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AJ Smith

Home Buying, Banking and Retirement Expert

AJ Smith is an award-winning journalist and personal finance expert with more than a decade of experience in television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online content. She has appeared on CNN, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal Radio and ABC News Radio. Her work has appeared on websites including MarketWatch, Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance and Credit.com. She is a contributor for Forbes. The SmartAsset VP of Content and Financial Education has degrees from Princeton University and Mississippi State University. AJ was named an honoree of the 2018 Women in Media awards in the Corporate Champions category. She is a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®). AJ and her husband also write and illustrate educational children's books.

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by AJ Smith Mar 14, 2018

Jason Steele is a freelance writer who specializes in credit cards and travel rewards. He has been featured in USA Today, Time and many publications for his expertise. Steele took the time to answer some of SmartAsset’s questions: Read more

by AJ Smith Mar 01, 2018

The number of fortunes created in one day totaled an estimated $34.7 billion as Twitter opened for trading last November. Chances are if you’re reading this you are not among the newly minted multi-millionaires and billionaires who founded or invested heavily in the micro-blogging company. Even those who saw their net worth soar, will have to wait a 180 days before seeing any cash. We’re now more than halfway there. As we get nearer to that date in early May, we must start to look at how this new wealth will affect San Francisco real estate. Read more

by AJ Smith Feb 24, 2016

This article is written by Kristin Tablang. Winning an Oscar is a big deal—there’s no doubt about that. It’s pretty much considered the same as adding a magnificent plume to an actor’s otherwise drab cap. Immortalized in the form of a foot-tall knight poised atop a film reel, gallantly gripping a sword, the prized trophy is bestowed solely upon Hollywood’s crème de la crème: film industry fellows who are recognized for their unparalleled skill and talent. But as much as we’d all like to think Hollywood’s finest stars rightfully command the highest salaries in the acting industry, these days, that’s just not the case. Read more

by AJ Smith Jan 02, 2015

  This is a guest post written by the Editors of CreditDonkey. It’s a tough economy out there, and even tougher for elderly folks. According to the Pew Research Center, around 20 percent of adult… Read more

by AJ Smith Apr 11, 2017

Saving money doesn’t always mean you have to drastically change your lifestyle. There are small changes that can really add up. In fact, you can find large savings in every room of the house. Check… Read more

by AJ Smith Oct 20, 2017

In his 2015 State of the Union Address, former President Barack Obama introduced a new way to help Americans save for retirement: myRA, or My Retirement Account. Obama billed this new type of… Read more

by AJ Smith May 18, 2018

Mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration, better known as FHA loans, have become increasingly popular tools for home buyers. Sellers? They’re not always as thrilled with the… Read more

by AJ Smith Apr 11, 2017

It’s the time of year when many of us think about giving back. You can donate money or time, new toys or old coats. But this year, I decided to donate my hair. It doesn’t cost a thing (often the… Read more

by AJ Smith Jun 29, 2015

More and more people are using online tools and their smartphone to create their budgets and track their spending. We met up with Julianna Young from Moven to talk about this trend. Watch our video… Read more

by AJ Smith Nov 17, 2017

Welcome to SmartAsset’s first video blog. I’m AJ Smith, the new managing editor here at SmartAsset. With a decade of journalism experience mainly in television, I’m excited to bring video blogs to… Read more

by AJ Smith Jul 23, 2019

We’re grown-ups, right? We want our own space and our own place. But at what cost? We found some people willing to share in order to pay bills and make extra cash.  Meet people who are renting their… Read more

by AJ Smith Dec 24, 2014

Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders of reddit, is now the author of a best-selling book, Without Their Permission. Ohanian took the time to answer some of SmartAsset’s questions.  This wasn’t an easy… Read more

by AJ Smith Mar 14, 2018

This is a guest post written by Peter Giambalvo for CouponPal. College is supposed to be the best time of your life – don’t spend your best days worrying about money! Get your expenses under control… Read more