Brian O’Connell

Investing, fintech, bonds
University of Massachusetts Amherst


  • Brian O'Connell is a former Wall Street bond trader who now writes about investing and personal finance
  • He has over 20 years of experience covering business news and trends, as well as finance, technology, politics, and career management
  • In addition to his work for The Balance, Brian has been featured in CBS News, Bloomberg, Time, MSN Money, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC,, Yahoo! Finance, and MarketWatch


Brian O’Connell parlayed a stint as a Wall Street bond trader (starting as an over-the-counter trader for Kidder Peabody and later as a corporate bond trader for Delaware Funds) into career as a business and personal finance journalist and writer. Brian currently serves as one of the lead personal finance 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.”

Brian  contributes regularly to other publications including,,, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bloomberg Enterprise, The Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo! Finance.

In addition to his published journalism, Brian has authored several personal finance-related books, including two investment books: “The 401(k) Millionaire” and “CNBC’s Creating Wealth." 


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