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.
A quantitative analyst uses mathematical models to review data, draw conclusions and make recommendations for businesses and investment firms. Their skills enable them to help retailers decide what products to put on the shelves and help investment banks decide what securities to put on the market. However, their core job is always the same: Draw conclusions about what will happen in the real world based on numbers. Read more
Funds want to be Lipper leaders. They want to beat a Lipper Average, which is a way to classify funds based on their performance. The rating system takes a lot of data to determine where each fund falls, on a 1-to-5 scale that separates Lipper losers from “Lipper Leaders.” If you’re concerned about investing in specific funds or aren’t sure how to apply the Lipper data, consider working with a financial advisor who can make all of your fund investment decisions for you. Read more
“Did I get a good price?” Anyone who has traded a security has asked themselves this question. Did you buy when the stock was low enough? Did you sell right before it peaked? Did you get it wrong entirely and buy at the stock’s peak or sell when it had bottomed out? There is no clean answer to that question. But a metric called volume weighted average price (VWAP) is a good place to start, because it values shares on both their price and trading volume. Read more
An investment’s “expected return” is a critical number, but in theory it is fairly simple: It is the total amount of money you can expect to gain or lose on an investment with a predictable rate of… Read more
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