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About the author
Bankrate reporter Brian Baker covers investing and retirement. He has previous experience as an industry analyst at an investment firm. Baker is passionate about helping people make sense of complicated financial topics so that they can plan for their financial futures.
Investing, behavioral finance, stock analysis and valuation
Brian is a financial analyst with prior experience in research at a valuation-based investment firm. He has also reported on regulatory issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and trade.
Baker has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
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