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Janet Bodnar

Editor-at-Large
Kiplinger's Personal Finance

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. While editor, Bodnar was honored by Folio 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, 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.

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Rethinking Retirement
May 2019

Tips for Retirees Who Are Single

Some retirees work part time or take a class to maintain social connections.

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Money Smart Women
April 2019

How to Raise Money-Savvy Girls

When parents talk to their kids about money, they often speak differently to their sons and daughters.

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Rethinking Retirement
March 2019

Retire In Sync With Your Spouse

To avoid conflicts, each of you should visualize what a day in retirement might look like.

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Money Smart Women
January 2019

Retirement Tips for a Long Lifetime

Women face all the financial challenges that men face—plus a longer life span.

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Rethinking Retirement
January 2019

How to Spend in Retirement and Still Sleep at Night

Retirees who have a financial plan feel more at ease about opening their wallets.

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Money Smart Women
November 2018

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.

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Rethinking Retirement
October 2018

Learning to Live Without a Paycheck

There’s a lot of evidence that retirees may be worrying too much about preserving their money.

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Money Smart Women
October 2018

My Best Investment Advice

These are the three steps to investing success: start soon, start small and keep it simple.

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Rethinking Retirement
August 2018

We Did It! Money Tips From Retirees

Readers offer their spin on our financial advice and recount personal experiences that will help future retirees.

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Money Smart Women
August 2018

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.

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Rethinking Retirement
July 2018

Get In on a Stellar Second Act

Start your search for post-retirement activities six to 12 months before you leave your job.

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Money Smart Women
June 2018

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.

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Rethinking Retirement
May 2018

When to Retire? Only You Know Best

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

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Money Smart Women
April 2018

A Guide to Marital Money Bliss

In addition to your credit, any assets you bring to the marriage should remain in your own name.

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Rethinking Retirement
March 2018

Get Help With Medicare Coverage

Many of you wanted to know what kind of coverage I chose. That’s still a work in progress.

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Money Smart Women
February 2018

How Women Approach Investing

Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, says women know who they are as investors -- for example, whether they’re aggressive or risk-averse.

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Rethinking Retirement
December 2017

How to Know It's Time to Retire

The decision to retire is a personal one that's as much psychological as financial.

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