Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

January 2014

January issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Kiplinger's 2014 Investing Outlook

Five years into a powerful bull market, there seems to be little on the horizon to cheer up the bears.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

Taking care of Mom, by Janet Bodnar

4 Smart Personal-Finance Moves for Treacherous Times

How to survive the hit to your wallet from gridlock in Washington.

2014 Outlook for Investing Overseas

David Herro, co-manager of Oakmark's International and International Small Cap mutual funds, points to enticing and unappealing foreign investments.

Watch for Stingier Rewards Cards

What to do when your points lose value.

Tighter Rules on Reverse Mortgages

Borrowers face higher costs and lower loan amounts. And soon borrowers will have to pass a financial assessment, too.

Some Colleges Move to Slash Tuition

Ten small regional schools are lowering their sticker prices, as well as their financial aid awards. Net result: a wash.

Money & Ethics

Are speed cameras a trap?, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

My 10 stock picks for 2014, by James K. Glassman

Game Plan

Where to find decent returns on your money once a high-interest CD matures.

Your Mind and Your Money

How to stick to your New Year's resolutions, by Anne Kates Smith


Cash In Hand

Best deals in bonds, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Designer Index Funds Come Into Fashion

Instead of focusing on size, these funds weight stocks by key measures such as profits or sales. We pick four standouts.

Promised Land

My 7 stock picks for the year ahead, by Andrew Feinberg

Kiplinger 25 Update

Why sticking with Dodge & Cox pays off.

Practical Investing

Why I’m investing in a Panamanian airline, by Kathy Kristof

Get 3% With Low Risk

Floating-rate bond funds protect against rising interest rates. But they own low-quality debt, so choose wisely.

ETF Spotlight

Vanguard Total Stock Market owns almost every publicly traded U.S. company worth at least $10 million.

Fund Spotlight

A foreign fund gets a fast start.

Welcome to the $1,000 Stock Club

Just because a stock trades for $1,000 doesn't mean it's pricey.


Ask Kim

How the government shutdown might affect the filing of your 2013 tax return, by Kimberly Lankford

8 Smart Online Tools to Manage Your Finances

These sites can help you make smarter decisions about budgeting, investing and taxes.

Fast Ways to Send Cash

These four peer-to-peer payment services will help you send cash in a pinch.


Housing Outlook, 2014: Home Prices Head Higher

After a surge in home values in most cities over the past year, prices will increase more slowly in 2014.

Putting Tesla to the Test

We drive the Model S to see if this pricey EV lives up to the hype.

How to Manage Your Passwords

Throw out the sticky notes. These programs are a better way to go.

The Lowdown

6 things you need to know about going paperless.

3 Simple Steps

Break out of credit card debt.