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. Social Security

    Filed for Social Security Too Soon? Two Ways to Fix It

    Have you filed for Social Security too soon? There are two ways that you can fix it.
  2. Real Estate

    Foreclosure - FCL

    A situation in which a homeowner is unable to make principal and/or interest payments on his or her mortgage, allowing the ...
  3. High Net Worth Strategy

    The Home Appraisal: Your Key to a Successful Refinance

    When you refinance your mortgage, everything hinges on the appraisal. Here's what appraisers look at, how to make your home ...
  4. Financial Technology

    Open Banking

    Open Banking is a system that provides a user with a network of financial institutions’ data through the use of application ...
  5. Retirement Savings

    Summary Plan Description

    The summary plan description is a document that employers are required to give to employees in retirement plans or health ...
  6. Insurance

    QSEHRA

    QSEHRA is an Affordable Care Act-compliant health coverage plan for small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees ...
  7. Real Estate

    Playing Hardball When Selling Your Home

    Using these strategies will help you get more cash when selling your house.
  8. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How HELOCs Can Hurt You

    A home equity line of credit is a convenient way to borrow money. But, there are things to be cautious of so you don't get ...
  9. Real Estate

    10 Worst First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

    These errors could wind up costing you more than the coveted key to your first home.
  10. High Net Worth Strategy

    8 Reasons Not to Sell Your Home Without An Agent

    Is saving the seller's side of the agent's commission worth the trouble of selling your home without one? Why it could cost ...
  11. Real Estate

    18 Do-It-Yourself Projects to Boost Home Value

    These home upgrades can be achieved for surprisingly little money.
  12. Real Estate

    13 Steps to Closing a Real Estate Deal

    A long list of things needs to happen before a home becomes yours. Find out what to expect.
  13. Real Estate

    Investing in Property Out of State

    If you can't afford property close to home, consider taking the real estate plunge elsewhere in the country.
  14. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    10 Reasons to Use Your Credit Card

    Charging purchases is not always a no-no. In fact, there are some very sound reasons for choosing this option.
  15. Income Tax

    6 Cheap Ways to Get a Tax Refund Advance

    Tax-preparation companies offer tax refund advances to get customers in the door and collect fees on other services. Here ...
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