Bill Barker is a Portfolio Manager at the Advisor, having served in that role for the Global Opportunities Fund since 2009, the Small-Mid Cap Growth Fund since 2010 and the Emerging Markets Fund since 2011. He joined The Motley Fool in 2005 as a senior analyst for equity research, a role in which he specialized in value-stock analysis and worked primarily on three newsletters: Motley Fool Stock Advisor, Motley Fool Hidden Gems, and Hidden Gems Pay Dirt. Previously, Mr. Barker worked for the SEC in its Office of Investor Education and Assistance, and for the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Foreign Terrorism Division. While with the Treasury, he worked on the detection and prevention of the funding of foreign terrorist organizations and individuals.
He also worked for The Motley Fool from 1998 to 2001 as the principal writer of personal-finance content for the company’s website and later as an equity analyst and senior producer for investing. Mr. Barker received his CFA designation in 2008 and is a member of the CFA Society of Washington, D.C.
Before his work in finance, Bill was a trial lawyer for the Commercial Litigation division of the City Solicitor’s Office in Philadelphia, where he handled complex commercial cases as lead counsel in trials involving multimillion-dollar claims. He represented many of the major departments of the city, including the Office of the Mayor. Coming out of law school, he first worked in Washington, D.C., as an associate for Patton Boggs, LLP.
Mr. Barker has written extensively for The Motley Fool online as well as for its newsletters and three Motley Fool books. He has been published in Newsweek and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, CNBC, CNBC Europe, MSNBC, BBC, CBS, and NBC’s The Today show. He graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in political philosophy and earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia.