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Jane Bennett Clark

Senior Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Clark covers all facets of retirement and writes a bimonthly column that takes a fresh, sometimes provocative look at ways to approach life after a career. She also oversees the annual Kiplinger rankings for best values in public and private colleges and universities and spearheads the annual "Best Cities" feature. Clark is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Latest Features

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
September 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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Family Finances
July 2016

Smart Financial Moves for Surviving Spouses

Here’s how one couple prepared for the worst and how one spouse coped with being a survivor.

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Family Finances
July 2016

Financial To-Do List for Surviving Spouses

Take these seven steps to take charge of money matters when your husband or wife passes away.

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Tax Tips
September 2016

Tax Tips for Surviving Spouses

How to pass on more than $10 million estate-tax-free.

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Saving for Retirement
May 2016

What Women Need to Know About Money

Use our six strategies to weave a financial safety net that lasts a lifetime.

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Rethinking Retirement
April 2016

The Surprising Costs of Downsizing Your Home

Fixing up a house to sell often means spending thousands of dollars in repairs and upgrades.

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2016

7 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees

Maybe you've always fantasized about racing down the sidelines as a soccer ref, or expounding to tourists on the charms of your city. Once you retire from your career job, you'll have time to make that ...

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QUIZ
September 2016

Test Your Retirement IQ

What's the biggest threat to a comfortable retirement? Ignorance. The decisions you make leading up to retirement, including how much to save, how to allocate your investments, when to take Social ...

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Saving for Retirement
March 2016

5 Money Moves in Your 50s as You Ramp Up to Retirement

A few smart moves can make a huge difference.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2016

7 Moves for Retirees to Survive a Market Swoon

There's nothing like a stock market rout to remind investors how important it is to follow the tenets of sound investing. The past several months have been one such baptism by fire, with Standard & Poor's ...

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2016

Great Colleges That Cost Less Than $20,000

Today, trying to find a private college with a sticker price of less than $20,000 a year can feel like hunting for a Tiffany diamond at TJ Maxx. The average annual cost of a private college—including ...

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