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  • 4 Simple Rules for Proper E-mail Etiquette @ Kiplinger - Wed, Mar 22, 2017 12:40 PM EDT

    Follow these guidelines to prevent e-mail faux pas from leaving your mailbox.

  • Harding Loevner Delivers Two Winning Foreign-Stock Funds @ Kiplinger - Tue, Mar 14, 2017 12:50 PM EDT

    Both focus on firms with above-average growth and shareholder-friendly execs.

  • Vanguard Health Care Hit Hard by Politics @ Kiplinger - Mon, Mar 13, 2017 12:50 PM EDT

    This Kiplinger 25 fund is looking to get back on track with firms that push innovation.

  • How to Make Your Smartphone Battery Last Longer @ Kiplinger - Fri, Mar 10, 2017 12:40 PM EST

    Avoid having to buy a pricey replacement battery by being mindful about how you charge and store your smartphone.

  • Housing Outlook, 2017: Home Prices Keep Climbing @ Kiplinger - Fri, Mar 10, 2017 12:40 PM EST

    But as mortgage rates ratchet up, homes will be less affordable, tamping down sales and home-price growth in many cities.

  • Business Spending to Break Out of Stall in 2017 Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 5:30 PM EST
    Flat Growth for Business Spending in 2016

    Kiplinger's latest forecast on business equipment spending

  • A newly designed Form 1098 gives the IRS more information, so be prepared to defend your deduction.

  • Could Unclaimed Money Be Yours? Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 3:10 PM EST

    Thanks to the Internet, a windfall could be a few clicks away. Here's how.

  • Are your savings just going to taxes? Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 3:10 PM EST

    Don't give away more than you have to. Put tax-efficient investing strategies to work.

  • 5 Signs You Need Money Counseling, Not Marriage Counseling Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 3:00 PM EST

    Joint account or separate accounts? Does your partner handle the finances? How couples deal with money can either bring them together or push them apart.

  • 5 Common Roadblocks That Can Shut Down Retirement Success Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 3:00 PM EST

    When it comes to preparing for retirement, the devil is in the details. Just one slip-up can derail your plans.

  • The Best Investment You Can Make Isn't in Your 401(k) Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 3:00 PM EST

    Investing in yourself, through classes, career building, networking and just plain taking care of yourself, can pay off more in the long run than anything else.

  • From a cost and risk perspective, mutual funds have a lot going for them, but how well you do with your portfolio depends on how you deal with their weaknesses as well as their strengths.

  • Test Your Retirement IQ Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 9:30 AM EST

    The decisions you make leading up to retirement, including how much to save, how to allocate your investments, when to take Social Security and how to anticipate your retirement expenses can make a big difference in your old age. Once you're in retirement, you'll need smart strategies for taking withdrawals and investing …

  • Why Starbucks Stock Is Right for Income Hunters Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 9:10 AM EST

    Instead, I'm more excited by a trio like Visa Inc. (V), MasterCard Inc. (MA) and Starbucks Corporation (SBUX). Specifically with Starbucks, a number of investors now claim its growth run is over. Because its recent same-store sales grew less than 5% in the U.S. While 23 times expected earnings is not cheap, I don't agree …

  • Retirement Spending Strategies to Maximize Happiness Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 9:10 AM EST

    Keys to making a sustainable financial plan and following it.

  • 7 Habits of People With Excellent Credit Scores Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:40 AM EST

    Want to improve your credit score? People with excellent scores know that following a few basic rules is the key to success. Adopting their habits could boost your score into the stratosphere, opening the door to the best interest rates and terms on loans.

  • 7 Features That Will Sell Your Home Faster Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:40 AM EST

    Homeowners are sometimes hesitant to upgrade when it's time to sell. After all, you won't be living there much longer, and home remodeling efforts only increase home values by 64% of the average project's costs, according to Remodeling magazine's 2016 Cost vs. Value report. The cost of inaction can be far greater than …

  • 11 Dow Stocks Owned by Warren Buffett Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:40 AM EST

    There are 30 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (symbol BRK.B) has stakes in 11 of them. In some cases, the shares are much pricier now than when Buffett first purchased them. "Any Berkshire investment worth less than $100 million, I ignore," says David Kass, a professor …

  • 6 Bond Funds to Boost Your Income Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:40 AM EST

    In part because of the election of Donald Trump, the yield on U.S. bonds--the percentage of your investment you get for holding them--has soared. Consider my eclectic mix of bond funds here, including mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that focus on investment-grade bonds, high-yielding "junk" bonds or tax-free municipal …

  • The 7 Best ETFs for Retirement Investors Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:40 AM EST

    Perhaps more importantly, they allow investors to customize their portfolios by honing in on certain asset classes or strategies. For those investors in or near retirement, this fact could be a godsend. Some asset classes were just made for retirement investors.

