May 2011

May issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Stop Wasting Money

Phony bargins. Misleading offers. Hidden fees. 32 unintended ways you may be trashing your cash (and how to stop!).

Table of Contents


From The Editor

How we choose our annual list of favorite no-load mutual funds, by Janet Bodnar

More Hurdles for Home Buyers

Winding down Fannie and Freddie will raise the cost of borrowing.

Interview With Mohamed El-Erian: How the Global Crisis Hits Home

Higher oil prices and Japanese woes could deal a body blow to the economy and the markets.

Money & Ethics

Is it ethical for employers to cut operating costs by hiring independent contractors rather than employees?, by Knight Kiplinger

Changing Rules on Sharing Personal Information With Merchants

When cashiers ask for personal information, it's okay to decline.

Measuring Inflation at the Core

Learn why some measures of price changes ignore food and fuel.

Rosier Job Outlook for New Grads

Recruiters are back, but students still need to do their homework.

Discovering Value

Vocal and aggressive investors play a critical role in holding management teams accountable, by Whitney Tilson and John Heins

Opening Shot

How to find attractive value stocks, by James Glassman

Your Mind & Your Money

Why we fall for scams, by Robert Frick


6 Companies That Warren Buffett -- and You -- Should Love

Berkshire Hathaway is flush with cash, and the wizard is ready to spend it. Here are the stocks we think best fit his investing philosophies now.

Promised Land

Beware investing advice from permanent pessimists, by Andrew Feinberg

What the Crisis in Japan Means for Investors

We answer seven questions on the minds of many investors to help you protect your portfolio through these disastrous events.

ETF Pioneer Focuses on Big Tech

The fund known as Qubes tilts toward large growth companies by tracking the Nasdaq 100.

Cash in Hand

Buy Canadian oil stocks, by Jeffrey Kosnett

Our 10-K Cheat Sheet: How to Speed Read a Company’s Annual Report

Make short work of a long form by focusing on these seven points.

TCW Emerging Markets Income Fund: Big Gains With Exotic Bonds

This manager expects to see rising interest rates in developing nations trying to combat inflation, and he’s betting on corporate debt to benefit in the long term.


Don't Waste Your Money

32 ways you may be inadvertently throwing cash away.

The Real Deal on For-Profit Colleges

Their reputation is tarnished, but they can be a compelling alternative to traditional schools.

New Strategies to Lock In Steady Income for Life

Convert decades of savings into regular monthly checks with annuities and longevity insurance.

Photo Books in a Flash

For Mother's Day, assemble your digital photos in a new-fashioned album.

What If You Can't Pay Your Taxes?

For starters, be sure to file your return on time anyway to minimize penalties.

How to Check on Your Tax Refund

No more wondering when you'll get your money.

Ask Kim: Purge Your Tax Files

Kimberly Lankford tells how long to hold on to tax records and suggests good uses for a refund.

Bank Apps Make Deposits a Snap

You can use your smart phone to check your accounts, pay bills and deposit checks.


What's Hot at the Antiques Roadshow

Discover the value of your treasures by watching others haul in their heirlooms and collectibles for appraisal.

Drive Time

Auto safety gets a makeover, by Jessica Anderson

The Lowdown

What you need to know about private sales, by Stacy Rapacon

Chasing the American Dream in China

College graduate Irving Steel took a chance and booked a one-way plane ticket to Shanghai to launch his career in the new land of opportunity.

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