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Lisa Gerstner

Contributing Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Lisa joined Kiplinger's Personal Finance in July 2007, shortly after her stint with Kiplinger as an American Society of Magazine Editors intern in the summer of 2006. She covers credit and banking, along with occasional stories on mobile technology and other money-related topics. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in magazine journalism and history.

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Tax Planning
August 2018

Online Shopping Could Get Pricier

States now have more latitude to collect sales tax on internet purchases.

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Banking
August 2018

Earn More Interest on Your Savings

Money market deposit accounts and savings accounts provide safe, easily accessible places to store cash.

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

14 Little-Known Credit Card Perks

Rewards points and cash back aren’t the only benefits of paying with plastic. Card issuers offer extras that range from extended warranties on items you purchase with a card to free museum admission ...

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Credit Cards
July 2018

Travel Snag? Your Credit Card Could Help

Booking a trip with the right credit card can save you thousands.

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Banking
July 2018

The Best Bank for You, 2018

We've identified the banks and credit unions that offer the best combination of high rates, low fees and a customer-friendly focus.

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

Best National Banks, 2018

Large banks have the resources to serve up a variety of deposit accounts and loans, as well as financial planning, investing and wealth-management services. They also tend to have robust digital and mobile ...

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

Best Banks for High-Net-Worth Families, 2018

Banks are eager to lure customers who tuck away considerable sums in deposit and investment accounts. Clients who hold big balances with these banks are rewarded with lots of fee breaks, higher yields ...

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

Best Banks for Retirees, 2018

Our top banks in this category offer extra discounts and perks if you're 65 or older (or 60 or older, in the case of our runner-up), such as breaks on fees and free or discounted checks and safe-deposit ...

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

Best Banks for Small-Business Owners, 2018

A small-business owner's banking needs depend on the nature of the company. If you frequently deposit cash, for instance, you'll want access to a nearby branch. If banking exclusively online (or over the ...

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2018

Best Regional Banks, 2018

Regional banks have a smaller reach than big national banks, but many are large enough to offer considerable resources for their customers. Regionals may also have a stronger focus on investing in their ...

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Banking
June 2018

Make the Most of Rising CD Rates

As the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates, banks have been more generous in boosting yields on certificates of deposit.

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Millennial Money
June 2018

The Benefits of Being Your Own Boss

Self-employment comes with extra flexibility—a trait that millennials prize—but it can also complicate your financial life.

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Travel
May 2018

Hackers Target Loyalty Programs

You're likely not as vigilant in protecting your rewards points and miles as you are with your bank and credit-card accounts—which is why they're vulnerable.

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2018

The Best Rewards Credit Cards, 2018

If you're not taking advantage of a rewards credit card, you could be leaving a heap of money on the table. The total value of points or miles earned in the first year with a travel rewards card is ...

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Kip Tips
May 2018

Nab a Signing Bonus on These Rewards Cards

Some rewards credit cards come with fat sign-up bonuses. Here's what you should know before registering.

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Credit Cards
May 2018

Plot Your Strategy to Pick the Best Rewards Card

Tips for how to decipher which card best fits your needs.

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Financial Planning
April 2018

Find the Right Financial Advice at the Right Price

The best financial adviser for you should work to serve your unique needs.

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