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  • Ask Kim: How can a high earner contribute to a Roth IRA?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I earn too much to contribute to a Roth IRA. Can I contribute to a traditional IRA and immediately convert it to a Roth? Do I have to pay taxes on the conversion? Your plan is a perfectly legal backdoor entry to a Roth IRA....
  • Spending: best cars for families

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance When we compile our list of family-friendly vehicles, safety is our first concern. Our picks must get high scores in our annual rankings for overall value, performance and safety, plus they must earn a Top Safety Pick from...
  • Another rotten retirement scheme from a Wall Street front group

    Another rotten retirement scheme from a Wall Street front group
    Two founders of Third Way, a Washington think tank that carries water for Wall Street by pretending to be a "centrist" organization, have come out with a new proposal for a mass retirement program that, yes, will line Wall Street's pockets while promising...
  • Repay loans or invest in the market? What to do with a tax refund

    Dear Liz: I got a big tax refund this year and am trying to figure out what to do with the money. Right now I have school loans with a 4% interest rate that I do not need to make a payment on until 2024 with my current payment plan, but the amount I owe...
  • Facing the real world in Brentwood — on a budget

    Facing the real world in Brentwood — on a budget
    In our last dispatch, our younger daughter was moving to an apartment in Brentwood, of all places, that verdant playground of Land Rovers and balding studio execs. "I signed a lease, Daddy," she said. The Louisiana Purchase never generated this...
  • L.A. Times Ethics Guidelines

    L.A. Times Ethics Guidelines
    The goal of the Los Angeles Times is to publish a newspaper of the highest quality. This requires The Times to be, above all else, a principled newspaper. Making it so is the responsibility of every staff member. In deed and in appearance, journalists...
  • Investing: energy stocks that pay 4 percent and up

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Because the U.S. energy market is rapidly expanding, thanks in large part to the shale boom, the master limited partnership market offers plenty of choices. True, some old-time darlings are running aground because their pipes...
  • How to grow your retirement nest egg

    As private-sector companies that offer traditional pensions grow scarce, individuals are left to navigate retirement savings largely on their own, often turning to employer-sponsored 401(k) programs to help create a nest egg. Those who don't can turn...
  • Ask Kim: Can I contribute to a Roth IRA?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I am trying to estimate my modified adjusted gross income for 2013 to find out whether I can contribute to a Roth IRA for 2013. I haven't filed my taxes yet, so I'm not sure what my AGI is. How do I calculate whether I...
  • Retirement: You can save a bundle on your taxes

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Taxes can take a big bite out of your retirement savings, especially if you've piled up a lot of money in tax-deferred accounts. But retirees enjoy some tax breaks, too. Tax-free capital gains. Taxpayers in the 10 percent...
  • Ask Kim: Get help from Uncle Sam to pay college costs

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance My son is a junior in college, and I pay his tuition. Can I take the American Opportunity Credit when I file my 2013 taxes? Yes, as long as you meet the income requirements and your son was enrolled at least half-time for...