Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

February 2020

February issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Don't Go Into Retirement Blind

Are you saving enough for retirement? Our 10 steps will help you finance the lifestyle you've always wanted.

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Table of Contents

AHEAD

From the Editor

The new tax law trimmed our tax bill, but I had hoped it would lower it even more, by Mark Solheim

Great Getaways That Won't Break the Bank

A strong dollar and more competition are creating travel bargains here and abroad.

Track Your Donated Dollars Online

A new charity-rating tool measures the impact of every dollar donated to a particular organization.

Should You Bank With Google?

Tech companies may offer better deals than traditional banks. But there’s a trade-off.

Electric Cars Cruise Into the Mainstream

Sales are rising, but electric cars are still best for commuting and shorter drives.

Scam Watch

Our monthly roundup of scams targeting consumers and investors.

INVESTING

Picking the Right Robo-Adviser for You

Before you decide to move your money or roll over an IRA to a robo firm, there are some caveats.

Street Smart

Indulge in luxury stocks, by James K. Glassman

5 Marvelous Mid-Cap Funds

Midsize companies offer investors a winning combination of maturity and growth potential.

ETF Spotlight

This fund invests in all aspects of the real estate market.

Invest in a Landmark

Go from sightseer to part-owner with these notable property stocks.

Income Investing

Taxable munis are worth a look, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Fund Spotlight

Vanguard High-Yield Tax-Exempt fund isn't a high-yield bond mutual fund.

Kiplinger 25 Update

For stock mutual fund AMG TimesSquare International Small Cap, the past year started with a yelp and ended with a hurrah.

MONEY

Couples and Money: When Together Is Better

Even if you and your spouse have worked out the kinks in your day-to-day money habits, it’s important to reexamine the big picture.

RETIREMENT

Don't Go Into Retirement Blind

Are you saving enough for retirement? Our 10 steps will help you finance the lifestyle you've always wanted.

Test-Drive Your Retirement

Before you quit your job, try out your new budget and your new lifestyle.

Living in Retirement

Make time for a retirement checkup, by Janet Bodnar

FUNDAMENTALS

Does Your Credit Card Measure Up?

Knowing your card’s mechanics can help you avoid high rates and fees.

Millennial Money

Paying for expensive medications is especially painful if you’re in a high-deductible plan, by Ryan Ermey

Practical Portfolio

When to sell a mutual fund, by Nellie Huang

REWARDS

How to Beat Pesky Fees

Fight the annoying charges that companies extract for everything from travel to investing to home buying.

Drive Time

Minivans: What's not to like?, by David Muhlbaum

Takeaway

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