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Jean Chatzky

About Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, and a contributing editor for Fortune magazine. Jean is a best-selling author; her eighth and most recent book is Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. She believes knowing how to manage our money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age and has made it her mission to help simplify money matters, increasing financial literacy both now and for the future. In April 2013 Jean launched Jean Chatzky's Money School , a series of college-style, interactive online personal finance courses that give men and women across the country the opportunity to learn from and interact directly with her. Jean lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

Financial spring cleaning checklist

Every year, at about this time, I do some spring cleaning — both of my home and my finances. I won’t bore you of the details of cleaning out my garage, but I will tell you that where my money … Continue reading

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4 ways to max out your retirement contributions

This year, the IRS has increased limits on 401(k) and other employer retirement accounts: Instead of the $17,500 employees could contribute in 2014, that limit has been bumped up to $18,000. Those 50 or older can contribute an extra $6,000, … Continue reading

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4 healthcare costs to consider for retirement

Want to make your money last as long as you do? Don’t forget to consider healthcare costs. According to the latest research from the Employee Benefits Research Institute, a married couple with median prescription drug expenses should aim to save … Continue reading

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4 tips on how to start a discussion on retirement

I’m not going to pretend money is romantic. But many of the things you can do with money are romantic: The average person will spend close to $131 on Valentine’s Day, taking their loved one out to dinner, on a … Continue reading

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Top 5 estate planning mistakes

Estate planning is a scary topic for many. For one, it forces us to face our own mortality, something we’d all rather avoid. Beyond that, the process is rife with legal documents, which can be intimidating. Unfortunately, little missteps here … Continue reading

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5 things to consider when creating an inheritance of assets

A lot of people associate the word legacy with the wealthy, but the truth of the matter is, planning for the legacy you want to leave is something that transcends your bank account balance. It’s about directing your assets — … Continue reading

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5 tips to help you be rational about a windfall

Whenever you receive a windfall, no matter what the source, there are a lot of emotions involved. That’s particularly true when we’re talking about an inheritance, which tends to come at a time when you’re grieving. As I’ve written in … Continue reading

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6 things to consider for child support

If you have kids, one of the most complicated aspects of a divorce is the part that pertains to them — namely, custody and child support arrangements. Each state has a method for calculating child support, based on a percentage … Continue reading

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4 tips for setting financial goals

It’s nice to think of the New Year as a fresh start, and while you can’t wipe the slate completely clean, turning the calendar page can give you the motivation you need to make some changes to your financial life. … Continue reading

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5 financial tips for women divorcing

It used to be that women were nearly automatically awarded alimony and full custody of the children in a divorce. Not many questions were asked. But these days, mothers are the breadwinners in 40% of households with children under age … Continue reading

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