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Online Sales Surge, In-store Sales Hobble

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending


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When to Take Social Security Sooner Rather Than Later

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The longer you wait to start receiving payments, the bigger your monthly check. But here are other factors you'll want to consider.


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A Grumpy Old Man's Guide to 401(k) Investing

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

It's tough-love time: If you're lucky enough to have a 401(k) plan, and you're not filling it to the max, you're making a rookie mistake.


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4 Tips for Investing in This Bunny Market

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Not a bear or a bull, today's market zigs and zags and can confuse us all.


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5 Mental Habits That Make the Rich Richer

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Effective ways to help you shoot for the stars, not the dirt.


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Tax Deductions for Independent Contractors

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Write-offs for business expenses will help offset your self-employed income.


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How to Find a Financial Adviser Who's a Good Fit for You

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Especially when you're approaching or in retirement, you want to be sure you're working with the right professionals; asking them these five questions should help.


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Can You Afford to Retire?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Review this retirement-planning checklist to help you figure that out.


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Beware Pitches for High-Yielding CDs

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Turbocharged certificates of deposit could be a risky investment.


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Simple Steps to Save on Investment Fees

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Some of the costs associated with saving and investing are patently obvious, but there are others that can be quite well hidden.


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As the College Bills Approach, Ratchet Down Risk in a 529 Savings Plan

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

When your son or daughter enters high school, or even before, start shifting some of the money from aggressive funds into more-conservative ones.


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Keep Calm and Carry On as Markets Adjust to Trump Presidency

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you're worried about all the political and economic changes ahead, you're not alone, but there are some reasons to take comfort, too.


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3 Financial Risks That Retirees Underestimate

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Remember to consider your withdrawal strategy, unexpected life events and your health when approaching retirement.


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The Power of Non-Correlating Assets

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

With so much uncertainty in the markets, having a well-diversified investment portfolio is especially important.


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4 Things to Consider in Retirement to Make Your Money Last

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Once you're in the distribution phase of your financial life, you need to focus on preserving your wealth by managing risk and being tax efficient.


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Why Retirees Aren't Enjoying Their Wealth

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

A fear of outliving your savings is bound to put a damper on your retirement years.


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State Death Taxes Losing Life

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Following Uncle Sam's lead, several states are raising their estate-tax exemptions, while some are ditching death taxes altogether.


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3 Tax-Planning Tips to Consider as Donald Trump Gets Down to Work

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Before you make big moves with your savings, investing or inheritance plans, take a breath and weigh the likely consequences.


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Will OPEC Cuts Bring Higher Oil Prices?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices


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Trade Deficit Widening in 2017

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

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


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Jumpstart Your Job Search With Instagram

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The social network could link you to your next employer.


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How to Build a Retirement Strategy While Reducing Risks

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You don't necessarily have to take big risks to reap big rewards; a low-volatility investing strategy may be best for you.


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Strong Jobs Growth Continues

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs


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Smart Financial Advice for Newlyweds

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

While you're still in the honeymoon phase, you and your new spouse should get on the same page about how to handle your money together.


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Where to Save Your Child's College Fund

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Depending on the type of account you use, you can score some good tax advantages on top of your savings.


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Caregiving Teams Help Friends in Need

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Local volunteer networks can assist those who need help with medical care.


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5 Keys to Your Social Security Benefits Strategy

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

There are a variety of factors that can determine when it's best for you to start claiming your benefit.


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I'm a Conservative Investor, and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

No investment is completely safe. You need to understand the risks in your portfolio.


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6 Vanguard Index Funds to Buy and Hold Forever

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Just six index funds from fund giant Vanguard can boost your returns. But, which six?


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2016 Tax Return Tip: Deduct Student-Loan Interest Paid by Your Parents

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Write off the interest as long as you're not claimed as a dependent.


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8 Smart Financial Moves for the New Year

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Our New Year's resolution is to help you improve your finances in 2017. Start with these strategies.


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Tax Tip for Your 2016 Return: Write Off Home Refinancing Points

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Get a tax break when you refinance your mortgage.


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5 Things Fourth-Quarter Football Strategy Can Teach You About Retirement Planning

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You may need to adjust your strategy during crunch time in order to successfully reach the end zone.


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13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Your monthly check could take a hit if you live in one of these 13 states.


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These 5 Money-Saving Hacks Are a Huge Waste of Time

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

It may be time to rethink some of your budgeting strategies.


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How to Get a Tax Break for Airline Baggage Fees

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Self-employed taxpayers may be eligible for the write-off.


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Investors, Save Big on Mutual Fund Fees

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Investment firms announce fee cuts for mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.


