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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 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 why a trader might employ this approach, but when traders refer to buying the dip, they specifically are referring to buying the shares right after a price drop to capture specifically anticipated, generally near-term, gains. 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 figure out the fair market value, an asset’s liquidity or lack thereof, known as illiquidity, is a vital piece of financial information. Learn what an illiquid asset is and why it matters in both accounting and finance. Read more

by Eric Reed Aug 12, 2022

If you’re in a position of wanting protection or stability in your portfolio then you should consider Series I bonds. These are bonds issued by the U.S. government that carry a zero-coupon interest rate and are annually adjusted for inflation. The variable return on these bonds was 9.62% through October 2022. Here’s what you need to know about these unique securities. Consider working with a financial advisor as you look to increase your portfolio’s protection from inflation. 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 01, 2022

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 May 19, 2021

Bitcoin is one of the most valuable and volatile assets on the market. By February 2021 it had soared to an intraday high of nearly $60,000, more than nine times a year-earlier intraday level.… 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 Sep 30, 2022

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 01, 2022

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 Sep 30, 2022

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

by Eric Reed Sep 28, 2020

The U.S. government offers American taxpayers hundreds of tax exemptions, credits, deductions and reduced rates. State and local governments also offer tax breaks. These tax breaks are available to… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 09, 2020

A cup-and-handle pattern is the name of a chart pattern used in technical analysis that describes a bullish continuation trend in the price of a security, typically a stock. Traders sometimes use… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 13, 2022

A stock warrant is a type of derivative that gives the holder the right to buy a share of a company for a specific price within a set window of time or on a specific date. Companies will often issue… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 02, 2020

One of the most important principles in options trading is known as put-call parity. The term describes a functional equivalence between a put option and a call option for the same asset, over the… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 01, 2020

When analysts talk about changes to market prices, interest rates or other financial metrics, they often do so in terms of “basis points.” A basis point is equal to a change of 0.01%, useful… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 01, 2020

Investors have two primary emotions, fear and greed, according to CNN Money. The news service believes in this so much that it has created a metric around the idea. The Fear and Greed Index measures… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 01, 2020

A covered call is an investment strategy designed to manage risk. In it, investors take two positions: First, they buy a number of shares in a given company. Then, they sell an equal number of call… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 02, 2022

Over time, the major U.S. equity indexes go up and down based on internal and external factors. Performance like that excites investors, but typically in opposite ways. Constant gains lead some… Read more