Kiplinger's Personal Finance

February 2017

February issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Great Ways to Spend or Invest $1,000. . . $10,000. . . $100,000

Finding yourself with an extra stash of cash—whether it's a bonus, a gift, an inheritance or simply savings that have languished in a low-interest account—is a nice problem to have. Consider our ideas for how to put that money to work.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From the Editor

Take a tour of the 300 best values in U.S. colleges, by Janet Bodnar

The Trump Effect on Financial Markets

Faster growth and lower taxes compete with inflation and higher rates.

Boomers Cashing Out Their Art Collections

That spells opportunity for buyers of modern and contemporary art.

Last-Minute Ways to Empty Your Flexible Spending Account

If you still have money in your account, consider some eligible expenses you might not have thought of.

Airlines Offering New Levels of Service

Consider new stripped-down and souped-up options in a tiered approach to economy class.

Don't Get Burned by Deferred Interest

You’ll feel the pain if you fail to pay off your store card before the 0% period ends.

Money & Ethics

How can we discourage bogus news stories?, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

A surprise boost for emerging markets, by James K. Glassman

Your Mind and Your Money

Investors, how much risk can you stand?, by Anne Kates Smith

Success Story

They use pecans, honey, sweet potatoes and other Mississippi ingredients in their beer.

Then & Now

How one family navigated the rocky U.S. economy.

MONEY

Great Ways to Spend or Invest $1,000. . . $10,000. . . $100,000

Finding yourself with an extra stash of cash—whether it's a bonus, a gift, an inheritance or simply savings that have languished in a low-interest account—is a nice problem to have. Consider our ideas for how to put that money to work.

Best College Values, 2017

We rank the top public and private schools, based on quality and affordability.

Master the Rules of Credit Cards to Maximize Your Rewards

You can learn how to really maximize credit card rewards from users who have mastered the rules.

How to Fix Errors on Your Credit-Card Bill

Start with the merchant in question, but don't be afraid to escalate a dispute to your credit card issuer.

INVESTING

10 Great All-Weather Stocks

Our picks should flourish in an up market and hold their own in a rocky one. Many of the names will surprise you.

Why Interest Rates Matter

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

Going Long

A preview of the Fed under Trump, by Jeremy J. Siegel

The Kiplinger 25 Update

Dodge & Cox Stock comes roaring back.

Practical Investing

This stumbling biotech stock still has a lot of promise, by Kathy Kristof

Fund Spotlight

A value fund leaps ahead of its rivals.

HEALTHY LIVING

De-Stress Your Life

Deep breathing, meditation and getting back to nature are among the best ways to relax and improve your health.

To Your Health

Tap into your digital health records, by Nellie S. Huang

The Verdict on GMO Foods: Safe to Eat

Genetically engineered crops are pretty much just crops.