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:

06
Apr
Bumble for Dating? Tinder for Hookups? Now We Know Where to Swipe.

To swipe or not to swipe. That is the question. According to new data, it might depend on what app you are using and the type of relationship you are looking to find. Late last month, we released a new blog post which found that the vast majority of Tinder users are not actually looking for relationships. […]

Posted in: Reports,
29
Mar
Millennials: Instagram the Most Narcissistic Social Media Platform

With just a few filters, a little saturation, and a clever caption, social media can make even the most average joe look like an esteemed socialite. Social media applications have become wildly effective tools for users that seek to enhance their public persona, regardless of if that portrayal is accurate or not. But, which platform […]

Posted in: Reports,
22
Mar
Is Tinder a Match for Millennials?

There used to be a time when online dating was stigmatized as a last ditch effort from lonely, socially awkward people seeking romance, but that is no longer the case in 2017. According to a study done by Pew Research Center in 2015, 15 percent of American adults have used online dating sites and/or dating apps. While […]

Posted in: Reports,
16
Mar
More than Half of Millennials Prioritize Snapchat Over Other Social Media Platforms

Which social media notification do you check first? We found that millennials are checking Snapchat before Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn… combined. Snap Inc., parent company of messaging app Snapchat, has been the word on Wall Street since it went public on March 2nd. Following in the footsteps of social media giants Facebook and Twitter, Snap rode […]

Posted in: Reports,
15
Mar
Best Cities for Building Wealth

Many young careers are focused around this central question: What must I do to begin adding zeroes to my bank account? Getting a high-paying job and understanding how to start investing in the stock market are two wealth-building actions that come to mind, but there are also other things to consider. LendEDU has created the […]

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
09
Mar
Top 50 College Financial Literacy Programs

In 2008, The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy defined financial literacy as “the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being.” Today, nine years later, the need for financial literacy has become dire due to rising college tuition costs that leave students in suffoc

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
08
Mar
Spring Break Student Loan Study

Beers, bikinis, and student debt? With the arrival of March, college students everywhere will soon be anxious to finish midterms so that they can head to their spring break resort. Spring break trips provide a relaxing change of pace for stressed students, but they can also provide a hefty bill. When one considers the financial […]

Posted in: Reports, Student Loans,
27
Feb
Student Loan Cosigner Survey & Report

As the price of higher education in the United States continues to skyrocket, student loans have become commonplace for college students looking to cover high tuition costs.  Students who cannot cover tuition and fees with federal loans alone typically turn to private student loans to bridge the gap. Since private student loan eligibility is dependent on cr

Posted in: Reports, Student Loans,
23
Feb
Best Cities to Start a Family

Starting a family can be as exciting a time as ever. Monumental life decisions like getting married, buying a home, and having children should not be rushed, but rather carefully planned down to the very last detail. Millennials have recently become the newest generation to give these things a try. When purchasing their first home, young […]

Posted in: Reports,
15
Feb
LendEDU’s Financial Aid Awareness Month Survey

Did you know that February is Financial Aid Awareness Month? In the spirit of Financial Aid Awareness Month, we conducted a survey of 500 current college students and asked them 16 general questions related to the financial aid process. Go to any college campus, find a student, and they can ramble on about a tricky subject […]

Posted in: Financial Aid, Reports, Student Loans,