University of Washington, Seattle


Banking, Insurance, Credit Cards, Mortgages, Personal Finance


  • Edits and writes articles for Investopedia about banking, insurance, and more
  • Started writing about personal finance in 2008 
  • Dozens of articles with her research, reporting, and analysis have been published by The Seattle Times, CNN Money, Redbook, LendingTree, U.S. News & World Report, and Bankrate


Lora Shinn writes and edits for Investopedia, decoding banking products, insurance, and other personal finance topics so we can all understand them. She also writes about credit cards, mortgages, and loans. In addition, you can find her personal finance journalism in outlets such as Bankrate, The Balance, The Seattle Times, CNN Money, Redbook magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and LendingTree.

Lora started writing about personal finance shortly after the 2008 financial meltdown with an article on making ends meet while pregnant (for Pregnancy magazine) and planting a garden to save money on groceries (for Bankrate). 

Since then, she has written scores of personal finance articles covering a wide range of topics: money-saving travel tips, renovations to increase home value, inherited financial lessons from family, credit card and debit card reviews, saving money on auto and home insurance, and funding college with loans, scholarships, and federal financial aid. 


Lora has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Portland State University in social sciences, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington.