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The Upside of Down Stock Markets

Tax season reminds me just how much I love a good stock market crash. When my accountant recently informed me that I wouldn't have to pay taxes on nearly $50,000 in profits I netted last year from the sale of...

Kip 25 Update: Vanguard Dividend Growth

Benchmarks don't mean much to Don Kilbride, manager of Vanguard Dividend Growth (symbol VDIGX). "My performance against any benchmark is interesting, but at the end of the day it doesn't inform how I manage the...

Kip 25: Our Favorite Mutual Funds, 2014

No baseball team, not even the winner of the World Series, rests on its laurels. So it is with the Kiplinger 25, the list of our favorite no-load mutual funds. Most of our picks outpaced their respective...

Invest in a Roth 401(k) If You Can

If your employer now offers a Roth option in your 401(k), it's a great idea to invest in it, or at least consider investing a portion of your 401(k) contribution in the Roth. Contributions to a Roth 401(k) won't...

5 Reasons Bull Markets End

History never repeats but often rhymes. So when it comes to the demise of bull markets, we can, to borrow the immortal line of Captain Renault in Casablanca, round up the usual suspects. Often, the factors below...

Four Great Actively Managed Vanguard Funds

Dan Wiener has edited a newsletter about Vanguard's mutual funds for 23 years. But here's a surprise: He doesn't think much of index funds. Instead, he invests almost exclusively in Vanguard's actively managed...

Cambiar International Equity

Symbol: CAMIX Expense Ratio: 1.23% 800-222-8222Cambiar International Equity is an international stock fund and a member of the Kiplinger 25, our favorite no-load mutual funds This fund's six managers like...

Fidelity New Millennium

Symbol: FMILX Expense Ratio: 0.87% 800-343-3548Artisan Value is a large-company stock fund and a member of the Kiplinger 25, the annual list of our favorite no-load funds. This fund has flexibility (it can...

Davenport Equity Opportunities

Symbol: DEOPX Expense Ratio: 1.01% 800-281-3217Davenport Equity Opportunities is a small- and midsize company stock fund and a member of the Kiplinger 25, the annual list of our favorite no-load funds. Chris...

Fidelity Total Bond

Symbol: FTBFX Expense ratio: 0.45% 800-343-3548Fidelity Total Bond is a bond fund and a member of the Kiplinger 25. A so-called core-plus fund, it holds mostly investment-grade debt, but it can invest up to 20%...

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