About the Authors

Matt Krantz: Matt is a nationally known financial journalist who specializes in investing topics. Since 1999, he has been a writer for USA TODAY, where he covers financial markets and Wall Street, concentrating on developments affecting individual investors and their portfolios. His stories routinely signal trends that investors can profit from and sound warnings about potential scams and issues investors should be aware of.

Matt also writes a daily online investing column called “Ask Matt,” which appears every trading day at USATODAY.com and in USA TODAY. He answers questions posed by the website's audience in an easy-to-understand manner. Readers often tell Matt he's the only one who has been able to finally solve investing questions they've sought answers to for years.

Matt has been investing since the 1980s and has studied dozens of investment techniques while forming his own. As a financial journalist, Matt has interviewed some of the most famous and infamous investment minds in modern history. Before joining USA TODAY, Matt worked as a business and technology reporter for Investor's Business Daily and, prior to that, was a consultant with Ernst & Young.

Matt has spoken for investing groups, including at the national convention of National Association of Investors Corporation, and has appeared on financial television.

Matt earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is based in USA TODAY's Los Angeles bureau. ...

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