About Us

Dr. Mike seated in front of a laptop with a microphone with the Focused Investing Logo.



Dr. Barnard has studied and traded the markets for over a decade. He has studied the most successful (and unsuccessful) investors, businesses, and business owners in history. He has read numerous investment newsletters to get inside the minds of experts and formulate his own method for identifying successful investments and strategies. He has also been a financial advisor. He holds a DBA, MSF, and several alternative investment certifications. He draws upon his experiences and education to deliver investment education, business consulting, and private coaching.

Dollar sign with medical device - stethoscope to indicate the health of finances.

Focused Investing philosophy

Most importantly we are about creating competent and confident investors and business managers. We believe in keeping things simple. Focused investing is about increasing returns without increasing risk and balancing risk and return to improve your overall financial health. We are not about speculation or huge returns. We are  about sound decision making,  Courses are designed to simplify investing by teaching students how to evaluate businesses and learn to separate the noise from the important events. Focused Investing is about empowering people to make financial decisions and be confident in them. These principles can be applied to: 

  1. Real Estate
  2. Stocks and Bonds
  3. Currencies and Commodities
  4. Public and Private Companies
  5. sales, negotiations, interviews


Why Focused Investing

 We offer several programs designed for beginners and experts. We have cost effective, straight to the point education. Other programs promise to teach you to make hundreds of percent per year using just a few techniques. That is not what we are about. These claims should be taken with a grain of salt. Instead we want to teach you to do better than average consistently, and help you minimize losses. Successful investors focus on not losing money first. We will teach you to do this and it does not require a lot of time or constantly checking your computer screen. There's also no costly up-sells  or sales gimmicks.