Personal Finance FAQs

  1. Why is Social Security running out of money?

  2. How can I avoid paying private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

  3. What's the difference between IRS Forms 1040EZ and 1040A?

  4. Can my spouse and children collect my Social Security when I die?

  5. Can moving to a higher tax bracket cause me to have a lower net income?

  6. What's a better way to borrow money: overdraft or credit cards?

  7. What are the pros and cons of overdraft protection?

  8. How Can I Fund A Roth IRA If My Income Is Too High To Make Direct Contributions?

  9. How Long Should I Keep My Tax Records?

  10. If I don't have any kids and want to leave all of my worldly possessions to my dog, ...

  11. How do I list the beneficiaries of my life insurance policies if I have a trust? ...

  12. If I want to have some cash in a liquid account for unexpected emergencies, what ...

  13. How are capital gains and dividends taxed differently?

  14. What is pay-as-you-drive auto insurance?

  15. Are 401(k) loans taxed?

  16. If a LEAP option is purchased and held for more than 12 months, is the tax treatment ...

  17. What is an annuity?

  18. How does the government spend my taxes?

  19. What is the difference between a credit report and a credit score?

  20. Who is eligible for student loan forgiveness?

  21. What is an asset?

  22. What exactly is a startup?

  23. How do you flip a home?

  24. What is a reasonable amount of debt?

  25. Can my insurance company refuse me coverage?

  26. When buying a car, is it better to have a trade in or a down payment?

  27. What should you do when you're five years from retiring?

  28. Why do some companies pay a dividend, while other companies do not?

  29. What are the differences between a 401K and an IRA?

  30. Does paying my utility bills on time improve my credit score?

  31. How old should you be to get life insurance?

  32. Besides a savings account, where is the safest place to keep my money?

  33. How do I retire?

  34. Suppose my garage collapsed onto my car. Are damages covered by my home insurance ...

  35. What credit cards offer the lowest interest rates?

  36. Why should I pay myself first?

  37. I want to transfer my house title to my child, what are the costs and tax consequences ...

  38. Why do interest rates change?

  39. What are Government Pension Offsets, and who is subject to them?

  40. How do you plan for retirement if you have multiple employers? Can you combine retirement ...

  41. What are the biggest factors that can affect my credit score?

  42. I have a 403(b) from a old employer. I would like to convert it to a 401(k). How ...

  43. What is the relationship between inflation and interest rates?

  44. If you have a house that is under your company name and you want to sell it back ...

  45. Should I pay my mortgage with my credit card to earn credit card rewards?

  46. Our broker switched firms in the middle of 2011. As a result we lost track of our ...

  47. Where do most fund managers get their market information?

  48. If my mortgage lender goes bankrupt, do I still have to pay my mortgage?

  49. How can I use layaway plans for budgeting?

  50. What does deflation mean to investors?

  51. What is the double taxation of dividends?

  52. How are life insurance proceeds taxed?

  53. How can I start an IRA for my child?

  54. Am I responsible for fraudulent charges on my credit card?

  55. What changes might I need to make to my insurance policy?

  56. What is the difference between qualified and non-qualified plans?

  57. What is evergreen funding?

  58. Which investment would be most suitable for a client investing for retirement and ...

  59. What effect did the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2 ...

  60. What was Robert Citron's role in Orange County, California's bankruptcy?

  61. How much money do I need to start trading?

  62. The reason why ERISA qualified plans should have an investment policy statement is ...

  63. When and why did brokerages switch from fixed commissions to negotiated ones?

  64. A parent would choose to set up a Coverdell Education Savings Account for a child ...

  65. How are bonds rated?

  66. How do 401(k) loans work?

  67. What are the exceptions to the premature withdrawal penalty rules for IRA accounts?

  68. Can I refuse a gift by providing a "Qualified Disclaimer," and what does this entail?

  69. What is a tax-free 1035 Exchange?

  70. When is it a good idea to use an irrevocable life insurance trust?

  71. I have a profit-sharing plan with my former employer. I am now trying to buy a home. ...

  72. Why do you need an emergency fund?

  73. What is a "wash sale"?

  74. What are the requirements to be able to contribute to an HSA?

  75. How does an employer benefit from a 401(k) matching plan?

  76. Because I missed a few credit card payments, the issuer raised my interest rate from ...

  77. How do I know if I qualify to open a HSA (Health Savings Account)?

  78. Why is accidental life insurance so inexpensive?

  79. Is life insurance good for mortgage protection?

  80. What is the "stretch IRA" concept?

  81. My mortgage payments are no longer affordable; is there anything that I can do to ...

  82. How much life insurance should I have?

  83. Why is Game Theory useful in business?

  84. The real rate of return is the amount of interest earned over and above the:

  85. What are the distribution options for an inherited annuity?

  86. What are the pros/cons of naming a trust as the beneficiary of a retirement account?

  87. Which constitutional amendment made income tax legal?

  88. Is it wise to consolidate credit card debt?

  89. Should computer software be classified as an intangible asset or part of property, ...

  90. What is PMI, and does everyone need to pay it?

  91. What happens to insurance policies and variable annuities if the insurance company ...

  92. How do I know if I should refinance my mortgage?

  93. Will jointly filing taxes have the effect of joining a couple's credit?

  94. My variable annuity account took a beating. Should I seek other alternatives?

  95. What is a convertible insurance policy?

  96. Why would you want a monthly benefit versus a daily benefit?

  97. Is there more to insurance policies than price?

  98. Which is not a process the Federal Reserve uses to control the level of business ...

  99. What is the difference between early retirement and full retirement as it applies ...

  100. Who set the record loss for "rogue traders"?

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