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  • The Harry Potter author reveals perseverance and hard work can be just as effective as any spell from the Elder Wand.

  • Some part-timers can keep socking money in a 401(k) and avoid required minimum distributions. It depends on your plan's rules.

  • Before you move forward with setting up an online crowdfunding campaign, here's what you need to know.

  • Retirement investing is not what it used to be. The problem with the Federal Reserve's attempt to goose the economy is that it killed bond yields, forcing retired investors further out onto the risk curve, making it difficult to find safe stocks to buy. There are dividend stocks aplenty, but many of them are priced in …

  • The financial industry is generally clouded by an atmosphere of distrust, but with the new fiduciary rule and doing your due diligence, you can find the right person for you.

  • 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. A drone will deliver those groceries you ordered, right to your doorstep at an appointed time.

  • 4 Retirement Planning Pitfalls to Avoid @ Kiplinger - 7 hours ago

    Expenses and income are important, but there's more to a successful retirement plan than just dollars and cents.

  • Saving is a great start, but planning to reach your financial goals is even better.

  • They offer some stability and income for today's volatile and low-rate environment.

  • You can boost your nest egg's return on investment by adjusting your withdrawal strategy in retirement and planning other smart financial moves.

  • Asset management and mutual fund fees can really eat into your returns. Know how to control them.

  • What's Keeping Investors Up At Night? @ Kiplinger - 8 hours ago

    People tend to worry about things they cannot control, but they should focus instead on proper diversification and lowering fees.

  • 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 ...

  • 10 Worst Jobs for the Future @ Kiplinger - 9 hours ago
    10 Worst Jobs for the Future, 2016

    The median pay is about $49,000 a year, and the entry-level education requirement is just a high school diploma, though you will also need to get a license to sell insurance in the state where you work. This job's numbers are expected to grow by 12.5% over the next decade, and the median salary is nearly $74,800 a yea …

  • 10 Worst College Majors for Your Career @ Kiplinger - 9 hours ago
    10 Worst College Majors for Your Career

    Thinkstock Going to college promises the opportunity to further your education, meet new people and get a taste of independence. It does not guarantee a lucrative career after graduation. While it's true ...

  • Test Your Retirement IQ @ Kiplinger - 9 hours ago

    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 …

  • Thirty-four Vanguard funds appear on a list of the 105 most popular mutual funds in employer-sponsored retirement savings plans. Not surprisingly, of the 34 most popular Vanguard funds in retirement plans, 15 are index funds.

  • Fidelity is home to some of the greatest stock fund managers of all time. At the top of the list is Peter Lynch, who during his tenure at Fidelity Magellan from 1977 to 1990 delivered a 29.1% annualized return. Since then, other stars have shone brightly, including Contrafund's Will Danoff, Low-Priced Stock's Joel Tillinghast …

  • Kiplinger 25 Model Portfolios @ Kiplinger - 10 hours ago

    Reach your investment goals with these plans using our favorite no-load mutual funds.

  • This sector tends to do well in both bull and bear markets. Here's my favorite fund.

  • Chances are, if you're not a Kohl's fan, you know someone who is - and given the opening that someone will shower you with stories of saving big. You'll find a typical Kohl's - there are 1,164 stores in 49 states - in a standalone location in a well-to-do shopping center. If it strikes you as puzzling that Kohl's has …

  • 8 Stocks You Should Sell Right Now @ Kiplinger - 13 hours ago

    Twitter Inc. (TWTR) has been a major disappointment since going public in 2013. Walt Disney Co. (DIS), Alphabet Inc. (GOOG, GOOGL), Apple Inc. (AAPL) and, Inc. (CRM) were all listed as potential suitors for a Twitter buyout bid, with most of the hubbub starting in late September. The fact remains that Twitter …

  • 5 Best Vanguard ETFs for Retirees @ Kiplinger - 13 hours ago

    If you're looking for a core group of ETFs that you can buy and hold through many years of retirement, check out the following five funds. Two are bond ETFs that should provide some insurance against a stock market crash, along with a bit of income on the side. A third pick covers a broad swath of the U.S. stock market, …

  • 8 Things Never to Keep in Your Wallet

    With just your name and Social Security number, identity thieves can open new credit accounts and make costly purchases in your name. If they can get their hands on (and doctor) a government-issued photo ID of yours, they can do even more damage, such as opening new bank accounts. The last thing you want to be wondering …

  • This veteran pilot provides free, private air transport to soldiers and their families.

  • What to Consider Before You Get a Loan @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 3:50 PM EDT

    Cost isn't the only issue when it comes to taking on debt. You must pay attention to these three equally important factors.

  • The Challenge of Financing Health Care in Retirement @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 2:50 PM EDT

    Invest in your health as you would in your 401(k): Do it automatically and stick with a plan.

  • 5 Ways Life Insurance Can Pay Off Before You Die @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 2:40 PM EDT

    Life insurance can provide more than just a death benefit. This investment adviser suggests ways to put the asset to use throughout your life.

  • 7 Mistakes Even Informed Investors Can Make with Their 401(k)s @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 2:40 PM EDT

    Avoid these issues because you may never get a chance to fix them.

  • Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 12:40 PM EDT
    Worst Things to Keep in Your Wallet

    Identity thieves can wreak havoc on your financial life if they get their hands on these items.

