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Mercedes Barba

  • Investing
  • Stock analysis
  • Retirement
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, California State University, Los Angeles

Mercedes Barba is a seasoned editorial leader and video producer. Presently, she holds the position of Senior Editor at Bankrate. Prior to this, she served as a senior editor at NextAdvisor and led the video team at, where she executive produced a short documentary that received an Emmy nomination. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son Luke and two pet dogs.

The key to successful investing is to take action and not let fear or over-analyzing prevent you from taking advantage of the benefits of compound interest over time.

— Mercedes Barba

Mercedes's latest articles

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    The best dividend mutual funds

    The best dividend mutual funds are an attractive prospect for any investor, but especially for retirees.

    3 min read May 25, 2023
  • Robinhood® review 2023

    Zero-commission broker Robinhood is a good gateway to the stock market if you've never invested before, but the majority of investors will quickly hit a wall even if the price is right.

    9 min read May 24, 2023
  • Merrill Edge® review 2023

    Merrill Edge's synergy with Bank of America makes it one of the most cost-effective brokers.

    5 min read May 24, 2023
  • Vanguard® review 2023

    Though investors who want to be in control may feel Vanguard falls short, hands-off investors who like the investment firm's low-cost mutual funds and ETFs will feel right at home.

    5 min read May 24, 2023
  • M1 Finance Review 2023

    M1 Finance straddles the line between broker and robo-advisor, between letting you run wild and giving you basic tools and portfolios that can guide you. It’s in a strange limbo, but those who fit the mix of features offered at M1 Finance may find it especially useful and won’t be able to imagine going elsewhere.

    8 min read May 23, 2023