Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

May 2015

May issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Strike It Rich!

These four entrepreneurs took different routes to raise money to build million-dollar businesses.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

The right mix of mutual funds for you, by Janet Bodnar

Whose Financial Advice Can You Trust?

A proposed rule to extend the fiduciary standard to more advisers stirs up controversy.

How Expedia's Acquisition of Orbitz Affects Your Travel Costs

The merger of two major online travel agencies won't lead to price hikes, but you can find better deals using other sites.

Free Community College for All?

The proposal would require a lot of money and student mentorship programs.

Retail Discount Offers: Bargain or Trap?

Tips on how to determine if those retailer discounts are really worth it.

Biometric Log-In Technology May Soon Protect Your Financial Accounts

Facial and voice recognition are making passwords passe.

Money & Ethics

Should rich immigrants be able to "buy" permanent visas?, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

How to play cheaper oil, by James K. Glassman

Rethinking Retirement

Be wary of "senior" experts, by Jane Bennett Clark


How to Beat Index Funds

Don’t give up on active management. The Kiplinger 25 identifies tomorrow’s rising stars in mutual funds.

The Lure of Cult Stocks

These companies have passionate devotees who have pushed share prices sky-high. We tell you which ones are worth buying right now.

Promised Land

Profit by following activist investors, by Andrew Feinberg

Buffett's Best Dividend Stocks

These Berkshire Hathaway holdings will add cash to your portfolio.

Practical Investing

Pruning pricey stocks from your portfolio, by Kathy Kristof

Is Biotech in a Bubble?

The sector has been on a tear, and many stocks seem overpriced. But one company looks like a bargain.

ETF Spotlight

Get 7.4% from a fund of funds.

Insider Interview

Top strategiest Jim Stack says trouble is looming in the markets.

Fund Spotlight

A Pimco stock fund makes good.


Strike It Rich!

These four entrepreneurs took different routes to raise money to build million-dollar businesses.

How to Help Your Adult Kids Buy a Home

Whether you hand over cash or make a loan, lenders will expect you to dot your i’s and cross your t's.

Ask Kim

Homeowners, skip small damage claims, by Kimberly Lankford

When Your Health Insurer Won't Pay

The solution may be as simple as a phone call or as complicated as an appeal. Either way, you can win this fight.

Boost Yield With Ultra-Short Bond Funds

With minimal risk, these funds are a good place for money you don't need on hand or want invested for the long term.


10 World-Class Travel Bargains

We pick international destinations where the strong dollar is making travel remarkably affordable.

Drive Time

The woes of extended auto warranties, by Jessica Anderson

Who Gets the Vacation Home?

How families can preserve the fun and avoid the feuds.


Six things you must know about aging in place.

Fitness Bands for $100 or Less

These alternatives to smart watches may be all you need to get moving.

3 Simple Steps

Reshop your cell-phone plan.