About SimpleMoneyLyfe

Launched in 2020, SimpleMoneyLyfe provides in-depth research, tailored insight, and free comparison tools to help you make clear, simple financial decisions. Our team is passionate about empowering readers to take control over their finances and taking the right steps towards financial freedom.

Whether you are on the market for a new credit card, thinking about applying for a mortgage, or not sure how to open a brokerage account, our team of experts will provide clarity and confidence in your decision. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Who We Are

SimpleMoneyLyfe was created to help you cut through the noise in the world of personal finance. Whether you’re looking to buy a house, apply for a mortgage, take out a personal loan, begin investing, or upgrade to a new credit card, SimpleMoneyLyfe offers tailored insight (1,000+ articles and counting) written by professionals to help you make simple financial decisions. 

Our team of 14+ writers collectively brings hundreds of years of experience to the table. Our writers hold professional certifications (CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Series 7, Series 66, Series 63, Chartered Financial Analyst®, & Certified Public Accountants) and have significant experience in the topics covered. We have former bankers, mortgage loan officers, investment advisors, and wealth managers who specialize in making financial topics relatable and digestible. We leverage our industry knowledge and personal experience – refined during our time spent working for beloved financial institutions and firms – to help bring clarity to the world of finance. 

But don’t take our word for it. Take the hundreds of media outlets that turn to our team of writers – personal finance connoisseurs  – for expert opinion and insight. Here is who loves us: 

Our Team of Experts

SimpleMoneyLyfe experts are carefully vetted and chosen based on their qualifications, real-world experience, and expertise. Some team members hold professional certifications, others hold advanced degrees, and some bring years of industry experience to the table. Collectively, this background diversity allows our editorial team to be unique, accurate, and clearly articulated, helping you make the best financial decision.  

ExpertBiography
Drew Cheneler 1X1-3Drew is our Co-Founder and is a recognized Personal Finance & Technology Expert. He has been featured in CNBC, Fox Business, The Huffington Post, Business.com, MSN Money, & US Chamber of Commerce. Drew is on a mission to make SimpleMoneyLyfe the most impactful personal finance website on the internet. He studied at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he majored in Business Management with a focus on Information Systems.
Sean 1Sean is our Co-Founder and is a recognized expert in investing, cryptocurrency, and financial management. His work has been cited in leading industry publications, such as InvestorsPlace and Business Insider. Sean is interested in the people and companies who are driving financial innovation. He studied at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he majored in Operations Research & Computer Analysis.
Kim PinnelliKim Pinnelli is a Senior Writer & Editor with a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a professional writer for over 15 years, and has appeared in a myriad of industry leading financial media outlets. Kim is committed to helping people take charge of their personal finance.
Jordan BlansitJordan Blansit is a Senior Writer & Product Analyst for SimpleMoneyLyfe with an inexplicable predilection for investing and personal finance. When she's not click-clacketing from the comfort of her living room, you can find her in the California Redwoods or Oregon Siskiyous.
Megan Drew FinalMeagan Drew is a Senior Personal Finance Writer & Product Analyst with 7 years experience in wealth management. As a former Series 7 and 63 certified advisor, Meagan specializes in making financial topics relatable and consumable, no matter the reader’s experience level. Meagan is a veteran, military spouse, and mom of 4 currently living in Colorado Springs.
Elijah CraigElijah A. Bishop is a Senior Personal Finance Writer has been writing about real estate and mortgages for years. He has a degree in English, Media and Creative writing from the University of Georgia. He also holds a realtor license and has been in and out of the US mortgage industry as a Loan originator. Bringing over 15 years of experience, Elijah produces content that analyzes ethnicities, race, and financial well-being.
Bradon MatthewsBradon Mathews is a personal finance writer & product analyst with a breadth of experience. He enjoys analyzing market information and trends to help you make sense of the complex and ever-changing world of finance. His passion is providing practical advice so you can feel more confident managing your money.
RBarnesHshot2020Ryan Barnes is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 15 years of experience managing and steering hundreds of millions in client assets through complex and dynamic financial markets. Ryan’s work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, Nasdaq.com, Investopedia, and Bloomberg. Additionally, he has multiple citations in peer-reviewed papers for reporting done on the U.S. housing market preceding the Great Financial Crisis.
Samantha CareySamantha Cathey is a Senior Personal Finance Writer with years of financial training and industry knowledge. She was a banker, loan officer and investment advisor before dedicating her energy to helping individuals more creatively, through her writing.
Zach HewkeZach Hewke is a Personal Finance Writer who holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. He is a personal finance expert who specializes in Mortgages and helping consumers land the home of their dreams.
Justin EstesJustin Estes is a Senior Personal Finance Writer who is a recognized small business accountant, consultant, and credit card expert. His background in accounting and finance led to a passion for helping people make the most of their money and matching them with financial products that enhance their lifestyle.
SchteveSteven White is a personal finance writer who specializes in cryptocurrency. His work has been featured in numerous leading cryptocurrency publications, such as The Daily Hodl.
Parker PopeParker Pope has spent over 10 years studying the financial markets. He currently manages his own portfolios by trading options and futures, and he’s excited to share his experience with those interested in a hands-on approach to their investments. No fancy tricks or indicators, just a commitment to understanding risk management and knowing the “why.” While he invests actively, he’s built a wealth of knowledge about personal finance and commits his efforts to writing about topics to help people take control of their finances.
 

