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.

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?The second episode of the United States of Debt 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.
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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.
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April 27 2016 4:23 PMWhy the Settling of Prince’s Estate Could Get Very, Very Messy
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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!
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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!
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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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March 18 2016 5:58 AMThink Divorce Is Miserable?Look how bad life can get when divorcees try to retire. Especially when they’re women.
Moneybox
March 7 2016 4:42 PMNo, the Obama Administration Isn’t Coming After Dave Ramsey and Other Personal Finance Gurus
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March 2 2016 7:15 AMMy Friend Keeps Shaming Me Over My Bankruptcy. Not Cool, Right?Your personal finance questions, answered.
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.
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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? 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 18 2016 10:30 AMMillions More Americans Are About to Be Eligible for Overtime Pay. (Thanks, Obama.)
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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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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
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March 28 2016 7:15 AMBook ’EmWhy some libraries offer amnesty to scofflaw borrowers—and others call the cops.
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March 16 2016 1:47 PMShould I Sell My Apple Shares so I Can Freeze My Eggs?This and other personal finance questions, answered.
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March 4 2016 3:08 PMThe Retirement Crisis Is Getting Truly ScaryIt’s time for the presidential candidates to give it the urgency it deserves.
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Feb. 26 2016 6:01 PMSwag ReflexThis year’s Oscars goodie basket is worth a record $230,000. Even the academy is disgusted.

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