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Daren Fonda

Senior 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
October 2017

Five Investments Yielding 5% or More

Investors looking for dividend income won’t find much of it by investing in the average large-company stock. Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index—the major large-cap benchmark—yields just 2%, down ...

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Markets
October 2017

What a Weaker Dollar Means to You

Travel abroad is more expensive, but your overseas investments may benefit.

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2017

5 Ways to Protect Your Portfolio in a Stock Market Correction

When the stock market slides between 10% and 20%, it’s called a correction. You may not recall the last one because it ended in February 2016, shaving 14% off Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. Corrections ...

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2017

Great Stocks for the Next Bear Market

After a long stretch of calm, market turbulence has picked up. Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index tumbled twice in August on worries of escalating tensions with North Korea and political controversies ...

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Financial Planning
August 2017

We Pick the Best Online Brokers

Two firms land in a dead heat for first place in this year’s rankings. Find the best broker for you.

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2017

Best Online Brokers, 2017

However you invest, it’s a great time to shop for an online broker. Firms have been trimming commissions, expanding their online tools, offering more transaction-free mutual funds and enhancing their ...

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SLIDE SHOW
August 2017

7 Reliable Dividend Stocks to Buy Now

Plenty of stocks yield more than the market average of 2% for large companies. But if you’re investing for income, you’ll want dividends that are both reliable and secure. And that’s not always easy ...

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Fund Watch
August 2017

5 Super Low-Cost ETFs

Our choices aim to beat traditional benchmarks.

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2017

How 7 Top Investment Pros Are Investing in 2017

Scan the investment landscape and you may not see much fertile ground. After more than eight years of nearly uninterrupted gains, the U.S. stock market is hardly cheap. And despite a bump in yields over ...

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2017

5 Great Investors' Worst Mistakes (And What They Teach Us)

The next time you beat yourself up over a bad stock pick, take some solace in the knowledge that you’re not alone. Even the world’s most successful investors, including Warren Buffett, have blundered ...

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Stock Watch
May 2017

Top Stock Picks From Five Big Investors

Hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and others share their best investing ideas at the Sohn conference.

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Stocks & Bonds
May 2017

29 Ways to Earn 1% - 10% on Your Money in 2017

Our ideas range from low-risk municipal bonds to high-risk mortgage REITs.

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Fund Watch
May 2017

4 Great Mutual Funds to Earn 1% - 5% on Municipal Bonds

If you make a lot of money and live in a high-tax state, municipal bonds can be magic.

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Fund Watch
May 2017

This Financial Fund Is Heating Up

Talk of tax reform and regulatory relief is among the factors drawing investors to banks.

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REITs
May 2017

4 Great Picks to Earn 4% - 6% From REITs

Real estate investment trusts have had a great run — and still hold promise.

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Fund Watch
May 2017

5 Great Funds to Earn 3% - 5% on High-Yield Bonds and Bank Loans

When economic times are good, junk bonds deliver big yields.

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Stocks & Bonds
May 2017

4 Great Picks to Earn 6% - 8% From Master Limited Partnerships

Pipeline companies pump profits from moving America's rising oil production.

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