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This Stumbling Biotech Stock Still Has a Lot of Promise

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Gilead Sciences' robust product pipeline should turn things around.


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Why You Should Delay Social Security Benefits

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

And the three reasons you might opt to claim sooner.


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How to Invest With Skill

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

All activities are done with some combination of luck and skill. But when it comes to your money, you want to be more than just lucky.


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Best College Value Snapshot: Bowdoin College

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

This liberal arts school's selective admission rate and generous need-based financial aid packages make it a smart choice.


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The Trump Effect on Financial Markets

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Faster growth and lower taxes compete with inflation and higher rates.


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A Surprise Boost for Emerging Markets

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Trump's election has provided emerging markets with an unexpected benefit: a stronger dollar, which makes foreign goods even cheaper here.


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Why Interest Rates Matter

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

How Federal Reserve rate hikes and rising bond yields affect the economy and your investment strategy.


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5 After-the-Holidays Moves Your Credit Score Will Thank You for

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Take these steps to also strategically pay down your debt.


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Older Veterans Often Miss Out on Long-Term-Care Benefits of Up to $2,210 Each Month

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you qualify, be sure to follow the rules to collect the Aid and Attendance benefits you've earned in service to our country.


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Funding 40 Years of Retirement

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you live to 100, can you avoid outliving your money?


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De-Stress Your Life

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Deep breathing, meditation and getting back to nature are among the best ways to relax and improve your health.


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A Preview of the Fed Under Trump

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

John Taylor, a former Treasury official in the Bush administration, is a top candidate to replace Fed chair Janet Yellen.


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How Speeding Tickets Affect Your Car Insurance Premiums

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

To minimize the sting of higher rates, see if you can get credit for taking a remedial driving course.


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Master the Rules of Credit Cards to Maximize Your Rewards

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You can learn how to really maximize credit card rewards from users who have mastered the rules.


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Investors, How Much Risk Can You Stand?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you are taking on more risk than you can emotionally tolerate, you'll hit the panic button and sell at the worst possible time.


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Small-Business Success Story: Crafting Down-Home Brews

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

They use pecans, honey, sweet potatoes and other Mississippi ingredients in their beer.


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How to Get Next Year's Tax Refund Now

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

It all starts with filling out a new W-4 form with your employer.


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Boomers Cashing Out Their Art Collections

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

That spells opportunity for buyers of modern and contemporary art.


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Master the Art of Meditation

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

A number of tools, classes and retreats can help you learn to meditate.


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A Value Fund Leaps Ahead of Its Rivals

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

TCW Relative Value Mid Cap's manager seeks cheap stocks with a catalyst that could spark annual returns of 15%.


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Dodge & Cox Stock Comes Roaring Back

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The trick to making money with this Kiplinger 25 veteran is sticking by it.


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Housing Market to Strengthen in 2017

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on housing starts and home sales


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Piece Two Homes Together Into One

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Multigenerational living arrangements can help cut down living costs and bring families closer together.


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Should Your Kids Contribute to Family Money Goals?

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Aiming toward a fun event could teach your young ones valuable money skills.


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What the DOL's Fiduciary Rule Means for Consumers

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The new regulations may cause some advisers to leave the game or raise their costs.


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Personal-Finance Columnist Kim Lankford's Best Money-Saving Tactics of 2016

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Save thousands with our practical guidance on real-life questions about saving for retirement, paying for health care, cutting taxes and more.


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How to Raise Money-Smart Kids

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Telling them how to be financially savvy probably won't make much of an impact. You have to show them.


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3 Keys to Wealth Management

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Look at how your financial adviser (or potential financial adviser) handles these three functions to be sure you're getting the investment help you need.


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How to Choose a Memory Care Unit

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Advice on how to choose the right care facility for a loved one with dementia.


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It's Time to Start Planning for the 2017 Tax Season

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

At the end of every calendar year, you should take these steps to try and save on future taxes.


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15 Ways to Prevent Your Smartphone From Wasting Data

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Fine-tune your cellular skills to save time and money.


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When the Dow Should Hit 50,000 and Why

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Hint: It's just a math equation.


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One of the Best Ways to Give to Charity

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Donate stocks instead of cash to maximize your contribution, as well as your tax savings.


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6 Things Married Couples Should Talk About When Planning for Retirement

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Get on the same page as soon as possible, so you can help ensure you retire happily ever after together.


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The Best Time to Start Saving for Your Child's College Education

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:01 -0500

It's right now. Here's why.


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Trump's Impact on the Economy

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast for the GDP growth rate


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Moderate Growth for Business Spending in 2017

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on business equipment spending


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These 5 Expenses Will Probably Cost You a Lot Less in Retirement

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0500

Fewer expenses could mean more money in your pocket in your golden years.


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