Amy Fontinelle

Amy Fontinelle

Amy Fontinelle is a financial journalist and editor for a variety of websites, public policy organizations, and book publishers. She has written hundreds of published articles and blog posts on topics including budgeting, credit management, real estate and investing. Her articles have been featured on the homepage of Yahoo! and on Yahoo! Finance, Forbes.com, SFGate.com and numerous local news websites. Amy has also written definitions of several hundred financial terms for Investopedia's online dictionary as well as in-depth tutorials on budgeting, banking and home buying. Amy has extensive experience editing corporate documents, public policy papers and articles, scholarly books and finance articles.You can read more of Amy's personal finance articles at Two Pennies Earned, her own personal finance website, and learn more about Amy at amyfontinelle.com.

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  1. Credit & Loans

    5 Signs a Reverse Mortgage Is a Bad Idea

    Here are the key situations when you should probably pass on this type of home loan.
  2. Credit & Loans

    5 Signs a Reverse Mortgage Is a Good Idea

    If these five criteria describe your situation, a reverse mortgage might be a good idea for you.
  3. Home & Auto

    Understanding Rent-to-Own Contracts

    They can work for you or against you. Here's how to negotiate a fair one.
  4. Home & Auto

    Avoiding the 5 Most Common Rent-to-Own Mistakes

    Pitfalls that a prospective tenant-buyer could encounter on the road to purchase – and how not to stumble into them.
  5. Home & Auto

    Renting vs. Owning: Which is Better for You?

    Despite the conventional wisdom, renting might make more financial sense than you think.
  6. Credit & Loans

    Guidelines for FHA Reverse Mortgages

    FHA guidelines protect borrowers from major mistakes, prevent lenders from taking advantage of borrowers and encourage lenders to offer reverse mortgages.
  7. Home & Auto

    When Are Rent-to-Own Homes a Good Idea?

    Lease now and pay later can work – for a select few.
  8. Term

    Yield To Maturity (YTM)

    The total return anticipated on a bond if the bond is held until the end of its lifetime.
  9. Retirement

    Secrets to Finding the Right Nursing Home

    The wrong choice could mean inadequate – or even deadly – care.
  10. Investing

    Things Nursing Homes Are Not Allowed to Do

    What rights do a home's residents have? The same ones they they had before they entered the facility.
  11. Retirement

    5 Ways to Protect Pensions from Nursing Homes

    How to safeguard a patient's funds from shady or unscrupulous staffers.
  12. Term

    Proprietary Reverse Mortgage

    A loan that lets senior homeowners retrieve the equity in their homes through a private company. Also called a jumbo reverse mortgage.
  13. Term

    Single-Purpose Reverse Mortgage

    A financial tool that lets senior homeowners retrieve some of the equity from their homes for a specific, lender-approved reason.
  14. Trading Strategies

    IPO Flippers And The Companies Who Hate Them

    Learn how flipping activity affects an initial public offering.
  15. Credit & Loans

    Reverse Mortgage: Could Your Widow(er) Lose the House?

    A guide to determine if you're at risk that you or your surviving spouse could be evicted from your home.
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