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Amanda Hankel

Amanda Hankel is a managing editor at LendEDU. She has more than seven years of experience covering various finance-related topics and has worked for more than 15 years overall in writing, editing, and publishing.

About Amanda Hankel

Current Role

Managing editor, LendEDU


  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Digital Publishing


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin

Personal Finance Experience

Amanda pursued a journalism degree because she loved to ask questions. Learning about a subject she had previously known nothing about and then bringing that story to life in a useful and interesting piece of content was her dream.

And she has spent the last 15 years of her career doing just that.

She began her editing career as a trade magazine editor covering various specific and technical topics—from manufacturing to surgery—before moving into SEO and book publishing, where she gained firm experience covering finance-related topics such as real estate investing, insurance, and retirement planning.

Amanda joined LendEDU in 2023 to continue the pursuit of her passion—taking often difficult-to-grasp concepts and figuring out how to best present them in a useful and understandable way to the people who need that information most.

Latest from Amanda Hankel

loanDepot Home Equity Review

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Alliant Credit Union Home Equity Review

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Fig Loans Personal Loan Review

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Reprise Financial Personal Loans Review

Reprise Financial offers secured and unsecured personal loans to borrowers with all credit levels. For individuals with fair or thin—a.k.a. little-to-no—credit, who might...

Fast Loan Direct Personal Loan Review

Fast Loan Direct partners with lenders to offer personal loans. Borrowers can receive up to $35,000 in funding, with loan amounts of $100...

Grace Loan Advance Personal Loan Review

Grace Loan Advance is a service that matches potential borrowers to personal loan lenders it partners with. It’s an intermediary—not a traditional personal...

Banfield Pet Insurance Review

With its Optimum Pet Wellness Plan, Banfield Pet Insurance offers immediate wellness coverage for dogs and cats with no waiting period. Its telehealth...

Capital One Shopping Review

About Capital One Shopping Capital One Shopping is a free browser extension that does the bargain-hunting for you across over 30,000 online retailers,...

CreditFresh Personal Line of Credit Review

CreditFresh offers a personal line of credit—a finance product that blends aspects of a personal loan and a credit card.  We’ve rated several...

Gold Alliance Review

Gold Alliance, established to simplify precious metal investments, caters to diverse investors. Its mission focuses on accessible investment in gold, silver, palladium, and...