Kiplinger's Personal Finance

March 2011

March issue of KPFM

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Save $50 a Day

Trim expenses on the basics, such as your car, home and banking, and snag travel, tickets and dinner for two without the guilt.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From The Editor

10 secrets to saving, by Janet Bodnar

Can Small-Company Stocks Continue Their Big Rally Up?

The little guys have been outrunning blue chips, and still have a lot going in their favor.

What's Next for the Euro Crisis

An interview with Simon Johnson, MIT professor and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.

Money & Ethics

Should employers check my credit before hiring?, by Knight Kiplinger

New Grads Need to Sharpen Verbal Skills

Employers want to hear wise speaking, not wisecracking.

College-Savings Plans Cut Fees

Savers benefit from lower expenses and more choices.

Retail Discounts Are New Employee Perk

Your job could translate into savings on clothes, computers and movies.

Real Money

An IRA is a poor shelter for real estate.

Your Mind and Your Money

Take off your blinders to beat the confirmation bias, by Robert Frick

Opening Shot

Buy commodity stocks, by James Glassman

INVESTING

11 Bond Funds That Won't Get Soaked by Rising Interest Rates

The best bond funds weather inflation by allowing their managers the flexibility to invest in all types of bonds and maturities.

Discovering Value

A look at Buffett's heir, by Whitney Tilson and John Heins

3 Funds for Investing in Frontier Markets

Comfortable with emerging-markets stocks? If so, you may be ready to boldly go where few investors have gone before.

Promised Land

The problem with owning blue-chip stocks now, by Andrew Feinberg

Buy Into Facebook Before It Goes Public

You can invest in the social-networking giant (and other private companies) through two Web sites offering secondary-market services. But should you?

Cash in Hand

Bullish on dividends, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Kiplinger 25 Update

The rout in school stocks costs Baron Small Cap.

Wasatch International Growth Wins Big Overseas

The small-company growth specialist exports its expertise.

Mutual Funds

Dump these disappointing funds? by Russel Kinnel

MONEY

Save $50 a Day

Trim expenses on the basics, such as your car, home and banking, and snag travel, tickets and dinner for two without the guilt.

Managing Your Parents’ Money

Find out as much as you can about your parents' finances now so that you're prepared to step in later if necessary.

Tax-Smart Ways to Tap Your Nest Egg

Knowing which accounts to raid first can stretch your savings in retirement.

Capitalize on the New Tax Law

Take advantage of low tax rates while they last.

4 Reasons to Reshop Your Auto Insurance

Chances are you'll be able to save money on premiums.

Ask Kim

Kimberly Lankford tells what you can do to prevent ID theft.

The Estate Tax Returns

The new law targets the wealthy and clarifies rules for smaller estates.

Get 0% on Credit-Card Transfers

These deals for no-fee cards are the most attractive ones now being dangled before consumers.

LIVING

Best New Car Values, 2011

We rank the best values in 10 categories. After a long period of rightsizing and rebuilding, the auto industry is back on track.

Tablet Competitors to the iPad

A slew of new devices is about to hit the market. Can they top Apple's benchmark?

The Lowdown

What you need to know about pay-as-you-go plastic, by Joan Goldwasser

My Story

A former bank executive started Michelle's Angels to keep his wife's spirit alive. But now he's running into government red tape.