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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

6 articles written by this author

Investing in biotech stocks

What to consider before you invest in biotechnology companies.

Shannon Terrell 14 April 2021
Investing in biotech stocks

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 Innoviz Technologies (INVZ) stock in New Zealand when it goes public

Here's everything we know so far about the Innoviz Technologies IPO.

Shannon Terrell 21 December 2020
How to buy Innoviz Technologies (INVZ) stock in New Zealand when it goes public

Invest in Nikkei 225

Major stocks and ETFs to watch for investors interested in the Nikkei 225.

Shannon Terrell 16 October 2020
Invest in Nikkei 225

How to buy JFrog shares (FROG)

Its financials look promising, but competition in this sector is fierce.

Shannon Terrell 16 September 2020
How to buy JFrog shares (FROG)

How to buy shares in Snowflake (SNOW)

Learn how to invest in Snowflake.

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