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  1. Helping Clients Weigh College Financial Aid Offers

    Now's the time for reviewing financial aid offers, which can often be confusing. Here are a few tips to help clients make ...
  2. The Difference Between Compounding Interest and Simple Interest

    Interest is the cost a borrower pays to use someone else’s money. Interest can be either simple or compounded.
  3. 10 Ways To Improve Your Credit Report

    A good credit rating can make your life simpler in almost every way. Here's how to build up yours – and repair it if times ...
  4. How Linked Benefit Insurance Policies Work

    Linked benefit policies can be a viable alternative to traditional long-term care insurance. Here's how they work.
  5. Amazon Stock Declines Ahead of Earnings (AMZN)

    Investors have gotten gun-shy about what Amazon, given its high spending history, might reveal in its earnings report Thursday.
  6. Exxon Stock Up Ahead of Earnings, Hikes Dividend (XOM)

    A downgrade in credit rating Tuesday by Standard & Poor's wasn't enough to keep investors from buying shares of Exxon Mobil, ...
  7. Where Rents Are Rising Most (Or Not So Much)

    If you’re in the market for rental housing, rents are rising more slowly in major metro areas; secondary-market rents, however, ...
  8. 5 Reasons Not to Use Your Home Equity Line of Credit

    Find out why taking a loan from a home equity line of credit may be a bad idea, and why you should consider alternatives.
  9. Trends in Capital Flows: U.S. Equities

    Analyze asset flow data for U.S. equity mutual funds and ETFs from 2014 and 2015 to identify changes in demand, investor ...
  10. Do Big Soccer Tournaments Boost Market Performance?

    See why the conventional wisdom about the World Cup — that it boosts economic activity and helps local stock markets — is ...
  11. Should You Buy Critical Illness Insurance?

    This type of insurance adds an extra layer of protection for those with a high-deductible health plan, but the coverage tends ...
  12. (BABA) Who are Alibaba's Main Competitors?

    Learn about China's dominant e-commerce company, Alibaba, including its main domestic competitor, JD.com, and other players ...
  13. Will PayPal Pay on Solid Earnings? (PYPL)

    The company has grown its active accounts by double digit percentage points year over year. A fall to single digits may weigh ...
  14. Mortgage Refinance: Brick-and-Mortar vs. Online Lender

    Understand why refinancing your mortgage might benefit you, and compare using an online lender to working with a brick-and-mortar ...
  15. Money Market Account vs. High-Interest Checking Account: Which Is Better?

    Determine whether a money market account or a high-interest checking account is better for you.
  16. The Origins of the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

    Learn why heavy bond issuance, economic decline, oppressive social spending and a declining population combined to bring ...
  17. 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 ...
  18. When a 401(k) Hardship Withdrawal Makes Sense

    If you've exhausted all other avenues, there are ways to withdraw funds before age 59½ – sometimes without the 10% penalty ...
  19. Who Are Ally Financial's Main Competitors? (ALLY)

    Find out which companies are Ally Financials biggest competitors and how it stacks up against them with its auto-lending ...
  20. The Booby-trapped World of Parental College Loans

    Private parent loans can help families pay for college. But the repayment timeline associated with the loans can hurt parents’ ...
  21. iShares U.S. Construction vs. SPDR Homebuilders: Comparing Homebuilder ETFs (ITB, ...

    Learn why the U.S. housing sector may soon take off in 2016, and discover how to easily gain exposure to the sector, through ...
  22. ConAgra Stock to Trade Ex-Dividend (CAG)

    The company has found ways to beat Wall Street earnings estimates in the previous two quarters by an average of 8 cents per ...
  23. GoPro Stock Falls on High Inventory Fears (GPRO)

    It's not looking as if the analyst community is onboard with GoPro's turnaround efforts.
  24. Philips Q1 Results Make IPO Spinnoff More Likely (PHG)

    The direction PHG stock takes from here will likely depend on any update the management provides about the company's separation. ...
  25. The 3 Best Mortgage Lenders for Refinancing

