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Brian Baker, CFA

Senior writer, investing and retirement
  • 14
    Years of experience
  • Investing
  • Wealth management
  • Behavioral finance
  • Stock analysis and valuation
  • CFA Institute
  • Bachelor of Arts, Finance, Michigan State University
  • Master of Science, Journalism, Northwestern University


About the author

Brian Baker, CFA, covers investing and retirement for Bankrate. He previously worked in equity research at Diamond Hill Capital Management and is a CFA Charterholder. His work has appeared online in various publications including MarketWatch, Fortune, the Omaha World-Herald, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Detroit News, MSN and Yahoo Finance.

Prior to joining Bankrate, he covered mergers and acquisitions for MLex Market Insight in Washington, D.C. Baker is passionate about helping people make sense of complicated financial topics so that they can better plan for their financial futures.

Readers can rely on his articles to learn more about a variety of investing topics such as how to start investing, investing through mutual funds, when to sell a stock and how investors can manage their emotions.

Baker’s passion for investing developed in college after reading about the success of long-term investors like Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.



Investing can be intimidating, but following some basic principles can put you on the path to achieving your financial goals.

— Brian Baker, CFA

Brian's latest articles

  • E-Trade Review 2024

    E-Trade has a wide variety of valuable tools and easy-to-understand resources that offer a lot of value for beginners.

    Jun 04, 2024
  • Wealthfront Review 2024

    Wealthfront ranks among the best robo-advisors, offering sophisticated portfolio management, a top cash management account and some of the most useful planning tools. Wealthfront scores big in all major areas – then somehow does it all at low cost, too.

    Jun 04, 2024
  • Fidelity Go Review 2024

    Fidelity Go offers core robo-advisor features (portfolio management, rebalancing) and combines them with Fidelity’s investor-friendly reputation. So you’ll get funds with no fees and excellent customer service at any hour of the day.

    May 09, 2024
  • Acorns Review 2024

    Acorns offers a useful app for managing many aspects of your financial life, from basic spending to saving with its “round-up” feature to investing in a diversified portfolio of securities.

    May 09, 2024