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  1. Technology, The Biggest Threat For Big Banks

    Technology is the biggest threat to the future of big banks as we know them.
  2. How To Expand Your Business Internationally

    A guide to the risks and rewards of expanding a business abroad.
  3. Top 10 Common Mortgage Scams To Avoid

    How do you know which companies to avoid? Look for these telltale signs.
  4. A Look at the Pros and Cons of Muni Bonds

    Considering muni bonds? Here's a look at their pros and cons.
  5. Do I Need A Personal Accountant?

    You know you need to keep your personal finances better organized. Should you hire professional help, and if so what kind?
  6. Best Freelancing Jobs For Retirees

    Retired from your job but still want to work? Here's how to turn your skills and know-how into a new freelancing career.
  7. Best Ways To Save Money On College Textbooks

    Here are nine ways you can stretch your budget for college textbooks. No, wait – maybe make that ten.
  8. Wizards Of Odd: A Trip To Tech Land

    I spent a couple of days in Silicon Valley, and here are some key lessons I learned after meeting with a number of tech CEOs ...
  9. Can You Get A Mortgage On A Mobile Home?

    You can get a loan for a mobile home, but it may not be a mortgage. These are the choices for funding manufactured housing.
  10. How Much is a Graduate Degree Worth?

    Whether or not a graduate degree will increase your earnings depends on a number of factors.
  11. Are You Getting The Best Retirement Advice?

    What you need to know in order to check.
  12. Why do Priceline & Hotwire Hide Hotel Names?

    Companies like Hotwire and Priceline hide hotels names from prospective guests, and both the customers and hotels are beneffiting ...
  13. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About A 529 Plan

    Start saving for college as soon as possible after your kids are born – and keep these details in mind.
  14. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About 401(k)s

    If your employer offers a 401(k), that should be your first stop for retirement savings – especially if your contributions ...
  15. How Credit Karma Compares To Experian

    When you want to check your credit score and see the report, should you go directly to Experian or do it through Credit Karma? ...
  16. Tips For Maximizing The Value Of A Kitchen Touchup

    At a fraction of the cost of a remodel, a homeowner can make strategic updates to his or her kitchen that could transform ...
  17. New Tech Capitals Emerging In Various U.S. States

    While Silicon Valley has long been recognized as the home of tech giants, an increasing number of cities around the country ...
  18. Options and Roth IRAs: Do's and Don'ts

    A breakdown of the do's and don'ts of trading options in a Roth IRA.
  19. How Do Millennial Women Invest?

    The theme for Women’s History Month is “Make it Happen”, and that is exactly what millennial women are doing when it comes ...
  20. OK, So I'll Be Smarter Next Tax Time

    5 tax resolutions to start on right now for a smoother tax return next April 15.
  21. Find An IRA Account With No Minimum Deposit

    Three ways to start saving for retirement with a Roth or traditional IRA, no matter how little you have to invest.
  22. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Roth IRAs

    Between its generous tax benefits at retirement and no required minimum distributions, a Roth IRA is well worth considering ...
  23. Hotel or Airbnb: Which Is Better For Paris Visit?

    Paris hotels have their allure, but a less expensive Airbnb may be just as charming – and even leave room in your budget ...
  24. How Much Will It Cost To Study Abroad In The U.K.?

    The most popular destination for U.S. students studying abroad has a lot to offer – and ways to make it affordable.
  25. 5 Secrets You Didn't Know About Traditional IRAs

    A traditional IRA gives you a current-year tax benefit and future years of tax savings – minus the income restrictions that ...
  26. Top US Housing Market Indicators

    A quick overview of the top economic indicators to track the housing market in the US.
  27. What Is The Labor Market Conundrum?

    We are facing a conundrum with investment implications: Why are wages still stagnant, when jobs are being created at the ...
  28. Why Your Credit Report Errors Will Now Be Easier To Fix

    Equifax, Experian and TransUnion have reached an agreement to make changes to how they handle credit report errors and unpaid ...
  29. What To Do If You Lost Your W-2

    There's no need to panic if you don't have your Form W-2 to file taxes, there are easy ways to gain access to the missing ...
  30. 4 Tips To Cut Your Monthly Bank Fees

    We asked banking professions to share their biggest tips for tackling bank fees, and hopefully save more even before spring ...
  31. Meet The Advisors To The Richest People In The U.S

    Celebirty financial advisors to the rich can offer important money lessons anyone can learn — as well as a whole host of ...
  32. How To Use Your IRA As A Last-Minute Tax Deduction

    While some people are stressing over their taxes, there is a big advantage to delaying the process: You can maximize your ...
  33. Studying In The United States: New York City

    Advice for international students on how to budget if you want to go to college in New York City.
  34. Advisors: Have Clients Try on Retirement for Size

    Retirement planning in today’s world involves a lot more than just money.
  35. Getting A Mortgage After Bankruptcy Or Foreclosure

    Millions of Americans had homes foreclosed and millions more went into bankruptcy. Here are the necessary qualifying steps ...
  36. Why Do Credit Cards Expire?

