Chet Currier, who wrote on personal finance, the markets and mutual funds for the Associated Press for 29 years before joining Bloomberg in 1999, succumbed to prostate cancer at age 62.

In announcing his death, the Associated Press called Currier’s writing “clear and concise, two critical elements in explaining the complexities of a stock market to millions of readers who were more likely to get their financial news from their local newspapers than The Wall Street Journal.”

A former editor for the AP, Michael Millican, who is now president of Robert Marston Corporate Communications, said of his former colleague: “Chet had a talent and instinct for bringing to life investing and managing money. He took ideas and themes that other people made complicated and explained them simply, but not simplistically.”

In an interview two years ago, Currier said, “I saw my job really, as, first of all, kind of educating people that they didn’t have to keep their money in a bank savings account any longer. They had new choices.”

Currier wrote a number of books, including “The Investor’s Encyclopedia,” “The 15-Minute Investor,” “Careers in the ’80s” and “Careers in the ’90s.” In 1999, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers awarded Currier the Distinguished Achievement Award.

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