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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 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-based users, if not more, and tends to aim toward more sophisticated investors. Robinhood has built more of a “gamification” market, emphasizing its app-based approach and ease of use for new investors. However, Robinhood’s appeal to inexperienced investors is a marked contrast to its emphasis on options trading, a highly sophisticated area of the market, and this can create problems for some users. Here’s how these two investment apps compare and contrast. 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 changing across the market. The specifics are different based on individual funds, as various volatility ETFs offer exposure to volatility in varied ways. However, if you want to trade based on how turbulent you think the market will be, these are often worth considering. Here’s what you need to know to make an investment decision about these securities. Of course, it’s always a wise idea to consult with a financial advisor when considering an investment, including an ETF investment. 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 (SEC) has particular regulations for blank check firms, which differ from shell companies and venture capital companies. Here’s what you need to know about these unique business structures and the opportunities they can present to retail investors. 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

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 02, 2020

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