The success of every trade involves three elements: the entry, the exit, and what happens in between. Here’s a look at the trade life cycle.
If you’d like to add contingencies and other flexibility to your stock orders, perhaps it’s time to move beyond the basics. Learn about OCOs, stop limits, and other advanced order types.
Before making your first trade, it’s important to understand the different stock order types. Here’s a rundown of the three basic types: the market order, the stop order, and the limit order.
Professional traders follow several general rules when they buy, sell, and hold investments. Consider your own rules of thumb when you set your own investment strategy.
Index options tend to have wide bid and ask spreads. Try to keep slippage low by making use of price discovery.
Traders and investors often use limit orders as a way of buying stock at their chosen entry point. Put spreads can be used to pursue similar objectives.
Should you be active during the first hour of the trading day? Or might it be better to wait for a calmer period? The answer may depend on a few factors.
Risk controls are an integral part of any trading strategy. Learning the 2% and 6% rules may help you develop a plan to control your risk.
Some investors are considering preferred stocks with yields as traditional fixed income assets grind along at historical lows and look to rise moderately under a go-slow Federal Reserve approach.
thinkorswim’s Strategy Roller™ takes out some of the guesswork for when and how to roll options positions.
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