Shawn Cruz
Trader Business Strategy Manager, 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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Step in the Right Direction: Jobs Numbers Chip Away at Lockdown Losses August 7, 2020 9:27 AM   |  

A better than expected jobs report may have injected some optimism into the stock markets. Meanwhile, further tensions with China and virus stimulus talks may remain in focus as the trading week comes to a close.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Claim Check: Improved Weekly Jobless Data Lift Spirits Ahead of Friday Payrolls Report August 6, 2020 9:21 AM   |  

Investors finally got some good news on the jobs front early Thursday as weekly initial jobless claims fell substantially. This could raise spirits heading into tomorrow’s July payrolls report. Meanwhile, investors await any possible stimulus news from Washington.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Rally Caps and Mouse Ears: Disney Earnings, Stimulus Hopes Lift Shares in Early Trading August 5, 2020 9:38 AM   |  

Disney shares are up solidly in the premarket after delivering solid earnings and subscription numbers. Meanwhile, an analyst downgrade of Apple has some questioning whether the recent runup in tech shares has gotten ahead of itself.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Is Fun Still Allowed? Disney, Wynn Resorts on Tap After Close, but Virus Worries Predominate August 4, 2020 9:45 AM   |  

Today’s post-session earnings lineup includes results from Disney and Wynn Resorts. However, we’re about three-quarters of the way through earnings season, and some of the investor focus seems to be turning back toward worrisome virus headlines.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Earnings Barrage, Part Two: Another 130 Firms on Deck Ahead of Critical July Jobs Data August 3, 2020 10:34 AM   |  

In addition to earnings, investors will be focused on any news from Washington that has to do with the next round of stimulus. Another piece of information expected today is ISM manufacturing data.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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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