Basic Options Education

A Brief History of Financial Bubbles & How Investors Can Prepare, Protect November 10, 2020 11:42 AM   |  

As long as there have been markets, there have been occasional market bubbles. Here’s a look at a few of them, and what today’s investors can learn about avoiding the excesses of exuberance.

7 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Exercise, Assignment, and More: A Beginner’s Guide to Options Expiration June 12, 2020 6:26 AM   |  

The time to learn about options exercise and assignment is before taking a position, not afterward. This guide can help you navigate the dynamics of options expiration.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Ways to Invest in High-Priced Stocks March 24, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

If you want to invest in a high-priced stock and can only afford to buy a few shares, you may want to consider other investment choices that give you similar exposure without paying the high price tag.

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
“Witching” Days Once Scared Retail Investors, But Now They Have More Options March 10, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Triple witching (now quadruple witching) used to hold lots of risk for retail investors trading options. Today, the process is more smooth and orderly because options expirations are spread out more.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Ask the Coach: Implied Volatility and Historical Volatility January 6, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

Ask the coach: Education coaches from TD Ameritrade answer questions from seasoned traders and newbies. In this issue, learn about the difference between implied and historical volatility.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
LEAPS® and Bounds: An Introduction to Long-Term Options November 1, 2019 10:16 AM   |  

Long-Term Equity AnticiPation Securities (LEAPS) are options contracts with a long expiration date—up to three years. Learn how LEAPS differ from standard options and how they can be used as part of a trading strategy.

9 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Want To Be Your Own Driving Force? Active Trading in an IRA September 10, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Actively trading in an IRA may be a way for some people to attempt to manage risk and potentially increase their income stream in retirement—while enjoying certain tax-deferred benefits.

3 min read  |  IRA & 401k Plans
Spread Trading Strategies: Different Strokes for Different Folks August 16, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

What is a spread trade? It depends on the products you trade. For a stock trader it could be a pairs trade, and for an options trader there are plenty of ways to put on a spread trade.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Rugby and the Art of Options Trading September 25, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Much like rugby, options can seem complex, intimidating, and unorganized to the untrained eye. Kevin Hincks breaks down options basics.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Three Option Trading Hang-Ups You Can Dump in the New Year January 20, 2016 7:01 PM   |  

Option trading risks can differ from stock-only trading. Overcome these hang-ups through practice trades, risk management, and seizing small opportunities.

5 min read  |  Paper Trading
Trading in Retirement: To Be Feared or Revered? March 18, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

If you choose to use trading as a source of retirement income, it’s important to keep in mind the risks that come along with the potential rewards.

3 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Know How to Protect Your Basket? Consider Using Options July 12, 2013 7:43 PM   |  

Options aren’t always for speculation. They can be used for portfolio protection.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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