• Nearly a decade of experience reporting on personal finance and investing for online publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Investopedia, and The Simple Dollar
  • Reports regularly on employment, real estate, and small business trends
  • She is the Financial Planning expert for The Balance.


Over nearly a decade of covering personal finance topics, Lake's work has been widely syndicated on sites including MSN Money, Business Insider, Fox Business and CBS News MoneyWatch.

Lake also assists with content strategy for a number of highly visible brands in the financial services industry, including Citibank, Discover Bank, and AIG Insurance.

Before pursuing a career as a financial journalist, Rebecca worked as a Sales Representative in the communications industry.


Lake earned a BA in Political Science and Government from the University of South Carolina and an MS in Criminal Justice and Corrections from Charleston Southern University.

About The Balance and Dotdash

The Balance makes personal finance easy to understand. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on managing your money. Whether you’re looking to invest, buy a home, save for retirement, or achieve another financial goal, The Balance will answer your questions with straightforward personal financial advice.

The Balance is part of the Dotdash publishing family. For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the internet, according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.