About Me


Joel Wenger wears a lot of hats; strategist, trader, business owner, problem-solver, mentor…the list goes on and on. He cut his teeth in the automotive industry and is an avid racing fan (MotoGP, F1) and back-country skier.  And he manages this site, Invest Safely, one of the few sites devoted to the process of investing.

But most importantly, he’s an individual investor…just like you.

Mr. Wenger began his investing journey as we all do; making just enough money to feel like he knew what he was doing.  Fortunately (although at the time, not so much), the bear market in the early 2000’s provided a much needed education and sent him back to the drawing board.

As Joel searched for answers, he realized that being “right” and making money weren’t the same things.  By combining corporate finance and strategy with lean methodologies, he created the Principles of Safe Investing.  These 10 rules formed the bedrock of his investing process and helped him avoid massive losses during the 2008 financial crisis.

As he likes to say, “Now I know a little bit about a little bit.”

Joel completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, focusing on Strategy and Entrepreneurship, while being a member of the General Management and Organizational Strategy club.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute (now known as Kettering University), with an automotive design concentration and a minor in Management.  He was also a member of the Lacrosse Club and is a Sigma Chi.