Kiplinger's Money Smart Women Everything You Need to Know to Acheive a Lifetime of Financial Security

ISBN-10: 1419538225
ISBN-13: 9781419538223
Edition: 2006
Authors: Janet Bodnar
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
Publication date: 10/2/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

From their first job to their retirement years, women face unique challenges when it comes to managing their money. Because women play so many different roles -- and sometimes leave the workforce to raise children and care for family members – they need specific financial advice tailored to each stage of life. In her new book,Kiplinger’s Money Smart Women – Everything You Need to Know to Achieve a Lifetime of Financial Security,Janet Bodnar, wife, mother and deputy editor ofKiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, outlines what every woman needs to know to be financially independent, from breaking out of the paycheck-to-paycheck rut to living comfortably in retirement. Whether you are single, married, divorced, widowed or retired,Kiplinger’s Money Smart Womenwill give you the advice you need on important topics such as: Establishing a stellar credit record Strategies for spending less and saving more Investing with confidenceSurviving divorce with your finances intact Financial implications of caring for elderly family members Making your assets last during retirement Kiplinger’s Money Smart Womencovers it all with real-world advice and practical strategies, and includes “how-to” action steps for everything from investing in mutual funds to boosting retirement income. This is every woman’s essential guide to financial security.

Janet Bodnar, Kiplinger's Personal Finance editor and mother of three, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of children's and family finances. Janet's column appears in Kiplinger's magazine, and weekly on Kiplinger.com. She has appeared on Oprah, the Today show, Good Morning America, the Early Show on CBS, and is frequently quoted in publications ranging from Parents to The Wall Street Journal. An award-winning journalist, she has covered a wide range of personal finance topics on investing, money management and the economy, and is a regular guest on the CBS-TV affiliate in Washington, D.C. Bodnar was also recently named an AOL Coach.  The AOL Coach program is a new AOL offering made in conjunction with Better Life Media, intended to provide to consumers avenues for self-improvement, and featuring such top-selling life-improvement authors as John Gray, Tom Peters, and Stephen Covey. Content and other resources offered by the AOL Coaches is available to AOL members at AOL keyword ""coaches"".

Preface
Introduction
Women Really Are Different (But Not How You Think)
Your Money Personality: A Constant (The Accountant, The Social Worker, The CEO, The Entertainer)
The Gender Gap
Get a Grip: Your Net Worth, Cash Flow, Goals, and Budget
Budgets That Work-Honest (Pull Out Your Pencil, Stick with Cash, Predict Costs)
Savor Your Rewards
The Power of Knowledge
The Single Life: Start Out Right
Five Steps to Financial Independence (1. Pay Off Your Debt, 2. Write Your Credit History on a Clean Slate, 3. Plump Your Cash Cushion, 4. Open a Retirement Account, 5. Buy Peace-of-Mind Insurance)
Ten Surefire Ways to Spend Less and Save More
Set for Life
Getting Married: Opposites Attract
Getting Money Out in the Open
Work as a Team
Defusing the Hot Spots
Marching to Different Drummers
Spending Too Much
Passing the Buck
Taking Risk-or Not
Deciding Whether to Pool or Not
Handling Credit: Keep Your Distance
Seek Outside Help
Financial Guideposts
Saving Marriages
Staying Married: Don't Be a Silent Partner
Stake Out Your Property
How You Hold It
What's His and What's Hers (Savings and Checking Accounts, Your Home, Your Car, Stocks and Bonds)
Keep It All in the Family
Life Insurance Made Easy
Where There's a Will
There's Security
Your Most Precious Assets: Your Children
The Other Pieces of the Plan (A Durable Power of Attorney
A Living Will, Trusts)
Long-Term-Care Insurance: A Lifesaver for Women (How to Evaluate a Policy, When to Buy)
Special Issues for Second Marriages (Tell the Kids)
Your Children: A New Financial Challenge
Working or Not Working? (To Work, Not to Work)
Raising Kids on One Paycheck
Pare Your Expenses
Borrow With Discretion
Tap Your Assets
But Address Reality
Take Advantage of Family-Friendly Tax Breaks
The Child Credit
The Child-Care Credit
Child-Care Reimbursement Plans
Getting Help with the College Bills (State-Sponsored College Savings Plans, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, Prepaid College Tuition Plans, U.S. Savings Bonds, Roth IRAs)
Special Issues for Single Parents
Teaching Kids about Money (An Eye-Opening Experience, Hidden Expenses, Work Incentives, Six Money Skills Kids Must Master)
Investing: Ways to Meet Your Financial Goals
Women Make Better Investors
Stocks Are Gender-Neutral
Invest for the Short Term (Garden-Variety Bank Savings Accounts, Bank Certificates of Deposit, Money-Market Mutual Funds, Short-Term Bond Funds, Treasury Bills)
Invest for the Long Term
Invest with Confidence (1. Keep All Things in Proportion, 2. Invest Slowly and Steadily, 3. Choose Your Level of Risk)
Pick Stocks (How Much Does the Company Earn? How Does the Price Relate to Earnings? What Is a Company's Book Value? What's the Return on Book Value? What's the Total Return?)
Find a Stockbroker
Consider the Mutual Fund Alternative
Different Strokes
Really Simple Investing
Invest in Bonds
A Word about Real Estate
Assess the Bottom Line
Saving for Retirement: It's Easier Than You Think
Where Do Women Stand?
How Much Will You Need?
Consider These Golden Opportunities to Save for Your Golden Years (Run, Don't Walk to Open an IRA, Which IRA, Roth or Traditional?)
A Retirement Plan for Stay-at-Home Moms
Take Full Advantage of a 401 (k)
Don't Squander Your Kitty
Plan for a Joint Retirement
New Kid on the Block
Keep It Simple
Living in Retirement: The Next Phase of Your Life
What Women Can Expect from Traditional Pension Plans
How to Make the Most of Your Husband's Pension
Test the Social Security Safety Net (What You're Entitled To, What You Can Count On)
The New Retirement (Retire on the House, It Pays to Stay on the Job)
Your Talents Are Your Greatest Asset
Divorce: Get a Fair Deal
Don't Go It Alone
Get Rid of Joint Debt
Who Gets What?
Don't Count on Alimony
Know What to Expect in Child Support
Look Beyond Child Support
Should You Keep the House?
Tap Your Husband's Retirement Assets
Exercise Your Rights to Social Security
Revisit Your Estate Plan
Be Informed about Equal Opportunity Divorce
Caring for Your Parents: Help Is on the Way
Get Help from Your Employer (The Family and Medical Leave Act, Flexible Spending Accounts, Other Employer-Provided Benefits)
Get Help with Your Parent's Care (In-Home Care, Assisted Living, Continuing Care, Further Help with the Options)
Get Help in Paying the Bills (Home Care, Assisted Living, Nursing-Home Care)
Help from the IRS (Deduction for Dependents, Deduction for Medical Expenses, Dependent-Care Tax Credit)
Break the Cycle
Keep Your Parents in Control
Widowhood: Be Prepared to Carry On
Make Settlement Easy
Sit Tight with Your Money and Say No
Take Your Time
Manage Carefully
Take a Lump Sum or Invest in an Annuity?
Revisit Your Investment Plan
Consider Kay's Example
Get Support from the Widow's Safety Net (Social Security, Pensions, IRAs)
Deal with Death and Taxes (Insurance Proceeds, Estate Tax, Income Tax, Medical Expenses, Capital Gains)
Take Care of Yourself
Don't Panic
Things to Consider if You Remarry
Don't Underestimate Your Own Resources
Test Your Money-Smarts
Index

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