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Jane Bennett Clark

Senior Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

The late Jane Bennett Clark, who passed away in March 2017, covered all facets of retirement and wrote a bimonthly column that took a fresh, sometimes provocative look at ways to approach life after a career. She also oversaw the annual Kiplinger rankings for best values in public and private colleges and universities and spearheaded the annual "Best Cities" feature. Clark graduated from Northwestern University.

Latest Features

SLIDE SHOW
September 2017

7 Moves for Retirees to Survive a Market Swoon

After a long stretch of calm and a relentless rally, the stock market could be headed for trouble. Stock market corrections, typically defined as a loss between 10% and 20% from the peak, occur about every ...

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2017

Why Your Social Security Benefits May Be Smaller

You follow the rules as best you can and figure you’ll get what you’re entitled to when you finally claim Social Security. But with this program, timing is everything. At best, you’ll have to wait ...

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Family Finances
April 2017

Merging Their Money and Their Goals

Here's how a young saver made the most of $25,000 -- and successfully joined his financial life with that of his significant other.

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Rethinking Retirement
April 2017

Moving to Be Near the Grandkids

Pulling up roots to be near the children and grandchildren is a huge decision. Don’t let a brilliant idea dazzle you into getting it wrong.

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Making Your Money Last
February 2017

6 Steps to Retire When You Want

If you hope to quit your job earlier rather than later, here's how to make it work.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2017

6 Reasons to Work Past Retirement Age

Working into the second half of your sixties (or even longer) can mean a happier, more financially secure retirement when you finally leave your job. Here are six good reasons for working at least a ...

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Rethinking Retirement
December 2016

Avoid Social Security Screwups

Most people don’t know even the basic rules of Social Security. That can lead to filer’s remorse—and thousands of forgone dollars.

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IRAs
December 2016

Savers Get a Break on IRA Rollovers

Missed the deadline? The IRS may cut you some slack.

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Travel
November 2016

The Best Travel Discounts for Seniors, 2016

Travelers who are age 62 and older are in for some sweet deals.

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Rethinking Retirement
October 2016

Retirees, It's Okay to Spend

Most retirees of moderate means, as well as those who are affluent, don't even spend all of their income, much less draw down the principal in their nest egg.

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2016

Don't Fall for These Common Social Security Myths

Social Security provides critical benefits to more than 50 million people a year; almost 170 million workers contribute a chunk of their paycheck, to the tune of $900 billion annually, to keep those benefits ...

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SLIDE SHOW
October 2016

Steps to Take in the Year Before You Retire

You wouldn't dream of running a marathon without undergoing months of training. Or heading into the wilderness without making sure you have adequate provisions. Or betting your life savings on a business ...

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Saving for Retirement
September 2016

7 Important Steps to Take in the Year Before You Retire

The most critical phase of retirement may just be the year before you leave your job. Use the time to get your plan squared away.

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Saving for Retirement
September 2016

Ways Your Employer Can Help You Plan for Retirement

Overwhelmed by your impending retirement? Your employer may be able to assist with the transition.

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2016

Common Social Security Myths

Social Security provides critical benefits to more than 50 million people a year; almost 170 million workers contribute a chunk of their paycheck, to the tune of $900 billion annually, to keep those benefits ...

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Rethinking Retirement
August 2016

How Couples Can Retire in Harmony

Strategies to get on the same page – or chart a new course.

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Rethinking Retirement
June 2016

Do You Still Need an Emergency Fund as You Get Older?

Most people approaching retirement have a number of resources to tap if they need money.

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