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Kiplinger
Mar 03, 2021

What to Do with a Windfall with Markets at All-Time Highs
All at once or a little at a time? Follow this road map to decide how - and when - to invest a large sum.

Kiplinger
Mar 03, 2021

Divorce Happens: Planning Steps You Need to Know
If your marriage is strained, it's not a bad idea to explore some of the basic steps you'd need to take to make a smooth exit. Planning ahead of time in case of divorce can make things easier on everyone involved.

Kiplinger
Mar 02, 2021

Stock Market Today: Stocks Regress After Monday's Romp
Monday's euphoric stock-buying binge was put in check, with the major indices giving back some gains on a slow-news Tuesday.

Kiplinger
Mar 02, 2021

7 5G Stocks With More Catalysts Than 5G
Investors betting on next-generation wireless networking technology need to find 5G stocks that have additional growth drivers.

Kiplinger
Mar 02, 2021

Where's My Refund? How to Track Your Tax Refund Status
If you're waiting for your tax refund, the IRS has an online tool that lets you track the status of your payment.

Kiplinger
Mar 02, 2021

Are You Gambling or Investing? Here's How to Tell
Gambling and investing are two very different things, but people sometimes get them mixed up. One's good for a cheap thrill (if you're lucky), but the other is designed to reliably build your wealth over time and eventually allow you to retire.

Kiplinger
Mar 01, 2021

Stock Market Today: Stocks Jump to Life on Manufacturing Data, J&J Vaccine
The bulls were out in force Monday amid a big lift in U.S. manufacturing activity and another COVID vaccine approval.

Kiplinger
Mar 01, 2021

15 Dividend Kings for Decades of Dividend Growth
Dividend Kings are the crème de la crème of dividend growers, and should be top of mind for any investor who puts income stability above all else.

Kiplinger
Mar 01, 2021

Will Your Stimulus Check Increase Your Tax on Social Security Benefits?
The answer to this question comes down to whether your stimulus check increases your "provisional income."

Kiplinger
Mar 01, 2021

Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide
Don't be surprised by an unexpected tax bill on your unemployment benefits. Know where unemployment compensation is taxable and where it isn't.

Kiplinger
Mar 01, 2021

ESG Investing: You Can Align Your Investments with Your Values, But Should You?
Investing with environmental, social and governance values in mind has gained in popularity, but is it a solid way to grow your wealth?

Kiplinger
Mar 01, 2021

4 Ways You May Be Sabotaging Your Career Success
To be a success, it's helpful to know what NOT to do on the job. An interview with the best-selling author of "The Art of Being Indispensable at Work" reveals four career mistakes that can cause you to be a miserable failure.

Kiplinger
Feb 28, 2021

Why I Like Ginnie Mae Funds Now
A portfolio of mortgages should retain their value better than ordinary bonds if interest rates rise.

Kiplinger
Feb 28, 2021

Profit With These 7 Planet-Friendly Companies
Sustainable stocks are going gangbusters. We found seven with an environmental focus to buy now.

Kiplinger
Feb 27, 2021

House-Approved Stimulus Bill Extends Unemployment Programs
Also included are $1,400 stimulus checks, paid sick and family leave, and a $15 minimum wage.

Kiplinger
Feb 27, 2021

Third Stimulus Checks Are One Step Closer to Reality - How Much Will You Get?
The House passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package. While the bill faces hurdles in the Senate, the provisions authorizing another round of stimulus payments seem safe.

Kiplinger
Feb 27, 2021

2021 Child Tax Credit Calculator
See how much money you would get each month if President Biden's $3,000-per-child tax credit plan is enacted (it was just passed by the House and is now on its way to the Senate).

Kiplinger
Feb 27, 2021

House Approves $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021
The proposal would temporarily increase the child tax credit to $3,000 or $3,600 per child for most families and have 50% of it paid monthly by the IRS.

Kiplinger
Feb 26, 2021

Stock Market Today: Tech Gets Respite From Recent Selling
Treasury yields cooled off Friday, and so did the Dow and S&P 500, while the recently maligned Nasdaq and several of its tech components enjoyed a modest rebound.

Kiplinger
Feb 26, 2021

What Will Drive Apple Stock in 2021?
How will Apple stock fare throughout the rest of the year? The answer to that question hinges on these seven factors affecting AAPL shares.

