Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

January 2010

January issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Where to Invest in 2010

Stocks will advance despite an anemic economy.


Table of Contents


From The Editors

To 2010 -- and beyond, by Janet Bodnar

Jobs: Get Ready for a Rebound

Unemployment will peak soon, but it will take years for the labor market to fully recover.

The Curse of Round Numbers

Big milestones turn into stumbling blocks for the Dow.

Money & Ethics

Did the antiques dealer pull a fast one?, by Knight Kiplinger

As Seen on TV: Savings at a Price

Sales are ticking up, but don’t expect prices to follow until the middle of the year.

IPOs Are Back

Now is a good time to consider initial stock offerings.

Financial-Aid Form Gets a Facelift

The new FAFSA is shorter, more helpful and less confusing.

The Decade Ahead

A peek at trends that will affect our long-term financial lives, from bigger government to higher interest rates to green tech.

Opening Shot

My best bets for 2010, by James K. Glassman

Discovering Value

Our take on inflation, by Whitney Tilson and John Heins

Real Money

Save for now -- and for later, by Laura Cohn

Your Mind and Your Money

Know your limits, by Robert Frick


Where to Invest in 2010

Stocks will advance despite an anemic economy.

Insider Interview: Liz Ann Sonders

A top strategist says you can profit in the year ahead by listening to your portfolio.

8 Great Stocks for 2010

They should ride out bumps in the recovery.

How to Protect Your Profits

From increasing your cash holdings to buying options, we show you how to defend against a correction -- or worse.

Promised Land

3 faves for the fearless, by Andrew Feinberg

Target-Date Funds Reset Their Sights

Fund companies aim to make these one-stop retirement plans a little more balanced.

An Overseas Fund Comes on Strong

After two lousy years, Quant Foreign Value is tearing up the performance charts.

Cash in Hand

Coping with bond calls, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Mutual Funds

Under-the-radar picks, by Russel Kinnel

The Kiplinger 25 Update

Here's hoping you held on to Loomis Sayles Bond.


Glimmers of Light on Home Prices

Sales are ticking up, but don’t expect prices to follow until the middle of the year.

Save These Dates: Your 2010 Money Calendar

Key dates to bookmark for the year ahead.

The Impact of Zero Inflation

Welcome to the year of the un-COLA.

4 Ways to Trim Your Spending

Our step-by-step money diet will fatten your wallet.

How Much Cash You Really Need

In this economy, a plump cushion is crucial.

Six-Pack Abs for Less

Take advantage of gym promotions, but read the fine print.

Back-to-Work Benefits Squeeze

If you lose money to the dreaded Social Security earnings test now, you'll recoup it later on.

Ring Out the E Bonds, Ring In the I Bonds

The rate on I bonds gets a boost.


How To Switch Careers

What you need to know to break into a new industry, land a government job or join a nonprofit.

Great Deals on Loaded Laptops

Competition from netbooks is driving down prices.

Used-Car Sweet Spots

The prices of used cars now reflect what they are actually worth, by Jessica Anderson

The Lowdown

What you need to know about Roth IRA conversions, by Mary Beth Franklin