Practical Investing

Follow columnist Kathy Kristof as she shares lessons from her real-life investment portfolio.

November 1, 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.

See More On: Tax Planning | ETFs | Foreign Stocks & Emerging Markets

August 30, 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.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Mutual Funds

August 2, 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.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds

July 5, 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.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds

June 7, 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.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Financial Planning

May 10, 2018

I'm Taking a Flier on Boeing Shares

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

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Tech Stocks

April 4, 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.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds

March 8, 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.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Tech Stocks

February 1, 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.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Index Funds

January 8, 2018

For Value, GM Beats Tesla by a Mile

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

See More On: Stocks & Bonds

December 6, 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.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Saving for Retirement

November 2, 2017

Why I Think Apple's Stock Is a Bargain

Though Apple is already largest holding in my portfolio, I'm sorely tempted to buy more.

See More On: Tech Stocks | Stocks & Bonds

September 22, 2017

Investors, Don't Let Current Events Spook You

It may seem like you’re facing the storm of the century every time you turn on the news, but the markets have survived far worse.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Economic Forecasts

August 1, 2017

I Add Two Bargains to My Portfolio

One pick, Lazard, is a global investment banking firm. Its reasonable share price provides a margin of safety.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Saving for Retirement

May 1, 2017

Is Intel's Buying Binge a Good Thing?

Intel’s purchase of Mobileye is its second mega-deal in the past two years, but Intel doesn’t have a stellar history when it comes to big acquisitions.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Tech Stocks

April 6, 2017

Can This Fallen Biotech Be Revived?

I've been sorely tempted to sell my Gilead shares. But now that they're cheaper, maybe I should buy more.

See More On: Stocks & Bonds | Tech Stocks

January 3, 2017

This Stumbling Biotech Stock Still Has a Lot of Promise

Gilead Sciences' robust product pipeline should turn things around.

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