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    Jane Bryant Quinn is a nationally known commentator on personal finance, with books and columns read and trusted by millions. In her long career, she has established herself as America’s most reliable voice for people trying to manage their money well. In her public policy writings, she addresses matters of top concern to everyone, including investor protection, health insurance, Social Security, and the sufficiency of retirement plans.

    She currently posts twice-weekly columns for this blog and CBS MoneyWatch.com. and a monthly column for the AARP Bulletin. She is the editorial director of Main Street Connect, a national community news company that she founded with her husband, Carll Tucker. MSC’s reporters bring communities their local news and events online — today’s equivalent of the great local of the past.

    Her career includes one of the country’s most successful newspaper columns, published twice-weekly and syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group to more than 250 newspapers. It was still growing when she retired it, after 27 years. She wrote a biweekly column for Newsweek magazine for 30 years. She has also written a biweekly columns for Bloomberg.com and long-running monthly columns for Woman’s Day and Good Housekeeping.

    Jane worked extensively in television. She hosted her own program on the Public Broadcasting System, a personal-finance series called Take Charge! She co-hosted an investment series, Beyond Wall Street, which also ran on PBS. She worked ten years for CBS News, first on the CBS Morning News, appearing twice weekly, then on The Evening News with Dan Rather. She has also been a regular on ABC’s The Home Show as well as a guest on Good Morning America, Nightline, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and many other programs.

    She contributed to the top-selling software program, Quicken Financial Planner, a personalized guide to saving and investing for college and retirement.

    Jane’s best-selling book, Making the Most of Your Money, is a comprehensive guide to personal finance, named by Consumers Union as the best personal finance book on the market. The first edition, published in 1991, has been in print and popular ever since. The third edition, Making the Most of Your Money NOW, was published in December, 2009. In 2006, she wrote Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People, her personal list of the best, low-cost strategies for saving more money, finding good insurance, planning for college tuition, investing for retirement, and other personal financial topics.

    She is a frequent speaker for business, civic, and educational groups, discussing the current economy and what it means for managing money.

    Jane has many awards to her credit, including the Emmy Award and the Janus Award for outstanding coverage of news on television. She received the Gerald Loeb award for distinguished lifetime achievement in business and financial journalism. She’s a two-time winner of the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism and a three-time winner of the National Press Club’s Consumer Journalism award. In 1997, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Business Journalists” by The Journalist and Financial Reporter newsletter.

    Jane graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont. After college, she worked as a reporter, then as co-editor, of The Insider’s Newsletter, a consumer letter published by Cowles Communications. She co-founded “The Business Week Letter,” a biweekly newsletter on personal finance from McGraw-Hill.

    She currently serves on the board of Bloomberg LP, the financial services company. She has also served on the board of the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jerome Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, and her alma mater, Middlebury College. She’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


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Jane Bryant Quinn in conversation with David Lazarus



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    Making the Most of Your Money Today
    Ideas on managing money, for people of all ages.

    The Economy and Your Money
    The state of the economy today, the most topical issues, and what it all means for managing money.

    Yes, You Can Still Retire Well
    On retirement planning and managing money in retirement.

    Why Women Are Great Investors
    For women’s groups, the research on women as investors (they do as well or better than men) and how to make investing work for you.

    Custom-Tailored Speech
    Directed specifically to the concerns of your audience.



Jane Bryant Quinn Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "JBQ is the best economics program we’ve had and one of the best programs we’ve had, period."
    Desert Town Hall of Indian Wells, California

    "Your sessions on personal finance were extremely well received and offered real ‘take home pay’–one of the major goals of our concurrent sessions."
    Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association

    "I particularly want to thank you for being so encouraging to the students who came to hear you in the afternoon and also in the evening. You’re an inspiration!"
    Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

    "A good panel is only as good as its moderator, and you, Jane, were the best. You kept everyone focused and made sure the event was well-paced, lively and entertaining."
    Scudder Kemper Investments

    "Thank you for being with us on Saturday for Commencement and for your most inspiring and informative talk to our students… They appreciated hearing such a practical ‘real world’ talk for a commencement speaker rather than the usual esoteric remarks that no one will remember!"
    Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame

    "You won the audience over by sustaining their interest in all that you presented, and by giving so much of yourself to those who wanted to meet you at the reception."
    The Dowmel Foundation Lecture Series

    "She was outstanding! Fantastic! A major success!"
    Toyota Motors




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    "JBQ is the best economics program we’ve had and one of the best programs we’ve had, period."
    Desert Town Hall of Indian Wells, California

    "Your sessions on personal finance were extremely well received and offered real ‘take home pay’–one of the major goals of our concurrent sessions."
    Nonprescription Drug Manufacturers Association

    "I particularly want to thank you for being so encouraging to the students who came to hear you in the afternoon and also in the evening. You’re an inspiration!"
    Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

    "A good panel is only as good as its moderator, and you, Jane, were the best. You kept everyone focused and made sure the event was well-paced, lively and entertaining."
    Scudder Kemper Investments

