Shawn Cruz
Senior Market Strategist, TD Ameritrade

About Shawn Cruz

Shawn is responsible for overseeing the thinkpipes® trading platform and  research related to financial markets and market structure. He is also a regular contributor to shows on TD Ameritrade Network, media affiliate of TD Ameritrade, including Morning Trade Live and Market On Close. He has been with TD Ameritrade since 2011 and held positions in Client Services and with TradeWise Advisors, an option-based trade advisory and separate but affiliated company under TD Ameritrade.

Cruz graduated from Illinois State University with a BBA in finance and economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business with concentrations in analytic finance, finance, and economics. He holds Series 7, Series 63, and Series 66 industry licenses.

Before attending Illinois State, he served as an infantryman in the United States Marines Corps.

 

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News from Home: Eyes Turn to Lowe’s, Home Depot Earnings After Real Estate’s 2020 Surge February 19, 2021 8:36 AM   |  

The home improvement market might have a nice tailwind this year thanks to all the people who moved in 2020 during the pandemic, and Lowe’s and Home Depot remain in position to possibly benefit from the trend.

5 min read  |  Earnings Reports
All Circuits Go: New Chip Architecture, Cloud Data Center in Focus for Nvidia Q4 Earnings February 17, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Nvidia will be reporting its earnings on Feb 24. Investors are likely to listen for developments in the gaming and data center space.

5 min read  |  Earnings Reports
Biggest 2020 Winners, Losers: Pandemic Disrupted Everything, but Showed Value of Investor Research December 28, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

By now, most of us know the 2020 narrative about “stay-at-home” stocks and big tech having a great year while airlines, casinos, and hotels slumped. But is there a way investors could’ve identified the potential winners early? A deep dive into long-term societal trends might be key.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
What’s It Like to Live with Negative Rates? We’re Already There, So Consider How to Position November 4, 2020 10:55 AM   |  

Although negative rates aren’t officially here, they’re here in reality due to Treasury yields falling below inflation. That means investors might want to consider how to position their portfolios, no matter what the Fed ultimately decides.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Doves, Hawks, and the Three Bears: Taming the Inflation Animal in 2020 September 2, 2020 2:46 PM   |  

After years of tepid inflation—that is, a general rise in prices—recent readings indicate it could be on the rise, helped by dovish monetary policy and fiscal stimulus. Is that good or bad? Here's a primer on inflation and what it could mean for your portfolio.

6 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Priming the Pump: Fiscal Stimulus vs. Monetary Stimulus and Why We Need Both April 24, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As the COVID-19 pandemic ground commercial activity to a halt in early 2020, the United States turned to fiscal and monetary authorities for help in getting the flagging economy up and running. Here’s a primer on these two types of stimulus.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
2020 Quantitative Easing: The Fed’s Fast and Furious Action to Fight the Virus-Led Downturn April 17, 2020 11:11 AM   |  

As the U.S. economy pulled back in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Reserve turned to a tool it used in the 2008–09 financial crisis: quantitative easing (QE). Here’s a crash course for investors.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Surfing the Jobs Report: Why It Matters and Strategies for Trading It February 10, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The monthly U.S. Employment Situation report—commonly called the jobs report—is perhaps the most closely watched fundamental indicator for traders and investors. Here’s why.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Focus on Small Caps: What Is the Russell 2000 Index? January 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Large caps might get a lot of attention, but small-cap stocks are still a popular investment subset. And it’s important to track them separately from their larger siblings. Learn about small-cap stocks and the Russell 2000 Index.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
How to Use Alerts to Stay in the Know July 2, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

Use alerts to monitor individual securities as well as your portfolio performance. Here's how.

5 min read  |  Web Platform
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