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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Arbitrage Camouflage: The Invisible Hand Keeping Stock, Bond, and Options Prices in Line September 14, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Arbitrage helps keep financial markets efficient, often with the aid of complex algorithms, pricing models, and lots of capital. Here’s a look at three types—index arbitrage, volatility arbitrage, and bond arbitrage.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
When Calendar Met Vertical: A Diagonal Spread Tale September 2, 2020 11:52 AM   |  

Compared to covered calls and other basic options strategies, diagonal spreads don’t get a lot of love. But not only are they relatively straightforward, they’re also flexible and versatile. Here’s the story.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
What Happens When the Stocks in an Index Change? August 26, 2020 2:06 PM   |  

Why do stock indices change their components and what happens when there's a change?

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
Charting the Course: 3 Ways to Track the Yield Curve on thinkorswim® August 13, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Upward-sloping, flat, or negative? The yield curve is tracked by traders and investors as an economic and inflation barometer. Here are three ways to track yield curve spreads on the thinkorswim® platform.

3 min read  |  Futures
Apple Announced a Stock Split. What Happens to My Options? August 11, 2020 6:18 AM   |  

Apple announced a 4-for-1 stock split effective August 31, 2020. Find out what a stock split means for your outstanding stock and options positions from TD Ameritrade.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
thinkorswim® Trading Tools, Tips, & Tricks: Secrets from the Pros July 23, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Hey, trader! Do you know all the trading tools in the thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade? Some of our trader pros share their favorite features and how to use them.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
No Excuses: It Might Be Time to Set SMART Financial Goals July 20, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

A key component of a sustainable financial plan is making goals SMART—specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.

3 min read  |  Savings Goals
After-Hours Trading (or After-Hours Thinking About Trading): Managing the Overnight July 7, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Do you ever find yourself lying in the dark, thinking about trading? It might be those open positions in your account getting the better of you. Or you might just need to pop in and do some after-hours trading. Here are some things that keep traders up at night.

5 min read  |  Trading Psychology
To Hold or Fold that Options Position: 3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself June 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When you make an options trade, you’re not typically locked into it until expiration. You can place an order to close it out most of the time. Here are three things to ask yourself when considering an options exit.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Black Swan Boot Camp: Option Trading Strategies in a Bear Market June 29, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

There's no way to predict bear markets. Each one is different from the next. But these options trading strategies can prepare you for unexpected market events.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
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