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Rivan V. Stinson

Associate Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Rivan joined Kiplinger on Leap Day 2016 as a reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. She now writes and produces content for Kiplinger.com. A Michigan native, she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 and from there freelanced as a local copy editor and proofreader, and served as a research assistant to a local Detroit journalist. Her work has been featured in the Ann Arbor Observer and Sage Business Researcher.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
January 2020

Best Tax Software Values for 2020

It's that time of year again. You've gotten your W-2s and any other paperwork, such as a 1099 for your investment income, in the mail, and you're ready to sit down and do your taxes. But you're unsure ...

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Millennial Money
January 2020

Why You Need a Renters Insurance Policy

The average monthly premium for renters insurance is about $17 a month for $40,000 in personal property coverage, according to Insurance.com.

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Saving for Retirement
January 2020

How Much Can You Contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan for 2020?

Federal workers and military personnel can save more in their TSP retirement accounts in 2020.

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IRAs
January 2020

How Much Can You Contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2020?

The maximum amount workers at small businesses can contribute to a SIMPLE IRA for 2020 is $500 higher than it was for 2019.

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Saving for Retirement
January 2020

How Much Can You Contribute to a 403(b) for 2020?

Teachers and nonprofit workers can contribute $500 more to their 403(b) retirement savings plan in 2020 than they could in 2019. Plus, the catch-up contribution has increased, too.

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Saving for Retirement
January 2020

How Much Can You Contribute to a 457 Retirement Plan for 2020?

State and local government workers can contribute $500 more to their 457 plans in 2020 than they could in 2019. Some workers can make additional catch-up contributions, too.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

16 People You Should Tip for the Holidays, 2019

The holiday season is prime time to give back. And while you're thinking about your charitable giving, make sure you don't forget about those who've helped you throughout the year. Whether it's your stylist, ...

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Saving for Retirement
November 2019

Retirement Savings for the Self-Employed

If you don’t have access to a retirement plan through your employer, you have other options.

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

15 Cheap Late Fall and Winter Dates, 2019

Date nights — even for married couples who may not be trying to impress — can be expensive. The average cost of a date in the U.S. is about $100, according to a survey from Match.com, the online matchmaker. ...

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QUIZ
October 2019

Can You Fly With That?

Packing for vacation these days usually involves a bit of unpacking -- removing potentially dangerous items altogether and perhaps shifting other items from your carry-on to a checked bag ...

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2019

10 States With The Lowest Gas Taxes

For those of us who usually drive, seeing the price of gas on any given day can either make us want to take the long way home or wish we had access to public transportation. The state you live in (or, ...

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Travel
October 2019

If You Need a Real ID, Visit the DMV Soon

2020 is the year Real ID goes into effect for air travel. So having a star on your license will become more important if you don’t have a passport.

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Ask Kip
October 2019

How Teens Can Start Investing Through a Roth IRA

By beginning to invest in a Roth IRA at an early age, today’s teens can become tomorrow’s millionaires.

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2019

10 States With the Highest Gas Taxes

Fortunately for drivers, the federal government’s gas tax hasn’t budged from 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. However, every state and the District of Columbia add their own taxes, too, ranging from ...

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Technology
August 2019

Protecting Your Privacy in the Wake of FaceApp

Revelations about FaceApp have rekindled debate over how to protect your data.

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Millennial Money
August 2019

Giving to Charity When You're on a Budget

Don’t forget that your time has value, too. Volunteering is the best way to see if you like how the charity is run.

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Fund Watch
August 2019

A REIT Fund Checks Out of Hotels

Real estate stocks are sizzling. But TIAA-CREF Real Estate Securities is playing defense.

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