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Kiplinger's Personal Finance
As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.
Members of the military have a lot of special financial challenges that most people don’t encounter. However, they have access to many special benefits, tax breaks and legal protections that can make ...
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Filing a claim can be an ordeal, but these preventive measures will streamline the process.
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Three of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history were hurricanes that struck in 2017: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma. With the 2019 hurricane season well underway, the southeastern ...
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Unexpected charges are on the rise as insurers shrink their provider networks.
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Under the proposed legislation, you would have more time to take IRA distributions.
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Adding a teen driver to your plan will raise premiums, but there are things you can do to help reduce them.
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You don’t have to be college-age to use the money tax-free, but there are stipulations.
When your brokerage firm miscalculates your required minimum distributions, you have recourse.
Don't dismiss a minor error. It could be the sign of something more serious.
An umbrella insurance policy can protect your assets and future earnings from expensive lawsuits. This type of policy increases the liability limits beyond the coverage offered by your auto and homeowners ...
Hold onto your tax documents at least until the time limit for an audit runs out—and keep some records even longer.
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Investing in travel insurance can help recover some costs when your vacation gets ruined by a natural disaster, medical emergency or other catastrophe.
If you leave your job while you have an outstanding 401(k) loan, Uncle Sam now gives you extra time to repay it -- thanks to the new tax law.
Before your child turns 18, you should check with your broker about the account's age of majority and termination.
Some retirement accounts will accept contributions for 2018 up until the April tax deadline.
Even if your Medicare premiums are automatically deducted from your Social Security check, you can take tax-free withdrawals from a health savings account to reimburse yourself for them.
If you didn't take out the correct required minimum distribution because your brokerage firm made a mistake, the IRS may show some leniency.