  • 4 Things You Need to Know About Black Friday 2016 @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 12:10 PM EDT

    Here's an early look at what to expect for the holiday season's biggest shopping day.

  • How $5 and the Stash App Turned Me Into an Investor @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 11:30 AM EDT

    Super-low minimums and smartphone accessibility make it easy for young investors to learn the ropes.

  • Social Security for Divorcees @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 10:20 AM EDT
    A Hidden Social Security Windfall for Divorcees

    You may be eligible to collect half of your ex-spouse's full retirement benefit.

  • 7 Biggest Mistakes Investors Make @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 10:00 AM EDT

    Thinkstock Is this the end of a seven-year bull market or the beginning of a prolonged bear market, or something in between? Truth is, nobody knows for sure. The vast opportunities for creating wealth ...

  • 10 Best Stocks of the Bull Market @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 9:40 AM EDT

    If you had invested $10,000 in shares of the top performer, General Growth Properties (symbol GGP), in March 2009, you would have suffered through a nail-biting bankruptcy. The same investment in Alaska Air Group (ALK) would have netted $181,000--far more than you would have had if you had invested the same sum in Vanguard …

  • REITs for Retirement: 1 Stock, 1 ETF, 1 Mutual Fund @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 8:40 AM EDT

    For investors about to enter, or already in retirement, real estate investment trusts (REITs) have to be on your list. Created by Congress in 1960 to give Americans the opportunity to easily invest in commercial real estate properties, REITs feature the best combination of attributes for retirement investors. A chance …

  • How Much Social Security Benefits Will Go Up in 2017 @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 8:20 AM EDT

    After no cost-of-living increase in 2016, benefits will rise 0.3% in 2017. For the average recipient, that's about enough to buy an extra latte each month.

  • The Outlook for Pay Raises in 2017 @ Kiplinger - Mon, Oct 24, 2016 8:01 AM EDT

    Look for average hikes of about 3%, but highly rated workers will get more.

  • Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever @ Kiplinger - Sun, Oct 23, 2016 10:54 AM EDT
    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.

  • 11 Common Medicare Mistakes @ Kiplinger - Sun, Oct 23, 2016 10:54 AM EDT
    Retirees, Avoid These 11 Costly Medicare Mistakes

    Medicare covers the bulk of your health care expenses after you turn 65. Worse, if you miss key deadlines when signing up for Medicare, you could have a gap in coverage, miss out on valuable tax breaks, or get stuck with a penalty for the rest of your life. Open enrollment for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans …

  • Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons @ Kiplinger - Sun, Oct 23, 2016 10:54 AM EDT
    15 Ways to Save on Groceries Without Clipping Coupons

    You've seen them parked in Aisle 2 at your favorite supermarket: The extreme couponers thumbing intently through a box of coupons to get 35 cents off of Cottonelle. Indeed, all the coupons you've ever clipped are expired when you finally remember to cart them to the grocery store. Let's pause to look at the big picture: …

  • 5 Things You Should Never Put in an Email @ Kiplinger - Sat, Oct 22, 2016 9:24 AM EDT

    Scam artists and identity thieves will be sorely disappointed if you heed this advice.

  • Wealth-Building Secrets of the Millionaires Next Door @ Kiplinger - Sat, Oct 22, 2016 9:24 AM EDT

    The tenets they follow can also put you on the path to financial prosperity and security. In the words of Knight Kiplinger, editor in chief of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and, "discretionary spending -- the chic apartment, frequent travel and restaurant meals, consumer electronics, fancy clothes …

  • Inflation to Creep Up Next Year @ Kiplinger - Fri, Oct 21, 2016 2:20 PM EDT
    Inflation Will Pick Up Next Year

    Kiplinger's latest forecast on inflation

  • Stay the Course With Your Investment Strategy @ Kiplinger - Fri, Oct 21, 2016 1:40 PM EDT

    Successful long-term investors need to be patient and able to ignore the short-term emotions of Mr. Market.

  • 5 Financial Matters to Consider When Moving to a New State @ Kiplinger - Fri, Oct 21, 2016 1:30 PM EDT

    Whether you're relocating for work or another reason, take these financial and tax strategies into account before packing up.

  • Are Your Adult Kids Ready In Case Tragedy Strikes? @ Kiplinger - Fri, Oct 21, 2016 12:10 PM EDT
    Are Your Adult Kids Ready In Case Tragedy Strikes?

    A simple conversation can help protect and financially prepare them in the event of your sudden death.

  • 10 Financial Decisions You Will Regret Forever @ Kiplinger - Fri, Oct 21, 2016 11:40 AM EDT

    Financial professionals have heard the refrain before: "I'll start saving for retirement when I make more money." But that fiddling while Rome burns won't cut it as retirement nears. Sure, you want your children to have the best -- best education, best wedding, best everything.

  • 5 Simple Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Retirement @ Kiplinger - Fri, Oct 21, 2016 11:40 AM EDT
    5 Simple Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Retirement

    The closer you get to retirement, the less room for error you have.

  • 7 Blue-Chip Stocks That Are Due for a Turnaround @ Kiplinger - Fri, Oct 21, 2016 11:20 AM EDT
    7 Good Stocks That Are Due for a Turnaround

    Thinkstock If you had invested $100,000 five years ago in a low-cost fund that tracks Standard & Poor's 500-stock index, you'd be sitting pretty today. Over that period, the index has returned an annualized ...

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