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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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
Option Spread Order Entry: Options for Earnings October 18, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn the thinkorswim platform's Order Entry tool and how multi-leg trades, or option spreads, can make sense for qualified traders during earnings season.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
History in Motion: What Is the Dow Jones Industrial Average? September 6, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)? It’s a price-weighted index of 30 large stocks, and it’s considered one of the major U.S. equity benchmarks.

3 min read  |  Trading Basics
Consumer Price Index (CPI): Inflation, Interest Rates, Growth February 12, 2018 7:00 PM   |  

Learn how economic growth, inflation and interest rates link to the consumer price index and how the CPI, sometimes called the inflation index, affects the stock market as well as depicts the price of goods and services.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Wanna Make a Radical Shift? Be Careful Changing Investing Styles November 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Should a long-term investor ever consider a radical shift in their investing approach, or is a gradual evolution better? Is the grass really greener?

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
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