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  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Family finances: "My property taxes are too high"

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance If your property tax bill has increased substantially, you may have grounds for an appeal. First, look for errors that may be inflating the value of your house. You'll find a list of factors used to come up with your...
  • Spending: 5 things you need to know about streaming audio

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance You have more ways than ever to program your own music. 1. WYOU is on the air. Never mind paying a buck to purchase, download and store individual songs. You can now create your own radio station. The streaming field is...
  • Investing: what we learned from the bear/bull market

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Looking back five years since the stock market bottomed out, you could glean a lesson or two from the stock market's plunge and subsequent recovery. Diversification works. By March 2009, few investments had come through the...