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I Trade, Therefore I Am: On Becoming a Full-Time Trader

I Trade, Therefore I Am: On Becoming a Full-Time Trader

Got a hankering for that "full-time trader" title? Before you can call yourself a trader, there are a few things to think about. Here are three items at the top to consider.

Earnings: Volatility’s Siren Song—Save Yourself From Surprises

Earnings: Volatility’s Siren Song—Save Yourself From Surprises

Low-volatility periods can lure any trader into the markets at the wrong time. Here are some strategies designed to help save you from that fate.

Futures Options Unpacked: Figuring Out the Pricing

Futures Options Unpacked: Figuring Out the Pricing

Are wacky pricing structures, high notional values, and low liquidity keeping you from trading futures options? Know the contract specs of what you’re trading.

Fixing a Good Trade Gone Bad: Four Ways To Save a Losing Trade

Fixing a Good Trade Gone Bad: Four Ways To Save a Losing Trade

Ready. Set. Go! … Ouch. Nothing feels worse for a trader than watching a trade go the wrong way. Instead of losing your cool, it’s time to reexamine things.

How to Look Into the Future in thinkorswim: Three Trading Tools

How to Look Into the Future in thinkorswim: Three Trading Tools

You can’t look into the future and figure out where price will go. But probability, earnings, dividends, and option prices can give you some valuable hints.

Vol Whisperer: Now, About those /VX Moves

Vol Whisperer: Now, About those /VX Moves

If you’ve traded /VX futures, you’ve likely run into the /VX basis. It can be confusing, so get to know it—what it is, how to calculate it, and why it moves the way it does.

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Capiche: Don't Get Suckered Again—Combating Cognitive Biases

Capiche: Don't Get Suckered Again—Combating Cognitive Biases

Did you know that your built-in cognitive biases can influence your trading decisions? Be aware of them and know how to combat them when they surface.

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