Kiplinger's Personal Finance

February 2014

February issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Insider Tips From the Financial Pros

Industry leaders offer up the best money-saving advice they'd share with their own families.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From the Editor

The inside scoop on money, by Janet Bodnar

Look for Another Modest Pay Raise in 2014

Top-rated workers with skills that are in demand will fare best.

Confusing Packages Lead to Wasted Food, Money

Americans are being misled by expiration dates on package labels.

A New Twist on Financial Aid

Tips for filling out the FAFSA form.

The Problems With Paperless Tickets

They’re inconvenient and tough to resell.

Balance Transfer Deals Are Back

Get a 0% rate for a year or more, but compare offers carefully.

Money & Ethics

Honoring deceased parents' wishes, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

Build your own hedge fund, by James K. Glassman

Game Plan

How to prevent a big tax bill.

INVESTING

Investors, Beware Exotic Investment Opportunities

It’s getting easier for the little guy to get into all sorts of exotic investments. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

8 Great Low-Priced Stocks

Stocks selling in or near single digits are risky but can be lucrative.

Stocks for Romantics

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we name five companies that will warm your heart and enrich your portfolio.

Going Long

Is the market rational?, by Jeremy J. Siegel

ETF Spotlight

A fund for tech stocks that pay juicy dividends.

Cash In Hand

5 types of income investments that should shine in 2014, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Practical Investing

I do not like investing spam, by Kathy Kristof

Protect Against Rising Rates

These junk funds won't make you rich, but they'll hold their own when bond yields go up.

Fund Spotlight

The Eventide Gilead Fund beats the market via faith-based rules.

Kiplinger 25 Update

Foreign fund Harbor International missed out on the big rebound in Japanese stocks.

MONEY

Insider Tips From the Financial Pros

Industry leaders offer up the best money-saving advice they'd share with their own families.

Rethinking Retirement

Close the Bank of Mom & Dad, by Jane Bennett Clark

The Ticking Debt Bomb

In this exclusive interview, Erskine Bowles explains how small changes now can avert another financial crisis, but time is getting short.

Ask Kim

Cut your risk, cut your insurance rates, by Kimberly Lankford

Best Values in Public Colleges, 2014

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill retains the top spot in our rankings.

How to Get a Free FICO Score

A new program lets lenders provide customers with their scores at no cost.

LIVING

Choose the Right Cruise for You

Our guide will put you on a ship that matches your interests, whether you're seeking adventure or you just want to chill.

Snapshot Shootout

Can today’s best smart phones compete with traditional point-and-shoot cameras?

The Lowdown

6 things you must know about home heating.

3 Simple Steps

How to cash in unused, unwanted gift cards.