Lindsay VanSomeren Title: Personal finance writer Education: University of Alaska Fairbanks Location: Kirkland, Washington Expertise: Credit, credit cards, bank accounts Six years of experience covering credit cards, bank accounts, and credit.Published on Forbes Advisor and Northwestern Mutual Experience Lindsay VanSomeren is a respected personal finance writer whose work has appeared on Forbes Advisor, Northwestern Mutual, MassMutual, LendingTree, Credit Karma, Credit Sesame, and The Balance.Lindsay's expert personal finance insights were borne from her own personal finance journey. After a major financial setback in 2015, she sharpened her financial knowledge and has translated that learning into hundreds of articles about credit, credit cards, and bank accounts over the past six years. Education Lindsay VanSomeren has a B.S. and an M.S. degree in wildlife biology and conservation from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 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.