Helaine Olen

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Helaine Olen is an American journalist based in New York. She is a columnist for Slate, where she writes the column The Bills. She is the author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry and the co-author of The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn't Have to be Complicated,[1][2] and Office Mate: The Employee Handbook for Finding--and Managing--Romance on the Job.[3] Olen also contributed to The Maternal is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change.[4]


Olen graduated from Smith College and attended the University of Minnesota. She is married to the script writer Matt Roshkow[5] and has two sons.[6]


Olen is critical of the personal finance industry's typical advice to consumers, suggesting that it leaves them unprepared for major downturns such as market crashes, layoffs, and medical bills.[7]


  1. ^ Roger Lowenstein. "Book Review: Pound Foolish by Helaine Olen". Businessweek.com. 
  2. ^ Kelly, Caitlin (2012-12-29). "'Pound Foolish' Eyes Problems of Personal Finance Advice". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  3. ^ "Office mate". worldcat.org. OCLC. Retrieved 2017-09-30. 
  4. ^ "The Maternal is Political". worldcat.org. OCLC. Retrieved 2017-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Prettier Than Napoleon: The Nanny Gets Dooced". 
  6. ^ "Helaine Olen". 
  7. ^ ""Financial Advisers Selling Bogus Advice?". NPR. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2018. 

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