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, and Office Mate: The Employee Handbook for Finding--and Managing--Romance on the Job. Olen also contributed to The Maternal is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change.
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.
- Roger Lowenstein. "Book Review: Pound Foolish by Helaine Olen". Businessweek.com.
- Kelly, Caitlin (2012-12-29). "'Pound Foolish' Eyes Problems of Personal Finance Advice". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
- "Office mate". worldcat.org. OCLC. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
- "The Maternal is Political". worldcat.org. OCLC. Retrieved 2017-09-30.
- "Prettier Than Napoleon: The Nanny Gets Dooced".
- "Helaine Olen".
- ""Financial Advisers Selling Bogus Advice?". NPR. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
- Olen, Helaine (2013-01-12). "Can't Save? Here's Why". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-06-20.
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