Kathy Kristof

Kathy Kristof

Kathy Kristof is an award-winning financial journalist, who writes for the Los Angeles Times, CBS MoneyWatch, Forbes, MSN, as well as The Fiscal Times. She’s the author of Investing 101 (Bloomberg Press, 2000 and 2008); Taming the Tuition Tiger (Bloomberg, 2002); Kathy Kristof’s Complete Book of Dollars and Sense (MacMillan, 1997). She’s also a professional speaker and a frequent guest on numerous television and radio programs, including PBS’ News Hour and public radio’s MarketPlace.

Recent Stories By Kathy Kristof:

  • Forget Golf: Seniors Opt for Working RetirementFebruary 16, 2011

    Meet Fiona Bayliss, 91. She is active, healthy, involved and…working. The owner and sole employee of Fiona’s Antiques and Gifts in Glendale, Calif., is part of what Catherine Collinson, president...

  • Dazed and Confused Students Land $24,000 in DebtDecember 22, 2010

    What do 317,000 waiters, 141,476 receptionists, 107,457 janitors and 18,749 parking lot attendants have in common? They’re among some 17 million college graduates who are working in fields that have...

  • Tax Reform Splits Americans into Winners and LosersNovember 18, 2010

    The president’s deficit reduction panel issued a draft proposal last week that has virtually everyone up in arms. The proposal would savage seniors, decimate the housing market, bankrupt charities...

  • Budget Woes: Lessons for Washington from CaliforniaSeptember 2, 2010

    Politicians and policymakers are watching a fiscal train wreck unfold in California with a sense of horror – and foreboding. The state is entering the third month of a budget impasse aimed at closing...

  • Congress: Living High on the Backs of TaxpayersAugust 4, 2010

    Ann Kirkpatrick is part of a rarefied group. With an annual salary of $174,000, she earns more than 97 percent of American workers. She’s also got a generous guaranteed pension, great health benefits...

  • States Struggle to Meet Demand of Public PensionsJune 22, 2010

    Many Americans are worried about funding retirement. Not Bernard Parks. The former Los Angeles police chief retired at age 59 with a pension that paid 90 percent of his final years’ earnings – a tidy...

  • The Byzantine, Bizarre and Sometimes Inequitable U.S. Tax CodeApril 14, 2010

    Is the federal income tax code fair? As Americans put away their tax forms for another year,  statistics indicating that the top 5 percent of the nation’s taxpayers pay 60 percent of federal income...

  • Opportunity Knocks for First-Time HomebuyersFebruary 21, 2010

    Katie O’Connor doesn’t want to say that her mother was crazy when she suggested that the recent college graduate start looking for her first home. Unrealistic? You bet. “I’m only 23 years old and...

  • Want to Be a Millionaire? Save Big Early in Life February 11, 2010

    Christopher J. Thomas, a 29-year-old customer service representative, will likely be a millionaire by the time he’s 40 — and it has nothing to do with being a high-flying businessman. It’s all about...

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