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Mary Kane

Associate Editor
Kiplinger's Retirement Report

Mary Kane is a financial writer and editor who has specialized in covering fringe financial services, such as payday loans and prepaid debit cards. She has written or edited for Reuters, the Washington Post, BillMoyers.com, MSNBC, Scripps Media Center, and more. She also was an Alicia Patterson Fellow, focusing on consumer finance and financial literacy, and a national correspondent for Newhouse Newspapers in Washington, DC. She covered the subprime mortgage crisis for the pathbreaking online site The Washington Independent, and later served as its editor. She is a two-time winner of the Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards sponsored by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches a course on journalism and publishing in the digital age. She came to Kiplinger in March 2017.

Latest Features

Tax Planning
October 2019

IRS: Uncashed Payout Checks From Retirement Plans Are Still Taxable

You owe tax on a 401(k) or IRA distribution for the tax year in which the money was paid out, even if you don't cash the check until the following year.

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Saving for Retirement
October 2019

Should You Relocate to Trim Taxes in Retirement?

Factor in all state and local taxes, plus the nontax implications of retiring to a new place, before making a move.

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Annuities
September 2019

How to Shop for Variable Annuities

There are several options to buy variable annuities on your own, but understand the pros and cons before you do.

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Travel
September 2019

Have a Great Trip as a Solo Traveler in Retirement

Older travelers are increasingly hitting the roads, seas and skies alone. Should you?

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Caregiving
September 2019

Hospice: Improving Care at the End of Life

A hospice expert talks about the current state of end-of-life care and how to get the most from it.

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Scams
September 2019

Don't Fall for Timeshare Exit Scams

Sketchy firms are targeting older timeshare owners with hollow promises to get them out of their contracts for a hefty upfront fee.

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Scams
September 2019

Retirees, How to Report Fraud and Scams

File a complaint with the feds, consumer advocates and industry watchdogs if your are victimized by financial scammers. Here's how.

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Technology
August 2019

Use Financial Apps to Track Spending in Retirement

Start keeping tabs on where your nest egg is really going with your smartphone.

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Tax Tips
August 2019

Extended Tax Deadline: Moves to Make Before October 15

Beware penalties if you don't get your tax return to the IRS on time.

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Health Care & Insurance
July 2019

Use an HSA to Boost Your Retirement Savings

Health savings accounts, along with 401(k) plans and IRAs, can be a key part of an overall retirement savings strategy.

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2019

6 Steps to Finding Your Second Act in Retirement

After a decades-long Wall Street career, Russell Abbott was ready for a change. He had worked as a hedge fund manager and a director in the fixed income department at Credit Suisse, and the long hours ...

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Technology
June 2019

9 Podcasts Fit for Retirees

Most are free and cover topics from scams and financial planning to retirement living and Alzheimer's.

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Annuities
May 2019

Retirees, Ladder Annuities to Hedge Your Bets

Staggering annuity purchases over time can boost your guaranteed retirement income and lower risks.

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Financial Planning for Alzheimer's
May 2019

Dementia: How to Find the Right Fit for Long-Term Care

Tap these resources to locate a memory-care facility for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another type of dementia.

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Saving for Retirement
April 2019

Retirees Need Emergency Funds Too

Unexpected expenses can come out of nowhere. Here are some tips to be prepared.

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Scams
April 2019

New Rules Battle Financial Scams, Elder Abuse

One in five older Americans falls prey to financial exploitation each year. Now, banks and financial advisers are stepping up front-line defenses.

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Caregiving
March 2019

Financial Challenges Facing Women

An expert weighs in on the unique issues women face when planning for retirement.

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