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  1. 1 in 5 Americans Are Working This Labor Day 2014

    Labor Day is supposed to offer beleaguered workers a day of reprieve from the daily grind. However, not everyone gets to ...
  2. A Primer On Preferred Stocks

    Offering both income and relative security, these uncommon shares may work for you.
  3. How Banks Set Interest Rates On Your Loans

    On the face of it, figuring out how a bank makes money is a pretty straightforward affair. A bank earns a spread on the money ...
  4. Why Some Kids Never Leave The Nest

    Giving your children a free ride can be costly for both of you.
  5. Unexpected Challenges For Self-Employed Finance Professionals

    Going solo in financial services can present a host of unexpected challenges.
  6. Top Student Loan Providers

    Many banks and institutions offer student loans, but some offer better deals than others. Read this list of top student loan ...
  7. Discounts & Coupons You're Missing

    Are you missing out on discounts for medical, entertainment and clothing costs?
  8. Get the Best Savings Interest Rates For You

    How do you choose between market deposit accounts, CDs and traditional savings accounts?
  9. Time To Consolidate Your Student Loans?

    Use these strategies to decide whether consolidating your student loans makes sense for you – and what to do next if it does.
  10. An Introduction To The CMA Designation

    Learn what the Certified Management Accountant designation is, how to get it and what it can do for your accounting career.
  11. Top Job Search Mistakes For Finance Grads

    Looking to land your dream job? Skip the entry-level position by avoiding these common errors.
  12. How Cash Value Builds In A Life Insurance Policy

    If you have permanent life insurance, more of your insurance premium goes to cash value in the early years of your policy: ...
  13. 6 Ways To Capture The Cash Value In Life Insurance

    If you die with cash value left in your life insurance policy, the money goes to the insurance company – not to your beneficiaries. ...
  14. Turn Your Passion Into A Profitable Side Business

    Thinking about starting a business? Here's the first step to making a profit from a field you're passionate about.
  15. Credit Cards For People With Bad Credit

    Yes, you can get a credit card and start repairing your credit history. But brace yourself for low credit limits, sky-high ...
  16. Banker Or Broker: Which Career Is Right For You?

    Bankers and stock brokers may share similar traits, but there are many differences between the two professions.
  17. 5 Things You Shouldn't Do During A Recession

    These tips can help you avoid financial risk, and are especially important during an economic slowdown.
  18. Know Cost Of Living B4 Taking A Relocation Package

    Is that promotion or new job worth taking? Before accepting the salary and relocation package, calculate what it really costs ...
  19. FICO Credit Score Changes – Will Yours Go Up?

    Your FICO score could rise due to a new way of scoring some debts – which could make you eligible for a lower interest rate ...
  20. Who are Venture Capitalists?

    Venture capital investment firms can provide the seed money for high-risk, start-up companies. People called venture capitalists ...
  21. Secured Credit Cards

    They're not just for people with a poor credit score. Secured cards also help students and internationals with no U.S. credit ...
  22. Passing Boomers Will Leave A Big Economic Wake

    While baby boomers keep the longevity economy surging, look out for a dark fiscal forecast when it comes to retirement planning ...
  23. Improve Your Karma With Microlending

    Not all businesses are self-sustaining - many rely on microlending in order to survive.
  24. A Day Without Spending, A Lifetime's Worth Of Lessons

    Financial guru Suze Orman once challenged her fans to go a day without spending any money. Here are the lessons learned from ...
  25. Why You’re Not Helping Your Credit Score by Getting a Co-Signer

    The dangers of co-signed loans are plentiful for those signing on as the well-established borrower with good credit. However, ...
  26. The 5 Largest U.S. Product Liability Cases

    General Motors has been making headlines again this ear, but it's the type of press that no corporation ever wants to ...
  27. Forecasting Mortgage Rates: Buy, Sell Or Refi?

    If you're paying off a mortgage or plan to buy a home, chances are you pay attention to where mortgage rates are heading. ...
  28. 5 Financial Lessons You Must Teach Your Kids

    Teach your kids the relationship between work, money and achieving financial goals with these five simple lessons.
  29. Debt Consolidation: When It Helps, When It Doesn't

    Here's the smart way to use a debt consolidation to get your financial life back on track
  30. When, Why And How To File A Complaint With The CFPB

    When the employees you interact with at your bank, credit card company, mortgage lender or other financial institution seem ...
  31. How To Work In Financial Communications

    The surest way to develop a career in financial communications is to blend together the right mix of talent, education, persistence ...
  32. Leasing to Section 8 Tenants?

    Real estate investors and landlords: It's worthwhile to investigate the section 8 market. Learn about the pros and cons of ...
  33. What Do Credit Score Ranges Mean?

    Take a closer look at what credit scores in each range mean for your financial future.
  34. Does my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio affect my credit score?

    Though closely related, your debt-to-income ratio doesn't affect your credit score as directly as you might think.
  35. How The Sarbanes-Oxley Era Affected IPOs

    After the infamous collapse of companies like Tyco, Enron and WorldCom, the government responded to try and prevent it from ...
  36. Georges Doriot And The Birth Of Venture Capital

    Venture capital has been around for centuries, but Georges Doriot turned it into a structured field of investment.
  37. 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 ...
  38. What counts as "debts" and "income" when calculating my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio?

    It's important to know your debt-to-income ratio because it's the figure lenders use to measure your ability to repay the ...
  39. The Top Credit Reporting Bureaus: How Different?

    Consumers who compare their credit scores across the three agencies may find that the numbers don’t always match.
  40. What unforeseen circumstances affect what I'll pay in capital gains taxes?

    The IRS has outlined some unique circumstances that could qualify you for a reduced capital gains tax exclusion.
  41. 5 Good Reasons To Build A Career In Nonprofits

    There's never been a better time to work in non-profits. The move makes sense at life stages from just starting out to looking ...
  42. Will getting a student loan deferral hurt my credit score?

    You may not be able to afford to pay your student loans, but the long-term consequence to your credit score be disastrous.
  43. How does bouncing a check affect my credit score?

    Learn the many indirect effects on your credit score when you bounce a check.
  44. How does my debt-to-income (DTI) ratio affect my ability to get a mortgage?

    Find out how much your debt-to-income ratio affects your ability to get a good mortgage rate when buying a home.
  45. Get An Academic Finance Career

    Working nine months a year and earning a six-digit salary might seem like the high life, but these jobs are not easy to come ...
  46. The Best Financial Careers For Women

    Here are four finance careers that real women say allow them to achieve success, satisfaction and work-life balance.
  47. Who's required to fill out a Schedule C IRS form?

    Find out if you're required to use a IRS Schedule C form when completing your tax return this year.
  48. Will having several credit cards hurt my credit score?

    The manner in which you use your credit cards may affect your credit score more than the number of credit cards you own will.
  49. 5 Keys To Lower Life Insurance Quotes

    If you get no-frills coverage early and adopt a healthy lifestyle, you’ll almost always enjoy considerable savings from lower ...
  50. What are the best ways to invest in mortgage-backed securities (MBS)?

    Find out how you can start investing in real estate through mortgage-backed securities.
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