Creator of GradMoney.org and full-time Associate Professor at the College for Financial Planning in Centennial, Colorado.
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Jennifer Coombs has over a decade in the investment world, and created GradMoney in 2015 from a desire to change the way young adults view the stock market and a desire to save the general public thousands of dollars over the course of their lives by researching and investing in stocks for themselves. She is often sought as an engaging and energetic speaker for a variety of audiences. In November 2015, Jennifer delivered her first TEDx talk in Jersey City, entitled "Investing for a Better World: Using Wall Street to Implement Social Change."
In addition to managing GradMoney, she currently works as a full-time Associate Professor at the College for Financial Planning in Centennial, Colorado where she is the lead instructor for several investment designation courses. Prior to this, she was the Head of Campus Outreach for the financial tech startup, Seeking Alpha in New York City.
Before that, she worked as a Senior Equity Research Analyst at Wall Street Strategies, Inc. (WSS), where she was responsible for the technical and fundamental analysis of the entire stock market for recommendations to individual investors, while also publishing daily economic analysis for the general public. Prior to this, she worked on the buy-side as an Associate Equity Research Analyst covering the transportation subsector of the industrials sector at AIG SunAmerica Asset Management Corporation. Jennifer also covered Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and has done broader research for the industrials, financials and consumer sectors. Prior to joining their research department, Jennifer worked as a Trading Assistant, actively responsible for SunAmerica's index funds valued at over $7 billion. She also worked as an intern in the client portfolio management department at Dwight Asset Management Company - a fixed income subsidiary of Goldman Sachs.
Jennifer graduated with distinction from Clarkson University where she earned a B.S. in Financial Information Analysis and Political Science, with minors in Economics and Law. Jennifer has a unique knowledge of international markets, and also studied East Asian Economics at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea.
Jennifer is a former member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), a current member of the Colorado Chapter of the Financial Planners Association (FPA), and a current member of the US SIF Foundation for Socially Responsible Investments.
She is also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI).
After 7 years in the New York City metro-area, she now resides in Denver, Colorado.