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Forget Wall Street. Trust Yourself: Use Your Trading Tools

Forget Wall Street. Trust Yourself: Use Your Trading Tools

Isn’t this why you opened a self-directed account? You have the technology to overcome your fears. So, put the tools on your side and consider taking the plunge. If...

Your Portfolio Has a Job to Do. Put It to Work: Core Positions

Your Portfolio Has a Job to Do. Put It to Work: Core Positions

Investors think of core positions as a tool to ride out the good, the bad, and the sideways. Traders think about core positions as a way to store capital—do something ...

All the World’s a Trade: Market Perspective Through Global Events

All the World’s a Trade: Market Perspective Through Global Events

You may not be able to trade directly in foreign markets. But you may be able to use international news to trade commodity swings. It’s a savvy way to add international...

Neutral Spreads Get Tasty: Diagonals and Iron Condors

Neutral Spreads Get Tasty: Diagonals and Iron Condors

When vol is low and you’re scratching your head trying to decide whether to put on iron condors, consider diagonals. You’ll be able to push your long options ...

Ask the Geek—What’s with the Cloud and New Home Tab?

Ask the Geek—What’s with the Cloud and New Home Tab?

What’s the cloud, and does thinkorswim® live in it? “The cloud” is one of many buzzwords in the industry that have come up over the last 10 years. What it means is…

Vol Whisperer: You’re So VIXed—VIX Futures, VIX Options

Vol Whisperer: You’re So VIXed—VIX Futures, VIX Options

Who knew 20 years ago that volatility would become such a popular topic in market discussions? When the CBOE introduced the original VIX in 1993, it was ...

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Capiche: Portfolio Margin Part 4—Risk Management and Margins

Capiche: Portfolio Margin Part 4—Risk Management and Margins

Who’d want forced-position liquidations? No one. Stay on the ball and better estimate position risk, margin requirements, and how to meet margin calls.

Storm Watching: Chart Patterns That Could Portend a Reversal

Storm Watching: Chart Patterns That Could Portend a Reversal

When markets get toppy, you need to be on the watch for the storm. Here are two chart patterns that could suggest a potential reversal signal. When times are good…

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