Rick Van Ness

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Rick Van Ness
Alma materNew York University
Known forInvesting, bonds, videos on investing
Notable work
Common Sense Investing
Why Bother With Bonds

Rick Van Ness is a successful private investor and retired executive who provides investor education through online videos, short books, and workshops. Rick has an engineering degree from Cornell University and a MBA from New York University. His background in engineering and business provides him with the excellent basis for understanding and teaching about investments and financial planning.

Rick provides unbiased education. He helps students understand the teachings of the most widely respected economists and financial planners. Students learn that investing smart is simple (not easy) and to take charge of their own finances and then strive for financial independence on their path to achieving a rich and fulfilling life.

Rick does not sell any types of investments or insurance, and does not provide individual investment advice. He educates you without self-interest (other than the joy he always gets from hearing from readers).

— from Biographical sketch, Amazon[1]


Van Ness is the author of two books on investing:

  • Common Sense Investing: Ten Simple Rules to Finance Your Dreams, or Create a Roadmap to Achieve Financial Independence by Investing in Mutual Funds with a Personal Financial Plan ISBN 978-0985800413
  • Why Bother With Bonds: A Guide To Build All-Weather Portfolio Including CDs, Bonds, and Bond Funds--Even During Low Interest Rates (How To Achieve Financial Independence) ISBN 978-0985800406

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See also


  1. Amazon, Biographical sketch.