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  • What $1 Million Buys You in Today's Housing Market Kiplinger - Sat, Apr 23, 2016 11:16 PM AEST
    What $1 Million Buys You in Today's Housing Market

    Thinkstock If you're looking for evidence of an improving economy, look no further than the upper end of the U.S. housing market. Sales of existing homes priced in the $1 million range grew at an 18.4% ...

  • What to Do When Markets Plunge Kiplinger - Sat, Apr 23, 2016 4:40 AM AEST
    What to Do When Markets Plunge

    Play it cool with these five tips.

  • 8 Ways to Make Sure You Never Pay an ATM Fee Kiplinger - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 3:30 AM AEST

    Find out ways to avoid add-on fees that could charge you 9 percent or more.

  • Seven things that will soon disappear forever Kiplinger - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 12:00 AM AEST
    Seven 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, but today they’re virtually all gone; only a streaming video service remains.

  • Prepare Your Retirement Portfolio for a Downturn Kiplinger - Fri, Apr 15, 2016 12:14 AM AEST
    Prepare Your Retirement Portfolio for a Downturn

    There's no way to anticipate every possible outcome. But this allocation covers the big unknowns.

  • 6 Reasons I'm Worried Derivatives Could Take Down the Economy Again Kiplinger - Fri, Apr 8, 2016 10:50 PM AEST
    6 Reasons I'm Worried Derivatives Could Take Down the Economy Again

    Savers and investors should be concerned that another round of bank failures could happen anew.

  • 25 Best Mutual Funds for Low Fees Kiplinger - Thu, Apr 7, 2016 2:50 AM AEST
    25 Best Mutual Funds for Low Fees

    Thinkstock At Kiplinger, we've been writing about mutual funds since the 1950s, and have been putting together a list of our favorite no-load mutual funds since 2004, drawing on the broad experience of ...

  • 7 No-Load Mutual Funds to Add to Your Portfolio Kiplinger - Wed, Apr 6, 2016 11:00 PM AEST

    We get off the mat by adding seven new funds that match up well against hostile markets.

  • 7 Best Dividend Stocks for a Rocky Market Kiplinger - Wed, Apr 6, 2016 11:00 PM AEST
    7 Best Dividend Stocks for a Rocky Market

    iStockphoto With stocks slumping over the past year and the market gyrating wildly so far in 2016, it looks like a good time to settle down with solid, dividend-paying stocks. If share prices resume their ...

  • 12 Stocks to Earn Dividends Every Month Kiplinger - Fri, Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM AEDT
    12 Stocks to Earn Dividends Every Month

    istockphoto A regular paycheck isn't the only way to ensure a steady flow of income. Whether you are already retired or simply planning ahead for retirement, by carefully selecting stocks that pay dividends ...

  • HSA vs. IRA: Which One to Fund First? Kiplinger - Thu, Mar 31, 2016 11:01 PM AEDT
    HSA vs. IRA: Which One to Fund First?

    You'll maximize the tax benefits by letting the health savings account grow and using other money for current medical expenses.

  • 8 Dividend Stocks You Will Want to Own in Retirement Kiplinger - Wed, Mar 30, 2016 12:30 AM AEDT
    8 Dividend Stocks You Will Want to Own in Retirement

    Business basics: "Trees don't grow to the sky," the old Wall Street line goes. Apple (symbol AAPL, $106.72) forecast in January that its revenues in the January-March quarter would fall, the first year-over-year quarterly decline since 2003.

  • 4 Aggressive Moves in Your 40s to Achieve Long-Term Financial Goals Kiplinger - Tue, Mar 29, 2016 3:47 AM AEDT
    4 Aggressive Moves in Your 40s to Achieve Long-Term Financial Goals

    Follow our suggestions to ensure that you will have enough saved for your kids' college funds and your retirement fund.

  • How to Grow Your Retirement Savings Without Growing Your Tax Bill Kiplinger - Mon, Mar 28, 2016 11:01 PM AEDT
    How to Grow Your Retirement Savings Without Growing Your Tax Bill

    Moving money from a bank or brokerage account to a Roth IRA can save you a lot in future taxes.

  • IRS Tax Audit Red Flags Kiplinger - Mon, Mar 28, 2016 1:14 AM AEDT
    IRS Tax Audit Red Flags

    istockphoto Ever wonder why some tax returns are eyeballed by the Internal Revenue Service while most are ignored? Short on personnel and funding, the IRS audited only 0.86% of all individual returns in ...

  • Claim These Tax Deductions Even If You Don't Itemize Kiplinger - Sun, Mar 27, 2016 6:40 AM AEDT
    Claim These Tax Deductions Even If You Don't Itemize

    Lines 23 through 35 of the IRS 1040 form are extra-powerful. Can you put them to work for you?

  • 7 Habits of Highly Frugal People Kiplinger - Fri, Mar 25, 2016 11:50 PM AEDT
    7 Habits of Highly Frugal People

    People who pay off their debt and achieve financial independence don't succeed by accident. They establish habits that allow them to consistently reach their goals over the long haul.

  • 8 Financial Decisions You'll Regret Forever Kiplinger - Wed, Mar 23, 2016 11:40 PM AEDT
    8 Financial Decisions You'll Regret Forever

    According to John Sweeney, executive vice president for retirement and investment strategies at Fidelity Investments, you're likely to reduce or suspend new contributions during the period you're repaying the loan. Keep in mind, too, that you'll be paying the interest on that 401(k) loan with after-tax dollars -- then paying taxes on those funds again when retirement rolls around. College tuition, for instance, can be covered with student loans and PLUS loans for parents.

