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Lisa Gerstner
Staff Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
HSAs Get Even Better
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HSAs Get Even Better

Workers have more options with flexible spending accounts, too.
July 2, 2020
The Best Bank for You, 2020
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The Best Bank for You, 2020

We've identified the banks and credit unions that offer the best combination of high rates, low fees and a customer-friendly focus.
June 25, 2020
Find the Best Money Market for You
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Find the Best Money Market for You

Whether you choose a money market fund or account largely depends on the money's purpose.
June 24, 2020
Finding Affordable Health Care Now
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Finding Affordable Health Care Now

The pandemic has caused millions of people to lose their jobs — and their health coverage. Here’s a guide to finding affordable insurance.
June 4, 2020
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When Savings Bonds Make Sense
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When Savings Bonds Make Sense

Series I savings bonds are safe options, but don’t go all in.
June 3, 2020
10 Best Financial Benefits for Military Families
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10 Best Financial Benefits for Military Families

Members of the military have a lot of special financial challenges that most people don’t encounter.
May 22, 2020
How One Woman Became a 401(k) Millionaire
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How One Woman Became a 401(k) Millionaire

Saving early and implementing a smart investing strategy helped Alison Sowell make big gains over time.
May 12, 2020
Get Help With Your Bills
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Get Help With Your Bills

Many lenders are offering breaks to borrowers hit by the coronavirus-fueled crisis.
May 7, 2020
Are Your Bank Deposits Insured?
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Are Your Bank Deposits Insured?

As long as your financial institution is federally insured, your deposits are protected — up to certain limits.
May 7, 2020
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The Best Rewards Credit Cards for You, 2020
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The Best Rewards Credit Cards for You, 2020

Our top picks offer cash back or points you can use to buy groceries and other everyday items -- or add to your rainy-day fund.
May 1, 2020
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3 Great Low-Rate Credit Cards
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3 Great Low-Rate Credit Cards

If you're focused on finding a card with a minimal interest rate rather than one with stellar rewards, here are top contenders.
April 30, 2020
Strategies for CD Savers
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Strategies for CD Savers

Shades of 2008: Certificates of deposit return to ultra-low interest rates.
April 3, 2020
How Buying a Home Helped One Couple Prosper
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How Buying a Home Helped One Couple Prosper

From rental living to owning a farmhouse on 22 acres, Tasha and William Kornegay are using homeownship to help build financial security.
April 3, 2020
How One Couple Is Funding College for Their Four Kids
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How One Couple Is Funding College for Their Four Kids

Matt and Suellen Sharp are hoping to help their quadruplets graduate from college with as little debt as possible.
April 3, 2020
27 Solid Ways to Build Your Wealth
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27 Solid Ways to Build Your Wealth

Building wealth is essential to accomplish a variety of goals, from sending your kids to college to retiring in style.
April 3, 2020
More Bad News for Savers
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More Bad News for Savers

Savers searching for top yields should look to online banks, which offer significantly higher rates than brick-and-mortar institutions.
April 3, 2020
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Finding the Best Savings Account After the Coronavirus Interest Rate Cuts
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Finding the Best Savings Account After the Coronavirus Interest Rate Cuts

Savers searching for top yields should check out our list of the top online banks.
March 26, 2020
Strategies for CD Savers After the Coronavirus Interest Rate Cuts
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Strategies for CD Savers After the Coronavirus Interest Rate Cuts

As yields on certificates of deposit drop, you need to be smarter when it comes to saving with CDs.
March 26, 2020
7 Habits of People With Excellent Credit Scores
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7 Habits of People With Excellent Credit Scores

Want to improve your credit score?
March 12, 2020
Money Management Advice for Expat Retirees
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Money Management Advice for Expat Retirees

You need to take extra steps to handle everything from banking to health care.
March 11, 2020
Can You Count on Social Security?
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Can You Count on Social Security?

I think benefits will be available in some form, but I’m not relying on them for the bulk of my income.
March 6, 2020
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Great Accounts for an Emergency Fund
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Great Accounts for an Emergency Fund

Several will help you grow your money and are less stressful than a loan when you need fast cash.
March 6, 2020
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A Safer Way to Share Your Data
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A Safer Way to Share Your Data

Financial institutions are turning to application programming interfaces to securely share info with budgeting apps and tax software programs.
March 5, 2020
Changes Are Coming to Your Credit Score
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Changes Are Coming to Your Credit Score

FICO’s newest model takes a long-term look at how you’ve managed credit.
March 5, 2020
The Best Rewards Credit Cards, 2019
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The Best Rewards Credit Cards, 2019

We've picked the cards that will give you the biggest payback for the way you spend.
February 25, 2020
Social Security Tips and Tricks for All: Divorcees, Widows, Older Workers, Teachers, More
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Social Security Tips and Tricks for All: Divorcees, Widows, Older Workers, Teachers, More

Selecting the right strategy for when to claim Social Security will pay off for years to come. But there’s a lot more to maximizing your benefits.
February 18, 2020
What Grandparents Need to Know About Using Savings Bonds for a Grandchild’s Education
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What Grandparents Need to Know About Using Savings Bonds for a Grandchild’s Education

It’s not easy, but grandparents can avoid a tax bill when redeeming savings bonds to pay for a grandchild’s college costs.
February 18, 2020