Ryan Barnes

Ryan Barnes is a self-professed lifelong investing nut. He can distinctly remember gazing over the business quotes page of the local paper in his grade 7 classroom. He saw a symbol called "BRK.HA" quoted at a price of a whopping $22,000, and was thoroughly convinced that this just had to be the largest company on earth, and by a lot.

Setting "Berk Ha", as he called it, aside for the moment, he was fortunate enough to have some early investment muses. His university had an alumni endowment left entirely to the undergraduate students to manage, and it proceeded to give them license to create a diversified portfolio of stock holdings, complete with student portfolio managers and research analysts.

Barnes has seen many sides of the industry, starting as an assistant to a stockbroker. He also had the dizzying experience of working for a dotcom in the late '90s, seeing first-hand how company management truly believed that the world was their oyster (and it was - right up until the year 2000).

Most recently, he worked with a privately-owned Registered Investment Advisor for several years, working in many different capacities, and gaining invaluable insight into the minds of individual investors. Barnes says that there is nothing like the stern, responsible joy of professional money management, and once he receives his CFA designation, he plans to return to the arena.

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  1. Mutual Funds

    Benchmark Your Returns With Indexes

    If your portfolio is always falling short, you may not be making an apples-to-apples comparison.
  2. Investing Strategy

    Pick Stocks Like Peter Lynch

    Learn the basic tenets that helped legendary fund manager Peter Lynch earn his fortune in investing.
  3. Investing Strategy

    Due diligence in 10 easy steps

    Got a hot stock tip? Follow up on it with these 10 tips to avoid getting burned. This due diligence offers key information ...
  4. Managing Wealth

    Looking Deeper Into Capital Allocation

    Discover how companies decide how to spend their cash in a variety of market conditions.
  5. Managing Wealth

    Tailoring Your Investment Plan

    Start your own investing adventure with the help of some simple guidelines.
  6. Financial Analysis

    PEG Ratio Nails Down Value Stocks

    Learn how this simple calculation can help you determine a stock's earnings potential.
  7. Markets & Economy

    The Importance Of Inflation And GDP

    Learn the underlying theories behind these concepts and what they can mean for your portfolio.
  8. Trading Strategy

    Top 5 Budgeting Questions Answered

    You don't need a degree to understand your money, begin saving and pay down debt.
  9. Budgeting & Savings

    Top 5 Budgeting Questions Answered

    Answering your questions on five of the most popular budgeting questions around.
  10. Asset Allocation

    Economic Indicators That Do-It-Yourself Investors Should Know

    Understanding these investing tools will put the market in your hands.
  11. How can I budget for both short-term expenses and long-term goals?

    The first step in planning for long-term goals is actually determining how much you spend on short-term expenses. Once you ...
  12. Investing Strategy

    Adapt To A Bear Market

    Learn how your portfolio should evolve to suit bear market conditions.
  13. Life Insurance

    5 Investment Risks Created By Global Warming

    Climate-change deniers and believers alike would be wise to prepare for the worst.
  14. Financial Analysis

    Nobel Winners Are Economic Prizes

    Before you try to profit from their theories, you should learn about the creators themselves.
  15. Mutual Funds

    Invest With A Thesis

    Writing down a thesis for every investment may seem almost too simple to be effective, but lessons from behavioral finance ...
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