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Brian O’Connell is a former Wall Street bond trader and the author of two best-selling books; “The 401k Millionaire” and “CNBC’s Creating Wealth”, he has 20 years of experience covering business news and trends, particularly in the financial, technology, political and career management sectors. His byline has appeared in dozens of publications, including CBS News, Bloomberg, Time, MSN Money, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC,, Yahoo Finance, CBS Marketwatch, and many more.

Articles by Brian O'Connell

15 “Fine Print” Items in a Credit Card Contract That You Need to Know About

July 31, 2018

Credit card contracts are infamous among consumer advocates for a variety of reasons, including the heavy use of legalese and dense blocks of text.

Financial Ties That Bind: A Money Checklist for Newlyweds

July 24, 2018

New marriages and money conversations between newlyweds isn’t exactly a big priority – but they should be. Here're some tips to have the big chat.

The 15 Most Livable Cities in the U.S.

July 17, 2018

What makes a city livable? And more importantly, what makes a city’s “livability score” better than another city? Find out if your city ranks among the top.

5 Steps to Protecting Your Online Reputation

July 16, 2018

Online reputation management is an effort to improve an individual, family, or group’s digital reputation while eliminating harmful ones. Read more.

How to Hike Your Credit Card Limit

July 9, 2018

Getting a credit card spending limit hike may be easier than you think. Here are the two key steps to gain your mile-high credit card spending limit.

86% of Americans Say They’ve Been Broke

July 3, 2018

Have you ever been broke? Don't worry—you're not alone. Find out why there is such financial dysfunction among so many Americans.

10 Things to Know Before You Get a Retail Card

June 27, 2018

Retail credit cards come fully equipped with financial pros and cons for U.S. consumers. Take a look to see if retail cards are right for you.

Here’s the Financial Fix for the LGBTQ Community’s Bad Spending Habits

June 22, 2018

Does the LGBTQ community have a spending problem? It appears so according to a new Experian survey about the LGBTQ community. Read more.

A Parent’s Guide to Deciphering College Financial Aid Letters

June 20, 2018

College financial aid letters can be confusing and difficult to decipher. Here are some tips to help you understand them better.

5 Ways to Pay for a Wedding and Still Have Money to Buy a Home

June 19, 2018

Which would you pick—between a lavish wedding and a new home? Now you don't have to pick. Here are five creative ways to help you have both.

5 Signs Your Credit Card Has Been Hacked

June 14, 2018

Credit card fraud is currently the most pervasive form of identity theft. Here are 5 signs your credit card may have been hacked.

Why the Latest Jobs Numbers Could Make Buying a Home More Expensive

June 13, 2018

The U.S. economy is starting to fire on all cylinders, but could all that economic growth make it tougher for potential mortgage borrowers to buy a home?