Mr. Kushal Agarwal is currently a student pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma and a Masters degree in business and management with the intention of pursuing a career in financial and strategic consulting and advisory. He has the ability to articulate complicated financial concepts easily and looks forward to teaching aspiring business and finance students someday.
He holds an Undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering and has passed the Level I and II Chartered Financial Analyst exams.
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Prableen Bajpai, CFA (ICFAI), has been writing about stock markets, mutual funds, economy and personal finance for the last seven years. In her previous assignment she was heading the Research at Vantage Wealth Management Solutions Pvt. Ltd., managing the compilations of the monthly compendium moneytree®, primarily meant to educate investors on stock markets and investments. Prableen is an Expert Analyst on the panel of IndiaNotes and has authored a section of the Equity Research Module by National Stock Exchange (NSE India). She has taught Investment Analysis and Macroeconomics to business students at the Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan. Prableen holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and is currently working on setting up her Financial Planning & Advisory firm in India.
A former Wall Street consultant, Louis Basenese helped direct over $1 billion in institutional capital before co-founding Wall Street Daily, where he served as Chief Investment Strategist. Louis' tenure at the helm of Wall Street Daily was highlighted by a seemingly endless series of double- and triple-digit winners for subscribers.
Andrew Beattie has spent most of his career writing, editing and managing Web content in all its many forms. He is especially interested in the future of search and the application of analytics to the business world.
Amy Bell is a freelance journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter and owner of WritePunch Inc. With 15 years of experience, she has written for a variety of publications and companies, including NAILBA's Perspectives magazine, The Weather Channel, Turner Entertainment (TNT/tbs/TCM) and Blueprints magazine. She is a University of Georgia graduate with a BA in Journalism. Visit www.writepunch.com to learn more.
Marty Biancuzzo's technology research is already the most sought after in the industry. Since joining Wall Street Daily, he's broken news on some of the biggest market-moving catalysts of the year, including the digitization of city infrastructures, neuroengineering breakthroughs and the Twitter IPO.
Andrew Bloomenthal is a seasoned financial journalist, with more the fifteen years of experience covering alternative investing, wealth management, trading technology, pensions, ETFs and family offices. He has written for Institutional Investor Magazine, II's Alpha Magazine, and Private Asset Management newsletter. He currently lives in Los Angeles. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.andrewbjbloomenthal.com.
Casey Bond is a prolific personal finance writer and currently serves as the managing editor and voice for www.GoBankingRates.com. Her work regularly appears in a number of major national publications in addition to Go Banking Rates, including Business Insider, US News & World Report, and Yahoo! Finance. Casey can also be found on The Street, MSN, Huffington Post, Fox Business, LearnVest, Redbook, Style, and ABC News radio.
Jessica Bosari is a personal finance blogger focusing on topics important to families such as budgeting, home ownership, insurance, household management, retirement and higher education. She has spent the last four years as the lead editor and blogger for Savingtools.com, a site dedicated to saving money and frugal living. Her work has also appeared on Wisebread.com and Forbes.com. Prior to working as a personal finance blogger, Jessica spent 13 years in the insurance industry, managing both personal and commercial insurance matters. She hails from Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Floyd Brown boasts a lifetime of political involvement, ranging from political appointee in the Reagan campaigns and consultant to the Bush, Dole and Forbes presidential campaigns - to his current role as the President of the Western Center for Journalism, a nonprofit dedicated to informing and equipping Americans who love freedom.
Stacey Bumpus holds both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Communications. After spending years in corporate communications, she discovered freelancing was really her cup of tea and fell in love with finding and writing about the latest financial news. Now, providing news and tips about banking, mortgages, taxes (and even logging her own efforts to save for retirement), she’s not only fulfilling her lifelong passion, but also helping others manage their finances responsibly.
Jennifer Calonia is a reputed journalist covering breaking news about banking, savings, loans and personal finance that matters most to your wallet. Her features and helpful savings tips encourage and empower households across America to achieve financial balance.
Nell Casey is a Melbourne-based writer, speaker and blogger specializing in finance, entrepreneurship and career-focused topics. With over ten years experience across a range of professional and government industries, her work has appeared in a number of private publications, as well as online. Her goal is to inspire young women to find their passion, take charge of their finances and create a life less ordinary.
Wendy Connett has been a financial journalist and editor for more than 20 years. Her expertise includes wealth management, family offices, hedge funds, mutual funds, ETFs, DC and pension plans, compliance and regulation. She writes for a variety of financial publications and lives in New York City.
