Lars Peterson Title: Senior Editor Education: California State University, Long Beach Location: Corona del Mar, California Expertise: Personal Finance, Credit Cards, Banking Products, Mortgages Writer and editor with 20+ years of experience in print and online, both staff and freelanceBroad experience as a writer and editor producing content in travel, marketing, business, and personal finance10 years experience writing and editing personal finance and small business content for online publishers including American Express OPENForum and US NewsJoined The Balance as a Contract Editor in May 2019 to help us deepen our credit card and banking coverage Experience After earning an MFA, Lars joined a small southern California publisher and led its transformation from digital entertainment packager to trade publisher, shepherding dozens of titles from pitch to shelf. Topics ran the gamut, including titles in personal finance. Several years as a freelance writer and editor followed.In 2010 Lars' freelance career evolved to focus on small business and personal finance writing and editing. Stints as a freelancer with personal finance site Wise Bread led to a role co-managing Amex OPENForum's small business content, and eventually a staff role with Wise Bread as Managing Editor. For The Balance, Lars's primary areas of focus are credit cards, banking, mortgages, and financial products and services. Education Lars earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in English, both from California State University, Long Beach. 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.