Kiplinger's Personal Finance

February 2013

February issue of KPFM

Cover Story

How to Get a Big Return From Spending $1,000

Invest in stocks, your career and even your love life. Our ideas are designed to pay dividends.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From the Editor

What to do with an extra $1,000, by Janet Bodnar

Prepare for Tax-Return Filing Delays

Organize your records, and file when the IRS gives the all-clear.

A New Pay-as-You-Earn Student Loan Repayment Plan

Some students may get loan relief thanks to a new repayment program that can help ease the pressure on future grads.

Hurricane Sandy to Blame for Rising Used-Car Prices

Used wheels will cost more. Flood damage is an even bigger worry.

Beat Rising Hotel Costs in 2013

Last-minute bookings and loyalty programs can help you save.

Money & Ethics

Should judges be elected or appointed?, by Knight Kiplinger

Workers Can Expect Bigger Paychecks in 2013

Salary hikes this year should outpace consumer prices.

My Point of View

5 tips for newlyweds, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

How to get a 4% yield these days, by James K. Glassman

INVESTING

How to Pick the Best Index Funds

Indexes, and the funds that track them, used to be simple. Now, picking a fund is like visiting Baskin-Robbins.

Practical Investing

Patience pays off, by Kathy Kristof

Annoying Companies, Great Stocks

We name 11 companies that tick off customers but are worth adding to your portfolio.

A Better Investor Than Buffett?

Carl Icahn doesn't get enough respect, which may explain why shares of his company are such a bargain.

Cash in on Offbeat REITs

Companies of all stripes woo investors by becoming real estate investment trusts.

Going Long

What to do about tax reform, by Jeremy J. Siegel

Microsoft Revival Hopes Ride on Windows 8

The new operating system holds promise for the tablet market.

Value Added

Grand opportunities for small-cap stock investors, by Steven Goldberg

Cash in Hand

Dividend-seekers, don’t fear rising taxes, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Fund Spotlight

Dodge & Cox Balanced reaches the top of the charts with an unusually heavy allotment to stocks.

MONEY

How to Get a Big Return From Spending $1,000

Invest in stocks, your career and even your love life. Our ideas are designed to pay dividends.

Best Values in Public Colleges, 2013

From big flagship universities to small liberal arts colleges, our top 100 schools deliver academic quality and affordability.

New Rules of Refinancing Your Home

You can cut your payment, but it won't be easy.

Countdown to Retirement: Plan Your Exit Strategy

Take steps before your retirement party to get all the perks coming to you.

Ask Kim

Kimberly Lankford answers readers’ questions about tapping a 401(k), using an agent to buy health insurance and more.

How to Pick the Best Credit Card for You

Consider these four things before signing up for a new card.

LIVING

Stunning Deals on European Villas

Shaky economies have led to steep price drops on vacation homes. Note to potential buyers: It's complicated.

The Lowdown

7 things you should know about surviving winter storms.

My Story

An Arizona businessman starts over in a North Dakota boomtown.