William Cowie spent 30 years in senior management (CFO/CEO) before retiring. He has a bachelor's, a master's, and a partial doctorate in management and strategy. He is a staff contributor at GetRichSlowly.org, and writes the blogs Bite the Bullet Investing (investing) and Drop Dead Money (the economy).
Daniel Cross resides in Florida and has been writing investment and financial articles since 2005. His articles have appeared on Yahoo, eHow Money, Seeking Alpha, and many other publications. He holds the Chartered Financial Consultant designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
James D. Hamilton has been a professor in the Economics Department at the University of California at San Diego since 1992. He served as department chair from 1999-2002, and has also taught at Harvard University and the University of Virginia. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983.
Professor Hamilton has published articles on a wide range of topics including econometrics, business cycles, monetary policy, and energy markets. His graduate textbook on time series analysis has over 14,000 scholarly citations and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Italian. Academic honors include election as a Fellow of the Econometric Society and Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC, as well as the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, New York, Richmond, and San Francisco. He has also been a consultant for the National Academy of Sciences, Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the European Central Bank and has testified before the United States Congress.
Greg Daugherty is a former editor in chief of Reader's Digest New Choices magazine and senior editor of Money magazine, who writes frequently on personal finance and other topics
Martin Denholm boasts a wealth of experience in the financial publishing industry. Over the past 13 years, he's worked as an investment analyst, senior correspondent, and managing editor for a number of stock and options newsletters, e-letters and websites, covering a wide range of issues and companies.
Linda Descano, CFA®, is Managing Director and Head of Content and Social at Citi, responsible for social media and content marketing efforts for the U.S. consumer businesses. Linda also serves as President and CEO of Women & Co., Citi’s award-winning digital publisher of financial lifestyle content. Linda is a regular contributor to Citi’s Financial Fitness blog, Women & Co. and Manilla.com and a member of the LinkedIn Influencer program, writing on an array of personal finance, career and leadership, and marketing topics.
Anne Dullaghan is a Los Angeles-based writer specializing in finance, technology, health care and higher education. With more than 20 years of experience, her work has appeared in publications such as Entrepreneur’s Business Start-Ups, Working Woman, Daily Variety, Investment Advisor, National Underwriter, Senior Market Advisor, Small Business Tax News, Green Building & Design, Scripps Magazine and CMC Magazine.
April Dykman is a freelance writer, editor, and blogger who specializes in personal finance, real estate, and entrepreneurship topics. Her work has been featured on MSNBC, Fox Business, Forbes MoneyBuilder, Yahoo! Finance, Lifehacker, and The Consumerist.
James McWhinney has been a professional writer for nearly two decades. He has worked for many of the nation's top mutual fund providers and banks in addition to numerous magazines, websites and other publications. He specializes in financial services and travel.
Based in Michigan, Jeanne E. Tepper is a freelance writer specializing in financial services and parenting. Her work can be seen in The Detroit News MichMoms, parenting blog where she covers diverse subjects including how to pay for college. Her blog, Brainmotes, chronicles Jeanne's adventures in motherhood, writing, gardening and sometimes men's fashion. Jeanne is an avid reader and writes short fiction in addition to blogging and articles.
Ashley Eneriz is a freelance writer based in California that specializes in writing about frugal living, budgeting, and making money. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart and just had a baby girl in June. When she is not writing, she is scouring garage sales and thrift stores for good finds that she can make a profit on. Read about her thrifty living and garage sale finds and tips at her site, TheThriftyWife.com.
Lita Epstein, MBA, earned her Master’s degree at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, where she ran the accounting lab for MBAs and Executive MBAs. After completing her MBA, she worked as the associate director of development for The Carter Center and then as assistant manager of facilities management for the Emory clinics. She is the author of more than 35 books, including The Business Owner’s Guide to Reading and Understanding Financial Reports, Bookkeeping for Dummies, and Reading Financial Reports for Dummies. Prior to earning her Master’s degree, Lita worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and press secretary for a U.S. Congressman. Lita earned her undergraduate degree in Community Development at Rutgers University. She continues to work as a volunteer for community development entities in the community in which she lives.
Christopher Eutaw's love of all things politics – paired with his passion and burning desire to uncover the truth – make him the perfect fit to run Wall Street Daily. His unmatched drive and political expertise ensures that all content on the website is honest, insightful and provocative.
David is currently a Managing Partner at FMD Capital Management, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm specializing in exchange-traded funds. He has years of experience constructing actively managed growth and income portfolios using ETFs. David regularly contributes his views on wealth management in his company blog, podcasts, and special reports. Visit www.fmdcapital.com to learn more.
Stephanie Faris is a personal finance writer who got her degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Her work is regularly featured on the small business blogs Intuit and Go Payment and she is a featured columnist for SmallBizTechnology.com and The Motley Fool. She lives in Nashville, TN.
