Helaine Olen
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Helaine Olen is a columnist for Slate and the co-author of The Index Card. She is the host of the Slate Academy series the United States of Debt.

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Dec. 30 2015 5:37 AMHow Elizabeth Warren Wields PowerEven without running she’s forcing the Democratic candidates to look out for consumers.
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Dec. 23 2015 1:09 PMThe Five Worst Things Presidential Candidates Said About Money in 2015From Donald Trump’s “small loan” of $1 million to Hillary Clinton’s patriotic contributions from Wall Street.
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Dec. 16 2015 4:24 PMProphets of ThriftWhen the media praises the heroically frugal, there’s an ugly subtext: that our financial woes are exclusively our faults.
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Dec. 9 2015 10:28 AMI Loaned My Parents $8,000, and I Want It Back. Help!This and other personal-finance questions, answered.
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Nov. 25 2015 11:57 AMThe U.K. Doesn’t Have Thanksgiving. Why Does It Have Black Friday?
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Nov. 23 2015 1:33 PMDepartment Stores Need a Christmas MiracleBut this year, it’s not just Macy’s. Fancy chains like Nordstrom and Saks are ailing too.
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Nov. 15 2015 12:48 AMHillary Clinton Was Right in That Minimum Wage Fight and Her Rivals Were Wrong
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Nov. 11 2015 3:51 PMI’m $110,000 in Debt. Could This Offer I Got in the Mail Help Me?This and other personal finance questions, answered.
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Nov. 6 2015 9:49 AMWhy “Need A Mom” Is the Next Chapter of the Outsourced Self
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Oct. 30 2015 5:26 PMThe Budget Deal Closed a Social Security LoopholeAnd that might be bad news for divorced women heading toward retirement.
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Oct. 27 2015 3:11 PMElizabeth Warren Just Declared War on Another Shady Financial Services Practice
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Oct. 22 2015 12:59 PMHow to Leave Your Fortune to Your DogIf you must.
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Oct. 19 2015 7:00 PMWhy You Should Never, Ever, Ever Take “Wealth Therapy” Seriously
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Oct. 15 2015 11:58 AMIf Given the Choice, Americans Prefer Better Benefits to Higher Salaries
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Oct. 9 2015 4:33 PMFinancial Advice Just for Women Might Seem Like a Great IdeaHere’s why it’s not.
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Dec. 23 2015 3:44 PMThese Employees of a Silicon Valley Unicorn Thought Their Company Shares Would Make Them Rich. Nope.
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Dec. 23 2015 9:30 AMMy Financial Adviser Is a Total Sketchball! What Do I Do?These and other personal finance questions, answered.
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Dec. 14 2015 5:58 PMWhat’s Happening to Obamacare’s PPOs?Health plans that will pay for out-of-network care are disappearing from the insurance exchanges. Here’s why.
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Nov. 25 2015 12:29 PMMen More Inclined to Take Parental Leave for a Son and If They Work Around Lots of Women
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Nov. 25 2015 11:45 AMI’m Underwater on My Mortgage and I Want Out! What Do I Do?This and other personal-finance questions, answered.
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Nov. 16 2015 9:12 AMThe Paycheck PlateauWhy do women stop getting raises in the middle of their careers?
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Nov. 12 2015 7:53 PMHow Australia Gets Student Loans RightAnd why it should make Americans very, very jealous.
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Nov. 10 2015 4:02 PMThe Starbucks Cup Controversy Proves One Thing: The “War on Christmas” Is Happening Earlier Each Year
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Nov. 5 2015 5:55 PMCan You Still Trust the Starbucks Index?Weak coffee sales supposedly predicted the Great Recession. What are today’s weird java trends telling us?
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Oct. 29 2015 1:42 AMCNBC Was the Biggest Loser of Its Own Debate
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Oct. 26 2015 1:10 PMDonald Trump, Citing $1 Million Loan His Dad Gave Him to Start Out: “It Has Not Been Easy”
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Oct. 21 2015 7:21 AMWhat Really Happened With Donald Trump’s Atlantic City Casinos?Splashy debuts and four bankruptcies, 30 years in the making.
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Oct. 19 2015 11:47 AMJennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Have Us Wondering: Why Don’t More People Discuss Their Compensation?
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Oct. 11 2015 9:00 PMThe Get-Rich-Quick Schemers Who Love the GOPDonald Trump, Ben Carson, and Jeb Bush have something in common: “multilevel marketing” companies that prey upon the desperate and broke.
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Oct. 5 2015 5:13 PMWe’re Doing Security Deposits WrongLandlords in the U.S. have way too much leeway. The U.K. figured out a better way.

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