  • Ask yourself this: Am I a buy-and-hold investor who doesn't need a lot of hand-holding, or do I need more comprehensive services?

  • 10 Strangest Ways States Tax You (And Don't) Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:30 AM EST

    Funny thing about our federal system of government: There's that complicated tax code that Uncle Sam keeps and the IRS enforces. Then there's an even larger patchwork of taxation schemes crafted by 50 state legislatures, all coming up with new ways to extract coin from their citizenry (or create social policy through tax …

  • 9 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:30 AM EST

    If you believe that tax breaks are for millionaires and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you're probably paying too much to the IRS. In recent years, lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives targeted at middle-class families. Taking full advantage of these tax breaks is particularly important for dual-income …

  • 5 States Where Taxes Are Going Up in 2017 Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:30 AM EST

    Although President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to cut federal taxes, state taxes are rising across the U.S. as financially strapped states search for funds to repair deteriorating infrastructure and close widening budget shortfalls. Alaska currently has no income or state sales tax. Raising existing state taxes or …

  • Guide to 7 Top Tax Software Programs, 2017 Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:30 AM EST

    The tax software business is getting as crowded as the cereal aisle at your local grocery store, and that's good news for do-it-yourself taxpayers. The best tax software for you will depend on your sources of income, your need for help, and your budget. For this year's tax software review, we gave our hypothetical taxpayer …

  • 8 Dividend Stocks Every Retiree Should Own Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:30 AM EST

    The winning formula for retirees who count on dividend stocks for income comes in two parts. To find dependable dividend payers, look no further than the Dividend Aristocrats, a list of 50 companies in Standard & Poor's 500-stock index that have hiked their dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. After …

  • 7 Ways You Can File Your Taxes Free Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:20 AM EST

    Most do-it-yourself filers prepare their own taxes for one and only one reason: They want to save money. You might be forced to upgrade to another product midway through your tax return or to pay extra to file your state tax return. Fortunately, the tax software business is fiercely competitive, and in an effort to attract …

  • This Super-Saver Family Has Reaped Big Rewards Kiplinger - Tue, Feb 28, 2017 8:01 AM EST

    How they have already saved thousands of dollars toward their daughters' education.

  • Forget investment returns (or at least quit obsessing). To protect your future, you really need to devise a tax-smart plan. Here are six often-overlooked ideas.

  • How to Give Kids Stocks in a Meaningful, Fun Way Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 4:20 PM EST

    Buying stock in companies with a direct impact on a child's life creates a portfolio of memories ... and teachable moments.

  • Boomers Going Out with a Bang: A Historic Transfer of Wealth Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 4:10 PM EST

    They've amassed $30 trillion in assets to pass down, but many don't have plans in place to safeguard their legacies. Here are five things they should do to cover their bases.

  • Should You Fast-Forward to a 'NextGen' Adviser? Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 4:10 PM EST

    If your grandfather's financial adviser doesn't feel like a good fit, it might be time to go shopping.

  • You've Decided to Give Back (Well Done!), Now Do It Wisely Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 4:00 PM EST

    From gifting appreciated securities to tax efficiencies for your retirement accounts, here are four approaches to getting the most from your generosity.

  • A Simple Guide to Planning for a Loved One's Long-Term Care Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 3:40 PM EST

    Vital paths to staying on top of what could be a stressful, and expensive, issue.

  • Oil Prices Change Little Despite OPEC Cuts Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 3:20 PM EST
    Are Higher Oil Prices on Deck?

    Kiplinger's latest forecast on the direction of energy prices

  • 3 Reasons Warren Buffett Is Loading Up on Apple Stock Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 1:50 PM EST
    3 Reasons Warren Buffett Is Loading Up on Apple Stock

    Buffett's holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, now owns about 133 million shares of the iPhone maker.

