Mark Settie Education: Liberty University, BS , Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Designation Expertise: Robo-Advisors, Brokerage, Trading, Wealth Management, Financial Planning Twelve years’ robo-advisor, wealth management, retail brokerage, and trading services experience Expert in personal financial planning Former Senior Portfolio Manager at Wealthsimple Experience Mark began his career in financial services starting with MassMutual where he gained broad retail financial services and wealth management experience. He focused on business development and relationship management at a detached office to build the firm’s clientele to 1,200 and $250M assets under management over the course of five years. He also achieved his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and managed the firm’s Operations Team to help drive scale of the practice. Next, Mark joined Wealthsimple in the robo-advisor space as their second US hire to help launch the Canadian platform stateside in early 2017. As a Senior Portfolio Manager, Mark’s mandate was creating and implementing innovative, turnkey portfolio solutions to make investing simple, smart, and accessible to everyone. He also played a large role in driving product strategy, creating trading systems infrastructure, and innovating how financial advice is delivered. He’s also been a featured robo-advisor panelist in the NYC area to discuss the rapidly evolving fintech space. Mark has written for The Balance since June 2022. Education Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Liberty University. He also achieved his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in addition to holding numerous (inactive) FINRA licenses, including Series 6, 7, 63, and 24. About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.