Abi is a freelance insurance and leadership writer with over 15 years of experience in risk management and insurance. She is a CPCU and holds many other insurance designations. In addition to The Ascent, her work has been featured in Risk & Insurance magazine and other insurance trade publications. She has recently written her first book, Life After Leaping In.
Adam has been writing for The Motley Fool since 2012 covering consumer goods and technology companies. He consumes copious cups of coffee, and he loves alliteration. He spends about as much time thinking about Facebook and Twitter's businesses as he does using their products. For some lighthearted stock commentary and occasional St. Louis Cardinals mania, follow him on Twitter @admlvy.
Editorial strategist for The Ascent. While she's always been more of a content strategist than finance nerd, she has an economics degree from Lake Forest College and MBA from Purdue University Global. She lives in Colorado, and when not at the office, can usually be found on a hiking trail.
Aly J. Yale is a freelance writer and journalist from Houston. She currently covers real estate, mortgage, and finance topics for publications like Forbes, Bankrate, The Balance, and The Simple Dollar. She previously spent time at The Dallas Morning News, NBC, and PBS. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at TCU.
Amy Fontinelle has been a financial journalist and personal finance expert since 2006. Her work has been published by Investopedia, MassMutual, Bankrate, and other outlets. Amy is passionate about making challenging personal finance topics easy to understand so that readers feel empowered to manage their money better and achieve financial freedom. She earned her bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Angelica Leicht is a writer and editor who specializes in personal finance content. She tackles everything from interest rate trends and racial biases in mortgage lending to the role of fintech in lending practices. Her work has appeared in publications such as Interest, Bankrate, The Spruce, Houston Press, and VeryWell, among others.
Currently Managing Director of The Ascent, Brendan has nearly a decade of experience in the personal finance space. He has written hundreds of articles for The Motley Fool and provided analysis on TV outlets including CNBC and Fox. He holds a degree in finance from Virginia Tech.
Brian is The Ascent's PR Manager. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nebraska (Go Big Red!) and a certificate in blockchain fundamentals through BerkeleyX.
Brittney is a credit expert and card strategist whose advice has been featured by major publications and financial sites across the web. A spreadsheet and data obsessive, she believes most problems can be solved with the right research, and she specializes in translating complex topics to educate and empower readers.
Christy Bieber is a full-time personal finance and legal writer with more than a decade of experience. She has a JD from UCLA as well as a degree in English, Media and Communications with a Certificate in Business Management from the University of Rochester. In addition to writing for The Ascent and The Motley Fool, her work has also been featured regularly on MSN Money, CNBC, and USA Today. She also ghost writes textbooks, serves as a subject matter expert for online course design, and is a former college instructor.
Dana has been writing about personal finance for more than 20 years, specializing in loans, debt management, investments, and business. Her work has appeared on San Jose Mercury News, The Detroit News, Oakland Tribune, and Dun & Bradstreet. After moving around the globe, she's thrilled to be living in her hometown of Kansas City.
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) has been writing and editing since 2011, covering personal finance, careers, and digital media. She trains journalists, writers, and editors on writing for the web and has written about finance and careers for publications including The New York Times, HuffPost, and a column for Inc. Magazine.
Dan is a lawyer and financial planner living in Williamstown, Massachusetts. With experience in tax and estate planning, trust administration, and wealth management, Dan led The Motley Fool's investment planning bureau when he started writing in 2006 and covers a host of topics ranging from retirement and tax planning to personal finance.
Daniel B. Kline covers personal finance, retail, technology, consumer goods, and careers for The Motley Fool where he also helps manage partner relationships with major publishers. His work appears regularly in USA Today, on MSN Money, Yahoo Finance, AOL, and FOX Business as well as newspapers around the country.
Dann is The Motley Fool's Research Lead. He plans research studies, writes surveys, crunches numbers, and works with writers and editors to generate unique Foolish insights based on real-world data.
Dayana is a blockchain expert who works for cryptocurrency and blockchain data analytics firm Chainalysis. She holds a degree in quantitative economics and statistical and data sciences from Smith College. When she isn't working on blockchains, she loves to spend time with her pets, friends, and family.
Elizabeth is a personal finance writer specializing in credit cards, debt repayment, and small business. Her work has appeared on The Motley Fool, MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance, and Business Insider. She’s an avid credit card points collector and perpetual traveler currently living in Costa Rica.
Emma lives in Bogota, Colombia, where she owns the English-language newspaper The Bogota Post. She began her editorial career at a financial website in the U.K. over 20 years ago and has been contributing to The Ascent since the summer of 2019.
Eric has been writing about stocks and finance since the mid-1990s, when he lived in Prague, Czech Republic. Over the course of a varied career, he has also been a radio newscaster, an investment banker, and a bass player in a selection of rock and roll bands. A native New Yorker, he currently lives in Los Angeles.
