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Personal Finance

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  • Spending: It's a tablet! It's a laptop!

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance These three hybrid devices are light like a tablet but allow you hassle-free access to traditional Windows programs. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 ($900 for 64 gigabytes of storage; $120 to $130 for an optional keyboard). The...
  • Family finances: how higher interest rates will affect you

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Rising rates have been the talk of Wall Street -- and Main Street -- for months. The yield on 10-year Treasuries has climbed more than one-half percentage point over the past 12 months, to 2.7 percent. But not all rates...
  • 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...
  • Family finances: Protect your identity

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Identity theft has moved well beyond compromised credit cards. Financial consultant Javelin Strategy & Research found that fraudsters are piggybacking on victims' utilities accounts, running up unauthorized charges on mobile-...
  • Family finances: smarter ways to give

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance A lot of people scramble to make charitable contributions before the end of each year to get a tax break. But last-minute gifts may not be the best way to make the most impact. You could work with the charity to designate a...
  • 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: the benefits of staying on the job

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Working a few years past full retirement age can make the difference between living in relative comfort during retirement and scrimping to pay the bills. Some employers are eager to hang on to employees with senior-level...
  • Spending: texting Dick Tracy

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Chester Gould, the inventor of Dick Tracy's iconic two-way wrist radio, could not have imagined the real thing. Teamed with your smart phone, a smart watch can display real-time fitness data; show phone, text and social-media...
  • Investing: best bets in European stocks

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Five years after the financial crisis swept across the world, the recovery in Europe, though modest, is real. We think these European stocks should benefit from the blossoming recovery. Symbols and share prices are for...
  • Is life insurance a good way to invest?

    When the stock market does well, it becomes easier for life insurance companies to sell "permanent life" products that grow in value in step with general increases in the stock market. Unlike term life policies, which only pay when the insured person dies...
  • Los Angeles Times Ethics Guidelines

    June 2014 INTRODUCTION The goal of the Los Angeles Times is to publish news and information of the highest quality. This requires The Times, across its entire portfolio of editorial products, to be, above all else, a principled news organization....