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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.
The Joys of Being Retired
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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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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
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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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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
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Expect Surprises in Retirement
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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
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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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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
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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
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How to Be a Confident Investor
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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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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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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
Tips for Retirees Who Are Single
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Tips for Retirees Who Are Single

Some retirees work part time or take a class to maintain social connections.
May 9, 2019
How to Raise Money-Savvy Girls
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How to Raise Money-Savvy Girls

When parents talk to their kids about money, they often speak differently to their sons and daughters.
April 4, 2019
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Retire In Sync With Your Spouse
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Retire In Sync With Your Spouse

To avoid conflicts, each of you should visualize what a day in retirement might look like.
March 7, 2019
Retirement Tips for a Long Lifetime
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Retirement Tips for a Long Lifetime

Women face all the financial challenges that men face—plus a longer life span.
January 31, 2019
How to Spend in Retirement and Still Sleep at Night
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How to Spend in Retirement and Still Sleep at Night

Retirees who have a financial plan feel more at ease about opening their wallets.
January 3, 2019
Keep Your Options Open as a Stay-at-Home Mom
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Keep Your Options Open as a Stay-at-Home Mom

When taking time off from the workforce, it’s important to preserve your earning power and plan for retirement.
November 29, 2018
Learning to Live Without a Paycheck
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Learning to Live Without a Paycheck

There’s a lot of evidence that retirees may be worrying too much about preserving their money.
October 31, 2018
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My Best Investment Advice
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My Best Investment Advice

These are the three steps to investing success: start soon, start small and keep it simple.
October 9, 2018
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We Did It! Money Tips From Retirees
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We Did It! Money Tips From Retirees

Readers offer their spin on our financial advice and recount personal experiences that will help future retirees.
August 30, 2018
For Some Women, the Financial Services Industry May Be a Fulfilling Career Choice
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For Some Women, the Financial Services Industry May Be a Fulfilling Career Choice

Some of the top companies are going all out to attract young women and women returning to the workforce.
August 2, 2018
Get In on a Stellar Second Act
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Get In on a Stellar Second Act

Start your search for post-retirement activities six to 12 months before you leave your job.
July 6, 2018
Getting In the Investing Game
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Getting In the Investing Game

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz has some simple investing advice for women: Find a buddy and attend a few seminars to learn the language.
June 7, 2018
When to Retire? Only You Know Best
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When to Retire? Only You Know Best

As you would expect, finances are a major factor—but far from the only factor.
May 14, 2018