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Michael DeSenne

Executive Editor

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, where over nine years he held several positions, including executive editor. He later served as the personal finance editor at and In 2011, he joined, 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
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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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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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 to forecast the best-performing stock from our list of recommendations for 2014. The runaway favorite may surprise you.

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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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August 2012

10 Costliest Catastrophes in the U.S. - Slide Show2

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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May 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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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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January 2012

6 Ways to Retire Without a Mortgage - Slide Show2

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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July 2011

Now Hiring: 10 of Today's Hottest Jobs - Slide Show

Believe it or not, even with the unemployment rate stubbornly high and many industries reluctant to staff up, there are employers out there who still can’t find enough qualified applicants. Some are ...

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June 2011

6 Great Jobs for Retirees

These six jobs are well suited for retirees who want to work or who have to work.

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June 2011

6 Great Jobs for Retirees - Slide Show2

People return to work after retirement for one of two reasons: They want to or they have to. Those who want to work often miss the challenge of having a job, the sense of purpose, the human interaction ...

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Kiplinger Bookshelf
August 2017