Helaine Olen

Helaine OlenFreelance journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen delights in debunking the idea that personal finance experts always have their clients' best interests in mind. In her recent book, Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, she reveals the conflicts of interest and misleading advice offered by those who profit off the economic anxiety of everyday Americans while purporting to help them achieve financial security. Olen got her start in personal finance by writing the Money Makeover feature in The Los Angeles Times. Since then, her work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, and Pacific Standard. Olen is currently a regular contributor to both The Great Debate and Equals on the Reuters website and regularly reports on a wide range of topics including personal finance, women's issues, politics, education, and career strategies.

Read a Q&A with Helaine Olen on the Simmons Leadership Blog.