  27. 5 Simple Steps for Setting Smart Investing Goals

    One of my favorite financial advisor mantras is that it’s not always what you own, but why you own it, that counts. Learn ...
  28. 5 Fabulous Behaviors of Financially Successful Women

    In a day like today, International Women’s Day 2016, we hope to take steps to normalize the conversations between money, ...
  29. Uber Versus Yellow Cabs in New York City

    Once you use a ride app like Uber in New York, you may never want to go back to hailing taxis. However, taxis are still a ...
  30. Louis Bacon's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Read about the early life, education, business highlights and worldwide conservation efforts of hedge fund manager Louis ...
  31. Philip Falcone's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (HCHC)

    Learn how, in true rags-to-riches style, Phil Falcone made his way from a small mining town in Minnesota to making billions ...
  32. What's the Tax Hit on an IRA Withdrawal?

    How much taxes you'll pay on IRA withdrawals depends on a variety of factors. Use this guide to plan ahead.
  33. The Top-Paying Jobs for People 65 and Older

    Nearly one in five people age 65 and older are still working. If you plan to be one of them, here are five top-paying jobs ...
  34. The Most Powerful Women in the World

    This Women's Day, we look at the biggest female movers and shakers from around the world.
  35. Can Immigrants Over 65 Receive Social Security?

    Under some circumstances, the answer is yes. Here's how the rules work.
  36. Is American Airlines Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (AAL)

    Learn about the long-term investment thesis for American Airlines. Find out if American Airlines' stock is right for your ...
  37. What is Google Express? (GOOG, GOOGL)

    A look at Google Express and how it operates.
  38. How Fidelity is Angling its New Robo-Advisor

    Fidelity has joined the ranks of major firms offering robo-advisor services. Here's an introduction to Fidelity Go and what ...
  39. How Millennials Can Be the Wealthiest Generation Ever

    Millennials are poised to be the wealthiest generation of all time. Here's why.
  40. Why Age 70 is Pivotal for Retirement Planning

    Age 70 marks the time that you will have to start thinking about RMDs for real, but it's better to start planning for them ...
  41. Robo-Advisor Platforms: Vanguard vs. BlackRock

    BlackRock and Vanguard have both added robo-advisor platforms recently. How do they compare?
  42. Why JCPenney's Most Important Asset Is Its Management Team (JCP, AAPL)

    Find out why JCPenney's management team is the company's most valuable asset and how it has brought the company back from ...
  43. What Larry Ellison's Portfolio Looks Like

    Discover how ex-CEO and multibillionaire Larry Ellison is building a massively extravagant real estate portfolio, as well ...
  44. The Top 5 Positions in Ken Fisher's Portfolio (AMZN, LQD)

    Pay attention to whether Amazon.com, Inc. remains the top holding of Fisher Asset Management despite a 27% share price drop ...
  45. Bill Ackman's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (HLF, JCP)

    Read about William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management's confident and brash portfolio manager and famous activist ...
  46. Is a McDonald’s REIT Spinoff a Good Idea? (MCD)

    Learn what the proposed spinoff of McDonald's real estate assets would have meant for the company and whether it is better ...
  47. David E. Shaw's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn how one of the most intriguing men in finance, David E. Shaw, used his computer science genius to revolutionize the ...
  48. Dan Loeb Vs. Warren Buffett: Is Loeb Right? (BRK.A, BAC)

    Find out what triggered Daniel Loeb's comments about Warren Buffett and whether his claims of Buffett's hypocrisy have any ...
  49. CollegeChoice Advisor 529 Plan: Investment Plan Review

    Learn about the CollegeChoice 529 Advisor Plan investment plan options and how they compare to other top 529 college savings ...
  50. Why Financial Advisors Love and Hate Donald Trump

    Based on personality, tax and economic policies, financial advisors are understandably split on Donald Trump. Here's what ...
  51. Google Express vs. Amazon Prime Now (GOOG, AMZN)

    Google and Amazon are battling for workers and customer dollars as the retail delivery wars heat up.
  52. Novo Nordisk: The Drug Firm You've Yet to Hear Of

