Options Trading

thinkTank: Trading with thinkorswim Web September 28, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

thinkorswimWeb is a browser based trading platform that offers traders a streamlined experience for trading stocks, futures, forex, and options.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Ask the Trader: Is This Option Cheap or Expensive? Charting Options Prices September 15, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Options data can be difficult to understand, especially if you’re a newbie. But a feature on the thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade allows you to chart options prices to visualize if premium is expensive, cheap, or fair.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options Trading Guide: What Are Put & Call Options? July 21, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Investors and traders can explore puts and calls by learning the differences between call vs. put options, how puts and calls work, and deciding if options are right for their risk level and objectives.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
thinkorswim Web: Streamlined Stock, Futures, Forex, and Options Trading May 28, 2020 10:52 AM   |  

thinkorswim Web is the TD Ameritrade streamlined, web-based options trading platform that lets you trade wherever you have an internet connection.

5 min read  |  Web Platform
thinkTank: Fire Up Your Trading Skills March 30, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

The stock markets have lots of activity every single trading day. These tools can help you stay on top of what's happening in the stock markets: Options Time & Sales and Active Trader.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Ways to Invest in High-Priced Stocks March 24, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

If you want to invest in a high-priced stock and can only afford to buy a few shares, you may want to consider other investment choices that give you similar exposure without paying the high price tag.

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
How to Trade Options: Making Your First Options Trade November 7, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

Have you ever thought about how to trade options? Consider exploring a covered call options trade.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Singing the Low-Volatility Blues? Try Calendar Spreads April 15, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how a long calendar spread can be effective in a low-volatility trading environment.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Going Vertical: Using the Risk Profile Tool for Complex Options Spreads March 28, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Once you’ve learned to use the Risk Profile tool on the thinkorswim® platform for single-leg options, you may wish to use it for more complex trades.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Lost at Sea? The Risk Profile Tool Can Be Your Message in a Bottle January 16, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Options trading involves risk, but these risks can be analyzed, monitored, and simulated with the thinkorswim® Risk Profile tool.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Implied Volatility: Spotting High Vol and Aligning Your Options December 26, 2018 4:01 AM   |  

Learn the difference between implied and historical volatility, and find out how to align your options trading strategy with the right volatility exposure.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options Expiration: Definitions, a Checklist, and More February 18, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Options expiration day can be a time of volatility, opportunity and peril. Trading and selling options on expiration day requires an understanding of the process, here are a few things you need to know.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Derivatives with Tax Benefits: Five Tax Options for Traders February 5, 2018 7:00 PM   |  

If options and other derivatives are a part of your portfolio, you should learn about the nuances of taxes on options trading, from the Ticker Tape by TD Ameritrade.

4 min read  |  Tax Strategy
Your Portfolio Has a Job to Do. Put It to Work: Core Positions October 1, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Core positions are treated differently among investors and traders. Learn more about leveraging your trading portfolio and managing core positions.

8 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Calendar Spreads: Options Strategies for Quiet Markets March 16, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Calendar spreads, an options trading strategy, could be the answer if you are looking for high probability opportunities amid a low volatility trading environment. Learn more about option opportunities in a quiet market.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Clocking In and Out: Trying to Time the Market? There May Be Ways March 16, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Are you a long-term investor hoping to use time to your advantage? Don’t chase trends, and especially don’t try to time the market. There are other ways.

6 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Limit, Stop-Loss, or Trailing: A Few of Your Exit Order Options November 9, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

Learn how certain order types such as the limit order and stop-loss order can help you implement your exit strategy for options trades.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
The Trader's Cure For the Volatility Blues April 12, 2016 4:00 AM   |  

Potential strategies for a depressed VIX—When volatility is low, learn how to hedge a trader's version of "yield" by trading volatility as an asset class.

10 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Market Grudge Match: Enter a Trade Using Volatility or Price? October 1, 2015 6:03 PM   |  

Use volatility to pick an options strategy to speculate on a given direction, rather than to replace fundamental analysis and charts to determine potential.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Who Says You Have to Sell Stock Declines? August 23, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Don’t panic and sell your long-term retirement investment. Instead, consider going shopping during a stock market down phase.

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
Is Market Timing Possible? Try Sentiment Analysis to Get Closer July 5, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Trying to time the market? Add sentiment analysis to your stock trading approach to help narrow the time horizon around an underlying security’s move.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Reading the Alt Crowd: Gauging Stock Momentum with Options April 27, 2015 11:11 PM   |  

To gauge a stock trend, it's all in the charts. But what about its options? You may not be trading options, but ignore them, and you may be missing the bigger picture.

8 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Crowded in Here? Options Market Finds Room for More Exchanges April 23, 2015 7:00 AM   |  

The CBOE has transformed with technology and major product licenses. It still holds an important place in the world of options, but it finds competition nipping at its heels. Who benefits? Retail investors.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Option Strategies to Help Protect Your Portfolio February 5, 2015 8:00 AM   |  

Basic options strategies can help investors protect portfolios against inevitable market volatility and market crashes.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Stop Signs, Schlop Signs: Option Tricks for IRA No-Nos January 1, 2015 12:00 PM   |  

With IRAs, plenty of stop signs tell you what you can and can’t do with options. Are there workarounds?

8 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Short Strategy Primer: Shut Up and Sell April 1, 2014 4:56 PM   |  

Short options aren't as scary as you might think. The trick to being on the right side of a short trade starts with the right info.

6 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
When the Mystery Is Gone: Trade Like an Options Market Maker October 12, 2013 9:22 PM   |  

Who’s the mysterious person behind the curtain who takes the other side of your trade? Market makers are paid to take risk and provide market liquidity. Find out how this helps you.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Did You Really Go There? High-Probability Options Trading June 5, 2013 3:33 PM   |  

Anything can happen in one trade. But over a large number of options trades, high probabilities are what matter most.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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