Chad Fisher spends his time building and promoting websites for people to learn more about electric vehicles and has developed free sites for consumers to compare auto and life quotes from multiple insurance companies. Never shy about giving his unsolicited opinion, you can see and hear him attending many of the leading entrepreneurial conferences such as: Pubcon, Leadscon and Domainfest.
Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell is an award winning journalist who has authored over 3,000 articles for local, national and international publications and websites.
Today, Kerri specializes in writing about travel, animals/pets, business and the environment. She’s a former regular business columnist for The Kansas City Star and has written pieces for dozens of business publications, including Entrepreneur Magazine. Kerri lives in the Ozark Mountains with her husband of 28 years and their 5 recycled (rescue) dogs. Their story of living a downsized, more sustainable life is chronicled on the successful blog, Living Large in our Little House.
Jean Folger is a technical analyst and system researcher with PowerZone Trading, author of the award-winning book Make Money Trading: How to Build a Winning Trading Business, and a private trader specializing in the e-mini markets. Jean is an affiliate of the Market Technicians Association, a regular contributor to Futures magazine and was previously a real estate broker.
Michael Foster is a Manhattan-based freelance business writer. He has written on a variety of assets, mostly stocks and bonds, as well as investing, and personal finance for Bankrate.com, TheStreet.com, Benzinga.com, and Trefis.com. He also has experience writing for institutional investors in his capacity as a reporter for OTR Global, a brokerage and research firm serving investment banks and hedge funds.
Tess Frame is a journalist, a mom, and a home-and-family blogger based in sunny San Diego, Calif. She writes about personal finance topics including budgeting, mortgages and increasing income, as well as wallet-friendly DIY and home improvement projects. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from BYU-Idaho and has been writing for various websites since 2009.
After obtaining his degree in Computer Engineering, Vipin's fascination with capital markets led him to an MBA in Finance from Nirma University, Ahmedabad, one of India's highly esteemed institutions. Since then, he has cleared the CFA Level 3 examination and is associated with Edupristine, a coaching institution for CFA candidates, as a faculty guest.
Vipin manages his own financial and real estate advisory firm, Valstrand Wealth Management Private Limited. He has varied experiences in Investment Analysis, Equity Research & Corporate Lending, and has worked with Infosys, IDBI Bank and CRISIL.
Mrs. Sumera Ghias, a CFA charterholder, has more than five years of experience in transaction advisory services in Saudi Arabia. She has extensive experience in valuation, due diligence and financial modeling, and has prepared several feasibility studies, business plans, private placement memorandums and banking memorandums. Additionally, she has conducted internal valuation seminars for junior staff at her financial firm.
Prior to commencing her professional career, she obtained her BBA degree in Finance from CBA, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2008. Mrs. Sumera Ghias was awarded with a ‘Merit Award’ at CBA thrice for being a distinguished student with a high GPA. In addition, Sumera received partial scholarships for six consecutive semesters at CBA.
Besides her academic achievements at CBA, she played active roles in two extra-curricular streams. One was the college newsletter, CBA Focus, where she started out as a reporter. The following semester she was promoted to co-editor due to her impressive writing skills. She also served as an accountant in CBA’s SWIFT project, which focused on equipping Saudi business women with IT skills. This project was awarded a runner-up placement in the Jeddah Economic Forum Business Venture 2007, where Sumera had the opportunity to give her opinion of JEF to Arab News after its conclusion. (http://www.arabnews.com/node/295152)
Jim Gibson is a South Florida-based writer specializing in finance and accounting. He uses his education and real-world experience in corporate accounting and small-business operations to bring a personal touch to his writing. Jim’s work can be found on sites such as Huffington Post, Your Finances Simplified and more.
Todd Gordon is the founder of TradingAnalysis.com and a contributor to CNBC. He’s appeared frequently on Fast Money, Squawk on the Street, Money in Motion, Futures Now, and Street Signs. TradingAnalysis.com provides actionable market analysis and clear trading strategies in the currency, commodity, and equity markets for both amateur and professional traders.
In 2001, Todd began his career trading the equities market in San Diego, California, and then with Connors Capital, a hedge fund based in Los Angeles.
Most recently, Todd served as a Managing Partner for two and a half years at a trading and research company specializing in the foreign exchange markets. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Technical Strategist at FOREX.com for six years while simultaneously trading at GAIN Capital Asset Management, its parent company. The fund managed over $25 million and traded primarily in the G-10 currency markets.
