Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

December 2017

December issue of KPFM

Cover Story

The Best List, 2017

Our annual potpourri of stocks, bonds and funds, rewards credit cards, and deals on phone plans, cars and tech.


Table of Contents


From the Editor

This was a time for Kiplinger to step up and offer the best financial advice we could, by Mark Solheim

Make the Most of Your Donor Dollars

After a series of disasters, demand is intense. Here's how to give wisely.

Know the Risks of Investing in Cryptocurrencies

Some investors have made a lot of money, but losses can be painfully real.

Watch Out for Flood-Damaged Cars

A used vehicle with a superlow price may have been submerged in the recent hurricanes.

Love to Read? This App Is for You

The Libby app gives readers free, on-the-go access to a trove of titles from multiple libraries.

Retailers Get Creative to Compete With Amazon

Competition from online merchants forces stores to cut prices and expand offerings.

Money & Ethics

Should ethics determine who you do business with?, by Knight Kiplinger

Colleges Slash Sticker Prices

But lower published prices may not actually save you money.

Opening Shot

A dozen ways to cash in on China, by James K. Glassman

Success Story

This retired Navy pilot teaches her civilian clients how to take command.


Readers share the best financial advice they've ever received.

Rethinking Retirement

Health coverage is no slam dunk in retirement, by Janet Bodnar


Rebuilding Your Home, Finances After Disaster

Mopping up—and drying out—after the hurricanes was only the first challenge. Now the victims have to struggle through recovery.

The Equifax Data Breach: What You Should Do

A gatekeeper of your credit data let down its guard. Odds are your information is at risk for ID fraud.

Money Manners

How to tip, handle gaffes and work the office party at the holidays.

Trim Your 2017 Tax Bill

Some of these year-end moves will be even more compelling if lower rates arrive in 2018.

Ask Kim

Charitable giving is a family affair, by Kimberly Lankford

Are Your Bank Accounts at Risk?

You can get a free ChexSystem report every year to check.


The Right Price for Investing Advice

We help you navigate the bewildering world of financial advisers.

Practical Investing

Why I think Apple is a bargain, by Kathy Kristof

The Kiplinger Dividend 15

Stock picks for every kind of income investor.

The Kiplinger ETF 20 Update

This health care ETF wins with more exposure to smaller firms.

The Kiplinger 25 Update

Emerging markets find their mojo.

Scout Mid Cap Fund Hits the Market Sweet Spot

The fund's managers aren't afraid to make big sector bets.


The Best List, 2017

Our annual potpourri of stocks, bonds and funds, rewards credit cards, and deals on phone plans, cars and tech.

How a Patient Advocate Helps You Navigate the Medical System

This professional can sort through your care options or sort out medical or insurance snafus.


6 ways to get holiday deals.