Jim Patterson

Jim Patterson

Managing Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Patterson joined Kiplinger in December 2010, covering energy and commodities markets, autos, environment and sports business for . Prior to joining Kiplinger, he covered federal grant funding and congressional appropriations for Thompson Publishing Group, writing for a range of print and online publications. He holds a BA in history from the University of Rochester.
COVID-19 Drives Used-Car Sales Boom
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Buying & Leasing a Car

COVID-19 Drives Used-Car Sales Boom

Commuters afraid of public transportation in a pandemic have been scooping up wheels.
October 19, 2020
The Nation's Crumbling Infrastructure: 6 Examples in Need of Upgrades Right Away
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The Nation's Crumbling Infrastructure: 6 Examples in Need of Upgrades Right Away

In his State of the Union address, President Obama once again stressed the need to spend more federal funds on crumbling infrastructure in coming year…
August 14, 2018
Recession Proof
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business

Recession Proof

So what makes a recession a recession, anyway? This book explains all in plain language, giving readers an understanding of what recessions are, why t…
August 25, 2017
The Frackers
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business

The Frackers

The Frackers is an excellent, non-technical history of the shale oil and gas boom that revolutionized the American energy industry.
August 25, 2017
Brighter Spots in Energy's Slow Recovery
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Brighter Spots in Energy's Slow Recovery

With crude oil likely coming off its lows, some money is returning to the oil patch.
November 11, 2016
Obama Regs Helping to Topple Coal Industry
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Obama Regs Helping to Topple Coal Industry

Also hurting the once dominant energy source: declining exports.
August 11, 2015
As Drought Takes a Toll, Water Prices Will Rise
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As Drought Takes a Toll, Water Prices Will Rise

Conservation and technological advances will help utilities meet needs, but at a cost.
April 29, 2015
Budget for Higher Electric Bills
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Budget for Higher Electric Bills

Mounting strains on the electric grid will hit consumers in their wallets but will lead to new business opportunities, too.
May 15, 2014
Countering Russia With Natural Gas
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Countering Russia With Natural Gas

What the coming boost in exports spells for U.S. consumers, gas producers and investors.
April 7, 2014
Fracking Boom Spells New Tech Investments
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Fracking Boom Spells New Tech Investments

Solutions to energy and safety concerns will be in hot demand.
March 14, 2014
Rising Production Helping to Keep Fuel Prices in Check
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Rising Production Helping to Keep Fuel Prices in Check

Energy costs should be relatively easy on your wallet in 2014.
January 6, 2014
North America's Next Energy Hot Spots
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North America's Next Energy Hot Spots

An energy revolution is under way in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. And it’s not just energy companies that are benefiting.
October 30, 2013
Automakers Put the Great Recession in the Rearview Mirror
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Automakers Put the Great Recession in the Rearview Mirror

Sales are closing in on prerecession highs, as shoppers flock to showrooms and dealers roll out hot new models.
August 16, 2013
Lower Oil Prices on the Horizon
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Lower Oil Prices on the Horizon

More crude produced in the U.S. and lower demand for it both here and overseas spell relief for consumers.
July 3, 2013
The Mounting Economic Toll of Erratic Weather
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The Mounting Economic Toll of Erratic Weather

A harsher climate spells new costs for businesses and homeowners, especially as government aid dries up.
April 12, 2013
Solar and Wind Power Going Mainstream
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Solar and Wind Power Going Mainstream

Both industries are surviving on economic merits, not government help.
June 12, 2012
America’s Changing Energy Picture
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America’s Changing Energy Picture

Ramped-up efforts to diversify U.S.
January 1, 2012
5 Ways Technology Will Change the Way You Travel
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5 Ways Technology Will Change the Way You Travel

Like your ride now?
January 1, 2012
8 Ways New Car and Highway Technology Will Change Your Life
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8 Ways New Car and Highway Technology Will Change Your Life

Automakers are introducing mind-boggling technology that will see cars parking and driving themselves, leaving their "drivers" free to -- what else --…
January 1, 2012
Technologies That Will Rock Your World
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Spending

Technologies That Will Rock Your World

For 88 years, subscribers have relied on The Kiplinger Letter for insights into emerging technologies that will change the way Americans live and do b…
December 19, 2011
America's Failing Infrastructure: A Scary Picture
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America's Failing Infrastructure: A Scary Picture

Just how safe is the bridge you crossed on your way to work today? You may not want to know.
November 4, 2011
A Lost Season for the NBA?
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A Lost Season for the NBA?

The prospect of empty basketball arenas spells revenue losses for many businesses.
October 11, 2011
Car Sales to Remain Strong
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Car Sales to Remain Strong

The auto industry is a bright spot in the economy as Americans pony up for new wheels.
September 14, 2011
8 Ways We're Using Less Oil
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8 Ways We're Using Less Oil

America will keep reducing its thirst for oil, both foreign and domestic.
March 25, 2011
U.S. Oil Output Down to a Trickle?
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U.S. Oil Output Down to a Trickle?

With permits to drill slowed down or in limbo, the Gulf's contribution is dwindling.
January 12, 2011