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Janet Bodnar

Editor-at-Large
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. While editor, Bodnar was honored by Folio as one of its Top Women in Media. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement." Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.

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Money Smart Women
April 2020

A Salute to Money Smart Moms

Today's mothers are in a perfect position to share their experiences in the workforce and as investors.

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Money Smart Women
March 2020

Family Finances Are a Joint Project

Make sure you have access to key accounts, and keep things as simple as possible.

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Rethinking Retirement
March 2020

Expect Surprises in Retirement

Financially, your experiences have been mixed—and sometimes eye-opening.

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Rethinking Retirement
December 2019

Make Time for a Retirement Checkup

Retirees are inclined to invest more conservatively, so chances are you don’t have as much money in stocks as you should.

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Money Smart Women
November 2019

Advice From Confident Investors

Take advantage of publications, podcasts, adult ed classes and other resources, including family members.

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Rethinking Retirement
October 2019

Hitting My Stride In Retirement

We’ve visited nine national parks since we retired, and next year we’re heading to Acadia in Maine.

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Money Smart Women
October 2019

What Women Want in a Financial Adviser

They’re put off by aggressive sales tactics and excessive jargon.

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Rethinking Retirement
August 2019

Retired and Single: Readers Weigh In

Retired life as a single person doesn't have to be lonesome. Finding hobbies that require you to socialize can make all the difference.

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Money Smart Women
August 2019

How to Be a Confident Investor

You don’t have to be an expert. Start with your employer’s retirement savings plan.

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Rethinking Retirement
July 2019

Should You Move or Stay Put in Retirement?

Before buying in a new place, rent for at least one year, or one season, to see if you like it.

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Money Smart Women
June 2019

Make Sure Your Spouse Has Your Passwords

It’s critical for women to have access to key financial information as well as passwords to electronic records and devices.

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Rethinking Retirement
May 2019

Tips for Retirees Who Are Single

Some retirees work part time or take a class to maintain social connections.

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Money Smart Women
April 2019

How to Raise Money-Savvy Girls

When parents talk to their kids about money, they often speak differently to their sons and daughters.

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Rethinking Retirement
March 2019

Retire In Sync With Your Spouse

To avoid conflicts, each of you should visualize what a day in retirement might look like.

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Money Smart Women
January 2019

Retirement Tips for a Long Lifetime

Women face all the financial challenges that men face—plus a longer life span.

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Rethinking Retirement
January 2019

How to Spend in Retirement and Still Sleep at Night

Retirees who have a financial plan feel more at ease about opening their wallets.

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Money Smart Women
November 2018

Keep Your Options Open as a Stay-at-Home Mom

When taking time off from the workforce, it’s important to preserve your earning power and plan for retirement.

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