Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

August 2017

August issue of KPFM

Cover Story

10 Great Places to Retire

Our picks offer a laid-back lifestyle, but they're only a short hop from big-city attractions.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

How we pick great places to retire, by Janet Bodnar

Will White House Scandals Derail the Stock Market?

Forget parallels to Watergate. The economy is in much better shape today.

Don't Let Hackers Kidnap Your Data

Thwart them by keeping your operating system up to date and backing up your files.

Sidestep Fees When You Go Abroad

Be selective about how you exchange dollars for foreign currencies.

Money & Ethics

Should employers be barred from asking job applicants what they earn?, by Knight Kiplinger

Mortgage Help for Debt-Saddled Grads

New rules make it easier to qualify for a home loan or to use a refi to pay off college debt.

New Ways to Prove Your I.D.

Always struggling to remember your passwords and PINs? Don't worry, chances are they'll soon be replaced by tech-friendly identification software.

Beware Phony IRS Collectors

As Uncle Sam cracks down on overdue taxes, scammers are moving to cash in.

Opening Shot

16 stock picks with staying power, by James K. Glassman

Success Story

The game of Spikeball gets a do-over.


The Best Rewards Credit Cards, 2017

We pick the rewards cards that offer the biggest bank for your buck, whether you prefer getting cash back or cashing in points for travel.

How to Get Your Insurer to Pay Your Claims

Follow these steps to minimize hassles and get all the money you deserve.

The Nongambler's Guide to Las Vegas

There's plenty to do in the gaming town without rolling the dice.

Miles or Cash Back: Which Is the Better Credit-Card Reward?

A new tool can help you decide whether an air-miles reward card or a cash-back card will be a better deal for you.

Then & Now

A single mom plans her next act.


How 7 Top Investment Pros Are Investing in 2017

Despite high share prices and the prospect of rising interest rates, there are plenty of opportunities here and abroad.

Cheap Stocks for a Pricey Market

Investors aren't giving these companies enough credit. Buy the stocks before others catch on.

The Kiplinger 25 Update

Oakmark International finds bargains in European stocks.

Fund Spotlight

Three ways to invest in Europe's recovery.


10 Great Places to Retire

Our picks offer a laid-back lifestyle, but they're only a short hop from big-city attractions.

The Worry-Free Way to Rent a Car

On the perennial question of whether to take the extra insurance coverage, our advice may surprise you.