Options straddles and strangles are a way for advanced traders to get long or short exposure to volatility (vega), but the volatility needs to be weighted against time decay (theta). Here are the basics.
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When trading options you will need to consider price, time, and volatility at the same time. That means understanding the interplay of a few options greeks and how they play off one another.
Calendar options spreads can be effective during sideways markets and during periods of low volatility. Here’s how to set up and roll a calendar—and a rundown of the risks.
When an asset is sold for a profit, Uncle Sam wants his share. But depending on your level of taxable income, your capital gains rate might be lower than your ordinary income rate. Here’s a rundown.
Traders are becoming more dependent on their mobile devices to chart, analyze, and place trades. TD Ameritrade is adding more features to thinkorswim Mobile to bring traders the functionality of thinkorswim desktop.
When market volatility happens, immediate access is key for traders. Learn how new tools on the thinkorswim Mobile app from TD Ameritrade can let you chart, analyze, trade, and perform portfolio analysis on the go.
Margin trading has been around forever. But qualified traders, there’s another category—portfolio margin—that could take your leverage to new heights.
What is leverage in the forex market? It’s the ability to buy and sell foreign currencies while putting up only a fraction—3% to 5%—of the notional amount. Leverage offers potential opportunity, but it’s also quite risky.
Learn how futures contracts can help experienced traders and investors manage portfolio risk with a beta-weighted hedging strategy.
Options trading involves risk, but these risks can be analyzed, monitored, and simulated with the thinkorswim® Risk Profile tool.
Learn how futures contracts can help experienced traders and investors pursue their objectives while tying up less capital.
Looking for opportunities amid a low volatility trading environment? Learn about calendar spreads.
If you own stock, and don’t want out, there are ways to protect yourself and still profit on upswings. When looking to make a few bucks sans stock, go simple.
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