Are you considering becoming a full-time trader? Here are a few things you should know before switching your career path.
There have been a few occasional stock market bubbles since the beginning of markets. Here’s a look at a few of them, and what today’s investors can learn from these popped stock market bubbles.
Selling covered calls is a strategy that can help you potentially make money if the stock price doesn't move. Consider this options strategy for your portfolio.
Have you ever thought about how to trade options? Consider exploring a covered call options trade. In this article, you'll how to make your first options trade.
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.
Through the new Fully Paid Lending Income Program, qualified applicants can earn income on stocks and exchange-traded funds by lending out the shares they already own.
When trading options, it can be helpful to assess the probabilities before making a decision to enter a trade.
Considering options trading? Start with the basics of puts and calls and how to create single-leg strategies with call and put options.
Can you use call options as a substitute for long stock? If you’re a qualified account owner, yes. Learn about buying stocks versus buying calls with the stock replacement strategy.
Return on capital and liquidity mean specific things in finance. But they can mean something different to an option trader. Read this options trading terminology guide to find out.
Short selling, short interest, naked short selling are among terms some investors had scarcely paid attention to. But a flurry of apparent short squeezes in 2021 called attention to shorting. Here are some of the top questions answered.
Consider these six strategies for bite-sized trading
Learn about the 1099-B, how taxation on options trading works, and how TD Ameritrade clients can use GainsKeeper to help determine cost basis.
Selling covered calls and cash-secured puts can help investors generate additional income, increase their probability of success, decrease their volatility of returns, and lower their overall risk when compared to buying stock.
If an options position isn’t going the way you thought it would, you might consider rolling it using the thinkorswim Strategy Roller®. It could take out some of the guesswork for when and how to roll options positions.
Compared to covered calls and other basic options strategies, diagonal spreads don’t get a lot of love. But not only are they relatively straightforward, they’re also flexible and versatile. Here’s the story.
The monthly U.S. Employment Situation report—commonly called the jobs report—is perhaps the most closely watched fundamental indicator for traders and investors. Here’s why.
Earnings season can be a time of higher-than-typical volatility, which can mean an increase in risk as well as opportunity. Learn some of the options trading strategies you might use during earnings season.
If the markets are crashing, do you close your positions or do you take advantage of opportunities? Whether you are a stock investor, volatility trader, or speculator, there may be a strategy worth pursuing.
One of the benefits of joining an investment club is it's a fun way to learn to buy and sell stocks.
Pairs trading is a trading strategy that involves two stocks in the same sector. There are different ways to create a pairs trade, whether you are pairing two stocks, stocks and ETFs, stocks and options, or options and options.
Explore options statistics on thinkorswim—implied & historical vol and percentiles, the Sizzle Index, and the put/call ratio. Learn how options stats can help traders and investors make more informed decisions.
Learn how a collar strategy—a covered call and a protective put—might be a way to manage stock risk.
You may want to hedge some of your individual positions. Here are three
volatility-based options strategies you could use if you have stock risk, sector risk, or global risk.
Learn how a covered call options strategy can attempt to sell stock at a target price; collect premium and potentially dividends; and limit tax liability.
Learn the difference between implied and historical volatility, and find out how to align your options trading strategy with the right volatility exposure.
You may be able to trade options in an IRA. Learn more about IRA options trading in this article.
Options on futures are quite similar to their equity option cousins, but a few differences do exist.
When stuck in a low-volatility environment, check out the term structure. You might consider alternative covered call strategies.
Know what you're getting into before putting on that option trade—avoid surprises by educating yourself about the risks and oddities of assignment.
Learn how a collar strategy—a covered call and a protective put—might be a cost-effective way to manage stock risk.
Learn how synthetic option positions can be made by certain combinations of calls, puts and the underlying stock.
Overtrading can be a killer to your P/L. The trick is to trade
consistently and always know what the markets—and your positions—are doing.
Covered calls are one way to earn income from stocks you own. Learn more about how to sell covered calls and strategically select strike prices.
With an understanding of terms and definitions involved in synthetic options, how do traders begin applying synthetic options in the most efficient way?
Learn how synthetic options strategies can help traders potentially lower transaction costs, improve price discovery, and more efficiently use capital.
What you should know about rising interest rates, and practical trading strategies for dealing with them—approaching Fed decisions in four different arenas.
Industry data shows options trading numbers are growing. But many stock traders remain hungry for options trading basics. Here’s how to get started.
A trader's job can be easier than an average mutual fund manager's—A few reasons the playing field for traders is more than leveled.
There’s a way to generate “income” from dead investments, even if they aren’t optionable—how to hedge mutual funds with options.
Turn conventional investing wisdom on its head and don't do what countless others have tried before you. Good habits and knowing what not to do are a must.
Looking to supplement returns? Consider selling out-of-the-money options. Unless there are large price swings, these options don’t change much.
Misconceptions hound the option market and those who’d like to elevate their trading to include option contracts. Taking that first step often hinges on shedding these four myths.
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.
The protective collar can help diversify an investor’s portfolio by combining two basic options strategies, covered calls and married puts.
The covered call is one of the most widely-used portfolio diversification tools, but it’s important to understand how it works.
Two basic options strategies can help you be a better kind of bullish: covered calls and cash-secured puts.
Who’s the mysterious person behind the curtain who takes the other side of your trade? Market makers are paid to take risk and provide market liquidity. Find out how this helps you.
Learn how to use select options strategies to earn income on your stock portfolio.
Options aren’t always for speculation. They can be used for portfolio protection.
We know stocks move up and down. But much of the time, they're range-bound. The calendar spread takes advantage of that at a fraction of the stock price.
Without stock and options volatility, there are no trading opportunities. So to revere it rather than fear it–you need just need to “get it.”
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