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Senior Associate Editor — Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Senior associate editor for Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Proud West Virginian. I read a lot of books.

How to Withdraw from Your 401(k) Plan in Retirement — The rules for accessing your money are determined by your employer's plan. Thinkstock Whether you can take regular withdrawals from your 401(k) plan when you retire depends on the rules for your employer's plan. Two-thirds of large 401(k) plans allow retired participants to withdraw money in regularly scheduled installments -- say, monthly or quarterly.

Spending: Look sharp, keep in touch - Tulsa World: Money Power — Stitch Fix is designed for women who hate to shop and don't have time to browse for clothes online. Customers fill out a detailed style profile that covers age, measurements, fabric preferences, budget and occupation. For a $20 "style fee," you'll receive a box with five clothing items and accessories.

Family finances: Get a handle on passwords and paper - Tulsa World: Money Power — Who has the time to come up with (and remember) difficult-to-decipher passwords for all of their online accounts? One solution is to use a Web-based password-management system that stores all of your passwords in a single file.

Raise Money for Your Cause Via Crowdfunding — A crowdfunding campaign could raise thousands of dollars-or nothing at all. Here's how to do it right. Thinkstock If you've ever spent a weekend making cookies for a bake sale, selling wrapping paper to neighbors or washing cars for a cause, you know that fund-raising is hard work.
Sep 03, 2015

People are using crowdfunding for everything from charity to start-ups. How to do it right.

Oct 07, 2015

Kickstarter raised $1M for Syrian refugees. My story on crowdfunding for a cause.

6 Online Financial Tools to Simplify Your Life — These days, consumers have a vast array of financial products and services to manage. Consider these digital resources to help you keep track of it all: 1. Automatic bill payment and saving. To keep a record of bill payments and how the money is spent (helpful if you're trying to stick to a budget), check out

Family finances: Money made simple - Tulsa World: Money Power — Back in the day, TVs were all basic black-and-white sets with on-off knobs and a choice of four channels. People saved money in a bank account, carried a department-store charge card and could fit all of their important papers a shoebox. Today's big-screen entertainment centers come with hundreds of channels and multiple remotes.

Family finances: How to fix student loan foul-ups - Tulsa World: Money Power — Senior associate editor Sandra Block recently interviewed Balaji Rajan, CEO of Ceannate Corp., parent company of iontuition, an online tool to help borrowers manage student loans. Borrowers have complained that student loan servicers take too long to process payments and fail to correct errors, says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

When a Deferred-Income Annuity Makes Sense — Some retirees may benefit from investing part of their nest egg in a longevity annuity. Thinkstock If your family tree is filled with people who lived well into their eighties or nineties, a deferred-income annuity is worth a look. Deferred-income annuities, also known as lon­gevity annuities, provide a guaranteed source of income when you reach a certain age.
Aug 20, 2015

Fidelity announced that it's offering deferred income annuities. My story on the pros and cons.

Retirement: Cold-weather cities with benefits - Tulsa World: Business — Median home price: $643,000 Cool feature: Harvard Square If you live in Cambridge, there is no excuse for boredom: On any day of the week, you can attend a lecture, a museum exhibit or a concert. If you run out of things to do, you can take the subway (known as the T) to downtown Boston for only $1.05 if you're 65 or older.

Retirement: Some like it hot - Tulsa World: Business — Population: 53,326 Median home price: $218,000 Cool feature: The Ringling estate's museums Life in this small city moves a bit more slowly than in St. Petersburg and Tampa, both of which are about an hour's drive away. But Sarasota offers plenty of amenities, such as the many restaurants and 130-plus stores in the island shopping center of St.
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Nov 24, 2015

RT @DamatoK: J.P. Morgan may unplug some customers’ access to account data through Quicken, etc.

Nov 23, 2015

RT @taxtweet: Alaska has no state sales or income tax, but there's talk of changing that as the oil $$ drops

Nov 23, 2015

RT @TaxPolicyCenter: .@HillaryClinton proposes $6,000 tax credit for caregivers who care for elderly relatives.

Nov 23, 2015

RT @Kiplinger: The best Black Friday deals you can get from Amazon this year:

Nov 23, 2015

Belgians respond to terrorism threat with cat photos.

Nov 23, 2015

Starwood notifies customers of security data breach at 50 hotels in North America.

Nov 23, 2015

Delinquent taxpayers could have their passports revoked.

Nov 20, 2015

Follow @JohnWaggoner @ChrisWoodyard @mattkrantz and everyone at your Thanksgiving feast will agree with your political views.

Nov 20, 2015

Busy, but had to read this. @nytimesbusiness: Jury has delivered its verdict in the car-scent trademark suit

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