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David Muhlbaum

Online Editor
Kiplinger.com

Muhlbaum made the leap from print to electronic journalism in 1995 after a stint at Dow Jones Newswires taught him about working in real time. He moved to America Online, where he became the editor of its business news content. He has also worked for MarketWatch. He joined Kiplinger in 2001, handling a variety of content, including business forecasting and taxes. He also writes about cars and car maintenance, for which his degree in American literature from Middlebury College qualifies him not one bit.

Latest Features

Tax Planning
May 2017

States That Tax Your Federal Government Pension the Most

Retired federal employees often get a tax break for their service. But not here.

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Drive Time
April 2017

How to Get a Great Deal on a New Car

Our tips will help even the least confrontational among you negotiate a price you wouldn't feel embarrassed disclosing to your neighbors.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

Amazing New Technologies to Make America's Military Even Stronger

Cyberthreats are where much of the action is for today’s military, but war planners haven’t forgotten the need to keep up with traditional ways of enhancing America’s defense: weapons and the means ...

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Saving for Retirement
March 2017

Why a Roth IRA Is a No-Brainer for Retirement Savers

Roth accounts offer big advantages over traditional IRAs and 401(k)s.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

Tax Breaks the Middle Class Can Claim

If you believe that tax breaks are for millionaires and companies with offshore subsidiaries, you’re probably paying too much to the IRS. In recent years, lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives ...

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QUIZ
February 2017

How Well Do You Really Know Warren Buffett?

Warren Buffett’s reputation as one of the world’s great investors is built not only on years of market-beating returns with his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc., but also o...

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Drive Time
December 2016

How to Get a Great Deal on a Car Lease

Leasing can put you in the car you really want. But don't let lower payments lull you into spending more than you should.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2017

Strangest State Taxes from Around the U.S.

Funny thing about our federal system of government: There’s that complicated tax code that Uncle Sam keeps and the IRS enforces. Then there’s an even larger patchwork of taxation schemes crafted ...

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SLIDE SHOW
November 2016

Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Perhaps the first frost has already coated your windshield, forcing you to dig out the scraper. As you adjust to the chill, give a thought to your ride, and check out these nine tips that will keep your ...

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QUIZ
October 2016

Are You Getting the Best Deal on a Used Car?

Buying a used car isn't the game of Russian roulette it once was. The internet gives buyers a better grasp of the market, vehicle-history services such as CarFax have reduced fraud, and cars are so we...

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Technology
September 2016

3 Things That Are Disappearing Forever

Everyday items we take for granted will soon be obsolete.

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Drive Time
August 2016

Buy a Used Car Online Without Haggling

Hate negotiating? You can pick up a car as easily as a new pair of shoes—or a date—with these online services.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2017

Things That Will Soon Disappear Forever

Ten years ago, thousands of Blockbuster Video stores occupied buildings like this all over the country, renting DVDs and selling popcorn. Today, all but a handful are closed. The company’s shares once ...

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Used Cars
July 2016

Tricks to Make Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles

Try these tips to keep your vehicle running forever.

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2016

Best Values in Used Cars

If you’re in the market for a used car, 2016 is shaping up to be a good year to buy. With lots of vehicles coming off lease, prices have been falling and are expected to continue to drop, according ...

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Technology
May 2016

Radical Ways Technology Will Change Your Life by 2030

Some of our forecasts might seem more science fiction than fact.

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Careers
May 2016

Good-Paying Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

Get a foot in the door of a promising career without paying tuition.

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