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Maryalene LaPonsie

Maryalene LaPonsie has been writing professionally for nearly 25 years, including 15 years specializing in education, healthcare, and personal finance topics. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where she studied political science and international business. She resides in West Michigan.

About Maryalene LaPonsie

Current Role

Personal finance writer


  • Personal Finance
  • Investing
  • Insurance
  • Student Financial Aid


  • Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University

Personal Finance Experience

Maryalene brings to LendEDU extensive experience writing about personal finance topics such as alternative investments, taxes, insurance and budgeting. Over the course of her career, she has interviewed hundreds of finance professionals including certified financial planners, certified public accountants and chief executives of financial firms.

In addition to covering financial topics for national publications, Maryalene owns a news website for her local community and sits on the board of directors for a nonprofit that provides affordable senior housing.

Latest from Maryalene LaPonsie

How to Buy Platinum

Platinum is a precious metal with automotive and industrial uses that can be made into jewelry and prized by investors. There is also...

How to Buy Silver

Investors often look to gold when they want to purchase precious metals, but don’t overlook silver. Less expensive than gold, it presents a...

What Is Gold Bullion?

The price of gold hit a record high in April 2024, and many people who haven’t invested in this metal are considering it....

How to Invest in Precious Metals

When it comes to investing, diversification is the name of the game. By placing your money in various funds, your wealth isn’t tied...

Is It a Good Time to Buy Gold?

Should I buy gold? It’s a question many savvy investors ask themselves. Gold will help diversify a portfolio, and this precious metal has...

How to Invest in a Silver IRA

Gold has long been popular among those who want to guard against the declining value of the dollar and create a hedge against...

Priority Gold Review

Founded in 2001 and based in Dallas, Priority Gold is a trusted precious metals dealer in the United States. It promises competitive pricing,...

What Is a Custodian for a Gold IRA?

Gold has long been a popular choice for investors seeking to diversify their assets. It has traditionally been used as a hedge against...

Gold IRA Fees: How to Calculate the Costs

Many people use gold IRAs as a hedge against inflation and as a strategy to diversify their investments. These accounts allow you to...

How to Avoid Gold IRA Scams

After more than a decade of low interest rates and a strong stock market, the economy has taken a turn during the past...