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The 10 Best Stocks of President Trump's First Year

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




The 10 Worst Stocks of President Trump's First Year

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




Tax Breaks You Won't Believe Are Real

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




Why a Top 10 List of Annuity Companies is Not a Place to Start

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

To find the annuity that's right for you, start by asking yourself a series of "what if" questions.






The Bull Market Isn't in Danger of Ending Yet

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

But the relentless stock melt-up can't last forever. Watch for these warning signs that the rally is coming to an end.



Will a Government Shutdown Trigger a Market Meltdown?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

The clock is ticking on a potential government shutdown, leaving investors to wonder what could happen to this bull run in stocks.



Two-Thirds of Americans Have Inadequate Insurance. I was One of Them.

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

If you've had the same insurance policy for many years, you may find yourself knee-deep in trouble when disaster strikes.



How to Set Goals for Yourself and Make Them Happen

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Do you want to change careers in 2018? Devote more time to volunteering? Or how about saving $50,000 over the course of the year? Here's how to set an attainable goal and really stick with it.



Nice-Try Tax Breaks Rejected by the Courts

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




The 1 Thing You Can't Forget to Take When Leaving a Job

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Some people take more care boxing up the pens, paper clips and coffee cups in their desks when they pack up for a new job than they do wrapping up their 401(k) for departure. There's big money at stake, so plan ahead.



10 Stocks That Could Surprise in 2018

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




Gas Prices Heading Up

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices



Do You Own ETFs? Heed the GICS Shakeup

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Coming changes to how stocks are classified by industry and sector could have repercussions for investors in many exchange-traded funds.



3 Tips to Keep Emotions From Causing Investing Mistakes

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Markets are always rising and falling. News is always breaking. And investors are always fretting. Now's the time to take a breath, check your plan and calm those worries.



5 Ways Roth IRAs Help Retirees

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

The reduction in tax rates under the new tax law could make contributing to a Roth IRA more attractive even for those nearing retirement.



The 50 Best Stocks of All Time

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




The Dogs of the Dow: Investing Made Easy

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

This blue-chip-centric passive investment strategy is simple and successful. But are its imitators even better?



A Good Holiday Season In-store and Out

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending



Inflation Will Rise This Year

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation



To Be Ready for a Bear Market, Start With a Portfolio Analysis

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

The time to check your risk tolerance level is well before a bear starts poking its nose into Wall Street's business.



Don't Gamble With Your Retirement Income - Protect It

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

What kind of retirement saver are you? The kind willing to roll the dice and let your nest egg ride, or the kind who wants more of a sure thing?



Earnings Calendar, Week of Jan. 15-19, 2018 (UNH, BAC, IBM)

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

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



2018 Stock Market Holidays and Bond Market Holidays

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Is the market open today? Here's a look at what holidays the stock markets and bond markets take off in 2018.



The 9 Best Dividend Growth Stocks in the Dow Jones

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




Our Practical Investor's Portfolio

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Columnist Kathy Kristof is putting her real money into the market so she can help you be a better investor.



The Ultimate Tax and Retirement Strategy for High Earners

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Everyone's heard of pension plans, but have you heard of a cash balance plan? It's a way to sock away large amounts of cash for retirement on a tax-deductible basis.



How New Tax Law Affects Retirees, Retirement Plans

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




10 Value Stocks to Buy for 2018 and Beyond

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




Why Working Past 65 Can Be Doubly Rewarding

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Aside from making for an easier transition, the financial benefits of stretching out your working life with part-time work or a lower-stress job after you retire can really add up.



Make Sure You Have Proof to Support Your Charitable Tax Deductions

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

In an audit, the IRS may deny your charitable write-offs if you don't have a record of your contributions.






What Investors Need to Know About the New Tax Law

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




5 Bank Stocks to Love in This Goldilocks Economy

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




How "Chained" Inflation Will Erode the New Tax Cuts

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Lower inflation adjustments mean smaller annual increases in tax brackets, standard deductions and other breaks.



