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Earnings Moves: When Being Below Average Might Be a Good Thing

Earnings Moves: When Being Below Average Might Be a Good Thing

Earnings announcements can be volatile events for the company reporting, and have the potential to propel the stock higher or lower depending on the results. Option volumes tend to increase around these events as traders look to position themselves for these potential moves. Interested in trading the magnitude of an earnings move but not necessarily the direction? Here are ...

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Proportional Proposal: An Intro to Put Ratio Options Spreads
July 27, 2017

Proportional Proposal: An Intro to Put Ratio Options Spreads

Ready for a primer on put ratio spreads? Take a deep breath and let’s dive in. For options traders, basic spreads are typically created on a ratio of 1:1. ...

Piloting Your Options Strategy? Remember the Pre-Flight Checklist
July 20, 2017

Piloting Your Options Strategy? Remember the Pre-Flight Checklist

If you've ever flown a plane, or flown in a plane actually, you know that the captain doesn't step into the cockpit at the last moment, hit the "takeoff" button and sail off ...

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Calendar Spreads: Options Strategy for the Dog Days of Summer
July 13, 2017

Calendar Spreads: Options Strategy for the Dog Days of Summer

Ah, summertime— a time of barbecues, lounging poolside on extended vacations. Perhaps it's time to kick back and open up a...calendar spread? A while back ...

Swim Lessons: Trading Options During Earnings Season
July 6, 2017

Swim Lessons: Trading Options During Earnings Season

Earnings season is one of those times when stocks can see larger than normal moves. You also might see that the implied volatility has risen to unusually high levels ...

Swim Lessons: Collaring Your Stock for a Measure of Protection
June 29, 2017

Swim Lessons: Collaring Your Stock for a Measure of Protection

Even in the strongest of rallies, a stock can experience a pullback. And understanding that downturns are a natural part of any market doesn’t make them any more fun.

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Who Adjusted My Options? And Other Corporate Action Questions
June 22, 2017

Who Adjusted My Options? And Other Corporate Action Questions

It seems like each month or so there's a major company announcement—a mega-merger, acquisition, stock split or a special dividend—but these are just the big ones ...

Same Building Blocks, Different Products: Options on Futures Intro
June 22, 2017

Same Building Blocks, Different Products: Options on Futures Intro

While a good chunk of our Swim Lessons episodes feature equity options—options on stocks and stock indexes—we also like to feature options on futures ...

Swim Lessons: Introduction to the Butterfly Spread
June 15, 2017

Swim Lessons: Introduction to the Butterfly Spread

TD Ameritrade clients can join a special Swim Lessons episode on "Butterfly Mechanics and Utility" in the thinkorswim platform® on June 21st at 10:30 AM CT.

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Swim Lessons: Three Key Elements to Consider in Your Options Strategy
June 1, 2017

Swim Lessons: Three Key Elements to Consider in Your Options Strategy

In our daily Swim Lessons program, co-host Kevin Hincks and I look at all sorts of options trading strategies, and we consider scenarios under which a strategy might ...

Swim Lessons: A Primer on Option Probabilities
May 25, 2017

Swim Lessons: A Primer on Option Probabilities

In our daily Swim Lessons program, co-host Scott Connor and I often refer to some trades and strategies as “high probability,” but what does that phrase really mean?

Swim Lessons: Option Melting and Theta Decay Strategies
May 18, 2017

Swim Lessons: Option Melting and Theta Decay Strategies

Options traders can potentially make money in the market when one of two things happens: when their long option goes up in value, or their short option goes down in...

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Looking to Limit Stock Risk? Popping a Collar Is an Option
May 18, 2017

Looking to Limit Stock Risk? Popping a Collar Is an Option

Suppose you’re long a stock that has appreciated nicely, but you’re getting nervous that it may move lower. You don’t really want to exit the stock, but you’re not sure ...

Swim Lessons: Spread Your Trading Wings With Iron Condors
May 11, 2017

Swim Lessons: Spread Your Trading Wings With Iron Condors

In Swim Lessons, we seek to teach options traders about risk-defined, high probability options trades. We’ve covered buying and selling vertical spreads.

Swim Lessons: Asking ‘What If?’ With the Theoretical Price Tool
May 4, 2017

Swim Lessons: Asking ‘What If?’ With the Theoretical Price Tool

Often, when a company has a big news event, such as an earnings release or announcement of a new product or initiative, the company’s stock will have one big move ...

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The Fearless Index? VIX Hits Fresh Low as Rally Rolls On
May 3, 2017

The Fearless Index? VIX Hits Fresh Low as Rally Rolls On

History was made last week as the Nasdaq Composite Index rallied above 6K for the first time ever, but another milestone was the (near) historic drop in the VIX. ...

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