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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

Your Wedding Costs More Than a Home Down Payment

June 19, 2018

Which would you pick—between a lavish wedding and a new home? The average U.S. wedding cost is now 66% of an average home down payment. Read more.

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?

4 Ways to Take a Summer Vacation on a Budget

June 7, 2018

Many Americans say they can’t afford a decent summer vacation. Here are some imaginative and effective ideas to take a vacation on a budget.

4 Unforced Errors That Can Hurt Your Credit Score

June 6, 2018

Americans have come a long way with their credit scores, but there’s still work to be done. Here are some ways your credit score might be taking a hit....

Heading to Russia? Here’s How to Stay Safe at the World Cup

June 5, 2018

Over three million spectators are expected to be in Russia this summer for the World Cup, which gets underway on June 14. Here are a few basic safety tips...

These 17 States Have the Lowest Mortgage Debt

May 30, 2018

While the quality of life is indeed in the eyes of the beholder, there’s certainly something to be said for keeping mortgage debt as low as possible. For a...

How to Manage Your Privacy Settings on Social Media

May 30, 2018

There’s a lot of talk in the news about social media privacy and data. The best way you can manage your own privacy is to properly manage your social...

Russian Hackers Are Attacking Your WiFi Router: Here’s How to Stop Them

May 30, 2018

VPNFilter, which has infected 500,000 routers in 54 countries, allows fraudsters to make off with valuable personal data from online users connected to affected routers. Find out more.

These 15 States Have the Highest Mortgage Debt

May 29, 2018

According to data from Experian, the national home mortgage debt in 2017 stood at $201,811. So, which states have the highest mortgage debt? Find out more.

University of Buffalo Data Breach Points to Painful Password Problems

May 24, 2018

Americans have seen this play before, but this week’s data breach at the University of Buffalo points to a particular poison for academic institutions—password problems. Read more.

3 Tips to Stretch Your Dollars This Memorial Day

May 24, 2018

Wondering how to spend your hard-earned cash the most wisely this Memorial Day? Experts point to these “top tier” landing spots for your dollar bills and explain how to...