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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.

Latest Features

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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Stocks & Bonds
January 2019

Lower Your Expectations for Returns Over the Next Decade

The best you can hope for is modest gains. The solution? Save more.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2018

7 S&P 500 Stocks That Have Lost 40% or More

As of Dec. 17, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index had lost 13.1% from its Sept. 20 all-time high. That’s correction territory, typically defined as a decline of 10% or more from a peak, but still ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

6 Ways to Improve Your Yield on Cash

Yields on most savings vehicles, such as bank deposit accounts and money market mutual funds, track the Federal Reserve’s federal funds rate. For seven miserable years, from 2008 to 2015, the fed funds ...

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Stock Watch
November 2018

163 Large-Cap Stocks Still Are 50%+ Off Their Highs

The 50% Club is littered with many battered companies ... a few of which may be worth buying

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2018

The Kiplinger Dividend 15: Our Favorite Dividend-Paying Stocks

The Kiplinger Dividend 15, the list of our favorite dividend-paying stocks, doled out plenty of payout love in its first year, with an average yield of 3.7%. To make it into our lineup, dividend stocks ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2018

Ways to Earn More on Your Savings

For nearly a decade, savers have kept pictures of Federal Reserve Board members on their dartboards: The Fed brought interest rates to record lows after the financial crisis of 2008, but it has been raising ...

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Investor Psychology
November 2018

5 Best Moves for Your Portfolio

Follow these steps to help maximize your portfolio's earning power.

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Fund Watch
October 2018

Low-Volatility ETFs Are Doing Their Job

These funds made a stomach-churning week easier to swallow

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Making Your Money Last
August 2018

How to Implement the Bucket System

This precautionary measure will help prevent you from making a catastrophic money move during a severe bear market.

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Making Your Money Last
August 2018

Make Your Money Last Through Retirement

Create a stream of income that will see you through retirement.

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