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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

      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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        Jay Tomlinson

        Jay Tomlinson is an entrepreneur, author, and former finance professional who became financially secure in his late 20's, affording him the ability to take time off of work to pursue his hobbies and passions. He now uses that time to connect with others about the power of financial independence. Since his friends and family are probably tired of listening to him, he decided to start writing about money management, frugality, and financial freedom. He can be reached through his website tomlinsonbooks.com or on Twitter @tomlinsonbooks.

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        Catherine Alford

        Catherine Alford is the go to personal finance expert for educated, aspirational moms who want to recapture their life passions, earn more, reach their goals, and take on a more active financial role in their families. As a self employed entrepreneur and the mother to boy/girl twin toddlers, she lives the messages she teaches each and every day. Learn more at CatherineAlford.com

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          Brian From Rental Mindset

          Brian is a real estate investor living in San Francisco who invests in rental properties thousands of miles away. He believes mindset is the key to getting started and pushing through when things don’t go as planned. He writes about how he earns a 29% annual return on his turnkey investments, achieves the right mindset, and more at RentalMindset.com.

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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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            Joseph Hogue

            Joseph Hogue, CFA is an investment analyst who holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He has worked for venture capital firms and angel investors, developing a unique process for finding the most promising pre-IPO deals. He has also published several books on bond trading, passive income generation, early-stage investing, and manages a blog on the crowdfunding movement. Joseph began his career in corporate finance before moving to Medellin, Colombia, to work as a trade consultant and in real estate development. While there, he developed a keen understanding of emerging markets and Latin American investments. Working as an economist since 2008, Joseph also manages a consulting firm providing research and analysis on emerging and frontier markets. He writes corporate valuations and prepares equity reports for IPO roadshows as well as regular investment and market commentary. Joseph has appeared as a panel expert for Bloomberg on equity market integration in Latin America. His investment thesis revolves around a core of holdings that benefit from current income and the growth potential of the emerging world, with satellite investments that take advantage of mispricing in emerging or frontier markets.

            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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            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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            Mike McRitchie

            Mike is a resume writer, job search strategist, and career coach, who helps his clients identify and leverage their passions, strengths, and personal brand to build rewarding careers.

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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.

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              Benjamin Davis

              Benjamin Davis is the man behind From cents to Retirement, a blog where he explains, step by step, what he is doing to retire early. Ben also published a book recently, called "My strategy to retire early". The main reason for him to want to retire early is his health condition: Ben developed CFS during his early 20s, while doing his PhD. He believes that hustling hard to increase his montly income, saving aggressively and investing wisely will enable him to retire by 33. His long term goals include making From Cents To Retirement a reference blog for early retirement, inspiring others with his own story, owning 100 homes and retire in the coast of Portugal.

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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.”

                  Ben Miller

                  Ben Miller

                  Ben Miller is co-founder and CEO of Fundrise, a company that has raised over $50 million to democratize real estate investing. Mr. Miller is an innovator and champion for the everyday investor, focusing on the Fundrise mission to democratize access to real estate investing. With over 19 years of experience, Ben acquired, developed, and financed more than $500 million of property in his time as Managing Partner of WestMill Capital Partners and President of Western Development Corporation, a major mixed-use development company in Washington, D.C with more than 3 million square feet under management. Ben began his career as an analyst for Lubert-Adler, a private equity real estate fund. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he currently sits on the board of the National Center for Children and Families.

                  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.

                    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.

                    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.