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  1. What are the advantages of paying your taxes with the Electronic ...
    Taxes

    What are the advantages of paying your taxes with the Electronic ...

    The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) is a free tax payment service offered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help individual and business taxpayers pay their federal taxes electronically. ...
  2. Why is there a cap on the Federal Insurance Contribution ...
    Taxes

    Why is there a cap on the Federal Insurance Contribution ...

    Find out the history behind the the controversial FICA cap on wages.
  3. What are the dangers of using the Electronic Federal Tax ...
    Taxes

    What are the dangers of using the Electronic Federal Tax ...

    The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) is a convenient way to file your taxes, but you need to be aware of some of the scams that sometimes plague the system.
  4. How do I lower my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio?
    Credit & Loans

    How do I lower my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio?

    A debt-to-income ratio is a personal finance measure that compares the amount of debt you have to your overall income. Lenders use the debt-to-income ratio as a way to measure your ability to manage the ...
  5. How do you buy Bitcoins?
    Investing Basics

    How do you buy Bitcoins?

    Many people have heard of this virtual cryptocurrency, but few know all the ways you can purchase Bitcoin.
  6. What counts as
    Credit & Loans

    What counts as "debts" and "income" when calculating my ...

    It's important to know your debt-to-income ratio because it's the figure lenders use to measure your ability to repay the money you have borrowed.
  7. Will I pay taxes on my Social Security payouts?
    Retirement

    Will I pay taxes on my Social Security payouts?

    Find out if you're one of the people who has to pay federal income taxes on the Social Security benefit you receive.
  8. How does my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio affect my ability ...
    Home & Auto

    How does my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio affect my ability ...

    Find out how much your debt-to-income ratio affects your ability to get a good mortgage rate when buying a home.
  9. At what age will I be eligible for the maximum Social Security ...
    Retirement

    At what age will I be eligible for the maximum Social Security ...

    The year you choose for collecting your social security will play a large part in determining how much money you'll receive each month.
  10. What are the best ways to invest in mortgage-backed securities ...
    Investing Basics

    What are the best ways to invest in mortgage-backed securities ...

    Find out how you can start investing in real estate through mortgage-backed securities.
  11. Can I buy a house directly from Fannie Mae (FNMA)?
    Home & Auto

    Can I buy a house directly from Fannie Mae (FNMA)?

    Yes; you can buy homes directly from Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae (the Federal National Mortgage Association, or FNMA) is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) established in 1938 to expand the flow of mortgage ...
  12. How To Keep Debt Low
    Credit & Loans

    How To Keep Debt Low

    Here's a breakdown of how you can stay out of debt or keep your debt low.
  13. Listing Agreement
    Term

    Listing Agreement

    A document in which a property owner (as principal) contracts with a real estate broker (as agent) to find a buyer for the owner's property.
  14. On average, what can I expect my private mortgage insurance ...
    Home & Auto

    On average, what can I expect my private mortgage insurance ...

    Learn the several factors that come into play when insurance companies determine the private mortgage insurance rate for your loan.
  15. Why do I need to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI)?
    Home & Auto

    Why do I need to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI)?

    The extra interest payments caused by private mortgage insurance may seem excessive, but there's a good reason lenders need to insure themselves on some mortgage loans.
  16. What's considered to be a good debt-to-income (DTI) ratio?
    Credit & Loans

    What's considered to be a good debt-to-income (DTI) ratio?

    Your debt-to-income ratio helps lenders determine your credit worthiness. Find out how to calculate your score and whether or not you need to improve the results.
  17. How does Fannie Mae (FNMA) make money?
    Home & Auto

    How does Fannie Mae (FNMA) make money?

    Fannie Mae is a government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) established in 1938 to expand the flow of mortgage money by creating a secondary mortgage market.
  18. Realtor Property Resource (RPR)
    Term

    Realtor Property Resource (RPR)

    A National Association of Realtors member benefit providing realtors with online access to comprehensive real estate market data, analytics and reports.
  19. How Do Real Estate Agents Get Paid?
    Home & Auto

    How Do Real Estate Agents Get Paid?

    Here's how real estate commissions on home sales really work. And, yes, they're negotiable.
  20. Top Websites For Home Sales
    Home & Auto

    Top Websites For Home Sales

    Online real estate sites can save you time and effort in finding your next home. Our guide will help you choose the best one for you.
  21. How To Shop For Mortgage Rates
    Credit & Loans

    How To Shop For Mortgage Rates

    Take these 5 steps to getting the lowest possible rate for your mortgage. Small percentage differences can mean big savings down the line.
  22. Retirement Travel: Good And Good For You
    Retirement

    Retirement Travel: Good And Good For You

    Research shows a big disconnect between how many Americans dream of travel during retirement and who saves enough to fund those trips. Don't miss out!
  23. How To Find The Best Real Estate Agent
    Home & Auto

    How To Find The Best Real Estate Agent

    Most people don't have the time, expertise or motivation to go it alone and finding a good real estate agent becomes essential to enjoying a smooth real estate transaction.
  24. Apps to Help You Budget
    Budgeting

    Apps to Help You Budget

    Ever wonder where your money goes? You're not alone. Many people have a passive approach to personal finances, which can lead to an endless cycle of earn it, spend it, wonder-where-it-went.
  25. What's the difference between binary options and day trading? ...
    Options & Futures

    What's the difference between binary options and day trading? ...

    Binary options and day trading are both ways to make (or lose) money in the financial markets, but they are different animals.
  26. What's the difference between an individual retirement account ...
    Retirement

    What's the difference between an individual retirement account ...

