How to Invest in Gold? ETFs, Stocks, Physical, Futures, & Options August 11, 2022 10:38 AM   |  

Are you looking to include gold in your portfolio? Learn the different ways to invest in gold such as ETFs, stocks, futures, options, and physical gold. Learn the pros and cons.

4 min read  |  Commodities
Charting the Course: 3 Ways to Track the Yield Curve on thinkorswim® August 9, 2022 11:06 AM   |  

Is it up, flat, or down? Traders track the yield curve as an economic and inflation barometer. Here are 3 ways to track yield curve spreads on the thinkorswim® platform.

3 min read  |  Futures
Trading Oil Futures: Basics on the Most Global Commodity of All June 23, 2022 11:56 AM   |  

Crude oil futures are one of the most actively traded in the world. Understand the different ways an investor might participate in the crude oil market.

5 min read  |  Futures
How to Trade S&P 500 Futures: A Quick Walk-Through for Investors May 24, 2022 11:01 AM   |  

S&P 500 futures can provide traders with exposure to the individual companies that make up the S&P 500 Index. But trading futures is different from trading equities. Understand how they work and how you can trade S&P 500 futures.

5 min read  |  Futures
Trading Futures vs. Stocks: What's the Difference? March 24, 2022 1:54 PM   |  

Futures versus stock trading: Each poses intriguing possibilities. Although stocks and futures share some common ground, they differ in several ways. Learn why.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
How Tick Sizes and Values Vary in Index Futures February 2, 2022 11:38 AM   |  

Learn how index futures contracts use tick sizes and tick values to track how much positions gain or lose each day.

5 min read  |  Futures
New Futures Exchange: FairX Exchange January 31, 2022 11:37 AM   |  

A new futures exchange, FairX, offers Micro and Nano contracts to retail traders.

3 min read  |  Futures
What Is a Commodity? Definition & Basics for Investors January 20, 2022 11:12 AM   |  

Want to learn about commodities trading or how to invest in commodities? This overview will provide a brief introduction, including a commodity definition and a few pointers for investors.

5 min read  |  Commodities
Vol Whisperer: How to Spot a New Volatility Regime September 27, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Understanding the nature of volatility regimes and recognizing when it’s shifting could help unlock potential trading opportunities.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
After-Hours and Premarket Trading: Managing the Stock Trading Jitters September 24, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Are those open positions in your account keeping you from sleep? Or do you need to pop in and do some premarket trading? Here are things that keep traders up at night.

5 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Futures Margin Calls: Before You Lever up, Know the Initial & Maintenance Margin Requirements September 14, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Futures margin requirements vary. Know the initial and maintenance margin requirements for futures contracts you’re considering trading to avoid margin calls.

4 min read  |  Futures
It’s a Special Relationship: Intermarket Analysis in the Current Rate Environment August 6, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Understanding the relationships between stocks, bonds, commodities, and currencies can help you identify economic trends and better manage your investments.

5 min read  |  Investing
Pedal to the Metals: A Metals Futures Explainer August 3, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Metals futures can be used to diversify your portfolio or hedge your equities metals exposure. Learn the different ways you can trade metals.

4 min read  |  Futures
New Micro Crude Futures Offer Lower-Cost Ticket into Oil Patch July 15, 2021 1:26 PM   |  

CME Group is now listing Micro WTI Crude Oil futures. Approved account owners can now trade them on the thinkorswim® platform. Here’s what you need to know.

3 min read  |  Futures & Forex
Commodities Have Been Hot, Hot, Hot: What Are the Potential Implications for Investors? May 28, 2021 10:17 AM   |  

Commodities have been red-hot in 2020 and 2021. Is this the start of a so-called commodity supercycle? And what might that mean for investors?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
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
Futures Primer: Wrapping Your Arms Around Futures April 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

The futures market can open new worlds for option traders, but it can also carry unique risks. So before you dive in, know the nuts and bolts of the futures markets.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
COVID-19 Recovery May Be Driving New Commodity Supercycle March 22, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

A commodity “supercycle” can last for years and lift commodity prices across industries. Is one brewing as we emerge from COVID-19, and what does it mean for investors?

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Trading Futures in an IRA? Get Oriented to the Retirement Future February 22, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Trading futures in an individual retirement account (IRA) comes with benefits as well as risks and limitations. Here’s what you need to know.

3 min read  |  Futures
Crude Comparison: WTI vs. Brent Crude Oil Benchmarks February 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and North Sea Brent: What’s the difference between these two global crude oil benchmarks?

5 min read  |  Commodities
Trading Futures and Hedging Your Appetite January 4, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Whether you're buying groceries, filling your tank with gas, or shopping for your next home, understand how different types of futures contracts could have influenced their prices.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
VIX Options, VIX Futures, and Mini VIX Futures: Casting a Wide Volatility Net October 5, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Learn how the VIX, VIX futures, and VIX options work together to help traders increase market awareness, make more informed options trading decisions, and employ trading strategies.

