Jon McDonald

Jon McDonald

Bad Credit Expert

With more than 15 years of journalism expertise, Jon McDonald stays up to date on emerging finance trends and news about the companies impacting the industry. He is most knowledgeable in the areas of budgeting, loans, and responsible credit use and is committed to bringing that experience to readers around the world. He has a passion for both writing and editing, and his articles have appeared in publications produced by The New York Times.

Latest Posts

(46) Total Posts to Date

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Mission Driven Finance Offers Right-Sized Capital for SMBs That Impact Communities — No Matter the Personal Credit Score

Mission Driven Finance Lends to Impactful SMBs and Nonprofits

In a Nutshell: Small businesses and nonprofits that positively impact their communities may lack access to the... read more »

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By: Jon McDonald • 5/11/22

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3,835 views

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Kasasa: Innovative Loan and Rewards Products That Boost Community Banks and Credit Unions

Kasasa Loans and Rewards Boost Local Financial Institutions

In a Nutshell: Consumers understand that community banks and credit unions offer more personalized service, but... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 5/2/22

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12,292 views

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The Zebra Helps Consumers Select the Best Auto, Home, and Rental Policies from 100+ Insurers

The Zebra Offers Comparison Shopping for Insurance

In a Nutshell: Shopping online for insurance can present challenges for consumers. Rates for the same basic... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 4/11/22

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12,900 views

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American Traditions Insurance Helps Homeowners Protect Themselves From Unexpected Expenses

American Traditions Insurance Helps Homeowners Avoid Unexpected Costs

In a Nutshell: Insurance is a critical financial tool with which to protect a home investment, especially for... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 5/2/22

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12,108 views

9 min read

24/7 Lending Group Finds Responsible Lenders for Consumers No Matter Their Credit History

24/7 Lending Group Helps Consumers With Any Credit History

In a Nutshell: Sometimes, a small setback can spiral into a financial crisis for individuals and families living... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 3/23/22

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15,821 views

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The SECU Foundation Brings Credit Unions Together to Fund Worthwhile Philanthropic Projects

SECU Foundation Funds Philanthropic Credit Union Projects

In a Nutshell: The SECU Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the State Employees’ Credit Union of North Carolina.... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 3/16/22

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28,710 views

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LAFCU Boosts Financial Access and Offers Educational Resources to Help Members and Communities Succeed

LAFCU: Committed to Financial Literacy and Credit Inclusion

In a Nutshell: Michigan is known as a center for American automobile production, but large swaths of the state... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 3/8/22

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19,368 views

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Stock Market Game Provides Hands-On Education that Prepares Students for their Financial Futures

Stock Market Game Provides Education for Financial Futures

In a Nutshell: The Stock Market Game has been teaching students about finance through hands-on, practical learning... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 2/14/22

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37,335 views

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The Center for First-generation Student Success Equips Schools with Tools to Ensure Student Loan ROI

The Center for First-generation Student Success Helps Schools

In a Nutshell: First-generation college students are not graduating from four-year colleges at the same rate or... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 1/4/22

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30,888 views

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RentCheck Self-Service Property Inspections Can Help Tenants Protect Security Deposits and Reduce Debt

RentCheck Helps Tenants Protect Security Deposits and Reduce Debt

In a Nutshell: Each year, 30% of renters engage in disputes with their landlords or property managers over withheld... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 12/23/21

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50,595 views

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Juno Leverages the Power of Group Bargaining to Help Students Get Better Deals on Loans

Juno Offers Group Bargaining on Student Loans

In a nutshell: As the student debt burden continues to grow, students are motivated to minimize the cost of their... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 12/16/21

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30,426 views

13 min read

The RoboKiller App Helps Prevent Fraudulent Robocalls and Scams That Could Lead to Consumer Debt

RoboKiller Prevents Calls and Scams That Could Lead to Debt

In a Nutshell: Robocalls and texts affect almost everyone who owns a mobile device. In addition to being annoying,... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 12/15/21

