Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

January 2020

January issue of KPFM

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Where to Invest in 2020

Eight trends point to what we think is a modestly bullish outlook for stocks.

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AHEAD

From the Editor

Happy 100th birthday to us! We’ve got plenty of trustworthy, valuable advice for the future, too.

Estate Taxes Could Hit the Not-So-Wealthy

Democratic candidates are talking about raising the death tax to fund their proposed initiatives.

How Much Allowance Should I Give My Child?

A weekly allowance can be an important tool to help teach your son or daughter about how to manage money.

Drone Delivery Gets Closer to Reality

What’s that up in the sky? A bird? A plane? Nah, just your drugstore order.

Schwab Is Bullish on 0% Commissions

The discount brokerage founder also wants to boost financial literacy.

Consumers Will Keep Access to Complaint Database

An online collection of consumer beefs about financial services will remain publicly accessible.

INVESTING

Where to Invest in 2020

Eight trends point to what we think is a modestly bullish outlook for stocks.

Expect a Year of Moderate Gains, Strategist Says

Ally Invest’s Lindsey Bell sees economic gains accelerating on lower interest rates, and favors the technology and communication services sectors.

The 10 Best Stocks of the Last Decade

These companies powered through the past decade. Can they keep it up?

10 Stocks for the Next 10 Years

These firms are positioned to deliver robust returns for years to come.

James K. Glassman’s Top Stock Picks for 2020

Nvidia may be the best artificial intelligence play. The stock has bounced off its June low but still offers excellent value.

Stand By Your Bonds

I’d be scared if I thought that interest rates would shoot up across the board and that the creditworthiness of borrowers is wilting. But I just don’t see it.

Wasatch Ultra Growth Targets Industry Disruptors

This fund invests in small firms intent on wiping out the competition.

Fidelity Advisor Strategic Income Invests in a Tepid Economy

The fund has evolved a bit over time, and is positioned to do well in a moderately growing U.S. economy.

MONEY

Watch Out for the Elder Fraud Web

Scams range from petty theft to embezzlement. Your parents may need your help.

6 Scams that Prey on the Elderly

From shady contractors to phony sweepstakes, these scams target older Americans.

Stories that Move the Economy

Economist Robert Shiller predicted runaway home prices and the stock market bubble of the late 1990s. Now he’s writing about the influence of viral narratives.

Your Financial Planning Calendar for 2020

Each month presents an opportunity to improve your financial situation.

Advice from Confident Investors

Take advantage of publications, podcasts, adult ed classes and other resources, including family members.

Free Checking With Benefits

It’s getting more difficult to find free checking. Here are some workarounds.

RETIREMENT

10 Most Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2019

These 10 states impose the lowest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger’s exclusive 2019 analysis of state taxes.

10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2019

These 10 states impose the highest taxes on retirees, according to Kiplinger’s exclusive 2019 analysis of state taxes.

Retirement Savings for the Self-Employed

If you don’t have access to a retirement plan through your employer, you have other options.

When Renting Is Better Than Buying

You’re not necessarily throwing your money away when you rent.

The Smart Way to Size Up an ETF

Hundreds of ETFs debut every year. Use this guide to spot the good ones.

REWARDS

How to Run for Local Office

If you’ve ever thought that you could do a better job than the elected officials currently in office, here’s how to launch a campaign—and win.

Carbon Offsets Will Only Carry You So Far

To effectively reduce your carbon footprint, you’ll need to be a smart shopper and navigate terms like “radiative forcing” and “leakage.”