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David Muhlbaum

Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Muhlbaum made the leap from print to electronic journalism in 1995 after a stint at Dow Jones Newswires taught him about working in real time. He moved to America Online, where he became the editor of its business news content. He has also worked for MarketWatch. He joined Kiplinger in 2001, handling a variety of content, including business forecasting and taxes. He also writes about cars and car maintenance, for which his degree in American literature from Middlebury College qualifies him not one bit.

Latest Features

Used Cars
November 2017

3 Reliable Used Cars That Are Bargains

Ford, Kia and Cadillac make affordable alternatives to popular vehicles on the used-car market.

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2017

Winter Car Care and Maintenance Tips

Perhaps the first frost has already coated your windshield, forcing you to dig out the scraper. As you adjust to the chill, give a thought to your ride, and check out these nine tips that will keep your ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2017

The States With the Scariest Death Taxes

Federal estate taxes are no longer a problem for all but the extremely wealthy. In 2017, as much as $5.49 million in assets is exempt from federal estate taxes—double that for a married couple. In 2018, ...

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Drive Time
October 2017

Buy the Gas Your Car Deserves

Gasoline is just gasoline — or is it? Also, we wade into the premium vs. regular debate.

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2017

The Most Tax-Friendly States in the U.S.

While the unemployment rate has hovered below 5% since mid-2016, wages have remained relatively flat, with average salary increases expected to increase just 3% in 2018. For many workers, the only way ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2017

The Least Tax-Friendly States in the U.S.

Depending on where you live, state income taxes and property taxes could cost you thousands of dollars every year. High sales taxes or gas taxes could slowly drain your funds every time you pull out your ...

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2017

8 Hidden Values in the Used Car Market

When buying or leasing a new car, Kiplinger readers know to consider depreciation and residual value. In a purchase, the better your new ride holds its value, the more resale dollars you’ll eventually ...

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QUIZ
August 2017

How Well Do You Really Know Warren Buffett?

Warren Buffett’s reputation as one of the world’s great investors is built not only on years of market-beating returns with his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, but also on his...

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2017

7 Steps to Get Your Car Ready for a Summer Road Trip

What’s a bigger American tradition than the summer road trip? Before you load up Aunt Edna and hit the highway, better make sure the Family Truckster is up to the task. We’ve got some tips and tricks ...

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Tax Planning
May 2017

States That Tax Your Federal Government Pension the Most

Retired federal employees often get a tax break for their service. But not here.

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Drive Time
April 2017

How to Get a Great Deal on a New Car

Our tips will help even the least confrontational among you negotiate a price you wouldn't feel embarrassed disclosing to your neighbors.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

Amazing New Technologies to Make America's Military Even Stronger

Cyberthreats are where much of the action is for today’s military, but war planners haven’t forgotten the need to keep up with traditional ways of enhancing America’s defense: weapons and the means ...

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Saving for Retirement
March 2017

Why a Roth IRA Is a No-Brainer for Retirement Savers

Roth accounts offer big advantages over traditional IRAs and 401(k)s.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

Tax Breaks the Middle Class Can Claim

If you believe that tax breaks are for millionaires and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you’re probably paying too much to the IRS. In recent years, lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives ...

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Drive Time
December 2016

How to Get a Great Deal on a Car Lease

Leasing can put you in the car you really want. But don't let lower payments lull you into spending more than you should.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2017

Strangest State Taxes from Around the U.S.

Funny thing about our federal system of government: There’s that complicated tax code that Uncle Sam keeps and the IRS enforces. Then there’s an even larger patchwork of taxation schemes crafted ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2016

Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Perhaps the first frost has already coated your windshield, forcing you to dig out the scraper. As you adjust to the chill, give a thought to your ride, and check out these nine tips that will keep your ...

See More From: Buying & Leasing a Car

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