    Both IRAs and annuities are helpful retirement savings tools, but there have distinct difference you need to be aware of before investing your money into either one.
  27. What's the difference between an individual retirement account ...
    Retirement

    What's the difference between an individual retirement account ...

    Both individual retirement accounts (IRA) and certificates of deposit (CD) are useful savings instruments, but they have distinct rules that make them better suited for particular situations.
  28. What are the different types of private mortgage insurance ...
    Home & Auto

    What are the different types of private mortgage insurance ...

    Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is an insurance policy that protects lenders from the risk of default and foreclosure, and allows buyers who cannot make a significant down payment (or those who choose ...
  29. Home & Auto

    What's the difference between private mortgage insurance ...

    Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is an insurance policy used in conventional loans that protects lenders from the risk of default and foreclosure, and allows buyers who cannot make a significant down payment ...
  30. Retirement

    Why is Social Security running out of money?

    Find out why you may not have Social Security benefits available to you when it's time to retire.
  31. Home & Auto

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

    Private mortgage insurance (PMI) is an insurance policy that protects lenders from the risk of default and foreclosure, and allows buyers who cannot make a significant down payment (or those who choose ...
  32. Taxes

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

    Two of the forms used for filing individual federal income tax returns are IRS Form 1040A and IRS Form 1040EZ (the third is IRS Form 1040, the most complex of the three). Anyone can file Form 1040; however, ...
  33. Insurance

    Can my spouse and children collect my Social Security when ...

    Under survivor benefits, Social Security provides income for the families of workers who die. If you die, certain family members may be eligible for survivors benefits.
  34. Why is return on investment (ROI) a bad measure for calculating ...
    Investing Basics

    Why is return on investment (ROI) a bad measure for calculating ...

    Return on investment (ROI) is a useful valuation tool, but it lacks meaning for long-term investments.
  35. What factors go into calculating social return on investment ...
    Investing Basics

    What factors go into calculating social return on investment ...

    Find out how investors and companies are calculating the social return on investment (SROI), which evaluates both the financial and social impact.
  36. How do I calculate the P/E ratio of a company?
    Investing Basics

    How do I calculate the P/E ratio of a company?

    Find out how to calculate this common valuation ratio and what the results can tell you about a company's performance.
  37. How can the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio mislead investors?
    Investing Basics

    How can the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio mislead investors?

    A low P/E ratio doesn't automatically mean a stock is undervalued, just like a high P/E ratio doesn't necessarily mean it is overvalued.
  38. How can return on investment (ROI) calculations be manipulated? ...
    Investing Basics

    How can return on investment (ROI) calculations be manipulated? ...

    Check out an example of how the return on investment (ROI) for similar investments can vary greatly, depending on how the value is calculated.
  39. 6 Questions For Your Realtor
    Home & Auto

    6 Questions For Your Realtor

    Before you start working with a real estate agent – especially if you're the one paying the agent's commission – make sure you've made the right choice.
  40. Is there value in comparing companies from different sectors ...
    Investing Basics

    Is there value in comparing companies from different sectors ...

    Find out why using the debt-to-equity ratio for reviewing companies doesn't always make for an apples-to-apples comparison.
  41. What is the formula for calculating earnings per share (EPS)? ...
    Investing Basics

    What is the formula for calculating earnings per share (EPS)? ...

    Learn why earnings per share (EPS) is often considered to be one of the most important variables in determining a stock’s value.
  42. How do interest rates affect the weighted average cost of ...
    Investing Basics

    How do interest rates affect the weighted average cost of ...

    The interest rate is one of many external factors that can change the inputs in the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) calculation.
  43. What is considered a high debt-to-equity ratio and what ...
    Investing Basics

    What is considered a high debt-to-equity ratio and what ...

    Learn how to make sense of the debt-to-equity numbers of a company when looking for good investment opportunities.
  44. What are the best uses for trailing EPS, current EPS and ...
    Investing Basics

    What are the best uses for trailing EPS, current EPS and ...

    The earnings per share (EPS) indicator has three basic types that can alert you to past, present and future health of a company.
  45. How can the current ratio be misinterpreted by investors?
    Investing Basics

    How can the current ratio be misinterpreted by investors?

    Statistics can be misleading, and numbers on the balance sheet are no exception. Find out how the current ratio can confuse your investment analysis.
  46. What is the formula for calculating weighted average cost ...
    Investing Basics

    What is the formula for calculating weighted average cost ...

    Weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the average after-tax cost of a company’s various capital sources, including common stock, preferred stock, bonds and any other long-term debt. A company ...
  47. What's the difference between weighted average cost of capital ...
    Investing Basics

    What's the difference between weighted average cost of capital ...

    Both weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and internal rate of return (IRR) are great measures for assessing value, but there are fundamental difference you need to know.
  48. What are the main differences between the current ratio ...
    Investing Basics

    What are the main differences between the current ratio ...

    Find out how the quick ratio and the current ratio can offer different views on a company's ability to pay off liabilities.
  49. Why is earnings per share (EPS) also known as “The Bottom ...
    Investing Basics

    Why is earnings per share (EPS) also known as “The Bottom ...

    "The bottom line" is a cliche is many aspects, but in finance the expression usually refers to a specific financial calculation: earnings per share (EPS).
  50. Should You Buy Or Build A Home?
    Home & Auto

    Should You Buy Or Build A Home?

    You're ready for a new house. Should you buy it or build it? Here's how to think through the pros and cons, whether it's your first home or your fifth.
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