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Talking Retirement with Mr. Retirement -- America's Amazing Financial Journalist Robert Powell

Talking Retirement with Mr. Retirement -- America's Amazing Financial Journalist Robert Powell

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This new Economics Matter Podcast features Robert Powell, CFP®, one of our nation's premier financial journalists. The podcast is a fascinating discussion of financial decisions, particularly surrounding retirement with perhaps the deepest student of the subject in the country.

Bob currently writes for, USA Today,, The Wall Street Journal, and AARP. Bob also serves as editor and publisher of TheStreet’s Retirement Daily. If this weren't enough, Bob also is Editor-in-Chief of the Investments and Wealth Institute’s Retirement Management Journal, host of the Callaway Climate Insights podcast, co-founder of, and an instructor in Salem State University's Online Elder Planning Specialist program.

Then there's this. Bob is the founder of Parting Glass Productions, which is co-producing a film in Ireland based on Fiche Blian ag Fás by Muiris Ó Súileabháin. This is a classic Irish-language (Gaeilge) tale of a young child abandoned by his parents to an orphanage in rural southwest Ireland

Bob has a BA from Marguette University and an MA in journalism and a CFP certificate, both awarded by Boston University.  Here's the rest of Bob's vita. 

Bob's Earlier Professional Life

Previously, Bob served as the editor of Retirement Weekly, a MarketWatch-Dow Jones subscription publication that was launched in October of 2003 and the curriculum director of Salem State University's Online Retirement Management Analyst program.

Bob has also served as a lecturer at the Boston University-Financial Planning Association Lifecycle Investing for Financial Planners program. He served as a content strategist to the Financial Planning Association from 2003 to 2011 and played a key role in the development and launch of the FPA’s Virtual Learning Center, Research Center and its public-facing website.

And, there's more!

Bob also served as executive producer of "More Than Money," a personal finance television series produced in conjunction with Connecticut Public Television & Radio He was the co-author of “Decoding Wall Street,” an investment primer published by McGraw-Hill, and author "20 Tips for Retirement Investors,” published

Bob formerly served as Managing Director at Acadient, where he was responsible in large part for the creation and launch of the Boston University Online Program for Financial Planners, a CFP® registered program, the Center for Fiduciary Studies' Accredited Investment Fiduciary™ Web-based Program, and the Lightbulb Press' 401(k) Basics Program. Previously, Bob served as director of marketing, training and education for FundQuest, an investment management firm, and founder of, an online financial education company.

Not done yet!

From 1993 to 2000, Bob served as Managing Director and editor-in-chief of Boston-based DALBAR, Inc. where he was responsible for all aspects of the firm's multi-million-dollar publishing company: Mutual Fund Market News, Variable Annuity Market News, The Journal of Mutual Fund Services, Registered Investment Advisor, Visionaries, and “Advice, Trust & Money.”

Bob also played a lead role in creating and developing CompuServe WOW!'s personal finance and business website, and TheRightAdviser, a joint venture between DALBAR and Microsoft Corp.'s MoneyCentral that enabled consumers to search for and select a financial advisor.

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Prior to joining DALBAR, Bob served for five years as personal finance and mutual funds columnist for The Boston Herald where he created "The Money Manager" column and co-wrote "On State Street." He has also served as a business reporter for the Berkshire Eagle and Boston Business Journal.

Bob has extensive internet, broadcast, print and radio experience. He has served as host or co- host of several television, radio and internet chat programs, including Consumer Portfolio on Boston Cablevision, Talk of New England on New England Cable News, The Money Manager on WMEX-AM Boston, and FundWire on AmericaOnline.

Before becoming a financial journalist in 1986, Bob worked as a registered representative for DeanWitterReynolds and as a sales representative for Marion Laboratories. 

Economic Matters - The podcast is hosted by Laurence Kotlikoff and moderated by Alex Kotlikoff.

Laurence Kotlikoff is a Boston University Economist, a NY Times Best Selling Author, President of, and Author of Money Magic.

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