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  1. How Your Government's Budgetary Decisions Impact the Public Sector

    Issues facing the public sector are not unlike some issues facing America’s oldest and largest companies, but with larger ...
  2. Why Auto-Enrollment Will Save Your Retirement

    Savers need all the help they can get, even if it amounts to an offer they can't refuse. That's why the biggest improvement ...
  3. Retirement Planning Essentials for Your Clients

    You may have heard these retirement planning tips before, but has your client actually put them into action yet?
  4. The Best City to Become An Entrepreneur Is What?!

    These four U.S. cities form a new landscape of cities that nurture the entrepreneurial spirit.
  5. Which Robo-Advisor is Right for You?

    Which robo-advisor is right for you? There are many factors to consider, including breadth of services, ease of use and cost.
  6. Afraid Of A New Financial Crisis?

    It may be time for the U.S. to adopt a model for financial companies that better deters risky financial behavior.
  7. Succession Tips for Advising Family Businesses

    While family businesses present great opportunity for financial advisors, advising them goes well beyond managing assets ...
  8. 3 Last-Minute Moves To Lower Your 2014 Tax Bill

    The 2014 tax year may be over, but it's still not too late to find some last-minute deductions. Act now!
  9. Key Home Upgrades That Make Or Break The Deal

    When making a home purchase, pay attention to key features of the home that either should meet a certain standard or should ...
  10. This Investment Strategy Could Be Your key To Success

    Goal-based investing seems like an obvious tactic. But many investors have only a vague idea what their goals are, much less ...
  11. 4 Secrets You Should Know When Buying Groceries

    With a little foresight, every consumer can find ways to eat healthier without spending much money.
  12. Before You Visit Your Tax Preparer: Do This

    The earlier you start preparing your tax records and documents, the more likely you are to have a smooth tax return experience ...
  13. Chase Sapphire Preferred Vs. AmEx Platinum

    Chase Sapphire Preferred has many rewards and is much cheaper. Is American Express Platinum worth its premium price? That ...
  14. Does the Middle-Class Need LTC Insurance?

    Long-term care insurance is as expensive as it is necessary for many people, but is it right for all financial advisor clients?
  15. How To Make Money With Airbnb: Risks & Rewards

    Airbnb lets you turn your home or spare room into extra cash. Here's how to make money and protect yourself from the risks.
  16. Estate Planning Tips for Financial Advisors

    Estate planning is not a set-it-and-forget-it proposition. Here are some tips for you and your clients.
  17. Real Estate Face-Off: Zillow Vs. Trulia

    Both websites help you find homes for sale, but they organize the information differently. Here's how they compare.
  18. Finding A No-Fee Rental In New York City

    Pounding the pavement isn't the only way to avoid a broker fee. Here are some other tactics, plus the best online sites for ...
  19. What Happens If Your Insurance Company Goes Bankrupt?

    When insurance companies go bankrupt or face financial difficulty, it's bad news for policy holders.
  20. What Drives Consumer Demand for Tesla?

    Tesla did not invent the electric vehicle market, but it has brought to it elements of luxury and elite status. But what ...
  21. Square vs. Stripe

    Square and Stripe are transforming payment processing. However, while similar in many ways, the companies do have their fair ...
  22. Who Gives The Best Rewards – Expedia Or Orbitz?

    The best program for you depends on how you want to use the points. Expedia gives you more flexibility .
  23. The Canadian Economy, At A Glance

    The 12 economic indicators described here together provide a comprehensive picture of the state of the Canadian economy. ...
  24. Looking To Invest In U.S Start-Ups? Better Try...

    A surge in investment in tech startups in Asia is driving incredible expansion and innovation on the continent, which is ...
  25. How to Challenge & Win A Credit Card Dispute

    Found an error on your credit card statement? Five strategies to persuade the card issuer to fix it in your favor.
  26. Which States Have the Cheapest Home Insurance?

    You can't choose where you live by its insurance rates. But if you did, these are the states to pick.
  27. 5 Smart Uses For Your Tax Refund

    Consider using the bulk of your refund to take care of long-term needs, like saving for retirement or college.
  28. How LearnVest Brings Financial Education To All

    LearnVest is one of the most exciting players in the financial technology space. The company's goal: make financial planning ...
  29. Review: Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard

    If you're looking for a rewards card and you have an average credit score, this one's worth investigating.
  30. New York City Apartment Hunting: A Broker Or Not?

    New York City is one of the most difficult-to-navigate real estate markets in the world. A broker can guide you and, surprisingly, ...
  31. Say Goodbye To Overdraft Fees

    At $35 a pop, overdraft fees can mount up quickly. Here are 4 different strategies for avoiding them.
  32. Top 10 Tax Filing Mistakes – And How To Avoid Them

    What are the worst tax filing mistakes people make? Tax expert and attorney Barbara E. Weltman points out 10 common ones ...
  33. 2015 Capital Gains Taxes: What You Should Know

    What financial advisors (and their clients) need to know about capital gains taxes in 2015.
  34. Be An Expat The Easy Way: Relocation Services!

