Erin El Issa writes data-driven studies about personal finance, credit cards, travel, investing, banking and student loans. She loves numbers and aims to demystify data sets to help consumers improve their financial lives. Before becoming a Nerd in 2014, she worked as a tax accountant and freelance personal finance writer. Erin's work has been cited by The New York Times, CNBC, the "Today" show, Forbes and elsewhere. In her spare time, Erin reads voraciously and tries in vain to keep up with her two kids. She is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
- Education: B.B.A. in accounting from Cleveland State University
- Previous experience: Tax accountant
The latest from Erin
Credit Card Debt Drops Sharply in 2nd Quarter of 2020
In uncertain times, people are spending less and using stimulus money to pay down their existing balances.
Women and Credit Through the Decades: The 2010s
In the 2010s, stay-at-home spouses gained an easier path to qualify for credit cards based on household income.
Women and Credit Through the Decades: The 2000s
In the first decade of the 21st century, a court ruling that allowed pay discrimination led to a landmark law.
Women and Credit Through the Decades: The 1990s
Women’s participation in the workforce rose in the '90s, and so did their salaries. But the gains were not uniform.
Women and Credit Through the Decades: The 1980s
Starting in the '80s, more women than men were earning bachelor's degrees, and women's pay was gaining ground.
Women and Credit Through the Decades: The 1970s
It wasn't until the '70s that women won a legal right to apply for credit cards separate from their husbands.
2020 Consumer Credit Card Report
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting the finances of millions of cardholders, and many are turning to their credit card issuers for assistance. But almost all of them are finding that help comes with downsides.
If You Need Credit Card Relief, Know the Options and Risks
Hardship programs can help people who don't have good options for paying their bills, but they carry some risks.