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 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 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 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 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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CD Valet is a new online marketplace connecting consumers with financial institutions to compare and open Certificates of Deposits (CD) with the most competitive rates and terms nationwide. Unlike other rate comparison sites, CD Valet shows the most competitive Straight Up Rates, without bias. With daily rate updates and CD calculators, CD Valet gives users an array of free tools to help them find the right CD to meet their savings goals.
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Edward Jones is a leading financial services firm in the U.S. and through its affiliate in Canada. The firm’s nearly 19,000 financial advisors serve more than 8 million clients with a total of $1.8 trillion in client assets under care at the end of June 2023. Edward Jones’ purpose is to partner for positive impact to improve the lives of its clients and colleagues, and together, better our communities and society. Through the dedication of the firm’s approximately 52,000 associates and our branch presence in 68% of U.S. counties, the firm is committed to helping more people achieve financially what is most important to them. The Edward Jones website is at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.
Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) is a global financial services leader and premier active global investment manager with approximately $1.4 trillion in assets under management as of June 30, 2023, with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential’s diverse and talented employees help make lives better and create financial opportunity for more people by expanding access to investing, insurance, and retirement security. Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise, and innovation for nearly 150 years.
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Pat Connaughton is a professional athlete, NBA Champion, real estate developer and community advocate. After a notable basketball career at the University of Notre Dame, Connaughton was selected in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft and has since played in nearly 500 games with Portland and Milwaukee over the past seven seasons., Connaughton was a key part of the Bucks team that won the NBA Championship, bringing the franchise only its second NBA title and first in 50 years.
In 2016, during his rookie season, Connaughton founded his real estate development firm, Three Leaf Partners. What Connaughton and Three Leaf Partners promise to their investors is simple: business professionals get the opportunity to invest alongside professional athletes, and professional athletes learn how to create generational wealth that endures beyond their playing careers. Currently, Three Leaf Partners, has more than $175 million in developments spread across the country. The company also has more than 30 deals in its pipeline, with a total value of these developments reaching more than $1 billion.
The Pat Connaughton Foundation, since its inception, has raised nearly a million dollars and uses its three pillars – courts, clinics and character – to help transform the communities it serves. Connaughton Courts, a program that refurbishes basketball courts, has already built three new courts in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, with four additional courts already underway. Combined, these seven courts will serve up to 50,000 students in more than 115 communities. Connaughton’s basketball clinics are a premier skill development and character-building experience for youth basketball players. The Foundation has held 15 clinics thus far, serving more than 100 communities, with 150 participants attending each camp. The Pat Connaughton Foundation, which will enter its seventh year in 2023, has plans to raise $2.5 million, complete 24 additional Connaughton Courts and launch a scholarship endowment, Pat Connaughton Scholarships, by 2026.
Winnie Sun is Managing Partner of Sun Group Wealth Partners, and is one of the most trusted and followed financial voices on social media. Her trending business tweetchat averages over 150 MM impressions per week on Twitter.
With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Winnie serves on the CNBC Financial Advisor Council, is a popular Forbes contributor, is a regular Good Day Los Angeles, Fox News and Digital Trends television contributor.
She is frequently quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ABC, The New York Times, Yahoo! Finance, AOL Finance, and many others.
Winnie was previously First Vice President of Wealth Management, Senior Investment Management Specialist and Lead Advisor for the Sun Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
She serves as the host of LevelUp With Winnie, which airs on NASDAQ (8MM MUV), Amazon FIRE TV, and Roku, executive producer and host of ModernMom Mondays LIVE for Modern Mom (1.6MM MUV) and hosts a daily weekday livestream show on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, and YouTube.
Tori Dunlap is an internationally-recognized millennial money and career expert. After saving $100,000 at age 25, Tori quit her corporate job in marketing and founded Her First $100K to fight financial inequality by giving women actionable resources to better their money. She has helped over one million women negotiate salary, pay off debt, build savings, and invest.
Called “the voice of financial confidence for women” by CNBC, her work has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, BBC, the TODAY Show, BuzzFeed, PEOPLE Magazine, New York Magazine, TIME Magazine, Forbes, Refinery29, Yahoo, MarketWatch, and more.
Tori has collaborated with companies like Dell, Blackrock, John Hancock, Four Seasons, Citi Bank, Fidelity, and Personal Capital, and given talks and workshops at Microsoft, WeWork, and Shopify.
With a dedicated following of over 125,000 on Instagram and over 930,000 on TikTok —and multiple instances of her story going viral—Tori’s unique take on financial advice has made her the go-to voice for ambitious millennial women.
Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Tori led organic marketing strategy for Fortune 500 companies—with clients like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Nike, the NFL, and the Academy Awards—and global financial technology start-ups. For almost five years, she specialized in social media, SEO, content, and influencer marketing to grow community and increase awareness.
Tori now travels the world writing, speaking, and coaching about personal finance, online businesses, side hustles, and confidence for millennial women.
Jim Cramer believes there is always a bull market somewhere, and he wants to help you find it. He is host of CNBC's "Mad Money," (M-F, 6PM ET) featuring lively guest interviews, viewer calls and most important, the unmatched, fiery opinions of Cramer himself. He serves as the viewer's personal guide through the confusing jungle of Wall Street investing—navigating through both opportunities and pitfalls with one goal in mind—to help them make money.
Cramer is also co-anchor of the 9 a.m. ET hour of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" (M-F, 9AM-11AM ET) and the founder of TheStreet, a multimedia provider of financial commentary.
He graduated from Harvard College where he was president and editor-in-chief of the prestigious daily, The Harvard Crimson. After graduation, he became a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat and later for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, where he covered stories ranging from homicides to sporting events.
Cramer is a former hedge fund manager and founder/owner and senior partner of Cramer Berkowitz. His compounded rate of return was 24 percent after all fees for 14 years at Cramer Berkowitz. He retired from his hedge fund in 2001, where he finished with one of the best records in the business, including having 36 percent-plus year in 2000.
He helped Steve Brill launch American Lawyer magazine before attending Harvard Law School and earning a law degree. Upon graduating and passing the New York State Bar Examination and being admitted to the N.Y. State Bar, Cramer joined Goldman Sachs in sales and trading. While at Goldman, Cramer wrote for The New Republic about stock market issues.
In December 2013, he published the book, "Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully," in which he creates a guide to high-yield, low-risk investing. Cramer is also the author of "Jim Cramer's Getting Back to Even," "Stay Mad for Life: Get Rich, Stay Rich," "Mad Money: Watch TV, Get Rich," "Jim Cramer's RealMoney" and "Confessions of a Street Addict."