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. 

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 do not impose a state sales tax, but that doesn't necessarily make them the best states for low ta…
December 2, 2020
Where to Invest in 2021
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Where to Invest in 2021

Kiplinger Executive Editor Anne Kates joins us to talk about her 2021 outlook for stocks, market sectors, and even some specific stocks. Also, hosts …
December 1, 2020
How Holiday Shopping Happens in a Pandemic
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Smart Buying

How Holiday Shopping Happens in a Pandemic

Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year will be like never before. DealNews analyst Julie Ramhold joins us to talk about how to navigate sale season. …
November 24, 2020
10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes
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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 state.
November 23, 2020
Making Wise Choices During Open Enrollment
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Making Wise Choices During Open Enrollment

Contributing Editor Lisa Gerstner runs through the new variables of the 2020 open enrollment season. Also, hosts Sandy Block and David Muhlbaum talk a…
November 17, 2020
The 10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Middle-Class Families
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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…
November 16, 2020
Kiplinger's Tax Map for Middle-Class Families: About Our Methodology
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state tax

Kiplinger's Tax Map for Middle-Class Families: About Our Methodology

The research behind our judgments.
November 16, 2020
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.
November 16, 2020
Financial Benefits for Military Families
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Personal Finance for Military Families

Financial Benefits for Military Families

For Veterans Day, we run through benefits and programs meant to offset some of the financial risks service members take on. Also, hosts David Muhlbaum…
November 10, 2020
State Taxes on the Ballot 2020 -- Pot, Real Estate and More
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State Taxes on the Ballot 2020 -- Pot, Real Estate and More

Kiplinger.com senior tax editor Rocky Mengle joins the Your Money's Worth podcast to discuss the significant tax questions at stake on this year's ele…
November 2, 2020
The 60:40 Portfolio Rule Needs a Reboot
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The 60:40 Portfolio Rule Needs a Reboot

Jared Woodard, head of Bank of America's research investment committee, joins the Your Money's Worth podcast to discuss the 60:40 portfolio rule. Also…
October 29, 2020
Meet Brandon Copeland: NFL Linebacker, New Kiplinger Contributor
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Brandon Copeland

Meet Brandon Copeland: NFL Linebacker, New Kiplinger Contributor

We talk to Kiplinger's newest collaborator. Playing outside linebacker for the New England Patriots is just one of the irons he’s got in the fire — an…
October 20, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Day
Amazon Prime Day
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Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Day

Kiplinger.com editor and veteran comparison shopper Bob Niedt joins the Your Money's Worth podcast to talk about the ins and outs of Amazon Prime Day.…
October 13, 2020
Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2021: 1.3%
Making Your Money Last

Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2021: 1.3%

For the average recipient, the monthly increase won't even cover a fill-up at the gas station — but it beats nothing.
October 13, 2020
How to Fly Safely for Less This Fall
Kiplinger's Your Money's Worth podcast
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How to Fly Safely for Less This Fall

Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, joins the Your Money's Worth podcast to discuss strategies for snagging discounted airfare in the comin…
October 6, 2020
What to Know About the Tax Extension Deadline on October 15 (Ep. 46 Rebroadcast)
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What to Know About the Tax Extension Deadline on October 15 (Ep. 46 Rebroadcast)

Kiplinger.com tax editor Rocky Mengle joins host Ryan Ermey to discuss what you should know about the October 15 tax extension deadline. Also, Kipling…
September 29, 2020
How to Save on a Used Car
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How to Save on a Used Car

Kiplinger's resident car guru David Muhlbaum joins host Ryan Ermey on our Your Money's Worth podcast to offer tips on buying a used car. Also, the pai…
September 8, 2020
The Most Expensive Natural Disasters in U.S. History
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?
August 26, 2020
2021 COLA: A Raise Likely for Social Security Recipients After All
Economic Forecasts

2021 COLA: A Raise Likely for Social Security Recipients After All

Fear of a flat COLA? Relax, looks like an increase is coming for 2021 Social Security checks.
August 24, 2020
How to Save on a Used Car
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How to Save on a Used Car

Tips and techniques that can help you save money when shopping for a used car.
August 12, 2020
Get Your Car on the Cheap
Buying & Leasing a Car

Get Your Car on the Cheap

Want to spend less on transportation? Step 1 is a car that’s used, but not used up.
July 22, 2020
Saver's Credit: A Retirement Tax Break for the Middle Class
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.
July 9, 2020
10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class
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10 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class

Tax breaks aren't just for the rich. There are plenty of them that are only available to middle- and low-income Americans.
June 30, 2020
Protecting Your Car During COVID-19
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Protecting Your Car During COVID-19

Lack of exercise won’t make your car flabby, but problems with the battery, the fuel and even malevolent wildlife are a real possibility.
June 12, 2020
13 Things That May Soon Disappear Forever (The Pandemic Edition)
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13 Things That May Soon Disappear Forever (The Pandemic Edition)

Emerging technologies (and now the COVID-19 pandemic) are putting an end to these familiar items and practices.
June 9, 2020
A Shocking Story of Electric-Car Life
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A Shocking Story of Electric-Car Life

If you travel more than, say, 150 miles from home more than a few times a year, I don’t see an electric car working as your primary vehicle.
May 26, 2020
How to Buy a Car (for Less!) During COVID-19
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How to Buy a Car (for Less!) During COVID-19

Safety first, but don’t rule out the old-school approach of just picking up the phone and calling your local dealer.
May 5, 2020