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Mary Kane
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Retirement Report
Mary Kane is a financial writer and editor who has specialized in covering fringe financial services, such as payday loans and prepaid debit cards. She has written or edited for Reuters, the Washington Post, BillMoyers.com, MSNBC, Scripps Media Center, and more. She also was an Alicia Patterson Fellow, focusing on consumer finance and financial literacy, and a national correspondent for Newhouse Newspapers in Washington, DC. She covered the subprime mortgage crisis for the pathbreaking online site The Washington Independent, and later served as its editor. She is a two-time winner of the Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards sponsored by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches a course on journalism and publishing in the digital age. She came to Kiplinger in March 2017.
Explaining 'Complicated Grief': When Grief Doesn't Go Away
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Explaining 'Complicated Grief': When Grief Doesn't Go Away

Expert guidance to work your way through overwhelming grief.
May 26, 2020
6 Steps to Finding Your Second Act in Retirement
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6 Steps to Finding Your Second Act in Retirement

Whether you need to work or just want to work after you retire, these moves will help you find the right job.
May 22, 2020
Retirees, Build a Financial Plan That’s Based on You
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Retirees, Build a Financial Plan That’s Based on You

Financial life planning helps retirees identify their core values and connect them with their financial decisions and life goals.
April 2, 2020
Retirees, Pick the Perfect Financial Planner
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Retirees, Pick the Perfect Financial Planner

When you’re trying to get a handle on your money, from investments and savings to figuring out retirement and preparing for your future, you might nee…
April 1, 2020
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Ways to Make Wellness Work for You in Retirement
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Ways to Make Wellness Work for You in Retirement

There are evidence-based benefits for older adults who engage in some wellness basics, such as exercise, a healthy diet, and reducing stress.
March 12, 2020
Fighting Against Aging Stereotypes
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Fighting Against Aging Stereotypes

Ageism is "the last prejudice to bubble to the surface of our consciousness," says author/activist Ashton Applewhite.
March 11, 2020
SECURE Act Changes Squeeze Qualified Charitable Distributions
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SECURE Act Changes Squeeze Qualified Charitable Distributions

Beware: For some IRA owners, the new law may throw a wrench into their QCD strategy.
March 2, 2020
Moves to Make Now To Age in Place
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Moves to Make Now To Age in Place

If you are a longtime homeowner and thinking ahead to your next stage of life, you’re probably familiar with the idea of aging in place.
March 2, 2020
Retirees, Cover Yourself With Umbrella Insurance
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Retirees, Cover Yourself With Umbrella Insurance

You may not realize you don’t have enough liability coverage until something catastrophic happens.
January 28, 2020
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Retirees, Get Your Financial Life in Order
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Retirees, Get Your Financial Life in Order

Keys to organize your finances to protect yourself from bogus claims of unpaid debt and scammers.
January 8, 2020
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Financial Surprises Retirees (and Those About to Retire) Want to Avoid
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Financial Surprises Retirees (and Those About to Retire) Want to Avoid

Even the most diligent pre-retiree planner can get tripped up by unpleasant financial surprises. Follow these tips.
December 26, 2019
Retirees, Reward Yourself With a Cash Back Card
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Retirees, Reward Yourself With a Cash Back Card

The holiday season is a good time to pick a card that will reward you with cash back on a percentage of the dollars you spend.
December 18, 2019
New Tech Ideas for Aging Well
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New Tech Ideas for Aging Well

Devices can offset difficulties aging adults face with everyday tasks while also helping caregivers.
December 16, 2019
IRS: Uncashed Payout Checks From Retirement Plans Are Still Taxable
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IRS: Uncashed Payout Checks From Retirement Plans Are Still Taxable

You owe tax on a 401(k) or IRA distribution for the tax year in which the money was paid out, even if you don't cash the check until the following yea…
November 7, 2019
Should You Relocate to Trim Taxes in Retirement?
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Should You Relocate to Trim Taxes in Retirement?

Factor in all state and local taxes, plus the nontax implications of retiring to a new place, before making a move.
November 4, 2019
How to Shop for Variable Annuities
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How to Shop for Variable Annuities

There are several options to buy variable annuities on your own, but understand the pros and cons before you do.
September 30, 2019
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Have a Great Trip as a Solo Traveler in Retirement
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Have a Great Trip as a Solo Traveler in Retirement

Older travelers are increasingly hitting the roads, seas and skies alone. Should you?
September 27, 2019
Hospice: Improving Care at the End of Life
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Hospice: Improving Care at the End of Life

A hospice expert talks about the current state of end-of-life care and how to get the most from it.
September 5, 2019
Retirees, How to Report Fraud and Scams
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Retirees, How to Report Fraud and Scams

File a complaint with the feds, consumer advocates and industry watchdogs if your are victimized by financial scammers. Here's how.
September 4, 2019
Don't Fall for Timeshare Exit Scams
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Don't Fall for Timeshare Exit Scams

Sketchy firms are targeting older timeshare owners with hollow promises to get them out of their contracts for a hefty upfront fee.
September 4, 2019
Extended Tax Deadline: Moves to Make Before October 15
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Extended Tax Deadline: Moves to Make Before October 15

Beware penalties if you don't get your tax return to the IRS on time.
August 2, 2019
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Use Financial Apps to Track Spending in Retirement
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Use Financial Apps to Track Spending in Retirement

Start keeping tabs on where your nest egg is really going with your smartphone.
August 2, 2019
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Use an HSA to Boost Your Retirement Savings
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Use an HSA to Boost Your Retirement Savings

Health savings accounts, along with 401(k) plans and IRAs, can be a key part of an overall retirement savings strategy.
July 31, 2019
9 Podcasts Fit for Retirees
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9 Podcasts Fit for Retirees

Most are free and cover topics from scams and financial planning to retirement living and Alzheimer's.
June 5, 2019
Retirees, Ladder Annuities to Hedge Your Bets
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Retirees, Ladder Annuities to Hedge Your Bets

Staggering annuity purchases over time can boost your guaranteed retirement income and lower risks.
May 29, 2019
Dementia: How to Find the Right Fit for Long-Term Care
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Dementia: How to Find the Right Fit for Long-Term Care

Tap these resources to locate a memory-care facility for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia.
May 2, 2019
Retirees Need Emergency Funds Too
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Retirees Need Emergency Funds Too

Unexpected expenses can come out of nowhere. Here are some tips to be prepared.
April 4, 2019