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 Bills
July 27 2016 12:27 PMMy Life Is a Money-Sucking Vortex. How Do I Get Out?Your personal finance questions, answered.
Moneybox
July 13 2016 12:18 PMMy Inheritance Has Some Dubious “Strings Attached.” What Do I Do?Your personal finance questions, answered.
The United States of Debt
July 12 2016 1:25 PMHow Are Student Loans Forcing Us All to Pay the High Cost of Education? Read a transcript of the United States of Debt’s third episode, which looks the high cost of student loans.
Moneybox
July 8 2016 3:26 PMWhy Gunmakers’ Stock Prices Always Surge After Shootings
Moneybox
June 30 2016 9:30 AMMy Son’s Student Loans Destroyed My Financial Future. What Do I Do?Your personal finance questions, answered.
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
July 17 2016 9:58 PMWhy There Was Nothing Buffoonish About Mike Pence’s Visit to Chili’s
The United States of Debt
July 12 2016 2:18 PMAfraid You’ll Be Paying Off Student Loans Forever?You’re not the only one. Here’s how the high cost of student loans burdens everybody.
The United States of Debt
July 12 2016 1:19 PMHow the Student Loan Crisis Affects You Even If You Don’t Have Any LoansIn Episode 3, the United States of Debt looks at the high cost of student loans and how they burden everybody.
Moneybox
July 6 2016 4:05 PMTrump Says Democrats Are to Blame for Atlantic City’s Woes. That’s a Disingenuous Dodge.
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.

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