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Gasoline Prices to Trend Lower

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices


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Wells Fargo: 'Gutless Leadership' or Buying Opportunity?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Things may get worse for WFC stock holders before they get better.


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Little-Known Ways to Pay In-State Tuition Rates at Out-of-State Colleges

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

A public college in another state may not be out of your financial reach.


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6 New Reasons to Shop at Target

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

The cheap chic pioneer deserves a fresh look from shoppers who drifted away.


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Mid-Cap Stocks Are the Market's Sweet Spot

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Here are my four favorite funds that focus on medium-size companies.


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How a Roth Conversion Can Save You and Your Heirs Thousands

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

With a Roth, you can avoid RMDs and let more of your money grow tax-free.


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Economy to Keep Just Puttering Along

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast for the GDP growth rate


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A Housing Shortage Looms: Builders Can't Keep Up

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Starter homes especially are becoming scarce.


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5 Simple Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Retirement

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

The closer you get to retirement, the less room for error you have.


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Best FANG Stocks for Tech Investors to Buy Now

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

We rank the shares of Facebook, Amazon.com, Netflix and Google parent company Alphabet.


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Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Stretch your food dollars with online guidance from the experts.


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When Is the Perfect Time to Invest?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Trying to time the market rarely works out well. Instead, be sure to have enough cash on hand to cover you in good times and bad.


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What Do I Do With Unused 529 Plan Money?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Money that's left in these college-saving funds are subject to income taxes and an early-withdrawal penalty, except in some circumstances.


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What's the Better Value for Investors: Amazon or Alphabet?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Better value doesn't necessarily mean better stock.


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6 Critical Questions to Ask Before Investing in a Stock

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Before you make any investment, figure out your answers to these questions to help minimize your risk.


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Next Fed Rate Hike Likely in December

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on interest rates


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Inflation Will Pick Up Next Year

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation


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The Top 10 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

These S&P 500 stocks offer handsome yields and stability, sure. But many of them pack a total-return punch, too.


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How to Verify That New-to-You Auto Insurance Company Is Legit

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Start by looking up the insurer's complaint volume and how quickly those complaints were resolved.


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Consumer Spending Promising Despite Slow Summer Sales

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending


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Sam's Club or Costco: Which Warehouse Club Is Right for You?

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

There's more to evaluating warehouse clubs than the cost of their groceries and merchandise.


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Do Low-Volatility Products Belong in Your Portfolio?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Before investing in these popular strategies, consider these five things.


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What Should Bond Investors Do Now?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Don't worry about whether interest rates will rise; focus on your investing goals and what bonds do for your portfolio.


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10 Stocks You Should Dump Right Now

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

The bears tipped their hand last Friday, and more is coming. Now might be the time to reduce your market exposure.


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Making Catch-Up Contributions to a Health Savings Account

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

The rules are different for HSAs and retirement accounts.


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How Scammers Can Steal Your iTunes Gift Cards

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Don't get conned into giving out the 16-digit codes over the phone.


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How to Tap Your Retirement Savings Penalty-Free

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Saving for retirement does not lock up your money; in some cases, you can withdraw it early and avoid a 10% charge.


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Is It Time to Get Out of the Stock Market?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Better to stick to a well-devised investment plan than try to guess when investors' lucky streak is set to end.


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Where Trump and Clinton Stand on Tax Breaks for Dependent Care

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Trump unveils a new tax deduction for families with up to 4 children or providing elderly care. Clinton wants a 10% household income cap on child care expenses.


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Maximize Your Money With Kiplinger and NAPFA

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Join our day-long live chat for free expert answers to your personal-finance questions.


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Use Charitable Bequests to Improve Your Estate Plan

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Uncle Sam isn't going to solve his debt problems with your money. You can redirect money headed to the IRS toward your family and philanthropy.


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A Tale of Two Celebrity Marriages and One Prenuptial Agreement

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard could've saved themselves a lot of grief if they'd had a prenup. Learn from their mistake.


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The Best Bond Alternative No One Is Talking About

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Fixed indexed annuities may provide the steady income and stability that bonds aren't providing these days.


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It's a Bad Time to Invest in S&P 500 Index Funds

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Fewer actively managed funds are beating Standard & Poor's 500-stock index than at any time except the late 1990s. That won't last.


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7 Good Energy Stocks for Your Retirement Portfolio

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Retirement investors should be focusing on these steady energy stocks ... because they're among the very few options you can actually depend on.


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6 Secrets Shoppers Need to Know About Barcodes

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Barcodes have evolved to tell shoppers everything from the health risks of a product to whether it was made under ethical conditions.


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Why the Typical Retirement Withdrawal Strategy Is Wrong

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Many people have financial situations that call for a unique approach to withdrawing retirement savings.


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Good Dividend-Paying Tech Stocks Selling at Good Prices

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Shares of these technology companies offer income investors yield at a reasonable price, or YARP for short.


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Investors, Look for Buying Opportunities While Interest Rates Remain Low

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

The financial sector and housing market may benefit while the Fed continues its steady-as-she-goes approach.


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QLACs Can Deliver Late-in-Life Income

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Here's what you need to know about qualified longevity annuity contracts.


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Easy Ways to Get Extra Cash in 30 Minutes or Less

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

All you need is a half hour to put more money in your pocket.


