Sheila Olson

  • • 20+ years experience as a health IT executive and entrepreneur
  • • 25 years as an active trader, specializing in both fundamental and technical analysis
  • • Currently writes about investing, personal, and business finance topics for both consumers and financial professionals


As a health IT entrepreneur and business owner for over 20 years, Sheila worked with leading edge technology companies and visionaries in the health care field. She began writing about trends in health care and biotechnology in the 1990s, as well as public policy and regulations that affected the industry, for trade publications.

Sheila has been active in the markets for over two decades; her business background and health care focus shapes her analytical approach to stocks and opportunities. She is especially interested in emerging technology and growth potential in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

She currently writes about investing, especially fundamentals and technical analysis, for Investopedia and the Motley Fool, among others, and on personal finance issues for major financial brands such as Prudential.


Sheila earned a bachelor's degree in public health from Northern Arizona University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Augustana University.

Quote from Sheila

"Investing is an important skill—I love the market—but my true passion is financial literacy, helping people understand money as a tool they can leverage to achieve their personal goals."

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