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Playing a Soft Housing Market

Stocks of companies that build houses have been languishing. Over the past year, SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (symbol XHB), an exchange-traded fund, gained 2.3%, while Standard & Poor's 500-stock index returned 20...

7 Smart Investing Tips From Kiplinger Readers

I learned about investing by interviewing hundreds of smart people over the years, from market strategists and analysts to fund managers and financial planners. But until I asked for some advice in my June...

10 Great Dividend Stocks to Own in Retirement

Age and circumstance matter when it comes to building an ideal portfolio. Whereas youngsters have both the time and the wages to make up for losses in the stock market, retirees need income and stability more...

Should You Buy Into the Alibaba IPO?

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is one of the world's most famous folk tales. Appropriately, its namesake e-commerce company has quite a story to tell to investors considering its initial public offering.Alibaba...

More Power to Utility Stocks

At a home down the street from mine in a leafy Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., work crews just installed a set of solar panels. I don't know the homeowners, who arrived last winter and obviously plan to do...

9 Top Free Sites for Income Investors

Three years ago, Kiplinger's turned to longtime investment writer and in-house income guru Jeff Kosnett to a launch a newsletter designed to steer income-starved readers to the best investments for dependable,...

A Top Fidelity Manager's Other Fund

The search for a good mutual fund typically begins with finding a great manager. Take John Roth. Faithful Kiplinger readers may recognize him as the manager of Fidelity New Millennium (symbol FMILX), a member of...

Why You Should Avoid Most Bond Index Funds

There's a lot to like about index funds. Over the long term, stock index funds have beaten about two-thirds of actively managed funds -- largely because index funds generally charge much less. But bond index...

When Inertia Pays Off

I don't have to tell you, especially if you're reading this poolside with a cool drink nearby, that summer is a great time for doing nothing. Turns out Americans--humans, really--are pretty good at that. So...

20 ETF Picks to Fill the Gaps in Your Portfolio

Two decades after the first exchange-traded fund debuted in the U.S., the field is crowded with some 1,500 ETFs holding $1.8 trillion. You don't need most of them. For example, WisdomTree Japan Interest Rate...

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Basics of Money

6 Reasons You Hate Your Cable Company

There's a very good chance that you and your cable company aren't on good terms. According to a recent...

Dodging Airline Fees the Hard Way

Fees for everything from checked baggage to a few extra inches of legroom account for a generous...

New Rules for (Some) Flexible Spending Accounts

I heard that employers can now let people roll over $500 in their medical flexible spending accounts...

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