T.J. Neil
Trading Strategist, TradeWise

About T.J. Neil

T.J. Neil has been with TD Ameritrade since 2014. As Senior Trading Specialist with TradeWise Advisors, Inc., a registered investment advisor affiliate of TD Ameritrade, T.J. and his team provide an option advisory service for the self-directed individual investor. T.J. and his team are constantly looking for new trading opportunities, managing open trades, and providing dedicated client support. T.J. began trading on the floor of the CBOE in 1993, and has experience trading both equity and commodity options. T.J. holds the Series 3, 7, 63 and 66 licenses.


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Five Option Strategies for High-Volatility Trading Environments October 6, 2020 12:53 PM   |  

When faced with high volatility, many options traders turn to these five strategies designed to capitalize on elevated volatility levels.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options Straddle Strategies & Earnings Events: What Are the Risks? April 26, 2019 12:44 PM   |  

Can straddles be used in an options strategy around earnings announcements or other market-moving events? Yes, but there are risks and other considerations.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Lower Margin Requirements with a Vertical Option Spread January 30, 2018 7:00 PM   |  

There is a way to turn naked options into risk-defined positions to lower the margin requirements and free up capital at the same time. The strategy: a vertical spread.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Tinsel and Trading: Options and Holiday Markets November 29, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

It's your holiday vacation—the perfect time to log in to your account and make some trades, right? Here are some things you should consider.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Double Calendars: The Low Volatility Trade with Two Peaks November 5, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Are you an option looking for a strategy designed for a lower-volatility environment?

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Know Your Contract Specifics: Multiplier, Delivery Terms and More September 28, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Before you trade or invest, it’s important to know the contract specifics—multipliers, delivery specifications, and tick sizes.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Do the Math: Calculating Risk and Potential Profit on Vertical Spreads August 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn to calculate profit and loss and assess risk parameters on vertical option spreads.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Earnings Moves: When Being Below Average Might Be a Good Thing July 27, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to spot potential trade candidates by assessing straddle price versus average earnings moves.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Looking to Limit Stock Risk? Popping a Collar Is an Option May 18, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how a collar strategy—a covered call and a protective put—might be a cost-effective way to limit risk.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Looking for a Soft Landing? Try an Iron Condor to Trade Earnings April 13, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how an trading an iron condor can be an effective options strategy during earnings season.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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