First Quarter Finance (FQF) is a consumer information site that puts you (the reader) first.
We research and analyze your top questions and concerns — from the easiest store credit cards to get (and which to avoid) to the average amount a person spends on food each month. The following guidelines were designed to keep us accountable to you and to our profession.
Best Practices at First Quarter Finance
Our main goal is to consistently provide you with the best information available. We also strive to make our content as reader-friendly as possible.
We provide information, not advice. We do not offer advice because each individual’s situation is unique and a qualified professional should be contacted before making any decisions.
We publish articles every day, around the clock — and our live content is maintained by a staff of editors to keep the information current. You’ll find that our original reporting covers everything from banking and investing to travel and vehicle maintenance. We employ professional writers and editors with varied backgrounds to help bring you the most reliable information.
You can read more about our team on our About page.
A team of editors reviews our content for grammar, spelling, style, formatting, and comprehension. Questions our editors ask themselves include:
- Does the article answer the questions?
- Are all the facts cited?
- Are the sources credible?
- Is there anything else a reader would want to know?
We utilize a two-step editing process. First, we think big picture to make sure you’re getting all the facts. Then, we go through each article with a fine-tooth comb. Our editors also ensure our content is family-friendly and ethical. You can confidently share our articles with family, friends, and coworkers.
If our editors are unsatisfied with the content, they will send it back to the writer for further research and writing.
We only publish articles when they’re ready — and they’re only ready when they’re accurate, helpful, and credible.
You shouldn’t have to question where we get our information, so we include attribution throughout our articles. Sometimes that looks like a link to a company’s return policy on its website. Other times we’ll state that we spoke with a corporate customer service representative. Rest assured, we’ll ask the question more than once to confirm our findings. Writers are required to cross-check their sources and let you know in the writing that they’ve done it.
Advertisers have no influence on our content. We do not accept guest articles or sponsored posts. All of our content is created and edited by the FQF editorial staff.
How We Handle Questions
We take your feedback seriously — especially if we missed something or something needs updated. Any corrections are published as an update to live content and will be made as soon as possible.
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Beyond these guidelines, all FQF contractors are required to sign an ethics contract which outlines our commitment to journalistic integrity. An ethical breach may result in termination.
We encourage you to read more about us over at our About page.