  • 5 Small Stocks Paying Big Dividends Kiplinger - Wed, Mar 23, 2016 1:30 AM AEDT
    5 Small Stocks Paying Big Dividends

    You don't have to limit yourself to blue chips while searching for attractive yields.

  • I Still Fear A Big Market Decline Ahead Kiplinger - Thu, Mar 17, 2016 11:01 PM AEDT
    I Still Fear A Big Market Decline Ahead

    Prepare your portfolio for more volatility and a drop in stocks.

  • How Your Credit Card's Rate Is Set Kiplinger - Thu, Mar 17, 2016 11:01 PM AEDT
    How Your Credit Card's Rate Is Set

    With the rise of short-term rates, APRs are starting to increase, too.

  • How to Prepare Your Bond Portfolio for Rising Rates Kiplinger - Wed, Mar 16, 2016 12:50 AM AEDT
    How to Prepare Your Bond Portfolio for Rising Rates

    The Fed has held rates artificially low for years. Bond investors need to prepare for their inevitable rise.

  • Why Investments Outperform Investors Kiplinger - Wed, Mar 16, 2016 12:40 AM AEDT
    Why Investments Outperform Investors

    Those in the market don't want to see their decisions as market timing. But too often they are.

  • What's the Right Asset Allocation for Your Portfolio? Kiplinger - Wed, Mar 16, 2016 12:30 AM AEDT
    What's the Right Asset Allocation for Your Portfolio?

    Forget the traditional measurements and general rules of thumb. The right answer depends on your risk tolerance, time horizon and other factors specific to your situation.

  • 15 Worst States for Taxes on Retirees Kiplinger - Tue, Mar 15, 2016 12:10 AM AEDT
    15 Worst States for Taxes on Retirees

    Retirees have special concerns when evaluating state tax policies: Are Social Security benefits taxed? Does the state impose its own estate tax? Are there property tax breaks for seniors? The answers can ...

  • 12 Ways to Go Broke in Retirement Kiplinger - Tue, Mar 15, 2016 12:00 AM AEDT
    12 Ways to Go Broke in Retirement

    Retirement is a major milestone that brings many life changes. According to a recent survey from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, the most frequently reported retirement worry is outliving savings and investments. Across all ages, 44% of respondents cited this concern, and 41% of retirees claim the same fear.

  • Retirement Tax Breaks Threatened by Obama's Final Budget Kiplinger - Mon, Mar 14, 2016 12:53 AM AEDT

    When it comes to the tax law, though, the most credible fortune-telling technique may be to study presidential budgets. For example, a couple of years ago, President Obama proposed eliminating "aggressive" Social Security claiming strategies that allowed some married couples to increase their lifetime benefits from the program. With that in mind, we studied President Obama's just-released 2017 budget for other retirement-saving breaks that are getting a reputation for being too good to last.

  • 8 Ways to Save on Your 2015 Tax Return Kiplinger - Mon, Mar 14, 2016 12:43 AM AEDT
    8 Ways to Save on Your 2015 Tax Return

    This year, you have a few extra days to make sure you get all the breaks you deserve.

  • Audit Red Flags for the Self-Employed Kiplinger - Mon, Mar 14, 2016 12:29 AM AEDT
    Audit Red Flags for the Self-Employed

    Being in business for yourself can be exciting, lucrative -- and a great way to get in the sights of the Internal Revenue Service's audit division. Schedule C is a treasure trove of tax deductions for self-employeds.

  • How the Presidential Election Will Affect the Stock Market Kiplinger - Fri, Mar 11, 2016 5:50 AM AEDT
    How the Presidential Election Will Affect the Stock Market

    Myths abound, but when it comes to your portfolio, it doesn't matter much which party wins the White House.

  • How to Retire During a Volatile Stock Market Kiplinger - Fri, Mar 11, 2016 2:40 AM AEDT
    How to Retire During a Volatile Stock Market

    There's nothing like a stock market rout to remind investors how important it is to follow the tenets of sound investing. Blame the free fall on the Chinese stock market, plunging oil prices or the fact that the current bull market, at seven years old, is experiencing fatigue. Whatever the cause, such market mayhem is particularly worrisome for retirees and near-retirees, who have less time to make up for big market declines.

  • Valuable Tax Breaks for Retirees Kiplinger - Fri, Mar 11, 2016 2:20 AM AEDT
    Valuable Tax Breaks for Retirees

    Make sure you take all the write-offs you deserve.

  • How Dividend-Paying Stocks Can Smooth Volatility Kiplinger - Thu, Mar 10, 2016 9:00 AM AEDT
    How Dividend-Paying Stocks Can Smooth Volatility

    Long-term investors should take advantage of current bargains and add solid companies such as Cracker Barrel to their portfolios.

  • Best FANG Stocks to Buy Before They Rebound Kiplinger - Tue, Mar 8, 2016 1:00 AM AEDT
    Best FANG Stocks to Buy Before They Rebound

    We're still bullish on shares of two of the four big tech companies.

  • The High Cost of Market Timing Kiplinger - Tue, Mar 8, 2016 12:01 AM AEDT
    The High Cost of Market Timing

    Avoid stock market survivalism and ignore fear-mongering investing noise.