While attending school at St Lawrence University in upstate New York, Todd competed on their Division I alpine ski team with several future Olympians. Realizing that he preferred his working in a warm trading office rather than freezing on a mountain, Todd transferred to the University at Albany, where graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He currently lives in New Jersey with wife Tricia and their two twin baby boys, and enjoys the golf course during the slower trading days of summer.
Valued as one of the most respected Elliott Wave practitioners in the industry, Todd’s international following comes from his ability to translate Wave Theory into clear and concise trading strategies. His highly enthusiastic, easy-to-understand presentation style and TV presence has sent him around the world to the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and he has appeared frequently on CNBC, Bloomberg, Sky News, BNN, and Fox news . His research clients value his clear and concise analysis and discipline as he consistently applies his analysis to his personal accounts.
Todd lives by the mantra Plan Your Trade, Trade Your Plan.
Rahul Gupta is a Manager at the Debt Capital Markets Desk under the Global Markets Group (Treasury) at ICICI Bank, India.
He received his P.G.D.M from Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi and secured fifth position in his batch. He has cleared all three levels of the CFA program, one part of the FRM program and has served as the Secretary of the Finance Club at IIM Ranchi, where he was instrumental in organizing inter-college competitions, simulation events and article writing competitions.
In addition to being a finance enthusiast Rahul likes to travel, read books and actively follow tennis.
Penny Gusner, the consumer analyst for CarInsurance.com, has been working in the car insurance business for more than 10 years and answering consumer questions for most of that. She has seen it all, and she researches the routine and the bizarre with equal enthusiasm. Penny is an expert on procedures, rates, policies and claims. With three very active children and a husband with a zeal for quirky cars, Penny is a consumer of insurance as well.
Sarita Harbour is a former financial adviser with over a decade of banking experience, and has been writing for American and Canadian audiences for the past three years. Sarita specializes in the personal finance and business sectors.
Her work is featured regularly on Yahoo! Homes, Bob Vila, and Business News Daily, and also appears on sites such as Fox News,Transunion, Equifax Insights for Small Business, and Intuit Small Business Canada.
Sarita graduated from the University of Guelph where she studied Psychology and Computer Science, and she holds the Personal Financial Planning designation from the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Sarita is also a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada.
Ian Harvey has been trading on the stock market since 1986, with a particular emphasis on options trading. With a background in finance and marketing, Ian ran a highly successful investment advice business from 1986 to 1998. In 1998, Ian decided to sell his business and make trading his primary source of income. He and his family wanted to travel and live abroad, and trading on the stock market was the perfect way to work from anywhere in the world. All that is needed is a computer and an Internet connection.
Ian loves the freedom and flexibility that comes from trading. There is no need to be tied to an employer or employees, clients, an office or place of work. One can be anywhere and still work, make money and play! He feels that trading is so energizing, with its ups and downs, thrills and spills - as long as the ups and thrills outweigh the downs and spills!! Ian’s focus is on two areas of trading - stock and options trading. By concentrating on these aspects, he has developed a high level of knowledge and expertise.
Since 1998, he has been an independent financial writer and researcher, and this combination of practical trading and technical knowledge has created great results. Prior to starting his website, Ian was constantly approached by people wanting him to trade for them. He decided that rather than ‘giving them fish,’ he would teach them to fish so that they could create their own profitable source of independent income. This was the basis for the creation of stock-options-made-easy.com (SOME). Ian wanted to share his knowledge, techniques, and straight-forward methods of explaining options trading with a wider number of people.
Through the website, individuals are able to become members and this provides them with all the real-time information they need to follow the proven and profitable strategies employed by SOME to conduct their own options and/or stock trading successfully and simply. Ian’s goal is to continue making money doing what he loves, and helping others to do the same by sharing his wealth of knowledge through his writing and consulting services.
Valencia Higuera holds a B.A in English from Old Dominion University and currently lives in Chesapeake, Virginia. As a personal finance junkie, she enjoys reading articles on budgeting, saving money and credit cards. After scoring high on her junior high literacy test, Valencia considered a career as either a writer or an English teacher. Writing won because unlike teenagers, the keyboard doesn't talk back.
Thomas Hill is a full-time published freelance writer. Featured in American and world-wide publications, he is a successful writer and journalist that writes on a multitude of financial, legal, and general topics. He has attended Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn. and has direct legal experience.
Ali Hussain holds a Masters degree in Business Administration with a specialization of Finance and works as a Relationship Associate in the Corporate Banking Department of a multinational bank. He loves teaching others about finance, and is highly interested in the areas of corporate finance, derivatives and financial statement analysis. In 2013 he cleared the CFA level 2 exam, and aspires to have his own financial advisory firm in the future.
