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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:
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
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
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