Alex Cook

Staff Writer

  • Expertise: Personal finance, financial planning, small business
  • Education: University of Michigan


Alex Cook is a former staff writer who covered various personal finance topics for LendingTree, including personal loans, small business lending, studies, surveys and assets content.

Before joining LendingTree, Alex worked as an SEO specialist for a digital marketing agency, a freelance sportswriter and a legal assistant, often applying his skills as a writer and editor.

Alex earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and is based in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Articles by Alex Cook

Does an IRS Audit Affect My Credit Score?

No, an IRS audit does not directly affect your credit score. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) doesn’t report tax debt to credit bureaus, so it... read more

How to Finance Gym Equipment

Fitness is important, but getting the right equipment can be expensive — especially if you want to do cardio indoors or start lifting weights. But... read more

How to Remove Collections from your Credit Report

When a debt has gone into collections, you’d probably know you’ve run into financial difficulties. While paying off debt is the most immediate issue, having... read more

How Rent Payments Can Help Lift Credit Scores

Establishing a history of consistently on-time credit and debt payments will help you build a good credit score. Rent payments often aren’t reported to credit... read more

What Are Debt Collection Agencies?

When you have a past-due balance on a loan or other credit account, your creditor may sell that debt to a debt collection agency or... read more

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