Editorial Standards

Policygenius gives you all the information you need to feel good about protecting your family and your finances. Here’s why you can trust our research.

Policygenius wants to help you get your finances right. To do that, we’ve assembled a best-in-class editorial team full of experts, fact-checkers, licensed insurance agents, and certified financial planners. Since we’re an insurance marketplace, we’re not beholden to any one company and will advocate for you. The same goes for our editorial content — we give you the unbiased information you need and will never recommend a product, company, or financial strategy we don’t think is right.

Core principles

Autonomy: Our writers and editors work independently from our business teams to ensure there are never conflicts of interest when it comes to our financial advice.

Expertise: We invest in internal experts and fact-checkers to ensure our content is the best in the field. We include original reporting with direct quotes from academics, professionals, and industry leaders.

Accuracy: Our educational content is based on empirical evidence and carefully sourced research. We always cite our sources and regularly update pages to reflect the latest data and insights.

Editorial process

Our educational guides are written by in-house experts — including licensed insurance agents and certified financial planners — who are dedicated to their area of focus. Prior to publishing, our research and advice is thoroughly reviewed, fact-checked, and revised to ensure accuracy and completeness. We follow the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics, and in some cases, our own proprietary information and data may be used to write about a company or product.

Sources and citations

Policygenius cites a number of reputable data sources so that our articles are as comprehensive and informative as possible, including but not limited to:

Where possible, we link to information sources and provide methodology on how data was calculated. Our team regularly reviews sources so that they’re using the most up-to-date information.

Fact checks and reviews

Where noted, articles are reviewed internally by credentialed experts on staff, such as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) or Personal Lines Coverage Specialist (PLCS). This additional level of review ensures that:

  • Articles use the most accurate facts and figures

  • Third-party sources are suitably vetted

  • Advice given aligns with the Policygenius mission of providing appropriate financial guidance

Corrections, updates, and removals

Our writers and editors periodically review content to ensure it is up-to-date and accurate according to the latest news, reports, regulatory guidance, and industry studies. You can see the most recent publication date at the top of an article.

In cases of errors, corrections will be made to an article as soon as possible. Find an error? Let us know.

Occasionally, content may be removed; any links to removed content will be updated to bring readers to another relevant page or section of the site.

Editorial leadership

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Jeannie Kim

VP & GM of Content

Jeannie is a veteran journalist and digital media executive with more than 25 years of experience in news and publishing. Prior to joining Policygenius she served as Vice President of Content at The Muse; co-founder and Chief Content Officer of Samada, a content portal aimed at helping family caregivers navigate end-of-life issues; and Executive Editor at Health magazine and Health.com (Time Inc.).

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Adam Morgan

Editorial Director

Adam Morgan leads the personal finance team at Policygenius, including the Easy Money newsletter. Previously, he led editorial teams across multiple brands at Red Ventures — including Bankrate, The Simple Dollar, NextAdvisor, Million Mile Secrets, and many others. His work has also appeared in The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.

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Amy Karafin

Content Director

Amy leads the life insurance and advanced planning editorial teams at Policygenius. Previously, she was an editorial director at Fatherly, a managing editor at Hearst magazines, an author and editor at Lonely Planet, and a certified mental health care provider by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Condé Nast, National Geographic, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.

Colin Lalley

Colin Lalley

Associate Content Director

Colin leads the home insurance and car insurance editorial teams at Policygenius, where he's been writing about insurance and personal finance since 2015. Previously, he was a writer for Lulu and a digital strategist at Agile Leverage. His work has also appeared in Inc. Magazine, Betterment, Credit Sesame, and the Council for Disability Awareness.

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Logan Sachon

Senior Content Marketing Manager

Prior to Policygenius, Logan co-founded The Billfold, a groundbreaking personal finance site for millennials that was named one of TIME's 25 Best Blogs of 2012. Her work has also been featured in New York Magazine, Glamour, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, Yahoo Finance, Money Under 30, VICE, The Awl, The Hairpin, and elsewhere.

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Myles Ma

Senior Managing Editor

Myles runs the Easy Money newsletter at Policygenius and oversees our news coverage. Previously, he was an editor at Credit.com and a reporter for NJ.com and the Star-Ledger. His personal finance expertise has been featured in the Washington Post, CNBC, and CBS Moneywatch, while his writing has appeared in Salon, USA Today, Marketwatch, and elsewhere.

