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Lisa Gerstner

Contributing Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Lisa joined Kiplinger's Personal Finance in July 2007, shortly after her stint with Kiplinger as an American Society of Magazine Editors intern in the summer of 2006. She covers credit and banking, along with occasional stories on mobile technology and other money-related topics. She graduated from Ball State University with a degree in magazine journalism and history.

Latest Features

Saving Money
March 2020

Strategies for CD Savers After the Coronavirus Interest Rate Cuts

As yields on certificates of deposit drop, you need to be smarter when it comes to saving with CDs.

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Banking
March 2020

Finding the Best Savings Account After the Coronavirus Interest Rate Cuts

Savers searching for top yields should check out our list of the top online banks.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

7 Habits of People With Excellent Credit Scores

Want to improve your credit score? Take a page from the best. People with excellent scores know that following a few basic rules is the key to success. Adopting their habits could boost your score into ...

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Making Your Money Last
March 2020

Money Management Advice for Expat Retirees

You need to take extra steps to handle everything from banking to health care.

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Banking
March 2020

A Safer Way to Share Your Data

Financial institutions are turning to application programming interfaces to securely share info with budgeting apps and tax software programs.

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Millennial Money
March 2020

Can You Count on Social Security?

I think benefits will be available in some form, but I’m not relying on them for the bulk of my income.

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Banking
March 2020

Great Accounts for an Emergency Fund

Several will help you grow your money and are less stressful than a loan when you need fast cash.

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Credit Reports & Scores
March 2020

Changes Are Coming to Your Credit Score

FICO’s newest model takes a long-term look at how you’ve managed credit.

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QUIZ
February 2017

The Couples and Money Quiz

Money is a common cause of conflict in relationships and, sadly, the reason that many couples split up. Among divorcees, 21% say that money was the reason for the split—and the higher the...

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Family Finances
February 2020

Alexa, Protect My Privacy

Take steps to keep speakers, security cameras and other smart devices safe from hackers who want to steal your data—or worse.

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Technology
January 2020

Protect Your Smartphone With Your Credit Card

Before shelling out extra cash on insurance for your mobile device, check to see if your credit card's benefits include coverage.

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Social Security
January 2020

Social Security Tips and Tricks for All: Divorcees, Widows, Older Workers, Teachers, More

Selecting the right strategy for when to claim Social Security will pay off for years to come. But there’s a lot more to maximizing your benefits.

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Credit Cards
December 2019

Does Your Credit Card Measure Up?

Knowing your card’s mechanics can help you avoid high rates and fees.

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SLIDE SHOW
December 2019

How to Beat Paying Pesky Fees

No matter how much you try to swat them away, pesky fees keep nibbling at your travel bookings, wireless plans, bank accounts, investments and pretty much every other part of your financial life. Although ...

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QUIZ
December 2016

Who Should You Tip for the Holidays?

The beginning of the holiday season is prime time to tip the people who make your life easier throughout the year. But be sure not to bust your budget by giving too much or tipping unnecessarily. <...

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Family Finances
November 2019

How Much Allowance Should My Kid Get?

A weekly allowance can be an important tool to help teach your son or daughter about how to manage money.

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Family Finances
November 2019

Consumers Will Keep Access to Complaint Database

An online collection of consumer beefs about financial services will remain publicly accessible.

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