Michael Kurko Title: Editor Education: Binghamton University, Hartwick College Location: Austin, Texas Expertise: Insurance, Finance, Wealth Management, Small Business Marketing Editor and content specialist with 15+ years of experienceExpertise in insurance, finance, wealth management, and morePublished on Investopedia, Fit Small Business, U.S. News and World Report, and more Experience Michael Kurko is a writer and editor with more 15 years of experience creating content for sites like Investopedia, Fit Small Business. U.S. News and World Report, and more. He has worked with brands including Software Advice and Fast Capital 360, and has helped numerous startups and small businesses establish their brand identity, improve their online presence, and successfully market to new and existing customers. Michael is an expert in insurance, small business marketing and technology, and finance. He loves helping business owners communicate what they’re passionate about to their customers to create deep value and loyalty. Education Michael graduated from Hartwick College in New York state with a bachelor's in English. He also studied for a master's in English at Binghamton University for two years. 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.