Kiplinger's Personal Finance

July 2014

July issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Midyear Investing Outlook, 2014

The bull market isn’t over. But expect a choppier ride.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From the Editor

Advice for the middle class, by Janet Bodnar

Bargains on Vacation Homes

It's a good time to buy a getaway.

Why Deflation Is a Downer

Falling prices aren’t really good news if they mean wages drop, too.

Some Employers Offering Unlimited Vacation Days

New policies enable employees to decide how much leave to take.

Credit Unions Use Games to Encourage Saving

Some financial institutions are doling out prizes to get savers to deposit more money.

Financial Apps You Can Wear

Smart watches and glasses keep you up-to-the-minute with your money.

Money & Ethics

Why you can't trust online reviews, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

Why I (still) hate gold, by James K. Glassman

Success Story

Charles Best's Web site helps teachers crowd-fund their pet projects.

INVESTING

5 Cheap Stocks Ready to Take Off

These market laggards have the potential to pay off big if investors' pessimism proves to be overblown.

Best of the Online Investment Advisers

These seven firms match fund-based portfolios to your goals. The hitch: They don't have much of a track record.

Promised Land

I hit a 50-bagger. Now what?, by Andrew Feinberg

Cash in Hand

The bond rally isn’t over, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

ETF Spotlight

Junky bonds deliver rich yield in this actively managed ETF.

Practical Investing

Ignore the traders, by Kathy Kristof

Fidelity Magellan Shows Signs of Life

The fund is improving, but other choices look more appealing.

Kiplinger 25 Update

Dodge & Cox International Stock's long-held investments are paying off for this value-seeking fund.

Fund Spotlight

How Baron Emerging Markets is winning.

MONEY

Making It in the Middle Class

If you’re feeling the financial squeeze, you’re not alone. See how one family is rising to the challenge.

Ask Kim

Best credit cards for travel, by Kimberly Lankford

Solutions for 3 Health-Insurance Challenges

Brace yourself for shrinking networks and higher deductibles. We show you how to cope.

Avoid Heartburn Over the Heartbleed Computer Virus

You should change your passwords for sites affected by the bug.

Cash in on the Sharing Economy

You can save money or earn a few extra bucks by sharing. All you need are a few apps.

Trim Next Year's Tax Bill Now

A few smart moves could save you money on your 2014 return.

Money Manners

4 rules for buying a wedding gift.

LIVING

Save on Your Dream Vacation

Whether you're seeking a romantic interlude or an exotic adventure, you can save on your getaway.

Microsoft Office Software Comes to the iPad

Word, Excel and PowerPoint have finally been designed to use on Apple’s popular tablet. Is the suite worth the price?

6 Things You Must Know About Free E-Courses

Open online classes can broaden your knowledge, but don't pin your career hopes on them yet.

3 Simple Steps

Reshop your car insurance.