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Kathy Kristof

Contributing Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Kristof, editor of SideHusl.com, is an award-winning financial journalist, who writes regularly for Kiplinger's Personal Finance and CBS MoneyWatch. She's the author of Investing 101, Taming the Tuition Tiger and Kathy Kristof's Complete Book of Dollars and Sense. But perhaps her biggest claim to fame is that she was once a Jeopardy question: Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991? Answer: Sylvia Porter.

Latest Features

Practical Investing
June 2018

Here's How I Size Up a Stock

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, explains her formula for buying stocks -- the same strategy as Peter Lynch and other touted value investors.

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Practical Investing
May 2018

I'm Taking a Flier on Boeing Shares

Even if trade talks with China head south, I think Boeing can prevail.

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Practical Investing
April 2018

Why I Paid a Premium for Costco

It isn’t just the shopping experience that has sold me on the stock. I also love how Costco runs its business.

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Practical Investing
March 2018

What I Bought When Stocks Tanked

Our "Practical Investing" columnist happily seized the moment to buy two stocks that had been on her wish list for a long time: Costco and Boeing.

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Practical Investing
February 2018

How My Portfolio Performed in 2017

The market ran so fast that the relatively conservative portfolio of Kiplinger's Practical Investor simply couldn't keep up.

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Practical Investing
January 2018

For Value, GM Beats Tesla by a Mile

Tesla gets all the attention, but with actual profits, GM can afford to finance innovation.

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Practical Investing
December 2017

How I can Afford Semi-Retirement at Age 56

When you've got a novel to write, but still have bills to pay, well-timed stock sales can help keep the balance.

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Practical Investing
November 2017

Why I Think Apple's Stock Is a Bargain

Though Apple is already largest holding in my portfolio, I'm sorely tempted to buy more.

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Practical Investing
September 2017

Investors, Don't Let Current Events Spook You

It may seem like you’re facing the storm of the century every time you turn on the news, but the markets have survived far worse.

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Practical Investing
August 2017

I Add Two Bargains to My Portfolio

One pick, Lazard, is a global investment banking firm. Its reasonable share price provides a margin of safety.

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Practical Investing
May 2017

Is Intel's Buying Binge a Good Thing?

Intel’s purchase of Mobileye is its second mega-deal in the past two years, but Intel doesn’t have a stellar history when it comes to big acquisitions.

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Practical Investing
April 2017

Can This Fallen Biotech Be Revived?

I've been sorely tempted to sell my Gilead shares. But now that they're cheaper, maybe I should buy more.

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Practical Investing
January 2017

This Stumbling Biotech Stock Still Has a Lot of Promise

Gilead Sciences' robust product pipeline should turn things around.

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Practical Investing
December 2016

My Portfolio's Uninvited Guests

A well-considered spin-off can increase the value of both parent and child by allowing each to focus on a narrower set of goals.

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Small Business
December 2016

Lawless Jerky: A Kickstarter Business Takes Off

We caught up with a crowdfunding success story to see how his business has grown.

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Stock Watch
December 2016

Stock Basics: 5 Scenarios When Selling Stocks Makes Sense

Hint: It has nothing to do with the market, and everything to do with your personal circumstances.

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Practical Investing
November 2016

Why Is My Portfolio Lagging? Blame It on 2015

A portfolio without FANGs was doomed to have trouble last year.

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