John Waggoner

John Waggoner

Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
John Waggoner has put personal finance and investing into plain English for more than three decades. He was a senior columnist for and, prior to that, 's personal finance columnist for 25 years. He has written for Morningstar, , and magazine. Waggoner has also written three books on finance and investing. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in English literature and is working on his Certified Financial Planner designation. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.
10 Facts You Must Know About Recessions
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10 Facts You Must Know About Recessions

The Pandemic Recession officially ended in April 2020 after only two months, making it the shortest economic downturn in U.S. history. But what is a r…
July 20, 2021
The Top 10 Stocks of the Past Decade
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The Top 10 Stocks of the Past Decade

One thing nearly everyone can agree on about the past decade is that it has been very, very good for stock market investors.
May 13, 2020
10 Facts You Must Know About Recessions
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10 Facts You Must Know About Recessions

A recession is the scariest creature in the average investor's closet of anxieties.
March 27, 2020
Funds That Prosper From Fighting Climate Change
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Funds That Prosper From Fighting Climate Change

Sustainable investing, sometimes called ESG for the environmental, social and governance criteria that define the investing style, has taken the fund …
March 8, 2020
6 Stocks, 3 Bond Funds That Are Good for the Environment and Your Portfolio
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6 Stocks, 3 Bond Funds That Are Good for the Environment and Your Portfolio

Sustainable investing hasn’t just arrived; it’s fast becoming a bedrock principle.
March 6, 2020
Buttress a Nest Egg With a Cash Stash
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Buttress a Nest Egg With a Cash Stash

That cash bucket will come in handy if your riskier accounts, such as stocks or bonds, are in a bear market.
January 6, 2020
5 Stocks to Sell or Avoid in 2020
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5 Stocks to Sell or Avoid in 2020

Good companies can slip into the category of stocks to sell if they get too pricey or hit a sector-wide headwind. Here are 5 stocks to beware in 2020.
December 12, 2019
The 10 Best REITs to Buy for 2020
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The 10 Best REITs to Buy for 2020

Real estate offers diversification and far more income than the market average. These are the 10 best REITs you can buy as 2020 comes into focus.
December 12, 2019
The 10 Best Energy Stocks to Buy for 2020
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The 10 Best Energy Stocks to Buy for 2020

As the bull market sails past its first decade, value-minded investors worry that there are few bargains left.
December 10, 2019
Why Inflation Is All But Dead
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Why Inflation Is All But Dead

And why your portfolio should be protected against it anyway
October 31, 2019
The 25 Best Mutual Funds of All Time
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The 25 Best Mutual Funds of All Time

There are plenty of opportunities for bragging rights in the mutual fund world, but these are the absolute best mutual funds based on performance sinc…
October 21, 2019
5 Ways to Slice the S&P 500
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5 Ways to Slice the S&P 500

What started as a plain-vanilla fund concept now comes in many flavors.
October 3, 2019
How to Make the Most of a Down Market
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How to Make the Most of a Down Market

If Wall Street’s got you queasy, here are five things you can do to help make sure you’ll be OK."
October 3, 2019
7 Secrets of Highly Successful Investors
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7 Secrets of Highly Successful Investors

Prosper in this volatile market (or any other) by focusing on fundamentals.
October 2, 2019
Be Smart About How You Trade Stocks
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Be Smart About How You Trade Stocks

Giving your broker the right order can help you get the best price.
August 30, 2019
Is It Time to Invest in Gold?
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Is It Time to Invest in Gold?

Stock market volatility has given investors gold fever. If you chase the rally, don’t overdo it.
August 29, 2019
How Facebook’s Libra Will Change the Cryptocurrency Landscape
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How Facebook’s Libra Will Change the Cryptocurrency Landscape

The social media giant announced that it will launch its new cryptocurrency in the first half of 2020. As an investment, it's likely to fall flat.
August 5, 2019
Tap Into Market Sentiment Before Investing
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Tap Into Market Sentiment Before Investing

Find out what the herd thinks, then head in the other direction.
August 5, 2019
Good Funds in Bad Markets
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Good Funds in Bad Markets

These managers have stellar track records, delivering strong gains in weak categories.
July 3, 2019
Two Dividend Payers That Beat the S&P 500
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Two Dividend Payers That Beat the S&P 500

The average yield for the favored 15 is 3.7%, exceeding both the S&P 500 and the bellwether 10-year Treasury note.
July 3, 2019
The Outlook for Dividends
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The Outlook for Dividends

A few companies are cutting them, but payouts are healthy overall.
June 25, 2019
33 Ways to Get Higher Yields
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33 Ways to Get Higher Yields

For more than a decade, income investors have been plagued by paucity wrapped in misery.
May 29, 2019
A Tax Guide for Investors
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A Tax Guide for Investors

Confused about K-1s or capital gains? Here’s what you need to know.
April 10, 2019
How to Break Up With Your Stock
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How to Break Up With Your Stock

Why would you kick a stock to the curb? You first need to remember why you bought it in the first place.
April 4, 2019
8 Stocks That Will Have You Investing Like Buffett
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8 Stocks That Will Have You Investing Like Buffett

Warren Buffett’s $82.5 billion estimated net worth makes him the world’s third-wealthiest man, behind Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
April 4, 2019
10 Stocks That Could Feast or Fall on China Trade
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10 Stocks That Could Feast or Fall on China Trade

March 26, 2019
The Legacy of John Bogle
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The Legacy of John Bogle

The champion of low-cost index investing changed mutual funds forever.
March 8, 2019