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Calendar Spreads: Options Strategy for the Dog Days of Summer July 13, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Looking for opportunities amid a low volatility trading environment? Learn about calendar spreads.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Swim Lessons: Collaring Your Stock for a Measure of Protection June 29, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how a collar strategy—a covered call and a protective put—might be a cost-effective way to manage stock risk.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Unbalanced Butterfly: Tilting the Odds April 17, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

How to tweak a butterfly when you have strong directional bias, time to expiration is short and you want to squeeze as much as you can out of your position.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Markets Aren’t Normal and Neither Are You April 17, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

How using Kurtosis to study abnormal market behavior—in particular how it explains the price behavior of options—can aid in your strategy selection.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Vol Whisperer: VVIX and Skew—I’m Watching You April 16, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Can you calculate fear? Certain market measures help traders determine when the market seems “fearful.” Learn to do this for yourself to better evaluate risk.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Ready to Go Vertical? Options Spreads with Versatility January 25, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Ready for a more advanced options trading strategy? We explain vertical spreads (credit and debit).

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
What I Learned Not To Do: Direction, Time, and Volatility January 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Managing risk variables you didn’t know you could control—lessons learned in 2016 about direction, time, and vol, and what mistakes to avoid this year.

10 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Vol Whisperer: Volatility Unleashed January 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

If you have a futures account and understand VIX, you might be ready for a covered call in volatility—long /VX futures and short VIX calls.

2 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Futures: Futures Scalper’s Guide to the Galaxy September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Arbitrary entry and exit points in futures trading can be futile—learn how to place your trades using a price range based on volatility and probability.

8 min read  |  Futures
Covered Calls in the Fast Lane: Ladder Price, Volatility, and Time September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Laddering price, volatility, and time can take covered calls to a new level—look to collect more premium and diversify across vol and time.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Three Things That Keep Traders Awake at Night July 5, 2016 7:50 AM   |  

These strategies to help you sleep at night by reducing your losses, reducing your effective cost, and reducing the possibility of assignment.

7 min read  |  Trading Psychology
The Myth of Delta Neutral (and Other Greek Tales) July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The greeks option traders use are loved by many, but understood by few. Know the false “truths” about option greeks to better manage your trades.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options Collars: Happy at the Bottom, Party at the Top July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Options collars offer an affordable stock hedge with reasonable upside, which can help you build a larger stock position with much less money.

10 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Exploring Your Options: Knowing When to Adjust a Trade (Pt 2) June 23, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

Sometimes the options market can signal when it’s time to adjust a trade. But how long should options traders stick with an adjustment plan?

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Beyond the Basics: Calendar Spreads 3.0 April 12, 2016 4:00 AM   |  

What’s a handy core options strategy that leverages time? The calendar spread. But there’s more to them than just buying and waiting.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Know Your Risk Profile: Selecting and Culling Option Strikes April 7, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

Having trouble selecting a strike price for an options trade? Learn how the Risk Profile tool can help select options that align with your trading strategies.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Long Tooth, Busted Jaw: Three Signs a Trend May End December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

When will a stock trend end? There are a few stock chart indicators that make spotting trend reversal warning signs a little easier.

6 min read  |  Charting
Tricks of Traders Fund Managers Only Dream Of December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

A trader's job can be easier than an average mutual fund manager's—A few reasons the playing field for traders is more than leveled.

6 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Options Tricks: Resuscitating Your Dead Mutual Funds December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

There’s a way to generate “income” from dead investments, even if they aren’t optionable—how to hedge mutual funds with options.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Rethink Options: Aim for Income by Embracing Market Inaction November 23, 2015 7:00 PM   |  

Income-focused option trades succeed when the market doesn’t move that much. Learn how to recognize income opportunity.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
The Art of Exiting a Trade: How to Hold 'Em, How to Fold 'Em October 1, 2015 6:37 PM   |  

Three of the most popular options strategies on how to exit a winning or losing trade: long options, vertical spreads, and calendar spreads.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
How to Use Chart Divergences as Leading Indicators September 7, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Learn to recognize divergences between chart indicators and price action. It’s the first step toward confirming trends.

