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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

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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Income Investing
April 2017

How to Buy Bonds Now

The value of existing bonds is headed downward. You can minimize the pain if you hold short-term debt.

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Money Smart Kids
April 2017

Why Financial Education Works

Money skills learned young will pay off in the long run.

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From the Editor
April 2017

Jane Bennett Clark--A Eulogy to Our "Beautiful Wordsmith"

Jane was a gifted author who could write about anything and make it sing.

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Money Smart Women
April 2017

Advice From All-Star Women Fund Managers

Four women managers of Kip 25 funds offer their guidance for female investors. For starters: Think long term.

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From the Editor
March 2017

How to Get Good Investment Advice

Protect yourself by being your own fiduciary.

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Fund Watch
February 2017

Should You Invest in Actively Managed or Index Funds?

Low-cost index funds tend to outperform most actively managed funds over time. One smart solution: Strike a balance between the two.

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Money Smart Women
February 2017

Build Your Own Company

How one woman started out as a secretary and found entrepreneurial success as the CEO of a multi-million-dollar construction company.

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