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. 

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
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.
January 11, 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
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.
December 17, 2021
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.
December 17, 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.
December 13, 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
10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes
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state tax

10 States with the Highest Gas Taxes

Whether you're simply saving a few bucks while road-tripping or saving big bucks on regular fill-ups all year long, crossing state lines for gas can p…
December 3, 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
11 Winter Car Maintenance Tips
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Buying & Leasing a Car

11 Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Cold temperatures put stress on your car. Get ahead of the situation and keep winter woes from hurting your ride or your wallet.
November 22, 2021
Changes Coming to Flood Insurance with Laura Lightbody
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Becoming a Homeowner

Changes Coming to Flood Insurance with Laura Lightbody

The National Flood Insurance Program is getting an overhaul that could send your rates up (or down). We dig into what's changing with this coverage th…
November 19, 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

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.
November 19, 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 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…
November 19, 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

If your income isn't too high, contributing to a retirement account could help you lower your tax bill now.
November 11, 2021
13 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class
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Tax Breaks

13 Tax Breaks for the Middle Class

Middle-class Americans are still feeling a financial squeeze. Fortunately, there are several tax breaks to help those who are struggling financially.
November 8, 2021
Brandon Copeland on Reaching Financial Freedom
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Financial Planning

Brandon Copeland on Reaching Financial Freedom

This NFL player’s path to a future of financial independence after his pro career is over can help the rest of us plan.
November 2, 2021
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 1, 2021
The Pros and Cons of Target Date Funds with Tony Drake
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Financial Planning

The Pros and Cons of Target Date Funds with Tony Drake

The simplicity of target date funds has made them popular, particularly among 401(k) savers. But investors may be paying a price.
October 19, 2021
Oh Unlucky Heirs with Tim Steffen
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Financial Planning

Oh Unlucky Heirs with Tim Steffen

Just because you’re in the will doesn’t mean you’re sitting pretty. Also: Does October deserve its scary reputation for stocks?
October 5, 2021
ETFs and Mutual Funds with Todd Rosenbluth
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Index Funds

ETFs and Mutual Funds with Todd Rosenbluth

Which is better: ETFs or mutual funds? And how do you decide where to put your investments? CFRA fund expert Todd Rosenbluth has some answers. Also, h…
September 22, 2021
How to Complain (and Get Results), with Emma Patch
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Basics

How to Complain (and Get Results), with Emma Patch

In today's customer-service environment, getting through and getting results takes determination — and skill. We'll talk about techniques to help you …
September 7, 2021
The Ins and Outs of IRAs with Ed Slott, CPA
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Roth IRA Conversions

The Ins and Outs of IRAs with Ed Slott, CPA

Are you saving for retirement? Good start. But almost everyone has something to learn about optimizing their individual retirement account from IRA st…
August 23, 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 28, 2021
Investing in Space: The Sky Is Not the Limit, with Andrew Chanin
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Technology

Investing in Space: The Sky Is Not the Limit, with Andrew Chanin

We talk to a pioneering fund manager about investing opportunities are in space. Also: Inflation is here — how should you adjust your investments?
July 27, 2021
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
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