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.

  1. Debt

    5 Things Debt Collectors Are Forbidden to Do

    You may owe money, but you still have rights. Know what debt collectors are forbidden from doing.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Investing

    Value Investing

    Learn everything there is to know about value investing.
  5. Real Estate

    What You Should Know About Home Appraisals

    Home appraisals are an unbiased way to determine a home's value. Here is what you need to know about obtaining one.
  6. Real Estate

    The FHA's Minimum Property Standards

    If you're thinking of purchasing a home with an FHA loan, here are some standards that must be met.
  7. Real Estate

    9 Things You Need to Know About Homeowners' Associations

    Restrictive rules and high fees are just some of the things to watch out for before joining a homeowners' association or ...
  8. Real Estate

    Should You Buy a House At Auction?

    The traditional real estate market isn't the only place to conduct your home search. Auctions also bring many buying opportunities. ...
  9. Exam Prep

    What To Do If You Failed Your CFA Exam

    Follow these steps to increase your odds of passing your next CFA exam.
  10. Bonds / Fixed Income

    Yield To Maturity (YTM)

    Yield to maturity (YTM) is the total return expected on a bond if the bond is held until maturity.
  11. High Net Worth Strategy

    How To Start Your Own Private Foundation

    Private foundations can be time consuming and expensive, but many find the endeavor worthwhile. Learn how to start your own ...
  12. Budgeting & Savings

    Budgeting Basics

    What is budgeting? Basically, it's making sure that you're spending less than you're bringing in and planning financially ...
  13. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Credit Card Tutorial

    Credit cards can be a useful tool if you know what you are getting into. Learn the risks, rules, history of credit cards. ...
  14. Small Business

    Starting A Small Business

    Starting a small business can be a daunting task. This tutorial will break the process down into easy steps.
  15. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    What's a better way to borrow money: overdraft or credit cards?

    Overdraft and credit cards will allow you to spend more money than you have, but whichever option you choose, be sure to ...