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Brendan Pedersen

Staff Writer
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Brendan joined Kiplinger in 2018 and writes about technology, security and money. A Chicagoland native, he graduated from DePaul University with degrees in journalism and political science. Before moving to Washington, D.C., Brendan covered local politics for NBC Chicago and daily news for BusinessDen in Colorado.

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Stocks & Bonds
November 2019

How to Cash In When Firms Merge

These funds let Main Street investors profit from Wall Street’s deals.

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Credit Reports & Scores
August 2019

The Best You Can Hope for from the Equifax Settlement

The average payout will be far less than $125. But you may be reimbursed for other costs.

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Health Care & Insurance
August 2019

Drug Price Info Is No Cure for Sticker Shock

Efforts to curb spending raise questions about just how competitive health care can be.

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Ask Kip
July 2019

How Long You Must Wait to Make Penalty-Free Withdrawals After Converting to a Roth IRA

The timing of converting money from a traditional IRA to a Roth can affect how long you must wait before you’re allowed to withdraw money without penalty.

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SLIDE SHOW
July 2019

Best College Values You May Have Overlooked, 2019

You’ve no doubt heard of the Ivy League schools, and you may know quite a bit about colleges and universities that are in your area. But with more than 4,000 institutions of higher learning from which ...

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401(k)s
July 2019

A 401(k) Plan Personalized for You

New retirement plan options seek to improve on standard target-date funds.

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Millennial Money
July 2019

Wipe Out Debt, One Step at a Time

Pay off debt with the highest interest first, stick to a schedule and automate payments.

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Saving for Retirement
July 2019

Flagstaff, Ariz.: A Smart Place to Retire

Retirees can enjoy biking, skiing and a “brewery trail” in this high-altitude corner of the Grand Canyon State.

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Best Cities, States & Places
July 2019

Evanston, Ill.: A Smart Place to Retire

The “City of Churches” on Lake Michigan provides retirees outdoor activities and iconic architecture.

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Best Cities, States & Places
July 2019

Swarthmore, Pa.: A Smart Place to Retire

The Pennsylvania small town features an inclusive liberal arts college and an active retiree community.

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Paying for College
June 2019

The Problem With PLUS Loans

New student loan rates are lower, but parent loans are still no bargain.

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Health Care & Insurance
May 2019

Medicare for All: Promise and Perils

Incremental reforms are more likely than a complete overhaul.

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Technology
May 2019

Put Your 5G Upgrade on Pause

Don’t get your hopes up too soon. Widespread rollout of the faster wireless service could take years.

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Financial Planning
April 2019

Personal Finance Lessons From a NFL Pro

NFL linebacker Brandon Copeland shares his money playbook with friends, family and students.

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Scams
April 2019

Identity Theft: Act Now to Protect Yourself

Identity thieves are more skilled at their nefarious craft than ever.

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Scams
March 2019

Banks Battle Elder Fraud

Scams targeting seniors are still growing, but safeguards are being built.

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401(k)s
January 2019

How to Avoid Cashing Out Your 401(k)

It’s easier to transfer your savings to your new employer’s plan.

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