MoneyLife host Chuck Jaffe is senior columnist for MarketWatch. His three weekly columns are syndicated nationally, and his “Your Funds” column is the most widely read feature on mutual fund investing in America. In 2009, Chuck was named to MutualFundWire’s list of the 40 Most Influential People in Fund Distribution, the only journalist ever to make the list.
Chuck’s “Stupid Investment of the Week” column highlights the conditions and characteristics that make a security less than ideal for average investors. His stories, and the investments he has attacked, represent a rogues’ gallery of dreadful issues and bad ideas. He is also known for terrorizing the mutual fund industry with his annual “Lump of Coal Awards,” bestowed on entities in the mutual fund world for action, conduct, performance or attitude that is “bumbling, offensive, disingenuous, reprehensible or just plain stupid.”
Chuck is a radio veteran, having first hosted a show he called MoneyLife in 2003 on Boston’s WBIX. After that station changed its format, Chuck wound up hosting Your Money on New England radio stations, and posting podcasts on MarketWatch. He is thrilled to return with MoneyLife, which he describes as the “financial radio concept I always wanted to do, long-form, smart, viewpoint-diverse, solid personal-finance talk.”
If there is one area outside of his columns for which Chuck has become known, it is as an outspoken critic of the financial planning business, stemming from his two books on financial advisers. “Getting Started In Finding a Financial Advisor” (John Wiley & Sons) and “The Right Way to Hire Financial Help” (The MIT Press) are the only consumer books on choosing, selecting and working with financial advisers of all types. He is also the author of “Chuck Jaffe’s Lifetime Guide to Mutual Funds” (Perseus Books).
Chuck is a past president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, a group representing more than 3,000 business journalists nationwide, and he has long been an outspoken critic of the business media. He has been a frequent guest on Fox Business, WSJ.com, CNBC, Nightly Business Report and more.
Aside from his work on money and investing, Chuck is editor and columnist for New England Lacrosse Journal and is co-owner of the Boston Box Lacrosse League. He was the play-by-play voice of the Boston Blazers professional indoor lacrosse team, runs BullsEye Lacrosse, is a certified referee, and continues playing lacrosse himself when his overweight and aching body allows it. In 2006, he was named America’s “most innovative youth coach” by U.S. Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body.
Prior to joining MarketWatch, Chuck spent nine years as personal finance and mutual funds columnist at The Boston Globe. He moved to Boston after six years as business editor and columnist at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa. His business journalism career includes Florida stops at the St. Petersburg Times and the Bradenton Herald.
Chuck lives on Boston’s South Shore with his wife Susan, who he always describes in print as “the most patient and understanding woman in America.” They met while attending the University of Michigan. He has two beautiful teenage daughters and a young golden retriever whose flatulence issues sometimes explain Chuck’s demeanor, as well as three cats that have been known to jump onto the equipment in his home studio at inopportune times.
You can find his work on MarketWatch HERE.
You can follow him on Twitter @MKTWJaffe, or @MoneyLifeShow or, depending on your sporting interests, @NELaxJournal.