Amy Fontinelle

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  1. Your step-by-step guide to making sure your employer reports your income correctly to the IRS from your first day on the job.
    Taxes

    Filling Out Your W-4 Form

    Your step-by-step guide to making sure your employer reports your tax withholding correctly to the IRS from your first day on the job.
  2. Taxes

    What are the benefits of splitting my tax refund?

    If you receive a refund when you file your tax return, there are some convenient options you can take advantage of.
  3. Taxes

    How do I get a split tax refund?

    You don't have to receive your tax refund in a lump sum. Learn the options you have for splitting the money the IRS owes you.
  4. Is saving the seller's side of the agent's commission worth the trouble of selling your home without one?
    Home & Auto

    8 Reasons Not To Sell Your Home Without An Agent

    Is saving the seller's side of the agent's commission worth the trouble of selling your home without one? Why it could cost you more in the end.
  5. Taxes

    Can moving to a higher tax bracket cause me to have a lower ...

    Many people think that when their income increases by enough to push them into a higher tax bracket, their overall take-home pay, or net pay, will decrease. This assumption is incorrect. Because the United ...
  6. Savings

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

    Overdraft and credit cards will allow you to spend more money than you have, but whichever option you choose, be sure to make your payments on time.
  7. Credit & Loans

    What are the pros and cons of overdraft protection?

    If you sign up for overdraft protection and link your checking account to your savings account, a credit card or an overdraft line of credit, the bank will use that linked backup source to fund transactions ...
  8. It's easy to make money from credit card sign-up bonuses, but you have to know what you're getting into.
    Credit & Loans

    Make Money Off Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses

    It's easy to benefit from credit card sign-up bonuses, but you have to know what you're getting into.
  9. Saving for retirement is completely different if you have a Millennial mindset. These retirement plans will turn your head around.
    Retirement

    Retirement Planning The Millennial Way

    Saving for retirement is completely different if you have a Millennial mindset. These retirement plans will turn your head around.
  10. If you don't tell potential buyers about these situations and possible hazards, you could find yourself in court.
    Home & Auto

    Real Estate Flipping: 8 Disclosures You Must Make

    If you don't tell potential buyers about these situations and possible hazards, you could find yourself in court. Here's how to profit – and stay out of trouble.
  11. Before you invest the cash from your home equity loan in a sunroom or a high-end master suite, take heed: The renovations that pay off most aren't the glamorous ones.
    Home & Auto

    Home Improvements That Really Pay Off

    Before you invest the cash from your home equity loan in a sunroom or a high-end master suite, take heed: The renovations that pay off most aren't the glamorous ones.
  12. Certificates of deposit might not seem like a good place to keep your money when interest rates are low, but they do offer security and stability.
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    How To Earn The Most From CDs When Interest Rates Are Low

    Certificates of deposit might not seem like a good place to keep your money when interest rates are low, but they do offer security and stability. And with laddering and studying promotional rates, you ...
  13. Investing Basics

    Do U.S. High Corporate Tax Rates Hurt Americans?

    The United States has the highest corporate tax rate of the 34 developed, free-market nations that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
  14. A pocketful of credit cards isn't always a good idea
    Credit & Loans

    Time to Accept Credit Card Offers Again?

    How much you could get and whether to respond
  15. A favorable appraisal is the key to refinancing
    Home & Auto

    The Home Appraisal: Your Key to a Successful Refinance

    When you refinance your mortgage, everything hinges on the appraisal. Here's what appraisers look at, how to make your home look as valuable as possible and ways to fight back if the valuation comes in ...
  16. An FHA loan could make it easier to buy a home
    Retirement

    Understanding FHA Home Loans

    Don't be overwhelmed when filling out these forms. Find out what you need to do here.
  17. Watch out for these warning signs that millennials are not getting ready for retirement.
    Retirement

    Five Retirement Warning Signs for Millennials

    If Gen Y'ers don't want to keep working forever, here's what they need to do now.
  18. How To Use Your Roth IRA As An Emergency Fund
    Taxes

    How To Use Your Roth IRA As An Emergency Fund

    Do you feel like you don’t have enough money to save for emergencies and also save for retirement? An often-overlooked feature of the Roth IRA could solve your problem.
  19. Janet Yellen
    Economics

    How Federal Open Market Committee Meetings Drive Rates And ...

    Janet Yellen's first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting - and its aftermath - is an important bellwether for the immediate future of the U.S. economy.
  20. Fixed Or Variable-Rate Mortgage: Which Is Better Now?
    Home & Auto

    Fixed Or Variable-Rate Mortgage: Which Is Better Right Now?

    Find out the benefits of fixed- and variable-rate mortgages, and learn which option is best for you.
  21. Five Women Who Are Leading In Male-Dominated Fields
    Personal Finance

    Five Women Who Are Leading In Male-Dominated Fields

    In honor of March's Women's History Month, we look at five prominent female leaders who've taken leading roles at tables mostly populated by men.
  22. Consumers Are Borrowing More To Buy Cars - But Should They Be?
    Home & Auto

    Americans Are Borrowing More To Buy Cars - But Should They ...

