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Laura Cohn
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
7 Great Online Bank Deals
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7 Great Online Bank Deals

With high-interest checking, low fees and reimbursements for ATM withdrawals, these financial institutions are gunning for your business.
January 6, 2012
Smart Moves for Life's Big Events: Easing Into Retirement
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Smart Moves for Life's Big Events: Easing Into Retirement

Before you ditch the daily grind for good, do a complete benefits checkup.
February 28, 2011
Retire South of the Border
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Retire South of the Border

Warm weather and a low cost of living lure retirees from the U.S.
February 28, 2011
Cut Debt Now, Save Later
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Cut Debt Now, Save Later

Sometimes whittling down credit-card balances trumps saving for retirement.
February 28, 2011
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Put Your 401(k) Back to Work
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Put Your 401(k) Back to Work

Your best bet is to keep on contributing, stick with stocks and try not to raid your account.
February 28, 2011
What You Need to Know About Health Care Outside the U.S.
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What You Need to Know About Health Care Outside the U.S.

Medicare will not travel with you overseas, so before retiring abroad get your health insurance in order.
February 28, 2011
It’s Not Just Gold That Glitters
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It’s Not Just Gold That Glitters

New exchange-traded funds let you bet on platinum and palladium, too. And don’t forget silver.
December 14, 2010
Retool Your Career
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Retool Your Career

Train for a new profession or launch a business with help from Uncle Sam.
October 18, 2010
Stretch Your Paycheck
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Stretch Your Paycheck

No matter how much you make, these tips will help your income go further.
September 1, 2010
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Debit Cards: Less Rewarding
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Debit Cards: Less Rewarding

With interest rates near zero, banks are using debit-card rewards programs to entice new customers and retain current ones.
August 5, 2010
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Best of the Rewards Cards
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Best of the Rewards Cards

We combed through hundreds of offers to find the most generous programs.
August 4, 2010
Grad Degrees From a Distance
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Grad Degrees From a Distance

Online master's degrees are getting more students -- and more respect.
June 28, 2010
It's Never Too Late for a Roth IRA
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It's Never Too Late for a Roth IRA

The prospect of tax-free income in retirement may be too good to pass up, regardless of your age.
June 11, 2010
Small-Cap Stalwart Goes Abroad
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Small-Cap Stalwart Goes Abroad

Royce translates its stock-picking skills to bargain-priced foreign companies.
June 1, 2010
Public Pensions: The Trillion-Dollar Hole
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Retirement

Public Pensions: The Trillion-Dollar Hole

Some states are scaling back their retirement plans to help close the funding gap in their pension systems.
May 11, 2010
The Lure of Little Turnover
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The Lure of Little Turnover

Holding down trading keeps a lid on costs and can reduce the tax bite, too.
May 7, 2010
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5 Cost-Saving Tips for Moving Time
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5 Cost-Saving Tips for Moving Time

Decamp mid month and other ways to save without schlepping it yourself.
May 5, 2010
The Latest Blow: Shrinking Pensions
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The Latest Blow: Shrinking Pensions

Some new retirees may get smaller payouts as employers struggle to fund pension plans.
May 4, 2010
Core Values Reward Investors
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Core Values Reward Investors

A Wall Street aristocrat delivers steady results by investing in firms with loyal customers.
April 30, 2010
401(k) Tuneup
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401(k) Tuneup

To maximize your savings, try these tactics.
April 7, 2010
The Case for Low-Turnover Funds
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The Case for Low-Turnover Funds

Funds that hold onto stocks longer tend to let investors hang on to more of their assets.
March 29, 2010
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Battle Royal: Credit vs. Debit
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Battle Royal: Credit vs. Debit

Which card to use? A combination of both is the best one-two punch.
March 26, 2010
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How to Earn More on Your Savings
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How to Earn More on Your Savings

It pays to pay attention because banks are tweaking rates all the time.
March 12, 2010
Mix It Up With Bond ETFs
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Mix It Up With Bond ETFs

We put together a diversified bond portfolio using inexpensive exchange-traded funds.
February 25, 2010
Banks That Put You First
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Banks That Put You First

Looking for higher rates and lower fees? Switch to a small bank or credit union.
February 23, 2010
The Glitter of Precious-Metals ETFs
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The Glitter of Precious-Metals ETFs

These five exchange-traded funds give investors a stake in gold, silver, platinum and palladium.
February 16, 2010
Where to Find Free Money
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Where to Find Free Money

State treasuries are holding nearly $33 billion in unclaimed assets. Some of it could be yours.
February 10, 2010