Exchange-Traded Funds

How Commodities and Other Alternative Investments Can Help Diversify Portfolios July 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Beyond the world of stocks and bonds lies another category of assets: alternative investments. Learn about commodities and other alternative types that may be available to retail investors.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
thinkorswim® Trading Tools, Tips, & Tricks: Secrets from the Pros July 23, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Hey, trader! Do you know all the trading tools in the thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade? Some of our trader pros share their favorite features and how to use them.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Contango or Backwardation: Looking to the Future in the Futures Markets July 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

What are contango and backwardation? It’s all about the future: whether deferred-month futures contracts are priced higher than the front months. Learn why a market might be in contango or backwardation.

5 min read  |  Futures
thinkTank: Exchange-Traded Funds Analysis, SMA Stock Chart, and Stock Symbol Lookup June 29, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

Use thinkorswim to analyze exchange-traded funds, find stocks that are trading above a 200-, 100-, or 50-day simple moving average, and look up stock symbols quickly.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Business Cycling: The Role of Economic Cycles in Sector Investing June 26, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Markets—and the economy in general—tend to run in cycles, and each phase tends to favor certain sectors. Learn how sector investing can help investors seek specific objectives.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Market Stress Throwing a Wrench in Diversification? There Are Alternatives June 25, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When market volatility throws a wrench into diversification strategy, some investors consider alternative investments. Here’s a look at the world beyond stocks and bonds.

5 min read  |  Alternative Investing
Growth vs. Value Stocks: Which Is Right for Right Now? June 23, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Growth stocks versus value stocks—a case can be made for both. But which way should an investor's portfolio lean these days?

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Putting Up a Good Defense: Defensive Sectors & Stocks Strategy for Investors June 22, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

A good defense is the best offense, right? It’s sometimes true for investing as well. Here’s what investors should know about defensive investing and defensive sectors.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Not Just Fun and Games: How Esports Could Offer Potential Investment Opportunities April 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Gaming isn’t just for fun; it’s becoming a big business as well. If you’re looking for ways to approach potential esports investing opportunities, here are some things to consider.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Learn to Invest: Your Goals, Objectives, and Investment Products March 26, 2020 3:54 PM   |  

Learning to invest can be like learning your way around a new city. Familiarize yourself with things close to home, then branch out.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
April Is Financial Literacy Month: Why Education Never Stops for Investors March 26, 2020 12:16 PM   |  

Financial Literacy Month is a good time to think about your financial wellness. Throughout the month, TD Ameritrade will be sharing education ideas and resources to help grow investors’ financial literacy.

5 min read  |  Household Finances
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
Could Silver Shine in Your Portfolio? March 20, 2020 12:01 PM   |  

Investing in silver can be a defensive strategy, especially when equity markets are trending lower or when interest rates are low.

4 min read  |  Commodities
Want to Channel Your Inner Investor Activist? Cast Your Proxy Vote March 13, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Are you a shareholder and want to have some say in a company’s decisions? Vote your proxy.

5 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Look Both Ways: What Are Leveraged and Inverse ETFs? February 21, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When ETFs lose (or make) more than the market they’re tracking, you might be holding an inverse or leveraged ETF.

7 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
As Brokers Abandon Commissions, Don’t Abandon Caution in Your Portfolio February 11, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

For long-term investors, $0 commissions for online trades can be a double-edged sword. Cheaper trading can make it easier to diversify, but it can also be an extra reason to be cautious.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
How to Invest in Gold? Let Us Count the Ways: ETFs, Stocks, Physical, Futures, & Options January 31, 2020 11:15 AM   |  

Are you looking to include gold in your portfolio? Learn about the different alternatives and their pros and cons.

4 min read  |  Commodities
Focus on Small Caps: What Is the Russell 2000 Index? January 30, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Large caps might get a lot of attention, but small-cap stocks are still a popular investment subset. And it’s important to track them separately from their larger siblings. Learn about small-cap stocks and the Russell 2000 Index.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Index Fund vs. Mutual Fund Showdown: Is There Room for Both at the Top? January 22, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Index funds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Actively managed funds versus passive management. What do all these terms mean? Here’s a breakdown for investors.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
2020 New Year’s Financial Resolutions for Your Portfolio December 31, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

Start the new year off right by making resolutions for your portfolio. Consider evaluating your portfolio regularly, trimming off unwanted assets or liabilities, learning new investing skills, saving regularly, and planning early.

