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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 Sep 28, 2022

Portfolio optimization is one of the most basic skills you’ll need to acquire when actively managing your investments. With regular portfolio reviews, you can make adjustments to increase the likelihood you’ll end up with comfortable returns instead of frustrating results. A few quick exercises can help make portfolio optimization more straightforward. If you’re just getting started, a financial advisor can help you establish routines for a lifetime of investing or manage that process for you. Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 21, 2019

Many investors build their portfolios around index funds. These bundled assets provide a return that tracks some third-party metric such as the price of gold, the bond market or, commonly, the U.S. stock market. The S&P 500 average annual return makes its index one of the most stable investors can ask for. Here’s what it looks like. Read more

by Eric Reed Jun 01, 2020

You get in the shower and turn on the hot tap. The water’s cold, so you turn the tap a little further. Still nothing, so you give it another nudge. Then, all that hot water bursts out at once. You let out an undignified yelp and jump backwards, suddenly understanding how a stock market bubble bursts and a Great Recession begins. Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 15, 2019

Smart beta knows that every investor wants to beat the market. Few actually pull it off. Most of the time, a long-term, passive strategy built around reliable index funds will outperform most active… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 13, 2019

The bond market is a safe harbor when the stock market starts going pear shaped, or just feels a bit wobbly. They come in all shapes and sizes from Treasury to junk, and are often a very strong… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 12, 2019

Investing smart means using the right tools. Whether that’s considering a stock’s volatility metrics or its price history, you won’t invest as well without the proper resources. One such resource?… Read more

by Eric Reed Jan 08, 2020

In options trading, “delta” represents volatility. It is one of a set of variables, collectively known as “the Greeks, that traders use to assess the risk of a derivative. Here’s what you need to… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 29, 2020

Risk is one of the most essential concepts to successful investing. Investors and capital-seekers looking for right balance on any given security drives most market activity. Alpha measures an… Read more

by Eric Reed Mar 31, 2021

One hundred is a lot of shares. Literally, when trading stock one “lot” is defined as 100 shares. A round lot is any number of shares evenly divisible by 100, while any other amount is considered an … Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 05, 2019

The edge case scenario is realistic, but too remote to come up in daily events. Arguably, how well you manage unlikely outcomes largely defines your skill in a profession. Lawyers call them “bad… Read more

by Eric Reed Mar 24, 2020

It is clear that, once upon a time, finance types had a little more fun with their jobs. How else to explain how “dead cat bounce” came to be a widely accepted piece of financial jargon? The odd term… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 04, 2019

More than a decade after the Great Recession, the United States has seen a mixed record of recovery. Despite record-breaking highs in the stock market and an unemployment rate that has fallen every… Read more

by Eric Reed Jan 08, 2020

More than 70 million aging adults will strain U.S. financial and medical institutions in the near future. Their Millennial children, struggling with student debt imposed by the Boomers’ choice to… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 31, 2019

Assisted living is one of the most difficult parts of elder care. Expensive, with costs driven by both residency and the skills involved with this care, assisted living leaves many seniors struggling… Read more

by Eric Reed Feb 02, 2021

High-Frequency Trading (HFT) is controversial. Some investors say it lets people capitalize on opportunities that vanish really quickly. Others say that HTF distorts the markets by processing large… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 30, 2022

Let’s start with some good news. It is not as bad as you’ve heard. The divorce rate is high, but it still requires a lot of variables for a couple to actually get divorced. Still, “probably won’t… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 03, 2022

A certified treasury professional (CTP) is a designation some financial professionals earn so they are able to help businesses manage and operate their corporate treasuries. Like other certifications… Read more

by Eric Reed Jan 08, 2020

More than half of Americans have invested in a stock-related mutual fund. Most invest through their retirement accounts, often with little direction beyond selecting a 401k fund. But stocks are just… Read more

by Eric Reed Sep 18, 2019

Your friend wants to borrow $20, so you take a minute to think about it. What happened the last time he borrowed money from you? You might see that 20 bucks again, but even odds say you don’t. So you… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 08, 2022

Almost no one will know what it means if your business card has a “CPCU” after your name. The “almost” is key here though. Almost no one will understand what CPCU means, but your colleagues will.… Read more

by Eric Reed May 02, 2022

Certified public accountants (CPAs) are at the top of the accounting field. Whether you keep the books at a small office or review files for the IRS, accounting is a wide field with many professions… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 06, 2022

There are many certifications that a financial advisor can earn, like certified public accountant (CPA), certified financial planner (CFP) and more. The chartered financial consultant, or ChFC,… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 17, 2022

A family office is typically a full wealth and asset management firm that works with ultra-high-net-worth families to grow that wealth and pass it on to the next generation. Most people don’t need a… Read more

by Eric Reed Oct 18, 2019

Here’s the situation: You would like to invest your savings or retirement account. However, not wanting to trust your money to eTrade and luck, you hire an investment advisor who steers your money… Read more

by Eric Reed Nov 09, 2022

Certified investment management analysts sit atop an entire industry of financial planners, having earned a top certification and are considered experts. Only about a third of Americans under 35 have… Read more