Kiplinger's Personal Finance

February 2016

February issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Great Ways to Spend $1,000

You'll be surprised at the power of what you can do with a grand.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From the Editor in Chief

R.I.P.: A good journalist, good boss, good father, by Knight Kiplinger

From the Editor

The value test: 300 colleges that pass, by Janet Bodnar

Budgeting Apps Feel the Pinch

Banks are raising concerns about the security of your data.

Get Ready for Year-Round Job Performance Reviews

You’ll get feedback more often, plus more chances to toot your own horn.

More States Giving Heirs a Break on Estate Taxes

Legislatures are raising the amount that is exempt from estate taxes.

Opening Shot

Investing in a time of terror, by James K. Glassman

Your Mind and Your Money

What your credit score says about your relationship, by Anne Kates Smith

Success Story

A former food scientist turns to crafting artisinal confections with exotic flavors.

INVESTING

7 Stocks to Profit From the Oil Crash

These companies can prosper even when crude prices are low.

Going Long

Bernanke's ultimate legacy, by Jeremy J. Siegel

Kiplinger 25 Update

Fidelity International Growth Fund joins the Kiplinger 25.

Technical Analysis: Stock Tips From the Charts

Some liken it to crystal-ball gazing, but defenders insist technical analysis can help investors spot important market trends.

The Contrarian Investor

Emerging-markets bonds are a good bet.

Income Investing

2016 outlook for municipal bonds, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Kiplinger ETF 20 Update

An ETF that's an ideal bond substitute.

Practical Investing

How losing stocks are like ex-spouses, by Kathy Kristof

Fund Spotlight

A mutual fund that bets on a revived Europe.

MONEY

College Rankings, 2016

We name the 300 best values among public and private schools, based on quality and affordability.

Game Plan

What you must know about paying off your mortgage.

Can You Believe Car-Insurance Ads?

Most contain a grain of truth. But, trust us, it takes an hour, not 15 minutes, to find the lowest rates.

New Ways to Pay With Your Phone

Samsung, Google and a few big banks are vying with Apple to put a mobile wallet in your pocket.

Ask Kim

Protection for fixed annuities, by Kimberly Lankford

How to Make Your Chip Credit Card More Secure

Tips for how to protect your chip credit card in-store and online.

LIVING

Great Ways to Spend $1,000

You'll be surprised at the power of what you can do with a grand.

5 Money-Smart Ways to Use Your Phone When Traveling Overseas

You have many new options for keeping in touch without spending a bundle.

Lowdown

6 things you must know about credit monitoring.

Then and Now

A stint with the Peace Corps put this couple’s retirement on hold.