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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.
"I'm Buried in Debt"
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"I'm Buried in Debt"

To dig out, cut spending and get counseling.
June 10, 2019
Smart Ways to Study Abroad
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Smart Ways to Study Abroad

Our crash course in paying for a student's stay overseas, from tuition to cell phone.
March 5, 2018
7 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Nest Egg in a Volatile Stock Market
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7 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Nest Egg in a Volatile Stock Market

After a long stretch of calm and a relentless rally, the stock market appears to be taking a breather.
February 8, 2018
8 Social Security Myths Debunked
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8 Social Security Myths Debunked

Social Security provides critical benefits to more than 50 million people a year; almost 170 million workers contribute a chunk of their paycheck, to …
November 16, 2017
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6 Reasons Your Social Security Benefits May Be Smaller Than You Expect
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6 Reasons Your Social Security Benefits May Be Smaller Than You Expect

You follow the rules as best you can and figure you’ll get what you’re entitled to when you finally claim Social Security.
April 21, 2017
Moving to Be Near the Grandkids
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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.
March 24, 2017
Merging Their Money and Their Goals
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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.
March 23, 2017
6 Steps to Retire When You Want
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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.
February 13, 2017
6 Reasons to Work Past Retirement Age
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6 Reasons to Work Past Retirement Age

January 26, 2017
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Avoid Social Security Screwups
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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.
December 30, 2016
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How One Family Navigated the Rocky U.S. Economy
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How One Family Navigated the Rocky U.S. Economy

Things were looking grim before this family made a business move that actually helped them benefit from the recession.
December 22, 2016
6 Secrets to Saving More for Retirement
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6 Secrets to Saving More for Retirement

Our steps will get you there, with a big push from your boss.
December 21, 2016
Savers Get a Break on IRA Rollovers
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Savers Get a Break on IRA Rollovers

Missed the deadline? The IRS may cut you some slack.
December 6, 2016
The Best Travel Discounts for Seniors, 2016
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The Best Travel Discounts for Seniors, 2016

Travelers who are age 62 and older are in for some sweet deals.
November 2, 2016
7 Steps to a Happy Retirement
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7 Steps to a Happy Retirement

You wouldn't dream of running a marathon without undergoing months of training.
October 30, 2016
Retirees, It's Okay to Spend
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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 n…
October 12, 2016
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7 Great Part-Time Jobs for Retirees
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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.
October 9, 2016
Tax Tips for Surviving Spouses
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Tax Tips for Surviving Spouses

How to pass on more than $10 million estate-tax-free.
September 7, 2016
How to Pick the Right Retirement Date
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How to Pick the Right Retirement Date

Make sure your retirement date doesn't cause you to leave money on the table. Here's what to consider.
September 6, 2016
Ways Your Employer Can Help You Plan for Retirement
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Ways Your Employer Can Help You Plan for Retirement

Overwhelmed by your impending retirement? Your employer may be able to assist with the transition.
September 6, 2016
7 Important Steps to Take in the Year Before You Retire
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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.
September 6, 2016
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How Couples Can Retire in Harmony
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How Couples Can Retire in Harmony

Strategies to get on the same page – or chart a new course.
August 4, 2016
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Smart Financial Moves for Surviving Spouses
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Smart Financial Moves for Surviving Spouses

Here’s how one couple prepared for the worst and how one spouse coped with being a survivor.
July 8, 2016
Financial To-Do List for Surviving Spouses
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Financial To-Do List for Surviving Spouses

Take these seven steps to take charge of money matters when your husband or wife passes away.
June 21, 2016
Do You Still Need an Emergency Fund as You Get Older?
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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.
June 7, 2016
10 Great Colleges That Cost Less Than $20,000
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10 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.
May 22, 2016
What Women Need to Know About Money
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What Women Need to Know About Money

Use our six strategies to weave a financial safety net that lasts a lifetime.
May 2, 2016