Ken Clark

Ken Clark has been fascinated with finances and investing ever since he was a child when his father, a veteran stockbroker, walked him around the office for the first time. By middle school, Ken was checking the stock pages daily. While most kids his age were watching Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Ken was watching Michael Douglas in Wall Street.



At Pepperdine University, Ken studied Business Management and Accounting while simultaneously enrolling in the CFP Certificate Program through Colorado's College for Financial Planning. During college, Ken interned first at UBS PaineWebber, learning the art of multi-generation wealth planning. Following his time there, Ken interned at Dimensional Funds researching Pacific Rim companies.



After college, Ken became one of the youngest CFP's in the country and joined UBS PaineWebber full-time. During his five year tenure there, he co-managed over $100 million in retirement accounts. After leaving UBS PaineWebber, Ken started his own financial planning firm which included a specialized division providing cash management for homeowner's associations.



After another four years, Ken made the transition to full-time speaking and writing. Ken's a regular speaker for the employees of numerous Fortune 500 companies and is the College Savings Guide at About.com. Ken is also the author of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Out of Debt.



In addition to his financial planning background, Ken is an ordained minister and holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. He's considered an expert on many complex issues such as the psychology of investing and wealth, the overlap of spirituality and personal finances, and helping families resolve financial conflict.
Additionally, for his mentoring work with at-risk teens, Ken was named "Mentor of the Year" by the Investment News in 2007.



Ken and his wife have three children and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.



To learn more about Clark at his website, www.KenClarkCFP.com.

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