It All Started When…

In 2007, as the great recession was just beginning, I began putting thoughts to paper – writing on just about every topic on personal finance and investing.  As the enjoyment for writing grew, I purchased a domain name from a defunct real estate investing program,

Here's what begintoinvest looked like before we came along
Here’s what begintoinvest looked like in 2008, before we came along.

The stock market had been a hobby since as early as I can remember. And while exploring that hobby, I realized a lot of people needed help navigating through the complexities of the stock market, investing, personal finance, taxes, and more. After a decade of reading and learning everything I could, I began to do what I could to help get people started investing, saving, and planning.

What a journey it has been!

Since that first article was published we have had 1,000,000+ views, built up thousands of subscribers and followers, and learned a ton along the way!

But it doesn’t end here.

Begin to Invest exists to help those who want to help themselves. Our Fund Spotlight Series help you find investments, our Definition pages will help you learn key terms and phrases, and our This Day in Wall Street History pages will give you valuable prospective for the future.

But what I have realized is that many new investors try with little success, or get overwhelmed when starting out, and need further help. There was more I could do to help than just blogging.

In 2015 I launched Hylland Capital Management, to work with those looking for additional help.

Today, I am a partner at Arnold and Mote Wealth Management, a Flat Fee, Fiduciary, Fee Only, financial and retirement planning firm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Since launching in 2015, we have been featured in publications such as CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, and many more:


You can see a complete list of our media mentions here.


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Where can you get started?

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There are a few disclaimers you should read:


Begin To Invest is a personal blog run by Matt Hylland, who owns and operates Arnold and Mote Wealth Management, a Fiduciary, Fee-Only financial advisor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nothing on this site should be considered investment advice, or representative of the views of Arnold and Mote Wealth Management. Clients of Arnold and Mote Wealth Management may have positions in any security discussed on this blog.



I share interesting data, articles, and opinions of others but don’t take those as a call to action.  They are sources of great information but are not an endorsement of their opinions or their advice.


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