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John Waggoner

Contributing Writer
Kiplinger.com

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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SLIDE SHOW
March 2020

10 Facts You Must Know About Recessions

A recession is the scariest creature in the average investor's closet of anxieties. Even though the last recession ended more than a decade ago, people fear recessions because they can mean lower home ...

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2020

6 Stocks, 3 Bond Funds That Are Good for the Environment and Your Portfolio

Sustainable investing hasn’t just arrived; it’s fast becoming a bedrock principle. We looked for companies that are taking up the sustainability challenge and found some that are addressing pressing ...

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2020

Funds That Prosper From Fighting Climate Change

Sustainable investing, sometimes called ESG for the environmental, social and governance criteria that define the investing style, has taken the fund world by storm. But it’s not always possible to isolate ...

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Making Your Money Last
December 2019

Buttress a Nest Egg With a Cash Stash

That cash bucket will come in handy if your riskier accounts, such as stocks or bonds, are in a bear market.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

The Top 10 Stocks of the Past Decade

One thing nearly everyone can agree on about the past decade is that it has been very, very good for stock market investors. The Russell 1000 large-company index, which tracks the 1,000 biggest U.S. stocks ...

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

5 Stocks to Sell or Avoid in 2020

Sometimes, it pays to fold 'em. While many investors gear up for the new year by scouting out lists of the best stocks to buy, there's virtue in pruning, too. Even though it seems counterintuitive to ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

The 10 Best Energy Stocks to Buy for 2020

As the bull market sails past its first decade, value-minded investors worry that there are few bargains left. But there are, if you're willing to wade into the oil patch. The big problem is finding the ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2019

The 10 Best REITs to Buy for 2020

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) – companies that invest in a variety of properties, from office buildings to apartments and self-storage buildings – built big gains in 2019. A prominent REIT ...

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Fund Watch
October 2019

Why Inflation Is All But Dead

And why your portfolio should be protected against it anyway

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2019

The 25 Best Mutual Funds of All Time

If you're seeking out the best mutual funds, keep your wits about you. Mutual funds have a mind-numbing selection of ways to claim bragging rights. "Best five-year record." "Best three-year record for ...

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QUIZ
October 2019

The Recession Quiz

A recession is the scariest creature in the average investor’s closet of anxieties. Even though the last recession ended more than a decade ago, people fear recessions because they can mean lower...

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Financial Planning
October 2019

7 Secrets of Highly Successful Investors

Prosper in this volatile market (or any other) by focusing on fundamentals.

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Markets
October 2019

How to Make the Most of a Down Market

If Wall Street’s got you queasy, here are five things you can do to help make sure you’ll be OK."

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Practical Investing
October 2019

5 Ways to Slice the S&P 500

What started as a plain-vanilla fund concept now comes in many flavors.

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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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