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. Credit & Loans

    Protect Your Kids Against Identity Theft

    Children have valid Social Security numbers and no debt, which makes them ideal targets. Here’s what parents can do to prevent a scam.
  2. Retirement

    Is it Safe for Retirees to Invest in Technology?

    Tech stocks are volatile creatures, but there are ways even risk-adverse retirees can reap rewards from them. Here are some strategies.
  3. Professionals

    A Day In The Life Of A Public Accountant

    Here's an inside look at the workdays of two experienced CPAs, to give you an idea of what it might be like to pursue a career as a public accountant.
  4. Investing Basics

    Consumer Confidence Index

    The Consumer Confidence Index is the result of a monthly survey of 5,000 U.S. households by the Conference Board that measures how optimistic or pessimistic consumers are about the economy's current and ...
  5. Real Estate

    Ultra-Luxury Real Estate: What's Hot, What's Not

    And is this a good time to buy? Here's the 2016 forecast for luxury residences in seven global markets, from Shanghai to London to New York City.
  6. Insurance

    How High-Deductible Health Plans Work

    It will give you access to a Health Savings Account, but are the limitations worth the benefits?
  7. Home & Auto

    10 Tips for Getting a Fair Price on a Home

    When the housing market booms, it's tougher than ever to get a good price. Make sure the house you choose is worth the price you pay.
  8. Insurance

    Is Catastrophic Health Insurance Right for You?

    Catastrophic health plans protect you from high medical costs if you get seriously hurt or injured. But when is catastrophic the best option for you?
  9. Insurance

    How Catastrophic Health Insurance Works

    Catastrophic health insurance is open to people under 30 and those who qualify by income under the Affordable Care Act. But how exactly does it work?
  10. Retirement

    How to Choose a Residential Care Home

    When an elderly loved one needs supervision, a residential care facility can be the closest thing to living at home.
  11. Insurance

    How to Use a Limited Purpose FSA

    This type of flexible spending account may be used to cover the cost of certain qualified medical expenses with pre-tax dollars; here is how it works.
  12. Term

    Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Arrangement (LPFSA)

    An employee benefit, used with a Health Savings Account, that lets workers set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified dental and vision expenses.
  13. Insurance

    How HSAs Work

    Health savings accounts are a boon for covering current and future medical expenses, even into retirement. This tutorial covers all the basics.
  14. Economics

    What is the difference between positive and normative economics?

    Positive economics is objective and fact based, while normative economics is subjective and value based. Positive economic statements do not have to be correct, but they must be able to be tested and proved ...
  15. Term

    Fiscal Policy

    Government spending policies that influence macroeconomic conditions. These policies affect tax rates, interest rates and government spending in an effort to control the economy.
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