Amy Fontinelle

Amy Fontinelle

Amy Fontinelle is a writer, editor, and personal finance expert. Her clients include personal finance websites, financial institutions, public policy organizations, academic journals and professional economists. She has written hundreds of articles on budgeting, credit cards, mortgages, real estate, investing and other topics. In addition to Investopedia, her articles have been featured on the homepage of Yahoo! and on Yahoo! Finance, Forbes.com, SFGate.com, Bankrate and other websites. 

In addition to her personal finance articles, Amy writes business-to-business copy and composes ghostwritten and content marketing pieces. She polishes articles and papers written by economists, consultants and other professionals who need to communicate clearly and compellingly through their writing. She has also defined hundreds of financial terms for Investopedia's online dictionary and written in-depth tutorials on budgeting, banking, investing and home buying. Learn more about Amy at www.AmyFontinelle.com.

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  1. Real Estate

    4 Ways to Refinance a Home Equity Line of Credit

    There's more than one way to get more affordable monthly payments on your home equity line of credit through refinancing or loan modification.
  2. Health Insurance

    3 Huge Medicare Drug Plan Price Hikes on the Way

    December 7 is the 2017 enrollment deadline for Medicare Part D. Be aware of these price increases – and how to minimize them – before you make a decision.
  3. High Net Worth Strategy

    How Zillow Makes Money

    Zillow lets property seekers look at listings for free through its various tools, so the company relies on ad sales to agents and others to make money.
  4. Budgeting & Savings

    How To Make Money With Airbnb: Risks & Rewards

    Airbnb lets you turn your home or spare room into extra cash. Here's how to make money and protect yourself from the risks.
  5. Retirement Living

    The Best Retirement Plans for Millennials

    Retirement is decades away, but if you make yourself start saving even a little now, all that time can make your money grow big time. Two smart options.
  6. Tax Deductions / Credits

    10 Tax Benefits for the Self-Employed

    Running your own business has both personal and financial perks.
  7. Taxes

    10 Sources of Nontaxable Income

    Taxes are often a deterrent from investing and saving. These financial practices will bring you no tax grief.
  8. Income Tax

    How to Owe Nothing on Your Federal Tax Return

    You have the control to determine whether you owe in April. Learn more here.
  9. Career / Compensation

    Why Just Half of Americans Got a Raise This Year

    Just half of Americans got a raise this year, according to a new survey conducted by Bankrate for 2016. Here are some of the reasons for such a low figure.
  10. Taxes

    Filling Out 1099 Forms

    There are many different 1099 forms for different types of non-employee compensation. We explain the differences among them, with tips on filling one out.
  11. Taxes

    Who's required to fill out a Schedule C IRS form?

    Find out if you're required to use a sole proprietor Schedule C form with your 1040 when completing your tax return this year.
  12. Taxes

    Filling Out The W-9 Form

    Freelancers and independent contractors have to fill out a W-9 for their employers and clients. Here's what to do.
  13. Income Tax

    How to Fill Out Your W-4 Form

    Your step-by-step guide to making sure your employer reports your tax withholding correctly to the IRS.
  14. Pensions

    Pension Vesting: Everything You Need to Know

    Understanding pension vesting is tricky, but it’s crucial to making wise decisions about changing jobs and collecting the most pension benefits you can.
  15. Budgeting & Savings

    Why Having an Emergency Fund Is Essential

    Do you know how you’d pay the bills if you lost your job, had a health crisis or needed a major car repair? That's why an emergency fund is essential.
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