Award-winning business journalist


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 to properly assess your financial health (hint: not on Facebook)

It can feel like you're falling behind your friends financially when their Instagram feeds show nicer vacations and fancier cars. But social media doesn't tell the true story of one's financial health. Here's how to properly assess where you stand.

Everything you need to know to invest in cryptocurrencies

The murky world of cryptocurrencies has exploded into the mainstream lately. Here's what investors need to know about initial coin offerings or ICOs - how to invest in them and what red flags to watch out for.

How to go to college for free

Free college. It's a reality in several nations around the world, but in the U.S. it's a political minefield. Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others have made tuition-free college a big part of their platforms, but what would it actually take to make that dream a reality?

Terrified of a tax audit? Watch this to avoid these IRS red flags

A mistake or exaggeration on your tax return could warrant an audit from the Internal Revenue Service. Here are the red flags tax experts say you should avoid.

Investing in a cannabis company? 4 questions to ask

The opening of the recreational weed market has spurred an arms race among marijuana companies. Here's what you need to know.

Here's how much money you need to last for your entire life

Here's why 80% of Americans say they don't know what they actually need to make their cash last for a lifetime.