Margin Trading

Seeking a Flexible Line of Credit? Consider a Loan from a Margin Account February 28, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

A margin account can be useful for investment leverage. Did you know it can also be used as a convenient line of credit with a low interest rate and flexible repayment? But understand the risks.

5 min read  |  Margin
Eyeing the Downside: Three Ways to Short the Market December 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Investors seeking to profit from a market downturn or looking for portfolio protection have several shorting alternatives. Here are three of them.

5 min read  |  Margin
Using Margin Buying Power to Diversify Your Market Exposure December 3, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how experienced investors comfortable with the risk of margin trading can view a margin account as a “reserve fund.”

5 min read  |  Margin
Playing Opposites: Why and How Some Pros Go Short on Stocks November 28, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how following short interest and other short-selling metrics can help investors can gain valuable insights on companies and markets.

6 min read  |  Margin
Basics of Margin Trading for Investors July 6, 2018 4:00 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
Risk and Reward: The Basics of Buying Stocks on Margin January 31, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Margin trading can seem complex but once you learn the basics of buying on margin and you understand the benefits and risks it becomes a powerful, if somewhat dangerous tool.

4 min read  |  Margin
Lower Margin Requirements with a Vertical Option Spread January 30, 2018 7:00 PM   |  

There is a way to turn naked options into risk-defined positions to lower the margin requirements and free up capital at the same time. The strategy: a vertical spread.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Capiche: Portfolio Margin Part 4—Risk Management and Margins October 1, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Nobody wants his or her stock investments to be forcefully liquidated. Protect your portfolio with better estimations and risk management plans.

3 min read  |  Margin
Capiche? Portfolio Margin Part 3: Profit, Loss, and Expiration July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Part 3 of our series on portfolio margin covers profit, loss, and what happens at expiration—eventually your position will expire, know what to expect.

3 min read  |  Margin
Capiche? Portfolio Margin Part 2: Greeks, Unveiled April 16, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Part of our series on portfolio margin, the greeks—theoretical metrics describing how things like stock price, time, and volatility can impact option price.

2 min read  |  Margin
Capiche: Leverage Into A Margin World January 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

You can upgrade your trader status by expanding your leverage with portfolio margin, but first you must know synthetic equivalents—here's a primer.

2 min read  |  Margin
Portfolio Margin: How It Works and What You Need to Know August 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Portfolio margin is available to TD Ameritrade clients who have a margin account and meet requirements like a certain equity level and options approval.

6 min read  |  Margin
Got Leverage? Portfolio Margin versus Regulation T Margin July 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

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
Amp Up Your Trading With Margin and Leverage? January 18, 2016 7:00 PM   |  

Active traders and investors can maintain margin, a cushion of buying power in their accounts for volatile times.

5 min read  |  Margin
Big Margin For The Masses: The Nuts And Bolts of Portfolio Margin July 1, 2015 6:03 PM   |  

Margin trading has been around forever. But qualified traders, there’s another category—portfolio margin—that could take your leverage to new heights.

8 min read  |  Margin
Margin Momentum ... Or Mayhem November 24, 2014 7:00 PM   |  

The U.S. stock market’s march to record highs has been accompanied by surging margin debt, a potential red flag for investors.

4 min read  |  Margin
Capiche: Behold Portfolio Margin! Working with Total Position Risk October 1, 2013 5:47 PM   |  

Risk-based margin is both a blessing and a curse. But is it for you?

3 min read  |  Margin
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