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Daren Fonda

Associate Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Daren joined Kiplinger in July 2015 after spending more than 20 years in New York City as a business and financial writer. He spent seven years at Time magazine and joined SmartMoney in 2007, where he wrote about investing and contributed car reviews to the magazine. Daren also worked as a writer in the fund industry for Janus Capital and Fidelity Investments and has been licensed as a Series 7 securities representative.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
February 2017

6 Good Investments Yielding 5% or More

Rising bond yields make it easier for investors to pocket decent income these days. The yield of the benchmark 10-year Treasury bond has crept up from a low of 1.4% last July to 2.4%. Yields in other parts ...

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ETFs
February 2017

Earn Up to 6% From Our Fund Portfolios

Our mutual fund and ETF portfolios deliver attractive yields while helping to lower risk.

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Fund Watch
February 2017

Why This REIT Is the Only Real-Estate Fund to Crack the Kiplinger ETF 20

We say goodbye to iShares U.S. Preferred Stock and hello to Schwab U.S. REIT.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2017

Great All-Weather Stocks

Wall Street pundits frequently pitch “defensive” stocks that should avoid steep losses in a downturn. Sounds terrific: stocks that stay afloat when the market is tanking! But if you want stocks that ...

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Economic Forecasts
January 2017

Why Interest Rates Matter

How Federal Reserve rate hikes and rising bond yields affect the economy and your investment strategy.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2017

5 Struggling Stocks That Will Turn Around in 2017

Fueled by a late-year surge, Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has returned 13.2% so far in 2016. But the factors that have boosted stocks since Election Day—hopes for corporate tax cuts, less regulation ...

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2017

27 Best Stocks for 2017

Amid a dense fog of uncertainty, an aging bull will have to find its footing in 2017. Rarely has the way forward been so obscured by the murky policies of a new political regime, as well as by questions ...

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Fund Watch
December 2016

An Investment Poised to Benefit from Infrastructure Spending

iShares Global Infrastructure joins the Kiplinger ETF 20, bringing steady income and rising dividends to the mix.

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Stock Watch
December 2016

Preferred Stocks Paying 5% or More to Income Investors

These high-paying hybrid securities belong in most income portfolios.

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Stock Watch
November 2016

Dow 20,000: Stock Market Milestone Is Tantalizingly Close

The ride getting there may be bumpy, but the Dow Jones industrial average could be heading toward a major milestone: cracking 20,000 for the first time in its 120-year history.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2016

5 Stocks to Sell Now for 2017

Pitches to buy stocks are Wall Street’s driving force. But analysts rarely slap stocks with a “sell” rating. That’s partly because it’s too easy to get a sell recommendation wrong. Even if a ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2016

8 Stocks to Buy Now for 2017

These eight stocks all offer strong growth prospects at reasonable prices, a combination that should result in solid gains. We lean toward large companies, but our picks also include two small caps. These ...

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Stock Watch
November 2016

How to Invest Under a Trump Presidency

His election adds uncertainty, which Wall Street hates, but could lead to improved economic growth and benefit health care, financial and infrastructure stocks, among others.

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Fund Watch
November 2016

4 Best Mutual Funds for Dividend Investors

Dividends have accounted for some 40% of overall U.S. market returns, so don't miss out.

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Fund Watch
November 2016

A Cheap Way to Own Tech Stocks

Vanguard Information Technology gives you access to the heavy hitters of the technology sector.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2017

5 Best Vanguard ETFs for Retirees

If you’re looking for a core group of ETFs that you can buy and hold through many years of retirement, check out the following five Vanguard funds. Two are bond ETFs that should provide some insurance ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2016

Great Stocks for the Next 10 Years

Warren Buffett aims to hold stocks “forever.” We’re a bit less patient. But we like playing the long game: picking a few solid companies, sticking with them through tough times and hanging on for ...

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