Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

March 2013

March issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Smart Ways to Boost Your 401(k)

Take charge of your savings to build a comfortable retirement.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

A new look for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, by Janet Bodnar

Foreign Factories Come Back Home

The big draws for making things in the U.S.: rising wages abroad, cheap energy here.

IBM Sets a Stingier 401(k) Standard

Employee benefits expert Jack VenDerhei tells Kiplinger how one-time year-end employer contributions may affect savers' returns.

Hurricane Sandy Victims Get Tax Relief

Those in a disaster area can choose when to deduct losses.

Great Airport Apps

Get help navigating airports and booking discounted rental cars.

Is Studying Abroad Still Worth It?

You may not pay more, and it could help you land a job.

Money & Ethics

When is a gift to the teacher over the top?, by Knight Kiplinger

Find Out Who's Tracking Your Credit, Finances

A host of smaller bureaus are collecting consumer data.

Opening Shot

The art of selling stocks, by James K. Glassman

Countdown to Retirement

How an adviser can help you plan.

Your Mind and Your Money

The lure of Ponzi schemes, by Anne Kates Smith

Game Plan

Use a flexible spending account to cover family medical expenses.


Best of the Big Fund Families

We identify 27 superb funds from four of our favorite no-load companies.

6 Blue-Chip Stocks of Tomorrow

Invest in these six little-know companies before everyone else discovers them.

Cash in Hand

Preferred REITs pay off, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Practical Investing

3 mistakes I'm making with my portfolio, by Kathy Kristof

Promised Land

How to avoid the next HP, by Andrew Feinberg

ETF Spotlight

iShares Russell 1000 Value Index Fund focuses on large-company bargains.

Best-Performing Mutual Fund Category, 2012

Global real estate funds still have room to run.

Kiplinger 25 Update

Matthews Asia Dividend Fund bucks the crowd.

Fund Spotlight

Fidelity Select Consumer Finance makes a comeback.


Banks Woo Loyal Customers

They’re seeking a monogamous relationship. But you might be better off playing the field.

5 Surprising Factors That Can Raise Your Insurance Premiums

Don’t get hit by these unexpected rate boosters.

4 Alternatives to a Four-Year College Degree

A traditional degree isn't your only ticket to a good job with a solid salary.

Ask Kim

How to find home insurance after you've been dropped, by Kimberly Lankford

How to Figure Your Cost Basis If You Sold Stock in 2012

We'll help you decode the new 1099-B form from your broker.

Benefits for Credit-Card Purchases

Card issuers are offering deals when you shop at select retailers or buy certain items.


Best Values in New Cars, 2013

Intense competition means you're in the driver's seat when it's time to negotiate.

Sync Your Smart Phone and Tablet Computer With Your TV

Double the fun with new apps and add-ons that let your tablet or smart phone play well with its big HDTV brother.

The Lowdown

6 things you must know about setting up a home office.

My Story

Richard Rynearson goes from being a desk jockey to Ranger Rick.