Steven Nickolas

Steven Nickolas

  • • 10+ years of experience working as a consultant to retail and institutional investors
  • • Freelance writer who contributes to a wide range of communications media
  • • His original writing style has garnered industry accolades with numerous awards


Steven Nickolas (pseudonym) is a highly accomplished freelance writer who integrates his years of work and life experiences into writing articles for a wide range of communications media. His work regularly appears in the broadcast world and on digital outlets, as well as in traditional print and social media.

Regarding content, Steven is comfortable tackling almost any topic–from beer to banking and everything in between. He is known for putting a creative spin on any subject he touches. His portfolio of financial and business articles is striking and includes more than 300 pieces written for Investopedia. His work also appears on Seeking Alpha, and in syndication on Yahoo Finance. Steven excels at turning complicated concepts into engaging reads for both professional and amateur investors.

A small sample of topics Steven covers include hedging and risk management solutions, calculating the return on assets (ROA), using derivatives for risk management, and the difference between a capitalist system and a free-market system.

Steven can include work for an impressive array of agencies and companies in his portfolio. These include Grey (NYC), The Richards Group, R & R Partners, Ogilvy & Mather, McCann Erickson, Digitas, American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, The New York Times, and Newsday.

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  1. Trading Instruments

    What is the difference between a currency and interest rate swap?

    Interest rate swaps involve exchanging interest payments, while currency swaps involve exchanging an amount of cash in one ...
  2. Trading Strategy

    Using Trading Volume to Understand Investment Activity

    Trading volume, or volume, is the number of shares or contracts that indicates the overall activity of a security or market ...
  3. Financial Analysis

    How does ratio analysis make it easier to compare different companies?

    Investors can use ratio analysis easily, and every figure needed to calculate the ratios is found on a company's financial ...
  4. Cybersecurity

    Top 5 Companies Owned by Cisco

    Cisco has used acquisitions as a growth strategy and has acquired a large variety of companies. These five companies stand ...
  5. Mutual Funds

    Vanguard 500 Index Fund Investor Risk Statistics

    A risk statistics case study of the Vanguard 500 Index Fund sheds light on its historical beta, alpha, Treynor ratio and ...
  6. Investing Strategy

    If You Had Invested Right after Costco's IPO

    Find out how much your investment would be worth if you had invested $1,000 during Costco's IPO.
  7. Commodities

    What are the primary sources of market risk?

    There are four primary sources of risk that affect the overall market: interest rate risk, equity price risk, foreign exchange ...
  8. Mutual Funds

    Vanguard Total Stock Index Vs. Vanguard 500 Index Fund

    Explore detailed analyses of the Vanguard Total Stock Market and Vanguard 500 Index funds, their characteristics, major differences ...
  9. Mutual Funds

    3 Top Vanguard Fixed-Income Funds

    Discover three Vanguard fixed-income funds that have historically outperformed their benchmark indexes, and learn about their ...
  10. ETFs

    Top 3 Homebuilders ETFs

    The characteristics and historical performance of the top three ETFs tracking the homebuilding industry.
  11. Laws & Regulations

    What Is the Difference Between Helicopter Money and QE?

    Explore the differences between helicopter money and quantitative easing, and learn about the consequences of these economic ...
  12. Mutual Funds

    4 Top Dividend-Paying Equity Funds

    Discover four of the best dividend-paying mutual funds that primarily invest in U.S. equities, and learn about the characteristics ...
  13. Investing Strategy

    3 Index Funds with the Lowest Expense Ratios

    Learn about index mutual funds with the lowest expense ratios.
  14. FA Relevant

    BlackRock: Investment Manager Highlight (BLK)

    Explore an overview of the world's largest investment management firm BlackRock, and learn about its executives, mutual funds ...
  15. Financial Analysis

    Why should sunk costs be ignored in future decision making?

    Decision makers should base strategies on how to proceed with business or investment activities on future costs, not sunk ...
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