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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

Practical Investing
December 2016

My Portfolio's Uninvited Guests

A well-considered spin-off can increase the value of both parent and child by allowing each to focus on a narrower set of goals.

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Small Business
December 2016

Lawless Jerky: A Kickstarter Business Takes Off

We caught up with a crowdfunding success story to see how his business has grown.

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Practical Investing
November 2016

Why Is My Portfolio Lagging? Blame It on 2015

A portfolio without FANGs was doomed to have trouble last year.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2016

10 Best Stocks of the Bull Market

Investing in the best-performing stocks during this long bull market was a lot like winning the lottery. With cumulative returns ranging from 1,810% to 9,654%, the 10 hottest members of Standard & Poor’s ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2016

10 Worst Stocks of the Bull Market

Pity investors who have held commodity stocks all the way through this long bull market. Although the major stock indexes have more than tripled since the last bear market bottomed, on March 9, 2009, stocks ...

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Practical Investing
October 2016

Learning From My Misguided Attempt to Beat the Market

Selling quality stocks was just one of the mistakes.

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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
October 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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