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Charles Payne has done what every American has always dreamed of doing: He started from scratch and climbed his way to the top. Charles was brought up in a poor, broken family in Harlem, New York, and was bullied nearly every day on his walks to and from school. Today, he has more than 30 years of successful Wall Street experience under his belt and is widely recognized in the media as a well-known financial commentator and thought leader.

Charles’ unique story is proof that anyone can achieve their dreams as long as they have the drive to make it happen. According to Charles, the American Dream has been lost. People no longer save money the way they used to and no longer strive to reach their goals. His goal is to break through that way of thinking. Charles’ passion is to spark the fire in people that will get them up off the couch and on their way to making money. Why? Because to Charles, the American Dream is anything but dead.

With his hardworking, can-do attitude and deep-rooted beliefs in American capitalism, Charles has gone on to forge his own path on Wall Street. He began his career as an analyst at E.F. Hutton in 1985 and went on to found independent stock market research firm Wall Street Strategies in 1991, working out of his apartment with just $10,000 in startup capital. Serving as chief executive officer and principal analyst, Charles was able to win Wall Street Strategies a national reputation as a provider of timely and effective equity advice. In May 2007, Charles’ first book, Be Smart, Act Fact, Get Rich, was published.

A few months later, Charles joined Fox Business Network (FBN) as a contributor. In June 2014, he became the first African American lead anchor with a prime-time show on FBN when his very own show, Making Money with Charles Payne, was launched. The show airs every weeknight at 6 p.m. ET. Charles also is a regular contributor to Fox News Channel (FNC), where he frequently appears on investing shows including Cashin’ In, Cavuto on Business and Bulls and Bears. He can also occasionally be seen hosting Varney & Co.

Prior to starting his career on Wall Street, Charles enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his time in the service, he attended Minot State College and Central Texas College.

Not only has Charles achieved his dream, he has also helped many other Americans reach their financial dreams as well. That is his mission, and Charles continues to use his influence to help the everyday investor create a better life.

About Charles Payne's Smart Talk: Smart Talk is Charles Payne's free weekly newsletter. In each issue you'll get the uncensored truth about what's really going on in the stock market, Charles' behind-the-scenes insights, hands-on guidance on the best stocks to buy and sell, valuable market research, and so much more.

About Charles Payne's Smart Investing: In Smart Investing, Charles Payne helps individual investors build their wealth through specific stock recommendations previously available only to institutions. He emphasizes investing, not trading. Traders buy and sell stocks; investors are part owners of great companies. The best of those companies combine growth and value. Charles identifies them for subscribers through his proprietary methods that emphasize fundamental analysis but also incorporate technical influences and the latest in behavioral finance to identify optimum points at which to buy and sell.

About Charles Payne's Smart Trader: While one of Charles' core beliefs is that the best way to build your wealth in the market is to become a part owner of great companies and to hold on to those stocks for long periods of time, he also believes that there is a place for trading as a complementary strategy. That's why he created Smart Trader. Charles has a high regard for the unique benefits offered by shorter-term investing and trading strategies. First of all, you can make good money and second, many folks don’t have the time or temperament required to ride out market volatility. By focusing on two specific kinds of trades -- each group with its own holding period and identifiers -- Charles is able to steadily build wealth over a shorter period of time by capitalizing on the near-term movements in the best companies out there.

Advisory Services

Smart Investing

  • Focus: Mid- to large-cap stocks
  • Volatility Level: Low
  • Trading Frequency: 2-3 stocks each month
  • Price: $199 for one year
Service Features:
  • Monthly Issues
  • Mid-Month Market & Portfolio Updates
  • Flash Alerts (by email and text)
  • Regular Face-to-Face Video Snapshots
  • Payne's Playbook featuring a quick snapshot of the day's actions
  • 24/7 Access to Subscriber-Only Website
Smart Trader
  • Focus: Short- & intermediate-term trades targeting 3%-15% gains
  • Volatility Level: Medium
  • Trading Frequency: Up to 5 trades each week
  • Price: $199 for 3-month trial
Service Features:
  • Weekly Updates Every Monday
  • Flash Alerts (by email and text)
  • Trader Update Center
  • 24/7 Access to Subscriber-Only Website
Smart Talk
  • Focus: Stocks, Market research & analysis
  • Price: FREE!
Service Features:
  • Emailed issue every Wednesday