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  • Ask Kim: Can my wife collect social security?

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance My wife is a retired California teacher receiving a State Teachers' Retirement System (STRS) pension. She has not paid into Social Security. I am eligible to collect Social Security. Can she collect Social Security spousal...
  • 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...
  • 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-...
  • Investing: stocks to love

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance One of the cardinal rules of investing is never fall in love with a stock. But for all you incurable romantics, we've found four companies that may be candidates for a long-term relationship. -- L Brands (symbol LB; recent...
  • Family finances: Help! I have a huge tax bill

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance An unexpected bill can throw you into a tizzy at tax time. And if the amount is significant, you could owe underpayment penalties, too. Assuming you're an employee, you can avoid this unhappy fate next year by increasing...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Money-smart kids: Putting Santa on a budget

    Kiplinger's Personal Finance I've always thought that wish lists are an effective holiday budgeting tool for the whole family. They help stressed-out parents stay organized and on task; they help kids learn to set priorities; and they help everyone...
  • 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...
  • 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...