Rebecca McClay Title: Editor Education: University of Maryland, Arizona State University Location: Maryland Expertise: Personal finance, Investing, Credit Cards, Student Loans, Mortgages Edits content on personal finance, investing, and other money-related topics for The BalanceProvides editing and writing services for financial services firms and personal finance publicationsMore than 15 years of experience producing financial content geared toward a variety of audiences, from consumers to industry executives Experience Rebecca McClay currently serves as a contract editor for The Balance. She has nearly 20 years of editorial experience, more than 15 of them focused on covering financial topics for numerous publications and financial services firms.Rebecca's previous work in financial journalism includes covering personal finance and investing topics for TheStreet, real estate-related and personal finance news for Bloomberg, and Canadian markets and personal finance topics for MarketWatch. She has contributed financial content for a number of other outlets like Investopedia, Money Morning, and several real-time newswires.Rebecca has also written and edited for financial services firms like TD Ameritrade, E-Trade, PNC Bank, and Lombard Odier. For these companies, she's provided both consumer-facing content on investing and personal finance topics, as well as content geared for asset managers and C-level executives.At the start of her career in journalism, Rebecca was a staff writer for the Washington Post Co.'s Gazette newspapers. There, she was first a community reporter then a business reporter covering Washington D.C.-area news for the Gazette of Politics & Business. She also served as managing editor for a financial services consulting firm based in Washington D.C. and a managing editor for long-term investing content for a financial content firm. Education Rebecca received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and her master's degree in business journalism from Arizona State University. 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.