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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
October 2019

Hitting My Stride In Retirement

We’ve visited nine national parks since we retired, and next year we’re heading to Acadia in Maine.

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Money Smart Women
October 2019

What Women Want in a Financial Adviser

They’re put off by aggressive sales tactics and excessive jargon.

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Rethinking Retirement
August 2019

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.

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Money Smart Women
August 2019

How to Be a Confident Investor

You don’t have to be an expert. Start with your employer’s retirement savings plan.

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Rethinking Retirement
July 2019

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.

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Money Smart Women
June 2019

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.

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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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