Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

December 2013

December issue of KPFM

Cover Story

The Best List, 2013

We choose the creme de la creme in stocks, credit cards, travel, retirement spots, cars and more.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

How to grade colleges, by Janet Bodnar

Stores Get Stingy About Returns

Shoppers should expect a shorter grace period and be ready to flash an ID.

Don't Forget to Tap Your IRA

The IRS is cracking down on seniors who don't take required distributions.

Trade in Your Old Smart Phone

A light used device is worth a bundle.

4 New Money-Management Tools Worth a Look

We pick the most promising innovations from the fall Finovate conference.

Tax Planning for Same-Sex Couples

You may get breaks—and penalties, too.

Money & Ethics

Should nonprofits pay property taxes?, by Knight Kiplinger

My Point of View

A college degree isn’t enough, by Knight Kiplinger

Opening Shot

Get ready for a REIT rebound, by James K. Glassman

Going Long

How the Fed blew it, by Jeremy J. Siegel


Cash in on the Energy Revolution

We name a dozen attractive stocks in four key areas: shale, sea, service and sun.

What Now for Bond Investors

Despite a surprising non-move by the Fed, rates are still heading up.

5 Stocks Yielding 5% or More

We include four steady, familiar companies, plus one risk-taker's special that's paying more than 12%.

Our 7 Favorite Mid-Cap Funds

Midsize companies are usually stable, but they can still grow quickly.

Kiplinger 25 Update

Ho-hum results for T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Value.

Practical Investing

My two-year portfolio performance report, by Kathy Kristof

Cash in Hand

The Dow loves dividends, by Jeffrey R. Kosnett

Fund Spotlight

A juiced-up junk bond fund adds stocks and, sometimes, leverage to the mix.


Best Values in Private Colleges

From small jewels to Ivy League powerhouses, these top 200 private colleges and universities deliver quality and affordability.

How to Make Long-Term Care More Affordable

We help you navigate the maze of choices to get the best deal.

Ask Kim

Strategies for your health savings account, by Kimberly Lankford

4 Smart Year-End Moves to Trim Your 2013 Tax Bill

These strategies will cut what you owe Uncle Sam. But you have to take action before the clock runs out.

Countdown to Retirement

When to sign up for Medicare.

Money Manners

Mobile phones are the source of a slew of 21st century faux pas.

Financial Gifts That Grow

These stocking stuffers are a smart investment for all the good little girls and boys on your shopping list.


The Best List, 2013

We choose the creme de la creme in stocks, credit cards, travel, retirement spots, cars and more.


6 things you need to know about tech warranties.

3 Simple Steps

Get free shipping on your holiday purchases.