Subscribe: Kiplinger Personal Finance
http://www.kiplinger.com/about/rss/kiplinger.rss
Preview: Kiplinger Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance



Trusted financial advice and business forecasts for more than 75 years



Last Build Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:10:03 GMT

 



Keep More of Your Retirement Savings with Tax-Bracket Planning

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Without a comprehensive tax strategy in place, many retirees may pay three times more in taxes than they need to. Avoid that by "filling" your tax bracket. Here's how.



Retirees, Prepare Your Nest Egg to Fight Inflation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Workers have a natural hedge against rising prices because wages tend to rise with inflation. But once you retire, "this insurance is gone," warns a financial planner.



Back Away from the Cliff! Managing Risk in a 24-Hour News World

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you're a financial news junkie, realize that keeping a close eye on the daily headlines could steer you wrong over the long term if you're not prudent.



The Best Stock in Nevada: Las Vegas Sands

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Silver State to identify the best stock in Nevada to buy now.



The Best Stock in Nebraska: Union Pacific

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Cornhusker State to identify the best stock in Nebraska to buy now.



3 Media Stocks to Buy in a Cord-Cutting World

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Best Stock in New Hampshire: Albany International

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Granite State to identify the best stock in New Hampshire to buy now.



The Best Stock in New Jersey: Celgene

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Garden State to identify the best stock in New Jersey to buy now.



The Best Stock in New Mexico: PNM Resources

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Land of Enchantment to identify the best stock in New Mexico to buy now.



The Best Stock in Louisiana: CenturyLink

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Bayou State to identify the best stock in Louisiana to buy now.



Are You Financially Ready But Emotionally Unprepared For Retirement?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

An experienced adviser will help you prepare your mind as well as your portfolio with some supportive hand-holding.



Small Steps to Help Achieve Big Goals of Health, Wealth and Happiness

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

It's time to check in with the grand plans you made on Jan. 1. If you haven't made any progress toward your goals, here are some baby steps to get you back in gear.



Don't Let These 6 Common Job Traps Derail Your Career

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If the Monday blues are spilling over into the rest of your week, make sure you're not stuck in one of these common job traps that derail your career and make your 9 to 5 less fulfilling.



The Best Stock in Michigan: General Motors

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Great Lakes State to identify the best stock in Michigan to buy now.



Best Places to Check Your Credit Reports and Credit Scores for Free

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You can say goodbye to year-long waits and high fees to check your credit thanks to these trusted free resources.



The Best Stock in Kentucky: Yum Brands

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Bluegrass State to identify the best stock in Kentucky to buy now.



The Best Stock in Maine: WEX Inc.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Pine Tree state to identify the best stock in Maine to buy now.



The Best Stock in Maryland: T. Rowe Price

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Old Line state to identify the best stock in Maryland to buy now.



The Best Stock in Massachusetts: Biogen

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Bay State to identify the best stock in Massachusetts to buy now.



The Best Stock in Minnesota: Medtronic

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the North Star State to identify the best stock in Minnesota to buy now.



The Best Stock in Mississippi: Hancock Holding Co.

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Magnolia State to identify the best stock in Mississippi to buy now.



The Best Stock in Missouri: Monsanto

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Show Me State to identify the best stock in Missouri to buy now.



The Best Stock in Montana: Glacier Bancorp

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in Big Sky Country to identify the best stock in Montana to buy now.



10 Things You Need to Know About Health Savings Accounts

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Health Savings Accounts are a tax-friendly way for workers to pay medical bills today and well into retirement. These strategies can help boost the funds in your HSA for when you need them the most.






Prices at the Pump to Stay Low

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices



Retirement's Biggest Risks Come after You Reach the Summit

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You've climbed the saving mountain, but the danger is just beginning. Here's how to trek to long-term income security.



Help Keep A Stormy Stock Market From Disrupting Your Retirement

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Although there isn't an early warning system for stock market corrections, there are factors that can tip us off to trouble. We're seeing some of them right now.



Before You Refinance Student Loans, Read This

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

It might seem like a good way to make payments manageable, but you could be making some major trade-offs that could cost you (or your co-signer -- thanks, Mom and Dad) big bucks down the road.



