Basic Options Education

Quadruple “Witching” Days Once Scared Retail Investors, but Now They Have More Options April 8, 2022 3:24 PM   |  

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
Spread Trading Strategies: Different Strokes for Different Folks March 29, 2022 12:30 PM   |  

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 option trader, there are plenty of ways to put on a spread trade.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Want To Be Your Own Driving Force? Active Trading in an IRA January 31, 2022 11:30 AM   |  

Trading in an IRA may be a way for some people to try to manage risk and potentially increase their income stream in retirement while having some tax-deferred benefits.

3 min read  |  IRA & 401k Plans
Interested in Trading Options but Think It’s Too Expensive? Check Out Cboe’s Mini Index Options November 23, 2021 1:24 PM   |  

: Interested in trading options but think it’s too expensive? Check out Cboe’s Mini Index Options, XSP & MRUT & how you can start option trading with a smaller portfolio

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
LEAPS® for Long-Term Leverage? May 13, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Investors caught between whether to buy a stock or a short-term options contract might consider LEAPS®—Long-Term Equity AnticiPation Securities.

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
What Does a Market Maker Do, Anyway? It’s about Bridging the Gap February 22, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Market makers are professional traders typically on the other side of retail trades. And they're paid to take risk and provide market liquidity.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Flexibility and Targeted Exposure: An Intro to Weekly Stock Options February 4, 2021 12:52 PM   |  

Learn how weekly stock options can help you target your exposure to market events such as earnings releases or economic events.

3 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
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
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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