Kiplinger's Personal Finance

December 2016

December issue of KPFM

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The Best List, 2016

Our annual roundup of top picks is a timely guide for every facet of your financial life: the most-promising investments, rewards cards with the biggest benefits, highest-yielding bank accounts, best bets in travel, phone plans for every profile, great ways to save on health care and more.

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AHEAD

From the Editor

Our personal-finance writers and editors reveal their favorite products and services to save and manage their money, by Janet Bodnar

5 Ways Shopping Malls Are Changing

While you shop, you may also be able to get in a game of mini-golf or visit your doctor.

Personal-Finance Advice From the Gronkowskis

Gordon Gronkowski raised five boys who became professional athletes. He explains how they had to earn their own money to buy their sports equipment.

Employers Expand Paid Family Leave

It's not just for new moms and dads anymore.

A Surprising Twist in the Wells Fargo Case

You’ve just discovered a credit card you never applied for. Now what?

Money & Ethics

Should bank customers be allowed to file class-action lawsuits?, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

5 tech stocks poised for growth, by James K. Glassman

Money Smart Women

What this mother-daughter fund-manager team can teach us about investing, by Janet Bodnar

Success Story

This company offers trendy alternatives to ties, shirts and run-of-the-mill gift cards for the man in your life.

INVESTING

10 Great Stocks for the Next 10 Years

Our picks are not the usual suspects. Yet we think all of these stocks can quadruple in a decade.

Going Long

Investors, don’t fear higher interest rates, by Jeremy J. Siegel

Get 5% or More From Preferred Stocks

These high-paying hybrid securities belong in most income portfolios. Here’s what you need to know.

Practical Investing

A portfolio without FANGs was doomed to have trouble last year, by Kathy Kristof

Sequoia Fund Tries to Recover from Valeant Misstep

Damaged by a huge bet gone awry, a fund once endorsed by Warren Buffett seeks to regain its glory.

Income Investing

Get a boost from a floating-rate fund, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

The Kiplinger ETF 20 Update

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

The Kiplinger 25 Update

From pain to gain for Fidelity New Millennium.

Fund Spotlight

This mother-and-daughter fund-manager team scores with micro caps.

MONEY

The Best List, 2016

Our annual roundup of top picks is a timely guide for every facet of your financial life: the most-promising investments, rewards cards with the biggest benefits, highest-yielding bank accounts, best bets in travel, phone plans for every profile, great ways to save on health care and more.

Year-End Tax Moves to Limit Your 2016 Tax Bill

Take these steps by New Year’s Eve to keep more money in your pocket and put less in Uncle Sam’s next year.

A Smarter Way to Heat and Cool Your Home

Learning thermostats adapt to your preferences to keep you comfy — and trim your utility bills.

Money Manners

How to handle 3 holiday-party etiquette challenges.

Your Mind and Your Money

It’s what you do that counts, by Anne Kates Smith

Game Plan

Yes, you can use an IRA to buy real estate, but we have a better way.

Max Out Your Credit-Card Rewards Points for Holiday Shopping

You may get the most value by transferring points or miles.

HEALTHY LIVING

How to Cash in on Your Good Health

Cultivating healthy habits can get you everything from discounts on insurance to freebies to a big chunk of cash.

When to Get a Second Medical Opinion

Most insurance policies will cover the fee for a second opinion as they would a regular office visit, but check with your insurer.

How to Dispose of Drugs Safely

Take them to a collection site or even your local pharmacy.

Express Yourself for Better Health

As adults, we often lose our sense of blissful play. But it can be found again.

Then & Now

This couple's patience helped them survive the housing bubble.