Doug Ashburn
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About Doug Ashburn

Doug Ashburn has been the managing editor of The Ticker Tape® since 2016. Doug spent more than 20 years as a foreign exchange options market maker at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He has been a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®) since 2006. Doug previously served as regional director for the Chicago region of PRMIA, the Professional Risk Managers' International Association, and he served as editor of Intelligent Risk, PRMIA's quarterly member newsletter. He holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business.

 

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Price-to-Earnings Ratio: The Price Is Right ... Right? July 18, 2019 8:00 PM   |  

The price-to-earnings ratio has its critics, yet it remains a metric worth watching for valuing stocks and making investment decisions.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
How Big Should My Options Trade Be? June 30, 2019 11:48 AM   |  

There are different ways to determine the size of your options trade. You may want to risk a certain percentage per trade or you may consider total portfolio risk. When you are ready to increase your risk tolerance, you could increase the number of trades, the amount you put into each trade, or the risk level for each trade.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Fundamental Analysis for Trading Futures June 30, 2019 11:44 AM   |  

Futures trading requires a different set of analytical tools such as fundamental ratios to analyze anything from short-term trading opportunities to long-term trends. Three popular ratios are the crack spread, the corn and soybean spread, and the yield curve ratios.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Estate Planning at Any Age: It’s Not Just for the Wealthy June 17, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Consider getting an early start to estate planning, no matter what your age or financial situation. Organizing your financial affairs and estate can be a fruitful exercise at any point of your financial journey, but the sooner, the better.

4 min read  |  Estate Planning
Slack DPO and Direct Listings: Considerations for Investors May 28, 2019 10:39 AM   |  

Communication app maker Slack is preparing its first direct listing. Here are some things to know about Slack and about the direct listing process.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Trading Earnings? Get Earnings Analysis on thinkorswim in a Single Snapshot May 9, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

thinkorswim has developed an interface dedicated to researching the effects that earnings announcements have on the prices of stocks and options.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Captain of Your Own Retirement Ship? Investment Choices Aweigh May 7, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

A self-directed IRA means you're in charge of asset selection and management, so it’s important to understand your choices.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Market Doldrums? Five Options Strategies for Low-Volatility Environments April 30, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

When volatility falls, many option traders turn to these five strategies designed to capitalize on depressed volatility levels.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Theta: Time Waits for No Trader April 1, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

Options have time decay, or theta, which is why as an option approaches expiration, it may lose extrinsic value. If you want to maintain a certain level of theta for a particular strategy, monitor your positions closely.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Forex: Currency Trading for the Small Investor January 22, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Can you trade currencies like stocks? There are some similarities between forex and equities. Here's what small investors should know before jumping into currency trading.

5 min read  |  Forex
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