Personal finance writer

Resides In

San Diego, California


University of Edinburgh, Norwich University, National University, American Military University


Personal finance, banking, credit cards, real estate


  • Carissa Rawson has spent the last six years writing about credit cards, award travel, and personal finance
  • Carissa manages a rental portfolio spanning across the U.S.
  • She has an MBA from Norwich University and is currently pursuing an MFA from National University


Carissa Rawson is a personal finance writer at Investopedia. After seven years in the U.S. Air Force as an Arabic translator, she moved on to freelance writing, focusing on credit cards and award travel. She further honed her skills as a personal finance reporter and writer for The Points Guy, where she covered breaking news in credit cards and travel. Since then, she's broadened her focus to a wider realm of personal finance, from home loans to credit scores.

She has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Upgraded Points, and Nerdwallet. She began freelancing for the Balance in 2020 and Investopedia in 2023.

Carissa manages a portfolio of rental properties across the U.S., with the intent to one day live comfortably on her passive income.


Carissa has acquired a bachelor's in Middle Eastern Studies from the American Military University. She has also completed an MBA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University, an M.S. from the University of Edinburgh in Advanced Arabic, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from National University.