Barry Nielsen

G. Barry Nielsen is a homeowner with a large household of six children. Nielsen has an MBA from George Mason University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. As a member of the CFA Institute, Nielsen is part of a group made up of of more than 89,000 individual voting members and 134 member societies across the globe that believe in setting a higher standard for the investment profession.



Nielsen has worked for several large mortgage lenders and financial institutions (Freddie Mac, American General, Washington Mutual and Countrywide Home Loans) in mortgage pricing, trading and portfolio management.



Nielsen owns and operates MortgageGraphics, Inc., a web-based mortgage calculator designed to help consumers make educated, risk-based mortgage decisions. MortgageGraphics provides simple but informative illustrations of all types of mortgages and their associated risks and allows consumers to compare and contrast mortgage features and values in tables, graphs and schedules. MortgageGraphics has several specialized reports such as a Mortgage Index Forecast Report, an Adjustable Rate Mortgage Scenario Analysis, and a Payment Option ARM Analysis, all designed to ensure that consumers make informed, risk-based and economical mortgage decisions.

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  1. Real Estate

    How Interest Rates Affect the Housing Market

    Understand how rate changes can affect home prices and learn how you can keep up.
  2. Alternative Investments

    Make A Risk-Based Mortgage Decision

    Find out how to choose which mortgage style is right for you.
  3. Alternative Investments

    Score a Cheap Mortgage

    Hidden costs can create what looks like a good deal. Find out how to find the best mortgage possible.
  4. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How to Outsmart Private Mortgage Insurance

    It's possible to use a second mortgage to avoid this fee, but is it in your best interest?
  5. Insurance & Health

    Behind the Scenes of Your Mortgage

    Four major players slice and dice your mortgage in the secondary market.
  6. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Choose Your Monthly Mortgage Payments

    Exotic mortgages allow you to decide how much to pay. Find out how much they really cost.
  7. Alternative Investments

    Be Mortgage-Free Faster

    Getting rid of this debt faster has bigger benefits than you might think.
  8. Financial Analysis

    How Mortgage Refinancing Affects Your Net Worth

    Find out how to determine whether refinancing will put you ahead or even more behind.
  9. Markets & Economy

    Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And Bonds

    Get to know the relationships that determine a bond's price and its payout.
  10. Insurance & Health

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Boon Or Boom?

    These two companies are crucial to the mortgage market, but are they ticking timebombs?
  11. Budgeting & Savings

    Why Housing Market Bubbles Pop

    Home price appreciation is not assured. Can you withstand the volatility in this market?
  12. FA Profession

    Cut Commissions With "For Sale By Owner" Sales

    It takes a lot more work, but selling your home without a realtor can have benefits.
  13. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Measuring The Benefits Of Home Ownership

    Price appreciation is the biggest factor, but it's not the only thing to consider.
  14. High Net Worth Strategy

    Understanding Bond Prices and Yields

    Understanding this relationship can help an investor in any market.
  15. High Net Worth Strategy

    Microsoft Excel Features For The Financially Literate

    Here are some of Excel's functions and features that a financial professional can use to make his or her job more efficient.
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