The Index Card

“The most important financial advice is stunningly simple and fits on an index card. The newbie investor will not find a better guide to personal finance.” –Burton G. Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street

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Helaine's work has been featured in the following publications:

BusinessWeek, The New York Times, Forbes, Slate, and Salon

About Helaine Olen

I’m a New York based journalist.

My book The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated, will be published by Penguin’s Portfolio imprint on January 2016. I’m also the author of Pound Foolish,  a book that goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated.

I am a regular contributor to Pacific Standard magazine and Reuters’ The Great Debate series. My work on  has been published in numerous print and on-line publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The, BusinessWeek,, and The Los Angeles Times, where I wrote and edited the popular “Money Makeover” feature.

I’m the co-author, with Stephanie Losee, of Office Mate: The Employee Manual for Finding and Managing Romance on the Job, a book the The New York Times called “The Rules for the office” and Time Magazine described as ”thoughtful” and “persuasive.” Most important: I wrote a book with a close friend and we remain pals to this day.

My essays have been published in Modern  Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit and Devotion The Maternal is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Social and Political Change and Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean about the Shows We Can’t Stop Watching.

What else? I’m a passionate bibliophile, a fan of 1970s pop music and a lover of rummage sales. I live in New York City.

Praise for Helaine’s Work:

“As Helaine Olen shows in this powerful exposé, ‘personal finance’ is the ultimate oxymoron. The financial challenges that most Americans face are not simply personal—they reflect the failure of our polices and our leaders to tackle growing middle-class insecurity. And the advice that self-proclaimed money experts provide is far from sound finance. Too often, it’s snake oil that only adds to the problem.” –JACOB S. HACKER, director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, and author of The Great Risk Shift

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