Kiplinger
Feb 26, 2021

8 Insurance Products You May Not Need
You may be paying for insurance, such as long-term disability or product warranties, that is potentially unnecessary.

Kiplinger
Feb 26, 2021

$15 Minimum Wage Won't Be in Final Stimulus Bill
The Senate Parliamentarian says minimum wage provisions aren't allowed in the budget reconciliation bill containing COVID-relief measures.

Kiplinger
Feb 26, 2021

What to Know Before Exercising Your Pre-IPO Stock Options
For those with stock options as part of their employee compensation package, here are some stock option basics and tax implications to keep in mind as you navigate the possibilities of initial public offerings.

Kiplinger
Feb 25, 2021

Stock Market Today: Stocks Tank as Interest-Rate Fears Persist
The 10-year Treasury yield cleared 1.5% today for the first time in a year, sparking a broad, deep selloff across the stock market.

Kiplinger
Feb 25, 2021

Roth IRA Basics: 11 Things You Must Know
A Roth IRA can be a great way to save for retirement since the accounts have no required minimum distributions and you withdraw the money tax-free.

Kiplinger
Feb 25, 2021

5 Travel Stocks to Buy as Americans Hit the Road
Travel stocks are expected to enjoy a massive tailwind as more Americans are immunized against COVID ... and Wall Street knows it.

Kiplinger
Feb 25, 2021

10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement
From reading materials to debt, the demands on your savings during your golden years might surprise you.

Kiplinger
Feb 25, 2021

10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement
We spend a lot of time worrying about running out of cash in retirement. But you might be surprised to see some of the things you'll find yourself spending less on in your golden years.

Kiplinger
Feb 25, 2021

When Will U.S. Public Schools Re-Open? A Sobering Forecast From The Kiplinger Letter
School closings already have delivered a costly hit to lifetime earnings for today's kids as a slow ramp-up of in-person learning in the nation's K-12 public schools begins.

Kiplinger
Feb 24, 2021

Stock Market Today: Dow Jones Cruises to Record Altitude
The Nasdaq spewed red ink to kick off Tuesday morning but recovered most of its ground, with Fed comments helping to soothe investor concerns.

Kiplinger
Feb 24, 2021

Smart Ways to Cut Your Utility Bills
Tax breaks and potentially lower home energy costs make these green projects worth a look.

Kiplinger
Feb 24, 2021

T. Rowe Price Financial Services Banks on a Turnaround
This fund is a good way to bet on an economic rebound.

Kiplinger
Feb 24, 2021

DSTL: A Value Fund With a Twist
The fund's 51.3% return since its inception in 2018 has more than tripled that of traditional value funds.

Kiplinger
Feb 24, 2021

2 Top-Tier T. Rowe Price Mutual Funds for 2021
T. Rowe Price's mutual funds typically stand out among their peers, but these two selections provide elite equity and bond exposure for this point in time.

Kiplinger
Feb 24, 2021

Earth-First Funds Are Soaring
Funds with sustainability in mind are super popular these days; these six are ready to deliver returns.

Kiplinger
Feb 24, 2021

How to Keep Tabs on Your Credit Reports
Free weekly access is ending, but several services let you view your credit files more than once a year.

Kiplinger
Feb 24, 2021

How Savers Can Earn More on Their Money, and Do It Safely
With interest rates perpetually doing the limbo (how low can they go?), here are three different types of fixed annuities that can be good alternatives to CDs, Treasuries and money market accounts.

Kiplinger
Feb 24, 2021

Why I'm No Fan of Trading Apps That Treat Investing Like a Game
In the wake of the GameStop saga, an investment professional shares his take on the rush of people buying into "hot stocks" only to get into hot water instead. Here's how these apps hook investors and get them in over their heads.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

Stock Market Today: Selloff? What Selloff? Morning Plunge Quickly Evaporates
The Nasdaq spewed red ink to kick off Tuesday morning but recovered most of its ground, with Fed comments helping to soothe investor concerns.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

Flying This Summer? What to Expect
Depending on your destination, you may need to show a negative COVID test or even prove you've been vaccinated.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

Minimum Wage Update: Republican Senators Offer $10 Minimum Wage Plan
Senators Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton propose an alternative to the $15 minimum wage plan pushed by Democrats.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

All 30 Dow Jones Stocks Ranked: The Pros Weigh In
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is made up of 30 blue chips that are tops in their industries. But some Dow Jones stocks are better opportunities than others.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

