Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

May 2012

May issue of KPFM

Cover Story

The Kiplinger 25: The Best Mutual Funds to Meet Your Goals

This year’s picks for the Kiplinger 25 include new ways to generate income.


Table of Contents


From The Editor

How to build your financial dream team, by Janet Bodnar

3 New Programs Aimed at Improving the Housing Market

Can a trio of new policies ease foreclosures and get the market back on track?

No Bubble for Tech Stocks

T.Rowe Price's David Eiswert asserts Microsoft is a deal, but some social media firms will go bust.

Money & Ethics

Is foreclosure relief fair to everyone else?, by Knight Kiplinger

Travel Agents vs. Do-It-Yourself Online Booking

Travelers are finding, in many cases, agents can beat online deals.

What to Expect From Free Online Classes

You may get a certificate from a top college, but not the credits.

Opening Shot

5 mutual funds for socially responsible investors, by James K. Glassman

Real Money

If you qualify, use the capital gains tax break this year.


Does the SEC Have Your Back?

Facing big challenges and limited resources, the SEC struggles to keep the markets safe for investors.

6 Stocks to Sell Now

Their businesses are deteriorating or their share prices are too high.

Practical Investing

Beware overpaid executives, by Kathy Kristof

4 Signs That It's Time to Sell Apple Stock

Watch out for these signs that could take the shine off Apple in the future.

ETF Spotlight

Guggenheim Bulletshares 2014 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF delivers high yields plus your money back at a preset termination date.

Promised Land

Stocks back from the bailout, by Andrew Feinberg

Cash In Hand

How investors can prosper from high gas prices, by Jeffrey Kosnett


Build Your Financial Dream Team

When it’s time to consult the pros about your money, be sure you get major-league advice.

Rethinking Retirement

The keys to managing your money for the long haul, by Chris Farrell

How to Get Insurance Companies to Pay Your Claims

When your insurer drags its feet, use these tactics to help you claim your cash.

Plan B for a Frozen Pension

When bankruptcy buffets a pension plan, benefits usually take a hit.

Smart Uses of Your Tax Refund

Got the basics covered? We have plenty of other ideas.

Cash in on Incentives to Open Online Brokerage Accounts

Several discount brokers are offering incentives up to $2,500.

Ask Kim: Rolling Over a 401(k)

Kimberly Lankford tells you how to roll your 401(k) into an IRA then convert it to a Roth IRA.

Credit Cards You Can Count on Overseas

If you plan on traveling outside the U.S., consider getting a card with both a magnetic stripe and smart chip.


Cash in Your Old Electronics

You may be surprised at how much some online retailers will pay.

Drive Time

Cheapest cars to own, by Jessica Anderson

The Lowdown

6 things you need to know about unused gift cards.

My Story

Veteran mushroom hunter Connie Green explains how picking wild foods for restaurants has become big business.