Options Trading

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
Pulling Back the Curtain: The Role of an Options Market Maker August 6, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Options market makers are professional traders that typically on the other side of retail trades. But really they are professionals paid to take risk and provide market liquidity.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
DIY Guide to Options Trading: Options, Puts, and Calls June 15, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Investors and traders alike can explore options by learning how they work, and decide if options are right for their risk level and objectives.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Early Assignment? Don't Let Dividend Risk Derail Your Options Strategy May 25, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about dividend risk, which options might be candidates for early exercise, and how you can potentially prepare for it.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Traders: Time to Think About Tax-Smart, Year-End Moves December 26, 2016 7:00 PM   |  

Get ready for tax-smart trading at year’s end. That means constructive sales, closing short positions, wash sales, substitute payments, index options, & more.

7 min read  |  Tax 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
How to Blow (Off) Bubbles July 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Market bubbles will always happen, but it’s important for investors to recognize herd mentality and other signs of speculative frenzy.

7 min read  |  Trading Psychology
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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