Personal Finance

Our team of experts is here to help provide unbiased, common-sense personal finance advice & insights. Get money management tips & ideas, learn how to improve your budgeting and receive guidance on how to save & invest your money to drive greater returns. These are just some of the personal finance topics our experts address.

What 5 Summer Movies Taught Me About Money

What 5 Summer Movies Taught Me About Money

What 5 Summer Movies Taught Me About Money

Warning: Spoilers below. 1. Guardians of the Galaxy In the future, money will be called “units” and will be instantly transferable from one person to another, I guess by telepathy or or telepathic Internet or something. Everyone will be obsessed with getting as many units as possible even though there’s no reason to buy anything…. Read More

How to Get Bank Fees Reversed

How to Get Bank Fees Reversed

How to Get Bank Fees Reversed

As you’re examining the latest wave of transactions on your bank or credit card statement, you notice an unfamiliar fee. Should you just bite the bullet and pay it, or should you ask your financial institution to remove it? The latter is the better choice. In fact, a survey conducted last year by Credit.com found that 44% of respondents… Read More

The Dangers of Borrowing Against Your 401K

The Dangers of Borrowing Against Your 401K

The Dangers of Borrowing Against Your 401K

According to a recent TIAA-CREF survey, almost one in three Americans borrow against their employee retirement plans at one time or another. That must mean it’s a smart move…right? Wrong. As you’ll see, borrowing money from your 401(k) or other retirement plan at work can be one of the very worst financial moves you can… Read More

A Guide to Budgeting With Roommates

A Guide to Budgeting With Roommates

A Guide to Budgeting With Roommates

Deciding how much rent you can afford can be tricky – and a great way to cut back on costs can be splitting the rent with another person. But when sharing a home with someone, you are inevitably sharing even more (food, utilities, living space, etc.). It’s a good idea to discuss all expectations of personal… Read More

Do Renting & Risk Go Hand in Hand?

Do Renting & Risk Go Hand in Hand?

Do Renting & Risk Go Hand in Hand?

Consumers exhibit more reckless behavior when deciding to rent something rather than buy it, a new study out of the University of Maryland finds. The lack of commitment required when deciding to rent a product leads people to consider fewer options, gather less information and settle for a less appealing product than they would when buying,… Read More

10 Insanely Cheap Flights

10 Insanely Cheap Flights

10 Insanely Cheap Flights

If you like saving money but don’t enjoy deal-hunting, plane tickets are probably among the things you least enjoy buying. There are helpful tools like low-fare alerts, cheap-flight search engines and rewards programs that help you save money on airfare, but oftentimes, finding a low-cost plane ticket feels more like a product of luck than… Read More

Delta Named Best Airline in the U.S.

Delta Named Best Airline in the U.S.

Delta Named Best Airline in the U.S.

Delta Air Lines received the top honor of Best U.S. Airline of 2014 from deal-hunting website Airfarewatchdog. For the third year, the site compiled Department of Transportation data and consumer satisfaction reports to determine rankings of eight major U.S. airlines, in areas including frequency of canceled flights, lost baggage and on-time arrivals. How America’s Airlines Stack… Read More

CFPB Warns of Bitcoin Dangers

CFPB Warns of Bitcoin Dangers

CFPB Warns of Bitcoin Dangers

It’s a bit too early to trust Bitcoin, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday, in an announcement sure to be unpopular with fans of the digital currency. Bitcoin users face “unclear costs, volatile exchange rates, the threat of hacking and scams,” and lack of clear refund paths, the CFPB said in a pretty sternly-issued warning…. Read More

The Best Time to Start a Small Business

The Best Time to Start a Small Business

The Best Time to Start a Small Business

Ah, the excitement of a great business idea. You can see the yellow brick road spread out before you. The future has never looked brighter. But you ask yourself, is now the right time to launch? Am I ready? Here’s how to tell. Once you have the product or service dreamed up, the question of… Read More

The Craziest Résumé Lies Employers Have Found

The Craziest Résumé Lies Employers Have Found

The Craziest Résumé Lies Employers Have Found

More than half of hiring managers have caught applicants lying on their résumés, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder, and the lies range from small embellishments to unrealistic claims. The magnitude of the lie doesn’t matter, because any form of intentionally misleading a prospective employer is sure to hurt your chances of getting the… Read More

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