Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

May 2020

May issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Solid Ways to Build Your Wealth

Our plan outlined here covers every aspect of your financial life, from investing to insurance to building credit.


Table of Contents


A Brush with Warren Buffett

COVID-19 has turned off the party at Berkshire Hathaway’s “Woodstock for Capitalists,” but as ever, he has wise words for troubled times.

How to Survive the Economic Fallout from COVID-19

The bull market and economic expansion are over. Here's what to do now.

The Pandemic Gives Borrowers a Break on Rates

Low rates reduce the cost of mortgages and other loans.

Taxpayers Have More Time to File

Thanks to the coronavirus, there’s a new deadline for filing your 2019 federal income tax return.

More Bad News for Savers

Savers searching for top yields should look to online banks, which offer significantly higher rates than brick-and-mortar institutions.

This Doctor Will Heal Your Portfolio

A physician turned financial planner says the coronavirus is an opportunity for you to tackle “fixable risks.”

Travel Planning in the Time of Coronavirus

Insurance may not cover canceled vacations, but airlines and hotels may be flexible.

Don’t Fall for Pandemic Cons

Scanners are stealing money with phishing schemes, fake remedies and inflated prices on products that are in demand.


The Kiplinger 25: Best in Show

Every year, we look back at how our favorite low-fee mutual funds performed.

16 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Buying and Selling

The Oracle of Omaha is big on biotech and grocers.

BBH Limited Duration: More Income, a Bit More Risk

The short-term bonds in this fund are stress-tested.

Can Rates Go Any Lower?

Rates can go even lower than they are now. In some European and Asian nations, negative yields have prevailed for years.


Money Smart Women

Today’s mothers are in a perfect position to share their experiences in the workforce and as investors.

Strategies for CD Savers

Shades of 2008: Certificates of deposit return to ultra-low interest rates.


Rethinking Retirement

As you near your 65th birthday, you’ll face a slew of important decisions—and a deluge of mail.

When I’m 64

As you near your 65th birthday, you’ll face a slew of important decisions—and a deluge of mail.


Reshop Your Car Insurance

Finding the lowest rate to protect your vehicle and you can be a challenge.

Don’t Leave Your Benefits Behind

When changing jobs, lock down health insurance and don’t forget your 401(k).

A Cheat Sheet for Annual Reports

Focusing on the highlights can tip you off to important trends.

The Best Cars for Boomers

Whether you’re 50, 60 or 70, you may start thinking about a vehicle that conforms to your chassis, instead of the other way around.

Stimulus Checks 2020: How Much? When? And Other FAQs

People have a lot of questions about the economic stimulus checks that will be mailed soon. We have answers.