Justin Pritchard

Justin is a Certified Financial Planner with over 14 years of experience writing about personal finance. He has been the Banking and Loans Expert for The Balance (and prior to that, About.com) since 2005. He wrote in the Stocks section for About.com starting in 2003.


Justin has worked for large financial firms and served in small credit unions, and he founded a fee-only financial planning practice, Approach Financial Planning in Montrose, CO.

Justin is the author of The Everything Improve Your Credit Book (March 2007) and is a ghostwriter for financial services clients. He has worked behind the scenes on several publications as a technical reviewer and editor. He has also been interviewed on banking topics by numerous online and print outlets, including Forbes.com, Bankrate.com, CUNA Home & Family Finance, Men's Health, US News and World Report, Huffpost.com, and others.


Justin has an MBA from the University of Colorado. He completed the CFP® education program from The College for Financial Planning and passed the CFP® exam in 2009.

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