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Shannon Terrell

Shannon Terrell

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About the writer

Shannon Terrell is a senior writer 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

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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

4 articles written by this author

Investing in cannabis stocks in Ireland

Top stocks and ETFs to consider for those in Ireland who are ready to invest in cannabis.

Shannon Terrell 17 February 2021
Investing in cannabis stocks in Ireland

What’s happening with GameStop stock, and the dangers of buying in

Retail investors are driving up GameStop’s stock in droves, causing trading service outages and panic among Wall Street hedge fund managers.

Shannon Terrell 28 January 2021
What’s happening with GameStop stock, and the dangers of buying in

How to buy stock in Airbnb (ABNB) in Ireland

This vacation-rental giant has finally gone public. Learn how to invest in Airbnb in Ireland.

Shannon Terrell 11 December 2020
How to buy stock in Airbnb (ABNB) in Ireland

How to buy stock in Snowflake (SNOW) in Ireland

Learn how to invest in Snowflake in Ireland.

Shannon Terrell 16 September 2020
How to buy stock in Snowflake (SNOW) in Ireland
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