Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine is my most highly recommended magazine for those investors looking to get a taste of everything from retirement, stock investing, saving money, business news, and a minimal amount of advertising.
Their magazine is organized in simple sections:
This section features columns from regular Kiplinger writers and a general outlook of the economy. This section may give quick recommendations for stock picks and will generally have less detailed stories compared to what you will find in the investing section.
For savvy investors, this section will cover a comprehension (yet simple to understand) look into various investment options. The February 2008 issue had a really good 3 page analysis of sin stocks encompassing casinos, alcohol, and tobacco companies. Then about a year and a half ago, there was another really informative bullish article about “black gold” (aka coal industry), and due to that article, I went on to profit very nicely from Peabody Energy Company (BTU). You’ll also find other great articles on mutual funds, money funds, and bonds.
This section is exactly what it’s title states, it’s about your money. Whether you want to get the bottom line on housing prices, social security, loans, retirement, interest rates, or college tuitions, this is the section that will spark your interest. Everyone wants to make more money through investments, but if you don’t enough money to put into the stock market or mutual funds, you want to be able to retain as much as you earnings as possible.
This section is like the poor man’s Consumer Reports where they’ll sometimes give comparisons of different products (ie HDTVs, smart phones, cars, rewards plans). You can also expect to see articles on best ways to remodel a home, what to keep in mind when shopping around for a house, or FAQ about the do not call lists. The average working American should be able to get some value or general insight through the living/rewards section.
Cost: $12 for 1 year of issues from their website
Investor Audience: everyone
Overall Grade: A
Bottom line: At only $12, this magazine could end up making or saving you a whole lot more money than what it costs to subscribe. That is a good enough investment to justify supporting Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine. If you are still too cheap enough to fork over $12, then you can go browse through past issues for free (although not 100% of magazine content is posted online).