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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 in the field of children's and family finances, financial literacy and women and money. She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she will continue to write her "Money Smart Women" column for Kiplinger's. She is also a regular contributor to WTOP, the major all-news radio station in Washington, D.C. 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.

Latest Features

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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Rethinking Retirement
November 2017

Health Coverage Is No Slam Dunk

I hadn’t reckoned on some curveballs along the way — especially when it came to signing up for Medicare Part B and Medigap.

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Money Smart Women
September 2017

What Single Women Need to Know About Money

Women often face a savings shortfall as they approach retirement. The goal is to catch up as soon as possible.

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Money Smart Women
July 2017

Maximize Your Income in Retirement

A quirk in employer pension formulas gives women a big advantage.

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From the Editor
July 2017

Kiplinger's Editor Janet Bodnar Passes the Torch

You won’t find a better source of financial advice than Kiplinger’s.

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From the Editor
June 2017

How We Pick Great Places to Retire

Our list provides a fascinating travelogue of cities that are worth a visit.

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Money Smart Women
June 2017

Charitable Giving May Be in Your Genes

In high-net-worth households, women are more likely to make their own decisions about where to donate.

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