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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 May 19, 2022

Dividends are the bread and butter of income investors. You don’t need to sell your assets or spend hours every day managing your accounts. Instead, dividend stocks simply generate income on their own. Putting together a portfolio that generates at least $1,000 in dividends each month takes some work, though. Here’s how to go about it. For more help generating sufficient income through your investments, consider working with a financial advisor. Read more

by Eric Reed May 19, 2022

When it comes to investing, you can go it alone or with a partner. That’s true no matter what form your assets take, including brokerage accounts. With an individual brokerage account, you’re the only person with any rights to the portfolio. Only you can make decisions about the account and its contents belong entirely to you. With a joint brokerage account, you share rights to this portfolio with someone else. You and they can both make decisions about the account and its contents belong to the both of you. For help with investing, either by yourself or with your partner, consider working with a financial advisor. Read more

by Eric Reed May 19, 2022

For many people, hedge funds and investment banks are both terms that are synonymous with rich people, but the differences between the two are significant. A hedge fund manages a highly diverse investment portfolio that aims to generate outsized returns. They invest accordingly, then sell shares in their portfolios to third parties. They make money off their portfolios’ returns. An investment bank manages finances for their clients, helping companies raise capital and managing complex transactions for both buyers and sellers. They make money off fees they charge clients. For help with investment banks, hedge funds or any other money questions, consider working with a financial advisor. Read more

by Eric Reed May 18, 2022

If you are an ordinary investor, an ETF is often a good investment. In part this is because an ETF has a more stable risk profile than a hedge fund, but mostly it’s because an ETF is your only legal… Read more

by Eric Reed May 18, 2022

Legally, divorce is divorce no matter how much money is involved. In practice, though, high-net-worth divorces tend to be much more complicated than ordinary breakups. Rules surrounding divorce are… Read more

by Eric Reed May 10, 2022

If you are buying a home, there are two things you should never, under any conditions, waive. The first is home inspection, along with your right to unilaterally withdraw your offer based on the… Read more

by Eric Reed May 10, 2022

Carbon credits are becoming a popular idea for investment as governments begin to take the threat of climate change seriously. While ideally this will become an active investment option in the future… Read more

by Eric Reed May 10, 2022

Lucid Motors is a California-based publicly traded company that was founded in 2007 and sells electric vehicles. Like Tesla, this company focuses on the luxury market. If you’d like to invest in the… Read more

by Eric Reed May 10, 2022

Fifth-generation wireless, otherwise known as 5G, is a big deal, a highly anticipated next step in wireless service. If companies can distribute it as advertised, it has the potential to completely… Read more

by Eric Reed May 10, 2022

The metaverse is a speculative idea more than a specific product or service. It does not exist yet, nor will it be a specific product or service if it is developed. But it is backed by a lot of smart… Read more

by Eric Reed May 10, 2022

There are two main ways to invest in private equity. The first is to invest through a private equity firm. This is the most common way to invest in private equity assets. However, it is also… Read more

by Eric Reed May 06, 2022

Anyone whose income is less than the tax filing threshold is not required to file an income tax form with the IRS. For most taxpayers, this threshold is usually set at or around the standard… Read more

by Eric Reed May 04, 2022

There are two types of thinking when it comes to crypto investing. The first dictates that you cannot mitigate risk in cryptocurrency since it is considered one of the most volatile asset classes in… Read more

by Eric Reed May 04, 2022

The general rule for asset allocation in retirement is this: You should shift toward more conservative investments once you retire, since you no longer have an active income with which to replace… Read more

by Eric Reed May 04, 2022

“Digital currency” and “cryptocurrency” might seem interchangeable, but they mean two different things. Digital currency refers to any currency that exists online. Cryptocurrency, on the other hand,… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 28, 2022

A pension risk transfer (PRT) occurs when a company ends its pension program. Usually in the process it tries to stop paying its existing benefits under pension programs for past and present… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 28, 2022

A health savings account (HSA) allows you to set aside pre-tax money for qualified healthcare expenses. You can set up an HSA account with a bank, investment firm or other qualified financial… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 28, 2022

If you’re wondering whether you can deduct your rent on your taxes, the short answer is yes. You can deduct rent if you live in a state that allows it. However, only 22 states offer this type of… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 28, 2022

Fertility insurance is an element of health insurance that covers issues with conception and carrying a child to term. Many parents rely on fertility insurance for expensive procedures such as in… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 27, 2022

If you’re a retiree who depends on Social Security, in some cases you can gross up your Social Security income on financial paperwork. You would do this to make your income more accurately represent… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 27, 2022

If you’re one of the many people looking for a new home right now, one of the first questions is this: do you want a house or a condominium? In a nutshell, consider the difference this way: If you… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 26, 2022

Diversification is critical to a strong portfolio over the long term. Every now and again, someone might get lucky and pull an “everything into Apple in 2005,” but single-security or single-asset… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 26, 2022

When you apply for a mortgage, your credit score is generally one of the most important factors in determining your interest rate. This can make a big difference when it comes to your monthly… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 19, 2022

Foreign portfolio investment, or FPI, is any financial asset that you hold from outside of your country. For example, if an American investor buys shares on the London Stock Exchange, they hold a… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 19, 2022

Thinking about your own death isn’t fun, but don’t worry, planning for your estate does not actually have to be a difficult or lengthy process. Unless you have significant assets or complex wishes,… Read more