    Novo Nordisk, a Danish drugmaker, makes billions primarily by fighting hemophilia and diabetes. Here's its story.
  53. Banks Take Heed of Wealthy's Use of Robo-Advisors

    The wealthy's increasing use of robo-advisors is putting pressure on traditional banks to add similar services to compete. ...
  54. Stephen Schwarzman: 5 Tips For Wall Street Entrepreneurs

    Learn the most valuable tips expert entrepreneur and Blackrock CEO Stephen Schwarzman has to offer would-be Wall Street entrepreneurs.
  55. What Thematic Dominance Among Mega-caps Means

    The ranks of mega-caps are now dominated by U.S. companies and two broad sectors to an unprecedented extent. Should investors ...
  56. How Much Money You Need To Retire In Cambodia

    Retiring Boomers have good reason to take a new look at Cambodia for its low cost of living and welcoming ways
  57. Retire In Cambodia With $200,000 of Savings?

    A pleasant lifestyle in Cambodia makes it attractive to retirees. Here's info for researching your budget.
  58. 3 Financial Lessons to Learn From Elizabeth Warren

    Learn financial lessons from bestselling author and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren that are helping people to save ...
  59. How Social Security Benefits are Taxed

    The tax impact of Social Security benefits is often misunderstood. Here's how advisors can help clients manage their tax ...
  60. How to Value Art and Dodge the IRS on Death Taxes

    Appraising artwork can be a very inexact process, and an estate could face penalties from the IRS for undervalued works. ...
  61. Startups Come to the Rescue of the Marijuana Industry

    Marijuana startups and dispensaries find it difficult to gain access to capital; however, startups are stepping in to provide ...
  62. Is the Airline Industry Becoming a Cartel?

    Learn how U.S. airlines are facing an antitrust investigation into charges of collusion in the face of falling fuel prices ...
  63. 3 Ways to Manage Money as a Couple

    Start your marriage off right: Decide how you will set up your accounts, create a household budget and don’t forget savings ...
  64. 5 Top Career Changes for People 65 and Older

    Interested in a new career path but not sure where to start? Here are five top choices.
  65. Zoetis: An Activist Investment Analysis (ZTS)

    Learn about the high-profile standoff between activist investor Bill Ackman and Zoetis, the world's largest provider of animal ...
  66. Why You Need a Prenup Before Remarrying

    Anytime a couple is bringing significant assets or debts into a new marriage, a prenuptial agreement protects you, your spouse-to-be ...
  67. Is Celgene Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (CELG)

    Learn why Celgene stock is a good addition to your traditional or Roth IRA; which vehicle is better depends on your income ...
  68. Is Chesapeake Energy Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (CHK)

    Understand why Chesapeake Energy stock does not provide the stability necessary for an investment to be suitable for your ...
  69. Programs That Give Cash-Strapped Seniors a Lift

    Dozens of federal and state programs can help seniors who are struggling to pay their bills on a fixed income to better afford ...
  70. Motorola Solutions: An Activist Investment Analysis (MSI)

    Learn how a string of activist investors, from Carl Icahn to Jeff Ubben, fought their way onto Motorola's board and changed ...
  71. Top 5 Positions in Steven Cohen's Portfolio

    Learn about billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen and the top five positions held at his new firm, Point72 Asset Management.
  72. The Economics Behind Sneakers (NKE, ADDYY)

    Find out how limited supplies and celebrity endorsements drive the $50 billion sneaker industry. Nike Air Jordans remain ...
  73. Alan Howard's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Read about the enigmatic and publicly shy Alan Howard, co-founder of Brevan Howard Asset Management and one of the wealthiest ...
  74. Analyzing Johnson & Johnson's Return on Equity (JNJ, PFE)

    Learn about Johnson & Johnson's recent return on equity, what has driven the recent trends, and how it compares to competitors ...
  75. Did J.C. Penney's Transformation Work? A look Back at the Stock

    Find out what happened with retailer J.C. Penney's big transformation experiment and the impact it had on its stock going ...
  76. Bruce Kovner's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about the life of Bruce Kovner, one of the most successful hedge fund managers in the United States and one of its ...
  77. NatureBox Review: Is It Worth It?

