Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

March 2018

March issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Are You on Track to Retire?

How to tell if you’ve saved enough to retire when you want, and what to do if you haven’t.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

When it comes to recommendations for your finances, we strive to be staunchly nonpartisan, by Mark Solheim

How to Cash In on Corporate Tax Cuts

Investors can expect higher earnings and more generous dividends.

Homeowners Are Richer Than Renters

The reason: You can't help but build savings as you pay down a mortgage.

New Tax Law Gives Roth IRA More Appeal

As the Roth turns 20, the new tax law gives it an edge for savers.

3 Upsides of Rising Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve is slowly turning the volume back up on interest rates. For some, there's a silver lining.

Federal Retirees Get a Break on TSP Withdrawal Rules

New rules make it easier to leave money in the low-cost Thrift Savings Plan.

Money & Ethics

How can the approval process for new drugs be speeded up, by Knight Kiplinger

New Ways to Foil Hackers

These tools guard your smart gadgets and your identity.

Money Smart Women

Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, says women know who they are as investors—for example, whether they’re aggressive or risk-averse, by Janet Bodnar

Millennial Money

Millennials came of age as the housing bubble burst and lenders put credit in a vise. Now we make up the largest group of home buyers, by Kaitlin Pitsker

Opening Shot

Warning signs are flashing, but no one has the slightest idea when a bull market—or a bear market, for that matter—will end, by James K. Glassman


Are You on Track to Retire?

How to tell if you’ve saved enough to retire when you want, and what to do if you haven’t.

Ask Kim

Depending on the year, condition and, of course, the player, some baseball cards could be worth thousands of dollars.

New Tax Plan: Planning for New Tax Rates, Tax Brackets and Deductions

Most changes go into effect on January 1, 2018, but will NOT affect your 2017 tax return due in April.

Pitfalls of Doing a Credit Freeze

If you put your credit reports on ice, watch out for these slippery spots.

How to Post on Social Media Without Crossing the Line at Work

Remember that everything you post on social media is public, no matter what your privacy settings.


Fidelity's Stock-Picking Culture Is Alive and Well

The fund company has diversified into new businesses, but it is not abandoning its stock-picking roots.

The Perils of Indexing

Index funds have been the stars of the bull market. But investors may get a nasty surprise in the next bear market.

Earn Up to 9% with Closed-End Funds

Closed-end funds are complicated, but their yields make them worth a look.

Our Mutual Fund Rankings: Winners, Winners, Winners

U.S. stocks posted stellar results, but foreign stocks did even better.

Practical Investing

The market ran so fast that the relatively conservative portfolio of Kiplinger's Practical Investor simply couldn't keep up, by Kathy Kristof

The Case for Investing in Industrial Stocks

Tax cuts passed late last year are among the factors that will juice returns for industrials in 2018.


Get a Deal on a New Car in 2018

Cars cost more, but automakers are offering generous incentives to lure you into the showroom.

What to Do If Your Flight Is Canceled

Knowing what your rights are and what airlines typically offer to keep customers happy can help get you on your way sooner.

Money Lessons from Oscars and the Academy Awards

What can Oscar-nominated movies teach us about personal finance? Quite a bit, it turns out.