Mark Solheim

Mark Solheim

Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Mark became editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine in July 2017. 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. In 1990 he was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Mark earned a B.A. from University of Virginia and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Mark lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, and they spend as much time as possible in their Glen Arbor, Mich., vacation home.

The Fallout From Ukraine
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economy

The Fallout From Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine represent only a tiny portion of U.S. trade directly, but the impact of the invasion (and sanctions) is being felt by consumers her…
March 16, 2022
Stick With Your Plan
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Financial Planning

Stick With Your Plan

Timing the market is nearly impossible. The worst thing you can do is sell stocks when prices are tumbling.
December 17, 2021
ESG Investing Takes Off
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Markets

ESG Investing Takes Off

For our ESG 20, we identified 15 stocks and five funds that excel at meeting environmental, social and corporate governance challenges.
October 4, 2021
ETFs and Mutual Funds with Todd Rosenbluth
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Index Funds

ETFs and Mutual Funds with Todd Rosenbluth

Which is better: ETFs or mutual funds? And how do you decide where to put your investments? CFRA fund expert Todd Rosenbluth has some answers. Also, h…
September 22, 2021
Complain and Be Heard
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Smart Buying

Complain and Be Heard

Getting our money back for the extended warranty and gap insurance we didn't want took patience and persistence.
August 31, 2021
How to Get a Car Deal in a Crazy Market with Karl Brauer
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Buying & Leasing a Car

How to Get a Car Deal in a Crazy Market with Karl Brauer

As used car values soar, the old rules of how to get the best price still hold. Also, in the stock market, value stocks pull a rotation move on growth…
July 2, 2021
Getting a Used Car Deal in a Tight Market
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Buying & Leasing a Car

Getting a Used Car Deal in a Tight Market

Cars are scarce and prices have gone up. Use these strategies to find the best values.
April 29, 2021
Certainty Is a Blessing
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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
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Economic Forecasts

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
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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