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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

  • 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.

    Apr 23, 2024
  • Firstrade Review 2024

    Firstrade is a solid overall broker choice and offers several features that both new and experienced investors will appreciate.

    Apr 04, 2024
  • Best Mutual Funds In April 2024

    With literally thousands of available mutual funds, how do you find the top ones for your portfolio? Bankrate has highlighted some of the best mutual funds.

    Apr 01, 2024
  • 6 Best Financial Advisors of April 2024

    Financial advisors can assist with many aspects of your financial life. Bankrate evaluated dozens of firms and identified the best to consider for your needs.

    Mar 04, 2024