Tax Cuts for Now. But What Happens in 2026?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

The new rules will be the subject of hot political debate in eight years (or sooner).



Big Change Afoot for the "Kiddie Tax" Under the New Tax Law

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Though the exemption remains the same, the rates are quite different.



Gaming the Mortgage Interest Deduction Under the New Tax Law

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

The rise in the standard deduction means far fewer people will be deducting mortgage interest.



An Investing Tax Break that Survived Under the New Tax Law

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Forget about deducting management fees and tax-prep costs. But margin interest you still get.



You Can Pay $0 in Taxes on Your Retirement Income

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

When retirees add up all their deductions and personal exemptions, they may find opportunities to generate the income they need from their portfolios without triggering any federal taxes. Here's how.



Money Aside, 5 Questions to Answer Before You Retire

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

When getting your ducks in a row for retirement, you've got to know a lot more than how you're going to pay for your new life. You've got to decide what kind of life you're going to lead.



6 Stocks That Will Hit a Trillion Dollars

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




To Buy or Not to Buy: Do Annuities Have a Purpose in Your Portfolio?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

There are two specific types of retirement savers for whom annuities make a lot of sense. See if you're one of them.



The 401(k) Reaches 40 With Flaws Left to Fix

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

How can a retirement plan be effective if it focuses only on savings and not the income necessary for retirement itself?



New Tax Law Offers Added Incentive to Make Tax-Free Transfer of RMDs From Your IRA to Charity

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Basic rules for charitable deductions stay the same under the new tax law, but a near doubling of the standard deduction may change people's giving.



Is It Time to Try Investing in Japan Again?

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

If you're ready, you need to employ a cautious strategy.



7 Common Money Conflicts in Marriage and How to Solve Them

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You and your spouse probably have different approaches to finances, but you can still live financially happy ever after.



12 Smart Ways to Spend $1,000

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




9 Smart Ways to Spend $10,000

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




7 Smart Ways to Spend $100,000

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




8 Free Things You Can Do on Any Vacation

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

These fun-filled activities can take the sting out of expensive family travel.



Is Your Dividend Growth Strategy Stuck in the Past?

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Focusing on companies with strong dividend histories makes sense for investors, but that's only part of the equation. Size matters when you're talking about dividend growth.



10 Top Funds for a 2018 Gusher in Energy Stocks

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




Why You're Paying More for Car Insurance Now

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

One big reason: Advanced safety features cost more to repair or replace.



Relief for Western Union Fraud Victims

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

You have until Feb. 12 to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and get some of your money back if you got hit by a telegram scam.



It Might Be Time for a New Driver's License

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Make sure your ID meets requirements for air travel.



Will a Credit Freeze Boost Car Insurance Premiums?

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

In a few states, you may need to thaw frozen credit reports before buying or renewing insurance policies.



Can Your Adult Child Contribute to a Health Savings Account?

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Even if your son is on your family's insurance policy, he may be eligible to contribute to a HSA.



Financial Tools for Savers With Big Balances

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Workarounds for when your bank isn't passing on higher yields to you.



How to Make Your Encore Career Count

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Your second act can give you a chance to use your talents and expertise for good.



5 Questions About Net Neutrality

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

New rules could change the way you use the internet, and you may pay more.



How to Know It's Time to Retire

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

The decision to retire is a personal one that's as much psychological as financial.



How to Stop Getting Robo Calls

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Technology has made those annoying recorded calls ubiquitous, and technology can help you fight back.



Don't Step Into These Saving Traps

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Some behavioral biases seem tailor-made to foil retirement savers. But their ill effects are smaller for those who are aware of them.



Don't Trust a Pie Chart to Test Diversification

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

When the next market downturn comes, many investors who think they're protected may be surprised. Merely being invested in different types of stocks and bonds isn't good enough anymore.



Consider Alternative Funds to Hedge Against a Market Downturn

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

These funds can smooth out the ride in a bumpy market.



