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Kiplinger's Personal Finance



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Fiduciary Rule is a Chance to Get a Better Standard of Care

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you are seeing some changes in how your financial professional is operating, it may be time to ask a few questions ... and seek a second opinion.



7 Steps to Help Find the Right Financial Professional

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

It's up to investors to do a little detective work when considering who should advise them.



Best Careers of the Future 2017

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Worst Careers of the Future 2017

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We found 10 dying professions to avoid based on growth prospects and pay.



6 Back-to-School Items You Can Buy Used

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

While you can't send kids off to school without the supplies they need, for certain items, you can shop smart and buy used.



6 Stocks With the Warren Buffett Seal of Approval

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Big Employers That Let You Bring Your Dog to Work

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The 7 Best Dow Jones Stocks to Buy Right Now

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Consumer Is Looking Better

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending



Weaker Inflation Likely to Stick Around

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation



Do This Before Including 'Factors' in Your Portfolio

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The best and brightest research on investing may sound like a sure thing, but before venturing off into Ph.D.-level academia, investors should master personal finance 101. It could deliver a better payoff.



With Social Security and Taxes, Make Sure You're Getting the Right Advice

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When you should start taking your benefits and how your provisional income affects your taxes are two critical pieces of the retirement puzzle. To make the right moves, you need to look at the big picture.



What You Need to Know About Homeowners Insurance in Hurricane-Prone States

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Policies can be prohibitively expensive in areas susceptible to hurricanes, but home buyers can take steps to make sure they're not overwhelmed by the premiums.



3 Small-Cap Stocks With Sizable Dividends

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




7 Companies Warren Buffett Should Buy Now

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Understanding Inherited IRAs and Their Inherent Dangers

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Mistakes made with inherited IRAs can be costly and impossible to fix. To minimize a potentially hefty tax bill, make sure to dot your i's and cross your t's.



Leaving Your Digital Legacy

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Between Facebook, iTunes, email and digital banking and investment accounts, most of us lead pretty active lives online. Do you have a plan for what will happen to all your passwords and accounts when you pass away?



Working Part-Time in Retirement Can Be Tricky

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Keeping a hand in the workforce after retirement can be richly rewarding (in a couple of key ways). However, it can also complicate your finances.



Retirees, Take a Midyear Tax Checkup

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If any of the following changes are part of your life this year, the tax impact may be far more significant than anything Congress does.



7 Lesser-Known Tech Stocks That Could Make You Rich

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Best Little Funds No One Is Talking About

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Grandeur Peak's actively managed funds offer superior returns without too much risk.



Time to Take Stock Profits? 4 Steps to Consider Now

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

With stocks in the stratosphere, many investors have happily put off rebalancing as they watch their portfolios rise. Those same investors won't be smiling when stocks fall back down to earth. It could be time to do some strategic selling.



No Need to Go Alone: 5 Considerations for Choosing a Financial Adviser

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Some tasks are appropriate for do-it-yourselfers, but investing and planning for retirement may not be one of them.



House Hunting? These Features Will Save You Big Over the Long Haul

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When shopping for a home, ignore paint colors and instead focus on house features that will either save you a lot or will cost you a lot to fix.



Oil Market's Rally Loses Steam

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices



Win the Lottery? Here's the First Thing You Should Do

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Any windfall can come with a sea of emotions and decisions. You need to clear your head, and then find the right help. A Certified Financial Transitionist (CeFT) may be just the ticket.



Think Like a Startup to Boost Your Finances

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Learn valuable lessons about your personal finances from the successes and failures of entrepreneurs.



Claiming the Saver's Credit on Your Tax Return

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Workers with modest incomes are rewarded with a tax credit of up to $1,000 for saving for retirement.



Retirement Roulette? Letting It All Ride on Stocks May Not Be Best

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

For those in or near retirement, gambling too hard on today's record-setting bull market could be more risk than they bargained for.