    A good relocation service can greatly ease the stress of moving abroad. Here's what to make sure it does – and what you need ...
  35. This Mysterious Job Saves You Money On Groceries

    Mystery shoppers visit various establishments. Discover how their efforts will save you money in the long run.
  36. The Best Online Job Search Techniques

    Looking for a job? Today the best online job search techniques involve social media, automated searches, and well-crafted ...
  37. 10 Tax Benefits For The Self-Employed

    Running your own business has both personal and financial perks.
  38. Top Choices For College In Chicago

    Check out these colleges and universities if you want to study in Chicago, one of America's most vibrant cities.
  39. Plan to Study In L.A.? 5 Top Colleges

    Put these at the top of the application pile if you're thinking about going to college in Los Angeles.
  40. The Best (Colleges) Of Boston

    In a town famous for its colleges and universities, these are the top ones to consider if you're set on being part of the ...
  41. Avoid Credit Card Rewards Devaluation At All Cost!

    If you don't know how to redeem your rewards points, we'll show you the easiest way to avoid rewards devaluation this year. ...
  42. Resume Rules For Graphic Designers

    One resume approach may not suit all jobs. Here's how a graphic designer can produce the resume that gets the job.
  43. The Best ETFs to Play 2015's Housing Rebound

    Housing starts will likely rise about 20% this year, reviving the recovery. Stocks and ETFs have already begun to move.
  44. Which Are Houston's Top Colleges?

    If you want to go to college in Houston, Texas, here are four universities that should be at the top of your list.
  45. TIPS ETFs: No Inflation, No Reason to Buy

    No inflation means there's no reason to buy TIPS ETFs.
  46. On-the-Job Training Or College: Which Is Better?

    With student debt mounting, you may ask, Is college worth it? Here's how to decide what's right for you – on-the-job training ...
  47. Ready To Save Money While Eating Healthy?

    These six cheap and nutritious foods are a perfect way to deal with rising grocery prices while staying healthy.
  48. Top Checking Accounts With No Overdraft Fees

    Choosing the right checking account could save you hundreds of dollars in fees every year.
  49. Mergers and Acquisitions Analysts: What They Do, How Much They Make

    Mergers and acquisitions analysts perform the the analysis and modeling to support buying, selling, restructuring, and combining ...
  50. How You Can Become A Venture Capital Associate

    Venture capital analysts are the junior members of the venture capital firm. They receive compensation that is typically ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. Resume Roundup For Freelancers

    Radical resume advice for atypical careers: permanent freelancers and "slashers" with multiple talents, such as wedding musician/composer/house ...
  53. Why You Should Consider A Career In Supply Chain Management

    Supply chain managers ensure that increasingly global companies can coordinate distant sources of materials, labor, and manufacturing ...
  54. Eyeing a Loan? Consider Skipping the Banks

    Peer-to-peer lending platforms, such as Lending Tree, Lending Club and Prosper, offer borrowers newfound leverage. Here's ...
  55. Greedy on the Dollar? See This Leveraged ETN

    There are several ways to play the rise in the U.S. Dollar, and the UUPT ETN is definitely one way to consider playing it. ...
  56. How To Make Money WIth Real Estate Options

    Buying real estate options is one way to invest in real estate at a lower entry cost.
  57. How To Land a Wall Street Job Out of College

    Getting a job on Wall Street right after college can be difficult, but there many paths that eventually lead to Wall Street.
  58. Gazelle Recycles Smart Phones For Green Profits

    Founded in 2006, Gazelle in one of several new companies that buy used, broken, or outdated mobile phones and other electronics ...
  59. 5 Money-Saving Tips For Visiting China

    The most expensive part of visiting China is getting there. To save your budget once you arrive, try these strategies.
  60. Is This the Best Advice You Can Give Your Clients?

    For all the specialized advice you could give your financial advisory clients, this one, simple tip beats them all.
  61. Obamacare Penalty: What Actually Happens (& When)

    If you didn't have health insurance last year – or miss this year's deadline – how is the Affordable Care Act penalty enforced?
  62. Funding A Startup When Bank Loans Aren't Possible

    There are alternative ways to fund your business start-up when it is not possible to secure a bank loan, but consider the ...
  63. What's The Tax Hit On An IRA Withdrawal?

    That depends on factors from the type of IRA you have to your age. Use this guide to plan ahead – and try not to withdraw ...
  64. How Important Is Social Media For Your Company?

    Freelancers and marketing agencies are just some of the resources companies are now using to develop their social media.
  65. What Advisors Should Know about Millennial Clients

    Millennials are coming of age, advancing their careers, having families and thinking retirement. At 80 million strong, advisors ...
  66. Which Credit Cards Are Best In Europe?

