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Dr. H. Kent Baker


Kent is University Professor of Finance in the Kogod School of Business at American University. He served as the Chair of the Department of Finance and Real Estate for 11 years and headed the Finance Center of Excellence for 8 years. Kent has more than 35 years of teaching experience at the university level and has received numerous teaching awards.

Kent has presented more than 100 CFA prep programs in the United States, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom, and he currently coordinates CFA programs for Kaplan Schweser in Washington, D.C. He has consulting and training experience with more than 100 organizations and has presented more than 650 training and executive programs on such topics as asset allocation, quantitative methods, credit analysis, and financial management. Kent has authored or edited 33 books and has more than 250 publications. He has also presented 175 papers at professional meetings and currently serves on six editorial boards. The Journal of Finance Literature recognized him as among the top 1% of the most prolific authors in finance during the past 50 years, while The CFA Magazine profiled him as “most credentialed.” His book Investment Traps Exposed: Navigating Investor Mistakes and Behavioral Biases was the 2017 Book Excellence Award Winner in personal finance and a winner of the 2018 Axiom Business Book Award in personal finance, retirement planning, and investing.

Kent received a BSBA (Management) from Georgetown University; an MBA (Finance), MEd (Educational Administration), and DBA (Finance) from the University of Maryland; an MS (Quantitative Methods), MA (Training and Career Development), PhD (Educational Administration and Organizational Development), and PhD (Counseling and Student Development) from American University. He also holds CFA and CMA designations.

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