    "Thank you for being with us on Saturday for Commencement and for your most inspiring and informative talk to our students… They appreciated hearing such a practical ‘real world’ talk for a commencement speaker rather than the usual esoteric remarks that no one will remember!"
    Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame

    "You won the audience over by sustaining their interest in all that you presented, and by giving so much of yourself to those who wanted to meet you at the reception."
    The Dowmel Foundation Lecture Series

    "She was outstanding! Fantastic! A major success!"
    Toyota Motors


    Making the Most of Your Money Now
    Consumers Union named Making the Most of Your Money the best personal finance book on the market. Now Jane Bryant Quinn′s bestseller has been completely revised and updated for 2010 and beyond. America′s most trusted financial adviser, who helped millions of readers meet their goals in the 1990s, has done it again — providing a guide to financial recovery, independence, and success in the new economy.

    Getting your financial life on track and keeping it there — nothing is more important to your family and you. This proven, comprehensive guidebook steers you around the risks and helps you make smart and profitable decisions at every stage of your life. Are you single, married, or divorced? A parent with a paycheck or a parent at home? Getting your first job or well along in your career? Helping your kids in college or your parents in their older age? Planning for retirement? Already retired and worried about how to make your money last? You′ll find ideas to help you build your financial security here.

    Jane Bryant Quinn answers more questions more completely than any other personal-finance author on the market today. You′ll reach for this book again and again as your life changes and new financial decisions arise. Here are just a few of the important subjects she examines:

    • Setting priorities during and after a financial setback, and bouncing back
    • Getting the most out of a bank while avoiding fees
    • Credit card and debit card secrets that will save you money
    • Family matters — talking money before marriage and mediating claims during divorce
    • Cutting the cost of student debt, and finding schools that willoffer big "merit" scholarships to your child
    • The simplest ways of pulling yourself out of debt
    • Why it′s so important to jump on the automatic-savings bandwagon
    • Buying a house, selling one, or trying to rent your home when buyers aren′t around
    • Why credit scores are more important than ever, plus tips on keeping yours in the range most attractive to lenders
    • Investing made easy — mutual funds that are tailor-made for your future retirement
    • What every investor needs to know about building wealth
    • How an "investment policy" helps you make wise decisions in any market
    • The essential tax-deferred retirement plans, from 401(k)s to Individual Retirement Accounts — and how to manage them
    • How to invest in real estate at a bargain price (and how to spot something that looks like a bargain but isn′t)
    • Eleven ways of keeping a steady income while you′re retired, even after a stock market crash
    • Financial planning — what it means, how you do it, and where to find good planners

    Page by page, Quinn leads you through the pros and cons of every decision, to help you make the choice that will suit you best. This is the single personal-finance book that no family should be without.
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    Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People
    Are you too busy to pay much attention to your money? Do you worry that maybe you haven′t been doing the right things? This book is for you, from Jane Bryant Quinn, the most trusted voice in personal finance today. Her classic bestseller, Making the Most of Your Money, guided a generation toward smart and sensible financial choices. Here she strips away the extras, choosing the best financial ideas and products available today. They′re all you need to create a successful and long-lasting financial plan. It′s money management the No Worry way.

    To start with, she tells you to forget all the complicated stuff the financial industry sells. You don′t need it, it costs too much, and some of it is downright bad. It′s designed to make the banks, brokers, and insurance companies rich, not you.

    The best ideas (a super-short list!) are simple, low in cost, and easy to use. They′re also sophisticated and smart. The strategies shown here are followed by some of the most successful planners and money managers around today, yet they′re something everyone can understand. They′ll give you what you need from your money — regular savings, financial security, long-term investment growth, personal control, and best of all, peace of mind.

    Once you′ve set up a No Worry plan, you won′t have to pay much attention to it. The choices you′ll find here are all good ones. All you have to do is arrange for automatic payments and contributions and then get on with the rest of your busy life. You can focus your energies on your job, family, leisure, and friends, secure in the knowledge that your finances are okay.

    Here′s what you′ll do on the No Worry plan:

    • Save more moneywithout feeling pinched
    • Get rid of debt the automatic way
    • Keep yourself safe, with the right amount of insurance at the lowest cost
    • Zero in on the right mortgage, every time
    • Pick the best college savings plan for your kids
    • Understand your finances, in ways you never did before
    • Find the smartest and simplest ways of investing money, to earn superior returns over the long run

    The investment ideas alone will open your eyes to the newest strategies for accumulating wealth (without making big mistakes!). Jane Bryant Quinn will change the way you think about money. She has the answers busy people need.
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    Making the Most of Your Money Today
    Ideas on managing money, for people of all ages.

    The Economy and Your Money
    The state of the economy today, the most topical issues, and what it all means for managing money.

    Yes, You Can Still Retire Well
    On retirement planning and managing money in retirement.

    Why Women Are Great Investors
    For women’s groups, the research on women as investors (they do as well or better than men) and how to make investing work for you.

    Custom-Tailored Speech
    Directed specifically to the concerns of your audience.



Jane Bryant Quinn in conversation with David Lazarus