Lauren Ward

Lauren Ward is a personal finance writer who regularly covers topics like mortgages, real estate, and investing.


About Lauren Ward

Current Role

Personal finance writer


Mortgages, real estate, investing, credit, debt, small businesses


Bachelor’s degree in Japanese from Georgetown University

Personal Finance Experience

Lauren Ward is a personal finance expert who has covered a variety of topics over the last 10 years. She regularly writes for financial institutions, fintech platforms, and online publications to help audiences understand smart money moves for their situation.

Prior to becoming a finance writer, Lauren worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. She began her career in nonprofit fundraising in Washington, DC. Today, she lives in Virginia with her husband and three kids.

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