Mike Brown

In his role at LendEDU, Mike uses data, usually from surveys and publicly-available resources, to identify emerging personal finance trends and tell unique stories. Mike’s work, featured in major outlets like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, provides consumers with a personal finance measuring stick and can help them make informed finance decisions.

Articles by Mike Brown:

27
Apr
Report: Gold Still Trusted Over Bitcoin, But the Gap is Closing

LendEDU's survey found most Americans, especially older ones, trust gold over bitcoin as both an investment for retirement & protection against inflation — but the gap is shrinking.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
23
Apr
Student Loan Debt by School by State

For the fifth consecutive year, LendEDU analyzed student loan debt data at hundreds of colleges and universities to tell you what the average student loan debt per borrower figure is by school & by state.

Posted in: Reports, Student Loans,
15
Dec
63% of Americans Will Take on a Record Amount of Credit Card Debt This Holiday Season

Dealing with both the pandemic recession & holiday shopping, 63% of Americans told LendEDU they will be taking on a record amount of credit card debt this holiday season. That includes 72% of people who were laid off during the pandemic, and 75% of people who are still laid off.

Posted in: Credit Cards, Reports,
08
Dec
Study: Coronavirus Pandemic Has Created Tax Problems That Could Get Much Worse in 2021

LendEDU's survey of 1,000 American taxpayers found tax debt issues stemming from the coronavirus could get ugly in 2021 due to people relying on unemployment benefits, retirement funds, and stock sales to get through the pandemic recession.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
10
Nov
The Fastest-Growing Cities That Are Still Affordable For Renters

LendEDU analyzed nearly 30,000 American cities to see which ones are not only the fastest-growing but the most affordable for renters.

Posted in: Homeowners & Renters Insurance, Insurance, Reports,
29
Sep
The Most Affordable Cities For Veteran Homebuyers

Analyzing over 25,000 U.S. cities, LendEDU first found the 1,000 places with the highest proportions of veterans & military members. These cities were then ranked based on their affordability for homebuyers that are using a mortgage.

Posted in: Mortgages, Reports,
15
Sep
The Fastest Growing Cities That Are Still Affordable For Homebuyers

LendEDU ranked the 1,000 fastest-growing U.S. cities according to each one's affordability for homebuyers that are using a mortgage.

Posted in: Mortgages, Reports,
01
Sep
55% of Homeowners Regret Taking Out a Mortgage During the Pandemic

LendEDU's survey of 1,000 homeowners with a mortgage also found that many homeowners have taken advantage of current mortgage rates by refinancing during the pandemic, while pandemic forbearance agreements are leading to incorrect negative credit marks.

Posted in: Mortgages, Reports,