Kiplinger's Personal Finance

November 2016

November issue of KPFM

Cover Story

8 Ways to Be a Better Investor

Building a successful investing plan is like building a hero sandwich: Stick with basic ingredients and don’t get too fancy.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

Should you spend more on family in retirement?, by Janet Bodnar

How to Overcome Travel Delays and Cancellations

Travel snafus are unavoidable. Here's how to navigate them.

The Outlook for Pay Raises in 2017

Look for average hikes of about 3%, but highly rated workers will get more.

Rent Luxury Cars or Boats

Sample the high life with a luxury vehicle for a day or two, or lend yours out for cash.

Make Fitness a Game

These apps encourage physical fitness.

New Ways to Save on SAT, ACT College Tests

Some states and school districts are paying for exams. You can also save on test prep.

Money & Ethics

Should my neighbor be allowed to turn his house into a short-term rental?, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

12 stocks to buy no matter who the next president is, by James K. Glassman

Success Story

This veteran pilot provides free, private air transport to soldiers and their families.

Money Smart Women

New tools to help women invest to meet their goals, by Janet Bodnar


8 Ways to Be a Better Investor

Building a successful investing plan is like building a hero sandwich: Stick with basic ingredients and don’t get too fancy.

The Kiplinger 25 Update

This socially screened mutual fund is charging ahead.

Practical Investing

Learning from my misguided attempt to time the market, by Kathy Kristof

The World's Greatest Stocks

You'll find plenty of world-class companies outside the U.S.

Income Investing

How investors can profit from toll roads, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Bet on These Battered Stocks

If you choose wisely, you can cash in on companies that are under siege.

Fund Spotlight

Vanguard scores with this index fund that owns long-term government debt from emerging markets.


How to Plan Your Own Funeral

The best way to plan your funeral is to do it yourself, even if you won’t be there. Your loved ones will be eternally grateful.

5 Ways to Save on Your Prescriptions

The skyrocketing cost of drugs is inflicting pain. These strategies can help spell relief.

Rethinking Retirement

Retirees, it's okay to spend, by Jane Bennett Clark

7 Smart Moves to Prevent Identity Theft

Your personal information should be secure if you follow our script.

Drive Time

What you must know about the exploding airbag recall, by Miriam Cross

Best Credit Cards for Loyal Car Buyers

Committed to a particular car brand? An auto rewards card may be for you.


How to Stay Fit After 40

The older you get, the more important it is to stay in shape. The key is finding exercise regimens that help and don’t hurt.

Create Your Own Fitness Challenges at These Former Olympic Sites

Indulge your inner Olympian and get ready for winter games right here in the States.

The Secret to a Healthy Heart

Cardiac patients who sign up for rehab programs reap big benefits.

Food for Thought

Want a keener mind and a more balanced mood in old age? A healthy diet may hold the key.

Then & Now

This couple's formula for financial success: Be flexible.