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Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

The longer you live in your house and make

6 Tips for Investors in Volatile Markets

Investors have to be aware that volatility is a natural part of trading in

Introducing Forex

The Foreign Exchange

News Flash: Yes, A Baby Really Changes Everything

Ten weeks after having my first child, the "baby changes everything" cliche has turned my life

4 Revealing Questions You Aren't Asking Your Financial Adviser
It's a relationship you hope will go the distance, one in which you'll share confidential
10 States With Ridiculously High Car Insurance Rates

The wallets of drivers across the country are under siege by sky-high car

5 Money-Saving Myths We Need To Stop Falling For

Ryan Ferrell, a senior manager at a Chicago-based ad agency, isn't your

USPS Bankruptcy Money Problems
Why The Post Office's Money Woes Could Hurt Your Credit Score

The United States Postal Service can't pay its bills, and that could affect your

5 All-American Companies Whose Fortunes Are Secretly Tied To China, Asia

In recent years, many Asian economies have been booming while European and North American ones

Are Your Personal Finances Ready For A Natural Disaster?

Imagine being left without food, water, and even clothing, and suddenly having to find shelter

9 Unbelievably Easy Ways To Save More Money

Each Monday, Julia Scott offers a collection of

9 Cheap and Simple Ways To Winterize Your Home

Winterizing your home doesn't have to be an expensive endeavor. It doesn't even have to take a

16 Simple Ways To Slash Your Holiday Travel Budget

Here are 16 travel tips to help you save money during the holidays.

16. Take one of the

7 Affordable, Close-To-Home Destinations With International Flavor

How do you say "slippery road" in German?

Schlitterbahn.

You might have known that

8 Scary Tales Of Celebrity Tax Troubles

During his NFL playing days, Warren Sapp made headlines for his relentless pursuit of

One Investing 'Truth' You Should Probably Ignore

If you're like a lot of investors, then you might be getting prepped

4 Key Money Moves to Make When You Get a New Job

Congratulations! You got a new job -- and in a pretty bad economy at

These 6 Sneaky Fees Can Kill Your Budget

Unwanted fees have a way of taking their toll on budgets insidiously. They arrive every month,

5 Money Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Summer Vacation

When you're traveling in Egypt, several months into a year's trek around the world with a family

Showing Up In Swimwear and Other Job Hunting No-Nos

Some job hunting gaffes are obvious -- or at least they should be. 

For instance, you don

4 Tricks To Save Money on Your Summer Vacation

While most everyone wants to maximize their tight vacation budget, it can be particularly

The $31 Billion Health Insurance Mistake (and How to Avoid It)

You see your health insurance as a safety net that's there in case

The One Thing Keeping Some U.S. Troops From Financial Ruin

When Lt. Col. Ted Smith (name changed to protect identity) was deployed for two tours to Iraq

One-Hit-Wonder Stocks You Wish You Could Forget

Flash in the pan. One-hit wonder. 

For a musician, that label can be a double-edged sword

How I Prepared for a Year of Travel, Part 3: Flying on a Budget

If there's one thing I learned after planning for a year of overseas travel, it's that

3 Steps to Smart Shopping Over the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and let's face it, it can be a season of excess. Too much food,

How to Save Money on Hotel & Lodging Costs

I'm a pretty low-maintenance traveler. I'm happy if my room is pest and burglar free and has a

3 Ways to Beat the Tax Man with High Yields

If you're like me, you're always looking for ways to permanently reduce your tax bill. The good

The 5 Easiest Ways to Boost Your Retirement Income

You’ve worked hard all those years. And now, you’ve finally earned time to travel, take long

9 Signs Your Work-Life Balance Is Out Of Whack

If you feel like a hamster on the treadmill of work, work, work, here are some signs it's time

Find the Best Target-Date Mutual Funds for Retirement

Whether you’re hoping to retire in the next three years or 33 years, it’s never too late to

Silver Bullion: The Most Affordable Way to Protect Your Wealth

This article was originally featured in an issue of our

8 Steps to Making a Major Career Change

If you've been thinking about making a career change, you're not alone.

Many workers have

6 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Financial Plan

To build a foundation that will carry you through the best and worst of times, avoid these six

How to Succeed Where 1,471 Hedge Funds Failed

My phone is an old Nokia (NYSE: NOK) about the size of a small brick.

It

5 Ways to Catch Up On Your Retirement Savings

Saving for retirement can be a sore subject for Americans approaching their golden years.

Stay Warmer and Richer With These 6 Winterizing Tips

A yearly utility bill like that can certainly take a toll on your wallet. But with a little

How I Prepared for a Year of Travel, Part 2: Working Overseas

For some couples, it’s a lavish house or boat. For others, it’s purebred show dogs or a live-in

The 4 Best Financial Websites You Can't Afford to Miss

I am often asked what steps I take to get an edge on other investors. The answer is always the

The Secret to Building a Strong High-Yield Portfolio

On average, they're yielding 7.1%. That's more than three times the

The Absolute Best Ways to Save Money

Here are some strategies to help maximize your cash flow, cut major expenses and quickly build

4 Simple Ways to Smooth Out A Bumpy Stock Market Ride

My father loved to ski. When I was young, he would take me to the mountains and deposit me on

3 Financial Protections for Live-In Partners

While married couples enjoy a number of medical, legal, and inheritance

10 Renovations That Could Turn Your Home into a Money Pit

The Wall Street Journal and others have reported that homeowners can expect to pay four

Uncover the Stocks Flying Below Wall Street's Radar

So you finally found the perfect company to invest in. The only problem -- nothing's happening!

