How Personal-Finance Advice Has Changed Over the Past 70 Years

The guidance may have changed, but the dedication to our readers has remained constant.

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“The Republicans are back in Washington, all set to take control of the new Congress.” News ripped out of today’s headlines? Actually, those words appeared in the first issue of the Kiplinger Magazine in January 1947. Other stories from those early years also have a familiar ring: “But What Kind of Tax Cut?”; “Buy Stock in Investment Trusts?”; “Retirement by Easy Stages”; “How to Buy a House” (see our current housing outlook); “Be Prudent About Inflation” (see our inflation story); “Your Income Tax: Do It Right This Year” (see tips for lowering your 2016 tax bill); “ ‘No-Load’ Mutual Funds”; “The Way to Buy Stocks Today”; “The High Cost of Drugs.”

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Janet Bodnar

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. 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.