Mohamed Jalloh, MS is a financial analyst focused in the analysis, pricing and valuation of equity, fixed income and derivative securities. Mohamed earned, with honors, his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Business Finance from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and is actively pursuing a CFA charter (preparing for the CFA level II exam). His experience is related to working as an analyst of SaaS software for hedging exposures in financial assets, cash flows, commodities and currencies with derivative contracts at a technology firm.
Specialized in investment analysis, he can address a wide array of topics in the financial and economic world, including - but not limited to - equities, derivatives, fixed income (Structured Products) debts and alternative asset classes, financial statement analysis, credit analysis, monetary and fiscal policies, capital markets, and market analysis.
With an ever-evolving breadth and depth of knowledge in finance and economics, he is eager to share with readers his knowledge in this vast, complex and intellectually stimulating field of finance.
Holly Johnson is a wife, mother of two and frugal lifestyle enthusiast. She writes her own blog, Club Thrifty, and she is a staff contributor to GetRichSlowly.org. She describes herself as” obsessed with getting the most out of her money, her work and her life.”
Elyssa Kirkham is a member of the GOBankingRates editorial team. As a journalist her work has been featured in media ranging from international magazines to local news sites.
Kim Klaiman is a full time options trader and has been trading stocks and options for more than 10 years. Kim is a founder of educational blog and forum http://steadyoptions.com/. He likes to trade a variety of non-directional trades with low correlation to limit the total portfolio risk. Kim holds a BSc degree in Computer Science. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Petar Kotevski is a forex trader and writer with 9 years of experience in financial markets. He has been following bitcoin since 2010. Last year, Petar started getting more involved by writing articles for Forex News, on bitcoin and other alternative currencies.
Christina Lavingia is a politics and finance reporter, as well as editor for GOBankingRates. Christina previously interned on the production team of NBC's Meet the Press and held editorial internships with Santa Barbara Magazine,The Santa Barbara Independent, and The Valley Sentinel. She was the online editor for Daily Nexus, ranked in the top 10 collegiate newspapers in the nation by Princeton Review.
Jo Ling Kent joined Fox Business Network (FBN) as a reporter in May 2013 and covers the global technology sector. Since joining the network, she has led reporting on the Alibaba IPO and interviewed technology heavyweights like Box CEO Aaron Levie and T-Mobile CEO John Legere.
Prior to joining FBN, Kent served as an on-air reporter for NBC's owned and operated station WVIT-TV in Hartford, CT. In this role she covered local businesses as a general assignment and investigative reporter. She was a member of the reporting team awarded a Peabody Award for coverage of the Newtown school shooting. Kent also covered the 2012 presidential campaign as an embedded reporter with NBC news. Before joining NBC, Kent covered the Chinese economy, human rights, Taiwan trade and environmental issues as an associate producer in CNN's Beijing where she covered the Beijing Olympics, 2008 Taiwan elections, unrest in Tibet and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.
A graduate of the London School of Economics and Peking University, Kent holds two Master's degrees in international affairs, in addition to a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Rice University. She is a U.S. Fulbright Fellow to China, specializing in the effects of legal aid for underpriveleged women in the criminal justice system under China's preeminent women's activist lawyers. She originally hails from Minneosta and is fluent in Mandarin. She sits on the board of Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government.
Elle Martinez helps families at Couple Money achieve financial freedom by sharing tips for reducing debt, increase income and building net worth. Learn how to live on one income and have fun with the second.
Tim Maverick boasts decades of experience in the investment world. He spent 20 years at a major brokerage firm - as a trading supervisor and broker working directly with clients.
Beth McKenna is a writer specializing in investing and related topics, though she also occasionally delves into other topics of interest, such as clean energy and health and wellness. She has a BA (Lafayette College) and MBA (Rutgers University), and has previously worked in the risk management field in the financial services industry.
Shiv has cleared three levels of the CFA Program (USA) on the first attempt and is a Certified Financial Planner in India. He currently works with Brickwork Ratings (fifth credit rating agency in India) as a Credit Analyst, where he engages in rating bank loan facilities and non-convertible debentures of large corporations and MSME companies. Previously, he worked with Ameriprise Financials as a financial planner where he was involved in preparing financial plans for low net worth and high net worth individuals, along with making asset allocation and investment strategies for clients to achieve their financial goals.
Mr. Minerd is a founding Managing Partner at Guggenheim. In his role as Global Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Minerd guides the firm’s investment strategies and oversees client accounts across a broad range of fixed-income and equity securities. Previously, Mr. Minerd was a Managing Director with Credit Suisse First Boston in charge of trading and risk management for the Fixed Income Credit Trading Group. In this position, he was responsible for the corporate bond, preferred stock, money markets, U.S. government agency and sovereign debt, derivatives securities, structured debt and interest rate swaps trading business units.
