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Spread Trading Strategies: Different Strokes for Different Folks August 16, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

What is a spread trade? It depends on the products you trade. For a stock trader it could be a pairs trade, and for an options trader there are plenty of ways to put on a spread trade.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Vega: It's Not the Number You're Thinking June 30, 2019 11:45 AM   |  

Vega can show you how much the dollar value of an option changes for every one percentage point change in volatility. But traders often confuse vega with volatility. Knowing the right way to use vega can help you come up with an options trading strategy.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Trading Earnings? Get Earnings Analysis on thinkorswim in a Single Snapshot May 9, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

thinkorswim has developed an interface dedicated to researching the effects that earnings announcements have on the prices of stocks and options.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Iron Condor Strategies: A Way to Spread Your Options Trading Wings March 25, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Vertical spreads are fairly versatile when making a directional stance. But what if you're stuck in a range-bound market? Consider the iron condor.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
Calendar vs. Butterfly: The Ultimate Premium Smackdown January 7, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

Calendars and butterfly strategies may look similar but they have their differences. Why would you choose one over the other?

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Small Trades: Formula for a Bite-Size Trading Strategy November 15, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Trading success doesn't mean "going for broke," or searching for the next big thing. It's more like pacing yourself at the hippest restaurant in town.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Six Options Strategies for High-Volatility Trading Environments October 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The recent rise in volatility means it could be time to talk about strategies designed to capitalize on elevated volatility levels.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Putting “Too Good to Be True” to Use October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

Traders sometimes talk glowingly about thrilling options trading strategies without considering the risks. There are some alternative strategies such as short out-of-the-money verticals that you could consider to better manage your risks.

7 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Return On Capital: The Great Decider October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

Return on capital when trading options is different than return on capital when managing investments. Here’s what return on capital means to an options trader.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Three Key Elements to Consider in Your Options Strategy August 31, 2018 1:45 PM   |  

When developing an options trading strategy, you might consider whether a trade is risk-defined, has positive theta, and is "high probability".

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Body and Wings: Introduction to the Option Butterfly Spread July 31, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn about butterfly option spreads and how they differ from iron condors, plus an explanation of a butterfly option strategy.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Three Steps from Idea to Trade July 16, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

TDA Network from Trader TV on thinkorswim® may give you many strategy ideas during the trading day. Watch and listen to learn about making a trading plan, analyze trades, paper trade, and then consider making a trade.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Trading Earnings Season? Brush Up on Your Option Greeks July 3, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The sensitivity of option prices to changes in time, volatility, and the price of the underlying are commonly referred to as “Greeks.” As you prepare for earnings season, here's an overview.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
I Trade, Therefore I Am: On Becoming a Full-Time Trader April 23, 2018 12:00 AM   |  

What does it take to call yourself a professional options trader? A professional trader uses different options trading strategies, has been through different market types, and has enough trading capital to withstand losses.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Fixing a Good Trade Gone Bad: Four Ways To Save a Losing Trade April 22, 2018 6:04 AM   |  

You have a losing trade but don’t want to sell. Here are four option strategies you could use to fix your losing trades.

7 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
The Non-System System for Smarter Trading: Options Strategies January 7, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Consider these options strategies designed to increase your overall odds.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
On Any Given Friday: An Introduction to Weekly Options October 19, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how weekly stock options can help you target your exposure to market events such as earnings releases or economic events.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Confidence Boost: Tools to Help Hone Your Options Strategy October 12, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how three trading tools and services can help newcomers and veterans alike with trade selection and risk management.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Neutral Spreads Get Tasty: Diagonals and Iron Condors October 1, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Are you getting the most out of your iron condor stock trades? Double diagonals could help you do just that. Learn more about options trading.

9 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Price Action vs. Price Erosion: The Positive Side of Negative Theta September 7, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about gamma, which some traders consider the positive side of negative theta.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Earnings Moves: When Being Below Average Might Be a Good Thing July 27, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to spot potential trade candidates by assessing straddle price versus average earnings moves.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
A Short-Term Fling or Puttin’ On the Ring? July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Can't decide how long you want to commit to a position? Understanding strategy mechanics can help you align trade duration with your attraction.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options 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 Options Strategies
Swim Lessons: Trading Options During Earnings Season July 6, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn some of the option trading alternatives you can use during earnings season.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Swim Lessons: Brush Up On Your Greeks This Earnings Season April 20, 2017 4:00 AM   |  

The sensitivity of option prices to changes in time, volatility, and the price of the underlying are commonly referred to as “Greeks.” Here is an overview of

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Unbalanced Butterfly: Tilting the Odds April 17, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

How to tweak a butterfly when you have strong directional bias, time to expiration is short and you want to squeeze as much as you can out of your position.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Are You Trading Enough? Manage Your Trades Better April 16, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Overtrading can be a killer to your P/L. The trick is to trade consistently and always know what the markets—and your positions—are doing.