    These cards avoid the main credit issues facing U.S. travelers to Europe – foreign transaction fees that make purchases more ...
  67. How To Start A Successful App Business

    How to start a business creating apps, how other profitable business have done it, and the most important things to consider.
  68. Beat The Deadline! Cheap Choices in Health Insurance

    Sign up by February 15 - or else pay 2015's higher tax penalty. If you miss the deadline, there are exceptions.
  69. Xoom Vs. Western Union: Which Should You Choose?

    That depends on where you need to send the money, among other things. How to decide between the classic service and the new ...
  70. Retirement Investing with BlackRock's CoRI Funds

    A look at BlackRock’s CoRI Funds as a retirement investment option.
  71. Getting A Mortgage In Your 50s

    The financial considerations are different when you take out a mortgage in your 50s. Here's what you need to review as you ...
  72. How the Harvard and Stanford MBA Programs Stack Up

    Harvard and Stanford have two of the best MBA programs in the world. But how do the two programs compare to each other?
  73. Xoom 101: How Do Xoom Money Transfers Work?

    Xoom is a newer alternative to Western Union and other money transfer mechanisms. Should you switch?
  74. Why You Should Buy A Car Instead Of Leasing

    While leasing has certain advantages, buying a car tends to save you money in the long run and offers greater flexibility. ...
  75. Mortgage Guide For Thirty-Somethings

    Five things to consider before you sign on the dotted line for a mortgage.
  76. Leaving the Military? Best Next-Step Careers

    Vets bring skills and stamina to the job market. These fields offer good career opportunities for those moving out of the ...
  77. 5 Ways Your Clients Can Shrink Their Tax Footprint

    If your clients don’t like the projected tax results they're seeing, now is a good time to teach them how to reduce their ...
  78. Robo-Advisors and a Human Touch: Better Together?

    Combining the services of traditional advisors and robo-advisors can offer the best of both worlds. But where does one start ...
  79. Motif Investing vs. ETFs: What's The Difference?

    While there are many apparent similarities between ETFs and newer motif investments, there are also some important differences. ...
  80. Review: Discover Credit Cards

    Discover it cards still offer generous rewards and no annual fee. But how generous depends on which card you end up with, ...
  81. Will Your Net Worth Be Affected By A Recession?

    Here's a look at how a potential recession could impact your net worth in a negative way.
  82. Review: Old Navy Credit Cards Costs & Benefits

    If Old Navy is your favorite store, here's the lowdown on its two credit cards. Interest rates are high, but rewards are ...
  83. Sending Money? The Top Money Transfer Services

    Need to send money in a hurry? Here's a list of the major players in the money transfer business. Compare rates, times and ...
  84. Review: Banana Republic Cards' Costs & Benefits

    You get rewards for buying at any store in the Gap chain. Does that make one of the Banana Republic store cards worth adding ...
  85. Save Now To Retire Earlier - Or Just Work Longer?

    Working longer might seem a solution, but job and health risks make it an unreliable option. Compound interest, though, means ...
  86. After Poor Performance, Now a Mutual Fund Tax Hit?

    If the performance of mutual funds in 2014 wasn't bad enough, here comes a tax hit from liquidations.
  87. Top 10 Chinese Entrepreneurs

    Many of the world's millionaires and billionaires are now found in China.
  88. Top 10 Indian Entrepreneurs

    India has produced a number of billionaire businessmen and women.
  89. Retire in the Caribbean: Top Islands For Expats

    Palm trees, turquoise waters, white-sand beaches – but which Caribbean island is best for retirement? Here's what we learned.
  90. What Gets You In Grad School: GPA Vs. Work History

    Grad schools usually take a holistic approach when evaluating applicants. That means it's a good idea to scrutinize every ...
  91. Retiring In Mexico? The 5 Top Cities

    If retiring in Mexico is on your bucket list, check out these cities and regions for a range of cultures and climates.
  92. How To Pick The Right Lender When Refinancing A Mortgage

    Refinancing your mortgage has never been easier with the range of lenders and access to information that are available to ...
  93. Are You A Business Owner Suffering From Stress?

    Don't run yourself down. It's OK to take a vacation. We give you some tips on how to let go.
  94. A Soaring Housing Market: College Apartments

    How to play the boom in upscale student housing.
  95. Will Alex Tsipras Change The European Economy?

    A debt default and a Euro exit by Greece's leaders would likely cause more harm to Greece's economy than to the EU, of which ...
  96. How Much Should Retirees Withdraw From Accounts?

    Figuring out how much to withdraw from a retirement account every year can be a tough task. Here's help for both the saver ...
  97. How Cheap Is Retiring In Mexico?

    A comfortable life in Mexico can be remarkably affordable. Here's what you can expect to pay.
  98. Planning for Healthcare Costs in Retirement

    Healthcare often is the highest cost during retirement. Here's how to plan for and possibly buck that trend.
  99. Indeed vs. LinkedIn

    There are a large number of employment websites to choose from and not all of them operate the same way, making finding a ...
  100. Visa vs. MasterCard: Is There a Difference?

    Visa and MasterCard are two of the most widely used credit card brands. But are the differences between the two significant ...
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