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Caring for a Parent From Far Away

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Caregiving for an elderly parent or relative is especially hard for the nation's seven million long-distance caregivers.






32 Companies That Amazon Could Ruin

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




Rates Due for Moderate Increase

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on interest rates



Earnings Calendar, Week of Nov. 20-24, 2017 (LOW, CRM, DE)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Check out our weekly earnings calendar and read the latest quarterly earnings previews.



Will You Spend Less in Retirement Than You Think?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

It's smart to budget for inflation. But if you're overly conservative, you may be setting yourself up for a less fun retirement or years longer working than necessary, because your retirement spending calculation may be wrong.



5 Wise Decisions You Can Make on Social Security Right Now

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Don't wait until you're ready to retire to figure out your best strategy for claiming Social Security benefits. Looking into options well in advance makes much more sense. And you may even discover you could retire early.



Best Toys R Us Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Stores are open Thanksgiving Day, but don't expect bargains on many of the hottest holiday toys during Black Friday sales.



When to Take Your First Required Minimum Distribution From an IRA

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You may be able to postpone taking your first required distribution from an IRA until the following year, but that can trigger a bigger tax bill.



10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




10 Dividend Growth Stocks for 2018

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500







In-Store Sales Beat Expectations

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending



Inflation Will Inch Up

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation



Kiplinger's Favorite High-Yield Dividend Stocks

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

These four picks are well suited for many income investors including retirees.



2018 Retirement Contribution Limits for 401(k)s and IRAs

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Some savers can contribute more to their retirement nest eggs in 2018.



Investment Patience is a Virtue

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Investors who can keep their focus on the long term when others get distracted (and distressed) by short-term drama should see their patience rewarded down the road.



5 Ways to Better Connect with Female Investors

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Some financial advisers are missing the boat when it comes to helping women with their money. Here are some ways they're coming up short, and some things female investors should expect from the professional they've hired.



Best Costco Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The warehouse club is promising big Black Friday sales on top of its members-only prices.



8 Things You Must Know About Retiring to Florida

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




7 Stocks That Warren Buffett Is Buying and Selling

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




Gifting a Life Insurance Policy to a Charity

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

One often-overlooked way to magnify your magnanimous charitable donation is to consider gifting an unneeded life insurance policy. Your gift can also come with some tax benefits.



QLACs: A Secret Weapon to Help Reduce RMDs

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Worried about taxes and making your money last through retirement? A qualified longevity annuity contract (QLAC) could be a possibility to consider.



Penny Stocks: Why You Should Always Stay Away

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

With the exception of some large foreign firms, investors should generally avoid stocks that trade over-the-counter.



Best Amazon Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Some of the biggest Black Friday and Thanksgiving savings on Amazon.com are on Amazon products.



Cheap Funds to Build an Unstoppable Portfolio

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




7 Best Energy Stocks to Buy for the Dividends

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




Will Your Holidays Be Filled with Gobble, Gobble or Squabble, Squabble?

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The holidays are upon us, which can mean more time with family. If you are like me, visions of family fun, laughter and joy are dancing in your head. But realistically speaking, those visions can be quickly squashed by family drama.



Don't Leave Your Surviving Spouse in Dire Straits

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The death of a spouse has wide-ranging financial ramifications. Here are eight moves you could make right now to help ease some future burdens on the one you love.



Land a Retail Job for the Holiday Season

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Retailers will add hundreds of thousands of seasonal workers for the holidays. How to find a job--and possibly turn it into a permanent position.



50 Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2018

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




Oil Market Heats Up

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices



Hurricanes Shed Light on Inadequate Insurance Coverage

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Did you know that standard homeowner policies don't cover flooding from heavy rains? And that people who don't live in flood zones file water-damage claims about as often as those who do? It's time to check your coverage.



To Retire, Mind Your P's: Purpose, Planning and Procrastination

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Focusing on those three basic concepts will keep you out of trouble, even if you're in the "retirement red zone."



