Are you feeling the stock shock with all the GameStop talk? Jim Royal, Bankrate's investing and wealth management reporter, breaks down how he's keeping up with the madness and explains what it all means and why new investors should proceed with caution.

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GameStop madness — How Bankrate's investing reporter is keeping up with it all


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    Meet Jim

    James F. Royal, Ph.D., is a senior reporter for investing at Bankrate, and has been investing in the stock market for more than two decades. Royal is the author of The Zen of Thrift Conversions, and holds a doctorate from the University of Florida.

    Short-selling explained

    With all the craziness going on at GameStop and other stocks, it’s important to understand what short selling is, how it works, and the risks it presents. There’s a reason that short selling is best left to the pros: uncapped risk.

    The GameStop kaboom explained

    Wondering what’s going on with GameStop stock? I chatted with CNBC about what’s going to happen to the stock and why individual investors should be very careful:

    Why Robinhood and others blocked GameStop trades

    More GameStop craziness: trading app Robinhood and others have stopped customers from buying the stock, though they can still sell. Predictably, the price of GameStop stock plummeted soon after.

    Is it too late to refinance?

    Mortgage rates are up off their lowest lows, but is it still a good time to refinance? Money is cheap if you want to borrow for the next 30 years.

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