Brian O'Connell

  • A former Wall Street bond trader for six years, working as an over-the-counter trader for Kidder Peabody and as a corporate bond trader for Delaware Funds
  • Author of two books: “The 401k Millionaire” and “CNBC’s Creating Wealth”
  • Over 20 years of experience covering business news and trends, as well as financial, technology, political and career management sectors
  • Featured in CBS News, Bloomberg, Time, MSN Money, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC,, Yahoo Finance, and CBS Marketwatch


Brian O’Connell is a former writer for The Balance and currently serves as one of the lead personal financial writers for U.S. News & World Report. He also writes a regular personal finance/banking and credit column for Jim Cramer at, and has written regularly for CNBC’s “Mad Money.”

He has authored a number of finance-related books, including two investment books: “The 401k Millionaire” and “CNBC’s Creating Wealth." 

O'Connell also contributes regularly to other publications including, (Moneyland),, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bloomberg Enterprise, and

He has written numerous articles for business media platforms like Time, MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The, Bloomberg, Registered Representative, Financial Planning, and many others. 

O'Connell has also shared his insights through written content for business/financial websites including; key sections of AARP’s website, and financial blogs for, and

He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Massachusetts.


​Brian received his B.A. in journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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