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Ben Estep

I’ve always loved investing and analyzing businesses. After working in retail management for many years, I decided to quit and focus on what I really enjoyed doing: reading, thinking, and writing to hopefully help people invest better.

1. What’s your role in keeping things running smoothly at TD Ameritrade?
Staying on top of what’s happening in the markets and trying to find unique insights that we can share to help people think about their financial goals and planning.

2. What’s your greatest challenge in fulfilling that role?
The markets are dynamic and there’s a ton of news and information flying around that’s mostly noise. So it can be challenging to cut through all the clutter and figure out what’s really going on, what’s important, and what’s not.  

3. What’s the “Golden Rule” you live by? (Could be market-related or anything)
Never stop learning.

4. Who’s your Investing or Trading idol?
Being from Omaha, I really like the investment duo of Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett. Not just because they are phenomenal investors, but also because they helped me start to develop a better framework for how to think about investing and life in general.

5. When not working you can find me …
Taking advantage of the many museums, restaurants, and other things to do in NYC. Also a lot of reading and thinking about investing.

6. Tell us something the world doesn’t know about you.
On the weekends of my first couple of years in high school, I worked as a rest area maintenance worker on I80 in Nebraska cleaning bathrooms for 8 hours a day. Pretty much every job after that feels glamorous.

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