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Ryan Ermey

Staff Writer
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Ryan joined Kiplinger in the fall of 2013. He writes and fact-checks stories that appear in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and on He previously interned for the CBS Evening News investigative team and worked as a copy editor and features columnist at the GW Hatchet. He holds a BA in English and creative writing from George Washington University.

Latest Features

Financial Planning
March 2019

How to Achieve Financial Independence

Hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey discuss the financial independence movement with ChooseFI founder Brad Barrett. In addition, Sandy breaks down tax breaks for the middle class, and the pair debates whether it’s worth it to purchase travel insurance.

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Paying for College
March 2019

Understanding the Cost of College

Kiplinger's staff writer and higher education guru Kaitlin Pitsker explains how parents and students can choose the best school that fits their financial needs. Hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block also discuss how to reclaim forgotten money, as well as the ins and outs of credit freezes.

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March 2019

Unusual Indicators: Should You Believe These 5 Stock Market Truisms?

Everyone wants to know when the market will soar and when it will sink, and over the years, investors have come up with a litany of ways to predict how stocks will move. Many of the classic market truisms ...

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Fund Watch
March 2019

Currency Hedges Serve FMI International Well

This fund may lag when foreign stocks are on a tear, but it holds steady when they slide.

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Buying & Selling a Home
March 2019

Tips to Buy or Sell Your Home in 2019

Kiplinger's real estate expert Pat Mertz Esswein helps home buyers and sellers navigate the current housing market. Also, hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey share which financial habits they're giving up during Lent, as well as play a game of Financial Fact or Fiction.

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February 2019

What You Should Know About ETFs

Hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block are joined by senior investing editor Kyle Woodley, who explains exchange-traded funds for investing newbies and pros alike. The pair also discusses the differences in popular tax software and delves into a travel-themed edition of Deal or No Deal.

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February 2019

Exciting Trends in Tech

Kiplinger Letter technology editor John Miley joins hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to talk tech -- from smartwatches to self-driving cars. Also, Ryan reveals the best buys to look for on every shopping holiday of the year, and Sandy explains the benefits of health savings accounts.

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Family Finances
February 2019

Couples and Money

Love is in the air, and Kiplinger senior editor Eileen Ambrose joins the podcast to talk about how to best manage financial issues with your significant other. Also, hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey chat about the best and worst career paths over the next decade.

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Tax Prep & Filing
February 2019

Why It Pays to File Your Taxes Now

It's tax season, and co-host Sandy Block explains why taxpayers should file sooner rather than later. Then, she and fellow co-host Ryan Ermey discuss holiday debt hangover and share more wacky PR pitches. This leads the pair to dish on virtual pawn shops and meaningless market indicators.

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Stock Watch
January 2019

The Magic of Moving Averages

This technical indicator can help predict where stocks are headed.

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Stocks & Bonds
January 2019

Undervalued Stocks Worth a Look

Kiplinger's senior associate editor John Waggoner returns to discuss top mutual fund managers' favorite undervalued stocks with podcast hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey. The pair also delves into sports gambling (and make a few prop bets) just in time for the Super Bowl. Sandy and Ryan wrap things up with a new edition of "Deal or No Deal?" aimed at online shoppers.

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Saving Money
January 2019

How to Manage a Financial Windfall

With host Ryan Ermey dreaming of winning big on the legendary game show Jeopardy!, he and fellow host Sandy Block discuss strategies for dealing with a financial windfall. Plus, advice on updating your retirement plan, as well as a lesson on market indexes.

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January 2019

How to Book Luxury Travel for Less

Podcast hosts Ryan and Sandy welcome Kiplinger's associate editor and resident travel expert Miriam Cross to talk tips for traveling in style on a tight budget. The pair also discuss retail return policies and try to stump each other in a new edition of Financial Fact or Fiction.

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Economic Forecasts
January 2019

The Fastest-Growing Jobs and Industries of the Next Five Years

Jim Patterson, managing editor of The Kiplinger Letter, reveals the best opportunities for workers, businesses and investors in the next half-decade. Our podcast hosts also share their financial New Year’s resolutions and wrap up with a game of Deal or No Deal.

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Fund Watch
January 2019

Smead Value Fund Focuses on the Long Term

This concentrated fund looks for a few high-quality stocks at bargain prices.

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Family Finances
December 2018

Financial Planning Tips for Families From Knight Kiplinger

A gift from the Kiplinger family to yours, just in time for the holidays. Sandy and Ryan sit down for an extended chat with Kiplinger’s editor-in-chief Knight Kiplinger on all things families and finances.

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Buying & Leasing a Car
December 2018

Skip the Car With the Big Red Bow

Kiplinger's senior online editor -- and resident car guru -- David Muhlbaum joins Ryan and Sandy to discuss buying a new car over the holidays. Our hosts also take a look at what's new in the world of charitable giving and crack each other up with more truly bizarre PR pitches.

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