    Credit cards expire for more reasons than you could imagine – including, so you don't forget you have the card.
  37. Best IRA Accounts For Beginners

    Opening your first IRA should be just an early step in your ongoing financial education, for the more help you need, the ...
  38. How (And Why) To Open an IRA Now

    Take these simple steps to set up an Individual Retirement Account that will save you tax money and set you up for the future.
  39. Foreigner Starting A Business In The U.S.?

    Keep these four startup steps in mind before you do.
  40. Will Itemized Deductions Get You A Bigger Refund?

    April and taxes are due soon. If you need to file your return, you might have to decide if itemizing your deductions this ...
  41. Top U.S. Cities For The College Class of '15

    Look for a city with a low unemployment rate, a high number of job opportunities, a sizable job market and good starting ...
  42. Resume Tips For Internships

    Here's how to put together a strong resume for an internship that can open the way to your field of dreams.
  43. What Tech Companies Seeking Funding Must Overcome

    Tech companies face a unique set of challenges, including a need for timely responses to changes in technology and difficulty ...
  44. Tips for Spreading the Wealth to Relatives

    There are many ways that your clients can move money or other assets to relatives in order to reduce their tax bills. Here's ...
  45. Tips for Gen X Savers at Age 50

    This is the time to stop and take a careful assessment of where Gen X savers are and see what changes they need to make to ...
  46. Vietnam -- New Asian Hot Spot For Tech Investment

    Vietnam now has a rapidly expanding tech sector that's attracting investors from around the globe due to low business costs ...
  47. How Microeconomics Affects Everyday Life

    Microeconomics is the study of how individuals and businesses make decisions to maximize satisfaction. Microeconomic principles ...
  48. Meet The Company Behind Your FICO Score

    There are other credit scores that evaluate lending risk, but FICO is still the choice of most U.S. lenders.
  49. Tips for Handling Client Inheritance

    When clients leave or receive an inheritance, be prepared to deal with much more than mere paperwork or financial transactions.
  50. How Youtube Ad Revenue Works

    Many people make money off of their YouTube videos through ad revenue, but just exactly how does Youtube Ad Revenue work? ...
  51. How MasterCard Likely Earned a Spot in Your Wallet

    An in depth look at MasterCard and its future prospects as an investment.
  52. How Advisors Can Help Clients with Dementia

    Advisors may be called on to monitor and react to changes in their clients' mental acuity. Here's what to consider.
  53. Which Assets Can You Hold In Your IRA?

    You're not allowed to hold every kind of asset in an IRA. What can you include – and which ones are banned?
  54. Best (And Worst) Places To Change Money In Vegas

    Skip the booths at the airport and find an ATM when you want to exchange currency. Or try to use your credit card. Another ...
  55. 12 Experts Explain The Secret To Buffett’s Success

    We interviewed some of America’s biggest money experts, and threw them a gauntlet: Tell us the secret to Warren Buffett’s ...
  56. Save $30,000 For A Home Down Payment In 5 Months

    Before tackling mortgage rates, home maintenance costs and utilities, every home buyer must first gather the funds for a ...
  57. Advice on Dealing with Unequal Inheritances

    When it comes to inheritances, the concept of equal versus equitable can be hard to navigate, even when all parties are reasonable. ...
  58. The Tangled Web of Interest Rates, Mortgage Rates, And The Economy

    The article looks into the interwoven relationship between the economy, interest rates, and mortgage rates.
  59. 6 Ways To Build Credit Without A Credit Card

    It's definitely possible – if a bit more complicated – to build a credit history without traditional credit cards. Just follow ...
  60. Crowdfunding: Wide Opening For Tech Investors

    Crowdfunding has dramatically changed investing and opened the door for the public to get in on all types of exciting startups, ...
  61. The First Thing You Should Do With Your Tax Refund

    Nobody likes to pay taxes, but everyone loves to get a tax refund. When the check arrives in the mail, it's hard to resist ...
  62. Master's Degrees: The US vs. The UK

    When deciding whether to pursue a master's degree in the US or UK, consider degree structure, cost, and quality of education.
  63. Taboola: How "Content You May Like" Makes Money

    Taboola's tagline, “content you may like,” conveys a lot about its business philosophy.
  64. Studying in the United States: Boston

    With more colleges than most cities, Boston is a mecca for students from around the world. Here's what to budget to study ...
  65. 5 Small Business Ideas With Big Potential

    Here are five businesses almost anyone can start their own and grow as they gain experience.
  66. Emerging Startup Cities Of 2015

    While Silicon Valley and New York have been the birthplace of several well-known startups, other U.S. cities are making names ...
  67. Homeowners Insurance Losers: States That Pay Most

    Which states charge you the most for homeowner's insurance? Hint: They're regularly featured on the Weather Channel.
  68. Why These Could Be 2015's 10 Best REITs

    If you want to get on the REIT money train, then you better hurry up. However, the REITs covered here have potential beyond ...
  69. GLD vs. IAU: Which Gold ETF is Better?

