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,,, 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

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  1. Markets & Economy

    Ticker Tape

    A ticker tape is a computerized device that relays financial information to investors around the world.
  2. FA Relevant

    National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)

    The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is professional association for U.S. based fee-only financial ...
  3. Investing Strategy

    Insurable Interest

    An insurable interest is an economic stake in an event for which an insurance policy is purchased to mitigate the risk of ...
  4. Alternative Investments

    Henry Paulson

    Henry Paulson served as the 74th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and gained international acclaim with his solution to the ...
  5. College Costs

    What to Do If You Have Problems with Your Student Loan Servicer

    Don't understand how your payments are allocated or how interest is being assessed? Here is how to figure out what's going ...
  6. Financial Analysis

    Bjerksund-Stensland Model

    Bjerksund-Stensland model is a closed-form option pricing model used to calculate the price of an American option.
  7. Financial Analysis

    Bailout Takeover

    Bailout takeover is an urgent acquisition of a financially unstable company with the goal of returning it to a position of ...
  8. Banking

    Asset Management and Disposition Agreement (AMDA)

    An asset management and disposition agreement (AMDA) were a type of contract between the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ...
  9. Insurance

    Coastal Barrier Improvement (CBI) Act

    The Coastal Barrier Improvement Act is a federal law that makes federal disaster relief and insurance unavailable in high-risk, ...
  10. Estate Planning


    A settlor is the entity that establishes a trust and legally transfers control of an asset to a trustee, who manages it for ...
  11. Debt

    5 Things Debt Collectors Are Forbidden to Do

    Some debt collectors will say or do anything to get people to pay them. Although you may owe money, but you still have rights. ...
  12. Asset Allocation

    Peter Lynch

    Peter Lynch is one of the most successful and well-known investors of all time. Lynch is the legendary former manager of ...
  13. Real Estate

    Do You Need A Home Warranty?

    A home warranty may sound like a great form of protection against expensive, unforeseen home repairs. But is it worth it? ...
  14. Banking

    Remote Deposit Capture

    Remote deposit capture is a technology-based method that lets banks accept checks for deposit using electronic images instead ...
  15. Real Estate

    No-Appraisal Refinancing

    No-appraisal refinancing means that a lender does not require an independent assessment of a home's value to extend a new ...
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