What Is Forex Trading? Think of It as Macro-Level Pairs Trading June 29, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

There are a number of similarities between the forex and equity markets. Here’s what forex trading beginners should know before jumping into currency trading.

5 min read  |  Forex
New Micro Bitcoin Futures Offer “Smaller Bite” Exposure to Crypto May 3, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

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

5 min read  |  Futures
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
Financial Literacy Month: April Is the Real Time for Resolutions April 1, 2021 3:16 PM   |  

Financial Literacy Month is a good time to think about your financial wellness. Have you set goals, and are you on track to get there?

6 min read  |  Household Finances
Eyeing Angles on Crypto Action? Learn the Basics of Bitcoin Futures March 3, 2021 2:50 PM   |  

Bitcoin’s rally, along with growth in bitcoin futures and other crypto-linked investment vehicles, reflects expanding acceptance of digital currencies.

6 min read  |  Forex
Vertical Spreads: Lower Margin Requirement Hurdle to Target Capital Efficiency March 1, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Have a single-leg option? Consider using a vertical spread to turn it into a defined-risk spread to lower the margin requirements and free up capital at the same time.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Oil Futures: Basics on the Most Global Commodity of All January 28, 2021 1:28 PM   |  

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
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
Exercise, Assignment, and More: A Beginner’s Guide to Options Expiration June 12, 2020 6:26 AM   |  

The time to learn about options exercise and assignment is before taking a position, not afterward. This guide can help you navigate the dynamics of options expiration.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Housing Market as an Investment Indicator: Keeping an Eye on the Foundation April 8, 2020 10:15 AM   |  

The housing market has historically been a bellwether of the stock market and of the economy in general. Learn about housing starts, building permits, and other indicators that can help investors assess the state of the housing market.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Basics of Buying on Margin: What Is Margin Trading? February 6, 2020 11:57 AM   |  

Trading on margin can magnify your returns, but it can also increase your losses. Learn the basics, benefits, and risks of margin trading.

5 min read  |  Margin
Got Leverage? Portfolio Margin versus Regulation T Margin December 30, 2019 4:00 PM   |  

How can individuals get risk based margins like market makers and not have to own a seat on the exchange floor? It's with portfolio margin.

2 min read  |  Margin
Trading with Cash? Avoid Account Violations November 26, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

When trading in a cash account, understand the three different types of cash account violations you could encounter: free ride violation, good faith violation, and liquidation violation.

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Thinking about Switching to TD Ameritrade? Transferring Is Easier Than You Might Think October 17, 2019 12:20 PM   |  

A shift among retail brokers to a zero-commission structure has led some investors to ask if it’s time to make a change. If you’re thinking about switching to TD Ameritrade, here are a few things you should know.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
The Double-Edged Sword of Margin: Know the Right Way & the Wrong Way September 12, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

When used prudently, and with a full understanding of the risks, margin can be used to help diversify holdings and attempt to amplify return on assets. But it’s not for everybody. Margin also creates the potential for greater risk of loss from increased leverage.

5 min read  |  Margin
Want To Be Your Own Driving Force? Active Trading in an IRA September 10, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Actively trading in an IRA may be a way for some people to attempt to manage risk and potentially increase their income stream in retirement—while enjoying certain tax-deferred benefits.

3 min read  |  IRA & 401k Plans
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
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
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
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
Know How to Protect Your Basket? Consider Using Options July 12, 2013 7:43 PM   |  

Options aren’t always for speculation. They can be used for portfolio protection.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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