Your Money 2023
November 9, 2023

Your Money

Maximizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable Economy

Staying informed and adaptable when it comes to your money is more important than ever in today’s ever-evolving financial landscape. CNBC’s Your Money will bring together top financial experts to discuss ways to maximize your finances amidst record high inflation and mitigate risk, while investing for a brighter future.


Ben McKenzie

Ben McKenzie was born and raised in Texas. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics and Political Science, he moved to New York to find work as an actor.

Ben is best known for starring in hit shows such as Gotham, Southland, and The OC and most recently revisited his Economics degree with his first book, Easy Money alongside journalist Jacob Silverman. Easy Money is a wildly entertaining debunking of cryptocurrency on sale July 18, 2023. Weaving together stories of average traders and victims, colorful crypto “visionaries,” Hollywood’s biggest true believers, anti-crypto whistleblowers, and government agents searching for solutions at the precipice of a major crash, Easy Money features original reporting across the country and abroad. The book includes original interviews with FTX chief executive officer Sam Bankman-Fried, Tether cofounder Brock Pierce, Celsius founder Alex Mashinsky, and more, marking Easy Money as the first authoritative dive into the debunking of crypto.

On the acting side, Ben most recently starred in Grand Horizons on Broadway, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best New Play in 2020.

McKenzie began his acting career in 2003 when he was cast as the lead of the hit Fox series The OC and aired for four seasons.

Ben has appeared in several films, including Junebug with Amy Adams and 88 Minutes starring Al Pacino. He received praise for his solo turn in the independent film Johnny Got His Gun, based on a novel by Dalton Trumbo and he also co-starred in Some Kind of Beautiful with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek.

Ben’s other film credits include Decoding Annie Parker opposite Helen Hunt and a starring role in the short film The Eight Percent which screened at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2009, Ben returned to series television as a patrol officer on the streets of Los Angeles in Southland Executive Produced by John Wells. The critically acclaimed show ran for five years. Ben has also guest starred on the comedy Men at Work.

Ben starred as ‘Detective James Gordon’ on the hit Fox series Gotham, which was the origin story behind Detective Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival. The show premiered in the fall of 2014 and aired for five seasons. Ben made his directorial debut in Season 3 of Gotham, with episode 316. In Season 4, Ben became even more creatively involved in the show by writing episode 404 and directing his second episode, 416. For the fifth and final season, Ben directed episode 506 and wrote episode 509.

In 2019, Ben returned to the big screen in Scott Z Burns’ The Report, alongside Adam Driver and Annette Benning, which premiered at Sundance where it was acquired by Amazon Studios.

Ben also starred alongside Aaron Eckhart in Steve C. Miller’s action-thriller Line of Duty as the antagonist in the film which follows a cop to find a kidnap victim whose abductor was accidentally killed.

Dana Peterson

Dana Peterson is the Chief Economist & Center Leader of Economy, Strategy & Finance at The Conference Board. Peterson joins The Conference Board from Citi, where for many years she served as a North America Economist and later as a Global Economist. Her wealth of experience extends to the public sector, having also worked at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.

Dana’s wide-ranging economics portfolio includes analyzing global economic themes having direct financial market implications, including monetary policy; fiscal and trade policy; debt; taxation; ESG; consumption, and demographics. Her work also examined myriad US themes leveraging granular data. In addition, Dana conducted multi-asset research and wrote publications with other Citi research teams – both US and global – including strategists covering rates, equities, credit, foreign exchange, commodities, political analysis, and asset allocation.

Peterson's research has been featured by US and international news outlets, both in print and broadcast. Publications and networks include CNBC, FOX Business, Bloomberg, Thomson-Reuters, CNN Finance, Yahoo Finance, TD Ameritrade, Barron’s, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. She is member of the Board of Directors of NBER and NABE, 1st Vice Chair of the New York Association for Business Economics (NYABE), and a member of NBEIC, the Forecasters Club, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

She received an undergraduate degree in Economics from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Trevor Rozier-Byrd

Trevor Rozier-Byrd is the founder and CEO of Stackwell Capital, Inc., a fintech startup that seeks to eliminate the racial wealth gap by addressing Black underinvestment in America.

Trevor has more than fifteen years of corporate development, business strategy and corporate transactional legal experience focused on the asset management industry.

Prior to founding Stackwell, Trevor served as the Head of Strategy and Business Development for the State Street Alpha Platform, which is State Street Bank and Trust Company’s captive fintech business. Trevor held senior sales, strategy, corporate development and legal positions during his tenure with State Street.

Prior to joining State Street, Trevor was a Senior Associate at WilmerHale, where his practice focused on domestic and international corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings and public and private capital markets transactions. Trevor also represented companies and entrepreneurs in connection with a broad range of start-up company matters. Prior to joining WilmerHale, Trevor was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP where he represented various financial institutions in connection with a broad range of public and private capital markets transactions.

While receiving his law degree, Trevor worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – Division of Enforcement where he participated in investigations of possible violations of the federal securities laws.

Since founding Stackwell, Trevor has received several awards and recognitions for his leadership. Trevor has been selected as a 2023 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellow. He was named one of Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50 Movement Makers” in 2002. Pitchbook named Trevor on their Black Founders and Investors to Watch Lists in 2022 and 2023.

Trevor received his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 2010, and his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College in 2005.

Trevor is a member of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Executive Committee and the Boston College Board of Regents. Trevor lives in the Boston area with his wife and three small children.

Farnoosh Torabi

Farnoosh Torabi is one of America’s leading personal finance experts. She is the host of the award-winning podcast So Money that has earned over 30 million downloads. She is a sought-after speaker and author of multiple books.

Her newest is entitled A Healthy State of Panic, part-memoir, part-guidebook on how fear can be a superpower to achieve true wealth and career success. Along with being featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine, Farnoosh has appeared frequently on Today, Good Morning America, and more.

She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in finance and international business and holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Farnoosh lives on the East Coast with her husband and two children.

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