Christine Benz, Morningstar‘s (NASDAQ:MORN) director of personal finance, who has twice been named to Barron’s list of “100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance,” explains how she builds her model portfolios, how people should approach the long-term care conundrum, how to close the gender gap in finance, and what she learned from her “faux-tirement.”
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This video was recorded on Oct. 26, 2021.
Alison Southwick: This is Motley Fool Answers. I’m Alison Southwick, joined as always by Robert Brokamp, personal finance expert here at The Motley Fool. It’s the last Tuesday of the month, which means you get to eavesdrop as Bro seats down for a nice chat with someone he reveres in finance. This month, he’s joined by Christine Benz, Morningstar’s Director of Personal Finance. They’ll talk about how people should approach the long-term care conundrum, how to close the gender gap in finance, and much more, all on this week’s episode of Motley Fool Answers.
Robert Brokamp: It’s the last episode of the month, which means we get a chance to interview a bright shining light in the world of financial planning. This month, it is a real privilege to spend some time chatting with one of my favorite writers at one of my favorite websites. Christine Benz, the Director of Personal Finance at Morningstar. Christine has worked at Morningstar for almost 30 years, as a Morningstar’s 401(k) committee co-hosts the Longview podcasts, and in 2020 and in 2021 made Barron’s list of the 100 most influential women in US Finance. Christine, welcome to Motley Fool Answers.
Christine Benz: Robert, it’s so great to see you. Thank you for having me on.
Robert Brokamp: So let’s start with your story. How did a political science Russian language major end up as Morningstar’s Director of Personal Finance or finance as you pronounce it?
Christine Benz: It was around about path, I studied Russian language for 10 years; four years in college as well as six years prior to that, had always had an interest in politics and government and international relations. I emerged from college thinking that I would do something putting those two things together, and at that point, when I emerged from college, the job offerings that would leverage my Russian language experience seemed dull to me, so I interviewed with the NSA I remember in that position as far as I could tell and just listening and on phone …….