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  • Brendan Byrnes


    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.

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  • Amy Fontinelle


    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.

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  • Nathan Hamilton


    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 11 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.

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  • Alli Berry


    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.

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  • James McClenathen


    Managing editor for The Ascent, retirement planning wonk, former reporter, new Coloradoan, and aspiring mountaineer.

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  • Daniel B. Kline


    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.

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  • Dana George


    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.

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  • Adam Levy


    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.

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  • Kailey Hagen


    Kailey has been writing about 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.

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  • Matt Frankel, CFP


    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.

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  • Elizabeth Aldrich


    Elizabeth is a personal finance writer specializing in credit cards, student loans, 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.

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  • Dan Caplinger


    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.

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  • Eric Volkman


    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.

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  • Lyle Daly


    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.

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  • The Ascent Staff


    The Ascent brings financial expertise, trusted advice, and unbiased analysis to the world of daily personal finance decisions. Our mission is to help you live more richly.

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  • Maurie Backman


    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 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.

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  • Jordan Wathen


    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.

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  • Christy Bieber


    Christy Bieber is a full-time personal finance and legal writer with more than a decade of experience writing for the web. 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 Ascent and The Motley Fool, her work has also been featured regularly on MSN Money, CNBC, USA Today, and many other major outlets. She also ghost writes textbooks, serve as a subject matter expert for online course design, and is a former college instructor.

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  • Kamran Rosen


    Kamran is a former research analyst for The Ascent. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Vermont.

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