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About the Author

Russell Wild is the principal of Global Portfolios, an investment advisory firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is one of few wealth managers in the nation who is both fee-only (takes no commissions) and welcomes clients of both substantial and modest means. In addition to the fun he has with his financial calculator, Wild is also an accomplished writer who helps readers understand, and make wise choices about their money. His articles have appeared in many national publications, including AARP The Magazine; Consumer Reports, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Reader’s Digest, and The Saturday Evening Post. He also contributes to professional financial journals, such as Financial Planning.

The author or co-author of two dozen nonfiction books, Wild’s most recent book, Bond Investing for Dummies, 3rd Edition, was published in August, 2022. His Exchange-Traded Funds for Dummies, 3rd Edition, was published in December, 2021 Prior books include Index Investing for Dummies (2009), and One Year to An Organized Financial Life (co-authored with Regina Leeds, Perseus, 2010). Before those, he wrote The Unofficial Guide to Getting a Divorce, along with Susan Ellis Wild, his attorney ex-wife, now a member of the U.S. Congress (Wiley, 2005). No stranger to the mass media, Wild has shared his wit and wisdom on such shows as Oprah, The View, CBS Morning News, Good Day New York, and in hundreds of radio interviews.

Wild holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in international management and finance from Arizona State’s Thunderbird School of Global Management (consistently ranked the #1 school for international business by both U.S. News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal); a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in business/economics magna cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C.; and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (America’s sixth oldest college). A member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) since 2002, Wild is also a long-time member and a past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).