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John Waggoner

Senior Associate Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

John Waggoner has put personal finance and investing into plain English for more than three decades. He was a senior columnist for InvestmentNews and, prior to that, USA TODAY's personal finance columnist for 25 years. He has written for Morningstar, The Wall Street Journal, and Money magazine. Waggoner has also written three books on finance and investing. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in English literature and is working on his Certified Financial Planner designation. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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Gold
August 2019

Is It Time to Invest in Gold?

Stock market volatility has given investors gold fever. If you chase the rally, don’t overdo it.

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Practical Investing
August 2019

Be Smart About How You Trade Stocks

Giving your broker the right order can help you get the best price.

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Practical Investing
August 2019

Tap Into Market Sentiment Before Investing

Find out what the herd thinks, then head in the other direction.

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Markets
August 2019

How Facebook’s Libra Will Change the Cryptocurrency Landscape

The social media giant announced that it will launch its new cryptocurrency in the first half of 2020. As an investment, it's likely to fall flat.

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Stock Watch
July 2019

Two Dividend Payers That Beat the S&P 500

The average yield for the favored 15 is 3.7%, exceeding both the S&P 500 and the bellwether 10-year Treasury note.

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Fund Watch
July 2019

Good Funds in Bad Markets

These managers have stellar track records, delivering strong gains in weak categories.

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Dividends
June 2019

The Outlook for Dividends

A few companies are cutting them, but payouts are healthy overall.

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2019

33 Ways to Get Higher Yields

For more than a decade, income investors have been plagued by paucity wrapped in misery. The bellwether 10-year Treasury note has doled out an average 2.6% interest since 2008. Although the Federal Reserve ...

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2019

Stocks That Will Have You Investing Like Buffett

Warren Buffett’s $82.5 billion estimated net worth makes him the world’s third-wealthiest man, behind Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Unlike Gates and Bezos, however, Buffett’s ...

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Practical Investing
April 2019

How to Break Up With Your Stock

Why would you kick a stock to the curb? You first need to remember why you bought it in the first place.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2019

10 Stocks That Could Feast or Fall on China Trade

China, the world’s second-largest economy, has been slowing, and that has American investors worried. True, Chinese gross domestic product clocked a 6.4% annual gain in the final three months of 2018 ...

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Index Funds
March 2019

The Legacy of John Bogle

The champion of low-cost index investing changed mutual funds forever.

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Tax Planning
March 2019

A Tax Guide for Investors

Confused about K-1s or capital gains? Here’s what you need to know.

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Stock Watch
March 2019

The Kiplinger Dividend 15 Is On a Roll

Our favorite stocks for dividend income are rebounding well after the 2018 correction.

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Fund Watch
March 2019

The Best and Worst Mutual Funds of the Market Correction

A look at what worked in both directions ... and what went hopelessly wrong

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Markets
January 2019

Thanks for the Memories: The Bull Market Nears 10-Year Mark

The bull market was born 10 years ago in March. We highlight some high (and low) points.

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SLIDE SHOW
January 2019

9 Stocks That Smart Managers Like Now

Benjamin Graham, author of The Intelligent Investor, the value-investing bible, likened the stock market to a man with wild mood swings. One day Mr. Market would offer to sell you his business at a ridiculously ...

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