Award-winning business journalist


Stocks, bonds, 401(k)s, budgets, ETFs, IRAs… Does talking about money confuse you? Do you feel so overwhelmed that you avoid the topic altogether? You’re not alone!

Ellie Ismailidou co-created Explainomics, a financial literacy series that airs on the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, including WSJ Video Center and MarketWatch. Ellie is the anchor and supervising producer of the series, which in 2018 won a Telly Award in the “Best Online Series” category. The series teaches everyday people to empower themselves financially and take control of their money.

How 'passion budgeting' can fix your finances

Creating a budget can sometimes feel like making one sacrifice after another, but what if you didn't have to choose between a lifestyle you love and an achievable financial plan? Here's what you need to know about 'passion budgeting.'

How to invest in alternatives

Stocks and bonds aren't your only investment options. There's a whole universe of alternative investments, including natural resources, precious metals, private equity, hedge funds and managed futures. Here's what you need to know.

How to invest in real estate without buying a house or rental property

There are lots of ways to invest in real estate without taking on a huge mortgage or handing over a giant down payment. Some of these methods include buying shares in a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), investing in mutual funds that hold REITs or other kinds of real estate investments, as well as investing in Real Estate ETFs.

How to use ETFs to create a diversified portfolio

ETFs, or exchange-traded funds, have some similarities to mutual funds, but also some important differences. Learn the key differences between ETFs and mutual funds, and how you can use ETFs to diversify your portfolio.