Robert Powell CFP® is a financial journalist whose work appears regularly in TheStreet.com, USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, and AARP. He is the editor of TheStreet’s Retirement Daily. Powell also serves as the editor of the Investments and Wealth Institute’s (IWI) Retirement Management Journal, the first-ever peer-reviewed journal focused solely on retirement income, and hosts IWI’s Exceptional Advisor podcast. Powell is also a founder of FinStream.tv, a new streaming service focused on personal finance.
Previously, Powell served as the editor of Retirement Weekly, published by MarketWatch-Dow Jones.
Over the course of his career, Powell has also served as curriculum director of Salem State University's Online Retirement Management Analyst program and 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 and played a key role in the development and launch of the FPA’s Virtual Learning Center, Research Center and its public-facing website. Powell has also served as executive producer of "More Than Money," a personal finance television series in development from Connecticut Public Television & Radio and “The Truth About Retirement,” another television program in development from Connecticut Public Television and Radio. He is the co-author of “Decoding Wall Street,” an investment primer published by McGraw-Hill, and author of "20 Tips for Retirement Investors,” published by MarketWatch.com.
Powell formerly served as Managing Director at Acadient, which marketed the Boston University Online Program for Financial Planners, a CFP® board-registered program. Previously, Powell served as director of marketing, training and education for FundQuest, an investment management firm, and founded MoneCast.com, an online financial education company. From 1993 to 2000, Powell served as Managing Director and editor-in-chief of 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.”Powell 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. Prior to joining DALBAR, Powell 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. 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, Powell worked as a registered representative for DeanWitterReynolds. Powell graduated with a bachelor's degree from Marquette University and a master's degree in journalism from Boston University College of Communication/ School of Management. Powell attended Boston University's Program for Financial Planners, a CFP® board-registered program.