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Matt Miczulski

Matt Miczulski

Editor, Investments

Matt Miczulski is an investments editor at Finder. With over 450 bylines, Matt dissects and reviews brokers and investing platforms to expose perks and pain points, explores investment products and concepts and covers market news, making investing more accessible and helping readers to make informed financial decisions.

Before joining Finder in 2021, Matt covered everything from finance news and banking to debt and travel for FinanceBuzz. His expertise and analysis on investing and other financial topics has been featured on CBS, MSN, Best Company and Consolidated Credit, among others. Matt holds a BA in history from William Paterson University.

Expertise

  • Trading and investing
  • Broker and trading platform reviews
  • Money management

Experience

  • Featured on MSN, CBS, Best Company and MediaFeed, among other sites
  • More than 450 bylines on investing, budgeting and saving, paying off debt, mortgages, credit cards and more
  • Well versed in breaking down financial jargon and complex topics to meet readers where they are in their financial journey

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, History

Educational organizations

  • William Paterson University

Featured publications

Industry insights from Matt Miczulski

We asked Matt a few questions around investing and industry trends.

What trading and investing platforms do you use personally?

TD Ameritrade and Robinhood are two brokers I personally use for trading and investing. TD Ameritrade is where I do the bulk of my investing. I enjoy the clean, sophisticated look and feel of its web and desktop trading platforms. Its research tools are extensive and informative — I particularly like its valuation tool, which provides an analysis of valuation metrics like price-to-earnings ratio, gross profit margin, dividend yield and growth rate, earnings and revenue growth and financial strength, among others. TD Ameritrade offers all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a big broker, and it’s been my go-to platform since 2017. I also have an account with Robinhood, which I use occasionally for speculative trades and fractional share trading. Robinhood offers a completely different feel compared to TD Ameritrade, and it’s a nice change of pace. It’s engaging and incredibly easy to trade.

What’s the difference between trading and investing?

The main difference between trading and investing is the timeline. Traders usually look to capitalize on short-term price movements of a security and make quicker profits, while investors look to grow their money over the long-term by buying and holding a security.

What should investors consider when looking for a broker or trading app?

This is a good question, because there are so many different brokers nowadays, each with its own unique spin on the trading experience. I’d say to consider these factors when looking for a broker or trading app: Decide if you want to invest on your own or have your portfolio managed. If you want your portfolio managed, are you open to a robo-advisor? If you want to invest on your own, does the platform meet your experience level? Does it offer the tools and resources that match your trading style? Look at account types and available investment options so you can build the portfolio you want. Look at trading and miscellaneous fees to gauge the overall cost of using the broker. Look at user reviews to gauge the overall sentiment of the platform. And last but not least, judge the broker’s level of customer support. You want to be confident that you’ll get the help you need if a problem or question arises.

Latest articles by Matt Miczulski

178 articles written by this author

How to buy the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)

Steps to add the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF to your portfolio, with historical pricing, volatility and earnings metrics.

Matt Miczulski 3 June 2024
How to buy the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (VOO)

Passive income ideas

4 easy ways to earn income from your investment portfolio

Matt Miczulski 29 May 2024
Passive income ideas

Best financial advisors of 2024

See our picks of the best financial advisors for financial planning and investment management.

Matt Miczulski 24 May 2024
Best financial advisors of 2024

How to buy the new spot Ethereum ETFs

Spot Ethereum ETFs might soon be approved. Here's how to invest if and when they become available to trade.

Matt Miczulski 22 May 2024
How to buy the new spot Ethereum ETFs

Best stocks for beginners with little money

These are the stocks to buy when you don't have much to spend.

Matt Miczulski 14 May 2024
Best stocks for beginners with little money

Avoid these four costly mistakes as inflation edges higher

Tips for investing during inflationary times.

Matt Miczulski 2 May 2024
Avoid these four costly mistakes as inflation edges higher

NinjaTrader review 2024

A deep dive into the highlights and limitations of NinjaTrader.

Matt Miczulski 22 April 2024
NinjaTrader review 2024

Best SEP IRA providers of June 2024

Explore the pros and cons of the best SEP IRAs and learn how to open one of these accounts.

Matt Miczulski 18 April 2024
Best SEP IRA providers of June 2024

SEP IRA vs. Roth IRA: How do they compare?

Compare the key differences in investment options, contribution limits and tax advantages between SEP IRAs and Roth IRAs.

Matt Miczulski 10 April 2024
SEP IRA vs. Roth IRA: How do they compare?

6 best rollover IRA accounts of June 2024

Explore the advantages and shortcomings of the best rollover IRAs for beginners, mobile trading, advanced traders and more.

Matt Miczulski 10 April 2024
6 best rollover IRA accounts of June 2024
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