Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

March 2020

March issue of KPFM

Cover Story

You Still Have Time to Save on Your Taxes

Start now to take advantage of all of the tax breaks available to you.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

Checking in on Social Security

Social Security would like you to conduct your business online, but be prepared to navigate some speed bumps.

Some Heirs Could Face a Tax Squeeze

IRA owners should review their estate plan as a new law puts an end to stretch IRAs.

Investors, Look Past Global Tensions

The average time it has taken for stocks to bottom is 22 days, with the market recovering all losses in an average of 47 days.

Alexa, Protect My Privacy

Take steps to keep speakers, security cameras and other smart devices safe from hackers who want to steal your data—or worse.

Investors Prospered By Staying the Course

The long bull market made it easier to avoid buying high and selling low.

A New Way to Repay College Loans

Parents may now use money from their 529 college-savings plans to help their children pay off student loans.

Watch Out for Phony Wildfire Charities

Scammers are using social media and fake websites to raise funds for those affected by the fires in Australia.

INVESTING

Is a Debt Bomb Ticking?

Corporations have amassed a ton of debt. Protect yourself with these funds and ETFs.

This Health Care ETF Finishes Strong

Despite Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight Health Care ETF lagging the S&P 500 most of the year, it still finished out 2019 up more than 20%.

A Big Turnaround for Markets

Mutual fund records were toppled in the U.S. in 2019, but foreign shares also rose.

Ways to Profit from Tiny Tech Stocks

Big-name leviathans have dominated the market, but the minnows may be catching up.

Benjamin Graham's Timeless Advice

You don’t have to be a brilliant analyst like Graham to recognize the value in value today.

Beware the Roaring Twenties

For the first time in years, valuations — not black swans or politics or the Fed — are a challenge.

A Good Year for the Kiplinger 25

More winners than losers among our favorite low-cost mutual funds.

MONEY

You Still Have Time to Save on Your Taxes

Start now to take advantage of all of the tax breaks available to you.

Protect Your Smartphone With Your Credit Card

Before shelling out extra cash on insurance for your mobile device, check to see if your credit card's benefits include coverage.

RETIREMENT

Your Social Security Questions Answered

Selecting the right strategy for when to claim Social Security will pay off for years to come. But there’s a lot more to maximizing your benefits

FUNDAMENTALS

Picking Stocks? Your Broker Can Help

Online brokers have beefed up investor tools and research.

Why You Need a Renters Policy

The average monthly premium for renters insurance is about $17 a month for $40,000 in personal property coverage, according to Insurance.com.

How to Shop for Life Insurance

You may be able to estimate how much you need online, but that’s just the start of your search.

REWARDS

Travel Secrets That Save You Money

These strategies and money-saving tips will help you unlock the very best values.