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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Steady as It Gets? How Series EE Savings Bonds Work January 3, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Series EE bonds are viewed as a stable investment with a long and storied history, although today’s savings bonds pay paltry interest rates. Here are a few facts about this perennially popular gift for the grandkids.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Beyond the Oil Patch: Basics of Crude Oil Futures & Options December 19, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

The crude oil market is dynamic and global, and it touches all of us as consumers—and as investors, too. Qualified account owners have a new way to play the oil market: weekly options on futures.

5 min read  |  Futures
Stock Market Menagerie: Bulls vs. Bears, Unicorns, & the Animals of Wall Street November 29, 2019 10:30 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
7 Secrets of Millennial Millionaires November 22, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

Learn how starting early, setting goals, and sticking to them can help you build wealth—at a young age and for the long term.

4 min read  |  Savings Goals
What Are Tariffs and Who Really Pays For Them? November 19, 2019 2:48 PM   |  

Tariffs have been part of American economic history from the country’s origins. Are tariffs good or bad for investors?

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
6 Year-End Tax-Planning Moves You Shouldn’t Neglect October 25, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

As 2019 winds down, investors of all ages can consider three general categories of year-end tax planning: Reducing taxable income, increasing deductions, and taking advantage of tax credits.

5 min read  |  Tax Strategy
What is Leverage in Forex Trading? Understanding Forex Margin October 4, 2019 10:15 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 offers potential opportunity, but it’s also quite risky.

5 min read  |  Forex
Best Financial Advice Tips You May or May Not Have Gotten as a Kid September 20, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Financial literacy can be most effective when it starts early. Parents who know how to budget, save, and practice good financial habits should pass those habits down to their children. Here are some financial advice tips to consider.

5 min read  |  Household Finances
Not Like Stocks: How Tick Sizes and Values Vary in Index Futures September 13, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Learn how futures contracts use tick sizes to track how much positions gain or lose each day.

5 min read  |  Futures
The Double-Edged Sword of Margin: Know the Right Way & the Wrong Way September 12, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

When used prudently, and with a full understanding of the risks, margin can be used to help diversify holdings and attempt to amplify return on assets. But it’s not for everybody. Margin also creates the potential for greater risk of loss from increased leverage.

5 min read  |  Margin
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