Karsten “Big Ern” Jeske, Ph.D., CFA retired in 2018 at the age of 44 after a long career in academia, government and Corporate America. He previously taught economics at Emory University in Atlanta and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and BNY Mellon Asset Management in San Francisco. He uses his new-found time to travel with his wife and daughter and write for his blog Early Retirement Now on all topics related to finance and especially the financial challenges of early retirement. Karsten has an undergraduate degree in Business from the Universität Bielefeld in Germany and a Master’s and Doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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