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  • Money-smart kids: kids, parents and money

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Because April is National Financial Literacy Month, a lot of groups use this time of year to study how much children know (and don't know) about money. Here are some of this year's highlights, with my comments. Parents are...
  • Spending: used cars that promise peace of mind

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance If you're in the market for a used car, manufacturers' certified pre-owned programs offer more assurance that the car you buy will give you good service. Only late-model vehicles with low mileage qualify, and they're put...
  • Ask Kim: Look out for loopholes in free preventive health care

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance My wife had a colonoscopy, which we thought was a preventive-care procedure that was not subject to her health insurance deductible or co-payments. But we just got a bill for $700. Any idea why? You're right that most health...
  • Investing: chow down on restaurant stocks

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Americans' appetite for eating out has given investors a craving for restaurant stocks. But the restaurant business is intensely competitive. Companies rise and fall, as the recent bankruptcy filings of two debt-laden chains,...
  • Money maxims: What dads can tell grads

    "Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend." —Polonius giving fatherly advice to his son Laertes in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" It's "dads and grads" season, which, besides being retailers' rhyming...
  • Spending: what you need to know about going solar

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance 1. A bright idea gets cheaper. Since 2007, the cost to buy a solar power system has fallen by about 50 percent, to an average upfront cost of $4,590 per kilowatt, says the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). (A...
  • Spending: Get a sweet deal on a used car

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Used-car deals are getting better. Desirable trade-ins and vehicles at the end of their lease are streaming onto the used market, and that means more choices at lower prices. New-car leasing and finance deals create...
  • Family finances: homeowners insurance and summer-storm damage

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance When summer storms damage your home, will your homeowners policy cover the cost of repairs and clean-up? If it's water-related damage, the answer depends on whether the water came from above or below. In general, if the...
  • Investing: when to sell a fund

    Knowing when to unload a fund is tricky. In fact, choosing a fund to buy is probably an easier process. But just as you should have a checklist for buying, a checklist for selling can help, too. Here are five factors to consider. A key manager leaves. If...
  • Fund managers stockpile cash as defense against pricey stocks

     Fund managers stockpile cash as defense against pricey stocks
    Some of the most admired managers in the mutual fund business are ducking away from stocks. It's an unusual move that reflects some squeamishness about soaring stock prices. They are storing as much as a third of their clients' money in cash. In effect,...
  • 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 --...