10 Great Vanguard Funds to Squeeze Out Income

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




5 Stocks to Cash In on Cloud Computing

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Enter the Labyrinth: What to Know About Social Security

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you're thinking about claiming Social Security, these five tips could help.



Look Before You Leap Into a Taxing Withdrawal Strategy

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Before you decide to turn on your Social Security, pension or some other income stream in retirement, consider the big picture. You have some control over the taxes you'll pay in the future if you plan it right now.



The 10 Best Dividend Stocks in Tech

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




7 Reliable Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Decode Annuities to Find the Best Fit

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A stream of guaranteed income from an annuity can provide peace of mind that essential expenses will be covered if you live well into your eighties or nineties.



Parents Don't Always Know Best About Finances

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Here are 7 bad financial habits you could be passing on to your kids.



Pearls of Wisdom for 401(k) Investors

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Proper investing is crucial to your long-term retirement success. That means accepting volatility but managing risk.



Deducting Mortgage Interest on a Vacation Home

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You may be able to write off all mortgage interest on a second home if you're not renting it out for extended periods.






U.S. Trade Deficit Headed Up in 2017

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

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



'Senior Inflation': The Not-So-Silent Retirement Killer

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Health care costs are a huge part of retirees' financial picture, and they keep jumping at a rate faster than other prices overall. Here are some strategies to cope.



A Winning Recipe for Picking Dividend Stocks

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Look for stocks -- we pick four of them here -- that boast a powerful combination of generous dividend yield, strong dividend growth and low payout ratio.



7 Tips for Choosing the Right Executor

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

What traits make for a good executor, and who by default is unable to serve?



7 Stocks That Will Push the Dow Jones to 25,000

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




7 Tips on Choosing the Right Executor

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Job Growth Strong, Wage Growth Still Stuck

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs



6 Strategies to Build Portfolio Diversity

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Investors need to cover their bases with a good variety of financial vehicles that reach beyond the old stock-and-bond game.



How Do You Know When You're Ready to Retire?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

There is no magic age, but there are three things you need to be prepared for, and once those stars align, you can be confident that it's time.



7 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Famous Wall Street Investing Quotes: Who Said It?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




8 Bargain Dividend Stocks in a Pricey Market

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Bigger Isn't Always Better When It Comes to Financial Advice

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Here's why a smaller, independent adviser could be a better fit for your retirement-planning needs than the big-name institutions.



Death of 'Stretch' IRAs Would Mean Loss of Flexibility for Beneficiaries

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If part of your estate plan is to leave a hefty IRA to your children or anyone else other than your spouse, you may want to start thinking about backup strategies now.



Retirees, Rebalance Your Portfolio Even as This Bull Market Keeps Running

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you don't rebalance, your stock allocation may grow far beyond your comfort zone, setting you up for unpleasant surprises in a market downturn.



Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money on Travel

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

By traveling outside of summer and public holidays, or by going abroad during the less popular times of year, you can save a considerable amount of money on your total travel bill.



Ways to Earn Extra Cash

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Leave Your Loved Ones a Generous Legacy -- Not a Tax Bill

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Your 401(k), 403(b), IRA or other qualified plan can be a wonderful gift for your heirs, but watch out for the tax strings that come attached.



The Secret to Using Money to Buy Happiness

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You need to take a hard look at what you're spending your money on, and then take a harder look at yourself and what you really value.



10 Small-Cap Stocks That Look Like Hidden Gems

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




What You Must Know About Social Security

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




5 Mistakes to Avoid in Retirement

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

From taking too much risk to ignoring taxes and inflation, future retirees have a lot of potholes to dodge.



Quiz: How Well Do You Know 529 College Plans?

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Do you know which kind of savings plan has no market risk? Do you know whether you'd lose money if your child didn't go to college? How about the rules on where they can go? We've got the answers.



5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Worried about financing your retirement? Consider packing your bags and boarding a plane for one of these five countries.



