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Michael DeSenne

Executive Editor
Kiplinger.com

DeSenne made the leap to online financial journalism in 1998, just in time for the dot-com boom. After a stint with Dow Jones Newswires, dreams of IPO riches led him to SmartMoney.com, where over nine years he held several positions, including executive editor. He later served as the personal finance editor at HouseLogic.com and AARP.org. In 2011, he joined Kiplinger.com, where he focuses on content strategy, video, SEO and Web analytics. DeSenne has a BA from Williams College in Anthropology—a major deemed the absolute worst for career success by none other than Kiplinger.

Latest Features

Social Security
May 2019

Are Social Security Offices Closed on Memorial Day?

Find out if your local Social Security field office is likely to be closed on Monday, May 27, due to the federal holiday before you make the trip.

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Social Security
April 2019

Are Social Security Offices Open on Federal Holidays?

Find out if your local Social Security field office is likely to be closed due to a federal holiday before you make the trip.

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Banking
January 2019

Federal Bank Holidays 2019: Is My Bank Open Today?

Find out if your bank is likely to be open in 2019 on New Year's Day, MLK Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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Kip Tips
November 2018

15 Things You Actually Can't Return to Amazon

Don't add these items to your Amazon.com shopping cart unless you're absolutely sure you want them.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2018

Best Ways to Retire Without a Mortgage on Your Home

Admit it: Whether you're 35 or 65, the prospect of retiring without a mortgage is an attractive one. No more monthly mortgage payments to your home lender means extra money to spend on having fun in retirement. ...

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Social Security
February 2017

Which States Tax My Social Security Retirement Benefits?

Your monthly check could take a hit if you live in one of these 13 states.

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Buying & Selling a Home
November 2016

4 Features to Look for in a Tiny Retirement Home

Certain design features can make tiny homes safer and more comfortable for downsizing retirees.

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2014

Most Affordable Big Cities in the U.S.

Big cities offer more employment opportunities, more things to do and more people to meet than smaller towns. But they also have drawbacks, from congestion and crime to high costs. That’s why a big city ...

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2014

10 Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live In

When it comes to cheap living, don’t mess with Texas. Three of the ten cheapest cities in the U.S. can be found in the Lone Star State. Several Texas cities, including San Marcos, McAllen and San Antonio, ...

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Stock Watch
January 2014

Kiplinger’s 2014 Stock Picks: Readers Weigh In

We asked individual investors on Kiplinger.com to forecast the best-performing stock from our list of recommendations for 2014. The runaway favorite may surprise you.

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Retirement
December 2012

Your Stories: The Financial Toll of Alzheimer's

Real people share their experiences with the crippling costs of coping with the disease.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2012

10 Costliest Catastrophes in the U.S. - Slide Show

Catastrophes destroy homes and vehicles, displace families and interrupt business. The question is, who pays? With the 2012 hurricane season in full swing, residents of the East and Gulf coasts are ...

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2012

6 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees - Slide Show

Reaching retirement age doesn’t equate to actual retirement for more and more Americans these days. According to AARP, 17.9% of people age 65 and older are still working. That’s up from 10.8% in 1985. ...

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Retirement
January 2012

6 Ways to Retire Without a Mortgage

If your goal is to pay off the house before you retire, consider these smart strategies.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2012

6 Ways to Retire Without a Mortgage - Slide Show

Admit it: Whether you're 35 or 65, the prospect of retiring without a mortgage is an attractive one. No more monthly checks to your lender means extra money to spend on having fun once you exit the workforce. ...

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Economic Outlooks
December 2011

2011 in Review: Eight Stories with the Biggest Impact on Your Wallet

From gyrating markets to anemic interest rates, it's been a stressful year for your personal finances. Here's how to prosper in the future.

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Home Insurance
August 2011

10 Costliest Catastrophes in the U.S.

Recall with us the ten costliest catastrophes in the U.S., with our guidance on how to best protect yourself against similar losses.

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