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Carolyn Bigda

Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Carolyn Bigda has been writing about personal finance for more than nine years. Previously, she wrote for , and is a regular contributor to the .
8 Stocks Under $10 Worth Buying
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8 Stocks Under $10 Worth Buying

Investors have a love-hate relationship with low-priced stocks.
November 8, 2017
9 Things You Must Know About ETFs
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9 Things You Must Know About ETFs

There’s no question that exchange-traded funds are becoming a big part of the investor’s toolkit.
December 29, 2016
Warren Buffett’s Best Dividend Stocks
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Warren Buffett’s Best Dividend Stocks

Consider adding these big payers, all owned by Berkshire Hathaway, to your portfolio.
April 1, 2016
The Worst Investments Warren Buffett Ever Made
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The Worst Investments Warren Buffett Ever Made

Even the Oracle of Omaha has his share of misses.
April 1, 2016
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10 Stocks on Warren Buffett's Buy List
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10 Stocks on Warren Buffett's Buy List

Berkshire Hathaway’s recent results stink, but you can still learn some lessons from the Oracle’s stock purchases.
April 1, 2016
Cover Out-of-Pocket Health Costs With Supplemental Insurance
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Cover Out-of-Pocket Health Costs With Supplemental Insurance

As deductibles rise, insurers are offering policies to cover out-of-pocket costs.
December 4, 2015
7 Good Stocks Yielding 5% or More
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7 Good Stocks Yielding 5% or More

The dividend yield of the U.S.
November 16, 2015
3 Beaten-Down Biotech Stocks to Buy Now
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3 Beaten-Down Biotech Stocks to Buy Now

Despite political posturing over high drug prices, the sector’s prospects remain bright, thanks to a steady stream of new products.
November 10, 2015
Best Emerging Markets to Invest In Now: India, Taiwan, Philippines
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Best Emerging Markets to Invest In Now: India, Taiwan, Philippines

Developing markets have performed poorly in recent years, but if you pick the right countries, you can make money. Plus: How to play frontier markets.
October 30, 2015
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4 Money-Manager Stocks to Buy Ahead of the Fed Rate Hike
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4 Money-Manager Stocks to Buy Ahead of the Fed Rate Hike

Once the Federal Reserve finally starts raising interest rates, this is one group that should benefit.
October 14, 2015
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8 Beaten-Down Energy Stocks to Buy Low
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8 Beaten-Down Energy Stocks to Buy Low

It's been a wild ride for energy investors.
October 5, 2015
Are Apple’s Days as a High-Flying Growth Stock Coming to an End?
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Are Apple’s Days as a High-Flying Growth Stock Coming to an End?

Disappointing iPhone sales and China’s slowdown, plus Apple’s sheer size, suggest that investors need to temper expectations.
September 3, 2015
Great Dividend Stocks for Retirement Savers
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Great Dividend Stocks for Retirement Savers

While you wait—and wait—for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, you can collect generous checks by investing in dividend stocks.
August 7, 2015
6 Best Fidelity Funds for Income Investors
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6 Best Fidelity Funds for Income Investors

Chasing yield? Check out these stock, bond and real estate offerings from the fund giant.
July 26, 2015
9 Ways to Boost Investment Income for Retirement
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9 Ways to Boost Investment Income for Retirement

It used to be easy to earn generous income safely from your investments: Buy Treasury bonds or certificates of deposit and watch the cash roll in.
July 20, 2015
3 Great European Stocks for Dividend Investors
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3 Great European Stocks for Dividend Investors

Our picks offer attractive yields and the potential for appreciation. We also suggest a European dividend ETF.
July 8, 2015
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Making Sense of Negative Bond Yields
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Making Sense of Negative Bond Yields

Will you have to pay someone to hold your cash? Probably not.
July 6, 2015
9 Best Dividend Stocks for Bear Markets
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9 Best Dividend Stocks for Bear Markets

It's no secret that dividend-paying stocks often come out ahead during a market sell-off.
July 6, 2015
Paychecks Are Getting Bigger
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Paychecks Are Getting Bigger

But raises aren’t widespread yet. Neither is inflation.
June 1, 2015
43 Ways to Earn More Interest and Dividends
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43 Ways to Earn More Interest and Dividends

From safe, high-paying bank accounts to risky mortgage securities, we offer ideas for boosting your income.
May 29, 2015
How to Earn Up to 5% Interest From Your Bank
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How to Earn Up to 5% Interest From Your Bank

Look to high-yield checking accounts and five-year CDs for better returns from banks and credit unions.
May 22, 2015
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How to Earn Up to 8% Yield with Energy MLPs
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How to Earn Up to 8% Yield with Energy MLPs

Master limited partnerships can turn their tax advantages into big yields for you.
May 18, 2015
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How to Earn Up to 7% Yield with Preferred Stocks
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How to Earn Up to 7% Yield with Preferred Stocks

These odd stock-bond hybrids can deliver big returns. Consider buying them through an ETF to help spread the risk.
May 12, 2015
4 Ways to Earn Up to 3% on Investment-Grade Corporate Bonds
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4 Ways to Earn Up to 3% on Investment-Grade Corporate Bonds

We found two bond funds and two individual bonds that should appeal to income investors.
May 7, 2015
How to Earn Up to 3% Yield With Municipal Bonds
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How to Earn Up to 3% Yield With Municipal Bonds

Tax perks can enhance the value of muni returns even more, especially for residents of high-tax states.
May 7, 2015
Earn Up to 14% Yield for Retirement with Mortgage REITs
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Earn Up to 14% Yield for Retirement with Mortgage REITs

Mortgage REITs don't actually hold property—they finance real estate. But beware: They're very sensitive to changes in interest rates.
May 7, 2015
Retirees, Earn Up to 12% Yield with Closed-end Funds
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Retirees, Earn Up to 12% Yield with Closed-end Funds

We found three offerings from Pimco and one from Nuveen for those willing to take on considerable risk.
May 7, 2015