7 min read  |  Futures
Partner Up: How Pairs Trading Works with Market Relationships and Correlations September 11, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When a relationship between a pair of stocks, futures, or options gets out of line, pairs trading may offer potential opportunities. Here’s how some investors choose among many combinations of bullish and bearish positions.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
New Options for Liquid Trading: Introducing Micro E-mini Options on Futures August 26, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

With Micro E-mini options on futures, option traders can participate in the futures market with less capital and with streamlined risk management.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
“Smaller-Bite” Micro E-Minis Offer Handy Teammate for Earnings Season August 12, 2020 2:25 PM   |  

Learn about micro e-mini futures contracts and how they could help your portfolio play hard during earnings season.

5 min read  |  Futures
Investing in Commodity ETFs: Agriculture, Oil, Gold ETFs, & More July 8, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Find out more about investing in commodity ETFs, including what they are, things to research, and some of the common types of these investment products.

7 min read  |  Commodities
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
Futures 4 Fun: Pump Up the Volume: How to Use the Volume Profile June 29, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

The volume profile tool can be used to identify which price is attracting most of the buyers and sellers. It can help identify support and resistance levels and areas where trading volume is accumulating.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
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
Looking for a New Asset Class to Trade? The Case for Options on Currency Futures May 29, 2020 3:10 PM   |  

The global foreign exchange (FX) market is deep, liquid, and traded virtually around the clock. If you’re an option trader in search of a new asset class to trade, consider options on currency futures.

5 min read  |  Futures
Are There Any Safer Havens? Investing in Uncertain Times May 15, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As the coronavirus pandemic sent markets reeling, many investors wonder if there's such a thing as a safe investment. Technically, no investment is risk-free. But some investment practices can be safer than others.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Bitcoin Halving: What This Rare Event Could Mean for Futures Prices April 22, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The bitcoin code dictates that the supply of new tokens entering the market should fall by half roughly every four years. Here’s what cryptocurrency investors should consider.

5 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Which Month to Trade? Follow Vol January 6, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

When trading options on futures contracts, the number of choices available—delivery months and options expiration dates—can be overwhelming. Follow the volatility curve to help you whittle it down.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
How the Sneaker Trade Can Teach About Markets and Investing August 1, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

If you're familiar with StockX and similar online shoe reselling platforms, you might see similarities to the financial market system. What can we learn about investing and stock markets from the sneaker trade?

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
How Investors Can Use Futures to Hedge Against Market Downturns June 24, 2019 11:30 AM   |  

Learn how futures contracts can help experienced traders and investors manage portfolio risk with a beta-weighted hedging strategy.

5 min read  |  Futures
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
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
Investor’s Manual: What Are Futures? April 2, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Understanding the basics of futures. This is a brief futures 101 defining what are futures.

1 min read  |  Futures
The Exciting World of Trading Treasury Bonds (Seriously) February 27, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Treasury bonds are boring, right? Wrong. For traders, they represent a market that can be bigger than stocks.

11 min read  |  Futures
The Hidden Risks of Index Trading January 7, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

SPX and S&P 500 futures don’t always move up and down together. Which one should you look at if you want to know what the market might be doing?

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
A Day in the Life … Of a Bond Trade October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

Trading bond futures may not be as risky as you think. A step-by-step guide that explains bond futures contract specs, pricing, and margin can go a long way. Walk through a 10-day bond trade and get a feel for day-to-day price action in the bond futures markets.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Same Building Blocks, Different Products: Options on Futures Intro September 26, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn the differences between equity options and options on futures contracts, and how experienced options traders can use futures options to enhance their trading.

4 min read  |  Futures
Burning Questions on Futures: Notional Value, Tick Size, and Other Contract Specs July 12, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Interested in learning about futures contracts? Here's a primer on multipliers, tick size, and other futures contracts specifications.

5 min read  |  Futures
Fun with Futures: Basics of Futures Contracts, Futures Trading June 7, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

At first glance, futures trading may seem complex. Let's explore what goes into trading futures contracts.

5 min read  |  Futures
Trading Global: Foreign Exchange (Forex) Trading for Beginners June 5, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The foreign exchange or forex market is traded around the globe, virtually around the clock. Find out if the forex market is right for you with this retail forex guide for beginners.

5 min read  |  Forex
Derivatives With a Twist: Options on Futures vs. Equity Options December 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Options on futures are quite similar to their equity option cousins, but a few differences do exist.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Can You Spot a “Weather Market?” Corn, Crude, Other Commodities August 2, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn the fundamentals of grain, energy and other markets, and how to follow prices using futures markets.

