FinCon 2016 is headed to San Diego this year and the guest speaker list is a who’s who of financial heavy-hitters. Consumer expert Clark Howard is this year’s keynote speaker and he’s joined by a slew of others who have made a name for themselves in the financial blogging arena.
RealtyShares has put together a list of the top 50 personal finance bloggers, authors and podcasters you’ll want to rub elbows with at the upcoming meetup. Many of the ones we’ve chosen will be speaking at FinCon when it kicks off September 21st so if you don’t get to meet them in person, you’ve still got a chance to soak up their financial wisdom.
Before we dig into the list, we just want to remind our readers that the views and opinions of these bloggers are their own and not those of RealtyShares. We’d also like you to remember that when taking any financial advice, particularly as it relates to investing, there may be risk involved and you should take care to do your own independent research.
- Phil Taylor, PT Money
Phil Taylor is the blogging voice of PT Money and he also just happens to be the founder of FinCon. His passion for all things personal finance lead him to create the annual conference for like-minded financial nerds.
- Dave Claffey, RealtyShares
As our Public Relations Manager here at RealtyShares, Dave also does double-duty as part of the blogging team. He keeps our blog audience up-to-date on the latest happenings at RealtyShares, as well as what trends are taking shape in the broader real estate crowdfunding space.
- Josh Dorkin, Brandon Turner, Scott Trench & Mindy Jensen BiggerPockets
BiggerPockets is one of the web’s premier sites for real estate investing education. CEO Josh Dorkin, BiggerPockets podcast co-host Brandon Turner, Director of Operations Scott Trench, and regular contributor Mindy Jensen will all be on hand at FinCon this year to chat about real estate investing.
- Sam Dogen, Financial Samurai
Sam Dogen is has been a real estate investor for well over a decade and he believes in buying property for lifestyle first, cash flow second, and capital gains third. He began Financial Samurai back in 2009 and he uses his platform to educate others on how to build stealth wealth through investments in real estate, stocks, and bonds, as well as online entrepreneurship.
- Robert Farrington, The College Investor
Robert Farrington started The College Investor to help Millennials overcome what he sees as the biggest obstacle to wealth creation: student loan debt. He’s a big believer in using real estate and other investments to create passive income that can lead to a higher net worth.
- Larry Ludwig and Ruth Lyons, Investor Junkie
Investor Junkie is all about helping you to become a better investor and entrepreneur, something that site founder Larry Ludwig knows quite a bit about. As an Investor Junkie contributor, Ruth Lyons writes about the usual investing topics like mutual funds and 401(k)s but also uses her expertise to cover real estate crowdfunding.
- Dominic D., Gen Y Finance Guy
Dominic D., better known as Gen Y Finance Guy, is a Millennial finance blogger who’s on a mission to achieve a $10 million net worth by the age of 48. His blog is a chronicle of how he’s working towards that goal through equity and real estate investments.
- Paula Pant, Afford Anything
Paula Pant went on a search for financial independence in her 20s and she found that her final destination lay in real estate. She blogs about how investing in rental properties has allowed her to break free of the 9 to 5 grind for good.
- Alexander Aguilar, Cash Flow Diaries
Generating passive income from rental investments is the central topic of discussion at Cash Flow Diaries. Blogger Alexander Aguilar uses his personal experiences with investing in turnkey rental properties to get the conversation going.
- Chad Smith, Financial Symmetry
Chad Smith is a certified financial planner and Primary Advisor at Raleigh, N.C.-based advisory firm Financial Symmetry. His contributions to the Financial Symmetry blog touch on just about everything you need to know to become more adept at managing your investments.
- Todd Tresidder, Financial Mentor
Financial Mentor’s goal is to encourage financial freedom and smarter investing, something site founder Todd Tresidder takes very seriously. He offers his readers a step-by-step blueprint for creating sustainable wealth over the long-term.
- KC Beavers, Gen X Finance
KC Beavers figured out how to become a millionaire by age 30 and he now uses the Gen X Finance blog to guide others who are interested in following a similar path. Spend less, earn more and retire early is the mantra he encourages his readers to adopt.
- Erion Shehaj, Investing Architect
Erion Shehaj has achieved some impressive results in his tenure as a real estate investor and he’s got the portfolio to prove it. Investing Architect is where he guides others who are looking to do grow their wealth through real estate deals.
- Han Chang, Investment Zen
Han Chang is one of the co-founders of Investment Zen, a blog dedicated to offering simple tips for financial independence. He’s passionate about tech and its role in crowdfunded investments, and real estate crowdfunding is a regular blog topic.
- David Stein, Money For the Rest of Us
Before launching the Money For the Rest of Us show, David Stein worked as an advisor and asset manager in the financial services industry for nearly two decades. Each episode features practical advice on how to forge a sound investment strategy for retirement.
