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  1. Great (Financial) Gifts For Kids This Christmas

    Parents, grandparents and other interested adults can give financial gifts to children that can help secure their futures, ...
  2. How To Lend Money To Family And Not Regret It

    It’s hard to refuse a family member’s request for a loan, but be sure to go into such arrangements with your eyes open.
  3. Financial Footnotes: Start Reading The Fine Print

    Find out what could be hidden in this often-overlooked part of the financial statements.
  4. Why Home Ownership Is Still A Good Idea

    Owning a home is still a good decision for many people and can be an important part of a long-term financial strategy.
  5. Why The 4% Retirement Rule Is No Longer Safe

    Some big-name investment firms believe the 4% rule for annual withdrawals is still valid but most advocate greater flexibility ...
  6. How Obamacare Is Raising Your Taxes

    There are literally dozens of new, amended or broadened tax provisions under the Obamacare legislation. Find out how your ...
  7. How Paying For College Begins Well Before Freshman Year

    Don't overlook the hidden real costs of paying for college, especially those early expenses that mount while your child is ...
  8. Healthcare 2.0 - Obamacare Reboots The Health Insurance Market

    People who want to buy or switch their health insurance will have access to a much wider array of choices through the web, ...
  9. Five Tips To Protect Yourself Against Holiday Scams

    Learn how to protect yourself from some common tactics so you can avoid holiday scams.
  10. How To Find A New Financial Advisor Who's Right For You

    It is a jolt when a long-time financial consultant leaves your sphere, because he or she has retired, passed away or been ...
  11. Getting The Most From Your 401(k)

    There are a lot of risks when it comes to building a strong nest egg, and it's important - now more than ever - to take an ...
  12. Obamacare Update: Canceled Health Plans And Subscriber Options

    The president's latest change to the Affordable Care Act has subscribers choosing between continuing coverage with an out-of-date ...
  13. 5 Pitfalls Of Shopping On Black Friday

    Black Friday is a fun American tradition, but it comes with dangers. Avoid these things to have a safe day of shopping on ...
  14. The Drawbacks Of Single-Payer Healthcare

    Universal healthcare has many benefits, but if there's no such thing as a free lunch, then in what ways are single-pay citizens ...
  15. Avoid 'Winging' Retirement: Don't Make These Investment Mistakes In Your 50s

    Even with a good, solid retirement program well underway, there are important retirement mistakes to avoid once you're in ...
  16. Black Swan Events And Investment

    These world-changing events are rare and difficult to predict, but they have serious implications for your investments.
  17. The Main Flaw With Obamacare

    Given how rocky its first few weeks of existence have been, it's time to start assessing how viable Obamacare is in the long ...
  18. Executive Pay: How Much Do Shareholders Really Care?

    How much do shareholders - or the public - really care about executive pay? A new SEC proposal may be aimed at finding out. ...
  19. 10 Retailers With Incredibly Flexible Return Policies

    You may not always know what to buy for some people on you gift list, but at least you can make sure the gift is easy to ...
  20. Five Rules To Improve Your Financial Health

    Learn five broad personal finance rules that can help get you on track to achieving specific financial goals.
  21. Home Sale Contingencies: What Buyers And Sellers Need To Know

    Home sale contingencies protect buyers who want to sell one home before purchasing another. Find out what buyers and sellers ...
  22. Get The Most Out Of Employee Stock Options

    These plans can be lucrative for employees - if they know how to avoid unnecessary taxes.
  23. Buying A House Sight Unseen: Good Deal Or Bad Mistake?

    There are significant risks that need to be acknowledged before buying a home without viewing it in person.
  24. Six Critical Rules For Successful Retirement Investing

    Specific retirement investing "rule of thumb" tips are helpful, but there are broader guidelines to follow if you want to ...
  25. 7 Ways To Successfully Settle A Dispute With Your Bank

    Whether the problem is a small one or something serious enough to harm your credit rating, handling a dispute with tact and ...
  26. The Benefits Of Starting An IRA For Your Child

    Many financial experts and educators believe that the earlier children begin learning about money, the better their chances ...
  27. The Big Squeeze On Your Wallet

    The Federal Reserve has been printing money to cover some of our debts, but how long can they do so without spawning hyperinflation?
  28. Money Mistakes You Can't Make In Your 40s

    According to Forbes, by 45 years of age, about three times your annual salary should be socked away in savings. Are you on ...
  29. Contingency Clauses In Home Purchase Contracts

    Here, we introduce widely used contingency clauses in home purchase contracts and how they can benefit both Buyers and Sellers.
  30. Is Foreclosure Ever a Good Idea?