    Looking to play gold with ETFs? A look at SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD) versus iShs Gold Trust Trust Units (IAU).
  70. Facebook Money Transfer: Transforming E-Commerce

    Facebook's payment service holds huge prospects for Facebook’s business. Here’s how it works, and how it will impact e-commerce ...
  71. How Safe Is Venmo And Why Is It Free?

    Venmo is a digital wallet that allows users to send money with ease. Millions use the service, but is it actually safe?
  72. Studying in the United States: Chicago

    Would you enjoy going to college in Chicago? Here's what it's like to study and live in the Windy City.
  73. Is Automation Destroying Intellectual Jobs?

    As more jobs are automated, intellectual jobs that require the human brain remain, but does artificial intelligence pose ...
  74. The Importance of Excel in Business

    Microsoft Excel is an indispensable tool for any business.
  75. Study Abroad: Budget For Germany

    One of the best investments you can make is in study abroad. And Germany, with some of the world's top universities, is surprisingly ...
  76. How Does An IRS Audit Work?

    It doesn't automatically mean an IRS agent will be ringing your doorbell. Here are the different types of IRS audits and ...
  77. Why Are Tesla Cars So Expensive?

    What makes Tesla cars so expensive? Short supply and pricey parts is a good place to start.
  78. Should You Tune In To the Market Noise?

    The world of investing is growing within the exchange traded fund (ETF) space, which has low costs and gives the ability ...
  79. 5 Smart Tips For Raising Financially Literate Kids

    Help your children learn to be financially literate with these strategies. Financial savvy begins with what they learn from ...
  80. Fast-Growing Israeli Startups Pulling Investors In

    Due to its government's policies, and an innovative defense sector that offers high-level training, Israel has become fertile ...
  81. How to Evaluate a Robo-advisor

    With the addition of robo-advisors, investors have a variety of new choices when it comes to how they find help in managing ...
  82. Getting A Mortgage When Building Your Own Home

    It's much harder to get a loan when you're building a home, not moving into one. Here's where to look and what to expect.
  83. How To Buy A Beach Condo In The Philippines

    Foreigners can't buy land in the Philippines – but they can buy condos. Here's how to get one at the beach.
  84. How to Help Clients Find Unclaimed Assets

    Locating unclaimed money or other property for clients can be a very useful additional service that can help you to add value ...
  85. Rethinking About Retirement Investing?

    There are plenty of reasons to rethink your retirement investing, wherever you fall on the spectrum between fatalistic acceptance ...
  86. Cash Back, Miles or 0% APR: Comparing Card Perks

    Consumers have a lot of choice these days when it comes to credit card rewards, including cash back, airline miles and introductory ...
  87. How To Save On Currency Exchanges in NYC

    You will get the best exchange rate in New York, but it's good to arrive in the U.S. with some dollars in your pocket. Here ...
  88. Find The Top Three Retirement Cities Of Vietnam

    Vietnam has a low cost of living, beautiful beaches and mountains – and is friendly to Westerners. A preview vacation may ...
  89. The Upside Of Working Past Retirement

    If you love your work, or your paycheck, or both, there's no reason you have to quit your job just because you hit retirement ...
  90. Terrible Credit Score? Try These Credit Cards

    When your credit is less than stellar you have fewer choices. But some are still better than others. Here's our read on which ...
  91. Vanguard Readies Muni Bond ETF

    Vanguard is set to roll out a muni bond ETF, the firm's first.
  92. Who Wants to be a 401(k) Millionaire?

    Want to be a 401(k) millionaire? Here are some tips to get you on the right path.
  93. The Pros and Cons of 401(k) Loans

    A look at the pros and cons of 401(k) loans.
  94. Why Are Consumers In Hesitation?

    Diverging monetary policy globally and a stronger dollar continued to be key drivers of the recent underperformance and last ...
  95. The Key to McDonald's? 70 Million Customers a Day

    Even when it has an underperforming year, McDonald’s is still one of the most profitable companies around.
  96. Are Longevity Annuities in 401(k)s a Good Idea?

    An in depth look at the arrival of longevity annuities in 401(k)s and IRAs.
  97. Is Now the Right Time to Buy a House?

    Thinking of buying a home? Consider these factors first.
  98. Should Investors Nix Actively Managed Funds?

    Index fund returns are on a tear but does this mean investors should nix actively managed funds?
  99. Industries That Will Disappear Soon

    As new technologies are introduced, new industries and jobs are created. However, which older industries and their profits ...
  100. How to Train Your New Financial Advisor

    Once you've hired a new adviser, an equally important process begins: training them.
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