Hal M. Bundrick is a personal finance writer and a NerdWallet authority in money matters. He is a certified financial planner and former financial consultant and senior investment specialist for Wall Street firms. Hal advised families, business owners, nonprofits and trusts, as well as managed group employee retirement plans in the South and Midwest. Hal now works to make financial topics understandable and jargon-free.
- Credentials: CFP (Certified Financial Planner)
- Previous experience: Financial advisor, senior investment specialist
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Scour bestseller lists for ideas, follow your passion, find a niche and network.
7 Work-From-Home Essentials
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