Thomas H. Blanton

Thomas H. Blanton

Reporter, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
How Much Can You Contribute to a Traditional IRA for 2019?
IRAs

How Much Can You Contribute to a Traditional IRA for 2019?

The IRA contribution limit is $6,000 for 2019. If you are age 50 or over, you can contribute an extra $1,000 as a catch-up contribution.
April 4, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to a Roth IRA for 2019?
IRAs

How Much Can You Contribute to a Roth IRA for 2019?

The Roth IRA contribution limit is $6,000 for 2019, up from $5,500 in 2018. Retirement savers 50 and older can contribute an extra $1,000. Income limi…
January 10, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to a 401(k) for 2019?
401(k)s

How Much Can You Contribute to a 401(k) for 2019?

The 401(k) contribution limit increased by $500 to $19,000 for 2019. Workers 50 and older can save an extra $6,000 for retirement.
January 10, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to a Roth 401(k) for 2019?
401(k)s

How Much Can You Contribute to a Roth 401(k) for 2019?

The Roth 401(k) contribution limit increased by $500 to $19,000 for 2019. Workers 50 and older can save an extra $6,000 for retirement.
January 10, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to a Solo 401(k) for 2019?
401(k)s

How Much Can You Contribute to a Solo 401(k) for 2019?

Some self-employed savers can put away as much as $62,000 for retirement in a solo 401(k) in 2019, depending on age and compensation.
January 10, 2020
How Much Can You Contribute to a SEP IRA for 2019?
IRAs

How Much Can You Contribute to a SEP IRA for 2019?

The maximum SEP IRA contribution is $1,000 higher than the 2018 limit and is significantly more than can be saved for retirement in a regular IRA.
January 10, 2020
Lexington, Ky.: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health
retirement

Lexington, Ky.: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health

In the heart of Kentucky’s bluegrass country, Lexington offers horse culture, Kentucky Wildcats basketball, and plenty of specialists at Baptist Healt…
July 13, 2018
Hot Savings on Flights to Hawaii
savings

Hot Savings on Flights to Hawaii

Catch a flight to Hawaii this fall without emptying your wallet.
July 9, 2018
Take Advantage of Airlines' "Stopover" Offers
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savings

Take Advantage of Airlines' "Stopover" Offers

Visit two cities for the price of one with a free stopover.
July 6, 2018
Crooks Using New Schemes to Steal Your Identity
credit & debt

Crooks Using New Schemes to Steal Your Identity

ID thieves are splicing together data from multiple victims, who are often in the dark.
July 6, 2018
Vanguard to Ditch Commissions on Most ETFs
investing

Vanguard to Ditch Commissions on Most ETFs

Starting in August, roughly 1,800 ETFs offered on Vanguard's brokerage platform will be commission-free
July 2, 2018
Best Ways to Pay for Grad School
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college

Best Ways to Pay for Grad School

Getting an advanced degree isn't cheap. But you may not need to go into debt.
May 9, 2018
Do Consumer Boycotts Affect Stocks?
investing

Do Consumer Boycotts Affect Stocks?

If history is a guide, gun control advocates and opponents will cancel each other out.
April 4, 2018
Beware Closing Cost Scams
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real estate

Beware Closing Cost Scams

Home buyers are being tricked into wiring their money to crooks.
March 8, 2018
Money Lessons From Oscar-Nominated Movies
savings

Money Lessons From Oscar-Nominated Movies

The stage is set for the 90th Academy Awards Sunday, March 4.
March 6, 2018
3 Luxury Goods You Can Buy on a Subscription Plan
spending

3 Luxury Goods You Can Buy on a Subscription Plan

Always wanted to drive a new Caddy?
January 22, 2018
Relief for Western Union Fraud Victims
savings

Relief for Western Union Fraud Victims

You have until Feb. 12 to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and get some of your money back if you got hit by a telegram scam.
January 9, 2018
Borrow Free E-Books With Libby App
spending

Borrow Free E-Books With Libby App

From digital-content distributor OverDrive, this app gives readers free, on-the-go access to a trove of titles from multiple libraries.
November 1, 2017
Know the Risks of Investing in Cryptocurrencies
investing

Know the Risks of Investing in Cryptocurrencies

Some investors have made a lot of money, but losses can be painfully real.
November 1, 2017
Bad Brokers? They're Still Out There
investing

Bad Brokers? They're Still Out There

The wolf of Wall Street is still on the prowl, and he has found new ways to fleece retirees.
August 24, 2017
Best Values in Streaming TV Services for Every Type of Viewer
spending

Best Values in Streaming TV Services for Every Type of Viewer

Whether you’re looking for big games, grand finales, Hollywood premieres or trending events, these live TV streaming packages allow you to tune into w…
August 8, 2017
New Ways to Prove Your I.D.
credit & debt

New Ways to Prove Your I.D.

Always struggling to remember your passwords and PINs? Don't worry, chances are they'll soon be replaced by tech-friendly identification software.
June 22, 2017
New Ways to See Movies for Less
spending

New Ways to See Movies for Less

Sign up for an all-you-can-view plan, or see prerelease films free.
March 23, 2017
10 Best College Values With the Lowest Average Graduating Debt
college

10 Best College Values With the Lowest Average Graduating Debt

The cost of a college education continues to rise.
February 25, 2017
What Student Loan Borrowers Must Know About the Navient Lawsuit
college

What Student Loan Borrowers Must Know About the Navient Lawsuit

If you think you've been affected, you may have some recourse.
January 30, 2017
Last-Minute Ways to Empty Your Flexible Spending Account
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spending

Last-Minute Ways to Empty Your Flexible Spending Account

If you still have money in your account, consider some eligible expenses you might not have thought of.
December 22, 2016
How You Too Can Become a Venture Capitalist
investing

How You Too Can Become a Venture Capitalist

It can be as simple as buying shares in a business through a crowdfunding portal.
June 21, 2016