Amy Fontinelle

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  1. 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.
  2. Professionals

    Tips For CFPs Looking To Building A Portfolio For Clients

    Here is some useful advice for CFPs when it comes to building portfolios for clients.
  3. Taxes

    How does the government spend my taxes?

    Where does the government get all of the money it spends? From taxpayers. The government does not have its own money. Its receipts come from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, estate and ...
  4. Home & Auto

    What Homeowners Need To Know About Zombie Titles

    Understanding how the foreclosure process normally works - and how it dysfunctions in today’s market - will help you avoid becoming a victim.
  5. Personal Finance

    How To Live Without A Credit Card

    Debit cards are more widely accepted and provide better fraud protection than in the past.
  6. Economics

    5 Nobel Prize-Winning Economic Theories You Should Know ...

    Here are 5 prize-winning economic theories that you’ll want to be familiar with.
  7. Savings

    Save Money With A Motorcycle

    Here's a cost comparison of exactly how much you can save if you use a motorcycle as your main mode of transportation over a car.
  8. Credit & Loans

    Don't Judge Your Partner Based On Credit Score

    Credit scores indicate past behavior but don't necessarily reflect present or future behavior, so don't judge you partner solely on credit.
  9. Personal Finance

    Who is eligible for student loan forgiveness?

    Your eligibility for student loan forgiveness depends on the type of student loan in question. If you have a federal Stafford loan, you may be able to get all or part of your loan forgiven through certain ...
  10. Personal Finance

    Top-Paying Contract Positions

    A number of contract positions pay more than their salaried counterparts.
  11. Economics

    Pros And Cons Of NAFTA

    These gains and losses have been attributed to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
  12. Budgeting

    Tips For Avoiding A Holiday Spending Hangover

    You don't have to go into debt to have a happy and memorable holiday season. Use these tips for a bountiful Yuletide on a Scrooge-like budget.
  13. Professionals

    What To Do If You Failed Your CFA Exam

    Follow these steps to increase your odds of passing your next CFA exam.
  14. Investing Basics

    What exactly is a startup?

    A startup is a young company that is just beginning to develop. Startups are usually small and initially financed and operated by a handful of founders or one individual. These companies offer a product ...
  15. Economics

    What is the difference between positive and normative economics?

    Positive economics is objective and fact based, while normative economics is subjective and value based. Positive economic statements do not have to be correct, but they must be able to be tested and proved ...
  16. Economics

    The Mechanics Of The Black Market

    Black markets will continue to exist as long as we have regulations and taxes. Discover how they work.
  17. Credit & Loans

    How Lender Overlays Prevent Mortgages

    Loan applications are increasingly being rejected because of lender overlays.
  18. Investing Basics

    Why Monopoly Is A Terrible Finance Teacher

    With its plethora of inaccuracies, Monopoly doesn't offer the best lessons in real-world finance.
  19. Investing Basics

    Why do some companies pay a dividend, while other companies ...

    Dividends are corporate earnings that companies pass on to their shareholders. There are a number of reasons why a corporation might choose to pass some of its earnings on as dividends. There are also ...
  20. Professionals

    Top 7 Non-Financial Skills Required In Finance

    You need to combining your ability to analyze numbers with skills such as communication, project management and relationship development.
  21. Investing Basics

    Is it possible to beat the market?

    "Beating the market" means trying to earn an investment return greater than that of the S&P 500 index, one of the most popular benchmarks of U.S. stock market performance. Investment fees are one major ...
  22. Investing Basics

    What is an IPO lock-up period and how long is it?

    An initial public offering (IPO) lock-up period is a contractual restriction that prevents insiders who are holding a company's stock, before it goes public, from selling the stock for a period usually ...
  23. Investing Basics

    Besides a savings account, where is the safest place to ...

