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  • Investing: behind a bond giant's stumble

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Bill Gross may be the best bond fund manager on the planet -- just not in 2013. For Gross and his comrades at Pimco funds, it was a year to forget. More than half of the firm's 88 funds ranked in the bottom half of their peer...
  • Ask Kim: What records should I save?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I just filed my taxes and am wondering what records I need to hold on to and what I can throw away? Keep your actual tax returns forever. They can help when you, say, apply for a mortgage or disability insurance or need...
  • Retirement: Keep a balanced retirement portfolio

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Whether you're 25 or 70, your retirement stash should include a diversified mix of stocks and a fixed-income component of bonds and cash. Stocks provide the growth to bolster your savings and combat inflation; the fixed-...
  • Spending: fast fixes to spending snafus

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Act quickly to undo the financial damage. You have to change the date of your skiing trip, but you already bought the plane tickets. The best-case scenario is that you learn about the change in plans within 24 hours of...
  • Family finances: when to hire a tax professional

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Tax software does a good job of breaking down tax preparation into manageable bites. But sometimes you need to call in a pro. If your tax situation is complicated, you could miss out on tax breaks that could save you hundreds...
  • Balancing portfolio requires discipline, counterintuitive thinking

    Risk management and a safe glide to retirement sometimes require fighting your instincts. Yes, I said fighting them. That's what it takes to keep your portfolio diversified. Now that tax season is behind us, it's a good time to look at what you have in...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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: where to stash extra retirement cash

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Say you're saving the maximum in your retirement accounts. For most employees, that means you can stash up to $17,500 in 2014 in your 401(k), 403(b), federal Thrift Savings Plan or 457 plan. You can also contribute up to $5,...
  • Ask Kim: Now that we're legally married, should we amend our tax returns?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Is it worth the hassle for legally married same-sex couples to amend old tax returns to claim the "married filing jointly" status? If you were legally married anywhere that sanctioned such unions in 2010, 2011 or 2012, you...