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Janet Bodnar

Editor
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Bodnar is a nationally recognized expert in the field of children's and family finances and financial literacy. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. Her "Money-Smart Kids" column appears regularly on Kiplinger.com. She is a regular contributor to WTOP, the major all-news radio station in Washington, D.C., and Fox Morning News in Washington. Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its board of trustees. She received a master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.

Latest Features

Fund Watch
February 2017

Should You Invest in Actively Managed or Index Funds?

Low-cost index funds tend to outperform most actively managed funds over time. One smart solution: Strike a balance between the two.

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Money Smart Women
February 2017

Build Your Own Company

How one woman found entrepreneurial success starting from the bottom and working her way up.

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SLIDE SHOW
February 2017

Smart Retirement Strategies for Women

Women and men have the same opportunities for saving, investing and borrowing, the same investments, and they are subject to the same rules. Yet their circumstances -- and their choices -- can be very ...

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Money Smart Women
December 2016

Women Blazing a Trail in Finance

What drew these women into the financial field, and what lessons they can share with young women?

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From the Editor
December 2016

Is a Bear Market on the Prowl?

Caution doesn’t necessarily equal a market meltdown.

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Money Smart Women
November 2016

What This Mother-Daughter Fund-Manager Team Can Teach Us About Investing

The Weirs have been collaborating on Paradigm Micro Cap since 2008.

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From the Editor
November 2016

Personal-Finance Writers Reveal Their Favorite Products and Services to Save and Manage Their Money

Here are our top picks for investments, money-management tools, credit cards, budget-friendly travel, and more.

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Rethinking Retirement
October 2016

Should You Spend More on Family in Retirement?

Your challenge: Maintain financial security without sacrificing life experiences.

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Money Smart Women
October 2016

New Tools to Help Women Invest to Meet Their Goals

These digital investing platforms geared towards women are worth a second look.

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From the Editor
August 2016

What Investors Should Do in Today's Market

Before you make a move, know how much risk you can handle.

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Money Smart Women
August 2016

How Men and Women Think Differently About Money

Men and women approach financial planning differently, but there's success in their balance.

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From the Editor
June 2016

Will the New Fiduciary Rule Really Protect Your Investments?

Nobody has a bigger stake in your money than you do.

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From the Editor
July 2016

How to Pick a Financial Adviser

We tell you all you need to know to find the perfect match.

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Practical Economics
May 2016

America's Perilous National Debt

At $14 trillion and climbing, it's like "termites in the basement."

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Practical Economics
May 2016

Savers Feel the Pain of Low Interest Rates

The Fed's low-rate policy has cost U.S. savers $470 billion.

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Investor Psychology
May 2016

Making Women Money-Smart

A Q&A with Annamaria Lusardi, coauthor of the financial literacy study "How Financially Literate Are Women?"

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2016

10 Things to Teach Your Kids About Managing Money

Families still seem to be struggling with how to help their children learn to manage money. One indication is that parents can't keep from indulging their kids. In the 2016 Parents, Kids & Money survey ...

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