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
What Happens When the Stocks in an Index Change? December 18, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

Why do stock indices change their components and what happens when there's a change?

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
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
What Drives the Dow? Know Which Stocks Drive the Markets January 7, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Know how stock indices are calculated. Some are cap-weighted, some are price weighted.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy? November 14, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) has scaled all-time high after all-time high this year. But what about transportation index?

3 min read  |  Economic Trends
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
Vol Whisperer: VVIX and Skew—I’m Watching You April 16, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Can you calculate fear? Certain market measures help traders determine when the market seems “fearful.” Learn to do this for yourself to better evaluate risk.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Conference Board LEI: A Recession Indicator? October 25, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

While no single indicator can provide a full, guaranteed snapshot of an economy, the Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) covers a lot of ground.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Trading the Range: A Potential Strategy for Active Investors September 7, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The S&P 500 is in a short-term trading range, but remains in a long-term bullish trend. Here’s how some investors are trading the range.

4 min read  |  Technical Analysis
S&P 500 All-Time Highs: Where Can Investors Find Value? August 18, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

Is the stock market overvalued or undervalued? Let’s take a look at the S&P 500’s valuation and the sectors that might offer investors value.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Three Monthly Economic Reports That You Should Be Checking August 16, 2016 1:50 PM   |  

Oftentimes economic reports can move markets, which means you might want to brush up on your macroeconomics.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Economic Reports Primer: Personal Income and Spending August 16, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Learn why the Fed and traders follow the personal income and spending reports, especially the Personal Consumption Expenditures Index.

2 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Let the Money Flow: A Look at Active Vs. Passive Managed Funds June 13, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

In recent years, passively managed index funds have attracted big money flows. What are the advantages and risks of investing in index funds?

4 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Options Tricks: Resuscitating Your Dead Mutual Funds December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

There’s a way to generate “income” from dead investments, even if they aren’t optionable—how to hedge mutual funds with options.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
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
Deconstructing the Dow August 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

The Dow has long been viewed as a proxy for the U.S. market and economy, but investors should be mindful of its limitations.

6 min read  |  Investing Basics
Investing's Dirty Word: Inflation April 30, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Inflation-proofing a portfolio is about allowing growth investments to take advantage of an economy that tips toward inflation while buffering income-generating portions from inflation’s bite.

6 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
50 Shades of Green: Environmental Trends with Benefits April 5, 2013 2:19 PM   |  

Climate-conscientious stock-picking that's evolved past volatile solar and wind.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Sniff Out Inflation: Gauge Sentiment with Gold, CRB, and CPI March 5, 2013 10:58 AM   |  

The line between “good” and “bad” inflation is a thin one and tough to recognize. We grade the standard inflation measures.

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
Call Us
800-454-9272

Content intended for educational/informational purposes only. Not investment advice, or a recommendation of any security, strategy, or account type.

Be sure to understand all risks involved with each strategy, including commission costs, before attempting to place any trade. Clients must consider all relevant risk factors, including their own personal financial situations, before trading.

adChoicesAdChoices

Market volatility, volume, and system availability may delay account access and trade executions.

Past performance of a security or strategy does not guarantee future results or success.

Options are not suitable for all investors as the special risks inherent to options trading may expose investors to potentially rapid and substantial losses. Options trading subject to TD Ameritrade review and approval. Please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before investing in options.

Supporting documentation for any claims, comparisons, statistics, or other technical data will be supplied upon request.

This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where we are not authorized to do business or where such offer or solicitation would be contrary to the local laws and regulations of that jurisdiction, including, but not limited to persons residing in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UK, and the countries of the European Union.

TD Ameritrade, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. TD Ameritrade is a trademark jointly owned by TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc. and The Toronto-Dominion Bank. © 2020 TD Ameritrade.

Scroll to Top