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Oil Prices Tank Despite OPEC Cuts

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices


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To Help Avoid a Tax Surprise, Diversify Your Retirement Accounts

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Putting all your eggs into baskets of 401(k)s and IRAs could cost you down the road.


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Can You Get By Without a Financial Planner?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Here's what to ask yourself to find out whether you are prepared to go it alone.


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Hospital Stocks Rally on Failed Obamacare Repeal

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The demise of an attempt to eliminate and replace the Affordable Care Act is good news for hospital operators.


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Business Spending to Break Out of Stall in 2017

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on business equipment spending


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How to File an Amended Return to Claim an Education Tax Break

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The American Opportunity Credit is worth up to $2,500 per student for each of the first four years of college. If you missed taking the credit, you may still be able to claim it by filing an amended return.


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QDRO: Critical Letters in a Divorce Case

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order divides up retirement assets. You may think yours is fair, but a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst could save you a lot of grief, and money.


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A Good Game Plan on Roth IRAs Can Take the Bite Out of Tax Day‬‬‬‬‬

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Tax considerations for Roth IRAs vs. traditional IRAs: Here's what investors need to know.


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What's Next For Health Care, Trump's Agenda?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Don't be surprised if the president's other top priorities get pushed back to 2018 and beyond.


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Don't Let Market Volatility Wreck Your Retirement Portfolio

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

How much risk are you willing to take? A close look at your investments could reveal you're risking a lot more than you think.


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6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Avoiding the checkout line and the temptations of impulse shopping could be friendly to your budget.


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RMD Tips: When Your IRA Holds an Annuity

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If your IRA holds an annuity, you may or may not have to include its value when figuring your required minimum distribution.


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Roth or Traditional IRA: Which Works Better for You?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The rule of thumb has been to compare what your tax rate is now vs. what it will likely be in retirement, but it's not that simple. Here are a couple other considerations.


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They Offered You a Promotion and No Pay Raise. Now What?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

How to look for the benefits that could make that move more attractive.


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A Quick Primer on Tax-Loss Harvesting

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Smart investors know that sometimes losers can be winners. Here's how tax-loss harvesting could save you money.


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4 Ways to Save on Taxes When You Fund Higher Education

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

It is tax time - whether we like it or not! And you could save significant tax dollars if you recently funded your kids' college education, or your own. Here is what you need to know.


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10 Timeless Financial Tips From Knight Kiplinger

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Sage advice about saving, spending and investing never goes out of style.


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How to Report a Tax-Free Transfer From an IRA to Charity

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Your IRA administrator should have sent you a Form 1099-R, but you'll also need to specify on your return that your distribution was a tax-free transfer to charity.


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Sears Isn't the Only Retailer Stock We Told You to Sell

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Sears Holdings, struggling to stay in business, is one of three retail chains we warned investors about in January.


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18 Surprising Ways Your Identity Can Be Stolen

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Critical reminders and key updates on ways your personal info is hacked.


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A Word of Caution to Retirees Tempted by Stock Market Records

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

With the Dow soaring past 20,000, some retirees may feel the urge to buy. But at this stage of the game, they could be putting their retirement at risk.


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The Fed/Trump Face-off: When Fiscal and Monetary Policy Collide

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The Fed under Janet Yellen and the Trump administration appear to be on a collision course. Here's what worried investors should know.


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Costco Expands Online Grocery Delivery With Shipt

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

App-based ordering is being tested in Florida, but the convenience of grocery shopping from home comes at a price.


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Retirees, Cut Your Taxes With These Moves

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

For now, trimming your tax tab is up to you, not the men and women in Washington who write the tax law.


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Steel Worker Wins $100,000 in Warren Buffett's March Madness Contest

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The employee picked the winners of the college basketball tournament's first 29 games.


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6 Ways to Protect Yourself From Falling Stock Prices

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Freaking out about the market? Here's what you can do right now to ease your anxiety.


