Kurt Adams

Senior Editor

  • Expertise: Personal finance, small business, credit cards, travel rewards, mortgages
  • Education: American University, Princeton University


Kurt Adams is a Senior Editor at LendingTree, where he manages our network of freelance contributors. He also oversees small business content and frequently edits mortgage and credit cards content.

Before joining LendingTree, Kurt spent a past life as an academic, studying U.S. history. He now brings that near-decade of teaching, writing and editing to help people better understand personal finance.

Kurt earned a BA from American University and a PhD from Princeton University.

Articles by Kurt Adams

Venmo, Other Third-Party Payment Apps Required to Report Business Transactions Greater Than $600

If you’re a business that accepts payments through apps like Venmo or PayPal, get ready for more record-keeping — and maybe even a higher tax... read more

Gen Xers Have Highest Average Credit Card Balances, Gen Zers Have Lowest

Age matters not only for wine and cheese, but also for credit card use. With shorter credit histories and lower incomes, younger people generally have... read more

Women, Baby Boomers and Cincinnati Residents Are Most Pet-Obsessed

If you’re among the 49% of U.S. households with a pet, you may want to buy your dog, cat, bird, rabbit or furry friend a... read more

Best Places to Pay Down Debt

A new year means new beginnings, but it’s hard to make a fresh start with debt saddling you down. You could take out a personal... read more

Nearly Half of Borrowers Who Took Out Personal Loans in Past Year Did So to Pay Off Debt

Consumers’ saving and spending habits have changed dramatically amid the coronavirus pandemic. With shutdowns and quarantines leading people to spend more time at home, savings... read more