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Mary Kane

Associate Editor
Kiplinger's Retirement Report

Mary Kane is a financial writer and editor who has specialized in covering fringe financial services, such as payday loans and prepaid debit cards. She has written or edited for Reuters, the Washington Post, BillMoyers.com, MSNBC, Scripps Media Center, and more. She also was an Alicia Patterson Fellow, focusing on consumer finance and financial literacy, and a national correspondent for Newhouse Newspapers in Washington, DC. She covered the subprime mortgage crisis for the pathbreaking online site The Washington Independent, and later served as its editor. She is a two-time winner of the Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards sponsored by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She also is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches a course on journalism and publishing in the digital age. She came to Kiplinger in March 2017.

Latest Features

Saving for Retirement
February 2019

Timeline: Kiplinger's Retirement Report Turns 25

From the Retirement Protection Act to tax reform, much has changed for retirees over the past quarter-century.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2019

6 Ways Retirement Has Changed Over the Past 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, Kiplinger's Retirement Report launched to help readers enjoy a richer retirement. Our first issue, published in February 1994, offered guidance on timely issues of the day, such ...

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Saving for Retirement
January 2019

Consolidate Your Retirement Accounts Carefully

Merging your 401(k)s and IRAs can minimize taxes, avoid penalties and simplify RMDs. Just be sure to follow the rules.

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Making Your Money Last
December 2018

Secrets of Happiness from the Oldest of the Old

A journalist spent a year following six people 85 and older. He found life lessons for all ages.

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Making Your Money Last
December 2018

The Cheapskate's Guide to Retirement

Thrifty retirees are learning how to cut corners while still living comfortably.

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Caregiving
December 2018

Educate Yourself on Being a Caregiver

The road is rough, but these caregiving resources can help smooth your journey.

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Estate Planning
November 2018

Choose Agents for Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy Carefully

To avoid family squabbles later, think hard now before giving a loved one decision power over your finances and your health.

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Medicare
November 2018

Paying Cash Can Help Exit Medicare Drug Doughnut Hole

Counting your out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions under Medicare can get you out of the coverage gap faster.

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Caregiving
October 2018

A Move Manager Helps You Downsize in Retirement

Leave it to the pros to help guide you in deciding what's going with you and what to dispose.

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Annuities
October 2018

Gift Annuity Offers Tax Break and Retirement Income

You get a charitable deduction in the year you make the donation, along with income for life from the charity.

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Medicare
October 2018

New Laws Lift 'Gag Clauses' on Pharmacists

The changes ban rules in pharmacy contracts with insurers that prevented pharmacists from suggesting ways to save money on prescriptions.

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Tax Planning
September 2018

Smart Strategies for Giving to Charity

Some taxpayers will need to find workarounds in order to write off charitable donations under the new tax law. Here are three.

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Saving for Retirement
September 2018

New Retirement Plan Option May Be on Horizon

Multiple employer plans would allow unaffiliated small businesses to join together to offer 401(k)s.

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Tax Planning
September 2018

Time Capital Gains to Trim Tax Tab

The new tax law altered how capital gains and qualified dividends are taxed. It pays for investors to understand the rules.

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Health Care & Insurance
August 2018

Retirees, Find Help to Cover Expensive Drug Costs

Out-of-pocket expenses for prescriptions can do serious damage to your retirement income. But there are options.

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Travel
August 2018

Hire Help to Assist Older Travelers

These firms ensure that older parents or loved ones navigate the airport, are comfortable on a flight and arrive safely at their destination.

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Family Finances
August 2018

Dividing Your Assets in a Gray Divorce

The closer you are to retirement, the more crucial it is to get it right.

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