Contributors

  • Brendan Byrnes

    TMFNiner

    Managing Director of The Ascent. Brendan started at The Motley Fool as an editor before moving on to conduct on-camera interviews with executives and influential people from around the business world. He’s written hundreds of articles for Fool.com and has provided analysis on television outlets including CNBC and Fox.

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  • Adam Levy

    TMFnCaffeine

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  • Alli Berry

    TMFAlliB

    Editorial strategist for The Ascent. While she's always been more of a content strategist than finance nerd, she has an economics degree from Lake Forest College and MBA from Purdue University Global. She lives in Colorado, and when not at the office, can usually be found on a hiking trail.

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  • Daniel B. Kline

    TMFDankline

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  • James McClenathen

    TMFJammerz

    Personal finance editor for The Ascent, retirement planning wonk, former reporter, new Coloradoan, and aspiring mountaineer.

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  • Nathan Hamilton

    TMFHamFoolery

    Co-founder and personal finance industry analyst for The Ascent by The Motley Fool, a new online publisher of the year award recipient in 2017. Prior to that, he was a Director for The Motley Fool. He has 11 years of finance experience under his belt and has published over 800 educational and research articles that have appeared on websites such as MSN, AOL, and Yahoo Finance. He holds an MBA in Finance from George Washington University.

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  • Kailey Fralick

    TMFKailey

    Personal finance writer at The Ascent. What are your favorite financial products? I'm a minimalist, so I like the Chase Freedom Unlimited card. What piece of money advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Start investing. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? I'm constantly learning new things. I taught myself calculus for fun.

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  • Matt Frankel, CFP

    TMFMathGuy

    Matt is a Certified Financial Planner® and investment advisor based in Columbia, South Carolina. He writes personal finance and investment advice for The Ascent and its parent company The Motley Fool, with more than 4,500 published articles and a 2017 SABEW Best in Business award. Matt writes a weekly investment column ("Ask a Fool") that is syndicated in USA Today, and his work has been regularly featured on CNBC, Fox Business, MSN Money, and many other major outlets. He’s a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Nova Southeastern University, and holds a graduate certificate in financial planning from Florida State University.

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  • Elizabeth Aldrich

    TMFEnthusiast

    Personal finance writer for The Ascent. What are your favorite financial products? Travel credit cards and tax-sheltered retirement plans. What piece of money advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Saving and investing sound boring, but the end goal is fun. Listen to what your Dad is telling you about compound interest, and start saving now. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? Birding.

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  • Dan Caplinger

    TMFGalagan

    Personal finance writer for The Ascent. What are your favorite financial products? I like online accounts of all kinds, including brokerage, bank, and credit cards. Managing money online is a convenience I wouldn't want to live without now. What piece of money advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Don't buy that high-load mutual fund! What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? What free time?!

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  • Eric Volkman

    TMFVolkman

    Personal finance writer for The Ascent. What are your favorite financial products? The ones I own that make money. What piece of money advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Learn how the financial markets work! What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? Track down and buy obscure pieces of music.

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  • Lyle Daly

    TMFLyleDaly

    Personal finance and travel expert at The Ascent. What are your favorite financial products? Credit cards are my absolute favorite. I prefer travel rewards cards, but I also have some cash-back cards. What piece of money advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Put money into index funds every month so future Lyle is filthy rich and can buy a boat or maybe even an island. Don't pinch pennies. Be willing to spend on quality products and experiences that you really want. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? I read a lot and browse Reddit.

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  • The Ascent Staff

    TheAscentStaff

    The Ascent brings financial expertise, trusted advice, and unbiased analysis to the world of daily personal finance decisions. Our mission is to help you live more richly.

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  • Maurie Backman

    TMFBookNerd

    Personal finance writer for The Ascent. What are your favorite financial products? I love the Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi. It offers great perks in addition to cash back on all Costco purchases. What piece of money advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Pay yourself first. I started doing that a little later in life, but had I started saving and investing back then, I'd be richer today. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? I like looking up word origins.

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  • Jordan Wathen

    TMFValueMagnet

    Jordan Wathen is a Motley Fool contributor covering the financial sector and investing strategies. He believes stock investors can benefit by analyzing a company with a credit investors' mentality -- rule out the downside, and the upside takes care of itself. You can tweet him @jwthn.

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  • Christy Bieber

    TMFChristyB

    Personal finance expert at The Ascent. Former college teacher with experience writing textbooks. What are your favorite financial products? Bank of America Preferred Rewards Card. What piece of money advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Buy Netflix stock when it has its IPO. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? Read political blogs.

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  • Kamran Rosen

    TMFkamran

    Research analyst at The Ascent; former economics writer at NerdWallet. What are your favorite financial products? I'm a huge fan of the Amazon Prime Visa Card, Synchrony online savings account, and E*TRADE for stocks and bonds. I also think too few young people have renter's insurance which I've used twice already. What piece of money advice would you give your 18-year-old self? Stop spending so much. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your free time? Go to chess clubs in New York City and lose to brilliant 12-year-olds.

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