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Sandra Block

Senior Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.

Latest Features

Buying & Selling a Home
January 2020

Should You Buy or Rent a Home?

Zillow's economic research director Skylar Olsen joins our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to discuss what factors to consider when deciding to buy or rent a home. Also, the pair offers money-smart travel tips to help you save.

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Scams
January 2020

How to Avoid Elder Fraud

Kiplinger's associate editor Miriam Cross offers tips on how to protect your loved ones from falling victim to elder fraud. Also, our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey delve into the results of Kiplinger's market volatility poll.

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Stocks & Bonds
January 2020

Stocks to Invest in for the Next Decade

Our co-hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block break down which stocks to buy and hold for the next 10 years and remind procrastinators why they should make those lingering holiday gift returns now.

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Scams
December 2019

Look Out for These Scams

Stay alert for phony sales at stores and other tricks.

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Family Finances
December 2019

Financial Planning Tips for Families From Knight Kiplinger (Ep. 6 Rebroadcast)

Our classic podcast episode featuring Kiplinger's editor emeritus Knight Kiplinger, who chatted with hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey about all things families and finances.

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Family Finances
December 2019

Track Your Charitable Donations Online

A new charity-rating online tool measures the impact of every dollar donated to a particular organization.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

10 Moves to Make Sure You Have Enough Money in Retirement

As you approach retirement, it’s easy to become fixated on the magic number—a pot of money large enough to allow you to retire comfortably without outliving your savings. But figuring out whether you ...

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Financial Planning
December 2019

Year-End Money Moves to Make Right Now

As 2019 comes to a close, our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey offer up last-minute money moves to make before the year's end. Also, the pair discuss strategies for building an emergency fund and how mutual fund expense ratios can affect returns.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

Middle Class Tax Breaks and Deductions

If you believe that tax breaks are only available for hedge fund managers and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you're probably paying too much to the IRS. The fact is that lawmakers have enacted dozens ...

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Tax Planning
December 2019

Tax-Friendly Places for Retirees to Live

Kiplinger.com tax editor Rocky Mengle joins our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block to break down the best states for taxes on retirees. Also, the pair discusses how to handle travel mishaps during the busy holiday season.

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Tax Planning
December 2019

Money-Smart Strategies for Charitable Giving

Schwab Charitable president Kim Laughton joins our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block to discuss why you should use a donor-advised fund for year-end charitable giving. Also, the duo offers tips on how to avoid ID theft and holiday scams.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

Surprising Things That Are Actually Taxable

If you work for a living, you know that your wages are taxable, and you're probably aware that some investment income is taxed, too. But the IRS doesn't stop there. If you've picked up some extra cash ...

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REITs
December 2019

Where to Invest in 2020

Kiplinger's executive editor Anne Smith joins our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block to discuss investing trends that will move markets in 2020. The pair also offer ways to thwart package thieves.

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Smart Buying
November 2019

Where to Find the Best Black Friday Deals

DealNews consumer analyst Julie Ramhold joins our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block to discuss how to find the best Black Friday deals. The pair also break down all the financial things that we have to be thankful for this year.

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Politics
November 2019

Estate Taxes Could Hit the Not-So-Wealthy

Democratic candidates are talking about raising the death tax to fund their proposed initiatives.

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Careers
November 2019

How to Ask Your Boss for a Raise

Alison Green of Askamanager.org joins our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block to discuss best practices for asking your boss for a raise. Also, the pair break down why parents with high school teens should file the FAFSA application now.

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Saving for Retirement
November 2019

Retiring With Your Spouse

Kiplinger's retirement columnist and editor-at-large Janet Bodnar joins hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to offer tips on how to retire as a couple. Also, the pair talks tax breaks and perks for members of the military on Veterans Day.

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