financial advice

Yvonne Strahovski: How to Manage Overnight Success

L.A. has been exceptionally kind to Yvonne Strahovski, the long, blonde spy-babe on NBC's Chuck and the lone pretty face in the new film Killer Elite. But if you don't get the help you need after your big break, Hollywood can kill you with kindness, so Strahovski had to adapt fast.

Psychological Keys to Boosting Your Financial Willpower

Dr. Roy Baumeister is a research psychologist who has studied the science of self-control for many years. He's also co-author of the new book "Willpower." We asked him how you can boost your willpower when facing financial temptations and decisions. Here are his secrets.

Young Real Estate Investor Seeks Best Use for Cash

Andy Buman has been financially responsible, and invested wisely in two rental properties and a home of his own in the Omaha, Neb., area. His small real estate empire is doing well, and he has saved an extra $20,000. His question for DailyFinance's Laura Rowley: Which loan should he apply it to for the best return?

What SpongeBob Has Absorbed About Money

Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, wouldn't take money advice from the prattling poriferan. "He works 97 hours a week; he gets paid for 40," notes Kenny. The modern day Mel Blanc doesn't give himself much credit for his own personal finance smarts either -- but maybe he should.

Take control of your 401(k)

For many Americans, how we spend our retirement will be determined by how well we planned. After all, Social Security is limping along, "healthy"...

Take the Seinfeld Approach to Market Volatility and Do Nothing

Market turmoil always brings out "experts" dispensing bad advice on what you should do with your money immediately. But if you've stuck to sound investment basics -- appropriate allocations in low-cost index funds -- you should just sit tight and do nothing.

Six Tests Your Financial Planner Should Pass

A new study finds that too many financial planners tell their clients what the clients want to hear, rather than providing objective advice with no financial conflict of interest. Here's how to make sure you don't wind up with a "yes man" as an adviser.

Can New Index Beat a Chimp's Stock Picks?

Lusha the Russian chimp's stock picks have outperformed 94% of the country's investment funds. Inspired by Lusha, DailyFinance' Daniel Solin has created a benchmark stock index based on the letters of his last name. We'll track it over time to see if it beats expert brokers and fund managers.