David Muhlbaum

David Muhlbaum

Senior Online Editor, Kiplinger.com

David Muhlbaum has worked for Dow Jones Newswires and America Online, where he became the editor of its business news content. He has also worked for MarketWatch. He joined Kiplinger in 2001, handling a variety of content, including business forecasting, taxes, and automotive issues. He is a co-host of Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast. 

Get the Most from the Expanded Child Tax Credit
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Tax Breaks

Get the Most from the Expanded Child Tax Credit

The latest government stimulus is a much-more generous child tax credit, with a new twist: The IRS is going to send you money each month, if you're el…
July 15, 2021
10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes
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taxes

10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes

COVID-19 has made us appreciate driving our cars more, but filling up the tank will cost you more in these states.
July 9, 2021
The 10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families
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state tax

The 10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families

If a move from one state to another is in your future, you could save big bucks by relocating to one of these states where the tax bite is light for m…
July 6, 2021
33 States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes
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retirement

33 States with No Estate Taxes or Inheritance Taxes

Even with the federal exemption from death taxes raised, retirees should pay more attention to estate taxes and inheritance taxes levied by states.
July 6, 2021
10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
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retirement

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

If you want your retirement savings to last longer, consider moving to one of these states that impose the lowest taxes on retirees.
July 6, 2021
Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees
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Tax Breaks

Taxes in Retirement: How All 50 States Tax Retirees

We rated every state, plus Washington, D.C. on how retirees are taxed. We considered taxes on Social Security and other retirement income, tax exempti…
July 6, 2021
How to Get a Car Deal in a Crazy Market with Karl Brauer
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Buying & Leasing a Car

How to Get a Car Deal in a Crazy Market with Karl Brauer

As used car values soar, the old rules of how to get the best price still hold. Also, in the stock market, value stocks pull a rotation move on growth…
July 2, 2021
The Most Expensive Natural Disasters in U.S. History
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Economic Forecasts

The Most Expensive Natural Disasters in U.S. History

Wind, water, fire and drought have all wreaked havoc on the United States. What’s been the worst?
July 1, 2021
5 States With No State Sales Tax
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Tax Breaks

5 States With No State Sales Tax

Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon don't impose a state sales tax, but that doesn't necessarily make them the best states for low tax…
June 30, 2021
The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families
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state tax

The 10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families

Failing to consider state and local taxes before moving your family to another state could cost you thousands of dollars each year.
June 17, 2021
10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
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retirement

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

When it comes to state and local taxes, retirees in these states are likely to pay more than retirees in other states.
June 17, 2021
Perils and Profits of Cannabis Investing with Matt Hawkins
Becoming an Investor

Perils and Profits of Cannabis Investing with Matt Hawkins

A rapidly evolving legal landscape is keeping cannabis investors on their toes. We talk to private-equity investor Matt Hawkins, who has long experien…
June 2, 2021
Is Your Home Insured Against Disaster? Better Check
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Becoming a Homeowner

Is Your Home Insured Against Disaster? Better Check

Your insurance policy might leave you high and dry when things get wet (or hot, or shaky). We'll talk about making sure you're fully covered. Also, in…
May 18, 2021
Tap the Money Tied Up in Your Home with Keith Gumbinger
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Markets

Tap the Money Tied Up in Your Home with Keith Gumbinger

Housing prices have been on a tear, and that means home equity is up, too. Turning that value into cash in your wallet can be complicated, though. Equ…
May 12, 2021
Annuities: How They Could Work for You
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Financial Planning

Annuities: How They Could Work for You

No doubt, investing in annuities can be a tough call for the active investor. But there comes a time when relinquishing some control in exchange for r…
May 6, 2021
Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class
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Tax Breaks

Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class

Your retirement contributions could be the key to a lower tax bill.
May 3, 2021
Estate-Planning Your Stuff with T. Eric Reich
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Empty Nesters

Estate-Planning Your Stuff with T. Eric Reich

What to do with the house, the vacation house and the china? We talk with a financial adviser who's got some wise counsel. Also, who makes up the so-c…
May 2, 2021
How to Invest Green in a White-Hot Market, with Anne Kates Smith
Kiplinger's Investing Outlook

How to Invest Green in a White-Hot Market, with Anne Kates Smith

Sustainable stocks are going gangbusters. In an era of triple-digit gains for many market favorites (it's not just Tesla), we look for value options. …
April 15, 2021
Bitcoin: Should You Invest? With Tyrone Ross
Becoming an Investor

Bitcoin: Should You Invest? With Tyrone Ross

Pretending it’s a fad that will go away didn't work for the internet, and it won’t work for cryptocurrency, either. But there are still so many questi…
April 6, 2021
This Hot Housing Market with Daniel Bortz
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Becoming a Homeowner

This Hot Housing Market with Daniel Bortz

Home sales and prices have been on a tear and are forecast to continue to rise in 2021. Whether you're hoping to sell, buy or refi, contributing write…
March 31, 2021
How to Save on a Used Car
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used cars

How to Save on a Used Car

Tips and techniques that can help you save money when shopping for a used car.
March 24, 2021
How the Gig Economy Is Faring, with Kathy Kristof
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Employee Benefits

How the Gig Economy Is Faring, with Kathy Kristof

As with so many things, the pandemic has had a big effect on side hustles and contract work. We talk with an expert in the field on finding a good gig…
March 24, 2021
Max Out Your Stimulus Check with Rocky Mengle
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Tax Breaks

Max Out Your Stimulus Check with Rocky Mengle

You probably know you're getting a stimulus check, but did you know you can have an impact on its amount? Senior tax editor Rocky Mengle talks about t…
March 17, 2021
New Financial Challenges for Women with Marguerita Cheng
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Women & Money

New Financial Challenges for Women with Marguerita Cheng

The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying recession have been particularly hard on women, who've lost millions of jobs. Financial planner Marguerita Chen…
March 8, 2021
Claim These "Above-the-Line" Deductions on Your Tax Return (Even If You Don't Itemize)
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Tax Breaks

Claim These "Above-the-Line" Deductions on Your Tax Return (Even If You Don't Itemize)

If, like most people, you claim the standard deduction instead of itemized deductions on your return, there are still many other tax deductions availa…
March 5, 2021
Having the Money Talk with Your Parents, with Cameron Huddleston
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Financial Planning for Alzheimer's

Having the Money Talk with Your Parents, with Cameron Huddleston

Managing your parents' finances can be a difficult situation. Doing so if you haven't laid down a plan for how to do it is worse.
March 2, 2021
Love and Money with Financial Planner Mari Adam
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Getting Married

Love and Money with Financial Planner Mari Adam

Financial planner Mari Adam helps couples work together to have a good relationship with each other – and their finances. Also, some twists for 2020 t…
February 25, 2021