Kiplinger's Personal Finance

December 2010

December issue of KPFM

Cover Story

The Best List 2010

We name the standouts in everything from cars to credit cards, stocks to smart phones, plus the best beer, blogs and books.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From The Editor

The college debt trap, by Janet Bodnar

Cheery News for Holiday Shoppers

Price-cutting is still in fashion, and seasonal hiring will increase.

May-December Tensions on the Job

When older workers meet younger bosses, sparks can fly.

Money & Ethics

Is rent control unfair to new tenants? by Knight Kiplinger

Snag Hotel Deals with Private Sales

Sign up and you’ll be alerted to luxury lodging for less.

In the Works: Smarter Plastic

Also on the high-tech menu: customized financial advice.

My Point of View

A house is just a home, by Knight Kiplinger.

Discovering Value

Skip school stocks, by Whitney Tilson and John Heins

Opening Shot

Get more yield with blue-chip stocks, by James K. Glassman

Real Money

How to make your money go further, by Thomas M. Anderson

Your Mind and Your Money

Math mind games, by Robert Frick

INVESTING

7 Cheap Stocks Experts Love

The eclectic choices range from a food giant to a battered bond insurer.

Don't Get Burned By Cheap Stocks

Value traps can ensnare even the most adept investing pros. But they don't need to wreck your portfolio.

Whose Investment Advice Can You Trust?

The Feds want to level the playing field between brokers and advisers. It may not make a difference.

Going Long

The bears are Wrong about the economy, by Jeremy J. Siegel.

Promised Land

Buying into buyouts, by Andrew Feinberg.

Cash in Hand

Don’t junk your junk bonds, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett.

Mutual Funds

Is momentum investing dead? by Russel Kinnel

A Jilted Bond Ace Bounces Back

Jeffrey Gundlach socres big for investors in his new fund.

A Tale of 3 Tech Titans

The stocks of Apple, Google and Microsoft have diverged. We tell you which ones to buy and which to avoid.

Lessons From the Flash Crash

The official report clarifies the cause of the market mayhem, but the solution for preventing another episode is still a mystery.

A Hedge That Actually Works

Adding one of these funds can boost your returns and reduce your portfolio’s risk.

Tocqueville Gold Goes Global

The fund loads up on small and midsize mining companies.

Money Does Grow on Trees After All

You'll make more than paper profits from these two timberland-owning real estate trusts.

MONEY

Best Values in Private Colleges

Our top 200 schools deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price.

Best Personal-Finance Websites: Easy Ways to Track Your Cash

New financial Web sites make it a snap to stay on top of spending and set goals.

Get a Bigger Check From Social Security

We tell you how to boost your benefits by thousands of dollars a year.

Ask Kim

Kimberly Lankford explains how to track down stocks that pay steadily growing dividends.

A New Way to Move Into a Roth 401k

Soon you may be able to roll over your 401(k) or 403(b) to a Roth inside your employer plan.

Last-Minute Tax Savings for 2010

Act now to capture expiring tax breaks and beat year-end deadlines.

Best Online Banking Deals Now

Bank online and you can avoid the fees and even earn a little interest.

Fly the Holiday Skies for Less

Bargains are scarcer this year, but you can fly the holiday skies for less if you use these strategies.

Is Your Charitable Giving Getting Results?

Use our checklist to see whether you should take your donation elsewhere.

LIVING

Drive Time

Less-distracted driving, by Jessica Anderson

The Lowdown

What you need to know about holiday shopping, by Lisa Gerstner

My Story: Power From the Center of the Earth

Chad McGowan doubled the size of his home but left his energy bill unchanged with a geothermal energy system.