4 min read  |  Futures
Maximize Efficiency with Futures? A Capital Idea July 18, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how futures contracts can help experienced traders and investors pursue their objectives while tying up less capital.

4 min read  |  Futures
While You Weren’t Sleeping: Trading the Overnight Session May 30, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Is trading the overnight session in futures or foreign exchange right for you? Find out volume patterns, international open and close times, and more.

4 min read  |  Futures
Are Exchange Rates Foreign to You? Here's a Currency Primer May 23, 2017 4:00 AM   |  

The foreign exchange market is large, global, and generally liquid. Find out if the forex market is right for you with this primer.

5 min read  |  Forex
Trading Futures: Futures Scalper’s Guide to the Galaxy September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Arbitrary entry and exit points in futures trading can be futile—learn how to place your trades using a price range based on volatility and probability.

8 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Uncover Hidden Price Levels with Volume Profile July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Volume profile provides clues about price in different ways, use it to take a peek at support and resistance levels by looking at high and low volume nodes.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Commodity Play? Perk Up a Portfolio with a Global Cup of Joe June 24, 2016 12:05 AM   |  

Coffee may wake you up in the morning, and coffee can perk up a portfolio, too. Learn how investors can gain exposure to coffee and diversify a portfolio.

2 min read  |  Commodities
The Trader's Cure For the Volatility Blues April 12, 2016 4:00 AM   |  

Potential strategies for a depressed VIX—When volatility is low, learn how to hedge a trader's version of "yield" by trading volatility as an asset class.

10 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Futures 4 Fun: Hedging Against Tsunamis April 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Don't be caught on the wrong side of a trade—consider managing risk in futures trading with certain options spreads, futures and calendar, to hedge.

2 min read  |  Futures
How To Trade Futures In 3-D: Basis Trading December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

Basis trading is a third dimension open to aspiring futures traders to trade without speculating on direction, working with the gamut of futures products.

9 min read  |  Futures
“F” is for Forecasting the Fed Funds Rate by Following Futures October 19, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Economists and pundits like to pontificate on if and when the Federal Reserve will raise ultra-low short-term interest rates. But there’s an easier way to get a reading on Fed moves, and it’s right under your nose.

3 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: A Survival Guide for Locked-Limit Futures October 1, 2015 7:32 AM   |  

If you’re in a position you can’t access while in a locked-limit scenario, consider constructing a synthetic futures contract to offset your position.

2 min read  |  Futures
Sophisticated Traders: Consider Futures Spreads to Manage Risk September 23, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Look to futures market calendar spreads and intermarket spreads to potentially lower the risk of fast-moving, directional markets.

4 min read  |  Futures
Unscrambling Futures Settlement: A Primer for the Neophyte August 31, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Just what happens when futures contracts expire? Understanding settlement is one of the biggest hurdles to learning futures trading.

5 min read  |  Futures
Trying Out Futures Options? Here are Key Differences vs. Equities August 5, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Thinking about taking your options knowledge into the world of futures? Keep these differences in mind as you get started.

4 min read  |  Futures
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
Teaching Goblins to Trade: Using Futures to Hedge Stocks April 28, 2015 12:38 AM   |  

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

2 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Futures-Trading April 1, 2014 5:13 PM   |  

If you recently started trading futures, you may have some burning questions. Burn no more...

3 min read  |  Futures
VIX Futures: The Unfair Advantage January 1, 2014 4:43 PM   |  

I was happy when CBOE VIX futures were added to TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim® platform. So, it’s not running with the bulls in Pamplona. But I’m a trader...

7 min read  |  Futures
Sizing Up (and Breaking Down) a Futures Calendar Spread October 1, 2013 5:45 PM   |  

The nuts and bolts of futures calendar spreads are a bit different than their equity-option cousins.

2 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Trading Futures with Monkey Bars July 1, 2013 5:42 PM   |  

If you’ve been around the futures-trading universe, you might’ve heard of Monkey Bars. Funny name. Serious chart concept for swing traders.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
The Big, Bad Q&A On Index Futures July 1, 2013 5:15 PM   |  

If you've ever wondered what index futures are, how to trade them, or why you'd trade them in the first place, wonder no more.

7 min read  |  Futures
Options on Futures: Familiar Ground … Sort Of October 1, 2012 12:31 PM   |  

Yes, you can have a derivative on a derivative. But don’t let that scare you. Options on futures may be easier to understand than you think.

13 min read  |  Futures
Three Must-See Reports for Futures Traders March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

If you're new to trading futures, keep your eye on three critical reports: Petroleum Status Report, U.S. Treasury Auctions, and USDA Crop Reports. Here's why.

2 min read  |  Futures
Futures Trading: To Hedge or Speculate? Tips For Investors September 30, 2010 10:25 PM   |  

Futures’ time has come. And with it, so has the technology to trade them. If you're new to futures, let's start with the basics.

13 min read  |  Futures
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