Basics of Money

Hillbilly Elegy

Author: J.D. Vance Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 288 pages Subtitled "A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis," Vance recounts the struggles of his Appalachian family, who moved from Kentucky coal...

The Big Short

Author: Michael Lewis Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 320 pages Dive into the financial crash of 2008 and the world of bond and real estate derivatives. Michael Lewis makes matters such as subprime...

Nickel and Dimed

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich Publisher: Picador, 256 pages This is the account of a journalist who goes undercover to live among the working poor. She moves from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, chronicling...

Join the Race to $1-Trillion Stocks

It may be a matter of months, or more likely a few years, but sometime soon a U.S. company will breach the trillion-dollar mark. That's $1 trillion in market capitalization--the share price multiplied by all the...

New Ways to Prove Your I.D.

The days of PINs and passwords are numbered as more companies embrace futuristic identification software designed to combine practicality with protection.See Also: 10 Things That Will Soon Disappear...

Miles or Cash Back: Which Is the Better...

Ever wonder whether an air-miles rewards card or a cash-back card offers the better deal? Now, card-comparison site MileCards.com has crunched some numbers that can help you decide. MileCards tallied redemption...

Don't Let Hackers Kidnap Your Data

Kiplinger's interviewed Alan Brill, an expert on cybersecurity at Kroll, a corporate consulting firm. Read excerpts from our interview below.See Also: Guide to Protecting Yourself from 5 Types of Identity...

FAQs About Health Savings Accounts

As employers search for ways to lower their health care costs, they're encouraging employees to sign up for a high-deductible health insurance policy paired with a health savings account. An HSA gives you a...

Master the Money Market

The money market is a collective name that describes all the different ways in which governments, banks, corporations and securities dealers borrow and lend money for short periods.QUIZ: Kiplinger's Personal...

7 Clues for Investors to Look for Within...

Way back when, if you owned stock in a company, you'd often find a glossy annual report in your mailbox. Nowadays, all you may receive is a letter telling you where to download the report on the company's Web...

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