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Anna Swartz

Managing Editor

Anna Swartz specializes in home, auto, and renters insurance at Policygenius, including coauthoring our landmark insurance and technology study. Previously, she was a senior staff writer at Mic and a writer at The Dodo. Her work has also appeared in Salon, HuffPost, MSN, AOL, and Heeb.

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Hanna Horvath, CFPⓇ

Managing Editor, Growth

Hanna Horvath is a certified financial planner and managing editor for growth at Policygenius. She helps produce the Easy Money newsletter and specializes in personal finance. Her work has also appeared in NBC News, Business Insider, and Inc. Magazine, and she is regularly quoted in top media outlets, including CNBC, Best Company, and HerMoney.

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Reina Marszalek

Managing Editor

Reina has specialized in life insurance and health content at Policygenius since 2019. Prior to that, she was a senior editor for the Dr. Oz Show and DoctorOz.com. Her work has also appeared in The Fix, Hope For Women Magazine, and elsewhere.

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Zack Sigel

Managing Editor

Zack specializes in personal finance at Policygenius, including banking, mortgages, and taxes. Previously, he was the mortgages editor at Bankrate, and his work has also appeared in Inc. Magazine, Betterment, Wealthtender, Complex, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere.

Expert review board

Angele Doakes

Property & Casualty Licensed Broker

Angele Doakes has worked in the insurance industry for five years. She is licensed to sell property and casualty insurance as well as life and health insurance. She also holds Series 6, Series 26, and Series 63 certifications from FINRA.

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Anthony He

Disability Insurance Licensed Agent

Anthony He is a disability insurance expert with 10 years of insurance experience and is a licensed agent in the state of New York. Previously, he was a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual.

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Deante' Peake

Property & Casualty Licensed Producer

Deante' Peake has worked in the insurance industry for more than nine years. She is licensed to sell property and casualty insurance in all 50 states.

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Eloise Spinello

Life & Health Insurance Licensed Agent

Eloise Spinello has worked in life insurance case management for 10 years and has strong expertise in underwriting requirements, trends, and processes. Previously, she worked at Lenox Advisors.

Fabio-Faschi

Fabio Faschi, PLCS, SBCS, CLCS

P&C Coverage Specialist

Fabio Faschi has worked in the insurance and real estate industry for more than six years as an independent agent and broker representing more than 40 carriers in property and casualty products. A former property and casualty team lead at Policygenius, he previously worked in real estate settlements and title insurance negotiating insurance requirements with banks, realtors, and new homebuyers.

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Matt Burke

Life, Accident & Health Licensed Insurance Agent

Matt Burke is a life and p&c insurance expert and the director of operations for life, disability, home, and auto insurance at Policygenius. Matt has worked in the insurance and financial planning industries for more than seven years, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stony Brook University.

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Mike Hogan

Life Insurance Licensed Agent

Mike Hogan is a licensed insurance agent and has worked in the insurance industry for 10 years. He leads a team of case managers handling life insurance applications and is currently studying to become a Certified Financial Planner.

Patrick-Hanzel

Patrick Hanzel, CFP®

Certified Financial Planner

Patrick Hanzel is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Advanced Planning Team Lead at Policygenius. He has eight years of insurance and financial industry experience and previously worked at Northwestern Mutual as an advisor and associate. His expertise has been featured on Lifehacker, Consumer Affairs, Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, and Fatherly.

Transparency and privacy

How Policygenius makes money

Policygenius is an independent insurance broker, licensed to sell in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. While the company receives commissions from insurance companies from sales of policies, we never recommend one insurer over another due to commission. For more information on how Policygenius makes money, please see our FAQ.

Affiliations

Policygenius is an independent broker and is not affiliated with any company. However, some articles may make references to products or services from one or more of Policygenius' advertisers or partners. While these earn us a small fee at no additional cost to you, they do not influence editorial content and we only recommend products we love.

We also work with a network of websites and blogs to help shoppers through our partner program. Find more information about this program here.

Privacy

Policygenius is a licensed insurance broker in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and is legally certified to give financial advice and sell insurance. To learn how we use information to better serve you, please see our privacy policy.

Contact

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