Jason Van Steenwyk has been writing professionally about personal finance and investments since 1999. He first learned the trade as a staff reporter with Mutual Funds Magazine, part of the FORTUNE Group of magazines at Time, Inc. While there, he also served as managing editor of Investors’ Digest, a monthly compilation of the best in investment newsletter writing, published by the Institute for Econometric Research. He was also a contributing editor to Market Logic, Income Fund Outlook, Mutual Fund Buyers Guide and The Insiders. In addition to his work for Mutual Funds, Jason has published feature articles in many financial consumer and trade publications, including Wealth and Retirement Planner, Registered Representative, Annuity Selling Guide, Bankrate.com, Senior Market Advisor, RealEstate.com, NerdWallet and many more. Born in Santa Monica, California, Jason was raised mostly on the windward side of Oahu, a suburban and rural area of the Hawaiian Islands. He took an interest in real estate from observing the unique economy and real estate market of Hawaii and the complex interplay of land and power in an island economy. Jason is a full-time freelance writer and editor, an avid guitarist and fiddle player, and a career officer with the Florida Army National Guard. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his cat, Sasha, and an unknown number of musical instruments.