Earnings: Volatility’s Siren Song—Save Yourself From Surprises April 23, 2018 12:00 AM   |  

Implied volatility usually increases ahead of earnings announcements and then drops after the news release. If you know implied volatility is going to drop after earnings reports, here are three options trading strategies you could trade.

8 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Derivatives with Tax Benefits: Five Tax Options for Traders February 5, 2018 7:00 PM   |  

If options and other derivatives are a part of your portfolio, you should learn about the nuances of taxes on options trading, from the Ticker Tape by TD Ameritrade.

4 min read  |  Tax Strategy
Option Collar Options: Rolling Up, Rolling Down, Rolling Out ... January 3, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Learn how adjusting an options collar strategy—a covered call and a protective put—can help you manage stock risk.

4 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Options and Calendar Spread Decision Time: Close It or Roll It? November 29, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

As the front-month leg of a calendar options spread approaches expiration, a decision must be made: close the spread or roll it.

4 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Your Options ABCs: Basic Call and Put Option Strategies October 26, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Though some option strategies are quite complex, options education begins with the basics of calls and puts.

5 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Scalping the Gamma: Dynamic Hedging of Option Positions September 28, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to dynamically hedge changes in an option position’s delta in a process known as “gamma scalping.”

5 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Gamma Scalping Intro: Synthetics, Put-Call Parity and Delta-Neutral September 21, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Some option traders dynamically hedge positions, but doing so requires a basic understanding of synthetic positions and put-call parity.

3 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Got a Directional View? Here’s an Option Spread to Consider August 31, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to structure a trade designed for uncapped profit potential.

6 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Look Before You… Get Assigned July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Know what you're getting into before putting on that option trade—avoid surprises by educating yourself about the risks and oddities of assignment.

7 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Who Adjusted My Options? And Other Corporate Action Questions June 22, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Corporate actions such as stock splits, special dividends, mergers and acquisitions are quite common, but what happens with unexpired options?

5 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Swim Lessons: Option Melting and Theta Decay Strategies May 18, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

An option's value tends to decay as expiration approaches. Learn how to incorporate time decay ("theta") into a trading strategy.

4 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Vol Whisperer: Volatility Unleashed January 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

If you have a futures account and understand VIX, you might be ready for a covered call in volatility—long /VX futures and short VIX calls.

2 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Three Things That Keep Traders Awake at Night July 5, 2016 7:50 AM   |  

These strategies to help you sleep at night by reducing your losses, reducing your effective cost, and reducing the possibility of assignment.

7 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Long Stock versus Long Call: Exploring Your Options May 11, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Can you use call options as a substitute for long stock? Learn the benefits and risks of this strategy.

2 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
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 Option Strategies
Know Your Risk Profile: Selecting and Culling Option Strikes April 7, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

Having trouble selecting a strike price for an options trade? Learn how the Risk Profile tool can help select options that align with your trading strategies.

4 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
How to Sniff Out the Options Opportunity Under Your Nose May 27, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Monitor strong spurts of volume and inflated premiums for potential option trading opportunities. TD Ameritrade tools can help.

4 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Strategy Focus: The Truth About Covered Calls January 1, 2014 4:37 PM   |  

Just when you though you've heard it all about covered calls, along comes a new reason for traders to rethink this old dog.

7 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Special Focus: Vertical Spreads. Up, Down ... Who Cares? January 1, 2013 4:35 PM   |  

Buying calls and puts is great when the stars align. For the spread trader, anything is possible. And the vertical spread is all where it begins.

11 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Fearless Technician: Get Your TTM Squeeze On October 1, 2012 6:57 PM   |  

How do you know when a consolidating market is about to trend? Consider using the TTM Squeeze indicator to help you decide if a market is going to switch.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Option Trading 101: Looking Under the Hood of Covered Calls July 14, 2012 10:41 PM   |  

Use a covered call options strategy to sell stock, collect dividends, and limit tax liability.

8 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Hedge Gaps and Party Hats: Trading with SPXpm Options March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

A favorite hedge among options traders, SPX options have one major blemish: they settle the day after trading. Say goodbye to the old, and say hello to SPXpm.

6 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Hedge… Not a Four-Letter Word: Hedging Tricks With Options October 1, 2011 9:46 AM   |  

Whatever your time frame, if you’re hedging with options here's a few tricks about how to size things up.

7 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
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