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Beware of These Often-Overlooked Insurance Gaps

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Surprise: There's a chance your most precious possessions may not be covered.


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The 4 Best Stock Funds for the Next Bear Market

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

These mutual funds can help you weather a downturn.


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Financial Advisers: Don't Follow the Rules, Follow the Principle

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A person who drives 55 mph in a blinding snowstorm is following the rule, while ignoring the principle of safety. It's the same with investment advice.


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Hold On Tight to Get Through the Bond Market's Bumpy Ride

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We're going through a rough patch for conservative investors, but short-term pain can lead to long-term gains.


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5 IRS Audit Red Flags

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Certain things on your tax return could attract unwanted attention from Uncle Sam.


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When to Toss Tax Records

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You can throw away most supporting tax records after three years. But keep your returns indefinitely.


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Two More Fed Rate Hikes Likely in 2017

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on interest rates


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To Make a Financial Plan, You Need a Financial Purpose

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Five questions to ask yourself to identify what's really important to you, your future and your legacy.


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Investors: How to Protect Yourself From Adviser Conflicts of Interest

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Retirement planning is tough, and you need help you can trust. Here's how to get it, with or without regulators' help.


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Smart Personal Finance Moves If You're Leaving the Military

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Plan a smooth return to civilian life with this checklist.


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4 Overlooked Tax Breaks for New Parents

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kids can score you valuable credits and deductions on your tax return.


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How Investors Can Spot the Next Steve Jobs: 5 Tips

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Apple's co-founder was the quintessential "stemwinder," a leader with the passion to drive a company (and stock portfolios) forward. To seek out companies led by stemwinders, investors should ask these five questions.


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Why Warren Buffett Loves Fed Rate Hikes

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

As a bondholder, owner of insurance companies and a big investor in banks, Berkshire Hathaway profits from rising interest rates in a number of ways.


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Meeting Your First RMD Deadline

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you turned 70½ last year, you had the option to delay your first required minimum distribution until April 1 of this year. Fair warning: That's a Saturday, so don't wait until the last minute.


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Which Career Path Are You On? Your Retirement Strategy Depends On It

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

From job-hopper to lifetime loyalist, there are five types of career paths people tend to follow. Here are the retirement-planning challenges and strategies for each.


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4 Overlooked Tax Breaks for Retirees

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Learn how to keep your tax bill low in retirement.


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9 Surprising Perks (and Some Drawbacks) of Paperless Billing

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Why it's still important to stay on top of your finances, even in the online world.


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Best Bank Stocks to Own as the Fed Hikes Interest Rates

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

After a sharp rally following the November presidential election, are there any bank stocks with more upside to give on rising rates?


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Strong Jobs Growth Lasting Longer than Expected

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs


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Kick Your Retirement Plan into Gear With a Start-To-Finish Checklist

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Planning for what could essentially be a 30-year "vacation" sounds daunting, but you can break the process down into four more manageable pieces and tackle them one by one.


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Trump-like Executive Actions to Take for Your Portfolio

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Model President Trump and take your investments into your own hands to make them great again. Three steps to consider.


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Dividend Aristocrat Stocks for Every Month of the Year

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

These reliable companies have been paying dividends for at least 25 years in a row.


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How to Make the Most of a Health Savings Account

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Paired with a high-deductible health insurance policy, an HSA is a great way to save a tax-free stash of money for medical expenses. Most of the health care overhaul proposals in Congress would expand the use of HSAs.


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The Simple Secret to Retiring a Millionaire

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Save early and often to build a seven-figure nest egg.


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Widening Trade Gap Sparks White House Worry

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of the trade deficit


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Can You Save Too Much in Your 401(k)?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Over-investing in your 401(k) can lead to a taxing retirement. It's one of the biggest mistakes investors tend to make, and it's avoidable.


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Buying and Selling a Home When You're in the Military

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Benefit from special perks and resources to ease military moves.


