Mike Brown

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:

08
Jul
The Most Budget-Friendly Cities For Renters

LendEDU analyzed the median income and average rent for more than 25,000 U.S. cities to find the most budget-friendly places in the country for renters.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
25
Jun
Halfway Through 2020, These Have Been the 10 Best & Worst S&P 500 Stocks of the Year

Six months into 2020, LendEDU analyzed the S&P 500 member stocks to see which have been the best and worst performers thus far.

Posted in: Investing, Reports,
23
Jun
The 50 Best College Financial Literacy Programs for 2020

For the fourth consecutive year, LendEDU has recognized 50 colleges around the country that have the best financial literacy programs for students.

Posted in: Financial Aid, Personal Finance, Reports,
16
Jun
These Cities Have the Highest Proportions of College Graduates

LendEDU crunched the data on more than 25,000 U.S. cities to recognize the places that have the highest proportions of residents with bachelor's degrees.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
09
Jun
Coronavirus’ Impact on College: Nearly Half of Undecided High School Seniors Considering Online Degree or Gap Year

LendEDU surveyed 1,000 current high school seniors and college students and found that 30% of committed high school seniors will consider not enrolling or deferring their admission if learning stays online in the Fall. While 52% of current college students believe the pandemic will extend the time it takes them to graduate.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
27
May
These Cities Give Homeowners With a Mortgage the Best Return on Investment

LendEDU crunched home value & mortgage data for over 25,000 U.S. cities to recognize those that give homeowners with mortgages the best return on investment.

Posted in: Mortgages, Reports,
11
May
Coronavirus Survey Round 3: Expenses Keep Climbing But 26% Still Waiting on Stimulus Checks

Since mid-March, LendEDU has been tracking how the coronavirus is impacting personal finances. Our third survey found that retirement concerns have lessened as the market has rebounded and that it will take time for consumer behavior to return to normal even when lockdowns are lifted.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
05
May
Is Income Correlated to the Chances of Catching the Coronavirus?

While less-refined nationwide data suggests there is no correlation between income and the chances of catching the coronavirus, an analysis of more precise data from New York City indicates otherwise.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
28
Apr
Before Coronavirus Relief Came, 68% of Student Loan Borrowers Were Worried About Making Payments

That title stat includes 79% of borrowers who have lost their jobs due to the global pandemic. We also found that 54% of borrowers would not have been able to make their next federal student loan payment had relief not come.

Posted in: Reports, Student Loans,