8 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Looking for a Soft Landing? Try an Iron Condor to Trade Earnings April 13, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how an trading an iron condor can be an effective options strategy during earnings season.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Weekly Options: Stretch Them Out September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to increase the flexibility of your existing options strategies with weeklys: options that move quickly and live for about a week.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options in IRAs: The Final Word On What You Can Do September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The DOL has decided to allow trading options in IRAs—learn more about strategies that can be used to manage risk and potentially generate income.

2 min read  |  IRA & 401k Plans
Volatility and Holiday Season: Will Vol Show Up to Party? September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Trading low volume, high volatility swings during the holidays takes practice—start with overnight markets that have similar liquidity and price-movement.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
The Myth of Delta Neutral (and Other Greek Tales) July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The greeks option traders use are loved by many, but understood by few. Know the false “truths” about option greeks to better manage your trades.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Volatility Update: VIX Slips and the S&P Eyes New Highs April 21, 2016 2:00 AM   |  

The month of April started with a lot of ups and downs for the equities market, but the underlying tone of trading turned positive once again last week.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Long Tooth, Busted Jaw: Three Signs a Trend May End December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

When will a stock trend end? There are a few stock chart indicators that make spotting trend reversal warning signs a little easier.

6 min read  |  Charting
Option Strategy Throw Down: Selling Strangles vs Iron Condors October 7, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Volatility’s tendency to level out after a spike can present strategy opportunities, especially selling strategies found with strangles and iron condors.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Taking a Dive Into the Not-So-Deep End: Defined-Risk Trading October 1, 2015 7:32 PM   |  

Maximizing the risk/reward of a defined-risk trade—how to increase the risk-to-reward profile in short vertical spreads.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Tips for Your Non-Trading Millennial Friends September 30, 2015 8:04 PM   |  

Turn conventional investing wisdom on its head and don't do what countless others have tried before you. Good habits and knowing what not to do are a must.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Option Strategy: Slay Volatility with Weekly Double Calendars September 8, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Expand option market learning to weekly double calendars. They can increase in profitability if implied volatility rises.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Advanced Trading: Choosing Your Iron Condor Strike Price July 22, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Consider option delta as one way to narrow the mathematical range when choosing an iron condor strike price.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
Brain, Meet Brawn:
How to Pick a Stock
October 14, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

9 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
How To Slay Your Trading Monsters October 14, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Trading Earnings Announcements without Getting Skewed July 1, 2013 5:19 PM   |  

Trading earnings announcements can be a fool's game. When volatility is high, trends can break after a company announces. Consider a few volatility tricks.

10 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Four Trading Myths—Busted: Classic Trading Adages October 1, 2012 12:03 PM   |  

Not all advice is equal. We break down four classic trading adages-turned myth to examine their relevance, and perhaps their accuracy.

6 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Trading Tip for the 99%: Do what the 1% Does March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

You may have heard that trading is a giant conspiracy by the "1%" who make all the money. In truth, the market doesn't care. Here are some practical rules.

10 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Stickin' It to the Nerds: Building a High-Frequency Trading System October 1, 2011 10:14 AM   |  

If the quants are making all the money these days with high-frequency trading, what’s it gonna take to compete? Beat them at their own game.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Markets Move. Get Over It. An Options Volatility Primer July 1, 2011 4:50 PM   |  

Without stock and options volatility, there are no trading opportunities. So to revere it rather than fear it–you need just need to “get it.”

13 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Stepping up to Vertical Spreads, The Naked Option Alternative January 1, 2011 7:27 AM   |  

Before buying or selling call and put options, check the alternatives. The vertical spread is a simple solution to the problems short naked options pose.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Not Your Daddy's Diversification: Hedging Risk Like a Trader January 1, 2011 6:34 AM   |  

Diversification approaches for active traders to hedge non-systematic risk across spreads, including directional risk and time and vol.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Markets are Random, Your Portfolio Shouldn't Be October 1, 2010 6:21 PM   |  

There's a camp of traders who think a stock's next move is about as predictable as a coin toss. Just take your stock-picking hat off for a moment and focus.

7 min read  |  Trading Basics
On Beyond Condors: Strategies For Undefined-Risk Trades April 1, 2010 6:37 PM   |  

Option strategies for more potential profit, using undefined-risk trades that draw roots from their defined-risk cousins.

9 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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