Jon McDonald

About the Author

Jon McDonald

With more than 15 years of journalism expertise, Jon stays apprised of finance trends, influential companies, and financial literacy resources for subprime consumers. He is most knowledgeable in the areas of budgeting, loans, and responsible credit use, and his articles have appeared in publications produced by The New York Times.

Latest Posts

84 posts written/edited to date

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Austin, Texas: A Fast-Growing City that Offers Diverse Options for Workers and Businesses

Austin, Texas: A Worker and Business Friendly City

In a Nutshell: Austin, Texas, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. The city’s economic boom... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 1/31/23

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Moneydance Updates Add Value and Convenience to the Privacy-Focused Finance Management App

Moneydance: Personal Finance Management Made Easier

In a Nutshell: Moneydance, which launched in the 1990s, is one of the market’s most established personal finance... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 1/10/23

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Truecaller Helps Users Block Spam, Identify Callers, and Manage Communications on Mobile Devices

Truecaller Enables Safer, More Efficient Mobile Communication

In a Nutshell: When mobile devices began to overtake landlines for making calls in the early 2000s, users... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 12/15/22

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Kabbage Small Business Recovery Report Documents Optimism Despite Cost Concerns

Kabbage Reports SMB Recovery Optimism Despite Cost Concerns

In a Nutshell: One of the constants of the predigital financial marketplace was the lack of support for the capital... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 11/29/22

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Points West Community Bank: A Hometown Bank Built on a Century of Grit and Determination

Points West Community Bank Serves Customers and Communities

In a Nutshell: Population thins out dramatically in the open spaces between America’s urban areas. And just as... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 11/17/22

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Acuity Knowledge Partners Helps Banks and Credit Unions Optimize Processes for Better Service

Acuity Knowledge Partners Streamlines Financial Services to Benefit Consumers

In a Nutshell: Financial firms compete for relevancy and market share in a dynamic global marketplace. Acuity... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 11/8/22

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ScamSurvivors Offers Resources to Help Consumers Identify and Avoid Costly Financial Scams

ScamSurvivors Helps Consumers Identify and Avoid Financial Scams

In a Nutshell: Scams have been around since the internet’s inception. Though the details have changed with the... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/31/22

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DebtHelper.com Offers Advice on Dealing with Debt and Reaching Homeownership Goals

DebtHelper.com: Sound Advice on Debt and Homeownership

In a Nutshell: DebtHelper.com is a nonprofit organization that helps clients improve their credit and qualify for... read more »

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By: Jon McDonald • 10/31/22

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Mind Money Balance Addresses Emotions Surrounding Money in a Therapeutic Setting

Mind Money Balance: Financial Therapy to Sustain Healthy Money Habits

In a Nutshell: Conventional financial literacy training assumes that if people can learn how money works, they can... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/26/22

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Curb App Gives Riders Access to Affordable, Professionally Licensed Taxis and Upfront Payments

The Curb App Attracts Riders Through Price Transparency

In a Nutshell: It’s no secret that popular ridesharing apps have reduced the demand for traditional taxi services.... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/25/22

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The World Council of Credit Unions: Advocacy and Development Resources for Institutions Worldwide

The World Council of Credit Unions Advocates Internationally

In a Nutshell: The World Council of Credit Unions is one of the most effective advocates for credit unions around... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/20/22

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29,625 views

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Upside Allows Users to Earn Cash Back While Saving on Purchases and Supporting Brick-and-Mortar Businesses

Upside: Earn Cash Back While Saving on Gas and Supporting SMBs

In a Nutshell: As eCommerce claims a more significant share of consumer spending, Upside aims to give customers... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/19/22

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Nolo Helps People Find Experienced, Reliable Bankruptcy Attorneys and Legal Representation

Nolo: Bankruptcy Resources and a Search Service for Attorneys

In a Nutshell: Sometimes, filing for bankruptcy can be the best course of action for people overwhelmed with debt... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/18/22

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Genius Group Offers Free Resources and Tools to Help Entrepreneurs Learn and Succeed

Genius Group: Future-Focused Entrepreneurial Education

In a Nutshell: Public schools often fall short in preparing students for the future and its economic and societal... read more »

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By: Jon McDonald • 10/31/22

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Sonoma County Mortgages and New American Funding Differentiate by Offering Transparent Advice

Sonoma County Mortgages Offers Transparent Lending Advice

In a Nutshell: Scott Sheldon founded Sonoma County Mortgages more than a decade ago to help would-be homebuyers... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/18/22

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28,095 views

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Judy’s Book: Find and Review Local Businesses Through the Nationwide Advice Local Network

Judy's Book: Access Accurate Reviews Through the Advice Local Network

In a Nutshell: The internet is an essential source for consumers for information and reviews about local... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/17/22

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Sammamish Mortgage Takes an Educational Approach to Helping Homebuyers Qualify for Right-Size Loans

Sammamish Mortgage Takes an Educational Approach to Lending

In a Nutshell: Sammamish Mortgage is an online lender that helps clients select and apply for the right mortgages.... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/14/22

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Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union’s Products and Partnerships Help Underserved Communities

Brooklyn Cooperative Caters to Underserved Communities

In a Nutshell: Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union serves mostly low-income and immigrant communities. The... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 10/10/22

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Global Anti-Scam Organization: Advocacy and  Support for Victims of Romance, Financial Scams

The Global Anti-Scam Organization Provides Support, Advocacy for Victims

In a Nutshell: Opportunities for romance and relationship-building abound online. But people searching for... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/27/22

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Obi: An Innovative Rideshare Comparison App That Helps Users Find The Best Price on Transportation

Obi Allows Users to Compare Rideshares and Find the Best Price

In a Nutshell: Transportation options, including rideshares and taxis, abound in many cities. But when users want... read more »

Jon McDonald

By: Jon McDonald • 9/26/22