- John Delia, Life, Liberty n’ Property
When you’re ready to get started investing in real estate, you need actionable tips without a lot of filler mixed in. Life, Liberty n’ Property cuts right to the chase in providing straightforward answers to the most common real estate investing questions.
- Brandon G., Mad Fientist
Part podcast, part blog, Mad Fientist uses an analytical approach to help listeners and readers come up with a smarter retirement strategy. Blogger Brandon G. (who goes by his initial online for privacy reasons) is the man behind the curtain so to speak who’s responsible for dishing out the blog’s highly informative content.
- Miranda Marquit, Planting Money Seeds
Miranda Marquit has been a financial journalist for over a decade, writing for top-tier publications like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Planting Money Seeds is her personal corner of the web where she teaches others to grow their money tree.
- Bo Hanson and Brian Preston, The Money Guy Show
Bo Hanson is one-half of the blogging, podcasting duo behind The Money Guy Show. Brian Preston is the show’s co-host and founder. Between the two of them, they bring some serious knowledge to the table which they use to help their listeners get their finances on solid ground.
- Andrew & Laura Fiebert, Listen Money Matters
Along with Thomas Frank, Andrew Fiebert is one of the voices you’ll hear on the Listen Money Matters podcast. Laura Fiebert does a lot of the behind the scenes work for Listen Money Matters but from time to time, she lends her writing skills to the blog. Her posts often focus on saving money but she also penned an eye-opening read on how she and husband Andrew are succeeding in business together.
- Eric Rosenberg, Personal Profitability
Mindful personal finance is the underlying theme of the Personal Profitability blog. Site founder Eric Rosenberg shares banking, investment and lifestyle advice so you can get organized, simplify your life and live headache-free.
- Joe Udo, Retire By 40
Joe Udo retired from an engineering career at age 38 to become a stay-at-home dad and full-time blogger. Retire By 40 is a look at how he made early retirement a reality and how he maintains a steady income through dividend investments and rental property income.
- Ted Jenkin, Your Smart Money Moves
Your Smart Money Moves is targeted towards Gen X and Gen Yers who need guidance on how to get from point A to point B financially. Editor in chief and oXYGen Financial co-CEO Ted Jenkin connects to his audience through video posts and his financial radio show.
- Corey Fick, 20s Finances
As the name suggests, 20s Finances is geared towards 20-somethings who are looking for relatable stories and tips on money management. Blogger Corey Fick draws heavily on his own life to create read-worthy posts on investing, budget and goal-setting.
- Wes Moss, WesMoss.com
Wes Moss is the host of Money Matters, the nation’s longest-running live call-in radio show on investing and personal finance. In addition to that, he also takes time to craft compelling articles on investing, retirement and building wealth for his blog.
- David Auten & John Schneider, Debt Free Guys
David Auten has worked in the financial services industry for nearly two decades and he’s able to add personal finance author and blogger to his list of accomplishments. John Schneider offers another perspective on mastering your money and living well. Together, they work hard to offer inspiration and help to those who need help getting on the right track financially.
- David Weliver, Money Under 30
Money Under 30 is a wellspring of financial advice for 20-somethings who are ready to get their financial houses in order. If you want to know how to get your first car loan, invest in real estate crowdfunding or choose the right credit card, David Weliver and his crew of insightful contributors have the answers.
- Hank Coleman, Money Q&A
Hank Coleman is a financial writer and entrepreneur who’s founded several personal finance sites, including Money Q&A. He regularly talks investing, saving money, insurance and starting a business among other things.
- Jordan Goodman, Money Answers
Jordan Goodman, aka “America’s Money Answers Man”, is a nationally recognized financial expert with more than a dozen book credits to his name. The Money Answers Radio Show and the Money Answers blog are where he shares what he knows about keeping your finances in check.
- Brian Skinner, Rental Mindset
Rental property investments have the potential to be quite lucrative, as Brian Skinner could tell you. If you’re interested in learning how to tap into higher returns through real estate, you’ll want to check out what he has to say on the subject at Rental Mindset.
- Steve Chou, My Wife Quit Her Job
If you want to ditch the 9 to 5 and learn how to make a full-time living online, Steve Chou is a great example to learn from. He runs multiple online businesses in addition to his blog, which is a helpful resource for burgeoning digital entrepreneurs.
- Jim Wang, Wallet Hacks
Jim Wang is a prominent financial writer who’s been featured in the New York Times, Entrepreneur and BusinessWeek. He advocates a systematic approach to getting a better grip on your money and he outlines all of his best tactics for getting ahead on the Wallet Hacks blog.
