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Ryan Ermey

Associate Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Ryan joined Kiplinger in the fall of 2013. He writes and fact-checks stories that appear in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine and on He previously interned for the CBS Evening News investigative team and worked as a copy editor and features columnist at the GW Hatchet. He holds a BA in English and creative writing from George Washington University.

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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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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 Online Brokers, 2019

As investor needs and preferences change, brokerages must adapt. Brokerages’ mobile apps have grown more sophisticated as more clients have demonstrated that they like to do business on the go. And as ...

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Stocks & Bonds
August 2019

How to Pick the Online Broker That’s Best for You

No broker can hit the bull’s-eye for every type of client. Use our results to find the best one for you

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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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Credit Reports & Scores
August 2019

Equifax Settlement: Should You Take the Money?

Contributing editor Lisa Gerstner discusses the Equifax data-breach settlement and the recent Capital One breach. Also, hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey offer up strategies for hosting and shopping yard sales.

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Paying for College
July 2019

The Best College Values

Associate editor Kaitlin Pitsker joins the show to discuss Kiplinger’s annual college value rankings. Plus, Sandy and Ryan discuss tax holidays and other back-to-school shopping deals.

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Social Security
July 2019

When to Start Taking Your Social Security Benefits

Kiplinger senior editor Eileen Ambrose discusses when is the best time to take Social Security to help maximize your benefits. Also, our hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey delve into cost-friendly ways to keep cool during a summer heat wave.

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July 2019

Credit vs. Debit Smackdown! general manager Robert Long joins the podcast to debate the merits of credit and debit cards. Plus, hosts Sandy Block and Ryan Ermey break down strategies for paying off student loans.

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July 2019

Boost Your Returns with Dividend Stocks

Kiplinger’s senior associate editor John Waggoner rejoins the show to discuss his favorite dividend-paying stocks.

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Fund Watch
July 2019

International Fund Follows in the Family Tradition

This new-ish international fund continues Grandeur Peak’s winning ways.

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Family Finances
July 2019

Is Pet Insurance a Good Deal?

Associate editor Pat Mertz Esswein joins the podcast to explain the costs and benefits of buying insurance for your pet. Plus, how to save money in the face of rising fuel costs.

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Credit Reports & Scores
June 2019

How to Boost Your Credit Score

Kiplinger contributing editor Lisa Gerstner joins hosts Ryan and Sandy to discuss best practices for giving your credit score a boost. Also: Discover investment ideas for the "outer orbit" portion of your portfolio, and learn tax rules for renting out your home.

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Practical Investing
July 2019

How to Stay the Course in Rocky Markets

The best returns come from time in the market, not timing the market.

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June 2019

How to Create a Budget and Stick to It

Maintaining a budget so you can build up your savings takes more than just ditching your daily latte addiction. Brunch and Budget founder Pam Capalad chats with hosts Ryan and Sandy about how to devise a spending and saving strategy that works for you. Plus: Learn why everybody should have a Roth IRA.

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