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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

Caregiving
May 2018

Caregivers Need to Take a Break

Nearly 44 million U.S. adults are family caregivers, but the vast majority of them aren’t receiving any kind of respite care. That's a mistake.

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Careers
May 2018

Dealing With Aging in the Workplace

Many older workers are staying on the job past retirement age. And many face serious issues including age discrimination, outdated skills and sick spouses.

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Social Security
April 2018

Married Couples: Coordinate Social Security Claims to Boost Benefits

Picking the right Social Security claiming strategy can help married couples ensure that each spouse receives the biggest benefits check possible.

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QUIZ
April 2018

Do You Really Understand Social Security?

Gaining a better understanding of how Social Security works is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for retirement. After all, on average, Social Security benefits will repla...

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Paying for College
April 2018

Gifting College to Your Grandchild

With college costs skyrocketing, some grandparents are looking for ways to help pay for grandkids' educations. But before you pull out the checkbook, consider these smart strategies.

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Healthy Living on a Budget
March 2018

Exercise Your Brain to Improve Memory in Retirement

Strategies to help retirees recall and remember people, places and things.

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Healthy Living
March 2018

Finding Romance Later in Life

Many seniors who are divorced, widowed or simply still single don't want to spend retirement alone. Here are tips for dating after 60.

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Health Care & Insurance
March 2018

Medicare Doesn't Cover Hearing Aids but Retirees Have Options

Medicare and most health insurance don't cover hearing aids, but alternatives including over-the-counter devices can be less expensive.

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Saving for Retirement
February 2018

Retirement Savings Plans for the Self-Employed

Own a business? Save more for retirement. Popular plans for the self-employed include the solo 401(k), the SEP IRA and a SIMPLE IRA.

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Saving for Retirement
February 2018

Comparing Self-Employed Retirement Plans: Solo 401(k) vs. SEP IRA vs. SIMPLE IRA

Here's how three common retirement savings plans for self-employed workers stack up based on contribution limits, costs and more.

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Estate Planning
February 2018

Advance Directive: Ensure End-of-Life Wishes Honored

Paperwork including a living will and health care power of attorney can convey your treatment preferences if you are ever unable to make medical decisions for yourself.

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Health Care & Insurance
January 2018

Retirees, Create a Plan to Pay for Dental Care

Medicare doesn’t include dental coverage, and some retirees don’t realize the costs and complications of paying for oral care.

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Home Remodeling & Maintenance
January 2018

Prep Your House for Snowbird Season

Ways to make sure your empty home remains in ship shape.

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Caregiving
November 2017

Caring for a Parent From Far Away

Caregiving for an elderly parent or relative is especially hard for the nation's seven million long-distance caregivers.

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Caregiving
September 2017

Coping Advice for Family Caregivers

Former governor Martin Schreiber discusses the often overlooked needs of caregivers.

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Careers
September 2017

Battling Age Bias When Job Hunting

Finding a new job later in life can present some challenges when it comes to age discrimination. Here's how to combat them.

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2017

10 Projects to Help You Live in Your Home Forever

In response to demands from baby boomers, aging-in-place improvements that help seniors stay safely in their homes are more stylish and functional than before. Think of a curved and tiled shower soap dish ...

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