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

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Jan. 16 2017 5:45 AMWe’re Going to Need That $4,000 BackWhat it’s like to get a raise thanks to the Obama administration’s overtime rules for American workplaces—and then have it taken away.
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Jan. 9 2017 9:40 PMA Failed Cure for Health Care CostsOnline price-comparison tools were supposed to cut our medical bills. Here’s why they’ve failed.
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Jan. 3 2017 3:07 PMThe People Who Evangelized for the 401(k) Now Think It’s Made Retirement Much Tougher
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Dec. 22 2016 5:07 PMIs That Snuggie the Real Thing?Companies and customers are getting fed up with the counterfeits flooding Amazon. How did things get so bad?
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Dec. 14 2016 5:33 PMThe Neighbors of White House NorthThe president-elect is causing a miniature recession in the area surrounding Trump Tower.
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Dec. 13 2016 4:41 PMTrump Isn’t Going to Help With Your DebtIn fact, he might make it worse.
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Nov. 30 2016 11:33 AMI’m in Debt Because I Got Sick. Is It OK to Raid My Retirement Fund?Your personal finance questions, answered.
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Nov. 23 2016 5:30 AMGo Ahead, Eat Out on ThanksgivingIt’s way less work, it’s more common than you think, and it’s delicious.
Moneybox
Nov. 17 2016 3:59 PMGoldman Sachs Is Now Pitching Consumer Loans to Cover Bills and Emergencies. How Depressing.
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Nov. 15 2016 12:36 PMThe Left Was Skeptical of SEC Chair Mary Jo White. They’ll Miss Her Once Trump Is President.
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Nov. 10 2016 1:07 PMThe Collapse of the American DreamRead a transcript of the United States of Debt’s fifth episode, which looks at aftermath of the foreclosure crisis.
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Nov. 9 2016 6:07 PMClinton Lost the Economic ArgumentIt was the way she could have eased Trump voters’ racism, and she blew it.
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Nov. 8 2016 8:58 PMDonald Trump’s Election Night Party Is Charging $13 for Wine and $7 for Soda, but It’s Probably Not His Fault
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Nov. 2 2016 9:15 AMMy Cat Is Sick, Expensive, and Keeping Me in Debt. Is It Time to … You Know?Your personal finance questions, answered.
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Oct. 28 2016 1:58 PMThe Feds Raided the Scammers Behind Those Fake IRS Robocalls. It’s Not Enough.
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Jan. 12 2017 3:10 PMAmericans Want to Buy Cheaper Medicine From Canada. Why Did 13 Democrats Vote Against Letting Them?
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Jan. 5 2017 2:54 PMMy Boyfriend Is a Financial Train Wreck. Are We Doomed?Your personal finance questions, answered.
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Dec. 27 2016 6:15 PMThe Trump PenaltyFive ways many Americans’ finances will take a hit under the Trump administration.
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Dec. 16 2016 11:57 AMI Love My Job but Can’t Afford Christmas Gifts. What Do I Do?Your personal finance questions, answered.
The United States of Debt
Dec. 13 2016 4:41 PMIf You’re Struggling With Debt, a Trump Presidency Could Make It WorseRead a transcript of the United States of Debt’s sixth episode.
Moneybox
Dec. 6 2016 5:29 PMThe Supreme Court Just Made It Much Harder to Get Away With Insider Trading
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Nov. 29 2016 3:31 PMThe Big Problem in Charity That Giving Tuesday Can’t Fix
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Nov. 21 2016 4:43 PMMillions Are About to Get a Raise for Overtime Work, and Republicans Are Plotting to Take It Away
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Nov. 16 2016 3:09 PMShould I Change My Financial Plans Because Trump Won?Your personal finance questions, answered.
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Nov. 14 2016 1:22 PMTrump Will Tear Down Elizabeth Warren’s Legacy, TooThe senator helped protect consumers from the predations of the financial services industry. Say goodbye to all that.
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Nov. 10 2016 1:00 PMAmerica’s Foreclosure Crisis Is Far From Over. So Why Don’t We Hear About It?Millions have lost their homes. They’re still in debt today.
Moneybox
Nov. 9 2016 2:15 AMThe Stock Markets Are Reacting Badly to the Prospect of a President Trump
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Nov. 8 2016 9:21 AMNow Startups Have Figured Out How to Make Money on “Volunteer” Rides to the Polls
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Nov. 1 2016 12:21 AMWe Now Have an Even Clearer Picture of How Brazenly Trump Tried to Avoid Paying Taxes
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Oct. 27 2016 6:00 AMAsk Me Again on Nov. 9Why so many Americans are putting off major financial decisions until this election is over.

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