    Savings accounts are safe because investors' deposits are guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for bank accounts or the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for credit ...
  24. Insurance

    The Hidden Costs Of Wedding Insurance

    Weddings don't always go smoothly. Here's how you can protect yourself from things backfiring.
  25. Savings

    5 Ways To Fund A College Education

    You can go to college without going broke, but it may take an unconventional approach.
  26. Personal Finance

    4 Essential Questions To Ask At The End Of A Job Interview

    Ask these questions if you want to leave a great final impression on hiring managers and establish yourself as a top candidate.
  27. Personal Finance

    Questions To Avoid At The End Of A Job Interview

    Career experts say you should avoid asking these questions when you’re trying to get hired.
  28. Personal Finance

    Save On Planes, Trains And Automobiles

    Getting to, and around, your travel destination doesn't need to break the bank.
  29. Personal Finance

    What You Should Know About Home Appraisals

    Home appraisals are an unbiased way to determine a home's value. Here is what you need to know about obtaining one.
  30. Credit & Loans

    Debit Card Fraud: Is Your Money At Risk?

    As criminals are becoming more savvy, your money is becoming more vulnerable.
  31. Personal Finance

    Should You Join A Sorority Or Fraternity?

    Consider the many expenses and possible advantages associated with Greek life before joining a sorority or fraternity.
  32. Taxes

    Baffling Ways The Government Spends Tax Dollars

    You won't believe how the federal government spends your hard-earned money.
  33. Savings

    The Biggest Financial Hurdles Young People Face

    If you want to manage your finances responsibly, you’ll need to overcome four big challenges.
  34. Investing Basics

    Community Investing 101

    Discover a type of socially responsible investing that helps to contribute to noble causes close to home.
  35. Home & Auto

    How To Avoid Overpaying In A Real Estate Bidding War

    Some real estate markets are experiencing bidding wars because of low interest rates and shrinking inventory. Find out how to avoid overpaying if you find yourself competing for a house.
  36. Credit & Loans

    The Best Retail Store Credit Cards

    These credit cards are worth considering for the extra discounts, promotional financing, special sales and discounts on future purchases.
  37. Personal Finance

    The Pros Of An Endowment Life Insurance Policy

    Endowment life insurance is a way to save for your child's college education. Here's a look at the positives of a policy like this.
  38. Taxes

    Winning The Jackpot: Dream Or Financial Nightmare?

    Don't assume all prizes are free. Many come with enough costs to render them worthless.
  39. Taxes

    Taking Advantage Of Property Tax Abatement Programs

    Increase your home's value without increasing your property taxes.
  40. Investing Basics

    3 Reasons Why You Need To Understand Investing

    Everyone should learn a few investing basics, even if you plan to hire an investment professional.
  41. Home & Auto

    A Broker's Open House Can Help You Sell Your Home

    This special type of open house can provide targeted marketing and yield expert advice.
  42. Home & Auto

    Avoid The Monthly Payment Trap

    Low monthly payments are easy on the wallet. However, interest and other fees lurk just below the surface.
  43. Investing Basics

    Banking On Blue Chip Stocks

    Discover what makes blue chip stocks such attractive investments.
  44. Personal Finance

    Best States To Start Your Business In

    The best state for your business may not be as obvious as you think.
  45. Insurance

    Buying Private Health Insurance

    Getting your own policy isn't easy or cheap but in some cases, it's well worth the effort.
  46. Personal Finance

    The Most Common Types Of Consumer Fraud

    You’re less likely to become a victim of consumer fraud if you know about these common scams and how to avoid them.
  47. Home & Auto

    Have Housing Prices Bottomed Out?

    Here are some of the key figures on the current housing market and how you might interpret them.
  48. Taxes

    What To Do If You Filed Your Taxes Late

    What happens if you missed this year's April 17 deadline?
  49. Home & Auto

    5 Reasons To Use A Real Estate Agent In A Down Market

    Home sales continue to struggle. Now more than ever, you need a good agent to help you sell your home. Here's why.
  50. Investing Basics

    4 Behaviors That Sabotage Your Investment Goals

    If you can't figure out why you're not achieving the returns you want, these behaviors might explain why.
  51. Budgeting

    Bank Account Tips For Young People

    If you’re just getting started with managing your own bank account, these tips will show you how to do it right.
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