5 min read  |  Charting
Advanced Trading: Choosing Your Iron Condor Strike Price July 22, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Consider option delta as one way to narrow the mathematical range when choosing an iron condor strike price.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Short-Sighted on Purpose: Options to Hedge Jobs Report July 1, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Looking for a hedge? Consider short-term long put options or volatility trades aimed at protecting stocks from unexpected economic results.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Keep Your Pants On: From a Naked Put Sale to a Call Purchase June 3, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Look beyond options premium collection to additional stock hedging. Consider turning the cash from a naked put sale into an out-of-the-money call purchase.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Far Out: Low Volatility Can Put Options Opps on the Horizon May 13, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Explore extreme stock volatility lows for potential opportunities to buy put options for short-term protection or speculative bearish trades to hedge a bullis

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Swim in the Deep End with Out-of-the-Money Options May 13, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Looking to supplement returns? Consider selling out-of-the-money options. Unless there are large price swings, these options don’t change much.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Trading is (Not) Gambling: Why the Naysayers are Wrong April 27, 2015 10:05 PM   |  

The principles of successful trading are also rooted in the professional side of the card table rather than pure luck. The trick isn’t just knowing when to hold 'em, or fold 'em, but why.

8 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Can't Commit to Selling? Think Short Vertical Option Spread April 15, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Shorting a stock you no longer like isn't an easy decision. In fact, it can be an expensive decision. Instead, you might turn to the options market and take a closer look at short vertical spreads.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Extreme Skew: What Options Traders Need to Know February 5, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

Investors seeking protection from market volatility have contributed to extreme “SKEW” levels in options markets.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Trade Analysis Focus: The Answer Butler For Your Trades April 1, 2014 5:10 PM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

10 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Trading Momentum Without a Chart April 1, 2014 5:07 PM   |  

Picking months and strikes are big decisions for options traders. Do probabilities matter? We think so.

8 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
VIX Futures: The Unfair Advantage January 1, 2014 4:43 PM   |  

I was happy when CBOE VIX futures were added to TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim® platform. So, it’s not running with the bulls in Pamplona. But I’m a trader...

7 min read  |  Futures
Spread Trading Part 4: Connecting the Dots October 1, 2013 5:26 PM   |  

Once you've learned the foundational option spreads—verticals and calendars—and what makes them tick, the next step is knowing when to use them.

11 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Earnings Announcements without Getting Skewed July 1, 2013 5:19 PM   |  

Trading earnings announcements can be a fool's game. When volatility is high, trends can break after a company announces. Consider a few volatility tricks.

10 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
Special Focus: Vertical Spreads. Up, Down ... Who Cares? January 1, 2013 4:35 PM   |  

Buying calls and puts is great when the stars align. For the spread trader, anything is possible. And the vertical spread is all where it begins.

11 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Money Walks, Options Talk: Analyzing Option Prices January 1, 2013 4:30 PM   |  

Option prices can speak louder about the state of a stock than most analysts. You just have to listen and understand what they're trying to say.

8 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Vol for One, One for Vol: Trading Volatility with Options Spreads October 1, 2012 12:16 PM   |  

Trading stocks over $100 can be tricky under any volatility backdrop. But with the right option spread, any volatility, high or low, will do.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Stickin' It to the Nerds: Building a High-Frequency Trading System October 1, 2011 10:14 AM   |  

If the quants are making all the money these days with high-frequency trading, what’s it gonna take to compete? Beat them at their own game.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
On Beyond Condors: Strategies For Undefined-Risk Trades April 1, 2010 6:37 PM   |  

Option strategies for more potential profit, using undefined-risk trades that draw roots from their defined-risk cousins.

9 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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