11 New ETFs to Watch Out For in 2018

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




7 Bargain Stocks in Today's Pricey Market

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




More Stocks Growing Faster Than Amazon

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




When Widows Are Forgotten: A Guide for Widows and the People Near to Them

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

They are all around us, but widows can sometimes feel invisible and forgotten. They need help. This I know from experience. And this is what they (and you) should do.



Tax Reform Will Boost Economy

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast for the GDP growth rate



Cash In on Tech Trends With Fidelity Select Technology Fund

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

This fund can be volatile, but patient investors have been rewarded.



T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Value Takes the Long View

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

This fund's managers look for high-quality stocks that have stumbled or troubled companies with a fix in sight.



Beware "Value Traps" When Looking for Cheap Stocks

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Figuring out when--or even if a company's prospects will improve is tricky work.



Municipal Bonds Will Survive Tax Reform

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

A change in the deductibility of state and local income and property taxes will have an effect on munis, but these well-loved investments are made of tough stuff.



For Value, GM Beats Tesla by a Mile

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Tesla gets all the attention, but with actual profits, GM can afford to finance innovation.



Don't Get Burned When a Stock Cuts Its Dividend

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

General Electric's 50% cut caused a lot of consternation about who might be next. We'll help you spot hazards.



How Your Credit Score Is Calculated

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Here's the formula for success no matter which model lenders use.



Warren Buffett: Why Index Funds Trump Hedge Funds

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Buffett easily won his 10-year bet against the hedge-fund industry thanks to the cheap efficiency of simple index funds.



11 Key Political and Economic Forecasts for 2018

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




8 Times Booking Your Own Travel Is Cheaper Than a Package Deal

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

You may find ways to shave dollars off each element of your trip.



12 Smart Financial Moves for the New Year

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Make 2018 the year you take the steps to save money on insurance, reduce your taxes, boost your retirement savings and protect yourself from identity thieves.



5 Investment Strategies That Could Shine in 2018

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




Soaring Imports Keep Widening Trade Gap

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

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



Job Growth Becoming More Sustainable

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs



3 Worst States for Taxes on Retirees

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

High income taxes, sales taxes and taxes on Social Security and other retirement income make states such as Connecticut, Kansas and Minnesota especially tax-unfriendly for retirees.



Same-Sex Couples Are Marrying Less: What That Means for Their Finances

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

The marriage boom that bloomed after legalization appears to be cooling off. However, same-sex couples who don't marry are missing out on a lot of serious legal and financial protections.



3 Financial Moves to Make as a New Year Gets Underway

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Set yourself up for a successful 2018 with a few clean-sweep moves.









Retirees, Break Free From Low Yields

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Bond funds took in about $201.9 billion in net new money in the first nine months of this year. That's 64% more than in the same period for 2016.



FAANG Stocks: Buy, Sell or Hold

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




Start Investing Now? Uh, Yeah

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:01 -0500

Take advantage of one of your greatest assets: time.



Right Now Is the Right Time to Prepare for the Next Bear Market

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Yes, stocks have been on a record-breaking tear for a long, long time. And that's precisely what makes it the perfect time to take a step back and make an adjustment with your portfolio.



QCDs: Use This Tax Strategy to Get More From 2018 RMDs

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Under the new tax law, those taking RMDs can get a tax break even without itemizing by giving to charity. Here's how qualified charitable distributions can pay off beyond good deeds.



Find a Match to Share Your Home

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Consider this alternative to senior housing or moving in with families.



10 Strangest Ways States Tax You (And Don't)

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




6 Tech Trends That Will Dominate 2018

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500




Biggest Blockbuster Drugs of All Time

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Lipitor, Humira and Advair boosted the bottom lines of Big Pharma companies and their shareholders for years.



Baby Boomers are Rewriting Retirement History

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0500

Can you a remember a time when retirement didn't exist? It wasn't that long ago. And we might be heading that way again, because today's "retirees" have a lot they still want to accomplish.