    As the economy slowly heals, credit has become easier to obtain and interest rates have gone down. But does that mean it's wise to take on a car loan right now?
  23. How Financial Advisors Mistreat Women (And What Women Can Do About It)
    Personal Finance

    How Financial Advisors Mistreat Women (And What Women Can ...

    While many women want professional help managing their finances, some male advisors still treat women as second-class citizens. We’ve talked to three women who work in the financial services industry about ...
  24. Janet Yellen plans to taper quantitative easing.
    Markets

    What Will Happen To Treasury Yields With Yellen And Tapering?

    Janet Yellen was sworn in as Federal Reserve chair Feb. 3, 2014, ending Ben Bernanke's eight-year tenure. Yellen assumes her role at a time when the economy is its strongest since the recession ended in ...
  25. Economics

    What is the Dodd-Frank Act? How does it affect me?

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a massive piece of financial reform legislation passed by the Obama administration in 2010 as a response to the financial crisis of 2008. ...
  26. Personal Finance

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

    A 1993 law, Section 2-907 of the Uniform Probate Code, changed the treatment of a deceased individual's pet from that of a piece of property to an entity that requires care. As a result, it is possible ...
  27. Investing

    I want to invest my emergency fund to earn interest. What ...

    When considering where to put your emergency money, a key consideration is making sure you'll be able to access the money quickly, easily and without penalty, when you need it. Financial professionals ...
  28. bank complaints
    Personal Finance

    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.
  29. Professionals

    A Day In The Life Of An Economist

    We've interviewed three economists with very different job descriptions to give you an idea of the many possibilities this career choice offers.
  30. Professionals

    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 be right for you.
  31. Professionals

    A Day In The Life Of An Actuary

    We take a look at the typical workday of three actuaries who work for different types of companies and who are at different stages in their careers.
  32. Professionals

    4 Of Today’s Finance Undergraduates Share Their Experiences ...

    In this article, we'll take a look at what four real-life finance students are studying this fall, what jobs and internships they've held, what challenges they've encountered, and what they consider to ...
  33. Professionals

    Is That Finance Internship Worth It?

    There are a lot facters to consider when pursuing a financial internshp. Here are some insights from several experts, to help you make some difficult decisions.
  34. Professionals

    Ethical Standards You Should Expect From Financial Advisors

    Professional ethics in the financial services profession can be confusing. Here are some ways to ensure you are getting the best out of your advisor.
  35. Professionals

    6 Volunteer Opportunities For Finance Professionals

    Here are six ways financial professionals can volunteer their expertise and possibly advance their careers along the way.
  36. Professionals

    Is The CMA Designation Worth It?

    Get an inside look at what it takes to earn your CMA and what four satisfied CMA holders say about the designation's benefits.
  37. Professionals

    A Day In The Life Of A Public Accountant

    Here's an inside look at the workdays of two experienced CPAs, to give you an idea of what it might be like to pursue a career as a public accountant.
  38. Investing Basics

    Understanding The Case-Shiller Housing Index

    This index is a widely-used and respected barometer of the U.S. housing market and the broader economy.
  39. Professionals

    A Day In The Life Of A CFO

    What would your life look like if you were CFO? We’ve interviewed three chief financial officers to find out.
  40. Professionals

    A Look At What Comptrollers Do

    This article examines a comptroller’s job responsibilities, skill set and formal educational requirements as well as where the job can take you in your career.
  41. Professionals

    A Day In The Life Of A Portfolio Manager

    Portfolio managers go by a number of job titles, manage different asset types and work under different philosophies. Here are three examples of what they do.
  42. Professionals

    Get A Career In Showbiz Accounting

    An accounting career doesn't have to be boring. If you love numbers, but want excitement as well, consider the field of showbiz accounting.
  43. Professionals

    What Management Accountants Do

    If you like keeping track of a company's income and expenses but also want to hold a position with significant responsibility and authority, management accounting could be the job for you.
  44. Taxes

    5 Smart Ways To Use Your Tax Return

    This year, find out how to stretch your tax refund further to strengthen your future.
  45. Taxes

    Are IRS-Prepared Tax Returns The Solution To Our Tax Woes? ...

    The government is considering letting the IRS do your taxes for you. While this may sound great, there are plenty of reasons why you may not want to trust the IRS to calculate your tax return. And while ...
  46. Taxes

    How To Report A Tax Cheat

    If you report a tax evader to the IRS, you could be eligible for a reward.
  47. Home & Auto

    Breaking Down The New Foreclosure Avoidance Rules

    Here is an overview of the CFPBs new rules prohibiting mortgage servicers from "dual tracking."
  48. Professionals

    How Companies Can Attract Top Female Employees

    Companies need to make an effort to learn how to attract and retain female employees in order to achieve a greater gender balance in the workplace.
  49. Budgeting

    Debunking 10 Budget Myths

    Don't let these excuses prevent you from reaching your financial goals.
  50. Options & Futures

    Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends

    With a little planning, you can maintain your social life without breaking the bank.
  51. Personal Finance

    Outfox The Debt Collector's Hounds

    Dealing with a collection agency is scary if you don't know your rights. We help you take back the power.
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