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 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 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.

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?