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Sandra Block

Senior Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Block joined Kiplinger in June 2012 from USA Today, where she was a reporter and personal finance columnist for more than 15 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Akron Beacon-Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. In 1993, she was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has a BA in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va.

Latest Features

Estate Planning
October 2019

Why You Should Have an Estate Plan

Hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandra Block discuss why estate plans aren't just for the super rich with estate lawyer (and Ryan's sister) Lindsay Ermey. Also, the duo tackles the latest moves in the broker price wars, as well as the Yahoo data breach settlement.

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October 2019

18 States With Scary Death Taxes

Most people shouldn't be afraid of federal "death taxes." For 2019, only estates worth $11.4 million or more ($22.8 million or more for a married couple) are slashed by federal estate taxes, and only a ...

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Tax Planning
October 2019

What to Know About the Tax Extension Deadline on October 15 tax editor Rocky Mengle joins host Ryan Ermey to discuss what you should know about the October 15 tax extension deadline. Also, Kiplinger's car guru David Muhlbaum offers tips on preparing your ride for winter.

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October 2019

Yahoo Reaches Data Breach Settlement

More than 3 billion Yahoo account holders were affected by the data hacks, which occurred between 2012 and 2016. And a $117.5 million settlement has been proposed.

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Family Finances
October 2019

Financial Challenges Affecting the LGBTQ Community

Our podcast hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandy Block talk with financial coach Cait Howerton about the unique set of financial issues facing those in the LGBTQ community. Plus: The pair discuss why you should stop procrastinating and get your REAL ID driver's license now.

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October 2019

States Without Income Tax

Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming don’t tax earned income, period. – for any residents. For retirees, in particular, that means no state ...

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October 2019

States Where Sales Taxes Are the Highest

Before you embark on a shopping spree in any of the 10 worst states for sales taxes, make extra room in your budget. Tennessee, for example, is in a tie for the highest sales tax in the country, at 9.47%, ...

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Credit Reports & Scores
September 2019

How to Fix a Mistake on Your Credit Report

Kiplinger's resident credit guru Lisa Gerstner joins our podcast hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey to explain how to take on the credit bureaus if there's a mistake (or outright fraud) on your credit report.

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Saving for Retirement
September 2019

How to Save Big and Retire Earlier

Our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey chat with Playing With FIRE author Scott Rieckens about money-saving strategies that can help you retire sooner. The pair also discusses travel safety tips and timeshare scams.

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Leisure Spending
September 2019

Scoring Cheap Airfare With Scott Keyes

The founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights newsletter joins the show with strategies you can use to save on travel. Also, our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandra Block talk streaming options for those thinking of ditching their cable service.

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Buying & Selling a Home
September 2019

When to Refinance Your Home

Kiplinger's real estate guru Pat Mertz Esswein shares why now is a great time to refinance your mortgage. Also, our hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandra Block delve into the recent surge in gold prices, as well as talk savings bonds and negative interest rates.

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October 2019

Don’t Expect an End to Robocalls

A new pact will reduce but not eliminate incessant phone calls.

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Ask Kip
August 2019

Pushing the FDIC $250,000 Limit

If your bank or credit union balance exceeds the limit, you can still be covered by FDIC insurance with planning.

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Making Your Money Last
August 2019

Live Well Without Running Out of Money in Retirement

These money-generating tactics will help retirement savers enjoy their golden years without stressing over cash.

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Wealth Management
August 2019

Pick the Best Broker for You

Co-hosts Ryan Ermey and Sandra Block discuss Kiplinger’s annual ranking of online brokerages and take you through the ins and outs of buying a new car over Labor Day weekend.

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August 2019

Best ETFs for a Volatile Market senior investing editor Kyle Woodley talks investing strategies and recommends top ETF picks for a volatile market. Also, our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey explain why teens with summer jobs should stash some money in a Roth IRA.

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Home Insurance
August 2019

Is Your Home Covered If a Natural Disaster Strikes?

Hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey are joined by longtime Kiplinger contributor Kim Lankford to discuss how to ensure your home is protected if a natural disaster hits. The pair also explains why college-branded debit cards aren't a smart move.

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