Cara Smith is a lead writer at NerdWallet, where she writes about investing, cryptocurrency and auto loans. She has reported on commercial real estate, housing and general business for Houston Business Journal, CoStar News and other publications. She studied journalism and psychology at the University of Houston, where she served as the editor-in-chief of its student newspaper. She is based in Chicago, where she searches night and day for authentic Tex-Mex in the Midwest.
- Education: B.A. in journalism from University of Houston
- Previous experience: CoStar News, Houston Business Journal
The latest from Cara
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Under federal law, birth control is covered under most insurance plans. But many patients pay something out of pocket.
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This month’s personal consumption expenditures price index, or PCE, increased 0.4% in April after rising 0.1% in March.
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What Is the PPI, or Producer Price Index?
The index measures the prices of goods and services at the beginning of the supply chain.
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Why Is Diesel So Expensive?
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6 LGBTQ+ Financial Influencers to Follow in 2023
LGBTQ+ financial pros offer advice for building generational wealth, starting a business, family planning and affordable housing.
FTC’s Proposed ‘Click to Cancel’ Targets Recurring Subscriptions
The proposed provision would ban sellers from making it difficult or impossible to cancel subscriptions.
Why Are Eggs So Expensive?
The cost of eggs fluctuates over time but has skyrocketed recently thanks to an unprecedented bird flu outbreak.
New York Bank Agrees to Buy Failed Signature Bank
Signature Bank's failure follows the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, which sent shockwaves throughout global markets.
How Silicon Valley Bank Failed (and Why That Probably Won’t Happen to Your Bank)
Silicon Valley Bank failed after a series of events that aren't likely to happen at your bank.
Major Drugmaker to Cut Insulin Prices Dramatically
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