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Kathy Kristof

Contributing Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Kristof, editor of KathyKristof.com, is an award-winning financial journalist, who writes regularly for Kiplinger's Personal Finance and CBS MoneyWatch. She's the author of Investing 101, Taming the Tuition Tiger and Kathy Kristof's Complete Book of Dollars and Sense. But perhaps her biggest claim to fame is that she was once a Jeopardy question: Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991? Answer: Sylvia Porter.

Latest Features

Stock Watch
September 2016

Best FANG Stocks for Tech Investors to Buy Now

We rank the shares of Facebook, Amazon.com, Netflix and Google parent company Alphabet.

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2016

S&P 500 Stocks Due for a Turnaround

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 14.6%, ...

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Practical Investing
September 2016

How Doing Nothing Can Pay Off for Investors

For the three-month period during which I essentially ignored my investments, the Practical Investing portfolio rose 10%.

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2016

5 Dividend Stocks to Consider Selling

With interest rates in the basement and likely to stay there for some time, investors have, for good reason, flocked to dividend-paying stocks. But demand has pushed up the prices of many popular payers ...

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Stock Watch
August 2016

Is There a Bubble in Dividend Stocks?

Some sectors appear to be overvalued, but share prices are unlikely to fall much, if at all, as long as interest rates remain ultra-low.

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Getting Out of Debt
August 2016

The City of Stockton Comes Back From the Brink

After filing for bankruptcy protection in 2012, the city manager of Stockton, Calif., made sustainable spending decisions and turned the city around.

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Stocks & Bonds
June 2016

How to Build the Right Mix of Investments in Retirement

We show you how to allocate your investments among stocks, bonds and cash as you approach, enter and live in retirement.

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Practical Investing
June 2016

AV Homes: A Cheap Stock With Rich Potential

This small homebuilder's first-quarter results were impressive, with big gains in number of dwellings sold and other key measures.

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Mutual Funds
June 2016

Invest Less in Stocks Now and More Later?

This contrarian view on asset allocation may help decrease the likelihood of having to draw down your retirement portfolio during a bear market.

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Practical Investing
May 2016

Biotech Giant Gilead Sciences Goes on Sale

Gilead Sciences stock was selling for a mere 7 times estimated 2016 earnings when I snapped up 150 shares.

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2016

Best Low-Volatility Stocks for the Next Bear Market

Despite punk corporate profits, the stock market has recovered nearly all of the losses it suffered earlier this year and is trading near record highs. Stocks look expensive, particularly on a price-earnings ...

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2016

Utility Stocks for Steady Dividends

Utility stocks, best-known as safe havens for dividend-conscious retirees, have been on a tear. In the year’s first three months, the Dow Jones utility average returned 16.7% (including dividends), making ...

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Practical Investing
April 2016

Don't Let the Day's News Drive Your Investing

Constantly checking market results practically begs you to do something, even if doing nothing is the best course.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2016

8 Promising Stocks Under $10 Worth Buying

There’s a visceral appeal to buying stocks that can be picked up for a song, but companies with low-priced shares are often risky bets. Whether they’re young or small enterprises or established businesses ...

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Practical Investing
March 2016

Why I Keep Buying Apple Stock

Because I'm a diehard bargain hunter, I find Apple's stock too cheap to pass up.

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Investor Psychology
April 2016

The Secrets of Women Investors

For starters, they do more research and they panic less. And­ guess what—they get better results.

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Stock Watch
March 2016

Best FANG Stocks to Buy Before They Rebound

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

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