Lauren Ward has covered personal finance topics as a writer for over 10 years. She regularly writes about financing, credit, investing, and more. She is passionate about helping people make smart decisions with their money in order to create financial stability. Her work has been featured on sites like Bankrate, The Simple Dollar, and Money Under 30. Before becoming a personal finance writer, Lauren worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and in non-profit fundraising. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Japanese and currently lives in Virginia with her family.