20 Winning ETFs That Cut Through the Confusion

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Long Rates to Stay Low

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on interest rates



How Stocks React to Global Crises

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

History shows that after an initial dip, share prices tend to bounce back smartly.



How to Track Down Your Forgotten Cash

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

States and government agencies are holding $40 billion. Is some of it yours?



Why Fears About Muni Bonds are Unfounded

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Investors should focus on the $3.8 trillion of solvent debt instead of on trifling sums that are in default.



The Best College Savings Plans, 2017

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

These state-sponsored 529 programs offer tax breaks, low fees and well-managed portfolios.



Maximize Your Income in Retirement

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A quirk in employer pension formulas gives women a big advantage.



Kiplinger's Editor Janet Bodnar Passes the Torch

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You won't find a better source of financial advice than Kiplinger's.



5 Strategies to Save $1 Million

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A record number of people have reached the seven-figure milestone. Follow our five strategies to join them.



New Strategies to Cut the Cable Cord

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Next-generation strategies for getting rid of cable once and for all.



5 Super Low-Cost ETFs

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Our choices aim to beat traditional benchmarks.



Streaming TV Services for Every Type of Viewer

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




1 Tax Shift Most People Miss in Retirement

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Many retirees inadvertently end up with a tax plan that's upside-down from what would be best for them.



What You Don't Know About Risk Could Disrupt Your Retirement

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

There comes a point when assuming additional risk doesn't mean additional benefits.



3 Best Vanguard Funds to Buy on the Next Dip

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




How Well Do You Know College 529 Plans?

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Tax Trap Snares Young IRA Heirs

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Beware the "kiddie tax," which applies to unearned income (including distributions from traditional IRAs).



Tax Breaks When Moving to Take Your First Job

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The cost of hiring movers and traveling to a new home are tax-deductible if you meet the distance test.



Protect Against Social Security Fraud With an Online Account

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Protect against fraud by setting up an online account at any age.



How Home Buyers Can Overcome Tough Competition

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

To win in a hot market, take advantage of tech to find homes as soon as they are listed.



Why Socially Responsible Investing Is Not for Me

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Wanting to put your money in firms that follow certain ideals is laudable, sure. But it's not as straightforward as it used to be.



Cashing In on Fast-Growing Small Caps

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

This fund's goal: Invest in firms that can generate annual earnings gains of at least 15%.



I Add Two Bargains to My Portfolio

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

One pick, Lazard, is a global investment banking firm. Its reasonable share price provides a margin of safety.



Robo Advisers Get the Human Touch

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

More automated advisory services are giving clients the chance to consult with financial planners and investment counselors.



What Happens to Your Target-Date Fund When You Hit Retirement Age

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Target-date funds employ one of two basic asset-allocation strategies once you reach retirement age. Here's why that matters.



New Budget Airlines Offer Low-Cost Flights to Europe

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

But be careful: Fares from cheap airlines may not be such a deal after you add in extra fees.



How to Pay for College

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The tab for a four-year education is mind-boggling. But don't panic: You don't have to save the entire cost.



To Save More, Focus on the Future

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

When imagining your financial life, clarity counts. A vague desire for peace of mind might become "I want to have at least $1 million."



Protect Your Assets With an Umbrella Insurance Policy

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

A $1 million policy can cost as little as $150 per year.



Learn From the Daily Habits of Wealthy Individuals

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:01 -0400

More money doesn't have to mean more problems.



5 Critical Questions to Ask Your Financial Adviser

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You're trusting your financial future with this person, so you must be crystal clear on these key issues.



The 7 Most Common 401(k) Mistakes to Avoid

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Many Baby Boomers might not be ready for retirement, but younger workers have a chance to do better - if they make the most of their 401(k)s.



The Financial Basics Every New Grad Should Know

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Take advantage of your increased income to build a financial foundation.



7 Small-Cap Stocks With Big-League Potential

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Goldilocks GDP Growth: Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast for the GDP growth rate



Inventories Tight as Housing Demand Grows

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on housing starts and home sales