Jack Caporal is an analyst and writer with The Motley Fool research team. He previously followed business and economic trends as a reporter and policy analyst in Washington, D.C. You can now find him in Colorado, on either the hiking trail or the ski lift, or keeping up with his hometown Boston sports teams.
James Heflin is an editor for The Ascent and was a writer and editor at The Valley Advocate newspaper in Western Massachusetts for many years. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MA from Hollins University. His book Krakatoa Picnic came out in 2017, and he's a science fiction writer and Gypsy jazz guitarist.
Managing editor for The Ascent, personal finance wonk, longtime editor, former reporter, and University of Michigan alum. James oversees the production and quality of The Ascent's content.
Jamie Matthews is alumni of Ohio State University and still calls Columbus, Ohio home. She is a finance editor with over seven years of experience. When she isn't obsessing over grammar and punctuation, she enjoys baking, binge-watching cooking shows, and being a proud dog mom.
Jordan Wathen is a Motley Fool contributor covering the financial sector and investing strategies. He believes stock investors can benefit by analyzing a company with a credit investors' mentality -- rule out the downside, and the upside takes care of itself. You can tweet him @jwthn.
Kailey has been writing about banks, credit cards, loans, and all things personal finance since 2012. She also writes for The Ascent's parent company, The Motley Fool. Her work has appeared on USA Today, CNN Money, Fox Business, and MSN Money. She's a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and happily lives in the woods of northern Wisconsin where she grew up.
Kamran is a former research analyst for The Ascent. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Vermont.
Kevin Payne is a personal finance writer specializing in credit cards, banking and student loans. He is a regular contributor to Forbes, Student Loan Planner, and FinanceBuzz. Kevin is the budget and family travel expert behind FamilyMoneyAdventure.com. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and four kids.
Kimberly is a personal finance writer/editor, consumer credit expert, and financial literacy advocate. She has lots of degrees and personal experience that make her really good at helping people separate the good from the bad in financial products and habits. She likes to roller skate. Tweet her @rotterwrites.
Lindsay VanSomeren has been working as a personal finance writer and expert since 2015. Her work has appeared on Business Insider, Credit Karma, LendingTree, Northwestern Mutual, and The Balance, among other publications. She is passionate about making personal finance accessible to everyone by delivering straight talk about financial products. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Lyle Daly is a personal finance writer who specializes in credit cards, travel rewards programs, and banking. He writes for The Ascent and The Motley Fool, and his work has appeared in USA Today and Yahoo! Finance. He was born in California but currently lives as a digital nomad with a home base in Colombia.
Matt is a Certified Financial Planner® and investment advisor based in Columbia, South Carolina. He writes personal finance and investment advice for The Ascent and its parent company The Motley Fool, with more than 4,500 published articles and a 2017 SABEW Best in Business award. Matt writes a weekly investment column ("Ask a Fool") that is syndicated in USA Today, and his work has been regularly featured on CNBC, Fox Business, MSN Money, and many other major outlets. He’s a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Nova Southeastern University, and holds a graduate certificate in financial planning from Florida State University.
Maurie Backman has been writing about personal finance for years. A firm believer in educating readers without boring them, she aims to produce content that's interesting, engaging, and easy to understand. Sometimes, she'll even make the occasional joke. Maurie started out as a writer for Fool.com and joined The Ascent team in early 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and reveling in the fact that her creative writing degree actually amounted to something.
Natasha has been a freelance writer since 2015. She specializes in credit card and credit card rewards content. When not busy writing, she's either dreaming up her next credit card rewards redemption or traveling the globe. Her goal is to encourage more people to experience the world around them while making smart financial choices.
Co-founder and personal finance industry analyst for The Ascent by The Motley Fool, a new online publisher of the year award recipient in 2017. Prior to that, he was a Director for The Motley Fool. He has 15 years of finance experience under his belt and has published over 800 educational and research articles that have appeared on websites such as MSN, AOL, and Yahoo Finance. He holds an MBA in Finance from George Washington University.
Robert is a writer and editor for The Ascent. He has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a master's degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University. When he isn't lost in thought or trying to craft better sentences, he enjoys reading, baking, and doing dad stuff.
Sarah Li Cain has been writing financial advice and reviewing financial products since 2015. She has contributed to outlets including LendingTree, Business Insider, Redbook, Bankrate, and the Financial Planning Association.
Shannon Souza is a research writer for The Ascent. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Maryland but spends her days dreaming of returning to the Lone Star State.
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Tor Constantino is a former journalist and consultant and a current corporate communications executive and business writer. Since 2017, he has also written about cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and crypto's potential to revolutionize finance. His writing has appeared in outlets including Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, CEOWorld, and Yahoo!.
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