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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,, 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

Financial Planning
April 2020

Retirees, Build a Financial Plan That’s Based on You

Financial life planning helps retirees identify their core values and connect them with their financial decisions and life goals.

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April 2020

Retirees, Pick the Perfect Financial Planner

When you’re trying to get a handle on your money, from investments and savings to figuring out retirement and preparing for your future, you might need help from an expert in the financial planning world. ...

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Healthy Living on a Budget
March 2020

Ways to Make Wellness Work for You in Retirement

There are evidence-based benefits for older adults who engage in some wellness basics, such as exercise, a healthy diet, and reducing stress.

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March 2020

Fighting Against Aging Stereotypes

Ageism is "the last prejudice to bubble to the surface of our consciousness," says author/activist Ashton Applewhite.

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Tax Breaks
March 2020

SECURE Act Changes Squeeze Qualified Charitable Distributions

Beware: For some IRA owners, the new law may throw a wrench into their QCD strategy.

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January 2020

Moves to Make Now To Age in Place

If you are a longtime homeowner and thinking ahead to your next stage of life, you’re probably familiar with the idea of aging in place. You might already be considering renovation projects, such as ...

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Family Finances
January 2020

Retirees, Cover Yourself With Umbrella Insurance

You may not realize you don’t have enough liability coverage until something catastrophic happens.

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Family Finances
January 2020

Retirees, Get Your Financial Life in Order

Keys to organize your finances to protect yourself from bogus claims of unpaid debt and scammers.

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Making Your Money Last
December 2019

Financial Surprises Retirees (and Those About to Retire) Want to Avoid

Even the most diligent pre-retiree planner can get tripped up by unpleasant financial surprises. Follow these tips.

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Credit Cards
December 2019

Retirees, Reward Yourself With a Cash Back Card

The holiday season is a good time to pick a card that will reward you with cash back on a percentage of the dollars you spend.

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December 2019

New Tech Ideas for Aging Well

Devices can offset difficulties aging adults face with everyday tasks while also helping caregivers.

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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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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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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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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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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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