    Discover one of the most interesting private snack companies in the United States, and learn more about its direct-sales ...
  78. Analyzing Solar City's Return on Equity (SCTY, SPWR)

    Learn why SolarCity has had years of negative ROEs and what has caused the loss of earnings. Also understand how its future ...
  79. Whitney Tilson's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Take a look at ultra-successful hedge fund manager, Whitney Tilson, and learn about his background, investing philosophy ...
  80. Vestas Wind Systems: Time to Invest?

    Examine the history and recent performance of Vestas Wind Systems, and learn why the company's stock may be poised to surge ...
  81. 4 Common Degrees Small Businesses See on Candidates' Resumes

    Understand why the business environment is changing and how it benefits small businesses. Learn about the top degrees small ...
  82. Eddie Lampert's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes (SHLD)

    Learn more about famed hedge fund manager, Eddie Lampert, the unique story of his success, and distinctive Lampert quotes ...
  83. Jim Simons' Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about the billionaire "Quant King," James Simons, and how the award-winning mathematician built his highly successful ...
  84. Wells Fargo's 3 Key Financial Ratios (WFC)

    Look at some of most important financial ratios for with Wells Fargo & Co. and understand why they are so important for analyzing ...
  85. Alibaba Vs. JD.Com: The Battle for China (BABA, JD)

    Read about the growing rivalry between China's two largest e-commerce companies, and learn more about how the competition ...
  86. Ray Dalio's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Read about Ray Dalio, one of the most successful investors in the United States and founder of the world's largest hedge ...
  87. Strategies to Retire Abroad and 7 Countries to Consider

    Not that you always need citizenship to establish a home in a new country. Permanent residency might do just as well.
  88. Ken Fisher's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes

    Learn about the rise of Kenneth Fisher, the would-be forester who became the founder of one of the largest money management ...
  89. Using a Search Fund to Buy a Small Business

    Working through a search fund when you want to acquire a small business is a growing trend. Here's how this investment vehicle ...
  90. The Best and Worst States to Retire to in 2016

    Retirees have many choices around the United States when it comes to setting down roots. However, based on Bankrate’s ranking, ...
  91. How Oil Prices Affect Seadrill's Bottom Line (SDRL)

    Understand how oil prices affect Seadrill's bottom line but not by directly reducing the company's revenues as happens with ...
  92. Turntable Kitchen Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn about Turntable Kitchen, a unique service combining food with music. It offers recipes and vinyl records delivered ...
  93. Analyzing Netflix's Return on Equity (NFLX)

    Analyze the return on equity (ROE) of Netflix, and understand the factors that have caused this metric to oscillate wildly ...
  94. A Look at Toyota's Flying Car Patent: Will it Become Reality?

    Learn about the flying car industry and specifically at Toyota's filing for a patent for a car with stackable wings. Are ...
  95. Why Retirees Are Carrying More Debt Than Ever

    It was recently discovered that as people reach retirement they are carrying more debt than ever before.
  96. Analyzing Kinder Morgan's Debt Ratios in 2016 (KMI)

    Discover detailed analyses of Kinder Morgan's debt ratios, and learn why the company is highly leveraged and may be in poor ...
  97. 6 Consistently Resilient Retail Stocks (AMZN)

    These six retailers have delivered consistent sales growth since the financial crisis.
  98. How Entrepreneurs Around the World Use Geo-arbitrage to Their Advantage

    Individuals are taking advantage of the new, mobile entrepreneurial opportunities created by technology.
  99. The Cancer (and Other Drug) Shortage

    Your doctor may not tell you, but even in the U.S., life-saving drugs can be in short supply. Here's what to know and do.
  100. How Social Security for Legal Immigrants Works

    If you earn enough work credits in the U.S. – or combined with credits from certain other countries – you can claim benefits. ...
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