Laura McMullen assigns and edits financial news content. She was previously a senior writer at NerdWallet and covered saving, making and budgeting money; she also contributed to the "Millennial Money" column for The Associated Press. Before joining NerdWallet in 2015, Laura worked for U.S. News & World Report, where she wrote and edited content related to careers, wellness and education and also contributed to the company's rankings projects. Before working at U.S. News & World Report, Laura interned at Vice Media and studied journalism, history and Arabic at Ohio University. Laura lives in Washington, D.C.
- Education: B.S. in journalism from Ohio University
- Previous experience: U.S. News & World Report
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Is Birth Control Free?
Under federal law, birth control is covered under most insurance plans. But many patients pay something out of pocket.
Ouch. April Saw a Sharper Uptick in Inflation, New Data Shows
This month’s personal consumption expenditures price index, or PCE, increased 0.4% in April after rising 0.1% in March.
4 Things to Know About Today’s Inflation Report
The rate of inflation is now 4.9%, according to April data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What Is the PPI, or Producer Price Index?
The index measures the prices of goods and services at the beginning of the supply chain.
Fed Has ‘Moved a Long Way’ — But Doesn’t Promise Rate Hike Pause
The federal funds rate level is now 5% to 5.25%.
Is Inflation Finally Starting to Behave? New Data Says Maybe
Data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis suggests inflation is still rising but may be starting to cool.
What Is the Median Household Income?
The median household income is $70,784, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
GDP Report: Economy Slowed Down in Early 2023
The GDP rate for the first quarter of 2023 was 1.1% compared with 2.6% in the last three months of 2022.
Why Is Diesel So Expensive?
Several factors, including new regulations and the war in Ukraine, are elevating diesel prices.
Overall Inflation Continues to Fall as Core Inflation Rises
The slowdown in inflation is primarily because of a sharp drop in fuel prices over the past several months.
Happy Easter! Eggs Are Still Super Expensive
Eggs cost double what they did a year ago — though prices are starting to ease.