James McWhinney

James McWhinney

  • • 25+ year 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

Experience

A communications professional since 1992, James 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, he 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 wellbeing. This has resulted in a deep personal in helping investors learn about finance and investing.

Education

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

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

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Investopedia and Dotdash

Investopedia helps you understand complex financial concepts, learn and improve your investing skills, and learn how to manage your money. Whether you’re in a classroom, a boardroom or your living room, our editors and network of financial advisors and experts have answered your questions and proudly earned your trust since 1999. Investopedia is part of Dotdash, a collection of some of the web’s largest and most trusted digital media brands.

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