Prior to that, Mr. Minerd was Morgan Stanley’s London based European Capital Markets Products Trading and Risk Manager responsible for Eurobonds, Euro-MTNs, domestic European Bonds, FRNs, derivative securities and money market products in 12 European currencies and Asian markets. Mr. Minerd has also held capital markets positions with Merrill Lynch and Continental Bank. Prior to that, he was a Certified Public Accountant and worked for the public accounting firm of Price Waterhouse.
Mr. Minerd is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets, helping advise the NY Fed President and senior management at the bank about the current financial markets and ways the public and private sectors can better understand and mitigate systematic risks. Mr. Minerd also works with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), advising on research and analysis of private sector infrastructure investment, and is a contributing member of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a regularly featured guest and contributor to leading financial media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, and CNBC where he shares insights on today’s financial climate. Mr. Minerd holds a B.S. degree in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and has completed graduate work at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Elvin Mirzayev is a finance professional specializing primarily in Financial Risk Management. He is a Financial Risk Manager certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and is also pursuing his CFA certification (passed all three levels of the CFA Program and will be eligible for the CFA charter upon completion of the required work experience).
Born in Bolnisi, Republic of Georgia and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, Elvin obtained his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at the Academy of Public Administration in Baku in 2008, followed by a Master’s degree in International Finance at Nürtingen University of Applied Sciences, in Nürtingen, Germany in 2010. Upon obtaining his Master’s degree Elvin started his professional career as a market risk manager at a local commercial bank. Currently, Elvin is a Senior Advisor at a local advisory company. He has great interest in tutoring and is an instructor of Investment Management at Khazar University in Baku. With an interest to pursue finance and economics research, he is excited to join the team of Investopedia contributors.
While finance is his major area of interest, he also has a passion for theoretical physics and enjoys his leisure time by reading detective books.
Paul Mladjenovic is a CFP, national seminar leader, author and consultant. Since 1981, his specialties have been investing, financial planning and home business issues. During those 30-plus years, he has helped thousands of students and readers build wealth through his nationwide seminars, workshops, conferences and coaching program.
Paul has written Stock Investing For Dummies (all four editions), Zero-Cost Marketing, Precious Metals Investing For Dummies, the Job Hunter’s Encyclopedia and the latest book, Micro-Entrepreneurship For Dummies. He has done many national seminars such as “The $50 Wealth-Builder,” “Ultra-Investing with Options” and the “Home Business Goldmine” among others. The full details on his (downloadable) financial & business start-up seminars are found at www.RavingCapitalist.com.
He has been interviewed or referenced by numerous media sources such as Comcast, CNN, MarketWatch, Bloomberg, Futures Magazine, GoldSeek.com, Minyanville.com, FinancialSense.com and many more.
Paul was born in a communist country (Yugoslavia) and he came to the United States in 1963. This is why he refers to himself as a ”Raving Capitalist.” This background helps him understand the “big picture” so that he can provide better guidance and forecasts for his clients, students and readers.
Since 2000, he has built a reputation as an accurate economics and market forecaster. Paul’s long record includes accurate forecasts for the Housing Bubble, Energy crisis, the “great recession,” the rise of precious metals and much more.
As a writer, Paul is also the editor of the Prosperity Alert, a popular financial email newsletter. In addition, many have seen his articles and essays appear at popular financial websites and publications. Read more of Paul’s essays at his blog www.Mladjenovic.blogspot.com.
For some video commentaries on the economy, financial markets and personal financial strategies, go to Paul Mladjenovic’s video channel at www.youtube.com/user/paulmlad. You can view Paul’s LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/paulmladjenovic/ and follow him on Twitter @paulmlad.
As a national speaker, Paul has done over 2,000 national seminars and workshops since 1983. He emphasizes a “two-pronged” approach to wealth-building. “Passive wealth-building” which means having your money work for you (with investing and financial strategies) and “Active wealth-building” strategies such as starting your own home business or other active business part-time activity.
Editor, writer and web producer Anne Mollegen Smith is a former editor-in-chief of Redbook, Working Woman, McCall's, and the Art of Simple Living. She blogs at brooklyn-artisan.net.
Registered with the CFTC and an NFA member since 1998, Global Futures Exchange and Trading Company, Inc., is located in Tarzana, California. Global is one of the largest independent introducing brokerage firms offering futures and options trading on all major exchanges around the world; our services also include foreign exchange (forex) trading. Supported and enhanced by global technology, our platforms are designed to provide powerful, reliable and value-added brokerage solutions. Global has built a solid and loyal client foundation due to our expertise, elevated ethical standards and efficiency. Learn more >>
Casey Murphy previously worked as the Product manager of Investopedia's markets, active trading and forex channels. Casey's areas of specialization include active trading, technical analysis, ETFs, commodities, options and forex.
