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Title: Columnist - Collier Citizen
Contact: 239-213-6077 | Send GERRY an email



Hailing from New York City about six decades ago, Gerry has authored more than 30 books on finance. He is a former banker, economist, editor, public speaker, consultant, world traveler, business school professor, CEO entrepreneur, elementary school teacher, and cocktail mixologist (bartender). He also maintains he is a great cook.

His children love the poems he often writes to them, but he admits unconditional love plays a role in that opinion.

Gerry spent the greater part of his career conducting more than 1500 seminars advising and teaching bankers around the world how to structure and market complex financial products. Realizing the error of his ways, he now focuses on helping non bankers understand financial alternatives. Thus, his column, Money $marts, is all about making smart financial decisions in a world designed to confuse.


Position History

  • Columnist - Collier Citizen
    03/09/2006 - current

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Recent Work

  • Money Smarts: Body mass? You'll have to know your BMI Published 07/24/2010 at 9:53 a.m.

    What’s your BMI (body mass index)? Buried in the 1,000-page stimulus and 2,800-page health care bills are little known provisions. The specific rules adjoining them have yet to be written by the thousands of new government regulators being hired for ...

  • Money Smarts: The risk of politicizing insurance Published 07/18/2010 at 8:29 a.m.

    Basically, the insurance business is one of pricing risk. To do this, analysts (called actuaries) review the history of relevant events, current trends and potential changes in the future.

  • Money Smarts: Today as yesterday ... greenhouse gas monitor is coming Published 07/01/2010 at 1:56 p.m.

    This column is an update of a July 2008 article. Write to

  • Money Smarts: Obama the punisher Published 06/10/2010 at 2:43 p.m.

    In the US, there are three million people in jail punished for breaking the behavioral rules of society. That’s about one percent of the population. We don’t assume from these “bad apples” that the other 99 percent of citizens are ...

  • Money Smarts: Credit scores and credit Published 06/03/2010 at 3:26 p.m.

    Historically, when it comes to obtaining credit, the pendulum always swings back and forth between easy and difficult. When flush with cheap money and an expanding economy, banks will make more loans (mortgages, credit cards, car purchases, home equity, etc.) ...

  • Money Smarts: Absorbing energy smarts Published 05/27/2010 at 1:12 p.m.

    Debates about energy often get testy. That’s because the arguments are usually clouded by emotions. The number one reason people buy mileage efficient hybrid cars, for example, is that it makes them feel good about themselves; the purchase provides for ...

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