Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

April 2013

April issue of KPFM

Cover Story

How to Learn to Love Stocks Again

We show you how to get back into the market without heartbreak.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

Financial lessons from Downton Abbey, by Janet Bodnar

2013 Tax Planning Gets Easier

Congress ties up loose ends, but high earners pay more.

Financial Literacy: Does It Work?

You can’t expect much if you take only one class in high school.

New Rules for Home Loans

Mortgages won't be harder to get, but they could cost more.

Credit Unions Will Match Loan, CD Rates

The next time you need a loan, be sure to ask your credit union whether it will match a competitor's interest rate.

Money & Ethics

Should creative property be free online?, by Knight Kiplinger

Airline Fees Being Bundled

Fee packages make it easier for you to calculate the true cost of your trip. But they're still just extra charges you might want to skip.

My Point of View

Financial security is still achievable, by Knight Kiplinger

Game Plan

5 ways to help fund your child's college education.

Opening Shot

Why I love the Dow, by James K. Glassman


How to Learn to Love Stocks Again

We show you how to get back into the market without heartbreak.

ETF Spotlight

Powershares S&P 500 Low Volatility Portfolio cuts market gyrations with the 100 least-volatile stocks in the S&P 500.

Practical Investing

Every stock has a story, by Kathy Kristof

6 Small Stocks Paying Big Dividends

Three small-company stocks with fat yields and three with fast-growing payouts.

Going Long

Spring thaw in Washington?, by Jeremy J. Siegel

Cash in Hand

Dividends in overdrive, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Which Market Gurus Get It Right the Most?

Are market seers worth their salt? When forecasters are considered as a group, the answer is no.

Kiplinger 25 Update

Loomis Sayles Bond readies for a rise in interest rates.

Value Added

The 7 best ETFs to buy now, by Steven Goldberg

Fund Spotlight

High-yield muni bonds are due to cool off.


Jump-Start Your Career With a Franchise

A franchise is a quick way to invest in a ready-made enterprise.

Rethinking Retirement

Retirees, the sky isn't falling, by Jane Bennett Clark

Last-Gasp Tax Savings for Your 2012 Return

If you've been putting off the onerous task of finishing your tax returns, these tactics will help you breathe easier.

FAQs about Health Savings Accounts

A health savings account can be a powerful financial tool to cover medical expenses and save for the future.

How Long Will It Last?

Our guide will help you budget for your home's major repairs.

Lump-Sum Pension Offers Are No Sweet Deal

If a former employer offers to replace an annuity with a lump sum, don't bite. It's rarely worthwhile.

Ask Kim

Short-term bond funds are safe, by Kimberly Lankford

Get Free Credit Report Upgrades

Here's how to keep tabs on your credit history so you can spot any errors.


Drive Time

Smart reasons to lease your next car, by Jessica Anderson

The Lowdown

5 things to know about mobile wallets.