Video Games Aren't Just for Teenagers
Playing video games can help retirees stay mentally sharp and stave off loneliness by connecting them with a community.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

How Green Are Your Bonds?
Fixed-income investors can make an environmental impact.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

Switch Accounts for a Better Yield?
If your current account has a reliable history of strong yields, it might be worth sticking around.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

Tax Tip: Reporting a 2020 RMD From an IRA That You Later Returned
If you paid back a "required minimum distribution" from an IRA last year, you still have to report the payout on your 2020 tax return.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

Want More Tax-Free Retirement Income? One Man's Whole Life Decision
Whole life insurance might not be something that's on your retirement planning radar, but for this client, here's how it served his need to control taxes, allow for income and provide a death benefit to his daughters.

Kiplinger
Feb 23, 2021

Yours, Mine … and Maybe Ours? Advice for Couples on How to Handle Money
Picking the right money-handling strategy for your family - separate finances, a joint account or something in between? - can make a big difference on how well you function and how well you get along.

Kiplinger
Feb 22, 2021

IRS Extends April 15 and Other Tax Deadlines for Texas and Oklahoma Residents
Following FEMA's recent disaster declaration for winter storms in Texas and Oklahoma, victims of the recent winter storms in those states get more time to file and pay taxes.

Kiplinger
Feb 22, 2021

IRS Extends April 15 and Other Tax Deadlines for Texas Residents
Following FEMA's recent disaster declaration for winter storms in the Lone Star State, taxpayers in all 254 Texas counties get more time to file and pay taxes.

Kiplinger
Feb 22, 2021

Student Loans: Pay Down or Hold Pat?
Before you tell your lender you want to resume payments, consider whether there are better uses for your money.

Kiplinger
Feb 22, 2021

Stock Market Today: Tech Throttled as Treasury Yields Continue Climb
Nosebleed valuations in the technology sector cooled off Monday amid a brutal day for Nasdaq longs. The Dow, meanwhile, clawed out modest gains.

Kiplinger
Feb 22, 2021

Biden Steers PPP Loans to Smallest Businesses
For two weeks, mom-and-pop businesses will move to the front of the line for Paycheck Protection Program loans.

Kiplinger
Feb 22, 2021

The Priceless and Expensive Journey of Infertility Treatments
A financial planner who has lived through this journey herself lays out an overview of what couples who are struggling to have a baby can expect, in Part 1 of a four-part deep dive.

Kiplinger
Feb 22, 2021

How to Divorce a Millionaire (Tip: Watch Out for Executive Compensation)
The more money involved in a divorce, the more you need to know about things like stock options and restricted stock awards.

Kiplinger
Feb 19, 2021

Stock Market Today: Stocks Tread Water, Bitcoin Joins the Trillion-Dollar Club
The Dow finished flat as a pancake as the stock market continues to stall against all-time highs, but Bitcoin continued building a head of steam.

Kiplinger
Feb 19, 2021

Osprey's OBTC: A New, Low-Cost Bitcoin Fund
The Osprey Bitcoin Trust (OBTC) has entered the public markets, offering investors with traditional accounts a new, cheaper way to invest in Bitcoin.

Kiplinger
Feb 19, 2021

Are You Being Too Frugal in Retirement?
You might be surprised how common it is to be so afraid to spend that you don't fully enjoy your retirement. But there are things you can do about that. Here are four tips if your fears are holding you back.

Kiplinger
Feb 18, 2021

Stock Market Today: Disappointing Jobs Data Dings the Dow
While Robinhood and Reddit leaders testified on Capitol Hill, Wall Street spent Thursday fretting over surprisingly high initial jobless claims.

Kiplinger
Feb 18, 2021

9 Stocks With Surprisingly Reliable Special Dividends
Special dividends typically are one-time windfalls for investors. But a few companies regularly weave these payouts into their broader dividend strategy.

Kiplinger
Feb 18, 2021

The Current Plan for a $1,400 Third Stimulus Check
Here's what you need to know about the stimulus check plan in President Biden's COVID-relief package.

Kiplinger
Feb 18, 2021

Third Stimulus Check Update: The Current Plan for $1,400 Payments
Here's what you need to know about the stimulus check plan currently being considered in Congress for President Biden's COVID-relief package.