    Understand the refinancing process and why it is often beneficial, and identify several lenders that offers the best refinancing ...
  26. What All the Candidates’ Tax Plans Are Missing

    The presidential candidates have starkly different tax-reform proposals – but none of them gets to the real problem of America's ...
  27. 3 Companies with Low Mortgage Refinance Rates

    Learn why a mortgage refinance might save you thousands of dollars in interest payments, and identify three companies offering ...
  28. The 3 Best Government Money Market Funds (CPFXX, SPAXX)

    Discover three of the most popular and best performing government money market funds well suited for investors seeking capital ...
  29. Should I Use a Money Market Fund Like a Checking Account?

    Discover the differences between a checking account and a money market account, and determine which of these two accounts ...
  30. Interest-Only Mortgage Case Study: Exploring Sweden's Potential New Rules

    Explore Sweden's overheating housing market while learning about the most recently proposed solution and the effect it may ...
  31. Money Market Rates: Yield Analysis Case Study

    Find out why money market rates have been declining in the face of economic growth and an interest rate hike by the Federal ...
  32. 4 Best Podcasts for Business Leaders

    With less time on our hands than ever, it's important we learn from the tried and true and take advantage of these informative ...
  33. 2 Times Money Market Funds Broadly Lost Money

    Discover when money market funds have broken the buck and lost money, and why it is less likely to ever happen again.
  34. The 3 Biggest Mortgage Lenders (NSM, WFC)

    Learn about the top mortgage lenders of 2016, trends impacting the mortgage lending markets, new product options and consumers' ...
  35. Is a money market account the same as a money market fund?

    Discover the differences between money market accounts and money market funds, including minimum balance requirements, withdrawal ...
  36. Would You Save with an Interest-Only Mortgage?

    Sophisticated borrowers might want to consider one of these loans to keep their initial payments low, but they need to fully ...
  37. Chipotle Earnings Coming Up, What to Expect? (CMG)

    True, the free burritos have helped get some customers back into its restaurants. But it's also costing Chipotle $70 million ...
  38. Mortgage Application: Comparing Brick & Mortar vs. Online

    Learn the differences between applying for a mortgage from a brick-and-mortar lender and an online lender. Find out about ...
  39. Is the Money Market Viable for High Net Worth Individuals?

    Learn why money market accounts are a viable investment option for high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) who place high priority ...
  40. The 5 Best Money Market Accounts in 2016 (ALLY, DCOM)

    Find out which nationwide offerings of money market accounts are the best in 2016 with the highest rates, lowest fees and ...
  41. Lowe's Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (LOW, HD)

    Learn information about the five companies that derive the most of their revenues from Lowe’s home renovation and supply ...
  42. Target Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (TGT)

    Learn where the majority of Target Corporation's suppliers operate and the top five individual suppliers that generate most ...
  43. What eBay's Valuation Means for PayPal (EBAY, PYPL)

    Discover why eBay had such a high valuation when it separated from PayPal in July 2015, and what effects the separation had ...
  44. Is this Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund Worth It? (VMMXX)

    Find out if the Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund is a suitable choice for investing cash in today's low-interest-rate environment.
  45. 5 Most Popular Stocks Among Members in Congress

    Here is a look at a few stocks American congressman and senators have in their personal investment portfolios.
  46. 5 Consumer Stocks 'Big Money' Bets With (KO, PEP)

    Investors favoring reliable returns should consider slow-and-steady stocks. One way to find such lower-risk stocks is to ...
  47. 5 Problems the Pros Face in a Rising Rate Environment

    Discover five issues that portfolio managers must contend with as the Fed commits to raising interest rates in the wake of ...
  48. Why Retirement Planning Should Start at Birth

    We’re all told in some way that retirement savings goes hand in hand with our first job. But what if you could start saving ...
  49. Key Features for Selling a Home

    Besides the timing of your listing, the words you use to describe your house can help you sell it faster – and for a higher ...
  50. 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 ...
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