Janet Bodnar

Janet Bodnar

Editor-at-Large, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of , a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. While editor, Bodnar was honored by as one of its Top Women in Media. 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, and . 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.
Retirement Can Keep You Busy
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Empty Nesters

Retirement Can Keep You Busy

Your lives are filled with jobs, creative ventures and intellectual enjoyment.
July 29, 2021
How to Boost Your Financial Savvy
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Women & Money

How to Boost Your Financial Savvy

Women need to know how financial knowledge can help them take care of their families and themselves.
July 28, 2021
What Kids Need to Know About Finances
Women & Money

What Kids Need to Know About Finances

In a digital world, it's even more critical to teach children how to handle cold, hard cash.
May 24, 2021
The Virtues of Volunteering
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Empty Nesters

The Virtues of Volunteering

To find your niche, focus on activities that pique your interest, and don't overcommit.
April 29, 2021
Put an Estate Plan in Place
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Financial Planning

Put an Estate Plan in Place

Begin with the basics, starting with a will. You may even be able to use an online will-writing program.
March 19, 2021
Fulfilling Ways to Spend Retirement
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Empty Nesters

Fulfilling Ways to Spend Retirement

Community service, religious pursuits and personal interests top the list.
February 19, 2021
A Talk With Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
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Women & Money

A Talk With Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Investing is the key to building a nest egg that will last a long lifetime, says Schwab-Pomerantz.
January 27, 2021
Closing the Confidence Gap
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Women & Money

Closing the Confidence Gap

Since the start of the pandemic, women have become more involved in their financial futures.
December 24, 2020
Finding a Sense of Purpose in Retirement
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Healthy Living on a Budget

Finding a Sense of Purpose in Retirement

Religion and mentorship are both fulfilling paths for retirees.
December 22, 2020
Peering Past the Pandemic
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Travel

Peering Past the Pandemic

I’m looking forward to a time when lunches with the girls (or guys), volunteering and travel will resume.
November 24, 2020
Women, Invest in Yourself
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Women & Money

Women, Invest in Yourself

Morningstar's Christine Benz tells women to match investment risk to their longer life expectancy.
October 1, 2020
Fulfilling Ways to Spend Your Time in Retirement
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Healthy Living on a Budget

Fulfilling Ways to Spend Your Time in Retirement

Human creativity is unlimited: Just look at the activities retirees find to fill their days.
September 29, 2020
Fresh Voices in Personal Finance
Women & Money

Fresh Voices in Personal Finance

An impressive number of young women have entered the personal finance field via blogs, websites and social media.
August 26, 2020
The Joys of Being Retired
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Empty Nesters

The Joys of Being Retired

More freedom, being able to give back, and time to deepen relationships are common themes in your e-mails.
July 30, 2020
Lessons for Kids From the Crisis
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savings

Lessons for Kids From the Crisis

One of the greatest opportunities presented by the pandemic is to give children an appreciation for the workings of the economy.
June 5, 2020
Staying Calm in a Crisis
retirement

Staying Calm in a Crisis

Keep a stock allocation that you can live with and still sleep well.
May 8, 2020
A Salute to Money Smart Moms
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savings

A Salute to Money Smart Moms

Today's mothers are in a perfect position to share their experiences in the workforce and as investors.
April 3, 2020
Expect Surprises in Retirement
retirement

Expect Surprises in Retirement

Financially, your experiences have been mixed—and sometimes eye-opening.
March 6, 2020
Family Finances Are a Joint Project
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Family Finances Are a Joint Project

Make sure you have access to key accounts, and keep things as simple as possible.
March 5, 2020
Make Time for a Retirement Checkup
retirement

Make Time for a Retirement Checkup

Retirees are inclined to invest more conservatively, so chances are you don’t have as much money in stocks as you should.
December 23, 2019
Advice From Confident Investors
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investing

Advice From Confident Investors

Take advantage of publications, podcasts, adult ed classes and other resources, including family members.
November 26, 2019
Hitting My Stride In Retirement
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Hitting My Stride In Retirement

We’ve visited nine national parks since we retired, and next year we’re heading to Acadia in Maine.
October 31, 2019
What Women Want in a Financial Adviser
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What Women Want in a Financial Adviser

They’re put off by aggressive sales tactics and excessive jargon.
October 3, 2019
How to Be a Confident Investor
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Investor Psychology

How to Be a Confident Investor

You don’t have to be an expert. Start with your employer’s retirement savings plan.
August 29, 2019
Retired and Single: Readers Weigh In
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retirement

Retired and Single: Readers Weigh In

Retired life as a single person doesn't have to be lonesome. Finding hobbies that require you to socialize can make all the difference.
August 29, 2019
Should You Move or Stay Put in Retirement?
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retirement

Should You Move or Stay Put in Retirement?

Before buying in a new place, rent for at least one year, or one season, to see if you like it.
July 3, 2019
Make Sure Your Spouse Has Your Passwords
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Make Sure Your Spouse Has Your Passwords

It’s critical for women to have access to key financial information as well as passwords to electronic records and devices.
June 10, 2019