Trend Investing: Do More than Just Follow the Herd

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Micro-breweries are hot right now, but identifying a trend is only one part of the process of picking a stock to buy.



The Best Stock in Delaware: DuPont

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the First State to identify the best stock in Delaware to buy now.



The Best Stock in the District of Columbia: Danaher

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the nation's capital to identify the best stock in the District of Columbia to buy now.



The Best Stock in Florida: Royal Caribbean Cruises

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Sunshine State to identify the best stock in Florida to buy now.



The Best Stock in Georgia: The Coca-Cola Co.

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Peach State to identify the best stock in Georgia to buy now.



The Best Stock in Hawaii: Bank of Hawaii Corp.

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Aloha State to identify the best stock in Hawaii to buy now.



The Best Stock in Idaho: US Ecology

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Gem State to identify the best stock in Idaho to buy now.



The Best Stock in Illinois: McDonald's

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Prairie State to identify the best stock in Illinois to buy now.



The Best Stock in Indiana: Zimmer Biomet

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Hoosier state to identify the best stock in Indiana to buy now.



The Best Stock to Buy in Iowa: Rockwell Collins

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Hawkeye State to identify the best stock in Iowa to buy now.



The Best Stock in Kansas: Compass Minerals

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Sunflower State to identify the best stock in Kansas to buy now.



Are Tech Stocks in a Bubble? Nah.

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

That doesn't mean a little air won't come out of Facebook and friends now and then.



7 Stocks With Momentum on Their Side

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Retiree Tax Quiz

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Weaker Inflation Likely to Last Awhile

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation



401(k)s Offer Gen Xers, Millennials a Good Start for Investing

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you haven't signed up for your workplace retirement savings plan, here's what you're missing.



5 Places Your Retirement Savings Could End Up (and How to Avoid 4 of Them)

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Without careful planning, your hard-earned nest egg could be lost to these common pitfalls.



5 Socially Responsible Funds that Pass the Stress Test

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Investors can serve their conscience and their retirement portfolios with funds that fit their core values. But put them to the test first.



6 Index Funds That Are Cheaper than Vanguard

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The Best Stock in Arizona: Microchip Technology

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies across the Grand Canyon State to identify the best stock in Arizona to buy now.



The Best Stock in Arkansas: Walmart Stores

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies across the Natural State to identify the best stock in Arkansas to buy now.



Best Bank Accounts for Retirement

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

These checking accounts offer attractive perks to retirees.



The Best Stock in California: Visa

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Golden State to identify the best stock in California to buy now.



The Best Stock in Colorado: Antero Resources

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Centennial State to identify the best stock in Colorado to buy now.



The Best Stock in Connecticut: Stanley Black & Decker

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Constitution State to identify the best stock in Connecticut to buy now.



5 Best Stocks to Play a Spike in Oil Prices

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Retail Sales Growth Slows a Bit

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on retail sales and consumer spending



Your Retirement Money Belongs in 3 Different Worlds

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

To make planning simple, divide your financial life into three parts: an emergency fund, your income sources and growth.



7 Places to Find Income Once You Retire

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Try these sources of income in retirement to help cover expenses from health care to spoiling your grandchildren.



Retirees Could Face a Perfect Storm of Financial Concerns

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Are you taking on more risk than you should in retirement?



Active Bond Funds on a Winning Streak

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Active bond funds have an edge over stock-focused peers.



The 10 Commandments of Reaching Financial Freedom

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Achieving a debt-free life takes planning and intention.



Best Stocks in the Northeast to Buy Now

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400







The Best Stock in Alabama: Vulcan Materials

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Heart of Dixie to identify the best stock in Alabama to buy now.



The Best Stock in Alaska: Alaska Communications

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

We analyzed publicly traded companies based in the Last Frontier state to identify the best stock in Alaska to buy now.



When to Sign Up for Medigap and Prescription-Drug Coverage

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You can limit out-of-pocket medical costs left by the gaps in Medicare by shopping for medigap, prescription drug and Medicare Advantage policies. But timing is key.



Spread Your Bets in Today's Tricky Bond Market

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Funds either offer weak returns or come with credit risk.



