Brian Martucci is an award-winning independent journalist with a passion for transforming complex ideas into accessible, relevant and engaging stories.


Credit Cards

Sorting the gems from the duds. Credit is always a means to an end.


In-depth guides and primers on top tourist hubs and overlooked gems.

Startups & Small Business

Actionable advice and principled storytelling for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Freelancing & the Gig Economy

One step ahead of the curve, eyes out for contingent workers — always.

Personal Finance

Sensible, relatable personal finance advice (and consent). No judgments.

Workplace Issues

Hiring, career development, employee benefits, office politics, remote work — you know, the fun stuff.


In-depth guides and guidance for readers seeking peace of mind.

Economic Policy

In-depth, critical analysis of economic and political issues in the public interest. 


The CFPB Isn’t What It Used to Be…

...Thanks to its recently departed head, Mick Mulvaney. As a congressman, Mulvaney railed against the bureau's very existence, and vowed as its appointed leader to soften its ostensibly anti-business edge. But the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is still around —...

Two Safety Nets for the Price of One

According to recent reporting, about one in four Americans is underbanked, meaning they rely on expensive, potentially predatory financial products and services like payday loans and prepaid debit cards. Approximately 7% of Americans is totally unbanked. They're cash...

You Need a Plan

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm not much of a planner. I'm fortunate to live with someone who, among many other wonderful qualities, is an above-replacement planista. It's not at all clear to me where I'd be without her. That's not why you're reading...

There’s No Wrong Answer Here

How many credit cards do you carry in your wallet? Do you have any other active card accounts lurking in a lockbox or secure filing cabinet at home? In a recent post for Money Crashers, I gamed out multiple answers to a question that you've probably wondered at...

What Did We Get Ourselves Into?

And you may find yourself in a beautiful house /With a beautiful wife /And you may ask yourself, well /How did I get here? /The Talking Heads captured the zeitgeist better than their contemporaries, but they didn't have a crystal ball. They couldn't imagine that, 30...

Contact Brian

You can find me in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I live and work – well, except when I'm in the field, chasing stories or gathering material for travel destination guides.

If you want to learn more about what I do, or discuss what you think I can do for you, use the contact form to get in touch. Or reach out to me directly on Twitter @Brian_Martucci. I personally respond to every inquiry.