Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

May 2017

May issue of KPFM

Cover Story

13 Ways to Simplify Your Finances

Our strategies will free up both time and cash.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

How to get good investment advice, by Janet Bodnar

How a Border Tax Would Affect You

A plan to limit imports could raise prices but also create more jobs.

How Retailers Track Customers Online and Offline

When stores track your shopping, you get discounts and they get your personal info.

New Employee Benefit: Help With Saving for College

Automatic payroll deductions fund 529s, and some bosses kick in cash.

New Ways to Stay In Shape When You Travel

Move aside, tiny hotel gym. There are more exciting ways to get in a workout on the road.

Why Your Water Bill Is Going Up

Even though we’re using less water, the pipes need fixing, so utilities are charging more.

Money & Ethics

What should doctors and drugmakers do to stop painkiller addiction?, by Knight Kiplinger

New Ways to See Movies for Less

Sign up for an all-you-can-view plan, or see prerelease films free.

Success Story

Her obsession with chicken salad launched a fast-casual restaurant franchise.

Opening Shot

Buy retail stocks at wholesale prices, by James K. Glassman

Money Smart Women

Advice from all-star women fund managers, by Janet Bodnar


13 Ways to Simplify Your Finances

Our strategies will free up both time and cash.

FAQs About Medicare

When you turn 65, you have to master a new health care system. We’re here to help.

Game Plan

How to reduce your property tax bill.

Pros and Cons of Rolling Your 401(k) Into an IRA

We tell you when it makes sense to move your 401(k) account to an IRA — and when it’s smart to stay put.

6 Steps to Cut Your Car-Insurance Rates

Follow our easy plan to reshop your policy. You could save hundreds of dollars a year.

Rethinking Retirement

Moving to be near the grandkids, by Jane Bennett Clark

Drive Time

How to get a great deal on a new car, by David Muhlbaum

How Deposit Insurance Protects Savers

Your money is safe, but there are reasons we are removing CDs from our tables.

Then & Now

A young couple merges their money and their goals.


The Kiplinger 25, 2017

With most of our favorite no-load funds thriving, we add only two new ones to the mix this year.

7 Great All-American Stocks

These companies do most of their business at home and stand to benefit from the Trump administration's initiatives.

Practical Investing

Can this fallen biotech be revived?, by Kathy Kristof

Income Investing

Steady advice for worried income investors, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Fund Spotlight

MFS Utilities is not your average utility fund.


Joint-Replacement Surgery Gets Boomers Back in the Game

Replacing a hip or knee can change your life — and it doesn’t have to be an arduous process.

Reset Your Internal Clock to Fight Jet Lag

Four tips to minimize the effects of air travel.