Kiplinger
Feb 18, 2021

5 Strategies for Tax Planning Now and in Retirement
Tax planning is one of the best things you can do to keep more money in your pocket in retirement. There are specific things to consider when planning for your taxes in the future.

Kiplinger
Feb 17, 2021

Stock Market Today: Dow Marks New Highs, Tech Makes a Mess
Another big day for energy prices (and a little help from Uncle Warren) sent Chevron higher Wednesday, helping to lift the Dow.

Kiplinger
Feb 17, 2021

Buying a Burial Plot Is a Grave Decision
Thinking about buying a burial plot can be uncomfortable but making this purchase ahead of time has its advantages, including potentially saving you money.

Kiplinger
Feb 17, 2021

What's the Recovery Rebate Credit?
If you didn't get a stimulus check, or you didn't get the full amount, you may be able to claim the recovery rebate credit on your 2020 tax return to make up the difference.

Kiplinger
Feb 17, 2021

Lump Sum or Not: What's the Best Way to Invest Your Year-End Bonus?
What is dollar cost averaging, and when you have a significant windfall to invest, which method is better for you: dollar cost averaging vs. a lump sum investment?

Kiplinger
Feb 17, 2021

Small-Business Owners Can Be Divided into 2 Camps - Which Are You?
The financial complexities of being a small-business owner are vast regardless of the "camp" they reside in. Juggling business needs with personal finances can make retirement planning a real challenge.

Kiplinger
Feb 16, 2021

10 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Buying (And 11 He's Selling)
Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett continued his bank bloodletting in Q4 2020, but he also initiated a few exciting new positions.

Kiplinger
Feb 16, 2021

Warren Buffett Stocks Ranked: The Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio
The Berkshire Hathaway portfolio is a diverse set of blue chips and, increasingly, lesser-known growth bets. Here's a look at every stock picked by Warren Buffett and his lieutenants.

Kiplinger
Feb 16, 2021

The Biden Stimulus Plan: Push for a Higher Child Tax Credit Continues
The proposal currently on the table would increase the child tax credit to $3,000 or $3,600 per child and have the IRS pay 50% of it in advance.

Kiplinger
Feb 16, 2021

Stock Market Today: Winter Storm Boosts Energy Sector, But Stocks Finish Mixed
Oil and natural gas prices surged Tuesday as Winter Storm Uri pounded the nation, sending power demand higher and impacting energy supplies.

Kiplinger
Feb 16, 2021

Things to Consider Before You Refinance Your Mortgage
With mortgage rates hovering near all-time lows, refinancing is on many homeowners' minds right now. Are you a good candidate?

Kiplinger
Feb 16, 2021

Unanticipated Side Effects: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Working Women
Women in corporate careers face difficult choices amid the global pandemic. Balancing work, family and money may feel impossible, but before you make any major career moves, you should know you may have more options than you think.

Kiplinger
Feb 15, 2021

Are You Prepared for Health Care Costs While in Retirement?
Yes, health care can be expensive in retirement, but there are some things you can do now to get your ducks in a row.

Kiplinger
Feb 13, 2021

Is the Stock Market Open on Presidents' Day 2021?
If you invest in the stock or bond markets, enjoy your Monday off. The markets will be closed in honor of George Washington's birthday.

Kiplinger
Feb 12, 2021

How Grandparents Can Help Their Kids to Raise Financially Responsible Grandkids
Your job isn't to spoil your grandchildren, it's to spend quality time with them, teach them and lead by example. Try these three tips for a healthy relationship as a friend and money mentor.

Kiplinger
Feb 12, 2021

Stock Market Today: Blue-Chip Indices Close Out the Week on Top
The Dow and other major indices managed to scratch out new all-time highs with modest gains in a quiet Friday session.

Kiplinger
Feb 12, 2021

10 S&P 500 Stocks to Consider … At Much Lower Prices
The market itself is sitting at lofty valuations, but several S&P 500 stocks are extremely overheated. Consider giving these 10 picks a little time to cool off.

Kiplinger
Feb 12, 2021

Airline Industry Set for COVID Comeback, But It Will Be a Slow Climb
The Kiplinger Letter forecasts leisure travel will soar past business travel, but air travel demand won't reach pre-pandemic levels until as late as 2024.

Kiplinger
Feb 12, 2021

Personal Finance Tips from the Year of the Ox
With Chinese New Year upon us, it's time to reflect on money and career lessons we could learn from 2021's animal: the ox. Oxen are honest, diligent and dependable.

