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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Are We There Yet? Portfolio Diversification and Cryptocurrency March 5, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Some financial professionals suggest including alternative investments—those that fall outside the world of stocks, bonds, and cash—as part of a diversified portfolio. Should investors consider cryptocurrencies as part of the alternatives choice set?

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Vertical Spreads: Lower Margin Requirement Hurdle to Target Capital Efficiency March 1, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Have a single-leg option? Consider using a vertical spread to turn it into a defined-risk spread to lower the margin requirements and free up capital at the same time.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
What Does a Market Maker Do, Anyway? It’s about Bridging the Gap February 22, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Market makers are professional traders typically on the other side of retail trades. And they're paid to take risk and provide market liquidity.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
The Short and Long of It: Your Top Questions on Short-Selling Answered February 8, 2021 2:01 PM   |  

Short selling, short interest, naked short selling are among terms some investors had scarcely paid attention to. But a flurry of apparent short squeezes in 2021 called attention to shorting. Here are some of the top questions answered.

6 min read  |  Margin
Options Exit Strategies: Get Out or Roll On? February 2, 2021 11:30 AM   |  

Three options strategies on how to exit a winning or losing trade: long options, vertical spreads, and calendar spreads.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
In Defiance of Gravity: What’s a Short Squeeze and Why Do They Happen? January 29, 2021 12:59 PM   |  

When a stock suddenly enters a hyperbolic rally without clear fundamental reasons, it could be a classic short squeeze. And when it involves options, a so-called 'gamma squeeze' can exacerbate the moves—up and down.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Do the Math: Calculating Risk and Potential Profit on Vertical Spreads January 7, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

When trading vertical options spreads, the maximum risk and profit potential are defined and relatively straightforward to calculate. Here’s how to assess the risk parameters on vertical spreads.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
New Year, New You: Hitting the Reset Button January 4, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Starting the new year fresh can be a great idea. Despite the drop and pop we saw last year, it may still be a good time to think about resetting your trading strategies and get a fresh start.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Taxes: The Business of Running Your Trading Business January 4, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Taxes can be a drag. But they're necessary. And as a trader, there are some things you should know about taxes. Being aware of some important items at the start of the year can help make the process simpler and quicker.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
What Might Implied Volatility Be Saying? Listen to the Market Maker Move Indicator December 31, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Is the market pricing in a greater-than-typical move in a stock? Check the Market Maker Move indicator on thinkorswim®. Its magnitude can help inform your trading decisions.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
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