Jean Chatzky

Personal Finance Expert & Journalist

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Jean Chatzky, award-winning journalist and best-selling author, is the financial editor for NBCs TODAY, a contributing editor for MORE magazine and a columnist for The New York Daily News. She blogs daily at

She is the author of numerous books including her newest Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security and the recent release Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved, a New York Times best seller. She is also the author of The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times and best sellers Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day (The New York Times and Business Week best seller), Make Money, Not Excuses (Wall Street Journal and The New York Times best seller) and Not Your Parents Money Book: Making, Saving, and Spending Your Own Money.

In 2010, Chatzky was honored with the Books for a Better Life award for her book The Difference and in 2009 the Consumer Federation of America awarded her the Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award for her nearly two decades of pioneering personal finance education. She has also received the Clarion Award from Women in Communications, a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio & Television, Inc. and was named one of the best magazine columnists in the country by the Chicago Tribune.

Chatzky lives with her family in Westchester, NY.


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The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper in Even the Toughest Times

Can you really start from nothing and become truly secure financially? In this fascinating and interactive keynote, Jean Chatzky asks the questions: Whats the difference between you and Warren Buffett? Between you and your boss? Or between you and your successful neighbor? What do the financially comfortable have that you dont? And how do you get it? Based on her most recent book that includes groundbreaking research on the self-made wealthy, Jean reveals the traits and habits of those who have moved from the lowest economic strata to the highest. Then she helps audiences take a look at where they are now and offers simple strategies for helping them get to where they want to go. In this optimistic and empowering presentation, she helps people see that they themselves have the power to determine their own financial future and find freedom in even the most difficult of economic times.

Money 911: Your Top 10 Money Emergencies Solved

After 20 years covering the world of real people and their real money, Jean Chatzky knows there are some universal (and nagging) questions audiences have about their money. Do I pay for college or retirement? What do I do about my older parents? How do I rebuild a sagging portfolio? Is it possible to raise kids who will be financially independent? And what in heavens name can I do about that credit score? In this presentation that can be tailored specifically for the needs of your groupand the questions of the dayJean will answer the questions she knows you have then conduct a Q&A that can include a money makeover or two for a member of your audience.

Whats a Hedge Fund, Mom? Financial Literacy and Raising Money-Smart Kids

As a mother of two teens, Jean Chatzky knows what parents wantkids who grow up to earn their own money and live independently (i.e., not on the family couch)! After conducting a dozen focus groups with middle-schoolers around the country for her upcoming Not Your Parents Money book (September 2010), she also knows what skills kids need in order to get there. In this fun and lively presentation, Chatzky shows how teaching responsibility, setting limits and living by financial example can all combine to put your kids on the path to personal financial success.

  • Make Money, Not Excuses: Wake Up, Take Charge, and Overcome Your Financial Fears Forever

  • The Ten Commandments of Financial Happiness: Feel Richer with What You've Got

  • You Don't Have to Be Rich: Comfort, Happiness, and Financial Security on Your Own Terms
  • Pay It Down!: From Debt to Wealth on $10 a Day
  • Talking Money: Everything You Need to Know about Your Finances and Your Future

  • The Rich and Famous Money Book: Investment Strategies of Leading Celebrities

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