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. 

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.
June 23, 2022
10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
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retirement

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

Moving to a low-tax state in retirement can help make your retirement savings last longer.
June 23, 2022
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 the District of Columbia, on how retirees are taxed. Some of the results might surprise you.
June 23, 2022
How to Find a Job After Graduation, with Beth Handler-Grunt
Beth Hendler-Grunt
Starting Out: New Grads and Young Professionals

How to Find a Job After Graduation, with Beth Handler-Grunt

Today’s successful job applicants need to know how to ace the virtual interview and be prepared to do good old-fashioned research and networking. Also…
June 21, 2022
10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees
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retirement

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees

Retirees in these states are likely to have a higher overall state and local tax burden than retirees in other states.
June 8, 2022
Is a Recession Coming?
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Smart Buying

Is a Recession Coming?

With a lot of recession talk out there, we might just talk ourselves into one. We take that risk with Jim Patterson of The Kiplinger Letter. Also, dol…
May 31, 2022
This Couple Tackles Love and Money as a Team
Dan and Natalies Slagle
Getting Married

This Couple Tackles Love and Money as a Team

Fyooz Financial, the husband and wife team of Dan and Natalie Slagle, have carved out a niche advising other couples with the money questions that com…
May 24, 2022
5 States With No State Sales Tax
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Tax Breaks

5 States With No State Sales Tax

A handful of states don't impose a sales tax, but that doesn't necessarily make them the best states for low taxes.
May 16, 2022
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

It can cost you thousands of dollars each year if you fail to consider state and local taxes before moving your family from one state to another.
May 12, 2022
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 you're thinking about changing jobs and moving to a different state, you could save big bucks by relocating to one of these states where the tax bi…
May 11, 2022
10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes
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state tax

10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes

Inflation is hitting hard – especially at the gas pump. But crossing state lines to avoid higher gas taxes is one way to soften the blow.
May 9, 2022
Which Documents to Keep, Which to Shred and Which to Scan
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home insurance

Which Documents to Keep, Which to Shred and Which to Scan

A speedy recovery from disaster can depend on your recordkeeping. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance writer Rivan Stinson tells us how to get our papers in …
May 4, 2022
Decoding ESG Investing with Ellen Kennedy
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Becoming an Investor

Decoding ESG Investing with Ellen Kennedy

Environmental, social and governance investing is simpler than it sounds, and has a profitable track record to boot.
April 19, 2022
High Gas Prices with The Kiplinger Letter’s Jim Patterson
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cars

High Gas Prices with The Kiplinger Letter’s Jim Patterson

Why are we paying so much more at the pump? How long will it last? What can you do? Plus: Congress is making changes to retirement-savings rules again…
April 5, 2022
The 2022 Real Estate Market with Daniel Bortz
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Becoming a Homeowner

The 2022 Real Estate Market with Daniel Bortz

Daniel Bortz doesn’t just write about home sales and housing prices – he’s been in the business. He’ll share insights about the real estate outlook fo…
March 23, 2022
Gas-Saving Tips That Actually Work
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Buying & Leasing a Car

Gas-Saving Tips That Actually Work

When fuel prices soar, all kinds of gas-saving schemes get floated. We separate the serious from the silly for you.
March 11, 2022
The Future of Certified Financial Planners with Kamila Elliott
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Becoming an Investor

The Future of Certified Financial Planners with Kamila Elliott

CFPs will tell you (and we’d agree) that not all financial advice is the same. We talk with the chair of the CFP Board about what she’s doing to prese…
March 8, 2022
There’s No Escaping Your Credit Score (So Make It Count)
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Financial Planning

There’s No Escaping Your Credit Score (So Make It Count)

Kiplinger’s credit expert, Lisa Gerstner, joins us to talk credit strategy. Also, a number of new electric cars hit the market this year. Will one wor…
February 24, 2022
Electric Vehicles Take Charge in 2022
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Buying & Leasing a Car

Electric Vehicles Take Charge in 2022

A range of new battery electric vehicles is coming for Tesla. And then there’s the electric Ford F-150, a landmark debut.
February 24, 2022
National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins Wants to Help
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Financial Planning

National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins Wants to Help

Your tax dollars are at work funding a government bureau to help you deal with the IRS. Strange but true! Also, the price of Amazon is going up.
February 10, 2022
"Above-the-Line" Deductions for Your 2021 Tax Return
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Tax Breaks

"Above-the-Line" Deductions for Your 2021 Tax Return

If, like most people, you claim the standard deduction instead of itemized deductions on your return, there are still many other tax deductions availa…
February 1, 2022
The “Gray Resignation” with Liz Windisch
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Making Your Money Last

The “Gray Resignation” with Liz Windisch

Pandemic pressures (and high stock and real estate values) are leading many to try to move up retirement. Plus, tax-filing season gets under way.
January 25, 2022
The Kiplinger Letter’s Top 10 Forecasts for 2022
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Economic Forecasts

The Kiplinger Letter’s Top 10 Forecasts for 2022

What to expect from the U.S. economy and an election-year Congress, as well as the outlook for cryptocurrency regulations, TikTok and more. Plus, we g…
January 13, 2022
The 2022 Stock-Market Outlook with Anne Smith and James K. Glassman
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Markets

The 2022 Stock-Market Outlook with Anne Smith and James K. Glassman

Sure, measuring stock markets by calendar years is a bit artificial, but it’s still a good way to give your portfolio a checkup. We forecast what stoc…
December 28, 2021
Kiplinger's Tax Map for Retirees: About Our Methodology
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retirement

Kiplinger's Tax Map for Retirees: About Our Methodology

Here's how we put together our Retiree Tax Map and related content.
December 17, 2021
5 States With No State Sales Tax
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Tax Breaks

5 States With No State Sales Tax

A handful of states don't impose a sales tax, but that doesn't necessarily make them the best states for low taxes.
December 7, 2021
Investing for Income with Jeffrey Kosnett
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investing

Investing for Income with Jeffrey Kosnett

Cold, hard cash working from home! No, this isn’t a scam — it’s an investing strategy built on bonds, REITs, preferred stocks and more.
November 30, 2021