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Eric Reed

Retirement and Investing Expert

Eric Reed is a freelance journalist who specializes in economics, policy and global issues, with substantial coverage of finance and personal finance. He has contributed to outlets including The Street, CNBC, Glassdoor and Consumer Reports. Eric’s work focuses on the human impact of abstract issues, emphasizing analytical journalism that helps readers more fully understand their world and their money. He has reported from more than a dozen countries, with datelines that include Sao Paolo, Brazil; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Athens, Greece. A former attorney, before becoming a journalist Eric worked in securities litigation and white collar criminal defense with a pro bono specialty in human trafficking issues. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and can be found any given Saturday in the fall cheering on his Wolverines.

Posts by Eric Reed:

by Eric Reed Dec 02, 2020

TD Ameritrade and Fidelity are two of the most popular full-service trading platforms on the internet. Ultimately between these two giants, there are relatively few points of true distinction. If you’re looking for a trading platform that will give you access to all mainstream asset classes and a broad base of data with which to invest, either of these services will work for you. However, there are a few important points of comparison. Read more

by Eric Reed Dec 02, 2020

Comparing TD Ameritrade and Robinhood is a little bit of an exercise in apples-to-oranges. TD Ameritrade is a full-service brokerage firm offering storefront advising, online and app-based trading platforms and robo-advisors. Robinhood is a highly streamlined, primarily app-based trading platform in which investors make their own decisions. Here’s how to evaluate these two services. Read more

by Eric Reed Dec 01, 2020

Acorns and Robinhood are online investment tools both geared toward younger, newer investors, but they are still quite distinct. Acorns is a robo-advisor tool that helps people invest by automatically skimming the spare change off their digital purchases. This overage is then invested according to the platform’s algorithms and recommendations, and the result is a set-it-and-forget-it portfolio. Robinhood is a streamlined platform designed to make investing as easy and comprehensible as possible. With a design that is often compared to Twitch gameplay or the quick reactions of Tinder, Robinhood makes engagement with a portfolio simple and fun. Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 11, 2020

Webull and Robinhood are two popular online stock trading platforms where users can invest and make trades largely commission-free. Webull advertises itself as much to the desktop market as to app… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 09, 2020

A volatility ETF is an exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks share price changes in a specific index of the stock market. These funds make their money based on the degree to which prices are… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 09, 2020

A blank check company is a publicly traded company created for the purpose of buying or merging with another company or companies. For reasons explained below, the Securities and Exchange Commission … Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 09, 2020

One way the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) protects investors is by restricting who can put their money into particularly high-risk, loosely regulated or complex financial offerings.… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 09, 2020

Dilutive securities are any financial instrument that can increase the number of shares a company has outstanding. Examples include convertible bonds, options, warrants and preferred stock. The… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 04, 2020

Buying the dip is a tactic in which traders buy an asset, usually a stock, immediately after its price declines, anticipating that the price will go back up in the near term. There are many reasons… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 04, 2020

One of the most important features of an asset is how quickly or slowly it can be converted into cash. Whether it’s investors seeking details about a company’s finances or market players trying to… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 04, 2020

If safety is a top priority for your investments, you should consider Series I bonds. They are bonds issued by the U.S. government that carries a zero-coupon interest rate and are annually adjusted… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 30, 2020

A commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) is a type of income-generating security that’s backed by commercial real estate mortgages instead of residential property mortgages. These assets can be… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 30, 2020

StarCraft changed the world. This computer game was arguably the first major esport, or electronic sport, with immense popularity and a professional circuit in many parts of the world, particularly… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 29, 2020

One of the most important questions for investors is how efficiently a company uses its assets to generate revenue. This information is not readily found in the most common financial reports, such as… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 29, 2020

The FAANG stocks are a collection of five high-value securities in the tech sector and some of the most valuable shares traded on the U.S. exchanges. Together they are Facebook, Amazon, Apple,… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 29, 2020

Say you have a $10,000 loan and are considering how to pay for it. You have two choices to make. One way would be to increase the amount you pay or the frequency of your payments. However, a second… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 29, 2020

A mixed economy is an economy that incorporates elements of both free market transactions and government control. While a mixed economy generally allows private property and prices, it also will… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 27, 2020

The Russell 2000 Index is a stock market index that measures the performance of approximately 2,000 of the smallest-capitalization U.S. corporations in the Russell 3000 Index, which is made up of 3… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 27, 2020

Bitcoin is both one of the most valuable and one of the most volatile individual assets on the market. At the time of writing a single bitcoin was valued at more than $13,650, up from a low of $5,000… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 23, 2020

Perhaps the single greatest mistake that investors make is the idea that trading is a purely technical practice, one driven exclusively by the logic of numbers. But the truth is that traders work on… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 22, 2020

A “K-shaped” recovery is when different sections of an economy rebound from a recession at different rates. This can apply to many different forms of economic analysis, but in practice, it most often… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 07, 2020

The strength of a company isn’t just about how much money it makes. Investors also want to know how efficiently a company uses its assets, over a set period of time, based on its size and compared to… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 07, 2020

National economies can be run from the top down, so to speak, in what is sometimes called a command economy or they can be run from the bottom up in what is sometimes called a free market. In the… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 06, 2020

Liens are bad news, at least if you’re on the receiving end. A lien is a legal claim placed on someone’s property, whether personal or business. It’s issued to settle a debt or enforce a judgment, or… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 06, 2020

A free market economy is one in which prices and earnings are set between private actors and determined by market forces such as supply and demand. These economies can have greater or lesser degrees… Read more