Kathleen Pender

Business Columnist

The Chronicle

About this Author

Kathleen Pender writes the Net Worth column in The San Francisco Chronicle. She explains how the big business and economic news of the day affect a household's net worth. She covers saving, investing, debt, taxes, housing, mortgages, retirement plans, employment and unemployment with a focus on issues specific to California and the Bay Area.

When it comes to big financial decisions, she believes that the simplest answer is almost always the best and that people would stay out of money trouble if they didn't get involved in things they can't understand. Pender welcomes questions from readers and frequently answers them in her column.

She majored in business journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in business journalism at Columbia University.

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January 22, 2020

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January 20, 2020

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January 18, 2020

More details on new San Francisco and California renter-protection laws

January 16, 2020

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January 11, 2020

What landlords and tenants need to know about California’s new rent-control law

January 4, 2020

Bay Area will be nation’s coolest housing market in 2020, survey says

January 2, 2020

New IRS W-4 form could be confusing: What you need to know

December 30, 2019