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Bruce Blythe
Ticker Tape Contributor

About Bruce Blythe

Bruce was managing editor of The Ticker Tape in 2014 and is a frequent contributor. He started in financial news as a wire service reporter covering the livestock and grain futures markets from the trading floors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. He’s since worked as a reporter or editor for Dow Jones Newswires, Reuters, Bloomberg, and Crain’s Chicago Business.

As a journalist, Bruce has covered agriculture and food production; commodity futures markets; energy and biofuels; investing, trading, and money management; cryptocurrencies; retail; technology; and sports.

Bruce grew up on his family’s farm in eastern Iowa. He holds a degree in agricultural journalism from Iowa State University.

 

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Housing Market as an Investment Indicator: Keeping an Eye on the Foundation April 8, 2020 10:15 AM   |  

The housing market has historically been a bellwether of the stock market and of the economy in general. Learn about housing starts, building permits, and other indicators that can help investors assess the state of the housing market.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Building Toward the Long-Term Financial Future: Needs, Wants, and Wishes March 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Consider a three-tiered pyramid approach to creating goals for your needs, wants, and wishes.

5 min read  |  Retirement Planning
Circuit Breakers: Learn the Basics of These Market-Wide Pauses March 25, 2020 4:00 PM   |  

The stock market has had circuit breakers—temporary trading halts imposed if U.S. stock markets fall by certain percentages—in place since 1987, but they've rarely been triggered until March 2020. Here's what investors should know.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Trading Is Trading? Not Always—Know Differences Between Stocks & Futures March 16, 2020 2:05 PM   |  

Stock trading versus futures trading each pose intriguing possibilities. But although stocks and futures share some common ground, they differ in several ways that investors should understand before diving in to either.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
March Forward with These 5 Fantasy Sports-Themed Investing Tips March 5, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Investing is a lot like building a fantasy sports team: You assess your game plan, do your research, and make changes as needed. And if you’d like to practice in a “fantasy” stock market, consider the paperMoney® trade simulator by TD Ameritrade.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Wondering About Closed-End Funds? Learn a Few Basics Before Diving In February 25, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Closed-end funds are a subset of mutual funds with some unique characteristics versus typical open-end mutual funds. Here’s the rundown.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Good Eye, Trader: How to Pick the Right Stocks at the Right Time February 18, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Looking to pick stocks worth trading? You can lay the groundwork for a sound stock selection strategy with a few relatively simple components.

9 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Basics of Buying on Margin: What Is Margin Trading? February 6, 2020 11:57 AM   |  

Trading on margin can magnify your returns, but it can also increase your losses. Learn the basics, benefits, and risks of margin trading.

5 min read  |  Margin
Index Fund vs. Mutual Fund Showdown: Is There Room for Both at the Top? January 22, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Index funds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Actively managed funds versus passive management. What do all these terms mean? Here’s a breakdown for investors.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Muni Bond Basics for Investors: Know the Benefits & Risks January 21, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Are you—or would you like to become—a municipal bond investor? Understand the potential benefits and risks, and learn about a new service from TD Ameritrade that alerts clients on new muni issuances.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
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