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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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, ...
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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&rsquo;s various capital sources, including common stock, preferred stock, bonds and any other long-term debt. A company ...
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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).
  20. 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.
  21. Budgeting

    6 Best Personal Finance Apps

    The right app can help you track your bills, monitor your bank accounts and credit cards, and otherwise stay on top of your financial life.
  22. Home & Auto

    How To Get Rid Of Private Mortgage Insurance

    Private mortgage insurance benefits the lender (the sole beneficiary of PMI), but it can add a sizable chunk to your monthly house payment.
  23. Retirement

    5 Apps and Calculators for Retirement Planning

    These are but a few of the numerous mobile apps and online calculators that are available to future and near retirees.
  24. Home & Auto

    Best Apps For Buying A Home

    If you are in the market for a new home, technology can help make your search a little easier. Mobile apps allow you to search listings, calculate mortgage costs, find out which businesses and attractions ...
  25. Retirement

    Five Questions to Ask About Your Company's 401(k) Plan

    Having a comfortable retirement depends on taking maximum advantage of your company's 401(k), if it's offered. Here's what you need to know.
  26. Credit & Loans

    Mortgage Amortization Strategies

    Should you get a 30-year mortgage? A 15-year one? Ways to decide which mortgage is the best fit.
  27. Home & Auto

    Five Things to Know About Quitclaim Deeds

    If that property you're about to buy has a quitclaim deed, check very carefully before you hand over your cash.
  28. Personal Finance

    5 Articles to Refresh Your Financial Literacy

    Being smart about things financial can make the difference between a shaky future and a comfortable one
  29. Retirement

    Top Pension Systems in the World

    The U.S. and Canada aren't even close to tops in retiree pensions. Canada ranks 6 of 20 countries; the U.S.,11th.
  30. Retirement

    Don't Retire Early - Change Careers Instead

    Many people who long for early retirement simply may have never known what it's like to enjoy going to work every day. A better goal for some: Shoot for a mid-life career change instead.
  31. Home & Auto

    What $175,000 Will Buy in the Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater ...

    Prices for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. area homes are up 13.3% from the same month last year, but the median price of $169,000 is still well below the national average - and there's much more ...
  32. Savings

    If You Live In One Of These 11 States You May Be Flunking ...

    Financial literacy is the ability to use knowledge and skills to make effective and informed money management decisions. Some states do a much better job of teaching it to kids than the rest.
  33. Budgeting

    Your Bad Financial Habits Can Hurt Your Kids

    Modeling sensible planning and budgeting practices in front of your kids helps set them up for a lifetime of financial good health
  34. Home & Auto

    What $200,000 Will Buy In The Atlanta Real Estate Market

    Atlanta housing prices are up from last year, but they're still lower than the national median. And there's lots of inventory so plenty of choice for buyers. Here's how to get the most for your money. ...
  35. Home & Auto

    What $300,000 Will Buy In The Riverside/San Bernardino Real ...

    The median list price for the San Bernardino/Riverside, Calif. market is $292,800, up 24.6% from the same month last year, according to the National Housing Trend Report for February 2014, published by ...
  36. Home & Auto

    What $250,000 Will Buy In The Phoenix Real Estate Market

    The number of real estate listings in the Phoenix-Mesa market has increased more than 45% since February 2013. Find out what you can get for the median list price in this eclectic housing market.
  37. Home & Auto

    What $200,000 Will Buy In The Chicago Real Estate Market

    Here's a look at what about $200,000 will get you today in various regions within Chicago's real estate market.
  38. Personal Finance

    The Pros And Cons Of Using Airbnb

    Here, we look at Airbnb - what it is, how it works, and the pros and cons of using this online rental marketplace.
  39. Home & Auto

    Is Homeownership A Smart Investment Again?

    Homeownership remains cheaper than renting across the nation. However, these findings speak broadly to the national market, and there are several situations where it still makes more sense to rent.
  40. Home & Auto

    Tips For Buying Luxury Real Estate

    The price and volume of luxury home sales is rising quickly in the U.S. and around the world. Find out what's driving this growth and what you need to know before buying a luxury property.
  41. Taxes

    How To File A Tax Extension

    Learn the process you need to follow to grant yourself an extra six months on the deadline for filing your tax return.
  42. Taxes

    Tax Breaks For Second-Home Owners

    Owning a second home is a great investment for a variety of reasons, but you need to know the tax implications of multi-home ownership.
  43. Savings

    Tax-Smart Ways To Help Your Kids/Grandkids Pay For College

    Learn about plans and accounts that allow you to efficiently save for your child or grandchild’s education while shielding the savings from the IRS as much as possible.
  44. Personal Finance

    What is an NGO (non-governmental organization)?

    A non-governmental organization (NGO) is a non-profit, citizen-based group that functions independently of government. NGOs, sometimes called civil societies, are organized on community, national and international ...
  45. Markets

    Are there regulations against monopolies?

    A monopoly occurs when a single company or group owns all or nearly all of the market for a particular type of product or service. A monopoly is characterized by the absence of competition, which can lead ...
  46. Markets

    What is a BRIC nation?

    BRIC is an acronym for the combined economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The economies of these four nations are collectively called "the BRICs," "the BRIC countries," "the BRIC economies" or ...
  47. Home & Auto

    What To Expect From The Real Estate Market In 2014

    2014 holds some good news for the housing market, with gains in average home prices allowing more and more home owners to get their mortgages above water.
  48. Personal Finance

    What To Expect From REITs In 2014

    While REITs will face a number of challenges in 2014, one particular issue will be the focus of investors: rising interest rates.
  49. Personal Finance

    Great (Financial) Gifts For Kids This Christmas

    Parents, grandparents and other interested adults can give financial gifts to children that can help secure their futures, whether it’s saving for a first car, college or a down payment on a house.
  50. Insurance

    How Obamacare Is Raising Your Taxes

    There are literally dozens of new, amended or broadened tax provisions under the Obamacare legislation. Find out how your taxes will be affected in the years to come.
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