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 in 1992 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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Stocks for Beginners: Is Now the Time to Start Trading Stocks? July 9, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Education is key to trading stocks. The decision to start trading and investing in stocks depends on your personal situation—including whether you have investable assets.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Contango or Backwardation: Looking to the Future in the Futures Markets July 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

What are contango and backwardation? It’s all about the future: whether deferred-month futures contracts are priced higher than the front months. Learn why a market might be in contango or backwardation.

5 min read  |  Futures
Putting Up a Good Defense: Defensive Sectors & Stocks Strategy for Investors June 22, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

A good defense is the best offense, right? It’s sometimes true for investing as well. Here’s what investors should know about defensive investing and defensive sectors.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Markets Do What Markets Do: Why Investors Should Consider Staying the Course June 11, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Does stock market volatility have you rethinking your investing strategy? In volatile markets, it’s important for investors to stay disciplined and focus on long-term goals.

5 min read  |  Goal Planning
Don’t Get Caught in a “Bull Trap”—Tips to Avoid Getting Tricked May 12, 2020 10:46 AM   |  

Some call it a bull trap; others use the more colorful term suckers' rally. Either way, traders don't want to get caught. Is a bounce off the lows for real, or just a ruse?

5 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Priming the Pump: Fiscal Stimulus vs. Monetary Stimulus and Why We Need Both April 24, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As the COVID-19 pandemic ground commercial activity to a halt in early 2020, the United States turned to fiscal and monetary authorities for help in getting the flagging economy up and running. Here’s a primer on these two types of stimulus.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
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
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