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Shannon Terrell

Shannon Terrell

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Shannon Terrell is an editor for Finder who has written over 400 personal finance guides. With a focus on investments and personal finance, she breaks down jargon-laden topics to help others make informed financial decisions. She is studying to become a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF) and makes frequent appearances on Finder’s YouTube channel as a finance expert. She’s also a published author whose work has been featured in academic journals from the University of Toronto.

Expertise

  • Share trading
  • Robo-advisors
  • Merchant services

Highlights

  • Studying to become a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF)
  • Author of over 400 personal finance articles
  • Featured in publications, such as Black Enterprise and Yahoo! Finance
  • Earned over 66,000 views on her Finder YouTube video features
  • Interviewed key stakeholders in the investments industry, including co-founder of Thinkorswim and CEO of Tastyworks, Scott Sheridan and ArborCrowd co-founder and chief operating officer, Adam Kaufman

Education

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA), Professional Writing and Communication | University of Toronto Mississauga | 2014–2019

Featured Publications

Industry insights from Shannon Terrell

We asked Shannon to demonstrate her expertise by answering a few questions about investments and personal finance.

Say you are handed $100,000. What is the most practical way to allocate a large sum of money?

Get an accurate picture of your finances, prioritize high-interest debt and open an investment account. You do not need to be debt-free to invest. If you have access to a 401(k) through work, max out your contributions. If you do not have a 401(k) or if this is your first time investing, explore beginner-friendly platforms that can manage your investments for you, like a robo-advisor.

What is the best way to keep from overspending?

Create a budget. It might be a pain, but it is worth it. If it feels too daunting to tackle with pen and paper, try a budgeting app: They are designed to do the legwork for you. All you need to do is sync your accounts to identify where you spend the most each month. Accountability is empowering and you can stow what you save in a high-yield savings or money market account. As your rainy day fund grows, so will your peace of mind.

What is the best way for first-time investors to break into the market?

Automated investment platforms like Acorns and Betterment are a solid way to learn the ropes. These beginner-friendly platforms are designed to pick and manage your investments on your behalf and provide protected exposure to the market. They can serve as a practical learning environment for anyone new to investing.

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Latest articles by Shannon Terrell

73 articles written by this author

Rocket Mortgage review

Apply online in minutes to compare home loans you qualify for.

Shannon Terrell 13 July 2022
Rocket Mortgage review

5 of the best value ETFs

These funds bundle broad market diversification with potentially competitive returns.

Shannon Terrell 25 March 2022
5 of the best value ETFs

TQQQ vs. QQQ

Review the benefits and risks of investing in these tech-focused ETFs.

Shannon Terrell 24 December 2021
TQQQ vs. QQQ

The Ark Space Exploration ETF has taken off—but is it worth the hype?

This Ark Invest ETF has piqued the interest of many market analysts. Here's what you need to know about the Ark Space Exploration ETF.

Shannon Terrell 18 December 2021
The Ark Space Exploration ETF has taken off—but is it worth the hype?

Investing in pipeline stocks

Benefits and risks to consider before you invest in pipeline stocks.

Shannon Terrell 5 August 2021
Investing in pipeline stocks

Investing in pharmaceutical stocks

Benefits and drawbacks to consider before you invest in pharma stocks.

Shannon Terrell 5 August 2021
Investing in pharmaceutical stocks

Investing in your 40s: 8 ways to prepare for retirement

How to invest for retirement: 8 ways to safeguard your portfolio.

Shannon Terrell 26 July 2021
Investing in your 40s: 8 ways to prepare for retirement

Investing in healthcare AI stocks

Looking to buy into the healthcare AI industry? Check out these stocks and ETFs, and learn more about how to invest.

Shannon Terrell 23 July 2021
Investing in healthcare AI stocks

How to invest in the trendiest tech of CES 2021

From air taxis to smart glasses, here’s how to back some of the hottest CES tech.

Shannon Terrell 19 July 2021
How to invest in the trendiest tech of CES 2021

4 trading chat rooms to watch as Redditors confront Wall Street

Are internet message boards the new trading floor––and should retail investors be wary?

Shannon Terrell 8 June 2021
4 trading chat rooms to watch as Redditors confront Wall Street
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