Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Barbara Eisner Bayer

Barbara Eisner Bayer


Barbara has written about personal finance and investing for over 24 years for E*Trade, SoFi, Discover Banking, HouseLogic, Schwab, Merrill Lynch, and many others. She's the former Managing Editor of and, and has been with the Motley Fool since its early days.

Recent articles


The Smart Way to Claim Social Security Benefits During the Coronavirus Pandemic

If you're ready to file for Social Security benefits, here are five steps to guide you.


4 Investing Lessons to Learn From Warren Buffett

Anyone can be a successful investor if they follow these basic tips.


3 Ways to Plan for a Market Crash

A market correction may be just around the corner. Here's how you can protect your portfolio from tanking when it comes.

ETF man write board

3 Ways ETFs Are Perfect for Retirement

Retirement portfolios need ETFs, which trade like stocks but offer the diversification of mutual funds.


7 Investing Lessons You Can Learn From Warren Buffett

If you're interested in creating wealth, this advice from the world's favorite billionaire can set you up for success.


13 Quotes to Help Plan for Retirement

These experienced and clever investors can help your retirement strategy get on the right track.


6 Steps to Handling Money in a Recession

Crucial steps to protect your money during an economic pullback.


5 Investing Tips From Oprah Winfrey

The multibillionaire shares her thoughts on investing success.


Ray Dalio: Four Unique Investment Tips to Get Rich

Learn the secret sauce to investing success from this multibillionaire.


6 Tiny Ways to Start Investing

You don't need lots of money to start investing, just a desire to begin.


Learn From Warren Buffett: Manage Your Money to Start Investing

These five tips from one of the world's richest people can help you get your finances on track, which is step one to start seriously growing your wealth.

MOne with Mask

4 Ways to Protect Your Money During a Coronavirus Recession

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect our economy, it's important to protect your money in any way possible.


Can a Reverse Mortgage Impact Your Social Security or Medicare Benefits?

If you need more money to cover your bills in retirement, a reverse mortgage may be a solution -- but will it hurt your government-sponsored benefits?

Happy couple

5 Estate-Planning Tips for Child-Free Couples

Couples without kids will face a different set of estate-planning challenges.

Obituary write

7 Tips for Planning Your Funeral, and Why You Should

When the end comes, have it your way. By preparing your funeral before it's necessary, you'll help your family and ensure your final wishes are fulfilled.


Do You Really Need a Will?

You may think you don't have enough assets to require a will -- but you may be wrong about that.

Bear Market Isn't the End

When will the fat lady sing? Find out how Rule Breakers handle down markets.

Wishful Thinking

When you take on risky investments, you have to be prepared to do more than just wish for success.

Investing for Peace of Mind

After last week's crazy market, this Fool is looking for spiritual, rather than financial, guidance.'s Karma

As investors try to make sense of the unexplainable short-term gyrations of the market, good and bad karma have been making all-too-frequent appearances in market analysis. Rule Breaker is attempting to create some good karma and peaceful profits by joining forces with former competitor Toys