Investopedia is a financial media website headquartered in
New York City
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. Founded in 1999, Investopedia provides investment dictionaries, advice, reviews, ratings, and comparisons of financial product
s such as securities account
s. Investopedia has more than 32,000 articles and reaches 20 million unique monthly viewers and posts paid advertisements as investing information. It is part of the
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family of brands owned by IAC
Investopedia offers educational technology
into day trading
, asset management
, foreign exchange market
s, as well as financial educational courses. It also hosts a stock market simulator
. Self-paced, online courses from expert instructors are available on Investopedia Academy.
Founding and early history
Investopedia was founded in 1999 by Cory Wagner and Cory Janssen in
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. At the time, Janssen was a business student at the
University of Alberta
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. Wagner focused on business development
research and development
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, while Janssen focused on marketing
In April 2007, Forbes Media
acquired Investopedia.com for an undisclosed amount. At the time of the acquisition, Investopedia drew about 2,500,000 monthly users and provided a financial dictionary with about 5,000 terms from personal finance, banking and accounting. It also provided articles by financial adviser
s and a stock market simulator
In August 2010, Forbes sold Investopedia to ValueClick
for $42 million. By then, the site had grown to more than 30,000 pieces of content and reached 2.2 million unique visitors per month. In 2013, ValueClick would then sell Investopedia and a group of other properties to IAC
for $80 million. Following the acquisition by IAC, Investopedia launched several initiatives, including Investopedia Academy to sell educational technology
In March 2015, David Siegel, an alum of Seeking Alpha
, was hired as CEO
of Investopedia. Caleb Silver
was hired from '' CNN
'' to oversee content operations for the platform in January 2016. Investopedia's list of the most "influential" financial adviser
s in the United States was launched in June 2017.
In July 2018, Investopedia joined the Dotdash
family of brands and laid off 1/3 of its staff, or 36 people. The site underwent a rebranding and relaunch later in the year. In early 2019, the site announced the winners of its inaugural online broker
In 2020, editor-in-chief
Silver described Investopedia's goal as "provid ng
context around the news," rather than breaking new stories.
The site launched its first podcast, The Investopedia Express, hosted by Silver, in September 2020.
Silver also frequently appears as a guest financial expert on a variety of broadcast and radio programs, including '' MSNBC
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'' and '' NBC
1999 establishments in Canada
Financial services companies established in 1999
Internet properties established in 1999
Online financial services companies of the United States
Companies based in New York City