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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Stairs, Wall of Worry: What Stock Market Terms & Metaphors Really Mean September 22, 2022 10:30 AM   |  

All kinds of stock market terms and metaphors are associated with Wall Street trading. Knowing the language can sometimes help investors better understand what’s going on.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
What to Know About Stock Market Corrections September 15, 2022 10:56 AM   |  

Stock market corrections can serve as a signal that markets don't rise forever. Market corrections are defined as a 10% or more decline from a 52-week high.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Bull vs. Bear Market & Other Animals of Wall Street August 16, 2022 10:28 AM   |  

Animal terms and animal references are prominent among Wall Street slang terms. Here’s a look at bulls and bears, hawks and doves, cats and dogs, sheep and pigs, and even black swans and unicorns.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Housing and Economic Health: Housing Market Data and Indicators August 4, 2022 9:50 AM   |  

Housing market data and indicators, like existing home sales, can impact stock and bond prices. Investors and traders should know when reports are released.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
What’s a Black Swan Event? How to Spot and Prepare for This Outlier July 12, 2022 11:28 AM   |  

What is a black swan event? Learn about black swan events and how you can attempt to protect yourself and your portfolio from adverse shocks.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Don’t Get Caught in a “Bull Trap”—Tips to Avoid Getting Tricked July 7, 2022 11:10 AM   |  

What is a bull trap? A bull trap tricks investors into thinking a stock price decline is finished and that it’s a good time to buy. Learn how to avoid being in one.

5 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Trading Oil Futures: Basics on the Most Global Commodity of All June 23, 2022 11:56 AM   |  

Crude oil futures are one of the most actively traded in the world. Understand the different ways an investor might participate in the crude oil market.

5 min read  |  Futures
What Is Leverage in Forex Trading? Understanding Forex Margin June 14, 2022 11:18 AM   |  

What is leverage in the forex market? It’s the ability to buy and sell foreign currencies while putting up only a fraction—3% to 5%—of the notional amount. Leverage, or forex margin, offers potential opportunity, but it’s also quite risky.

5 min read  |  Forex
Market Volatility and Market Inflation: A Balance for Investors June 2, 2022 1:51 PM   |  

Market volatility and market inflation can destroy investment value. Here’s how investors can account for both in their long-term portfolio strategy.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
How to Trade S&P 500 Futures: A Quick Walk-Through for Investors May 24, 2022 11:01 AM   |  

S&P 500 futures can provide traders with exposure to the individual companies that make up the S&P 500 Index. But trading futures is different from trading equities. Understand how they work and how you can trade S&P 500 futures.

5 min read  |  Futures
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