Editorial Principles

Our mission is to help all consumers make simple financial decisions. Between buying a house, paying off your debt, or investing for retirement, these decisions are complex and challenging. Our writers create engaging, thought-provoking, ethical, and accurate content to help you make a smart decision. Behind each piece of content, you can expect our team to spend hours researching the topic and providing all the facts. We never cut corners. 

We’ve helped thousands of people, yet our passion, potential, and impact continue to grow each day. Our editorial team feels it is important to share how we create content and write the articles you depend on to make an educated financial decision. These principles ensure our team remains committed to our overarching goal of providing the best content that is unbiased, transparent, and readable. 

Unbiased 

From stock analysis to financial product recommendations and diving deep into publicly available data and government policies, our team of experts provides all the facts and nitty-gritty details. Our information is thoroughly researched and free from opinions or biased viewpoints. Since our earliest days, our relentless approach to transparency and unbiased information has separated us from the rest and why the media loves our team of professional analysts/writers. 

Accurate

It is only fair for our readers to have accurate financial information written by experts. We present the facts clearly and update key metrics regularly, ensuring you have up-to-date information at all times. Our writers are data junkies, prolific researchers and are always collaborating with industry experts to ensure the topic is covered in its entirety. 

If you encounter any mistakes or inaccuracies, we encourage our readers to reach out to the editorial team to make the appropriate corrections. This accountability helps our team remain sharp and ensures all information is factually correct. 

Team Effort

Fact-checkers, editors, and experts review each piece of content. Together, we produce content that is accurate, concise, and empowering. Our team of experts is constantly editing out-of-date content and making the appropriate corrections to ensure our content is relevant, authentic, and reflective of our unbiased commitment. 

Quality Standards

Our team of experts and financial writers is fiercely independent. When necessary, our writers disclose any potential conflict of interest. For example, if one of our investment analysts owns a share of a publicly-traded company and is writing an article about this specific equity, we require them to disclose this information at the end of the article. Moreover, each article is written by experts who constantly fact-check one another and ensure it is accurate. 

Diversity & Inclusion

SimpleMoneyLyfe is committed to helping the financial industry become more diverse and inclusive. Minorities and people of color face challenging circumstances and hardships in the world of personal finance. Our team addresses these challenges, crunches the numbers, and provides data that highlights these issues. It is our duty to uncover these issues and present them to the media and our readers. 

Financial Review Board

We are one of the few financial education website that leverages a sitting financial review board. Charged with ensuring we prioritize the financial needs of our readers, the board carefully and diligently reviews/audits articles to ensure we are up-to-date on tax codes, industry changes,  and information. The financial review board is composed of Certified Financial Professionals (CFPs), Chartered Financial Analysts (CFAs), Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), industry veterans, and professors. All board members are subject matter experts, vetted, and interviewed. Together, they work with our editorial team to ensure our content is accurate and factually relevant. 

Ethics

Our Editorial Team and Content are guided by being accurate, fair, independent, and transparent. We uphold the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and The Association for Business Journalists (SABEW) Code of Ethics. 

Not Financial or Investment Advice

It is important to note that our content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the advice of a licensed attorney, financial advisor, accountant, or another certified financial professional. A qualified professional should be consulted before making financial decisions. That said, our content and tools will help educate you about the various options, compare products and strategies. Our content is checked for accuracy, relevance and is constantly updated. 

Product Recommendations 

Our product reviews are independent, unbiased, and cannot be influenced by external entities. The reviews are based on our rigorous research and product testing. This includes reaching out to the company/product creators, speaking to experts, and evaluating the product against specific criteria. Our team loves speaking to previous customers and analyzing the data. This helps us provide recommendations that are impartial, accurate, and reliable. Learn more about our editorial guidelines & product review criteria

Business Partnerships

We work with select brands to produce engaging content that moves the needle. If you are interested in syndicating our content or would like to work with us to produce select content, please reach out

Our team is comprised of experienced certified financial professionals, respected journalists, and unbiased product analysts. Working with respected media outlets and forging strong partnerships is how we double-down on sharing our message – helping consumers make simple financial decisions.