10 Best Financial Benefits for Military Families

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




Things You Should Know About the GOP Tax Plans

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




10 Tech Stocks That Could Disappear by 2027

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




Where to Retire in Florida

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

Some cities in the Sunshine State are better suited for retirees than others.



How to Motivate Your Kids to Save and Invest: The Rule of 72

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

Nothing illustrates the magic power of compounding like the Rule of 72, which estimates the number of years required to double your money.



6 Tips to Sell Your Condo Fast

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

Ways to cut your costs and turn a profit on your property.



7 Best Retail ETFs for the Holidays

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




15 Utility Stocks to Buy for Safety and Stability

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




3 Reliable Used Cars That Are Bargains

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

Ford, Kia and Cadillac make affordable alternatives to popular vehicles on the used-car market.



This Old-School Retirement Rule No Longer Applies

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

Modern-day asset allocation is a lot trickier than the traditional rule of thumb that so many people go by.



Your DIY Retirement Plan Could Be Saved by a Second Opinion

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

Even if you think you have your plan all nailed down, complete with detailed spreadsheets and an inflation buffer, there may be something you're missing.



The Big Pension Decision Military Service Members Must Make in 2018

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

Service members who joined armed forces in recent years must decide whether to stay in the military's old retirement system or join the new one. Here's how to choose the system that's best for you.



100 Most Popular Funds for Your 401(k) Retirement Savings

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

These mutual funds have the most assets under management in 401(k) workplace retirement plans.



Best Vanguard Funds for 401(k) Retirement Savers

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




The Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




Best American Funds for 401(k) Retirement Savers

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




Best Fidelity Funds for 401(k) Retirement Savers

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







7 Best Dividend Funds for Retirement

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




7 Signs America's Economic Growth Will Keep Booming

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




How the 401(k)-IRA Rollover Thought Process Works

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

Every decision has a consequence. From RMDs and taxes to passing on an inheritance, go step by step to make an informed choice.



4 Questions to Ask Before Adding an Annuity to Your Retirement Plan

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

Annuities are a worthy option for savers looking to add an element of protection to their retirement strategy. The key: Work with an independent adviser and understand WHY each product is being recommended.



4 Smart Moves Every 20-Something Should Make to Maximize Retirement Savings

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

Strategies to help you build a fat, comfortable nest egg.



How to Qualify for a Health Savings Account and Trim Your Tax Bill

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

Health savings accounts provide a triple tax break to consumers. Contribution limits are going up slightly in 2018, but so are deductibles for eligible policies.



Nvidia (NVDA) Earnings Preview: Red-Hot Chipmaker Must Post Pristine Results

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

Nvidia's stock has rallied for years on AI and cloud computing, but Thursday's Q3 earnings report is an important test.



Retirees, Fend Off the Risk of Bad Returns

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

Keys to helping your portfolio survive a downturn.



9 Future Dividend Aristocrats

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




The 8 Money Moves You Must Make Before 2018

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




What Do You Know About Tax Brackets?

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




Know What You Want in Retirement Before You Buy the Tools to Build It

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

Too many people go about building their retirement plan backward. They get caught up in the investment part of the plan first and figure they'll worry about what their actual goal is later.



Divorce Alert: Tax Bill Targets Alimony Deduction

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

Written into the fabric of the GOP tax proposal is a change in how alimony is taxed. People paying alimony could lose "the greatest tax deduction ever." And that could ultimately affect those receiving alimony, too.



10 Dangerous Dividend Stocks to Watch

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500




U.S. Exports Rise on Quickening Global Growth, but Imports Rise More

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

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



Jobs Bounce Back from Hurricanes -- but Not Fully

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs



Tight Inventory Spurs Prices

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on housing starts and home sales



The 9 Investment Risks You Need to Guard Against

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

To protect your investment portfolio, it's important to understand the different kinds of risks you're facing.



