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John Waggoner

Senior Associate Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

John Waggoner has put personal finance and investing into plain English for more than three decades. He was a senior columnist for InvestmentNews and, prior to that, USA TODAY's personal finance columnist for 25 years. He has written for Morningstar, The Wall Street Journal, and Money magazine. Waggoner has also written three books on finance and investing. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in English literature and is working on his Certified Financial Planner designation. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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QUIZ
October 2019

The Recession Quiz

A recession is the scariest creature in the average investor’s closet of anxieties. Even though the last recession ended more than a decade ago, people fear recessions because they can mean lower...

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Financial Planning
October 2019

7 Secrets of Highly Successful Investors

Prosper in this volatile market (or any other) by focusing on fundamentals.

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Markets
October 2019

How to Make the Most of a Down Market

If Wall Street’s got you queasy, here are five things you can do to help make sure you’ll be OK."

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Practical Investing
October 2019

5 Ways to Slice the S&P 500

What started as a plain-vanilla fund concept now comes in many flavors.

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Gold
August 2019

Is It Time to Invest in Gold?

Stock market volatility has given investors gold fever. If you chase the rally, don’t overdo it.

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Practical Investing
August 2019

Be Smart About How You Trade Stocks

Giving your broker the right order can help you get the best price.

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Practical Investing
August 2019

Tap Into Market Sentiment Before Investing

Find out what the herd thinks, then head in the other direction.

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Markets
August 2019

How Facebook’s Libra Will Change the Cryptocurrency Landscape

The social media giant announced that it will launch its new cryptocurrency in the first half of 2020. As an investment, it's likely to fall flat.

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Stock Watch
July 2019

Two Dividend Payers That Beat the S&P 500

The average yield for the favored 15 is 3.7%, exceeding both the S&P 500 and the bellwether 10-year Treasury note.

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Fund Watch
July 2019

Good Funds in Bad Markets

These managers have stellar track records, delivering strong gains in weak categories.

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Dividends
June 2019

The Outlook for Dividends

A few companies are cutting them, but payouts are healthy overall.

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2019

33 Ways to Get Higher Yields

For more than a decade, income investors have been plagued by paucity wrapped in misery. The bellwether 10-year Treasury note has doled out an average 2.6% interest since 2008. Although the Federal Reserve ...

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2019

Stocks That Will Have You Investing Like Buffett

Warren Buffett’s $82.5 billion estimated net worth makes him the world’s third-wealthiest man, behind Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Unlike Gates and Bezos, however, Buffett’s ...

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Practical Investing
April 2019

How to Break Up With Your Stock

Why would you kick a stock to the curb? You first need to remember why you bought it in the first place.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2019

10 Stocks That Could Feast or Fall on China Trade

China, the world’s second-largest economy, has been slowing, and that has American investors worried. True, Chinese gross domestic product clocked a 6.4% annual gain in the final three months of 2018 ...

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Index Funds
March 2019

The Legacy of John Bogle

The champion of low-cost index investing changed mutual funds forever.

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Tax Planning
March 2019

A Tax Guide for Investors

Confused about K-1s or capital gains? Here’s what you need to know.

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