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5 Surprising Things That Are Taxable

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You won't believe what Uncle Sam wants a cut of at tax time.


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4 Overlooked Tax Breaks for the Self-Employed

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Don't miss these deductions if you work for yourself.


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Is a Bitcoin ETF a Good Investment?

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Main Street investors will need to wait longer to find out after the SEC rejects the proposed exchange-traded fund.


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Investors, Inflation-Proof Your Assets

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Keep higher prices from nibbling away at your portfolio.


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Social Security Tips to Maximize Your Benefits

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Answers to real-life questions about Social Security claiming strategies.


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Donald Trump's Presidency and Your Investment Portfolio

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Whether you're concerned, elated or just baffled by the new world order, unless you stick to a solid plan, your emotions can steer you into making a mistake that'll cost you "Big League."


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How Dirty Is Your Money, Really?

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Why your cold cash can pick up many germs and bacteria.


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How to Leverage Your Small Business for Financial Success

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Small-business owners have great tools to secure their futures: SEP IRAs, Solo-401(k)s and Simple IRAs. Here's how to put them to work.


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The 8 Most Dangerous Investing Mistakes

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Time to learn from my misfortunes. Avoiding these missteps could save you a bundle.


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Paying Taxes for a Hired Caregiver

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The nanny tax isn't just for Mary Poppins. It covers any household employee including housekeepers, gardeners and caregivers.


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Fiduciary Rule in Limbo, But Investors Are Still Winning

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

No matter what happens to the DOL conflict-of-interest rule, several changes have already kicked in, and that's good news for retirement savers.


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Are You Ready for Retirement?

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Ask yourself these three questions to find out.


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5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Keys to overcoming these roadblocks to wealth.


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Retirees, Maximize Your Income From Dividends

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Stocks that can deliver steady dividend growth, rather than the richest yields, offer the most fertile ground for dividend investors.


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Why a Roth IRA Is a No-Brainer for Retirement Savers

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Roth accounts offer big advantages over traditional IRAs and 401(k)s.


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Savings Accounts for Special-Needs Children

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

More states are introducing ABLE accounts, which allow you to save money that can be used tax-free to benefit a person with a disability.


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Saving for Retirement When You're in the Military

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Make the most of special savings plans and new rules.


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5 Gold-Rated Funds to Beat the Market

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The Morningstar Medalist rating gives us confidence that these picks should outpace the indexes over the long haul.


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The Best Ways to Snag Bargain Airfares

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When you're shopping for international flights, be flexible and don't buy too soon.


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4 Creative Ways to Redeem Rewards Points

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When it comes to airline and hotel loyalty programs, there's more to rewards than free flights and free nights.


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Investors, Stop Worrying About a Bear Market

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

It's not like there aren't risks out there, but the smart strategy is to stay in stocks, and stay diversified.


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Keep Your Memory Sharp

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You can prevent memory lapses by staying mentally and physically fit -- and by having fun with your friends.


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How to Choose the Right Medical Specialist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Why it's important to ask the right questions, check credentials.


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Harding Loevner Delivers Two Winning Foreign-Stock Funds

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Both focus on firms with above-average growth and shareholder-friendly execs.


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Vanguard Health Care Hit Hard by Politics

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

This Kiplinger 25 fund is looking to get back on track with firms that push innovation.


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A Payout for Credit Score Customers

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A refund could be coming your way if you paid to get your FICO score.


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Housing Outlook, 2017: Home Prices Keep Climbing

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

But as mortgage rates ratchet up, homes will be less affordable, tamping down sales and home-price growth in many cities.


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The Outlook for Mortgages, 2017

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Mortgage credit remains tight with the best rates available only to those with stellar credit scores.


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How to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Avoid having to buy a pricey replacement battery by being mindful about how you charge and store your smartphone.


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Another Marriage Penalty for Taxpayers

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0500

A new reason to stick to cohabitation -- if you and your devoted have a giant mortgage.


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