Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

July 2017

July issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Where to Invest for the Rest of 2017

Corporate America is firing on all cylinders, but share prices are high and so are risks.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

How we pick the best banks, by Janet Bodnar

How to Hide Your Online Footprint

Check your internet provider’s privacy policy and look for encrypted sites.

How to Deal With the Salary Question During Job Interviews

Instead of divulging your earnings history, focus on your skills and expectations.

3 Luxury Goods You Can Buy on a Subscription Plan

These new services let you pay by the month to enjoy the latest luxury goods.

Beware Fake Stock News

Hundreds of recent articles contained false information that was planted, the SEC says.

Banks Roll Out Cardless ATM Access

Enhanced mobile apps let you withdraw cash with a smartphone.

Money & Ethics

Should minor-league ballplayers get a big pay raise?, by Knight Kiplinger

3 Surprising Things You'll Find at Libraries These Days

You may find sports gear, a canoe or even a karaoke machine to rent.

Opening Shot

4 types of investments to avoid, by James K. Glassman

Success Story

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream uses local ingredients and offers generous benefits to employees.

Money Smart Women

Charitable giving may be in your genes, by Janet Bodnar


SPECIAL REPORT: Find The Best Bank for You

These stellar banks and credit unions are making all the right moves to win satisfied customers.

5 Myths Keeping You From Getting Rid of Your Stuff

Don’t let these common but misguided notions derail your goal to declutter and lighten up.

Game Plan

How to claim Florida as your state of residence to save on taxes.

The Lure of Virtual Reality

It lets you go places without leaving home. But you may not want to pay up for the privilege just yet.

Know Your Rights on Flights

Airlines are experiencing turbulence over overbooking policies. Here’s what you need to know when your flight is oversold.

Money Manners

How to navigate four sticky situations when you travel.

Don't Forget This Tax Bill

The nanny tax isn't just for Mary Poppins. It covers any household employee including housekeepers, gardeners and caregivers.

Online Bill Paying Isn't Foolproof

Using your bank's bill-payment service is convenient, but the process isn't a slam dunk.

Then & Now

Being debt-free allowed Myrna Oliver to move confidently into retirement after a late-career layoff.


Where to Invest for the Rest of 2017

Corporate America is firing on all cylinders, but share prices are high and so are risks.

Income Investing

When everything is working, sit tight, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Investing With a Conscience

Few fund operators have combined principles and performance with as much success as Parnassus.

Practical Investing

How one bad year can wreck results, by Kathy Kristof

Fiduciary Rule Gives Rise to Two New Share Classes

The landscape is changing for those who buy mutual funds through brokers.

The Kiplinger 25 Update

A Fidelity manager takes a break.

Costco Is Surviving in the Age of Amazon

Warehouse giant Costco continues to prosper despite the growth of internet retailing.

Fund Spotlight

A convertible fund for the risk-averse.


Wellness Resorts Deliver Stress-Busting Vacations

A wellness resort can help you relax, get fitter, eat healthier—and have fun, too.

Brain-Healthy Diets

Eating certain foods could sharply lower your odds of developing Alzheimer's disease.

To Your Health

A genetic test to spot health risks, by Nellie Huang

Snacking Before Exercise

A well-timed snack can help fuel your workout.