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Lauren Perez

Credit Card, Banking and Savings Expert

Lauren Perez writes on a variety of personal finance topics for SmartAsset, with a special expertise in savings, banking and credit cards. She is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® (CEPF®) and a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. Lauren has a degree in English from the University of Rochester where she focused on Language, Media and Communications. She is originally from Los Angeles. While prone to the occasional shopping spree, Lauren has been aware of the importance of money management and savings since she was young. Lauren loves being able to make credit card and retirement account recommendations to friends and family based on the hours of research she completes at SmartAsset.

Posts by Lauren Perez:

by Lauren Perez Dec 20, 2016

Linda McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) fame has been picked to head the U.S. Small Business Administration. If approved by the Senate, the co-founder and former CEO of WWE will oversee an agency with a budget of more than $10 billion that provides loans, mentoring and guidance to small business owners in every state. In his announcement, Trump stated that McMahon will be a key player in his effort to generate American job growth and roll back federal regulations. Here are five things to know about Trump’s pick to head the Small Business Administration. Read more

by Lauren Perez Dec 20, 2016

J.K. Rowling’s net worth is an estimated $1.2 billion. Since 1997, J.K. Rowling has captivated book lovers across the globe with her renowned Harry Potter series. In addition to publishing that series, she has written other novels and stories and has gotten involved with the film adaptations of her books. Read on for a breakdown of Rowling’s net worth. Read more

by Lauren Perez Dec 16, 2016

Gary Cohn, president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, recently accepted Donald Trump’s offer to lead the National Economic Council (NEC).The NEC was designed to help coordinate and develop the president’s economic program and is one of the most influential panels in the White House. In a statement, Trump said that Cohn would serve as the “top economic adviser,” putting “his talents as a highly successful businessman to work for the American people.” The position does not require Senate approval. Read on for five things to know about the future NEC leader. Read more

by Lauren Perez May 29, 2019

So many roommate finders, so little time! How do you even choose? First, know that the best roommate finder sites and apps combine apartment listings with potential roommate profiles that detail… Read more

by Lauren Perez Nov 06, 2017

Many of us get caught up in the chaos of planning parties, buying gifts and visiting friends and relatives during the months of November and December. It’s easy to forget that the holidays are also… Read more

by Lauren Perez Apr 14, 2020

A land loan is an option for prospective homeowners who want to buy a piece of land and then build their own home there. Land loans aren’t as common as mortgages, so you may have to shop around a bit… Read more

by Lauren Perez Nov 21, 2016

Don’t have enough cash for a down payment? If you can’t put at least 20% down on a house, you might have to pay for private mortgage insurance. Luckily, there are ways to get around that. One… Read more

by Lauren Perez Oct 17, 2017

Many recent graduates struggle to transition from college to the real world. As independent adults, they may be making major decisions concerning different aspects of their lives, including their… Read more