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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  1. ETFs

    Top 3 Investment-Grade Corporate Bond ETFs

    If you're seeking a hedge against a volatile stock market, these bond ETFs are worth a look.
  2. Mutual Funds

    Top 5 Biggest Mutual Funds of 2017

    Vanguard takes top billing again in 2017 when it comes to supersized mutual funds. Here's our list of the rest of the top ...
  3. Stocks

    5 Top Value Stocks for 2018

    Five value stocks with potential for long-term gains.
  4. ETFs

    3 Best Airline ETFs for 2018

    These ETFs have high potential for gains in 2018 with increased interest in the airlines category.
  5. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    4 Best Credit Cards for 2018

    If you have good credit, card companies are competing for your business. Here are some of this year's best deals and credit ...
  6. Markets & Economy

    Who Will Disrupt the Insurance Industry in 2018?

    Fintech startups are training their sights on the insurance industry this year. Here are top players in the field.
  7. ETFs

    Top 4 Equity ETFs for 2018

    Top performing ETFs for 2018 with investment in innovative technology.
  8. ETFs

    Top 4 Large-Cap ETFs for 2018

    Four top performing large-cap ETFs for your portfolio in 2018.
  9. Stocks

    3 Top Dividend Stocks for 2018

    These three dividend stocks offer long-term return potential with a steady stream of income.
  10. ETFs

    The 4 Most Promising Sector ETFs for 2018

    These four ETFs can help you target promising sectors while hedging your risks.
  11. Insurance

    3 Best Car Insurance Companies for 2018

    If you're in the market for a new car insurance policy, take a look at what's available from these top car insurers in 2 ...
  12. ETFs

    Top 4 ETFs to Track European Stocks in 2018

    Four ETFs offering exposure to European equities.
  13. Commodities

    The Top 4 Silver Penny Stocks for 2018

    Silver penny stocks offer a good way to invest in the precious metal with low risk.
  14. ETFs

    Top 3 Natural Gas ETFs for 2018

    The three most actively traded natural gas ETFs for 2018.
  15. Stocks

    Top JetBlue Shareholders in 2017

    The sixth largest domestic airline has an ardent fan base and a top rating with travelers. Take a peek at who's holding the ...
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