Communications Professional, Contributor for Investopedia


Carnegie Mellon University, Temple University


  • 25+ years of experience as a full-time communications professional
  • Extensive background in financial services, working for some of the nation's largest mutual fund companies and banks
  • Writes about finance, food, and travel for a variety of publications and websites


A communications professional since 1992, James McWhinney followed his passion for investing and has focused his career primarily on financial services since 1996. In addition to a series of roles of increasing responsibility, leading up to management positions, James has maintained an active freelance writing practice for select clients. He is a long-tenured contributor to Investopedia.

James has had a front-row seat as an industry observer witnessing the rise of the defined-contribution industry and the resulting transfer of responsibility from employers to employees for personal financial well-being. This has resulted in a deeply personal drive to help investors learn about finance and investing.


James received his double major Bachelor of Arts in professional and creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University and earned his Master of Journalism at Temple University.

Quote from James McWhinney

"Understanding how to manage your finances and investments have become essential components of modern life."