Japan's Stock Market Rebounds Under Abenomics

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0500

U.S. investors should take note of the rally as Prime Minister Abe's economic policies take hold.



12 Investments to Cash in on China

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

China has created the most successful economic revolution the world has ever seen, and it still has room to grow.



Generate a Do-It-Yourself 2017 Tax Cut

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Taxpayers can benefit by maximizing itemized deductions this year.






3 Top Companies That Are Going to the Dogs

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Major corporations are adopting pet-friendly office policies as an employee perk.



Only Homo Sapiens Need Apply for New 529 College Savings Tax Break

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

But you don't have to wait for Congress to act to open a tax-advantaged plan to save for an unborn child or grandchild's college education.



Why You Need to Take Control of Your Retirement Right Now

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Ask yourself three basic questions -- concerning Social Security, pensions and your future lifestyle -- to help get your planning in gear.



3 Game-Changers for Investors in the New House Tax Plan

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

While the newest tax plan is still in its early stages, it's not too early to start thinking about how you may be affected.



A Child-Care Tax Break for Working Parents

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

New parents and those with pre-teens can save on taxes (for now) when paying for child care by signing up for an employer's dependent-care flexible spending account.



How the GOP Tax Bill May Affect Businesses

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Corporations would enjoy a lower flat tax rate while individual owners of pass-throughs would also see a lower rate, but with more complex terms.



Tips for Spending Down Your Retirement Savings

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Investors: Stop Overpaying for Simple Market Exposure

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Do you pay your financial adviser a 1% advisory fee for all your investments? If so, you may be paying too much, because much of your portfolio is probably invested in some basic funds that could be had for much less.



4 Ways Retirement Savers Can Help Reduce Their RMDs

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You're proud of the nest egg you've built in your IRA and 401(k), but are you prepared for the tax bill that will come with it when the time for required minimum distributions arrives? Here are four ways to ease that pain.



Apple (AAPL) Earnings Preview: It's All About the iPhone

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Thursday's Apple earnings report should provide hints about demand for the new iPhone 8 and upcoming iPhone X.



8 Career Moves That Prove You're Finally a Grown-Up

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Strategies to move forward, get ahead, and make more money.



10 Things You Need to Know About Health Insurance Open Enrollment

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you're signing up for Obamacare for 2018, you'll have less time to buy coverage for next year, but here's help finding the right policy more quickly.



8 Best Stocks to Buy for a Black Friday Boom

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400




4 Keys to a Happy and Prosperous Retirement

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The goal is a long and happy life you love! It takes more than just money, so do some self-searching well before you retire.



To Build a Sturdy Financial House, You'll Need a Well-Designed Plan

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You wouldn't build a house without a blueprint, but that's what too many people do with their finances, and it can easily turn out very wrong.



Where You Rank as a Taxpayer

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

As Congress finally gets serious about tax reform, you need to know where you stand now, so you can understand how changes will affect your pocketbook.



Doors Now Open For ACA Enrollment

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you're planning to enroll in a marketplace Obamacare plan for 2018, be ready for a shorter sign-up period, higher premiums and other changes.



Rebuilding Your Home and Finances After Disaster Strikes

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Mopping up--and drying out--after the hurricanes was only the first challenge. Now the victims have to struggle through recovery.



Kiplinger Dividend 15: Our Top Dividend Picks

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Every kind of income investor will find something to like in our new list.



The Right Price for Investing Advice

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We help you navigate the bewildering world of financial advisers.



Smart Year-End Moves to Trim Your 2017 Tax Bill

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Some of these year-end moves will be even more compelling if lower rates arrive in 2018.



Best Phone Plans for Every Type of User, 2017

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400




5 Buy-and-Hold Stocks You Shouldn't Hold Anymore

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Borrow Free E-Books With Libby App

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

From digital-content distributor OverDrive, this app gives readers free, on-the-go access to a trove of titles from multiple libraries.



Colleges Slash Sticker Prices

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:01 -0400

But lower published prices may not save you money.