Kiplinger's Personal Finance

February 2018

February issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Great Ideas for Spending $1,000 or $10,000 or $100,000

Whether you have some extra cash or a major stash, we suggest how to invest, spend and splurge, plus ways to give back.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From the Editor

Thanks for the feedback, by Mark Solheim

What to Expect From the New Fed Chief

By and large, Jerome Powell will move along the path set by his predecessor.

How to Make Your Encore Career Count

Your second act can give you a chance to use your talents and expertise for good.

Why You're Paying More for Car Insurance Now

One big reason: Advanced safety features cost more to repair or replace.

Relief for Western Union Fraud Victims

You have until Feb. 12 to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and get some of your money back if you got hit by a telegram scam.

5 Questions About Net Neutrality

New rules could change the way you use the internet, and you may pay more.

It Might Be Time for a New Driver's License

Make sure your ID meets requirements for air travel.

Opening Shot

A cautious plan to invest in Japan, by James K. Glassman

Rethinking Retirement

How to know it's time to retire, by Janet Bodnar

Millennial Money

Start investing now, by Ryan Ermey

MONEY

Financially Happy Ever After

You and your spouse probably have different approaches to finances. Here are seven common conflicts and how to get past them.

Ask Kim

Will a credit freeze boost car-insurance premiums?, by Kimberly Lankford

Your Mind, Your Money

Don't step into these saving traps, by Anne Kates Smith

How Your Credit Score Is Calculated

Here's the formula for success no matter which model lenders use.

Financial Tools for Savers With Big Balances

Workarounds for when your bank isn't passing on higher yields to you.

INVESTING

7 Bargain Stocks in Today's Pricey Market

Even in this market, investors can find shares trading at a discount.

Practical Investing

For value, GM beats Tesla by a mile, by Kathy Kristof

Consider Alternative Funds to Hedge Against a Market Downturn

These funds can smooth out the ride in a bumpy market.

Is Your Dividend Safe?

Watch for red flags that signal a dividend cut may be coming.

Income Investing

Muni bonds will survive the tax overhaul, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

The Kiplinger 25 Update

This fund's managers look for high-quality stocks that have stumbled or troubled companies with a fix in sight.

Fund Spotlight

Fidelity Select Technology cashes in on tech trends.

HEALTHY LIVING

Great Ideas for Spending $1,000 or $10,000 or $100,000

Whether you have some extra cash or a major stash, we suggest how to invest, spend and splurge, plus ways to give back.

How to Stop Getting Robo Calls

Technology has made those annoying recorded calls ubiquitous, and technology can help you fight back.