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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Healthy vs. Unhealthy Debt: A New Twist on the Good Debt/Bad Debt Argument June 10, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Avoiding debt and paying down debt are key components of long-term goal planning. But some types of debt are necessary, whereas others are bad for your financial wellness.

4 min read  |  Household Finances
Options Straddles vs. Strangles: The Basics of Volatility and Magnitude Strategies May 6, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Options straddles and strangles are a way for advanced traders to get long or short exposure to volatility (vega), but the volatility needs to be weighted against time decay (theta). Here are the basics.

6 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Need a Replacement Strategy? Buying Stock vs. Buying Call Options April 16, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Can you use call options as a substitute for long stock? If you’re a qualified account owner, yes. Learn about buying stocks versus buying calls with the stock replacement strategy.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Got Vol? Trade Around It. April 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Do the headwinds of time decay turn you off from buying single options on volatile stocks? Find out how you may be able to turn the headwinds into tailwinds by trading those stock moves.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Executing an Options Trade: Navigating the Bid/Ask Spread March 25, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Trading options? Sometimes the bid/ask spread is nice and tight, and sometimes it’s not. Here’s what traders and investors should know about order types and slippage.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Where Does My Order Get Filled? Taking Stock of the U.S. Market March 24, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

At 54.5% of global market capitalization, the U.S. stock market is by far the world’s largest. Learn about the exchanges and order-fill platforms that make up this trading ecosystem.

3 min read  |  Trading Basics
Want to Speak the Language of Option Traders? Here’s an Options Trading Terminology Guide March 16, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Return on capital and liquidity mean specific things in finance. But they can mean something different to an option trader. Read this options trading terminology guide to find out.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Look Before You Leap into Options Contracts: Know Your Contract Specs March 10, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Options contract terms differ by product type. Know the difference between options multipliers, tick sizes, and delivery terms before you trade or invest.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Fiscal Stimulus and Portfolio Strategy: Sail Toward the Action or Stay the Course? March 9, 2021 3:34 PM   |  

Policy makers often use fiscal stimulus to stoke the economic embers and guide the economy toward long-term policy aims. Should you incorporate cues from fiscal spending into your portfolio strategy?

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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
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