Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

August 2010

August issue of KPFM

Cover Story

Steal These Deals

Everyone loves a bargain -- and we've found dozens on everything from cell phones to cars to credit and from funds to food and to travel.


Table of Contents


From The Editor

Will Americans’ conversion to thrift stick? My gut says no.

Take the Reins Before It Pours

New maps may put your home in the zone for flood insurance.

Short-Term Pain, Ultimate Gain

Schwab's chief investment strategist sees a choppy ride up.

Money & Ethics

Should you wed for money rather than love?, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

Gold is ready for a fall, by James K. Glassman

My Point of View

Ethical conduct is often in the eye of the beholder, by Knight Kiplinger

Your Mind and Your Money

Too much information, by Robert Frick

Discovering Value

Our favorite short sales, by Whitney Tilson and John Heins.

How to Size Up Online Reviews

Shoppers need a sharp eye to spot shills and saboteurs.

Will Health Reform Affect My Plan?

Companies will see cost increases, and so will you.


Make ETFs Work for You

Exchange-traded funds are cheap, tax-friendly and open new investing frontiers. We suggest four strategies for using them in your portfolio.

Insider Interview: Patience Really Pays

Fidelity Low-Priced Stocks' manager has an enviable 20-year record. Now he tells what he's doing to keep making money in today's volatile markets.

Going Long

The upside of the Euro crisis, by Jeremy J. Siegel

Mutual Funds

Flex funds stumble, by Russel Kinnel

Stocks For $100 (or More) With Room to Grow

Don't be put off by high share prices. Price and value are not the same.

Welcome Back, Meridian Growth

A seasoned manager is back for a second tour of duty in the Kip 25.

New Boss, Same Stock Strategy

Another change in ownership doesn't faze the managers of Columiba Acorn Select.


Get a Jump on Retirement

Map your exit strategy -- and give your plan a road test -- before you turn off the office lights for the last time.

Finance Basics for Partners

Unmarried couples must customize their finances to cover everything from property division to child custody to who makes end-of-life decisions.

How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

Instead of relying on standard rules of thumb, add up your expenses in four categories to get a good ballpark estimate.

Ask Kim

Kimberly Lankford explains how you can raise your credit score and suggests what to do when your COBRA coverage runs out.

Grad Degrees From a Distance

Online master's degrees are getting more students -- and more respect.

Second-Chance Tax Savings

If you missed any of these breaks on your 2009 return, you can claim them now.

Get Early Alerts to Financial Fraud

Major credit-card issuers will send you messages if there is suspicious activity on your account.

How to Fix Your Facebook Settings

Recent changes to Facebook's unwieldy privacy settings promise to make it easier to control who sees what, but it's still a work in progress.


Steal These Deals

Everyone loves a bargain -- and we've found dozens on everything from cell phones to cars to credit and from funds to food and to travel.

What You Need to Know About Telecom Packages

The triple-play bundle may not be the cheapest game in town.

Safety Worth the Cost

Your next new car could come with safety features once only dreamed of by science-fiction writers.

My Story

A $200,000 flight of fancy.