• Has worked for Investopedia since 2014 in an editorial capacity
  • Held senior editorial jobs at a number of other publications, including national editor-in-chief of Back Stage, executive editor of Working Woman magazine, and health director of Ladies' Home Journal and Fitness (psychology/health director)
  • Former Vice President and editorial director of Consumers Union and vice president, content for Zagat Surveys


A longtime writer and editor about finance for national consumer and technical audiences, Julia Kagan is the former editor of Consumer Reports and Psychology Today. Her business-book editing experience includes being charts editor of Ahead of the Curve: A Commonsense Guide to Forecasting Business and Market Cycles by Joseph H. Ellis (Harvard Business School Press, 2005) and editing The Trial of a Social Security Disability Case by The Honorable Marvin Schwartz (The Social Security Disability Foundation, 1983).

As an editor, she won a National Magazine Award (2004, Leisure Interests), was a NMA finalist in 2004, 2000, 1999 (all Personal Service) and twice in 1986 (General Excellence, Personal Service) – and also won the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism (2000). Kagan was the Visiting J. Stewart Riley Professor of Journalism at Indiana University from 1991-1993. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars.


Julia received her bachelor's from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in English and earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College.

Quote from Julia Kagan

"Today, with employer-managed pensions disappearing, responsibility for people's financial futures is almost completely in their own hands. I feel passionate about helping people understand how to take control of their financial lives. For example, it's very easy to respond to an ad and end up with a subprime mortgage when you qualify for a better one. I regard my job as making sure mistakes like that don't happen."