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Mr. 1500

Mr. 1500 is a programmer and personal finance writer who loves to write about personal finance, early retirement and anything else that has to do with money. He is most known for blogging about his goal of retiring within 1500 days, a story which he shares on his blog 1500days.com. His early retirement story has been featured in nationally syndicated media including CNBC and BusinessInsider. When not thinking about numbers and dollar signs, you can find him with his family playing in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado.

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Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson is a nationally recognized financial expert and award-winning writer whose obsession with frugality, budgeting, and travel plays a central role in her work. In addition to serving as Contributing Editor for The Simple Dollar, Holly writes for inspiring publications such as U.S. News and World Report Travel, The Balance, CreditCards.com, Personal Capital, Lending Tree, and Frugal Travel Guy. Holly also owns two websites of her own - Club Thrifty and Travel Blue Book, and is the co-author of “Zero Down Your Debt: Reclaim Your Income and Build a Life You’ll Love.” Her inspiring story has been profiled on Forbes.com and she won the 2015 Plutus Award at FinCon for “Best Contributor/Freelancer for Personal Finance”.

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Pauline Paquin

Pauline Paquin is a personal finance expert whose work has been published on Business Insider, HuffPost, and Yahoo Finance. She left the rat race at 29 to live life on her own terms, and help readers achieve financial independence through smart work and asset allocation. She shares her story at ReachFinancialIndependence.com.

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John Schmoll

John Schmoll, MBA, is a former stockbroker, mutual fund administrator and veteran of the financial services industry. His interest in investing and passion for financial literacy led him to leave his career with a well-known brokerage house to grow an advertising business with his wife and start a personal finance site, Frugal Rules, in 2012. In addition to running the business with his wife, John also writes for sites like Investopedia, Lending Tree and U.S. News & World Report.

Cooper Haywood

Cooper Haywood

Cooper is a former equity research professional/finance analyst who holds an MBA in Financial Instruments and Markets from New York University's Stern School of Business. He left the investment banking world in 2015 to become a full-time investor. He contributed to InvestmentZen as an financial product analyst from 2016-2017.

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Amanda Abella

Amanda Abella is a personal finance expert, speaker and writer. She is the author of the book 'Make Money Your Honey: A Spirited Entrepreneur's Guide to Having a Love Affair with Work and Money.'

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Nate Zhang

Nate is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of InvestmentZen. He's still waiting patiently for Wordpress to integrate eye tracking software that doesn't let you comment until you read the entire article. Twice.

Aditya Ragunath

Aditya Ragunath

Aditya Raghunath is a financial writer who writes about business, public equities and personal finance. His work has been published on several digital platforms in the U.S. and Canada, including The Motley Fool and Market Realist. With a post-graduate degree in finance, Aditya has close to 8 years of work experience in financial services. If you are considering investing in the stock market, he recommends reading The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham before taking the plunge.

Sean From My Money Wizard

Sean From My Money Wizard

My Money Wizard is a personal finance blog authored by Sean, a 20-something financial analyst by day and money blogger by night. Sean saved over $150,000 by age 26 as part of his plan to reach complete financial independence in his 30s, and his approach to saving over half his income has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. When he's not writing, Sean can be found cycling, skiing, or traveling the country.

Eric Rosenberg

Eric Rosenberg

Eric Rosenberg, MBA is a graduate of the University of Denver. He is a prolific finance and technology writer whose writing has appeared in publications including the Huffington Post, Business Insider, Investopedia, and many others. He has worked with internationally recognized financial brands including TD Ameritrade, SoFi, Betterment, Travelers, Citizens Bank, BMO Harris, HCC Medical Insurance Services, SelectQuote, Graphiq, and Turo. He is also a public speaker, having spoken at conferences such as FinCon Ignite, and TBEX. When away from the keyboard, Eric he enjoys exploring the world, flying small airplanes, discovering new craft beers, and spending time with his wife and baby girl. You can connect with him at his own finance blog Personal Profitability.

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Connie Mei

Connie blogs about personal finance and her journey to financial independence as a 20-something over at Savvy With Saving. She works in the eCommerce industry and currently resides in New York City.

Elizabeth Colgrove

Elizabeth Colgrove

Elizabeth Colegrove is a passionate "buy and hold" investor who specializes in turning her once-negative transient lifestyle (Military) into a positive lifestyle. She self manages her entire real estate portfolio from long distance while holding down a full time job.

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Chad Carson

Chad Carson is passionate about investing in real estate and traveling with his family of four. Chad Carson is an entrepreneur, author, and teacher who used real estate investing to reach financial independence before the age of 37. He wrote an Amazon best-selling book Retire Early With Real Estate, and his story has been a featured on Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, GetRichSlowly.com, BiggerPockets, and more. Chad also enjoys writing at coachcarson.com about using real estate investing to retire early & do what matters. For practical advice each week — join his free newsletter at coachcarson.com/newsletter.

