Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith has been a professional writer for nearly two decades. He has worked for many of the nation's top mutual fund providers and banks in addition to numerous magazines, websites and other publications. He specializes in financial services and travel, and is currently the head of communications for a large mutual fund company.

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  1. Stocks

    8 Good Intentions With Bad Outcomes

    Here are some historical examples of companies with good intentions that failed miserably.
  2. Real Estate

    4 Types Of Home Renovation: Which Ones Boost Value?

    You think your updated house looks great, but potential buyers may not feel the same way.
  3. Stocks

    A Peek Into Shareholder Meetings

    Shareholder meetings can be glamorous, exciting or controversial, but not particularly revelatory.
  4. Real Estate

    Becoming A Landlord: More Trouble Than It's Worth?

    On the surface, being a landlord seems likes like a surefire bet, but it's usually more headache than it's worth.
  5. Stocks

    Modern Portfolio Theory Vs. Behavioral Finance

    Or: How financial markets would work in an ideal world vs. how they work in the real world.
  6. Investing

    Deleveraging: What It Means to Corporate America

    How companies can use deleveraging—reducing debt—to be more profitable.
  7. Real Estate

    Leverage: Increasing Your Real Estate Net Worth

    Few homeowners think of their mortgages as leverage, but careful use of this asset can help them maximize their net worth. ...
  8. Real Estate

    Housing Cooperatives: A Unique Type of Home Ownership

    Co-ops are often less expensive than apartments and provide some unique benefits and drawbacks for owners.
  9. Real Estate

    5 Mistakes That Make House Flipping a Flop

    If you're just looking to get rich quick by flipping a house, you could end up in the poorhouse. Be sure to avoid these mistakes. ...
  10. High Net Worth Strategy

    Timeshares: Dream Vacation or Money Pit?

    This popular real estate product has its advantages, but don't expect to make a profit.
  11. Budgeting & Savings

    Car Shopping: New Or Used?

    Don't get taken for a ride. Learn the pros and cons before the salesperson makes a pitch.
  12. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Mortgage Points: What's the Point?

    Learn how to pay less for your home in the long run, or save in the short run.
  13. Budgeting & Savings

    The True Cost Of Owning A Car

    Driving is often the most convenient way to get around, but it'll cost you.
  14. Brokerages

    What Is A “Broker-Dealer” And Why Should You Care?

    For many investors, the financial services industry is a strange and mysterious place filled with a language all in its own.
  15. Budgeting & Savings

    The Basics of Financial Responsibility

    Just being able to make your credit card payments doesn't cut it. Find out what does.
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