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Kiplinger's Personal Finance (/ˈkɪplɪŋərz/ KIP-ling-ers) is an American personal finance magazine published by Kiplinger since 1947. It claims to be the first American personal finance magazine and to deliver "sound, unbiased advice in clear, concise language". It offers advice on managing money and achieving financial security, saving, investing, planning for retirement,[2] paying for college, and major purchases like automobiles and homes.

Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kiplinger's Personal Finance (cover).jpg
Kiplinger's magazine cover (Feb. 2010)
Editor-in-ChiefKnight Kiplinger
EditorJanet Bodnar
Total circulation
(June 2012)
Year founded 1947 (1947-month)
CountryUnited States
Based inWashington, D.C.



W.M. Kiplinger, founder of the Kiplinger family of publications, said he founded the magazine because "The times will always be changing. Much of life and work consists of looking for the changes in advance and figuring out what to do about them."[3] Upon initial production, the magazine was known simply as Kiplinger Magazine, changing its name to Changing Times in 1949[4] and acquiring its present name in 1991.

Much like Forbes magazine, ownership of the Kiplinger's franchise has been kept in the family. The current editor-in-chief is Knight Kiplinger,[5] who succeeded his father, Austin H. Kiplinger.

In 2001 Kiplinger's Personal Finance announced it would acquire Individual Investor magazine.[6]

In July 2019, competitor Money Magazine ceased print-publication, and its 400,000 or so subscribers were transferred to Kiplinger's.

Kiplinger's CA-Simply MoneyEdit

Kiplinger's CA-Simply Money[7][8] was introduced by Computer Associates and Kilinger's via 1-800-FREE-MONey in 1993.[9]

Its competitors were Quicken and Andrew Tobias's Managing your money.[7]. Unlike its competitors, the initial version of CA-Simply Money bypassed MS-DOS, and supported Microsoft Windows.[7]"Windows-only is the right idea."</ref> The software's Unique selling proposition is that it offers "pop-up advice from Kiplinger's."

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Paul B. Brown (October 7, 2006). "Everlasting Retirement". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Changing times". Kiplinger's Personal Finance. February 1971.
  4. ^ "Austin Kiplinger, Co-Founder of a Personal Finance Magazine, Dies at 97". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Claudia H. Deutsch (February 1, 2004). "At lunch with Knight A. Kiplinger, Conservative Advice, Yes, but in Flavors Beyond Vanilla".
  6. ^ Individual Investor magazine shuts down. (July 14, 2001). Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Jan M. Rosen (June 9, 1993). "New Entry In Finance Software". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Fastest, Smartest, Easiest Software to Manage Your Personal Finances by Computer Associates (Windows 3.1 Compatible)".
  9. ^ $ 6.95 Shipping/Handling

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