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46,969 views

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Better ROI than Harvard & Yale? 6Figr Identifies the Right School & Majors to Maximize Student Loan ROI

6Figr Salary Data Helps Maximize the ROI on Student Loans

In a Nutshell: Many large corporations rely on metrics to measure their performance against the competition. 6Figr... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 3/1/22

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45,300 views

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Northwest Harvest Offers Meal Access and Food Justice for Homeless Populations and and Families in Debt

Northwest Harvest: Food Justice for Families in Debt

In a Nutshell: Nearly 13% of Americans have struggled with food insecurity in 2021. In Washington State, many of... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 3/8/22

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48,810 views

13 min read

Life and My Finances Provides Tips and Tools for Budgeting, Earning, and Paying Off Debt

Life and My Finances Provides Tips for Paying Down Debt

In a Nutshell: Derek Sall has conquered debt twice in his adult life, and he now shares his experiences and... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 11/22/21

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70,080 views

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BitX Funding Matches Small Business Owners with Loans That Fit Their Credit and Financial History

BitX Funding Pairs Small Business Owners and Loan Providers

In a Nutshell: BitX Funding partners with more than 100 lenders to make funding accessible to small business owners... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 11/17/21

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42,224 views

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Call Control Helps Block Fraudsters Who Steal Information That Can Impact Consumer Credit Scores

Call Control Helps Block Fraud That Can Impact Credit

In a Nutshell: Nearly 1 in 3 Americans were victims of phone scams in 2020. That type of fraud costs victims money... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 11/10/21

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65,070 views

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White Jacobs & Associates Create Personalized Credit Repair Plans to Help Clients Reach Their Financial Goals

White Jacobs & Associates Create Personal Credit Repair Plans

In a Nutshell: White Jacobs & Associates is a modern credit repair firm that helps clients on many fronts. Rather... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 11/2/21

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59,136 views

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Pitney Bowes Offers Advice and Lines of Credit for Small Businesses That Need Working Capital

Pitney Bowes Offers Lines of Credit and Advice for SMBs

In a Nutshell: Pitney Bowes is well-known as a shipping logistics company, but it also focuses on meeting the... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/21/21

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92,663 views

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Reverse Mortgage Funding Helps Homeowners Find the Right Reverse Mortgage Loan to Turn Equity into Cash

RMF Helps Homeowners Turn Their Home Equity into Cash

In a Nutshell: A reverse mortgage is a mortgage designed for homeowners aged 62 and up to leverage their equity... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/21/21

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58,072 views

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Alleviating Financial and Credit Problems for Older Adults Requires Proactive Support and Advocacy

Alleviating Credit Problems for Older Adults Requires Support

In a Nutshell: People often imagine retirement as a time of leisure and relaxation. But for many older adults in... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/19/21

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67,600 views

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The Tally App Helps Consumers Automate Credit Card Payments to Pay Down Debt Faster

Tally Automates Credit Card Payments to Pay Down Debt Faster

In a Nutshell: The Tally app aims to help consumers with outstanding debt strategize paying off their credit cards... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/14/21

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87,232 views

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Liberty Bank Helps Low- to Mid-Income Families Build Knowledge, Credit, and Wealth

Liberty Bank Helps Build Knowledge, Credit & Wealth

In a Nutshell: Liberty Bank is dedicated to serving low- and moderate-income individuals and families in... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/11/21

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38,775 views

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Earnest Loan Products Help Learners Fund Higher Education and Minimize Student Debt

Earnest Loan Products Help Minimize Student Debt

In a Nutshell: Earnest is a student loan origination and refinancing platform that takes a fresh approach to... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/30/21

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64,396 views

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Inspired Budget Offers Advice to Help Women and Couples Manage Money and Become Debt Free

Inspired Budget: Financial Advice to Help Women Reduce Debt

In a Nutshell: Marriage is a team effort, and part of the process is learning how to manage money together. That... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/28/21