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The 5 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks With the Highest Yields

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

High-yielding dividend aristocrats are the perfect solution to low interest rates.


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How to Open an ABLE Account for a Special-Needs Child

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

If you live in a state that doesn't have one of these new tax-advantaged plans yet, you can open one in another state.


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Get More Income By Investing in Preferred Stocks

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

They stand to pay higher dividends and protect you in a rising-rate environment, but can be complex investments.


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Save on Taxes By Being Proactive Instead of Reactive

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Tax planning with your financial adviser can add up to huge savings.


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Why Estate Planning Demands Openness, Clarity and Focus

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Prior planning and communication with loved ones can protect value and lessen disputes among heirs.


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Are You Getting the Best Deal on a Used Car?

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400




Courtyards Bring Light and Life Indoors

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

See the many ways to build an atrium into your home -- and find out about its advantages.


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Another October Surprise Isn't in the Cards for Investors This Year

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

My main argument for continued tranquillity in the markets: Interest rates are likely to remain low for the foreseeable future.


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7 Tech Stocks With Rising Dividends

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Want dividend growth? Forget staples or utilities, and try tech instead.


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Should Investors Worry About the Fed's Next Move?

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Instead of trying to predict where interest rates are headed, you need to have a good investment plan and an open mind.


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4 Things You Should Never Say to Customer Service

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Avoid these blunders if you want to get your problem resolved.


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Harvest Your Tax Losses Throughout the Year

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

This investing move can lower your tax bill, but you need to understand all the rules and be disciplined with the strategy.


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4 Companies That Could and Should Buy Twitter

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

These firms have the best shot at turning Twitter to profitability.


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A Simple Guide to College Savings Plans

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Among your best options for saving for your child's education are 529 plans, Coverdell ESAs and custodial accounts.


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4 Ways a Home Energy Audit Will Save You Money

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Discover how much of your hard-earned cash is going out the window and through the roof.


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What Retirees Must Know About Medicare Advantage Plans

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

If you need additional help covering medical expenses, here's what you need to know.


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When Should You Take Social Security?

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

The answer to this big and tricky retirement question depends on your health, family situation and other factors.


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Physicians Face Unique Financial Challenges

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

A doctor's high income and demanding insurance needs may call for specialized financial assistance.


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Dependent-Care Flexible Spending Accounts Aren't Just for Kids' Expenses

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

You can use the money tax-free to cover care for dependents of all ages while you work.


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How Doing Nothing Can Pay Off for Investors

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

For the three-month period during which I essentially ignored my investments, the Practical Investing portfolio rose 10%.


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Is a Crackdown Coming for Sharing Passwords to Video Streaming Services?

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Most streaming video services have rules limiting account sharing. A lot of people ignore them.


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Investors, It's Time to Bet on Banks

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

The big banks have different personalities. JPMorgan Chase is strong and steady. Wells Fargo is seen as the best managed and most innovative.


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Do Fitness Trackers Really Improve Your Health?

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

The devices aren't terribly accurate, but that may be beside the point: getting you out and about.


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How Redfin Can Save You Money on the Sale of Your Home

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Sellers who use Redfin cut the commission to the selling agent by half--or more.


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3 Stocks to Kick to the Curb

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Valuations are stretched too thin to keep picking off the top. Time to prune.


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Tightening Housing Supply Pushes Up Prices

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on housing starts and home sales


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Trade Deficit Increases in Listless World Economy

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

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


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Pace of Job Growth to Stay Moderate

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs


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8 Decorating Ideas for a Good Night's Sleep

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Could your bedroom be keeping you awake? Here's how to design a space for rest and recharging.


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Scoop Up Brexit Travel Bargains Now

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Wait too long and deals could disappear as air carriers cut service to the U.K.


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How to Find a Lost Tax Form

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

You might be able to request a transcript from the IRS.


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For a Healthy Vacation, Take a Walk

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Walking tours offer an up-close and personal view of your destination, with a bonus: You can indulge in gourmet meals without worrying about your waistline.


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A Value Line Fund Breaks With Tradition

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

The manager of Value Line Mid Cap Focused goes for companies with rising profits and climbing share prices.


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How to Avoid the Penalty for Early Withdrawals From Your IRA

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 00:00:01 -0400

Tapping your money early has lots of traps, but they can be avoided.


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Clinton on Track to Win 2016 Presidential Election

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Trump can win the White House, but faces an uphill climb.


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Best Stocks Outside the U.S.: Siemens

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Our search for great stocks from around the world led us to this 169-year-old German conglomerate.


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Best Stocks Outside the U.S.: Taiwan Semiconductor

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Our search for great stocks from around the world led us to Asia, home to the largest contract manufacturer of computer chips.


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Financial Decisions That Will Haunt You in Retirement

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Avoid these mistakes now, so you don't regret them later.


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10 Good Stocks Under $10 From Around the World

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Low-priced stocks can turn into landmines. Tread lightly, look for bargains and keep the fundamentals in mind.


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9 Ways Siri Can Be Your Personal Finance Assistant

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Apple's voice-activated assistant won't make you rich but it can help you be smarter about your finances without a lot of work.


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Apartment Rents Are Still Too Darn High

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Rents are rising more slowly, but in many places they are still painfully expensive.


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Is Credit-Card Debt Out of Control?

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:01 -0400

Balances are on the rise, but defaults are still low.


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