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Debbie Carlson

Debbie got her start in financial media writing about commodity futures markets from the floors of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She has since served as commodities editor for the Americas for Dow Jones Newswires, and is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Chicago Tribune and other publications.

What was the moment you realized the markets are where you wanted to be?

I started writing about markets for a financial news wire early in my journalism career and was fascinated how markets affect so many aspects of our lives.

What’s the “Golden Rule” you live by? 

Be truthful, be kind.

Who’s your investing or trading idol?

John Bogle, founder of Vanguard Group and author of the book Common Sense on Mutual Funds: New Imperatives for the Intelligent Investor. I admire Bogle for his view on making investing simple, low-cost, and accessible to just about anyone. His views of "slow and steady win the race" have helped many people build portfolios, versus those investors who chase performance and get burned.

When not working you can find me … 

In my garden.

Tell us something the world doesn’t know about you.

I once played piano (badly) with a guy who played piano with a young Elvis Presley.

More From Debbie
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Investing in Wine: Build a Self-Funded Wine Cellar Collection

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August 11, 2017

Is College Education Worth Student Loans, Debt? Survey Says Yes

In today's world of rising tuition, what’s the value of a college education? It’s an especially pertinent question considering that, among 2016 college graduates who ...

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Amy Charest

Amy writes financial services content for a variety of channels and has a diverse background.
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Ben Estep

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Brian Lund

Brian is a financial writer with over 25 years of trading experience. He has appeared on CNBC...
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Chesley Spencer

Chesley Spencer is Product Manager, Trading, for the thinkorswim® trading platform from TD Ameritrade.
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Dan Rosenberg

Dan began writing about the financial markets in 1996 when he joined Dow Jones Newswires in Chicago ...
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Danielle Erickson

Danielle Erickson is the Assistant Team Manager in Tax Services for TD Ameritrade.
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David Kier

I love helping people and getting the right answer. I also am in charge of development for thinkorswim charts, scanning, and thinkScript.
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David Settle

David is a Content Manager for Investools, TD Ameritrade’s education affiliate...
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Debbie Carlson

Debbie got her start in financial media writing about commodity futures markets...
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Doug Ashburn

Doug Ashburn is managing editor of The Ticker Tape and a self-described "trader masquerading as a journalist."
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Frederic Ruffy

Frederic Ruffy is a Senior Options Strategist at Trade Alert, a New York-based provider of data and research for institutional...
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Greg Loehr

Greg has been a professional trader since 1990, having started from the floor of the Chicago...
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Jennifer Waters

is an award-winning, Chicago-based writer who has covered business and personal finance...
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JJ Kinahan

JJ began his career in 1985 as a Chicago Board Options Exchange...
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John Bell

John is Director of Platform Management for TD Ameritrade’s Investment Products & Guidance and ...
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John Hart

I’m the Managing Director, Trading Products Development. It’s a long title, which is ...
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Kevin Hincks

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Lule Demmissie

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Matt Newman

Matt serves as TD Ameritrade's Tax Systems Manager.
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Matt Sadowsky

As Director of Retirement and Annuities, I manage a team that coordinates the products, tools...
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Peter Klink

Peter Klink is Director of Modeling & Exposure Management for TD Ameritrade.
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Ryan Campbell

Ryan is a content manager for Investools. He composes educational courses...
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Scott Connor

Scott spent 25 years as a member of the CBOE before joining TD Ameritrade in 2007.
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Shawn Cruz

As a content specialist, I constantly try to stay on top of what’s currently impacting the markets so we can ensure we are providing tools and resources that are beneficial to our clients.
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T.J. Neil

T.J. Neil is a senior trading specialist for TradeWise Advisors.
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Tom White

Tom is Chief Strategist at TradeWise, a separate but affiliated company that...
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