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. In addition, 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. You may owe money, but you still have rights. There's a long list of things debt collectors are banned from doing to you. Know what's illegal.
    Credit & Loans

    5 Things Debt Collectors Can't Do To You

    You may owe money, but you still have rights. There's a long list of things debt collectors are banned from doing to you. Know what's illegal.
  2. Sounds like a bad horror movie, but it really could happen to you. Here's how to identify zombie debt and send collectors back to the dead-debt graveyard.
    Credit & Loans

    How To Beat Off A Zombie Debt Collector

    Sounds like a bad horror movie, but it really could happen to you. Here's how to identify zombie debt and send collectors back to the dead-debt graveyard.
  3. Understanding how the debt collection business works will give you a better chance of coming out ahead if you ever have to tangle with a collection agent.
    Credit & Loans

    Inside Secrets Of The Debt Collection Business

    Understanding how the debt collection business works will give you a better chance of coming out ahead if you ever have to tangle with a collection agent.
  4. Debt collectors can be professional or nasty beyond belief. Here's how to fight back – and what your rights and obligations are if one contacts you.
    Credit & Loans

    How To Push Back Against A Debt Collector

    Debt collectors can be professional or nasty beyond belief. Here's how to fight back – and what your rights and obligations are if one contacts you.
  5. Compared to other options, does it ever make sense to include cash-value life insurance in your investment portfolio?
    Trading Strategies

    How Good An Investment Is Life Insurance?

    Compared to other options, does it ever make sense to include cash-value life insurance in your investment portfolio? A look at the pros and cons.
  6. Retiring successfully if you're a small business owner requires both an exit strategy and a good retirement plan. Here's how to get started.
    Retirement

    Retire? Me? Smart Strategies For Business Owners

    Retiring successfully if you're a small business owner requires both an exit strategy and a good retirement plan. Here's how to get started.
  7. Investing Basics

    Online Portfolio Management, DIY or Fee-Based Financial ...

    Should you use an online financial planning service, or do professional, fee-based financial planners justify their higher costs?
  8. Retirement

    Freelancers Don't Have To Retire Broke

    Many freelancers worry, with good reason, that their retirement prospects are financially insecure. Plan early and you can minimize your fretting.
  9. Retirement

    Teachers: Get Schooled On Your Retirement Strategies

    If you're a teacher, you have unique circumstances when it comes to planning for a successful retirement. It's important to start informing yourself now.
  10. Follow these 5 strategies and set yourself up for a sane and comfortable retirement. Starting early is best, but it's never too late to help your future.
    Retirement

    The 5 Top Rules Of Thumb For Retirement Savings

    Follow these 5 strategies and set yourself up for a sane and comfortable retirement. Starting early is best, but it's never too late to help your future.
  11. Credit card balance transfers can help pay off debts – but they can cost you. Here are some other approaches worth checking out.
    Credit & Loans

    4 Debt-Busting AlternativesTo Balance Transfers

    Credit card balance transfers can help pay off debts – but they can cost you. Here are some other approaches worth checking out.
  12. If that's always been your dream, there actually are affordable ways to retire in France. Some regions to explore and some cautions to keep in mind.
    Retirement

    Great (Affordable) Places For Retiring In France

    If that's always been your dream, there actually are affordable ways to retire in France. Some regions to explore and some cautions to keep in mind.
  13. Here's how to incorporate life insurance into a plan to ensure that you and your family have the smoothest possible transition into retirement.
    Retirement

    The Smart Way To Use Life Insurance For Retirement

    Here's how to incorporate life insurance into a plan to ensure that you and your family have the smoothest possible transition into retirement.
  14. A delightful climate, World Heritage sites and a low cost of living are just some of the reasons to retire to Ecuador. Here's more about what to expect.
    Retirement

    Why Retiree Expats Adore Ecuador

    A delightful climate, World Heritage sites and a low cost of living are just some of the reasons to retire to Ecuador. Here's more about what to expect.
  15. The names sound similar – continuing care, assisted living – but retirement communities differ widely. How to tell them apart and what you'll need to pay.
    Retirement

    Don't Pick The Wrong Type Of Retirement Community

    The names sound similar – continuing care, assisted living – but retirement communities differ widely. How to tell them apart and what you'll need to pay.
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