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Advice from a seasoned financial writer on personal investing. A strong advocate of index-fund investing, Scott Burns recommends bypassing high-commission brokerage advice in favor of Couch Potato investing via a series of portfolios he has constructed of varying numbers of index and exchange-traded funds. He recommends specific funds with very low or nonexistent fees. The emphasis is on commonsense financial principles, not glamour stocks or quick returns. Scott wants his readers to invest with a long time frame in mind. He also answers queries on such topics as retirement planning, renting vs. buying, buying life insurance, paying off a mortgage, and much more.
His business experience includes work with a major management-consulting firm and six years as a director of a publicly traded manufacturing company.
Other media experience includes radio, TV, speaking engagements and seminars. He graduated from MIT with a degree in humanities and biology.