Jane Bryant Quinn

Award-Winning Financial Journalist, Author and one of the nation's leading commentators on personal finance

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…

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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 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 and long-running monthly columns for Woman’s Day and Good Housekeeping.

Quinn 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.

Quinn’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.

Quinn 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.

Quinn 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.

Jane is married and has two children and six stepchildren. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY and lives in New York City.

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A Custom-Tailored Speech
No two of Jane Bryant Quinn’s speeches are the same. To make each speech a value-added experience, she conducts a pre-event call with each client. Then she tailors her talk to developments in your industry and to the needs and interests of the audience. Her talks also change as the economy and stock market do—namely, fast. She delivers insight, with clarity and wit, to people trying to navigate through unprecedented times.

The Economy and Your Money
Times are tough. A financial crisis is changing the rules. What’s the best way of making the most of the money you’ve got left? How do you regain the ground you’ve lost? Financial columnist and best-selling author Jane Bryant Quinn offers hard-hitting and audience-pleasing advice on surviving the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression. She covers the current business and investment outlook, and explains what it means in terms of managing your personal money. Each speech is tailored to the specific needs and interests of the audience. She’s smart, fun and a terrific speaker. Audiences, like her readers, love her.

Yes, You Can You Still Retire Well
We all want to end our careers with enough money to live well. But how do you reach that goal, especially in turbulent times when all the rules have been turned on their heads? Jane Bryant Quinn steers you through the best ways of balancing safety and risk, in your 401(k)s and other investments. She covers how much you really need to save; sound investment allocations; new areas of investment growth; and the role of home equity, health insurance and mutual funds. Her advice is live, informative and fresh. Audiences will walk away with fresh ideas about navigating through the current economy to achieve their retirement dreams.

Making the Most of Your Money Today
In an inspiring talk for people of all ages, Jane Bryant Quinn gives advice and ideas on managing money. She starts with the current economic environment to help her audience understand the critical issues of the day. From there, she moves into financial planning, including practical tips on how to save more, borrow more efficiently, buy the right health and life insurance, set up the best college fund, choose good investments for your 401(k) and IRA, and avoid investment loss. Quinn’s watchword is “simplicity.” Simple, low-cost strategies are always the best, she says, not just because they’re easy to understand but because they work—especially in difficult times. In fact, they’re the strategies she uses herself.

Facing the Challenge: How to Make Your Money Last for Life
Hoping for early retirement? Retired already? These are the years when smart planning takes top billing—especially when stocks turn upside down. You need to be able to pay your bills yet keep enough money in your accounts to last for life. Jane Bryant Quinn gives audiences timely, practical and encouraging advice for drawing on savings without giving up their personal security. Her topics include such things as understanding how much you can afford to withdraw, what to put in stocks and what in bonds, handling IRAs and 401(k)s, whether to use annuities and mobilizing home equity. Quinn also reviews how to avoid common big investment traps, sending audiences away with hands-on financial strategies to use now—and in the future.

Why Women Are (and Can Be!) Great Investors
The notion that women are timid investors just isn’t true. Women with the same amount of investing experience as men invest just as assertively. So, for everyone, gaining that knowledge and experience is the key to investment success. Jane Bryant Quinn provides women with straightforward advice on how to learn, how to practice and how to make good investment choices, while avoiding common traps. Quinn also discusses the important—but rarely discussed—lessons on how couples should invest, including meshing dual 401(k)s, planning for the risk of divorce, and organizing savings and investments for the woman’s longer life span. Quinn’s presentation will empower and enlighten all women investors—from the new stock-owner to the experienced portfolio holder.


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