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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 Jun 21, 2021

When it works, dividend growth investing is a best-case scenario for income investing. In this strategy you buy a stock that not only grows in value year after year, but it also pays you a steady yield in the process. On top of that, the payments themselves grow each year as the company earns value. With a dividend growth strategy you buy shares of a dividend-paying stock and hold them. You then use the stock’s dividend payments to buy more shares, which you also hold. Ideally over time your portfolio snowballs, growing off of its own returns. Of course, like all strategies dividend growth investment has its risks as well. Here’s what you need to know. Read more

by Eric Reed Jun 21, 2021

Investment income is an umbrella term that includes just about any money you make from buying, holding and selling assets. However, there are three main forms of investment income, which we discuss below. Together these types of investment income are central to most retirement plans, every portfolio and even some people’s entire financial strategy. Consider working with a financial advisor as you evaluate your portfolio for its income-generating capacity. Read more

by Eric Reed Jun 10, 2021

When you assign someone power of attorney you give them the authority to make decisions for you and on your behalf. Whatever the agent, as this person is called, decides will be as binding as if you’d made the decision yourself, so only give power of attorney to someone you absolutely trust. While a specific form is unnecessary for power of attorney, just about every jurisdiction offers one in order to help you understand this process. Here’s what you need to know. Read more

by Eric Reed May 27, 2021

Failing health often robs people of their agency. Whether due to age or illness, many hospital patients can’t effectively communicate their own wishes. For legal matters, this is handled through… Read more

by Eric Reed May 27, 2021

The FAANG stocks are a set of five high-value technology stocks. Together they make up nearly a fifth of the S&P 500’s total value. The “N” in FAANG stands for Netflix. One of the first major tech… Read more

by Eric Reed May 21, 2021

Every investment class needs someone to manage it. From the market makers and clearing houses that ensure stock trading to the bankers who move currencies around the world, markets are not natural… Read more

by Eric Reed May 19, 2021

A market sell-off happens when traders make a lot of sales very quickly. Sometimes a sell-off, which is a particularly aggressive form of a bear market, can encompass an entire market. Other times it… Read more

by Eric Reed May 19, 2021

Coinbase has taken cryptocurrency legitimate. At least, that’s the position of many in the cryptocurrency community who see the company’s IPO as proof that digital assets have arrived as mainstream… Read more

by Eric Reed May 17, 2021

Bitcoin is having a moment. Actually, Bitcoin has been having a moment for several years now. However, the past 12 months have been particularly noteworthy for the infamously volatile digital asset.… Read more

by Eric Reed May 12, 2021

Oil prices have had a remarkable year. Historically volatile, like most commodities, oil prices tumbled during the pandemic to the point where they dipped into negative territory, meaning it cost… Read more

by Eric Reed May 12, 2021

The Fama-French Three Factor model is a formula for calculating the rate of return on a given asset. Like many (if not most) such models, it offers an estimated value based on market factors at large… Read more

by Eric Reed May 12, 2021

You have probably heard of securitization. It’s a way of turning non-financial assets into liquid securities that investors can buy and sell. Despite its role in the market crash of 2008 and… Read more

by Eric Reed May 11, 2021

A joint-stock company is a company owned by several, generally private, investors. They’re an in-between creation, held more closely than a public company but more widely traded than a partnership.… Read more

by Eric Reed May 07, 2021

Some of the more advanced trading platforms offer investors a service known as “Level 2 market data.” This usually comes as a premium feature, available for an additional price to investors who want… Read more

by Eric Reed Jul 20, 2021

Iron condors and iron butterflies are very similar and popular options trading strategies. Both can profit by selling short positions in the face of low implied volatility, and both use long… Read more

by Eric Reed May 07, 2021

A protective put might be the closest you can come to having your cake and eating it too, at least as far as finance is concerned. It is a strategy based on the elective nature of options contracts,… Read more

by Eric Reed May 06, 2021

The iron butterfly options trading strategy aims to profit investors during periods of low volatility. Also known as the “short iron butterfly” or the “iron fly,” the strategy makes its money off… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 30, 2021

The iron condor is a strategy in options trading. As with all options strategies, it is based on assembling a position out of several contracts. In this case, the iron condor is built out of four… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 30, 2021

Penny trading is a tough business. A penny stock is formally defined as any stock whose price is less than $5 per share. This is the legal definition used by the SEC and other regulatory bodies,… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 22, 2021

One of the biggest trends in online trading has been the convergence of brokerage business models. Brokerages want your business, and it’s getting increasingly hard for any one of them to stand out.… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 22, 2021

A futures contract is one of the most complex and riskiest securities traded today. That’s because if you hold the wrong side of a futures contract, your losses aren’t capped by an up-front purchase… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 22, 2021

Discount brokerages have become the dominant model online. By historic terms, the online brokerage business is still just in its infancy. E*TRADE, which arguably started the modern era of online… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 09, 2021

It’s a little difficult to distinguish investment platforms based on price. Not long ago, platforms competed on a combination of features, fees and commissions. However, in recent years most services… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 09, 2021

Bitcoin will likely go down as one of history’s great examples of financial FOMO (fear of missing out). Not long ago early adopters literally couldn’t give this asset away, and now a single token… Read more

by Eric Reed Apr 09, 2021

Options, which fall in the category of derivatives, have become one of the hottest securities online. In part this has to do with the rise of commission-free trading. Many services offer cheap trades… Read more