Brian O’Connell is a Doylestown, Pennsylvania-based freelance writer with 15 years experience covering business news and trends, particularly in the finance and investments, real estate, and Internet and technology sectors. He is a former Wall Street bond trader, and an author who has placed two business books in "The Book of the Month Club". O'Connell's byline has appeared in dozens of top-tier national business publications, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The Street.com, Yahoo Finance, CBS Marketwatch, and many others.
He has appeared as an expert financial commentator on CNN, NPR, Fox News, Bloomberg, CNBC, C-Span, CBS Radio, and many other media broadcast outlets.
Nicholas Pell is a freelance writer living in Hollywood, California. His writing has been featured on Made Man, The Nervous Breakdown, Strange Horizons, Chron.com, DocStoc, LiveStrong and USA Today. Pell has been a featured guest on CBS Radio’s Overnight America.
Elvis Picardo is Vice President-Research and a portfolio manager at Global Securities Corporation in Vancouver, Canada. He brings a global perspective to investment research and portfolio management, obtained through more than two decades of international capital markets experience in Canada, India and Hong Kong. His experience spans a wide range of asset classes – equities, options, fixed income and currencies. Elvis is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and holds the Canadian Investment Manager designation; he also has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Master's in Management Studies. Opinions expressed herein are his own.
Iris Price is a single Baby Boomer whose antidote to a lack of retirement funds was to launch a long-delayed career as a writer. She bought a new-construction home and now obsessively creates lists of must-have home improvements. She specializes in writing about home services and self-motivation.
Brent Radcliffe is a digital analyst with a software company based in the Washington, DC area. He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in International Economics, with minors in both French and International Relations. Radcliffe is a freelance writer covering topics related to economics, trade and investing.
With an expertise in emerging markets and energy, Karim Rahemtulla is regarded as one of the country's foremost resource and developing world analysts. Educated in England, Canada and the United States, Karim is fluent in several languages. His undergraduate studies were completed in Economics/Foreign Languages, and his graduate coursework was completed in Finance. Learn More >>
Best known as the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad — the #1 personal finance book of all time — Robert Kiyosaki has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people around the world think about money. He is an entrepreneur, educator, and investor who believes the world needs more entrepreneurs. With perspectives on money and investing that often contradict conventional wisdom, Robert has earned an international reputation for straight talk, irreverence, and courage and has become a passionate and outspoken advocate for financial education. His most recent books include Unfair Advantage: What Schools Will Never Teach You About Money and Midas Touch, the second book he has co-authored with Donald Trump.
Kimberly Rotter is a personal finance writer and small business owner, usually located in San Diego, CA. She holds an MBA (Management) from San Diego State University's School of Business. Kimberly has successfully founded and operated three small businesses, including her current venture, a content creation and strategy service. She is a bankruptcy survivor and now, with her husband, owns two homes and a few investment accounts. Kimberly believes in managing money conservatively and avoiding debt wherever possible. She is also a mother, and enjoys researching and writing about topics that affect parents and families. Connect with Kimberly on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter.
Shibli Sadek completed his BBA in finance from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh and is currently the Deputy Manager of BASIC Bank Limited's industrial credit division. He is highly enthusiastic about finance and risk management, and has passed all the three levels of CFA examinations.
Shrey Sao is an Investor by profession and a firm believer of value investing. He previously worked as an Analyst with Valuepickr Research & Analytics and recently cleared the CFA Level-3 in June 2014. Shrey is an engineering graduate in Electronics and Communication from SRM University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and has completed a post graduate program in Securities Markets from National Institute of Securities Markets (established by the Indian stock market regulator SEBI), Navi Mumbai, Maharastra, India. He was introduced to the field of investments when he won a Dummy Stock Market event organized by his college, after which he began reading about investments on the internet with Investopedia being a great help in laying a firm foundation.
John Schmoll is the founder of FrugalRules.com, a personal finance blog dedicated to raising financial literacy and promoting freedom through frugality. In addition to being a Dad, MBA grad and professional blogger, John has more than 15 years of experience working within the life insurance, accounting and banking industries. John has written extensively on finance, investing, budgeting, credit card debt, self-employment and frugality.
