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  • Buying an index fund? Is a mutual fund or ETF best for you

    People interested in investing in index stock funds have two ways to do it: mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs). For some investors, mutual funds will be more advantageous; for others, ETF will be. I'll discuss the similarities and differences...
  • Spending: avoid showroom showdowns

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance If you hate confrontation when buying a new car, you're a prime candidate for a car-buying service. Two of the biggest names in car research, Edmunds.com and TrueCar, offer free buying services. Note, though, that their...
  • Retirement: My employer now offers a Roth 401(k). Should I invest in it?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance In a word, yes. Or at least consider investing a portion of your 401(k) contribution in the Roth. Contributions to a Roth 401(k) won't reduce your tax bill now. But as with Roth IRAs, withdrawals from Roth 401(k)s are tax --...
  • Retirement: Social Security smarts

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I turned 62 a few months ago -- which means I could claim Social Security. That doesn't mean I plan to sign up for benefits. If I were to take Social Security at 62, I'd have to accept a 25-percent reduction in the amount I'd...
  • Ask Kim: When can I file my 2013 return?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I read that the IRS was delaying the start of the tax-filing season because of the government shutdown in October. I'd like to get my refund as soon as possible. When can I file my return? The IRS will start processing tax...
  • Retirement: Should you save for retirement with a MyRA?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance The recently introduced MyRA retirement-savings plan is aimed at people who haven't started saving for retirement. The Treasury Department will begin a pilot program in late 2014 with a few employers and hopes to expand it to...
  • Spending: Taxis get a run for their money

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Ride-sharing services pair smart-phone users in need of rides with drivers willing to provide them. Services such as UberX, Lyft and Sidecar say they'll get you from point A to point B more cheaply than a cab, as long as...
  • Family finances: how to combat data theft

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Highly publicized security breaches at large retailers have left consumers looking for guidance on how to guard their financial information. We have answers to your questions about what to do in the event of a data breach....
  • Spending: fuel-efficient new cars

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance The government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require carmakers to increase fuel economy about 4 percent each year from 2012 to 2016, eventually bringing the average for all vehicles sold in the U.S. to 35....
  • Tax refunds: cheap thrills or savvy savings?

    Tax season is chugging right along. The IRS says it's processed 48.3 million tax returns and paid out more than 40 million refunds at an average of $3,116, an increase over last year of 4.2 percent. Which means just one thing: there are A LOT of happy...
  • Spending: Make a great deal on a new car

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Good news for new-car buyers: Dealers are in the mood to haggle. You'll find the best deals among midsize sedans, followed closely by compact crossovers. As gas prices continue to retreat and buyers move to larger vehicles,...