3 min read  |  Savings Goals
Beyond the Oil Patch: Basics of Crude Oil Futures & Options December 19, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

The crude oil market is dynamic and global, and it touches all of us as consumers—and as investors, too. Qualified account owners have a new way to play the oil market: weekly options on futures.

5 min read  |  Futures
Smart-Beta ETFs: Alternative Portfolio Allocation Beyond Market Cap September 24, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

What is a smart-beta ETF? Explore what qualifies as a smart-beta fund and what systems define this type of ETF.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Reaching for Yield: “Vanilla” Investments Can Be Risky, So Know What to Watch August 27, 2019 11:35 AM   |  

In these times of stock market volatility, many investors are looking for yield in fixed income and dividend stocks. However, there’s risk in these investments, too, so know what you’re getting into.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
HSA and Retirement: How to Use Your Health Savings Account August 19, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Your HSA can be used during retirement. Learning about contribution limits, withdrawal rules and tax implications can help you be strategic in deciding how your HSA might fit into retirement planning.

5 min read  |  Retirement Planning
Fakes and Facts: Protecting Your Portfolio Against the Impact of Fake News August 7, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Fake news and misinformation about a company can negatively impact share prices, and even if it’s a temporary price move, investors can get caught flat-footed. Here’s how you can help protect yourself and your portfolio.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Fund Expense Ratios: A Slice to Cover Operating Costs August 6, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds incur expenses, which can be passed on to the fund’s investors. The expense ratio, expressed as a percentage, represents the annual fee a fund charges its investors or shareholders.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Required Investor Reading: What to Look for in a Prospectus July 26, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

When your broker or financial advisor recommends that you read an investment or fund prospectus, it’s for a good reason. A prospectus can offer clues to help you assess an investment’s risks.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
How to Use Dividend ETFs for Income or Reinvesting July 16, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

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.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Stocks, Bonds, and Multi-Asset: Exploring Three Styles of Income Investing July 12, 2019 11:54 AM   |  

New to income investing? Learn about three approaches: dividends from equity holdings, interest from bonds and fixed-income securities, and income from a multi-asset portfolio. Each comes with its own potential benefits and risks.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Explore Choices in Socially Conscious Investing July 9, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

What positive practices in environmental friendliness, corporate governance, and positive employee relations make different companies qualified to be called “socially responsible”?

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
React to Real-Time Tariff News with Expanded List of Overnight ETF Products from TD Ameritrade June 21, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

With TD Ameritrade offering an expanded list of ETFs available for overnight trading, investors can react to tariff-related and other overseas news as it happens.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Want to Trade War-Proof Stocks? Ways to Aim for Tariff Protection June 17, 2019 11:28 AM   |  

As trade war fears heat up between the U.S. and some of its major trading partners, some investors may be looking for tariff protection. Here are some things to consider as you aim for a “trade-war-proof” portfolio.

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
Exploring a New Road: The Basics of Futures Margin & Strategies April 19, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Thinking of futures as just another asset class, let's start with the basics: how to use capital efficiently, speculate, and hedge with futures.

7 min read  |  Futures
Surf’s Up? 3 Ways to Catch a Wave with VIX and Volatility Products April 9, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Looking for volatility exposure? Learn about volatility products including VIX options.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Using the Put/Call Ratio to Gauge Stock Market Sentiment March 19, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how the put/call ratio is calculated and how to use the P/C ratio as an indicator of stock market sentiment.

6 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Tax Tips for Traders: Form 8949 & Section 1256 Contracts December 21, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Traders have special considerations at tax time, including Schedule D, Form 8949, Section 1256 contracts, and collectibles tax treatment. Here are a few tips for tackling the extra filing.

4 min read  |  Tax Forms
Eyeing the Downside: Three Ways to Short the Market December 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Investors seeking to profit from a market downturn or looking for portfolio protection have several shorting alternatives. Here are three of them.