Shobhit Seth is a freelance freelance financial writer, derivatives trader and consultant specializing in derivatives pricing and quantitative research. His career spans over 14 years with a position of Product Manager (Derivatives, Financial Data & Risk Management) at leading financial services companies across UK, Europe, US and India. He has written extensively on topics pertaining to Derivatives Pricing, Derivatives Combinations & Structures, and Derivatives Trading Strategies. A lot of his work is available at www.FuturesOptionsETC.com, a site on Derivatives Trading which Shobhit owns and maintains. Shobhit also has expertise in index based products and ETFs and he conducts training sessions on derivatives and related financial topics.
Shobhit has a Master’s degree in Financial Management (Specialization in Derivatives & Quantitative Research), The Netherlands and a Bachelor of Technology degree (Electronics & Communications Engineering), India.
Neha Sinha holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from India. She has been an auditor at the Deloitte Mumbai, India office and has also freelanced for the website wikinvest.com, creating profile pages on listed Indian companies. She is currently pursuing her CFA certification.
Neha's expertise, by virtue of her education and work, lies in accounting and auditing. However, she enjoys tracking sectors and companies - especially new age technology and internet-based ventures and emerging markets. Writing has always been her first love and she is always thrilled to travel.
Ravi Srikant recently graduated with an MBA in Finance and has cleared all three levels of the CFA exam. The financial crisis of 2008 was a life-changing event for Ravi as it helped him decide on his future career path. His other areas of interest include geopolitics and history, and their interaction with the economy.
John Summa, Ph.D., is the founder and president of OptionsNerd.com LLC. He co-authored "Options on Futures: New Trading Strategies and Options on Futures Workbook" (2001). He is also the author of "Trading Against The Crowd: Profiting From Fear and Greed in Stock, Futures and Options Markets" (2004), which presents contrarian sentiment trading indicators and trading systems for stocks, futures and options. Founded in 1998, OptionsNerd.com provides professional training and educational support to stock, options and futures traders. Summa is an economist, author, options trader and former professional skier, and he presents small-group, online and in-person training seminars.
R. Brad Thomas is an acknowledged expert on commercial real estate investing and more specifically, Real Estate Investment Trusts (or REITs). Brad has been actively involved in commercial real estate for more than 25 years and he has purchased and/or arranged financing for close to $1 billion of investments across multiple property sectors.
Over the years, Brad has provided nationwide real estate brokerage, construction services, development services,and capital market solutions for a variety of clients. With a passion for assisting investors, Brad enjoys researching and writing on REITs – an $800 billion industry in the US.While some are not certain whether to own REIT securities, Brad has become the “go-to” analyst enabling investors to build wealth by investing in REITs with a margin of safety.
Brad currently also contributes for The Street, Seeking Alpha, Forbes.com, and The Motley Fool, where he writes and researches on publicly-traded and private real estate companies. He is a prolific writer and his web-based articles generate over 2.5 million page views annually. In addition, Brad is the editor of The Intelligent REIT Investor, a monthly newsletter on REIT investing. He has also appeared in Kiplingers, Barron’s, Forbes Magazine and Institutional Investor. He has also appeared on national radio and television including Fox Business News and NPR.
Brad is currently writing two books: the first is about the legendary real estate investor Donald Trump, and the second is called REIT 101: Everything You Need to Know.
Brad received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics from Presbyterian College where he played basketball and he was member in ROTC. He has been a member of ICSC for over 25 years and he is active in many speaking panels and investment conferences.
Scott Van Voorhis, a veteran financial journalist with over 20 years experience, spent the last eight years as a business reporter at the Boston Herald, during which he was recognized by the New England Associated Press News Executives Association for his reporting on the subprime mortgage market meltdown. He lives in Natick, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children.
In addition to once being a full-time trader of equities and equity derivatives, Robert has also served as the lead financial analyst for a Forbes top-50 private corporation and as an analyst for an institution whose endowment is among the largest in the world. Robert has been profiled in such books as Trade with Passion and Purposeand Alexander Green’s The Secret of Shelter Island. He’s also featured in Karim Rahemtulla’s bestselling book, Where in the World Should I Invest? Robert is regarded as an authority in corporate finance, specifically in gauging the investment health of companies. Learn More >>>
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Roger Wohlner, CFP® is a fee-only financial advisor based in Arlington Heights, Illinois where he provides financial planning and investment advice to individual clients, 401(k) plan sponsors and participants, foundations and endowments. Roger is active on social media; you can follow him on Twitter (@rwohlner). Roger is also a contributor to the US News Smarter Investor Blog and to his own popular finance blog The Chicago Financial Planner where he writes about issues concerning financial planning, investments and retirement plans.
Laura Woods is a Los Angeles-based writer specializing in personal finance, higher education, legal matters and marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Robert Morris University.