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 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.
Who We Are and Why We’re Qualified to Write
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.
Dave has been many things in life, including school bus driver, rock climbing instructor, software analyst, and restaurant cook. For the past two decades, he’s been editing for a living. He puts his editing skills and keen eye for detail to good use by managing all the blog posts and content here on Investor Junkie.
Connect with him on Twitter @whstler.
Kat McKerrow, Manager
Kat McKerrow has been working in the financial publishing industry for nearly a decade. Before that, she worked as a Latin teacher and archaeologist, as well as managing a clothing store for Civil War re-enactors. She is passionate about music, history and traveling.
Connect with her on Twitter @BelladonnaTook.
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.
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.
Roger Wohlner, Freelance Contributor
Roger Wohlner is an experienced financial advisor, finance blogger and freelance writer based in Arlington Heights, Ill. His expertise includes providing financial planning and investment advice to individual clients, 401(k) plan sponsors, foundations and endowments. Roger contributes to his own popular finance blog, The Chicago Financial Planner, where he writes about issues concerning financial planning, investments and retirement plans. His work has been featured on Investopedia, Go Banking Rates, US News & World Report, Yahoo! Finance, Equifax Finance Blog and other publications.
Connect with him on Twitter @rwohlner.
See a complete list of Roger’s articles on his author page.
Ruth Lyons, Freelance Contributor
Trading three decades of financial publishing experience in the corporate world for a life of personal and financial freedom as a freelancer in 2012, Ruth is passionate about helping others take control of their personal finances and to become aware and educated on their options as self-reliant individuals. Disenfranchised with the high cost and lackluster performance of her IRA, college savings and other retirement accounts handled by a full-service broker, Ruth moved her retirement money to a self-directed IRA in 2015. Ruth holds an MS in Finance from Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business (1991) and a Business Management degree from University of Maryland (1984).
Connect with her on Twitter @RuLyons.
See a complete list of Ruth’s articles on her author page.
Linsey Knerl, Virtual Assistant
Linsey Knerl is a rural mom of 6, and the blogger behind 1099Mom.com. She works behind the scenes at Investor Junkie creating the newsletters and bringing readers the latest financial news via social media.
Connect with her on Twitter @LKnerl.
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 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.
Melanie Lockert, Freelance Contributor
Melanie Lockert is a Portland-based personal finance writer and founder of the award-winning blog Dear Debt. Melanie has several years of experience writing in the personal finance space. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Student Loan Hero, Credit Karma, GoGirl Finance and more.
Connect with her on Twitter @DearDebtBlog.
See a complete list of Melanie’s articles on her author page.
Jordan Wathen, Freelance Contributor
Value investor and writer. There’s nothing Jordan loves more than digging into new investments that provide an excellent return with the greatest margin of safety. He’s a big believer that the active investor can outperform the index in the long haul.
Connect with him on Twitter @jwthn.
See a complete list of Jordan’s articles on his 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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