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Sophia Bera, CFP(R)

Sophia Bera, CFP® is not your father’s financial planner. After working in traditional financial planning firms since 2007 she quit her job at a NY start-up to launch her own firm, Gen Y Planning. Now, she runs a 6-figure online business from her laptop. Her recent accolades include the “Top 40 Under 40” by Investment News, “10 young Advisors to Watch” by Financial Advisor Magazine, and “10 of the Best Personal Finance Experts on Twitter.”

Andrew Josuweit

Andrew Josuweit

Andrew Josuweit, was the founder and former CEO of Student Loan Hero, a company that combines easy-to-use tools with financial education to help millions of Americans living with student loan debt. The company was acquired by Lending Tree in 2018. Andrew holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics from Bentley University. He has been a contributing writer to Forbes, HuffPost, and Entrepreneur Magazine. He has been profiled in Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, among many others.

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Charley Mendoza

Charley Mendoza is a freelance writer covering business, personal finance, careers, and personal development. Check out her website at FreelanceWriterCharley.com

Marshall Hargrave

Marshall Hargrave

Marshall Hargrave is an equity analyst and writer. He has over 10 years of experience writing about stocks and the financial markets, as well as analyzing and valuing companies. He has previously worked with small businesses and startups on financial infrastructure and growth opportunities. Currently, Marshall is the founder of ActivistStocks.com, which offers research to institutional investors. The focus of the research is on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder activism, and activist hedge funds. Marshall has written for the likes of Fortune, TheStreet, The Motley Fool, Wyatt Investment Research, StreetAuthority, and Investor's Alley.

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Robert Olliver

Robert Olliver is a finance writer in Florida who has worked in the finance industry for over 30 years. Now that he is retired, he really enjoys writing. He covers a number of personal finance topics as well as travel related themes since that is another one of his passions.

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Sean Cooper

Sean Cooper is a Financial Journalist and Personal Finance Expert, living in Toronto, Ontario. He paid off his $255,000 mortgage in only three years. In 2017, he published a book about his story entitled “Burn Your Mortgage: The Simple, Powerful Path to Financial Freedom for Canadians.” His story has been featured in international media including the CBC, MoneySense, BusinessInsider, and more. Sean offers money coaching, specializing in pensions and the decumulation of financial wealth in retirement. Follow him on Twitter @SeanCooperWrite. Write and read his blogs and request his writing services on personal website.

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Mindy Jensen

Mindy Jensen is the Community Manager at BiggerPockets.com, where she spends her days writing about her two favorite things, real estate and personal finance. Mindy has flipped numerous homes with her husband, doing most of the work themselves because finding a good contractor is as common as raising unicorns. Keep up with her on Twitter, Facebook, or jump into the forums over at BiggerPockets.

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Physician On Fire

The Physician on FIRE is an anesthesiologist, husband, and father of 2 boys who became Financially Independent (FI) at age 39 and has plans to Retire Early (RE) in his forties. He has more hobbies than time to enjoy them, which include experiencing the outdoors, photography, homebrewing, travel, and running. He also enjoys writing, publishing a couple original articles per week on his own blog, along with a weekly compilation of other great articles, The Sunday Best.

TJ Porter

TJ Porter

TJ Porter graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Northeastern University in 2016. He has been sharing his financial expertise through his writing since 2014. He has in-depth experience in reviewing financial products such as savings accounts, credit cards, and brokerages, writing how-tos, and answering financial questions both simple and complicated. TJ has written for popular financial brands such as Credit Karma and My Bank Tracker. His aim is to provide actionable advice that can help readers better their financial lives. In his spare time, TJ enjoys esports, cooking, and board games.

Tiffany McAdams

Tiffany McAdams

Tiffany is a financial data journalist with a Business degree from the University of Chicago. Tiffany is passionate about using to data to highlight important narratives in capitalism today.

Han Chang

Han Chang

Han Chang, M.Sc. is cofounder of InvestmentZen. An alumni of Boston University with a Masters degree in Computer Science, Han has extensive work experience on Wall Street developing black box trading algorithms for high frequency trading firms. He also has worked in Silicon Valley as a web developer for companies like OKCupid and General Assembly. He is passionate about the role of technology in crowdfunded investments. Han is also an early cryptocurrency adopter, having bought his first Bitcoin in 2013. His advocacy for a more open decentralized financial system has been featured on TheHill.

Megan Wells

Megan Wells

Megan Wells is a data journalist and content strategist based in San Francisco, California. Wells currently focuses on personal finance, mortgage, and fintech content. Wells' work has appeared on Fox, Nasdaq, MSN, Motley Fool, and more. Wells also spoke at the 2015 Exceptional Women In Publishing conference.

Abby Chao

Abby Chao

Abby Chao is Co-Founder & COO of CollegeBacker, a simple and social way to save for college. In just 5 minutes, a parent can open a tax-advantaged 529 College Savings Plan, determine a personalized savings plan for their child, and invite family and friends to contribute. Plus, with CollegeBacker Gifts, anyone can kickstart a child’s college fund by sending a redeemable gift.