Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

May 2013

May issue of KPFM

Cover Story

How to Strike It Rich

We offer three tried-and-true strategies to build wealth.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

The best way to build wealth, by Janet Bodnar

How Much Does College Really Cost?

New tools help you get beyond the sticker price.

How Monopoly Helps Us Make Smart Financial Decisions

You can teach kids some personal finance basics, such as diversification and debt management, by playing the classic board game with them.

Money & Ethics

Should older executives make way for youth?, by Knight Kiplinger

Higher Auto Insurance Rates for Safe Drivers?

A top-notch driving record doesn’t guarantee a low premium.

Beware Errors on Your Credit Report

Mistakes could boost your borrowing costs, but they're usually easy to clear up, if you spot them.

New Tax Break for Home Offices

Deductions just got easier for self-employed taxpayers.

Opening Shot

Big tech stocks at bargain prices, by James K. Glassman

Game Plan

Beware state death taxes.

Your Mind, Your Money

Turn your finances into a game, by Anne Kates Smith


The Kip 25: Our Favorite Mutual Funds, 2013

An emerging-markets stock fund and two nontraditional bond funds join the Kiplinger 25.

Cash In Hand

Rev up your portfolio with energy MLPs, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

3 Fashion Companies to Dress Up Your Portfolio

Making money is in fashion with these three makers of luxury accessories.

Practical Investing

A happy ending for Microsoft investors?, by Kathy Kristof

6 Attractive Stocks Paying Dividends for the First Time

First-time payouts aren't always a good sign. But these six companies are attractive.

Promised Land

Don't fear hyperinflation, by Andrew Feinberg

ETF Spotlight

Earn rising dividends from household names in this Vanguard fund.

A Happy Birthday for Bill Gross's ETF

Pimco Total Return ETF has churned out superb returns in its debut year.

Fund Spotlight

Advisory Research International Small Cap Value Fund bets on Japan.


How to Strike It Rich

We offer three tried-and-true strategies to build wealth.

Alternatives to Traditional Banks

New ways of making payments and borrowing money aren’t always better than traditional banking.

Countdown to Retirement

Pay off the mortgage? Maybe not.

Ask Kim

Buying long-term-care coverage for Dad, by Kimberly Lankford

9 Ways to Make Your Home Offer Irresistible

When you’re competing with a lot of other buyers, your bid needs to stand out.

Check Your Bank Account Coverage

If your money isn't fully covered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., you could divvy up your funds between different accounts.


Declutter Your Life

We help you get motivated to toss, sell, or donate stuff you no longer need or want.

Drive Time

Cheapest cars to own, by Jessica Anderson

5 Smart Phones for $50 or Less

These big-screen beauties offer sharp displays and cool features at reasonable prices.

The Lowdown

6 things you must know about financial planners.

3 Simple Steps

Pay yourself first by setting up automatic contributions from checking to savings or investment accounts.