Kiplinger's Personal Finance

July 2010

July issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Smart Moves in Today's Market

As the economy picks up steam, investors worry that turmoil overseas could wash away gains. We tell you which sector will make you money no matter what.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From The Editor

What rate of return should investors expect these days?

Health Reform: Not a Done Deal?

Challenges seek to erase the law's mandate to buy coverage.

Our Insider's View of the Economy

Kiplinger's newest contributor sees the recovery picking up steam.

Money & Ethics

Kiplinger's editor in chief tackles queries about executive compensation and union involvement.

A Tax Break Expires

Tap your Coverdell account now for pre-college expenses.

Will Flash Crash Trades Stand?

A formula will decide which transactions stick.

Air Travelers Face Higher Fees Again

The latest merger plus crowded planes mean more hassles.

Discovering Value

This Bud's for you, by Whitney Tilson and John Heins

Real Money: It's Never Too Late for a Roth IRA

The prospect of tax-free income in retirement may be too good to pass up, regardless of your age.

Opening Shot

Micro stocks' big payoff, by James K. Glassman

Your Mind and Your Money

Too close to home, by Robert Frick

INVESTING

Smart Moves in Today's Market

As the economy picks up steam, investors worry that turmoil overseas could wash away gains. We tell you which sector will make you money no matter what.

Slim Pickings for Income Investors

The deck is stacked against income investors as the recovery moves into its next phase.

What Could Slay the Bull

With stocks up sharply from their bear-market bottoms, investors have regained their confidence. But a lot could still go wrong.

6 Stocks Poised for Big Gains

It’s time to focus on high-quality companies.

How to Measure the Economic Recovery

When four of these key benchmarks move into the green zone, you'll know that the economy is healthy again.

The 7 Top Funds for Ethical Investing

No matter your politics or your beliefs, you can find a socially screened fund that will match your morals -- and make you money.

Building Profits Bridge by Bridge

These companies will benefit as governments worldwide spend trillions to improve infrastructure.

Promised Land

Read and grow rich, by Andrew Feinberg

A Prescient Call on Currencies

We called it right on the dollar. Alas, an ill-timed recommendation of BP.

Cash in Hand

Utilities trump REITs, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Small-Cap Stalwart Goes Abroad

Royce translates its stock-picking skills to bargain-priced foreign companies.

Mutual Funds

Funds for all seasons, by Russel Kinnel

MONEY

Retire South of the Border

Warm weather and a low cost of living lure retirees from the U.S.

What You Need to Know About Health Care Outside the U.S.

Medicare will not travel with you overseas, so before retiring abroad get your health insurance in order.

Upgrade Your Home Insurance

Despite the housing downturn, the cost to rebuild your home has not dropped. Make sure you are covered in case disaster strikes.

Traveler’s Survival Guide

What to do if a volcanic eruption, or any other unanticipated calamity, threatens to ground your travel plans.

Ask Kim

Kimberly Lankford describes the ploys identity thieves use to get access to your credit cards.

Shootout at the Credit Score Corral

There is a new sheriff in town.

LIVING

Best Cities for the Next Decade

They’re prosperous, innovative, and they’ll generate plenty of jobs, too.

Pay Less to Print

Before you buy a new printer, figure the cost per page.

Drive Time

The price of saving fuel, by Jessica Anderson

The Lowdown

What you need to know about reverse mortgages.

My Story: Going for the Gold, Staying Out of the Red

Olympic steeplechase hopeful Mason Cathey, of Indianapolis, Indiana, is in training for the 2012 London Games while keeping her finances on track.