Kiplinger's Personal Finance

September 2013

September issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Cash In on the Housing Rebound

Whether you're buying or selling -- or both -- now is a good time to make a move. Staying put? You can tap your growing home equity.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From the Editor

The housing revival is real, by Janet Bodnar

Inflation Can’t Get Off the Ground

Prices are barely rising despite the Fed’s easy-money policy.

How to Shut Out Online Snoopers

Concerned about your privacy? Use these tools to protect it.

Paid Internships Pay Off

They lead to job offers more often than unpaid positions do.

Same-Sex Couples Get More Benefits

The Supreme Court's ruling opens the door to tax breaks, health coverage and retirement benefits.

Wireless Carriers Eliminating Discounts on New Phones

Major carriers are forcing you to wait longer to get a cut-rate upgrade.

Money & Ethics

When permanent alimony makes sense, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

4 types of investments to avoid, by James K. Glassman

Your Mind, Your Money

What women want, by Anne Kates Smith

INVESTING

Pick the Best Target-Date Fund for You

Target-date funds aren't as simple as they might first appear. We'll help you find ones with low fees and the right investments.

When to Sell a Mutual Fund

To sell or not to sell? Use these guidelines to help you decide.

Should You Give These Former Star Fund Managers Another Chance?

We examine 6 managers whose funds once shone brightly to see if there's reason to stick around.

Mutual Fund Rankings, 2013

U.S. stock funds lead our annual rankings of top-performing mutual funds in 11 categories.

Promised Land

How stocks could rise 50% more from here, by Andrew Feinberg

Practical Investing

Cash isn't just for hoarding, by Kathy Kristof

Cash in Hand

Don't panic over rising interest rates, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

MONEY

Cash In on the Housing Rebound

Whether you're buying or selling -- or both -- now is a good time to make a move. Staying put? You can tap your growing home equity.

Countdown to Retirement

Test-drive your budget.

Ask Kim

An easy way to save on homeowners insurance, by Kimberly Lankford

Why You Need a Roth IRA

Use this versatile account to get tax-free income and a whole lot more.

Identity-Theft Monitoring Programs Worth a Look

Here's what to look for in a service and what you can expect to pay.

Watch Out for Skimming Scams

Follow these tips to prevent thieves from stealing data from your debit card's magnetic strip.

LIVING

10 Great Places to Live, 2013

These cities have it all -- good jobs, affordable homes and plenty to do indoors and out.

Drive Time

How to buy a safe car, by Jessica Anderson

The Lowdown

6 things you must know about Twitter.

3 Simple Steps

Estimate your Social Security benefits.