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Bob Ciura is an independent equity analyst. He joined Mitre Media in September 2015. His articles focus on dividend stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds across a wide range of sectors, including technology, energy, and consumer goods. Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from DePaul University, as well as an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

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