Between earnings, dividends, IPOs, economic events, stock splits, and investor conferences there are 2,602 events scheduled for this October alone. Even though a lot of those aren’t going to be relevant to every investor, it’s clearly no easy task to keep track of what’s going on in the markets from one day to the next.
That’s why we’re always working on new tools and resources to help investors stay on top of it all. One of the newest resources is an updated full-page markets calendar that TD Ameritrade clients can access. Log in to tdameritrade.com and go to Research & Ideas > Markets > Calendar.
Look familiar? With the update, it matches the calendar on My Accounts Overview, but we’ve added features and new data to make it even better.
A Monthly View of Market Happenings
With the new calendar, it’s easy to identify when events are occurring as well as a breakdown of the type. Since there can be hundreds of events on a given day, using the drop down menu above the calendar allows you to filter them by watch lists or positions in any of your linked accounts.
From there, you can view All Events or, using the tabs at the top of the page, filter by one of these options:
- Ratings Changes
- Investor Conferences
- Economic Events
Get the Finer Details
We wouldn’t leave you hanging without being able to get more than just a monthly view. On the right side of the calendar there are highlights related to the day and event type you’ve chosen. That same area will also have news related to the event with links to recent articles.
There are several ways to filter information depending on the type of event you’re looking at (figure 2). For example, you can filter earnings by “Beat,” “Missed,” “Met,” and “Unreported.” For upcoming dividends, you can filter by current dividend yields that are greater than 3%, or less than or equal to 3%.
Accessing Earnings Conference Calls
There’s more to earnings than just the quarterly numbers. As an investor, there’s a company attached to each of those shares you own and listening to earnings conference calls is one way to monitor what’s happening at the businesses you’ve invested in. It’s also one way to potentially identify new investment opportunities you might want to research further. Either way, it’s not always easy to track down the information for a company’s earnings call.
With the new calendar, we made it easy to listen to earnings calls by including call-in information in each stock symbol’s row. The megaphone icon, shown in Figure 3 below, indicates that a company has an available conference call. All you need to do is click the icon and it’ll take you to the company’s page with information on how to dial in.
But Wait, There’s More! New and Expanded Data
In addition to a redesign and new features, we’ve also added new data to the calendar. Now it’s easier to stay up to date on investor conferences including summits, tradeshows, business updates, seminars workshops, and more.
The economic events section has also been expanded to include more events, more details and expected forecasts from Briefing.com, making it easy to keep track of everything from retail sales to labor reports.
No matter what type of investor you are, it can be useful to have a one-stop place to go to stay on top of market happenings. Whether you’re keeping track of upcoming earnings for stocks in your portfolio, or just want to make sure you don’t miss next year’s annual meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the new markets calendar covers it.