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I am dedicated to helping you become financially informed and fiscally smart. I present financial information with clarity to help you grasp complex topics and master your personal finances. You are invited to access my articles organized by core topics:


FAQs About Coronavirus and Long-Term Care Insurance

The coronavirus has made it more difficult to qualify for long-term care insurance, but insurers are adapting coverage as care needs change. Find out ...

How Families With Special Needs Children Can Benefit From an ABLE Account

The introduction of ABLE accounts is one of the most important developments in special needs planning. These tax-advantaged accounts help people with disabilities build ...

Tax-Free Health Savings Accounts Stretch Retirement Dollars

Health savings accounts are a source of tax-free money to pay out-of-pocket medical expenses. And if you plan carefully, HSAs can also be a ...

Drastic Steps for Making Ends Meet During a Pandemic

If work, health or family disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic have you struggling to make ends meet, you may need to make some ...

How Are Unemployment Benefits Taxed?

U.S. News & World Report article about how unemployment benefits are taxed, and what you can do now to avoid a surprise at tax ...

6 Ways to Keep a Level Head During Stock Market Volatility

Find out about steps that can help you keep a level head during times of stock market volatility in this SaturdayInsurance.com article. Read Full ...
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  • "Kim educated herself on the issue and became passionate about educating her readers to keep them and their loved ones from becoming victims of financial exploitation, especially among seniors. She was accurate and professional; a true pleasure to work with!" —Barry Lanier, Chief, Bureau of Investigation (retired), Florida Department of Financial Services
  • “Kim Lankford is one of the great experts on personal finance, especially in insurance areas. She is one of the people I go to when I have a question.” — James Angel, associate professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
  • "I always found Kim's column in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine to be very informative and insightful.  Her advice was invaluable and diverse... reporting ranged from Social Security to travel insurance and more. Kim is one of the best personal finance writers today.” – Fred Joseph, Former Colorado Banking and Securities Commissioner
  • "Kim Lankford is an A++ journalist, and one of those rare people who can understand and explain in simple terms the most complex financial concepts." – Mari Adam, CFP, MBA, CRPC, Adam Financial Associates, Inc.


I am frequently featured as a financial expert on television, radio, podcasts, and in print.


Kimberly Lankford

Kim has more than 25 years of experience as a financial journalist, specializing in translating complex financial topics into understandable terms and providing actionable advice to help people with their personal finances. As the “Ask Kim” columnist for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine and Kiplinger.com for 22 years, she received hundreds of reader questions every month and loved to help readers with their questions about insurance, taxes, retirement, college saving, health care, credit, debt, charitable giving, and avoiding scams.

Notable Awards

2013 | Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award for Personal Finance
“While Alzheimer’s is a widely known ailment, the enormous financial toll is rarely discussed. Lankford presented the material in an upfront but easy to understand way. It gave different examples of how families are coping. This is true service journalism that educated the reader, and most likely helped people grappling with which way to turn."

2016 | New York State Society of CPAs Excellence in Financial Journalism Award
“Comprehensively explained Medicare as a guide to help readers navigate the system and avoid mistakes.”

2017 | New York State Society of CPAs Excellence in Financial Journalism Award
“Comprehensively explains strategies and resources via the experiences of families with special-needs children.”



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