Jacob Wade Expertise: Personal finance, accounting, credit cards, investing, life insurance Title: Personal Finance Writer Education: Art Institute of Seattle Location: Clearwater, Florida Highlights Jacob Wade is a personal finance expert who has covered credit cards, investing, insurance, and tax issues for more than a decade.Jacob was an Internal Revenue Service enrolled agent for five years, preparing individual and small business tax returns.In addition to his work for The Balance, Jacob has written professionally for LendingTree, CompareCards, Investing Answers, and other widely-followed personal finance sites. He’s been a featured expert on CBS News, MSN Money, Forbes, Nasdaq, Yahoo! Finance, Go Banking Rates, AOL Finance, and others. Experience Jacob Wade is a personal finance expert who has covered credit cards, investing, insurance, and tax issues for 10+ years. Jacob has written professionally for LendingTree, CompareCards, Investing Answers, and other widely-followed personal finance sites. He has been writing about life insurance and cryptocurrencies for The Balance since 2017.Jacob’s experience in personal finance includes five years as an Internal Revenue Service enrolled agent at an accredited CPA firm, where he prepared tax returns for individuals and small businesses.In addition to his current writing for The Balance , Jacob has written about budgeting, saving money, paying off debt, and investing. Education Jacob Wade earned an Associate of Art degree in 2007 from the Art Institute of Seattle. In 2012, Jacob earned his Enrolled Agent license and began working for a CPA firm, preparing personal and small-business tax returns. He held this license until 2017. About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.