Brian Barnes

Brian Barnes

Founder & CEO

Where should I put my money?

A lot of people look at investing as a complex process, driven by overwhelming amounts of data and a level of unpredictability that makes survival only possible for those with iron hearts and expendable incomes. At least that’s the feeling that’s been beaten into investors for far too many years. But as Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An investment in knowledge […]

Active vs. passive investing

Public conversations have become difficult. I’m not the first to realize this and by no means have a cure, but I do have a suspicion as to why. Those on the extreme of any issue are the most passionate, loudest, and most willing to make provocative, attention-grabbing statements. As a result, characterizations of issues dominate conversations and not much attention […]

Why I founded M1 Finance

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t get warm and fuzzy feelings when you think of finance companies. Unless, perhaps, you work at one. Because traditionally, employees of finance firms often make inordinate amounts of money while supposedly being the steward of other people’s investments. This was the revelation behind the 75-year old book “Where Are the Customers’ Yachts?” […]