    Foreclosing on a home has major ramifications that can last for years, but for some, foreclosure may seem like the only option.
  31. How To Get Around The Health Insurance Marketplace Glitches

    When concussive maintenance fails you, we have the solution for working around the technical problems plaguing the Obamacare ...
  32. A Million Dollars Isn’t What It Used To Be

    In 2007, an investor with $1 million could earn $60,000 annually on a certificate of deposit. Today, that same CD would earn ...
  33. Reading The MBA Mortgage Purchase Index

    By following the trend shown in the MBA Purchase Index, investors can identify investment opportunities in businesses that ...
  34. Why Banks Are Scrambling To Hear Your Complaints

    Find out the real reasons why banks are trying to reach angry customers before they file a complaint to the CFPB.
  35. Tax Tips For The Last Quarter Of 2013

    Tax time may not be right around the corner, but the last quarter of the year is here, so it’s time to get in gear to maximize ...
  36. Magic Retirement Numbers: As Real As Every Elvis On The Las Vegas Strip

    Many folks find their "magic retirement number" when they are young and fully believe that if they hit that number, they ...
  37. Don't Fall Victim To These Obamacare Scams

    There are numerous fake Obamacare websites that attempt to look like an insurance exchange, when they are really just individuals ...
  38. Lowering Your Costs For Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage

    Here, we take a look at how you may be able to lower your costs for health insurance coverage in 2014 though the Health Insurance ...
  39. Beware The Liability Of Sharing Your Car With Strangers

    Car sharing, the newest way to rent a car, is catching on in the U.S., Canada and Europe. But both renters and the car owners ...
  40. Essential Health Benefits Under The Affordable Care Act

    Under the Affordable Care Act, certain preventive health services and these 10 essential health benefits are the minimum ...
  41. When The Offense Changes, The Defense Needs To Adapt

    Sports are like investing: you don’t blindly use a strategy without considering your opponent’s next move, his strengths, ...
  42. DIY! How To Sell Your House Without A Broker

    Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest, people are showing their enthusiasm for DIY, or do-it-yourself projects to save ...
  43. Interesting Facts About Imports And Exports

    Imports and exports exert a profound influence on the consumer and the economy. Learn what affects these figures, and in ...
  44. Monetarism: Printing Money To Curb Inflation

    Learn how Milton Friedman's monetarist views shaped economic policy after World War II.
  45. Fox Business Network's Gerri Willis: What Gen Y Learned From The Great Recession

    The financial crisis that just notched its five-year anniversary was the ultimate classroom for investors and savers. And, ...
  46. How Interest Rates Affect Property Values

    When interest rates fall, real estate prices tend to increase. Why? Find out here.
  47. 7 Essential Questions To Ask Aging Parents About Their Finances

    No one wants to think about the aging of his or her parents, let alone plan for their death. Unfortunately, aging is a part ...
  48. Tortoises Win The Retirement Race

    People are having children later in life, which leaves them with less time to accumulate savings for retirement. For late ...
  49. How To Choose Between Bronze, Silver, Gold And Platinum Health Insurance Plans

    Here, we explain the different coverage levels within the new Health Insurance Marketplace and help you choose among the ...
  50. How To Manage Lifestyle Inflation

    Learn how to manage your finances so that making extra money actually equates to getting ahead.
  51. Introduction To Retirement Money Market Accounts

    Money market funds are used in retirement plans and accounts because they are liquid, stable and pay competitive rates of ...
  52. Getting Shocked By Utility Stocks

    Utility stocks are traditionally thought of as safe investments, no matter what happens at Wall Street. A recent analysis ...
  53. How Analyzing Economic Trends Will Help You Save Money

    It may seem like a tactic for active traders, but following economic trends can help you to save and make money.
  54. How To Keep Costs Low When Refinancing Your Home

    With interest rates still being relatively low, now is a great time to capitalize on refinancing your home. Be aware of what ...
  55. Introduction To Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)

    If you want to protect your portfolio from inflation, all you need are a few TIPS.
  56. Are You Really Retired Just Because You Stopped Working?

    Retirement doesn't have to mean the end of working, it can be just the end of working to get by every week. Retirement should ...
  57. Introduction To Financial Planning Organizations

    Organizations such as the FPA and NAPFA are striving to provide higher standards for the financial planning profession and ...
  58. Introduction To Coincident And Lagging Economic Indicators

    Investors can learn a lot, or very little, from these indicators once they know how to use them.
  59. A Day In The Life Of An Auditor

    If you like the idea of examining and attesting to a company's financial performance for a living, a career in auditing might ...
  60. How To Cut Your Mutual Fund Fees By Up To 90%

    Most mutual funds don’t come close to beating the indexes they’re compared against. And yet they carry steep fees for active ...
  61. 5 Money Moves To Make In September

    From a financial perspective, September is a great time for a quick reboot of your financial mind-set.
  62. How To Properly Research For The Best Mortgage Rate

    You’ve probably been told to shop around for the best rate, but what exactly does that entail? Find out how to ensure you're ...
  63. 5 Ways To Protect And Grow Your Retirement: Whether You’re 45 Or 75 Or Somewhere ...

    Investors who take steps now can shield themselves from the coming challenges thrust upon retirees.
  64. The Opposite Of Spoiled: The Right Way To Teach Kids About Money

    There are dozens of financial literacy programs in the United States right now, but none of them seems to be effective. Why ...
  65. How To Become An Investment Bank Analyst

    Financial services firms are taking a laser-like focus on analyst responsibilities and will favor candidates who bring the ...
  66. 4 Credit Card Rewards Gimmicks Revealed

    Credit card rewards programs are everywhere, but some are more rewarding than others. Learn to spot the "rewards" that can ...
  67. What's The Point Of Owning All This Stuff?