  • When Merely Being 'Suitable' is Not Enough Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 11:00 AM EST

    There's only one true path to making sure your adviser is putting your best interests first -- a fee-only 3(38) fiduciary.

  • 8 Dow Dividend Stocks You Can Buy and Hold Forever Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 10:30 AM EST

    The 30 companies that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average are household names. All 30 pay dividends, too, and that steady income can beef up total returns during markets both good and bad. Any stock carries risk, of course, but it's fair to say that as a group Dow stocks are among the more reliable names that investors …

  • Six Reasons You May Need More Than A Robo-Adviser Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 10:10 AM EST

    Have you ever sat down and discussed your hopes and dreams with a computer? There are some things that algorithms just can't do.

  • 12 Reasons You Will Go Broke in Retirement Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 10:10 AM EST

    Retirement is a major milestone that brings many life changes. According to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, the most frequently reported retirement worry is outliving savings and investments. Across all ages, 51% of respondents cited this concern, and 41% of retirees claim the same fear.

  • Make a Tax-Free Move From a 401(k) to a Roth IRA Kiplinger - Mon, Feb 27, 2017 8:01 AM EST

    Here's what you need to know about how to properly make the switch.

  • Amazing Ways Life Will Be Different in 2030 Kiplinger - Sun, Feb 26, 2017 5:16 PM EST
    20 Amazing Ways Your Daily Life Will Be Different in 2030

    For more than 90 years, The Kiplinger Letter has been alerting its readers to important emerging technologies and how they will impact businesses, consumers and investors. Meat will be grown under laboratory conditions with stem cells taken from livestock.

  • 30 Ways to Earn Extra Cash Kiplinger - Sun, Feb 26, 2017 5:14 PM EST
    30 Ways to Earn Extra Cash

    Many localities need election officers, especially those who are bilingual. For example, in Fairfax County, Va., which needs 3,500 election officers, election officers are paid $175 for a full day. In Monterey County, Calif., election officers are paid $135 (for clerks) and $185 (for inspectors).

  • 25 Big Stocks Raising Dividends for 25 Years Kiplinger - Sun, Feb 26, 2017 5:12 PM EST

    Finding a company with a long track record of consistent dividend payments is only part of the winning formula for investing in dividend stocks. It's an opportune time to target dividend growers, according to Heidi Richardson, an investment strategist for BlackRock. Identify reliable dividend stocks by concentrating on …

  • Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for the Newly Retired Kiplinger - Sun, Feb 26, 2017 5:10 PM EST

    Because federal tax law reaches deep into all aspects of our lives, it's no surprise that the rules that affect us change as our lives change. Being alert to the rolling changes that come at various life stages is the key to holding down your tax bill to the legal minimum. When you turn 65, the IRS offers a gift in the …

  • 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees 2016 Kiplinger - Sun, Feb 26, 2017 10:40 AM EST

    iStock Retirees have special concerns when evaluating state tax policies. For instance, the mortgage might be paid off, but how bad are the property taxes--and how generous are the property-tax breaks ...

  • Tax Deductions: Are These Legit or Not? Kiplinger - Sun, Feb 26, 2017 10:37 AM EST

    The government itself estimates that individuals and businesses spend more than 6 billion hours a year dealing with their tax returns and all the decisions that go into them. See if you can separate the legitimate deductions from the ones that would trigger a "not so fast, buddy" response from the IRS. You do have to …

  • Best College Values, 2017 Kiplinger - Sun, Feb 26, 2017 10:30 AM EST

    iStockphoto To help you sort through your college choices, we present the creme de la creme of our annual list of best value colleges and universities . These 10 schools are the top-scoring schools in ...

  • Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever Kiplinger - Sun, Feb 26, 2017 10:28 AM EST
    10 Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever

    Ten years ago, thousands of Blockbuster Video stores occupied buildings like this all over the country, renting DVDs and selling popcorn. Now Blockbuster is gone, scooped up (and then erased) by the DISH Network in a bankruptcy auction. Connecting either via Bluetooth or the Internet, your mobile device will be programmed …

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