Mark Solheim

Mark Solheim

Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Mark became editor of magazine in July 2017. In addition to his duties overseeing the magazine, he continues to assign and edit articles for the magazine's Money and Living sections. Prior to becoming editor, he was the Money and Living sections editor and, before that, the automotive writer. He has also been editor of Kiplinger.com as well as the magazine's managing editor, assistant managing editor and chief copy editor. Mark has also served as president of the Washington Automotive Press Association.
Certainty Is a Blessing
Politics

Certainty Is a Blessing

The uncertainty leading up to the election was disquieting for an anxious nation, and it put our staff in limbo, too.
November 18, 2020
Getting Good Service
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Financial Planning

Getting Good Service

We rated the customer service of large financial service firms for accessibility, reliability, responsiveness and knowledgeable answers.
October 21, 2020
A Bumpy Ride Ahead
Markets

A Bumpy Ride Ahead

Even if you think stocks are headed higher, there's no better time for a portfolio tune-up.
September 24, 2020
Rethinking Retirement
Making Your Money Last

Rethinking Retirement

When interest rates are this low, it might be time to revisit some of the old rules of thumbs about reducing the risk of outliving your money.
August 19, 2020
Doug Glanville Offers Insight on Racial Divisions
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Financial Planning

Doug Glanville Offers Insight on Racial Divisions

Doug Glanville says baseball can provide a great example of teamwork, fairness and communication for the U.S.
July 30, 2020
Former Baseball Player Doug Glanville Opens Up About Race, Sports During a Pandemic, and His Transition to a New Career
careers

Former Baseball Player Doug Glanville Opens Up About Race, Sports During a Pandemic, and His Transition to a New Career

This ex-baseball player is using his background to bring understanding and advocate for change.
July 30, 2020
Nursing in the Time of COVID-19
Financial Planning

Nursing in the Time of COVID-19

This health care professional warns that the pandemic will worsen the nursing shortage.
July 2, 2020
Test-Driving Retirement
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Coronavirus and Your Money

Test-Driving Retirement

The pandemic hasn't pushed up our retirement timeline, but it has presented an opportunity to test out our retirement lifestyle.
June 25, 2020
Why I’m Optimistic
investing

Why I’m Optimistic

If we look ahead and see straight—and focus on what’s good for all of us—we will emerge from the darkest hours even stronger.
June 5, 2020
Reaching for a Lifeline
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credit & debt

Reaching for a Lifeline

The theme of this issue is what to do about your money in the time of the coronavirus and a distressed economy.
May 8, 2020
A Brush With Warren Buffett
investing

A Brush With Warren Buffett

COVID-19 has turned off the party at Berkshire Hathaway’s “Woodstock for Capitalists,” but as ever, he has wise words for troubled times.
April 2, 2020
Low Interest Rates Reduce the Cost of Mortgages
real estate

Low Interest Rates Reduce the Cost of Mortgages

Interest rate reductions triggered by the coronavirus crisis can create money-saving opportunities for mortgage shoppers.
March 26, 2020
Home Sweet Asset
real estate

Home Sweet Asset

A home is a valuable and versatile financial tool that can help you increase your wealth.
March 6, 2020
Checking in on Social Security
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retirement

Checking in on Social Security

Social Security would like you to conduct your business online, but be prepared to navigate some speed bumps.
January 30, 2020
Let Me Explain
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Making Your Money Last

Let Me Explain

Yes, the new tax law trimmed our tax bill, although I had hoped it would lower it even more.
December 27, 2019
100 Years of Advice
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Financial Planning

100 Years of Advice

Happy birthday to us! We’ve got plenty of trustworthy, valuable advice for the future, too.
November 27, 2019
Is It 1969 All Over Again?
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savings

Is It 1969 All Over Again?

You don’t need nostaglia to prompt a good look at your own finances and prepare for the new year.
October 30, 2019
Affordable Health Care
insurance

Affordable Health Care

We pay more for health care than any other nation, averaging nearly $10,800 per person per year.
October 3, 2019
The Broker Matrix
investing

The Broker Matrix

The best broker for you depends on what’s important to you.
August 30, 2019
Go Ahead, Have a Latte
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spending

Go Ahead, Have a Latte

You can still enjoy life a little by following the old chestnut to pay yourself first.
August 2, 2019
My Beef With My Broker
investing

My Beef With My Broker

More than $32,000 disappeared from my brokerage account. The struggle of getting it back revealed the downsides of using online brokers and investing …
July 14, 2019
We’re Still Going Strong Here at Kiplinger
savings

We’re Still Going Strong Here at Kiplinger

We are committed to our mission—delivering accurate, accessible and actionable financial advice in a monthly magazine.
July 3, 2019
Remembering One of the Great Debt Fighters
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Economic Forecasts

Remembering One of the Great Debt Fighters

Alice Rivlin was one of the most vocal critics of the government’s accumulating red ink.
June 7, 2019
Car Buying Is Stressful
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Buying & Leasing a Car

Car Buying Is Stressful

The real struggle for a deal is often waged in the finance and insurance office.
May 9, 2019
The Government Shutdown’s Real-World Cost
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savings

The Government Shutdown’s Real-World Cost

For hundreds of thousands of federal workers, this is a true test of financial preparedness.
January 31, 2019
Gen Xers Face a Unique Set of Financial Challenges
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Financial Planning

Gen Xers Face a Unique Set of Financial Challenges

Their net worth was damaged more than that of other generations during the Great Recession.
January 3, 2019
What Sears Meant to Us
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spending

What Sears Meant to Us

Besides creating iconic brands, including Craftsman and Kenmore, Sears was a financial innovator.
October 31, 2018