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.

Future Tense
Aug. 24 2016 11:15 AMAfter the HackVictims of data breaches often get free access to identification protection services. Is that enough?
The Bills
Aug. 12 2016 9:37 AMI Think I Might Get Stiffed Out of My Inheritance! What Do I Do?Your personal finance questions, answered.
The United States of Debt
Aug. 11 2016 5:11 PMWhy Americans Are Drowning in Medical DebtThe United States of Debt looks at surprise medical bills, rising health care costs, and why a clean bill of health is so costly.
The Bills
Aug. 10 2016 4:55 PMWhen the Hospital Is Covered but the Health Care Isn’tIt’s getting harder and harder to keep medical costs within your insurance network—even during a single hospital stay.
Moneybox
Aug. 8 2016 4:09 PMA Boy Died on This Water Slide—in One of the Many States That Barely Ensure That Rides Are Safe
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 Bills
Aug. 24 2016 9:15 AMShould I Make My 25-Year-Old Daughter Get a Credit Card?Your personal finance questions, answered.
The United States of Debt
Aug. 11 2016 5:12 PMWhy a Clean Bill of Health Is Costly in AmericaRead a transcript of the United States of Debt’s fourth episode, which looks at surprise medical bills and rising health care costs.
Moneybox
Aug. 11 2016 3:32 PMMacy’s Is Closing 100 Stores. Where Did All of Its Customers Go?
Moneybox
Aug. 8 2016 4:53 PMDonald Trump’s Attempt at a Serious Child Care Plan Would Be Totally Useless to the Families That Need It
Moneybox
July 28 2016 12:04 PMThe Feds Are About to Get Serious About Stopping Abuses by Debt Collectors
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?

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