9 Renovations that Don't Add Value to Your Home

For most Americans, their home is their biggest

The Contrarian Bet of the Decade: Is Now the Time to Short Gold?

Experienced investors know that no trend -- no matter how profitable -- lasts forever.

Index Fund and Exchange-Traded Fund Strategies That Yield Steady, Reliable Gains

If you're counting on long-term healthy returns to lead you to a secure retirement,

The Single Best Tool for Investing in Today's Market

I've never worked a day on Wall Street. I've never worked at

The 8 Best Work-at-Home Jobs

Whether you're trying to make this month's rent, or maybe just have some extra time on your

How to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Groceries (and Other Expenses)

While the majority of people still consider

Homeowner Checklist: Do You Understand Your Mortgage?

Even after the last few crazy years in the real estate

Will Gold Prices Continue to Rise?

As gold flirts with its all-time highs, many investors wonder whether it can surge higher or

Dow, Jones, Barron & Gould: The Stories Behind the Iconic Names

Right around 5th grade, most kids start to hear about "the Dow Jones Industrial Average." And

The 8 Rules I Use to Earn $112.77 in Dividends Per Day

Note: The following is a guest article from our sister site,

The Absolute Worst Way to Invest in Commodities

These days, there is little doubt that commodities are in a

Financial Help for Generation "Ex"

If you're a romantic, you may not like what you're about to read. 

Statistically, half of

Is Your Bank's Balance Sheet Overloaded With Distressed Real Estate?

Almost all banks own some real estate.

In the banking world

The Ultimate Guide to Profiting From the Commodity Super Cycle

These days, there is little doubt that commodities are in a

Entrepreneurs and Estate Planning: Protecting the Golden Goose

Entrepreneurs tend to have strong personalities and as such, are very much in charge of their

Debunking the 3 Most Widely Believed Mutual Fund Myths

It used to be difficult for investors of modest means to thoroughly diversify their portfolio.

Buying Cheap Leads to Greater Rewards

Everyone loves a bargain.

Value investors are no different. They know that if they buy at

Give Yourself the Insider's Edge -- Invest In What You Know
Peter Lynch, one of the most successful money managers of all time, found some of his best
Find a Fund Manager Who Outperforms

We're not all cut out to be investors. We trade too much, continually buying, selling and

This Stock Could Disappear from the Dow

The Dow Jones Industrial Average isn't considered the most accurate reflection

10 Facts About China You Won't Believe (But You Should)

Thanks to decades of strong double-digit growth, China boasts one of the largest and most

4 Ways Seniors Can Fight Financial Fraud

Have you ever received an email or phone

How to Earn 8.8% From Government Bonds

Tax time is rolling around. And it's one more time when I'm reminded about how much I pay -- and

Shrewd Philanthropy: How to Give Without Getting Taken

When a supposedly noble cause pulls at your heartstrings, don't be too quick to loosen your

Slash Your Taxes Using Charitable Giving Plans

Did you know that there's a way to sidestep a substantial

Better Late Than Never: Advice for Three Bankrupt Sports Stars

We hear a lot about the extravagancies of celebrity spending, and its consequences. But it's not

What Wise Investors Should Do Today

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has notched another loss this morning, a triple-digit decline

A Hedge Fund for the Rest of Us

During my former days as a

Famous Entrepreneurs and How they Achieved Success

Summer hasn't really begun until you've had a good barbeque. 

Over 85 million households

Beginner's Guide to Investing in CDs

When most people think about investing, they think of stocks, bonds

The Lazy Man's Retirement Portfolio

You hear it all the time. Save for retirement!

Many financial experts -- including my

The Top 5 Credit Card Signup Bonuses (2021)
The Top 5 Credit Card Signup Bonuses (2021)

What's better than earning rewards for using your credit cards? Getting paid hundreds

The Top 4 Balance Transfer Credit Cards for 2021
The Top 4 Balance Transfer Credit Cards for 2021

Tired of dragging credit card debt around with you? Then do a balance transfer to

The 5 Best Rewards Credit Cards for 2021
The 5 Best Rewards Credit Cards for 2021

If you're spending money, why not get paid for it with one of the best cashback credit

Harness the Power of Connection: Join an Investment Club

Are you looking to put some excitement back into your portfolio? Or, like many of us, are you

Principles of Technical Analysis: Double Top Formations Explained

As you may already know, the double top is a major

Mortgages

It's a shame that more people don't invest in income-producing real estate, because it's one of the most powerful ways middle-class folks can generate wealth.  There is one major...
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