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:

12
Dec
Best Cities For Graduates to Repay Student Loan Debt

Analyzing multiple data points, LendEDU listed the best and worst cities for graduates to repay their student loan debt.

Posted in: Reports, Student Loans,
10
Dec
What Is the Average Tax Debt in Each State in 2019?

Using data from Solvable that featured 75,000 unique tax debt cases, LendEDU found average tax debt by state and the most common reasons for tax debt in each state.

Posted in: Reports, Studies, Taxes,
03
Dec
The Cost of Christmas in 2019

For the third consecutive year, LendEDU has surveyed 1,000 adult Americans to find out the cost of Christmas in 2019. Plus, there's a new section this year: an Amazon vs. Walmart price comparison for 20 identical Christmas gifts and decorations.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
12
Nov
Cost of Thanksgiving in 2019

For the third consecutive year, LendEDU found out how much the average American will be spending on Thanksgiving between food and travel. It looks like Turkey Day in 2019 is shaping up to be the most expensive one yet.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
05
Nov
New Data Shows Smoking Can Increase Your Life Insurance Premium by Nearly 100%

Using exclusive data provided by BestLifeRates that featured more than 35,000 life insurance quote projections, LendEDU illustrates what smoking can do to your annual life insurance premium.

Posted in: Insurance, Life Insurance, Reports,
31
Oct
How to Buy a House With No Credit

While having a good credit history will help you qualify for better mortgage terms, you can still buy a house with no credit through no-credit mortgage lenders or certain no-credit loan programs.

Posted in: Mortgages,
22
Oct
A Look at Student Loan Default Rates by School & State

With data provided by the Department of Education, LendEDU lists the default rates for nearly 4,500 colleges across the U.S. This data was also broken down by state and school type.

Posted in: Reports, Student Loans,
15
Oct
Trick or Treat: How Much Does the Average American Spend on Halloween?

LendEDU's third annual study also included price comparison research that found consumers can save a good chunk of money by shopping for Halloween on Amazon rather than Walmart.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,
09
Oct
Can You Be Arrested for Not Paying Student Loans?

While it’s technically not possible to be arrested for student loan debt, it’s possible to be arrested for not abiding by certain legal procedures after defaulting on your student loans.

Posted in: Student Loans,
01
Oct
How Do Americans Spend Their Monthly Income?

LendEDU compared each generation's average monthly budget and found boomers spend a lot on credit card debt, while millennials save quite a bit for retirement despite larger student loan payments.

Posted in: Personal Finance, Reports,