    Are you a portfolio hoarder, hanging on to poor performers and investments that no longer match your objectives? It's time ...
  68. Washing Trades In A Canadian Registered Account

    For Canadian RRSP accounts, washing same-day trades and using money market funds to bridge the gap over a multi-day trading ...
  69. Financial Risks That Don't Pay Off: The Cost Of Reckless Financial Behavior

    Despite the recessions, citizens continue to take financial risks and spend outside of their means without fully appreciating ...
  70. 4 Benchmarks To Keep Your Retirement Finances On Track

    In today’s near-zero percent interest rate environment the old ways of investing for retirement no longer apply. Learn the ...
  71. Understanding Interest Rates: Nominal, Real And Effective

    Interest rates can be broken down into several subcategories that incorporate various factors such as inflation. Smart investors ...
  72. The Overlooked Answer To Retirement Woes: Your 401(k)

    Sometimes, landing free money is as easy as asking. Find out how to get the most out of your 401(k) retirement plan.
  73. Investing With A Purpose

    Your reasons for investing are bound to change as you go through the ups and downs of life. Setting goals is the first step ...
  74. Why Companies Stay Private

    Many private companies prefer to stay private and find alternate sources of capital. Find out what firms have to gain by ...
  75. To Rent Or Buy? There's More To It Than Money

    Your lifestyle, level of commitment and the trade-offs need to be carefully weighed.
  76. To Rent Or Buy? The Financial Issues

    Thinking of buying a home? We look at the initial and ongoing costs, as well as the so-called benefits.
  77. Student Financial Aid Changes: FAFSA 2013

    Here is a look at some of the major changes to FAFSA in 2013 and how they will affect students' financial aid.
  78. A Lousy Investment That May Be A Good Source Of Income

    In the past few years reverse mortgages have been heavily marketed as the way to become debt, and worry, free. For some seniors ...
  79. 10 Steps To Help Erase Errors On Your Credit Report

    According to a study conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, one in four consumers identified errors on their reports ...
  80. Fine Art Can Be A Fine Investment

    The art market is fickle, and there are no guarantees of profitability, but with a little legwork and forethought you can ...
  81. Top 4 Financial Jobs You Can Do From Home

    You don't have to go to an office to make a great salary in the financial sector. Here are the top four highest paying financial ...
  82. How To Profit From Inflation

    Inflation - defined as a sustained increase in the price of goods and services - seems to be inevitable. While rising prices ...
  83. 4 Of Today’s Finance Undergraduates Share Their Experiences And Advice

    In this article, we'll take a look at what four real-life finance students are studying this fall, what jobs and internships ...
  84. Regression Basics For Business Analysis

    This tool is easy to use and can provide valuable information on financial analysis and forecasting. Find out how.
  85. Investing In Fine Wine

    If you fail to uncork profits in this market, you can always toast your loss.
  86. 7 Courses Finance Students Should Take

    These college classes will help you prepare for the working world. Learn how to stand out from your peers.
  87. The Changing Wealth Demographic (And How To Leverage It)

    Take these steps and you'll be first in line when young investors start looking for professional financial services help.
  88. How To Break Your Bad Financial Habits

    If the current level of economic growth is to be maintained and improved upon, citizens must play their part by practicing ...
  89. Tax Holidays For Back-To-School Shopping 2013

    Find out the types of back-to-school purchases that are exempt from sales tax for each state that is holding a tax holiday. ...
  90. Should You Trust Your Instincts On Gold?

    The trouble with gold is that even as stocks are going up and the gold price is hurting, investors and central banks are ...
  91. How To Reduce Your Debts Without Spending Unnecessarily

    While it is not possible to repay your debts without investing money into the process, you should avoid spending unnecessary ...
  92. The Basics Of Lines Of Credit

    Lines of credit are potentially useful hybrids of credit cards and normal loans. Learn how a line of credit can help (and ...
  93. Uncommon Jobs For Your Finance Degree

    Not everyone can land the glamour jobs, but the world of finance has a lot more to offer. Here are some uncommon jobs in ...
  94. Summer: Time For Teaching Your Kids About Money

    Use holiday time to teach your children about earning, saving and spending money.
  95. Tax Forms Every Investor Must Understand

    Recent legislation has added a few new items to the list of tax forms that taxpayers must use to report their investment ...
  96. Freelancer Or Employer: Identifying Your Next Career Move

    Although the increasing accessibility of independent contracting has created job opportunities, it is important to remember ...
  97. Should You Borrow Money To Make Investments?

    It's high time investors heed the yellow caution flags waving in front of their margin accounts. Much like the NASCAR driver ...
  98. Investment Tax Basics For All Investors

    Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes even in your investments.
  99. How To Match Your Savings Goal With Investments

    Sometimes beginning investors forget the trick to success when it comes to investing money: you need to match your future ...
  100. Social Finance Careers: Creating A Better World

    A financial career can be used to do more than just bring in profits. Find out how to get a career with a more social objective. ...
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