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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

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...

What Is a Gold-Backed IRA?

A gold-backed individual retirement account (IRA) allows workers to invest in gold or other precious metals. Often simply called a gold IRA, anyone...

How to Store Your Gold Investment

Purchasing physical gold is a popular way to diversify investments and protect wealth in the event of inflation or an economic crisis. However,...

Advantage Gold Review

With excellent customer service and an online application process, an Advantage Gold IRA might be the right retirement account for you.

Augusta Precious Metals Gold Review

When you open an Augusta Precious Metals gold IRA, you get access to an experienced team of professionals who guide you every step...

Red Rock Secured Gold Review

Red Rock Secured specializes in gold and silver IRAs. It offers benefits like one-on-one free consultations, price protection, and no-fees-for-life to eligible clients.

Precious Metals IRA: How It Works and How to Get Started

A precious metal IRA may help protect against rising inflation. But before investing, be sure...

Are Gold IRAs Safe?

Gold IRAs can diversify your retirement portfolio and provide inflation protection. Just make sure you follow IRS guidelines when opening a gold IRA.