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Brendan Pedersen

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Brendan joined Kiplinger in the fall of 2018 as a reporter and researcher. A Chicagoland native, he graduated from DePaul University with a dual degree in journalism and political science. Before moving to Washington, Brendan covered local politics for NBC Chicago and daily news for BusinessDen in Colorado.

Latest Features

Stocks & Bonds
January 2019

Vetting a Broker Is Harder Than It Looks

A lot of negative information is expunged from popular search tool BrokerCheck.

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Millennial Money
November 2018

Young & Scrappy -- And Saving for Retirement

No excuses. You don’t need a 401(k) or employer match to save.

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November 2018

Don't Fall for a Phisher's Bait

Every type of business is a potential target for scammers using email to steal personal information or do serious damage to computer systems.

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Family Finances
October 2018

New Tools to Stop Robocalls

Your cell-phone service is taking aim at spammers and spoofers.

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November 2018

Best Services for Online Security

Four ways to help protect your sensitive digital information from hackers without breaking the bank.

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August 2018

10 Things You’ll Spend More on in Retirement

Before you determine how much you need to save for a fulfilling retirement, you first must evaluate how much will you spend in retirement. Financial planners have traditionally estimated that retirees ...

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August 2018

10 Things You’ll Spend Less on in Retirement

A popular rule of thumb suggests that retirees need 80% of their preretirement income to make ends meet, and some experts encourage saving even more to avoid running out of money. In the face of such daunting ...

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Smart Buying
September 2017

How to Avoid Fraudulent Online Merchants

Tips on how to steer clear of fraud and late shipments when you're doing your holiday shopping.

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