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Manage your money like a woman

Women typically earn less yet live longer than men, which suggests they need a different financial plan. Here are 13 strategies to ensure a comfortable retirement

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Earnings: Keep a hand in
Earnings: Keep a hand in
Women who take time off from the workforce not only lose income during the years they're out but also earn less once they return, research by the Center for Work-Life Policy shows.

Solution: Go part-time or freelance instead of quitting. Some 54% of women don't even explore flextime options before leaving their jobs, yet it's a smart way to close the resume; gap and keep skills fresh.

Not possible? At least be sure to keep up with industry trends as well as former colleagues.

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Last updated November 05 2010: 11:13 AM ET
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