Kathy Kristof

Kathy Kristof

Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kristof, editor of SideHusl.com, is an award-winning financial journalist, who writes regularly for and CBS MoneyWatch. She's the author of and . But perhaps her biggest claim to fame is that she was once a question: Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991? Answer: Sylvia Porter.
10 Things You Must Know About Insider Trading
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10 Things You Must Know About Insider Trading

If you’re an active investor who occasionally buys or sells stocks based on tips, you need to know what's allowed -- and what can land you in jail.
June 19, 2020
Choose from This Slew of Great Side Hustles to Earn Extra Cash
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Choose from This Slew of Great Side Hustles to Earn Extra Cash

Renting out your house is only one way to make money. This expert recommends some of the top gigs.
June 7, 2019
The Practical Investor Packs It In
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The Practical Investor Packs It In

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, says goodbye to her readers.
March 26, 2019
What I Learned When Stocks Tanked
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What I Learned When Stocks Tanked

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, invests in a “smart” index fund that hasn’t proven all that bright through the recent dark days of t…
January 31, 2019
Why I Still Love Apple
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Why I Still Love Apple

The tech giant’s share prices have gotten pummeled lately, but its business still has staying power.
January 3, 2019
The Upside of a Market Downturn
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The Upside of a Market Downturn

When share prices stumble, you can take advantage of buying opportunities.
November 29, 2018
I Dump a Loser to Raise Some Cash
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I Dump a Loser to Raise Some Cash

Currency risk hurt one of columnist Kathy Kristof’s holdings — giving her one good opportunity to offset capital gains.
November 1, 2018
My Plan B (C, D and E) to Raise Cash
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My Plan B (C, D and E) to Raise Cash

I have several contingency plans for a down market, none of which require tons of sacrifice. So I’ve opted to hold less cash.
August 30, 2018
Making the Most of a Buyout Offer
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Making the Most of a Buyout Offer

I can exchange my AV Homes stock for Taylor Morrison Home shares, receive 60% in cash and 40% in stock, or take the payment in cash.
August 2, 2018
My Dare-to-Be-Dull Investing Strategy Pays Off
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My Dare-to-Be-Dull Investing Strategy Pays Off

My stocks are doing so well it’s hard to find a laggard to sell to raise cash for new purchases.
July 6, 2018
Here's How I Size Up a Stock
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Here's How I Size Up a Stock

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, explains her formula for buying stocks -- the same strategy as Peter Lynch and other touted value in…
June 7, 2018
I'm Taking a Flier on Boeing Shares
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I'm Taking a Flier on Boeing Shares

Even if trade talks with China head south, I think Boeing can prevail.
May 10, 2018
Why I Paid a Premium for Costco
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Why I Paid a Premium for Costco

It isn’t just the shopping experience that has sold me on the stock. I also love how Costco runs its business.
April 4, 2018
8 Outrageous Executive Perks
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8 Outrageous Executive Perks

Some executives' multimillion-dollar pay packages make headlines and anger the little guys.
March 8, 2018
What I Bought When Stocks Tanked
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What I Bought When Stocks Tanked

Our "Practical Investing" columnist happily seized the moment to buy two stocks that had been on her wish list for a long time: Costco and Boeing.
March 8, 2018
How My Portfolio Performed in 2017
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How My Portfolio Performed in 2017

The market ran so fast that the relatively conservative portfolio of Kiplinger's Practical Investor simply couldn't keep up.
February 1, 2018
6 Ways to Avoid Outliving Your Retirement Savings Before You Die
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6 Ways to Avoid Outliving Your Retirement Savings Before You Die

It may be the biggest worry of retirement: How do you ensure that you don’t run out of cash before you run out of breath?
January 25, 2018
For Value, GM Beats Tesla by a Mile
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For Value, GM Beats Tesla by a Mile

Tesla gets all the attention, but with actual profits, GM can afford to finance innovation.
January 8, 2018
How I can Afford Semi-Retirement at Age 56
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How I can Afford Semi-Retirement at Age 56

When you've got a novel to write, but still have bills to pay, well-timed stock sales can help keep the balance.
December 6, 2017
8 Stocks Under $10 Worth Buying While They Are Cheap
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8 Stocks Under $10 Worth Buying While They Are Cheap

There’s a visceral appeal to buying stocks that can be picked up for a song, but companies with low-priced shares are often risky bets.
November 8, 2017
7 Stocks Under $10 Worth Buying
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7 Stocks Under $10 Worth Buying

When a stock costs less than dinner at a fast-food joint, there’s almost always a reason.
November 8, 2017
Why I Think Apple's Stock Is a Bargain
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Why I Think Apple's Stock Is a Bargain

Though Apple is already largest holding in my portfolio, I'm sorely tempted to buy more.
November 2, 2017
The Secrets of Women Investors
Reading daily reports is important work of a manager
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The Secrets of Women Investors

For starters, they do more research and they panic less. And­ guess what—they get better results.
October 4, 2017
Investors, Don't Let Current Events Spook You
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Investors, Don't Let Current Events Spook You

It may seem like you’re facing the storm of the century every time you turn on the news, but the markets have survived far worse.
September 22, 2017
Why I'm Hanging On to a Loser
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Why I'm Hanging On to a Loser

Gilead is way down from when I bought it, but it is flush with cash and has dozens of promising medications in its pipeline.
August 24, 2017
I Add Two Bargains to My Portfolio
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I Add Two Bargains to My Portfolio

One pick, Lazard, is a global investment banking firm. Its reasonable share price provides a margin of safety.
August 1, 2017
How One Bad Year Can Wreck Your Investing Results
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How One Bad Year Can Wreck Your Investing Results

My 2015 setback has had a dramatic impact on my cumulative returns. On that basis, I trail my bogey by 31 percentage points.
May 25, 2017