Resources for women

Resources for women --Web sites, calculators and books regarding investing, retirement planning and making the best of it after age 60:

WEB SITES:

- National Association of Baby Boomer Women - News and information from every angle.

- http://www.wiser.org/ -  Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement offering "A Simple Guide to What Everyone Needs to Know About Money & Retirement"

- http://www.wife.org/ -  Women's Institute for Financial Education   A great site for both widows and those who have divorced. Free information and pamphlets, plus the bumper sticker "A Man is Not a Financial Plan"

- Modern Widows Club -- Inspiring widows to live a joyful life being a friend, mentor & advocating in their favor. This is a great resource for widows on a range of topics.

- http://www.zestnow.com/ - Editor Dianne Morris has created a wonderful Web site for women called zestnow.com where she covers all topics of interest to women 55 and older. Her content ranges from life issues such as aging parents and dating after 60 to work, family, fashion, beauty and money topics.

- "Take the Mystery out of Retirement Planning" - U.S. Department of Labor, click here.

- Neuvoo.com  -- A job search site with job listings by city, region and country. Salary calculator. Employers.

- Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for the Washington Post. Michelle is passionate about savings and being a smart consumer and investor at http://www.michellesingletary.com/ or at the Washington Post site here,  http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/michelle-singletary.

- GetRichSlowly.org  Find daily postings on how to save, invest and buy wisely...all ages.

- SmartCookies.com. Launched by a group of young women with daily postings, how-to and advice about money, saving and buying wisely. Daily newsletter tips, available.

nolo.com.   Offers a range of books and pamphlets on most any legal topic from wills to prenups. Free legal forms available here.

- 360FinancialLiteracy.org supported by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Great resources here on most any money matter or legal topic.
- Social Security Administration at http://www.ssa.gov./ Find out how much in monthly Social Security benefits you will get at age 62 and beyond. Click on "What You Can Do Onine."

- Retirement planner/calculator at CNNMoney.com

- www.mymoney.gov   MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions.
- Fidelity Investments. Living in retirement and managing wealth are among many topics offered at http://www.fidelity.com./

- http://www.massmutual.com/. This giant insurance and investment management company offers a wealth of information about and for women interested in planning for retirement.

http://www.directionsforwomen.com/ provides statistics and advice for women on many topics related to money including how to cope financially if you find yourself on your own.

- Abandonmentrecovery.com Psychotherapist and author Susan Anderson offers a step-by-step recovery from the pain of abandonment and loss of love. Read her personal comments at abandonment.net/author.
- At msn.com Money Central you'll find an article called "Help Your Wife Plan Her Widowhood."

- At the Web site womentalkmoney.com you will find a host of facts about women and money including the fact that women still earn 77 cents per hour for every $1 earned by a man.

- AARP offers great retirement planning resources at http://www.aarp.org/work/retirement-planning/

- BlueSuitMom.com offers an array of financial subjects important to women: www.bluesuitmom.com/money

- MsMoney.com features financial health goals and fundamentals: www.msmoney.com/mm/financial_health/finhealth_index.htm

donnamphelan.com - Lots of good information and Web resources here.

- U.S. Department of Labor covers aspects of an employer retirement plan and tracking Social Security benefits: www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/women.html

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BOOKS and REPORTS:

"Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" by Sheryl Sandberg

"The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement," by Jan Cullinane.

"Why Women Face a Retirement Crisis" by Liz Pullium Weston, LA Times financial expert and columnist.

"Deal with Your Debt: The Right Way to Manage Your Bills and Pay off What you Owe," by Liz Pullium Weston

"A Random Walk Down Wall Street," by Burton Malkiel

"Buckets of Money: How to Retire in Comfort & Safety," by Raymond Lucia.

"One up on Wall Street: How to Use What You Already Know to Make Money in the Market," by Peter Lynch

- "Living Life After Divorce & Widowhood," a book by Maurcia Houck.

"The Journey from Abandonment to Healing," by Susan Anderson.

"Women, Money &  Prosperity: A Sister's perspective,"  by Donna Phelan


- "Divorce after 50" by attorney Janice Green offers a guide to the unique legal and financial challenges that women face when dealing with a later in life divorce. The last chapter includes "survivor stories" that will make you feel better about the future. Find it at nolo.com

- "Surviving Financial Meltdown," by Ron Blue and Jeremy White offers "confident decision in an uncertain world by drawing on guidance from the Bible such as "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have."