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
Theta: Time Waits for No Trader April 1, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

Options have time decay, or theta, which is why as an option approaches expiration, it may lose extrinsic value. If you want to maintain a certain level of theta for a particular strategy, monitor your positions closely.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
What’s Hot and What’s Cool April 1, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

Useful thinkorswim tools you can use are the Heat Map, volatility calculation and Mobile Trader. Find out which stocks are moving, different ways to calculate volatility and share charts on Mobile Trader.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Calendar vs. Butterfly: The Ultimate Premium Smackdown January 7, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

Calendars and butterfly strategies may look similar but they have their differences. Why would you choose one over the other?

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Putting “Too Good to Be True” to Use October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

Traders sometimes talk glowingly about thrilling options trading strategies without considering the risks. There are some alternative strategies such as short out-of-the-money verticals that you could consider to better manage your risks.

7 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Three Steps from Idea to Trade July 16, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

TDA Network from Trader TV on thinkorswim® may give you many strategy ideas during the trading day. Watch and listen to learn about making a trading plan, analyze trades, paper trade, and then consider making a trade.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Unpacking Gamma—Delta’s Evil Enabler July 16, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

Losses can creep up on you quickly. As time passes gamma could grow more than deltas, which is why you should keep an eye on gamma and delta. Find out about gamma scalping and managing a position’s gamma.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Trading Earnings Season? Brush Up on Your Option Greeks July 3, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The sensitivity of option prices to changes in time, volatility, and the price of the underlying are commonly referred to as “Greeks.” As you prepare for earnings season, here's an overview.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Think Like a Trader, Act Like an Investor: Principles of Hedging January 7, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Making profitable adjustments to your stock portfolio can be tough. Learn more about three important metrics you can use to manage your investments.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
The Non-System System for Smarter Trading: Options Strategies January 7, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Consider these options strategies designed to increase your overall odds.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Derivatives With a Twist: Options on Futures vs. Equity Options December 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Options on futures are quite similar to their equity option cousins, but a few differences do exist.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options and Calendar Spread Decision Time: Close It or Roll It? November 29, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

As the front-month leg of a calendar options spread approaches expiration, a decision must be made: close the spread or roll it.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Double Calendars: The Low Volatility Trade with Two Peaks November 5, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Are you an option looking for a strategy designed for a lower-volatility environment?

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
On Any Given Friday: An Introduction to Weekly Options October 19, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how weekly stock options can help you target your exposure to market events such as earnings releases or economic events.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Neutral Spreads Get Tasty: Diagonals and Iron Condors October 1, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Are you getting the most out of your iron condor stock trades? Double diagonals could help you do just that. Learn more about options trading.

9 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Scalping the Gamma: Dynamic Hedging of Option Positions September 28, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to dynamically hedge changes in an option position’s delta in a process known as “gamma scalping.”

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Gamma Scalping Intro: Synthetics, Put-Call Parity and Delta-Neutral September 21, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Some option traders dynamically hedge positions, but doing so requires a basic understanding of synthetic positions and put-call parity.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Price Action vs. Price Erosion: The Positive Side of Negative Theta September 7, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about gamma, which some traders consider the positive side of negative theta.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Going on Strike: Consider Widths when Buying Vertical Spreads August 3, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

If you have a directional view on a stock price, buying a vertical spread might be for you. But deciding on strikes and strike widths requires some thought.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Three Clicks From Data to Trade: Economic Indicators July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Some economic indicators create more noise than others—learn to create trading strategies based on how markets might react to economic data.

7 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Are You Missing the Forest for the Trades? July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Instead of hyper-focusing on one position at a time, look at your entire portfolio and try to figure out a better hedge—here's some tools and tweaks to help.

8 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
Are You Trading Enough? Manage Your Trades Better April 16, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Overtrading can be a killer to your P/L. The trick is to trade consistently and always know what the markets—and your positions—are doing.

8 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Weekly Options: Stretch Them Out September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how to increase the flexibility of your existing options strategies with weeklys: options that move quickly and live for about a week.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options Trading Game Plan for Earnings and Elections July 11, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Earnings season is upon us again and the elections are right around the corner. Learn options strategies to trade earnings season and the upcoming elections.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
Industry Spotlight: Wednesday Expirations Anyone? July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Weeklys on SPX: Now options traders have even more toys to play with... and more to chew on. Find out about them before changing your trading strategy.

