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What is Investor Junkie All About?

It’s about helping you become a better investor and entrepreneur.

While the site will talk about stocks, I’m thinking at a much broader level. I look at investing as anything you set aside money for, with the hope of having more of it at the end. It’s much more related to financial freedom and personal finance.

I initially created this site out of my own needs — I was looking for a website that discusses investing in much more depth and could not find one that met my needs. Most either were too basic or giving out bad advice.

This site is not about some “get rich quick” method. It’s about slowly making money work for you creating multiple streams of income that are passive, and active: stocks, bonds, real estate, businesses, and alternative investments not often discussed. You won’t see Suze Orman or Dave Ramsey discussing many of these topics.

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Who We Are and Why We’re Qualified to Write

Larry Ludwig, Founder and Editor in Chief
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Larry Ludwig

I’m Larry and I’m the founder of Investor Junkie. A site aimed at helping you become a better investor and entrepreneur.

I love talking about how to leverage your investments to make more money! This includes alternative investments not often discussed in the financial media. That’s what an Investor Junkie does!

I currently reside in the Long Island, New York area. I have a wife, three kids, and have owned a business for over 10 years. I have a bachelor of science degree in computers, and a minor in business from Clemson University. We have have an investment portfolio that includes a business, retirement accounts, a rental property, and taxable investments.

From time to time I discuss politics, but only from the financial angle. Unfortunately, I see our financial world becoming more politicized. The more the government involves themselves in our economy, the more politics play a role. Therefore, the more I discuss personal finance, the more I have to discuss politics and my beliefs. I am registered as an Independent. I am a Libertarian with my financial policies and tend to vote Republican mainly because where I live is completely Democrat/Progressive.

As you can see, I’m no different than you. I was looking to learn more about finance from unbiased sources outside of the financial industry. Since my teens I’ve taken an active interest in matters of business and investing. Technology has been my first passion; business has been my second.

In addition, as much as I love my parents, I wanted to not make the same mistakes they made when I was growing up. I’ve read over 150 books, courses, tapes and have a library of such information. I’ve read anything from personal finance, to becoming a real estate landlord. Daily I read many web sites, blogs and newspapers (now via my iPad) related to the subject.

I hope you’ll not only learn from me, but I will learn from my readers. I don’t claim to be an expert in every topic discussed. I do claim to have gone through many of life’s financial experiences, and I can offer some words of wisdom. I can walk the talk, and I’m not “faking it till I make it”. I, too, started from nothing, and now I am at the point where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Connect with him on Twitter @InvestorJunkie.

See a complete list of Larry’s articles on his author page.

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Carrie Smith

Carrie Smith, Managing Editor

Carrie was an accountant for the past 10 years, and has a background in editing. In 2011 she founded carefulcents.com a site that helps other entrepreneurs and small businesses organize their finances. She puts her keen eye for detail and editing skills to good use, by managing all the blog posts and content here on Investor Junkie.

Connect with her on Twitter @carefulcents.

See a complete list of Carrie’s articles on her author page.

Miranda Marquit

Miranda Marquit

Miranda Marquit, Freelance Contributor

Miranda writes for several financial blogs and websites, including her own site, PlantingMoneySeeds.com. Her years of financial reporting, including in the areas of small business, investing, and entrepreneurship, are put to use covering those topics on Investor Junkie.

Connect with her on Twitter @MMarquit.

See a complete list of Miranda’s articles on her author page.

Kevin Mercadante

Kevin Mercadante

Kevin Mercadante, Freelance Contributor

Kevin specializes in contract assignments for finance and accounting, and is always on the lookout for new work, and for new business opportunities. He views himself as “no expert”, he has a vast amount of knowledge about investing and making your money go farther.

Connect with him on Twitter @OutofYourRut.

See a complete list of Kevin’s articles on his author page.

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Justin McCurry

Justin McCurry, Freelance Contributor

At age 33 Justin retired from a career in civil engineering to spend more time with his family and pursue his other interests and hobbies. Justin founded RootofGood.com where he shares advice on reaching financial independence and enjoying the early retired life. After graduating NC State University with degrees in Civil Engineering and Spanish, Justin earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the School of Law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Connect with him on Twitter @rootofgoodblog.

See a complete list of Justin’s articles on his author page.

Melissa Batai

Melissa Batai

Melissa, Virtual Assistant

Melissa Batai is a former English teacher turned personal finance writer who also blogs at momsplans.com. She works behind the scenes at Investor Junkie creating the newsletters and bringing readers the latest financial news in the weekend reading posts.

Connect with her on Twitter @MomsPlans.

See a complete list of Melissa’s articles on her author page.

We Want to Hear From You!

In the end, most of what we say is a matter of opinion. You should read the disclaimer before taking any of our investing advice or ideas. What might be appropriate for our situation may not make sense for you.

We would love to hear from our readers. If you have any comments, leads, suggestions, or even different opinions, please feel free to share by posting a comment. We want people to voice difference of opinion, and we appreciate any tips. We promise to do our best to respond to comments and emails.

Hopefully, you will get something out of our ramblings and become a better investor and entrepreneur in the process. We have enjoyed putting effort into creating this site and hope you enjoy it just as much.

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