5 min read  |  Margin
It's Shopping Season: Ideas to Help You Choose ETFs November 27, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Considering exchange-traded funds (ETFs)? Understand fit, style, and value before you shop.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Big Purchase on the Horizon? Think Short-Term Investment Strategies November 5, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

There are some important things to keep in mind when deciding how to invest for shorter term goals.

5 min read  |  Savings Goals
Looking for a Potential Income Stream? Consider ETFs October 17, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

ETFs may be used to produce a stream of income, and offer potential benefits of portfolio diversification.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Investing Socially: Aligning Your Portfolio and Your Values June 29, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Socially responsible investing, which lets you align your portfolio with your values, has grown in popularity in recent years, bolstered by product innovation. Learn more here.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Tax on Investments: Capital Gains Tax & Tax-Loss Harvesting June 21, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Your investment decisions could impact your tax bill. Learn about the basic rules and some strategies to help maximize after-tax returns and potentially reduce the amount you owe.

3 min read  |  Tax Strategy
ETFs vs. Mutual Funds: A Side-By-Side Comparison June 19, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What’s the difference: ETF vs mutual funds? Exchange-traded funds and mutual funds are two avenues chosen by some investors to pursue diversification. Learn more here.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Crafting Your Portfolio? Consider Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) February 27, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Learn how retail investors, even those with limited funds, can pursue a diversified portfolio mix using exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Investing in ETFs can provide exposure to a wide variety of markets, sectors, and asset classes.

5 min read  |  Web Platform
What’s My Potential Income? The New Dividend Income Estimator January 2, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Use the Income Estimator on tdameritrade.com to learn about stocks that have historically paid dividends.

3 min read  |  Web Platform
Pursuing Portfolio Balance? A Look at Exchange-Traded Funds December 3, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Want to find a balance in your portfolio between stocks and funds? Learn why exchange-traded funds could be worth a look.

3 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Junk Bonds: High Returns, But Are They Worth the Risk? November 26, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Junk bonds—or high-yield bonds—can be quite risky, but may still have a place in a portfolio.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Volanthology: A Tour of VIX and Other Volatility Indexes September 15, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about the VIX and other volatility indexes and how some investors use them to assess potential risk.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Here’s Another Anchor for Diversification: ETFs September 7, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Diversification is your safe harbor for investments, and exchange-traded funds might be one port to drop anchor.

4 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Early Assignment? Don't Let Dividend Risk Derail Your Options Strategy May 25, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about dividend risk, which options might be candidates for early exercise, and how you can potentially prepare for it.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Caution to the Wind…and Solar, Hydro and Geothermal? March 7, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Investment in alternative energy companies and ETFs may offer rewards, but also come with risks. Here are some considerations.

4 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Your Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Diversification? January 25, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

The world’s information, and the infrastructure that supports it, is shifting to cloud-based computing and the companies that provide it.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Income Investing with Exchange-Traded Funds: Can It Be Done? March 8, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

ETFs have matured but they’re not done evolving. Morningstar’s Scott Burns urges income-seeking investors to expand their minds and their research.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
The Butterfly Effect: Using Intermarket Analysis and ETFs March 7, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

Intermarket analysis and far-reaching ETFs can help you tackle global markets.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Small World with ETFs: Access Emerging and Frontier Markets March 6, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) allow individual investors a shot in the big world of emerging and frontier markets. Risks apply.

6 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Passive vs. Active: Smart Beta Blend Intensifies Investing Debate July 19, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Ask yourself if your investing goals and personality traits favor active or passive strategies—or combining the best of both in a smart beta approach.

4 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Party With The Fed: Explore Ways to Trade Interest Rates July 1, 2015 5:43 PM   |  

Only pros care about interest-rate trading, and bonds are boring, right? Not so fast. There’s more to them than meets the eye. Pros don't have all the fun.

6 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Will Active Mutual Fund Managers Go With the Dinosaurs? March 2, 2015 7:40 AM   |  

The rising costs and spotty track record of actively managed funds leads some investors straight to indexing. Others are looking for their stock market savior.

3 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Floor Trader Pearls: Burned by Oil Rolls July 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

2 min read  |  Futures
Bump up the B Team: Trade on the All-Stars’ Support System February 12, 2014 9:36 PM   |  

A winning well -thought- out investment plan requires you need to dig deeper to get an edge on the crowd. Here’s a few secondary ways to play big themes.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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