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Kathy Kristof

Contributing Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Kristof, editor of SideHusl.com, is an award-winning financial journalist, who writes regularly for Kiplinger's Personal Finance and CBS MoneyWatch. She's the author of Investing 101, Taming the Tuition Tiger and Kathy Kristof's Complete Book of Dollars and Sense. But perhaps her biggest claim to fame is that she was once a Jeopardy question: Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991? Answer: Sylvia Porter.

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Small Business
June 2019

Choose from This Slew of Great Side Hustles to Earn Extra Cash

Renting out your house is only one way to make money. This expert recommends some of the top gigs.

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Practical Investing
March 2019

The Practical Investor Packs It In

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, says goodbye to her readers.

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Practical Investing
January 2019

What I Learned When Stocks Tanked

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, invests in a “smart” index fund that hasn’t proven all that bright through the recent dark days of the market.

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Practical Investing
January 2019

Why I Still Love Apple

The tech giant’s share prices have gotten pummeled lately, but its business still has staying power.

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Practical Investing
November 2018

The Upside of a Market Downturn

When share prices stumble, you can take advantage of buying opportunities.

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Practical Investing
November 2018

I Dump a Loser to Raise Some Cash

Currency risk hurt one of columnist Kathy Kristof’s holdings — giving her one good opportunity to offset capital gains.

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Practical Investing
August 2018

My Plan B (C, D and E) to Raise Cash

I have several contingency plans for a down market, none of which require tons of sacrifice. So I’ve opted to hold less cash.

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QUIZ
May 2011

Are You Guilty of Insider Trading?

If you’re an active investor who occasionally buys or sells a stock based on tips, you might be understandably nervous about the recent indictment of U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins for alleged ins...

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Practical Investing
August 2018

Making the Most of a Buyout Offer

I can exchange my AV Homes stock for Taylor Morrison Home shares, receive 60% in cash and 40% in stock, or take the payment in cash.

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Practical Investing
July 2018

My Dare-to-Be-Dull Investing Strategy Pays Off

My stocks are doing so well it’s hard to find a laggard to sell to raise cash for new purchases.

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Practical Investing
June 2018

Here's How I Size Up a Stock

Our Practical Investing columnist, Kathy Kristof, explains her formula for buying stocks -- the same strategy as Peter Lynch and other touted value investors.

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Practical Investing
May 2018

I'm Taking a Flier on Boeing Shares

Even if trade talks with China head south, I think Boeing can prevail.

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Practical Investing
April 2018

Why I Paid a Premium for Costco

It isn’t just the shopping experience that has sold me on the stock. I also love how Costco runs its business.

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Practical Investing
March 2018

What I Bought When Stocks Tanked

Our "Practical Investing" columnist happily seized the moment to buy two stocks that had been on her wish list for a long time: Costco and Boeing.

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Practical Investing
February 2018

How My Portfolio Performed in 2017

The market ran so fast that the relatively conservative portfolio of Kiplinger's Practical Investor simply couldn't keep up.

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Practical Investing
January 2018

For Value, GM Beats Tesla by a Mile

Tesla gets all the attention, but with actual profits, GM can afford to finance innovation.

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Practical Investing
December 2017

How I can Afford Semi-Retirement at Age 56

When you've got a novel to write, but still have bills to pay, well-timed stock sales can help keep the balance.

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