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Thomas M. Anderson

Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Comcast: Buyback Comeback?
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Comcast: Buyback Comeback?

The nation's largest cable TV operator has announced a plan to repurchase $5 billion worth of its stock.
November 20, 2013
What You Need to Know About Hiring a Contractor
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What You Need to Know About Hiring a Contractor

Find the perfect person for the job, then put the details in writing to be sure you're on the same page.
April 27, 2012
Best 529 College-Savings Plans
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Best 529 College-Savings Plans

See our top five picks, then use our state-by-state guide to pick the best plan for you.
January 6, 2012
Our Man Goes Undercover and Tells All
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Our Man Goes Undercover and Tells All

He spent days sitting through free seminars to become a super trader. Lesson number one: It’ll cost you.
July 29, 2011
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Shadow a Manager Before You Invest
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Shadow a Manager Before You Invest

Mirroring services let you study a manager’s moves before you put your money at risk.
July 1, 2011
A New Favorite Gold ETF
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A New Favorite Gold ETF

Fee cuts make iShares Comex Gold Trust the best choice for now.
December 14, 2010
Best Personal-Finance Web Sites to Track Your Cash
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Best Personal-Finance Web Sites to Track Your Cash

New financial Web sites make it a snap to stay on top of spending and set goals.
November 11, 2010
Which Budgeting Site Is Best for You?
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Which Budgeting Site Is Best for You?

All these tools let you track your accounts and set goals. But there are differences.
November 8, 2010
How to Make Your Money Go Further
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How to Make Your Money Go Further

Sometimes it makes sense to trim retirement contributions so you can pay the bills.
November 2, 2010
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How to Profit in Today's Economy: Rentals Surge, Homes Shrink
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How to Profit in Today's Economy: Rentals Surge, Homes Shrink

As the housing market resets, families take another look at whether they should buy.
October 4, 2010
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Walking Away From a Mortgage
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Walking Away From a Mortgage

Some homeowners who can afford to pay their loans are choosing not to.
September 1, 2010
Get a Break on College Costs
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Get a Break on College Costs

Even if your child is already in school, you can reap big state-tax benefits by feeding a 529 plan.
August 20, 2010
Profit By Betting Against the Crowd
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Profit By Betting Against the Crowd

Investor-sentiment measures can tip you to rallies and corrections. Here are the ones to watch and how to exploit them.
August 5, 2010
Tax-Friendly 529 Plans for Last-Minute Contributors
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Tax-Friendly 529 Plans for Last-Minute Contributors

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August 5, 2010
Energy Gems on the Gulf Coast
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Energy Gems on the Gulf Coast

Despite—or because of—BP, these four energy “stocks under rocks” look like diamonds in the rough.
July 21, 2010
Best Cities 2010: Washington, D.C.
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Best Cities 2010: Washington, D.C.

People and companies are relocating to our nation's Capitol and number-three pick for Best Cities for the Next Decade.
July 6, 2010
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ETFs With Hands-On Managers
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ETFs With Hands-On Managers

These exchange-traded funds do more than track indexes.
July 2, 2010
What Can Go Wrong With ETFs
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What Can Go Wrong With ETFs

Not every innovation works as advertised, and exchange-traded funds are no exception.
July 2, 2010
Global Funds to Fight the Gloom
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Global Funds to Fight the Gloom

Three go-anywhere managers find opportunities amid the turmoil of the world’s markets.
June 25, 2010
5 Stocks Dad Will Love
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5 Stocks Dad Will Love

Companies with dad-friendly products also make good investments.
June 11, 2010
The 7 Top Funds for Ethical Investing
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The 7 Top Funds for Ethical Investing

No matter your politics or your beliefs, you can find a socially screened fund that will match your morals -- and make you money.
June 1, 2010
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Stocks That Will Get a Kick From the World Cup
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Stocks That Will Get a Kick From the World Cup

The 2010 soccer championship should help shares of these four companies score some points.
June 1, 2010
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Building Profits Bridge by Bridge
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Building Profits Bridge by Bridge

These companies will benefit as governments worldwide spend trillions to improve infrastructure.
June 1, 2010
The Top College Savings Plans
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The Top College Savings Plans

Use our state-by-state guide to 529 plans to choose the right one for your student.
May 17, 2010
Stocks for the Global Building Boom
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Stocks for the Global Building Boom

These four companies will benefit as the world improves its infrastructure.
April 21, 2010
Steer Clear of Hedge-Fund ETFs
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Steer Clear of Hedge-Fund ETFs

These relatively new exchange-traded funds don’t have long enough track records for us to recommend them.
April 15, 2010
Home Buying for Beginners
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Home Buying for Beginners

With the tax-credit deadline looming, our reporter decides whether to jump in now or bide his time.
April 7, 2010