Best Stocks in the West to Buy Now

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Fiduciary Rule Basics for Investors

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you're getting notices from your financial professional about changes in how they operate, it may be because of the new Department of Labor fiduciary rule. Here's what retirement savers should know.



The Key Word in a Quality Financial Plan: Comprehensive

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you're worried about your financial future, having a plan (and a planner) that goes beyond just investments to cover aspects like Social Security and Medicare can help calm your fears.



Use Dividend Stocks to Dial Down Your Market Worries

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

If you're worried that stock records won't last, the boost that dividend stocks provides over the long term could be a calming cushion.



Best Stocks in the South to Buy Now

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




The 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Tech Stocks to Buy Now

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




9 Critical Retirement Age Milestones You Can't Afford to Miss

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You probably know the significance of age 65 (Medicare!). But how about age 50? Or age 59½? Or 62? These are just a few of the important milestones that retirees and future retirees need to prepare for.



Investors Should Rethink Old Buy and Hold Stock Strategy

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Should you stay or should you go? In today's market environment, investors need to be ready to move.



International Stocks Present a Compelling Opportunity

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Many signs are pointing overseas for U.S. investors right now. Here's why.



9 Unexpected First Jobs of the Wealthy and Famous

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Before they were famous, these millionaires started out with ice cream scoops.



Don't Overlook These Tax Credits for College

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

College students--or their parents-- may be eligible for one of two tax credits that help offset the cost of tuition and other higher education expenses.



The 10 Safest Blue-Chip Dividends on Wall Street

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Best Stocks in the Midwest to Buy Now

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Investment Moves to Consider in Times of Rising Interest Rates

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The Federal Reserve has raised rates three times since December, and conservative investors have some decisions ahead. What about bonds? CDs? Dividends? Here's what to think about.



Bull Markets May Still Have Risks for Retirees

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Record stock market or not, retirement may not be the time to take on excessive investment risks.



Top 10 Retirement Procrastination Problems

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Here's what you're probably missing, why you're missing it and how to set it right by the time you retire.



Good Reasons to Invest in Foreign Stocks Right Now

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

They're cheap, rallying and provide diversification.



3 Small Towns That Are Full of Millionaires

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Where the rich live to avoid the hustle and bustle of big cities.



5 Cheap Things to Do With Kids When School Is Out

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Keep to a budget while keeping your children busy during breaks.






8 Mergers That Could Dethrone Amazon

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Get Real: Benchmarking to the S&P 500 isn't a Good Strategy

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Trying to beat the Standard & Poor's could lead investors down a path of failed expectations and excessive risk.



Are You Investing Like It's the 1950s?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Make sure your portfolio's design is truly "modern," because the stock market is a completely different world than it was in the '50s, when the theory of diversification (which many advisers still follow) was developed.



The 10 Most Important Years of Your Financial Life (& How to Prepare For Them)

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

The five years before and the five years after retirement can be a real minefield. A big loss during this time could spoil all your hopes and dreams, so here's what you need to do to protect yourself.



Best Things to Buy on Amazon Prime Day 2017

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Bargain hunters are counting down the minutes to the start of the annual mid-summer sale on Amazon.com.



5 Reasons You Shouldn't Shop on Amazon Prime Day

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Think twice before getting lured into buying a bunch of stuff you don't need just because it's on sale.



7 Exciting Low-Cost Ways to See the Country This Summer

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Shake up your summer travel plans with cross-country adventures.



High-Yield Dividend Stocks for Aggressive Investor

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400




Inventories Tight as Housing Demand Grows

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on housing starts and home sales



Job Growth Looking Better, Wage Growth Not

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

Kiplinger's latest forecast on jobs



In Retirement, You Should Plan to Live, Not Plan to Die

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

There are no crystal balls to predict your lifespan. The real work begins after you've given your adviser a reasoned expectation. You can structure a good plan from there.



The Key to Setting Retirement Goals? Details

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

You know what you want out of retirement, right? Are you sure you know EXACTLY what you want? Having detailed goals is essential to retirement planning.



Maximize Your Social Security Benefits With Tailored Strategies

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:01 -0400

With hundreds of filing possibilities, it pays to carefully weigh all your options and get creative about when and how to claim benefits so you can get the most out of your retirement.