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.
Amy's Recent Articles
The Largest Mortgage Providers in the U.S.
Dec 28, 2020
Over 11,000 institutions originated a mortgage in 2019. The 25 largest mortgage providers originated 88% of all mortgages. Find out who the big dogs are …
Average Closing Costs in 2020: What Will You Pay?
Sep 28, 2020
What are the average closing costs in the United States? What's included in closing costs? We have state-by-state figures to give you the best data.
Renters in These States Are Getting Hit Hard by the Pandemic Economy
Jun 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone, but renters are having an especially difficult time. Read on for the 12 states where the situation is …
Waiving Credit Card Interest Saves the Average American $88 a Month
Apr 16, 2020
Affordable Childcare: The States, Cities, and Counties That Have It
Apr 1, 2020
Childcare costs as much as a year of college tuition in some states. Where can you find more affordable options? We looked a hundreds of …
Where to Find Financial Help During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Mar 19, 2020
Credit Bureaus Want Your Banking Data -- Should You Give It to Them?
Mar 5, 2020
Are Algorithms Hurting Your Finances? What You Need to Know
Jan 30, 2020
Algorithmic bias could be making it harder for you to get a job, earn what you deserve, or get new credit. Are you in one …
Immigrants Miss Out on Banking -- And It's an Urgent Problem
Jan 27, 2020
U.S. immigrants face many difficulties when it comes to setting up bank accounts, getting credit cards, and other basic financial tasks. Here's why that hurts …
When Were Credit Cards Invented? The History of Credit Cards
Jan 7, 2020
You might be surprised to find out when credit cards were invented. Here's a look at the history of credit cards, from the 1940s to …
Romance Scams Are Costing People More Than Heartache
Dec 10, 2019
These online dating scams can lead to both heartbreak and heavy financial losses.
Credit Invisibility: Do You Live in a Credit Desert?
Dec 9, 2019
Americans in certain areas may have a harder time building a credit history and getting loans or credit cards.
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