Kiplinger
Feb 12, 2021

How Annuities Are Taxed
Annuities offer powerful tax advantages, and a few (avoidable) pitfalls. How to cut your taxes and avoid surprises.

Kiplinger
Feb 11, 2021

Stock Market Today: Jobs Data Give Investors Cause for Pause
Higher-than-expected initial unemployment claims left the major indices with middling results Thursday; chip stocks and marijuana plays had much more clear direction.

Kiplinger
Feb 11, 2021

Money Conversations You Should Have Before Marriage
Kiplinger.com contributing editor and NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland has Valentine's Day (and beyond) advice for couples who want to improve their financial dynamics for a healthier relationship.

Kiplinger
Feb 11, 2021

Working from Home: Can You Claim the Home Office Deduction on Your 2020 Tax Return?
People working from home because of the pandemic are wondering if they can get a tax deduction out of it. It depends on your employment status.

Kiplinger
Feb 11, 2021

Don't Count on a Bonus or Recapturing Last Year's Pay Cut - Budget Around It Instead
If you are worried that your executive compensation may not meet your expectations in 2021, it's best to prepare for the worst now. Here's how.

Kiplinger
Feb 11, 2021

When Can You File Your Taxes This Year? (Hint: It's Very Soon)
If you're an early bird when it comes to filing your tax return, you won't have to wait much longer before the IRS will accept your return.

Kiplinger
Feb 11, 2021

How Filing Your Tax Return Early (or Late) Could Boost Your Third Stimulus Check
You can start filing tax returns on February 12. But waiting to file could mean a bigger third stimulus check.

Kiplinger
Feb 11, 2021

It May Be Time to Swap the 60/40 Portfolio for a 40/60 Portfolio Instead
If the traditional "60/40 portfolio" is dead, what should investors do? For a clue, turn to the Chicago Bulls and see what we can learn from the Worm (aka Dennis Rodman), Toni Kukoc and Steve Kerr.

Kiplinger
Feb 11, 2021

Does Your 401(k) Come with a Self-Directed Brokerage Account Option?
How to utilize and capitalize on self-directed brokerage accounts within your 401(k) plan. More options may offer more possibilities.

Kiplinger
Feb 10, 2021

65 Best Dividend Stocks You Can Count On in 2021
Yield isn't everything when it comes to finding the best dividend stocks. Income investors know there's no substitute for regular dividend increases over the long haul.

Kiplinger
Feb 10, 2021

What to Do When One Spouse Spends Too Much in Retirement
If one partner takes a less conservative approach to money, it can wreak havoc on a marriage. But the problem can be addressed by agreeing on bigger financial goals and understanding the root of the issue.

Kiplinger
Feb 10, 2021

What Are the Capital Gains Tax Rates for 2020 and 2021?
Which tax rate applies to your long-term capital gains depends on your taxable income.

Kiplinger
Feb 10, 2021

Condo Owners' Legal Rights When the Bug Guy Damages Your Property
Homeowners associations hire contractors for upkeep all the time, but what happens when an HOA's contractor, such as a pest control worker, damages a condo owner's property? Who picks up the bill?

Kiplinger
Feb 10, 2021

4 Ways Broke Grad Students Can Raise Their Income While Still in School
Grad students can lighten their financial loads by targeting specific opportunities as they complete their studies. Here are four places to start looking.

Kiplinger
Feb 10, 2021

Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees
We rated every state, plus Washington, D.C. on how retirees are taxed. We considered taxes on Social Security and other retirement income, tax exemptions for older residents, and the state's overall income, property and sales taxes.

Kiplinger
Feb 09, 2021

Congress Moves Forward with Minimum Wage Increase
Despite questionable support, House Democrats still plan to include a $15 minimum wage provision in the budget reconciliation bill.

Kiplinger
Feb 09, 2021

Stock Market Today: Market Simmers, But Marijuana Stocks Blaze On
The major indices finished with mixed results on Tuesday as the stimulus picture starts to crystalize. Cannabis-related stocks were another story.

Kiplinger
Feb 09, 2021

Stock Market Today: Stocks Search for Direction
A choppy day of trading left the major indices largely unchanged.

Kiplinger
Feb 09, 2021

5 Tips for Finding a Tax Preparer
Following these tips will help you weed out the fly-by-night preparers and zero in on the best tax professionals in your area.

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