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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.

Being a Neurologist and Writer — I've always wanted to be a writer, so I became a neurologist. In case this isn't intuitive, let me explain. For years, I struggled with the decision to become a doctor or a writer. (Well, when I was six, I wanted to be a professional jump roper, but soon found out this wasn't a viable career option.)

Family finances: Make the most of year-end tax moves - Tulsa World: Columnists — There weren't any big changes in the federal tax code in 2015, and given the ongoing gridlock in Washington, it's unlikely lawmakers will do more than tinker with the code in 2016. That means the standard year-end advice still makes sense for most taxpayers.

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.

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Feb 04, 2016

RT @RichardRubinDC: Where's My Refund is back. But the IRS still isn't accepting e filed tax returns. via @WSJ

Feb 04, 2016

@ktumulty helped a refugee family stranded at the airport. Perspective.

Feb 04, 2016

These exhausted people are responsible for giving NYT readers an "elevatied commenting experience."

Feb 04, 2016

@WSJ If you're a frequent #Southwest flier, you need to know about this perk.

Feb 04, 2016

I interviewed Jose Canseco years ago when he decided to delve in investing. He was big on tech stocks. Didn't turn out so well.

Feb 04, 2016

RT @WSJ: Retired baseball player Jose Canseco is no fan of the Bank of Japan

Feb 04, 2016

Latest tax scam uses threat of Obamacare penalties to shake down taxpayers.

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