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Kiplinger's Personal Finance
As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.
After no cost-of-living increase in 2016, benefits will rise 0.03% in 2017. For the average recipient, that's about enough to buy an extra latte each month.
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If you meet the age and income requirements, interest on your I and EE savings bonds is tax-free if you cash in the bonds to pay tuition and fees.
What retirees need to know about choosing Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plans for next year.
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Even if you've been happy with your Part D prescription-drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan, compare your options for 2017.
The higher your income, the better the FSA looks.
If you're married, the IRS life-expectancy table you use depends on the age of your spouse.
These strategies will help you stretch your tax savings.
Spending on prescription drugs has reached stratospheric levels, topping $457 billion in the U.S. last year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Most large employers point to the ...
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Large employers are making changes to mitigate rising health care costs.
The skyrocketing cost of drugs is inflicting pain. These strategies can help spell relief.
When the market crashed, they adjusted their game — and went in an unexpected direction.
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Here's what you need to know.
Sometimes it makes sense to cancel a conversion and get the chance for a do-over.
The cost of prescription drugs will begin to drop for beneficiaries.
Surviving spouses may be able to exclude a portion of home-sale profits if they meet certain criteria.
Money that's left in these college-saving funds are subject to income taxes and an early-withdrawal penalty, except in some circumstances.
Start by looking up the insurer’s complaint volume and how quickly those complaints were resolved.