Basics of Money

Join the Race to $1-Trillion Stocks

It may be a matter of months, or more likely a few years, but sometime soon a U.S. company will breach the trillion-dollar mark. That's $1 trillion in market capitalization--the share price multiplied by all the...

New Ways to Prove Your I.D.

The days of PINs and passwords are numbered as more companies embrace futuristic identification software designed to combine practicality with protection.See Also: 10 Things That Will Soon Disappear...

Miles or Cash Back: Which Is the Better...

Ever wonder whether an air-miles rewards card or a cash-back card offers the better deal? Now, card-comparison site MileCards.com has crunched some numbers that can help you decide. MileCards tallied redemption...

Don't Let Hackers Kidnap Your Data

Kiplinger's interviewed Alan Brill, an expert on cybersecurity at Kroll, a corporate consulting firm. Read excerpts from our interview below.See Also: Guide to Protecting Yourself from 5 Types of Identity...

FAQs About Health Savings Accounts

As employers search for ways to lower their health care costs, they're encouraging employees to sign up for a high-deductible health insurance policy paired with a health savings account. An HSA gives you a...

7 Clues for Investors to Look for Within...

Way back when, if you owned stock in a company, you'd often find a glossy annual report in your mailbox. Nowadays, all you may receive is a letter telling you where to download the report on the company's Web...

Master the Money Market

The money market is a collective name that describes all the different ways in which governments, banks, corporations and securities dealers borrow and lend money for short periods.QUIZ: Kiplinger's Personal...

Make a Plan for Your Retirement Savings

How do you come up with the right amount to divert to your 401(k) plan?Financial planners have traditionally estimated that retirees need 80% or more of preretirement income to maintain their standard of living,...

What to Ask Before Buying an Annuity

Heard the stories about people who are sold an annuity but later aren't sure what they've invested in? SEE ALSO: Special Report on Understanding Annuities Michael Furois, a financial planner in Chesterton, Ind.,...

Tapping Your IRA in Retirement

Deductible IRAs With a traditional IRA, once you reach age 59½, the threat of the 10% penalty disappears. You can withdraw as much from your regular IRAs as you want, penalty-free. Cash coming out of the...

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