Short selling aims to provide protection or profit during a stock market downturn, but it can be risky. Plus, it requires a margin account. Learn the mechanics of shorting a stock.
Learn about basic capital gains tax on investment rules and tax-loss harvesting strategies to help maximize after-tax returns and potentially reduce the amount you owe.
When bonds and dividend yields can’t keep pace with inflation, how should investors plan for retirement? One idea is to take a total return approach.
Deciding what you want to trade can be daunting. The MarketWatch tab on thinkorswim could help narrow down your trading choices.
Policy makers often use fiscal stimulus to stoke the economic embers and guide the economy toward long-term policy aims. Should you incorporate cues from fiscal spending into your portfolio strategy?
You may not know what the market will do next. But you can identify probable outcomes with these three thinkorswim® probability analysis tools.
New to investing, or been at it awhile but never ventured past the buy/sell buttons? Start with understanding how to read stock quotes and other summary information.
Why do stock indices change their components and what happens when there's a change?
When the economy turns south, sometimes it exposes cracks in certain companies or industries. There are a few lifelines built into the system—bailouts and bankruptcies for instance—but they're not all alike. Here what investors should know.
Many retirees are surprised to learn that, above a certain income threshold, Social Security can be subject to taxation. Here are strategies to consider.
Looking to target income in a portfolio, but you'd also like to participate in any growth potential and aim for diversification? You might consider dividend ETFs. Here's why.
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 why you might want to consider dividends as a potential source of retirement income and how you can incorporate them into your retirement income plan.
New to stock investing? Learn the basics of stocks, earnings, dividends, and how a stock’s value is determined.
In low-interest rate environment, investors sometimes look to dividend-paying stocks as a mean of generating income.
Looking for new ways to win in the stock market? Dividend-paying stocks can be quite attractive.
Utilities got snookered in 2015, but their defensive play is still a good one.
Short options aren't as scary as you might think. The trick to being on the right side of a short trade starts with the right info.
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