2 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trading Options by the Calendar: Time Can Be a Trader’s Friend June 27, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The calendar trade is a strategy that belongs in every trader’s arsenal, partly because calendars are easily adjusted, and also handy for weekly options.

2 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
Fake It ’Til You Make It: Synthetic Options Strategies, Pt 3 May 12, 2016 12:01 AM   |  

With an understanding of terms and definitions involved in synthetic options, how do traders begin applying synthetic options in the most efficient way?

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Long Stock versus Long Call: Exploring Your Options May 11, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Can you use call options as a substitute for long stock? Learn the benefits and risks of this strategy.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Really Pretty Real: Understanding Synthetic Options Strategies, Pt 1 April 18, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how synthetic options strategies can help traders potentially lower transaction costs, improve price discovery, and more efficiently use capital.

4 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
It’s an Option: Increase Buying Power with Stock Replacement March 22, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Want to participate in the potential upside of a stock while using only a fraction of the buying power? Here’s how to do it with a long-dated call option.

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
You Asked, We Answered: Getting Started with Options March 9, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

Industry data shows options trading numbers are growing. But many stock traders remain hungry for options trading basics. Here’s how to get started.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
Option Strategy Throw Down: Selling Strangles vs Iron Condors October 7, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Volatility’s tendency to level out after a spike can present strategy opportunities, especially selling strategies found with strangles and iron condors.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Feeling Stock Market Sticker Shock? Options Might Help June 24, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Tackle the sticker shock of a lofty stock market with an options play. Consider lowering your cost basis by selling puts.

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Size Up Option Straddles for a Reading on Earnings Volatility May 20, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Check out short-term options pricing to gain a sense of how the underlying stock could move around an earnings release. You can track straddles or use the TD

3 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
How to Trade Long Options with a Safety Net April 27, 2015 10:16 PM   |  

Buying calls and puts is how most traders jump into the options market. Despite their siren songs, you can still attempt to protect yourself.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Want a Weekly Option? Learn Why Weeklys Trading Is Booming April 2, 2015 5:00 AM   |  

Weekly options were introduced by the Chicago Board Options Exchange in 2005. Now they’re all the rage, especially as more traders use them to position for earnings releases.

2 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Out-of-the-Money or In-the-Money Spreads? How to Choose March 26, 2015 5:00 AM   |  

Liquidity, cost, and overall tradability turn options strategies that are similar on paper into real-life scenarios that look quite different.

2 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Trader Trio: Three thinkorswim® Tools You Should Know April 1, 2014 5:05 PM   |  

Even if you're a seasoned thinkorswim^®^ user, odds are, some of its tools are unfamiliar. Dig in for some features with a big bang for your buck.

6 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Overcoming Fear: Selling Naked Puts with Your Pants On July 1, 2013 5:36 PM   |  

The first step to overcoming any fear is understanding what you're dealing with. With short-naked puts, that means understanding the strategy and the risks.

2 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Decode the Greeks: Ancient Alphabet Helps You Trade Options July 11, 2012 3:39 PM   |  

Options greeks can help measure how much an option might gain or lose—and help you decide how much risk you’re willing to take.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
It's About Time: Range-Trading with the Calendar Spread December 31, 2011 7:00 PM   |  

We know stocks move up and down. But much of the time, they're range-bound. The calendar spread takes advantage of that at a fraction of the stock price.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Weeklys: Trading Short-Term Options in the Red Zone January 1, 2011 8:18 AM   |  

A guide to weeklys: Volume is swelling, and traders are using weekly options to speculate on very short-term moves, or simply as a hedge.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Stepping up to Vertical Spreads, The Naked Option Alternative January 1, 2011 7:27 AM   |  

Before buying or selling call and put options, check the alternatives. The vertical spread is a simple solution to the problems short naked options pose.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Not Your Daddy's Diversification: Hedging Risk Like a Trader January 1, 2011 6:34 AM   |  

Diversification approaches for active traders to hedge non-systematic risk across spreads, including directional risk and time and vol.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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