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.

The United States of Debt
June 29 2016 10:48 AMWe’re Obsessed With Our Credit ScoresDo we even know what they mean?
Moneybox
June 23 2016 12:12 PMWhile Democrats Protested for Gun Control, the GOP Tried to Stand Up for Financial Advisers. It Failed.
The Bills
June 8 2016 2:43 PMI’m Afraid to Tell My Spendthrift Wife About My Stock Options. Advice?Your personal finance questions, answered.
Moneybox
June 1 2016 6:20 PMThe Huckster-in-ChiefThe Trump U playbooks don’t reveal much new about Trump. What they say about us is more troubling.
The United States of Debt
May 26 2016 12:48 PMBuying Coffee Every Day Isn’t Why You’re in DebtDebunking the personal finance advice industry’s favorite myth.
The Bills
May 24 2016 12:30 PMCongratulations! You Lost.The Do Not Call list was supposed to defeat telemarketers. Now scammy robocalls are out of control. What happened?
The United States of Debt
May 19 2016 4:35 PMWhy Do We Use Credit Cards So Much?The second episode of the United States of Debt looks at America’s love affair with plastic.
Moneybox
May 18 2016 10:30 AMMillions More Americans Are About to Be Eligible for Overtime Pay. (Thanks, Obama.)
The Bills
May 11 2016 11:04 AMI’ve Lost Three Jobs in Three Years. Can I Buy a Home?Your personal-finance questions, answered.
The United States of Debt
May 2 2016 3:49 PMWhy We Borrow So Much Money: Episode 1 TranscriptRead a transcript of the first episode of the United States of Debt, a Slate Academy.
The United States of Debt
May 2 2016 3:47 PMSubprime Loans Are BackThis time, they’re coming for our cars.
The Bills
April 27 2016 9:00 AMMy Best Friend’s Brother Owes Me Rent Money. Can I Sue Him?Your personal-finance questions, answered.
Moneybox
April 18 2016 11:08 AMOne Reason Tax Returns Are So Complicated? Because H&R Block and Other Preparers Like It That Way.
Moneybox
April 12 2016 8:08 AMMelissa McCarthy’s The Boss Tries to Spoof Wealth Gurus. It Ends Up Endorsing Them.
Moneybox
April 1 2016 2:54 PMThese Firms Are Lying to Either the Government or Their Investors, and Elizabeth Warren Just Called Them Out
Moneybox
June 28 2016 1:08 PMWill Obamacare Rate Hikes Affect Our Election Like NHS Affected Brexit?
Moneybox
June 13 2016 3:55 PMMore Than 100 GoFundMe Campaigns Say They’re Helping Orlando Shooting Victims. Which Should You Trust?
Moneybox
June 7 2016 6:52 PMHere Is Every Bogus Claim in Donald Trump’s Defense of Trump University
Moneybox
May 31 2016 4:03 PMGuess Who’s Complaining About Obama’s New Overtime Regulations Now
The Bills
May 25 2016 12:51 PMI Hate How Much Money My Husband Spends on Energy Drinks. What Do I Do?Your personal finance questions, answered.
The United States of Debt
May 19 2016 5:35 PMThe Trouble With Credit CardsIn this preview of the United States of Debt, a look at America’s love affair with plastic. 
The United States of Debt
May 19 2016 4:35 PMWhy Do We Use Credit Cards So Much? An Episode 2 Transcript.Read a transcript of the second episode of the United States of Debt, which looks at America’s love affair with plastic.
Moneybox
May 17 2016 1:14 PMMoney Monster Is Wish Fulfillment for Anyone Burned by the Economic Crash. It Doesn’t Go Far Enough.
The Bills
May 9 2016 10:48 PMSmall-Business Owners Have a Thing for Donald TrumpUnfortunately, it involves some of the same angry instincts driving the rest of the Trump coalition.
The United States of Debt
May 2 2016 3:49 PMWhy We Borrow So Much MoneyThe story behind the explosion of debt in America. Listen to the United States of Debt, Episode 1.
Moneybox
April 27 2016 4:23 PMWhy the Settling of Prince’s Estate Could Get Very, Very Messy
The Bills
April 21 2016 11:29 AMAll the Sad, Broke, Literary MenA buzzy Atlantic essay details the dire financial straits of a journalist living in the Hamptons. Great work if you can get it!
The Bills
April 13 2016 8:28 AMI Inherited a Fortune. Should I Pay Off My Fiancé’s Student Loans?Your personal finance questions, answered.
Moneybox
April 6 2016 2:27 PMThe Obama Administration Is Making Retirement-Savings Advisers Put Clients First. And This Was Controversial!
The Bills
March 30 2016 7:39 AMMy Ex Won’t Take Me off Our Joint Credit Card. What Do I Do?Your personal finance questions, answered.

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