- Neal Frankle, Wealth Pilgrim
As a certified financial planner with more than 25 years of experience, Neal Frankle knows about money and investing. He created Wealth Pilgrim out of a desire to help others get control over their finances so they can have the lives they really want.
- Michael Gardon, The Simple Dollar
The Simple Dollar started off as the personal blog of Trent Hamm and it’s evolved over the years into one of the web’s most recognizable resources for financial advice. Michael Gardon writes about credit cards, insurance and investing for the site’s ever-growing audience.
- Mark Yeramian, Wall Street Survivor
Investing can seem mysterious if you don’t know what you’re doing but Wall Street Survivor aims to demystify the process. You can try your hand at stock investing without the risk through the site’s virtual stock exchange.
- John Schmoll, Frugal Rules
John Schmoll went from being buried in credit card debt to being financially free and he credits frugal living with helping him to get there. Musings on frugality are a staple of the Frugal Rules blog but you’ll also find posts on escaping debt and investing wisely in real estate.
- Rich Carey, Rich On Money
Rich Carey has been able to build a solid foundation passive income through real estate investments while paying off all of his debt in the process. He talks about his financial ups and downs and his passion for rental properties at Rich On Money.
- Eric Bowlin, EricBowlin.com
Still in his early 30s, Eric Bowlin owns more 20 rental properties, allowing to him effectively retire from the typical daily grind at the age of 31. He relates the story of how he got there and how you can too on his personal blog.
- Amy (Yetisaurus), YETInvesting
YETInvesting is a blog about making better financial choices authored by the Yetisaurus (or just Amy if you’d prefer). She’s a SoCal attorney and real estate investor whose specialty is making big profits off rental properties.
- Kathy G. Mills, Wall Street Is Waiting
Wall Street Is Waiting is a one-stop shop for beginning investors who are hoping to soak up some knowledge about the market. Kathy G. Mills walks her readers through the basics of investing using a fun and approachable format.
- Nick Loper, Side Hustle Nation
If the idea of job-free income sounds pretty good, Nick Loper is one blogger you may want to get to know. Side Hustle Nation explores a full range of topics relating to how you can turn a side hustle into a full-time living.
- Jessica Moorhouse, JessicaMoorhouse.com
Money. Life. Balance. Those are the three things that Jessica Moorhouse wants her readers to be focused on. Her blog and accompanying podcast are dedicated to helping her readers and listeners figure out how to have all three in abundance.
- Craig S., Retire Before Dad
Imagine traveling for 14 months through 18 countries and only spending $10,000 to do it. That’s what Craig of Retire Before Dad did and it’s that commitment to making every penny count that fuels his interest in making his dreams of early retirement come true.
- Jessica Garbarino, Every Single Dollar
When you want to have a healthier bottom line, every penny counts and every single dollar does too. Jessica Garbarino’s posts on personal finance are written with single women in mind but her blog is a good read if you want to learn what it really takes to get out of debt and start saving.
- Donovan Frost, The Adaptable Adult
Donovan Frost knows how tough managing your money in your 20s can be. He created The Adaptable Adult to help other 20-somethings learn how to take control of their cash, pay off their debt and grow their net worth through real estate and other investments.
- Joe Saul-Sehy, Stacking Benjamins
If you like your financial advice infused with some personality, the Stacking Benjamins podcast is designed with you in mind. Former financial advisor Joe Saul-Sehy swaps out the typical interview format for engaging discussions with money pros like Barbara Friedberg and FinCon’s own Phil Taylor.
- Eric Roberge, Beyond Your Hammock
Taking time to map out a realistic financial plan is important and particularly so when you’re an entrepreneur. Eric Roberge teaches wealth-minded entrepreneurs how to live well today while still keeping an eye on tomorrow.
- Shannon McLay, The Financial Gym
The Financial Gym is the creation of financial planner Shannon McLay and it’s worth checking out if you’re ready to flex your money muscles in a judgment-free zone. Whether you want to go solo or work as part of a group, you can find tips to help you get financially fit.
- Julie Rains, Investing to Thrive
If you’re excited about investing but not sure how to dive in, Julie Rains wants to help. She covers the basics of investing and beyond, as well as planning for retirement, saving for college and living frugally so you have more cash to build your portfolio.
- Katie Brewer, Your Richest Life
Katie Brewer is a certified financial planner who coaches young professionals on how to define their money goals and achieve them. Your Richest Life runs the gamut of topics, including investing, retirement planning and estate planning.
*RealtyShares does not make investment recommendations and this list is not intended to be any such recommendation. This list is for informational purposes only and is a list compiled based solely based upon the opinion of RealtyShares. This is not a recommendation of any of the companies contained in this list.