Have you been paper trading on a simulator? Is it time for the real deal? It’s not just about money; it’s also about emotion. Here’s what you should know about paper trading vs. live trading.
Traders can use the beta-weighting tool on the thinkorswim® platform to view the overall risk of all their positions as a whole instead of looking at risks of individual assets.
Learn how investors can use seasonality charts to potentially identify stock trends.
Trading futures in an individual retirement account (IRA) comes with benefits as well as risks and limitations. Here’s what you need to know.
Learn how the thinkorswim Mobile Company Profile tool can help investors discover what's creating a company's value.
Volume is an important technical indicator to pay attention to. Understanding the relationship between price and volume can be a useful skill for both day traders and long-term investors.
How can you spot a market trend? Try several trend-following technical indicators. Three of the more popular ones are moving averages, MACD, and Parabolic SAR.
When you’re looking for critical information about your trading accounts, account positions, and how your positions are doing, you want to have the key data points at your fingertips. The Monitor tab on thinkorswim® allows you to access this information.
Is the market pricing in a greater-than-typical move in a stock? Check the Market Maker Move indicator on thinkorswim®. Its magnitude can help inform your trading decisions.
The value of an option tends to decay as expiration approaches. Learn about three options trading strategies that target time decay (“theta”).
If an options position isn’t going the way you thought it would, you might consider rolling it using the thinkorswim Strategy Roller®. It could take out some of the guesswork for when and how to roll options positions.
The Market Maker Move (MMM) indicates the expected magnitude of an upcoming move such as earnings. It can provide some useful info that you can use when trading options.
Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.
Looking to use more platforms for your trading? thinkorswim desktop, Web, and mobile are all synced, so anything you set up on one will show up across the suite.
Suppose you buy a call option at a given strike price. Now what? The Theo Price tool on thinkorswim can help you assess what it could mean for your trade if the underlying stock reaches your price target by a certain date, if it goes the other way, if implied volatility changes, and more.
Do you ever find yourself lying in the dark, thinking about trading? It might be those open positions in your account getting the better of you. Or you might just need to pop in and do some after-hours trading. Here are some things that keep traders up at night.
Consider using company cash flow data as you survey stock investments. It’s a basic, fundamental measure of potential earnings and dividend growth.
The housing market has historically been a bellwether of the stock market and of the economy in general. Learn about housing starts, building permits, and other indicators that can help investors assess the state of the housing market.
The success of every trade involves three elements: the entry, the exit, and what happens in between. Here’s a look at the trade life cycle.
Looking to pick stocks worth trading? You can lay the groundwork for a sound stock selection strategy with a few relatively simple components.
Learning how to trade stocks can seem complex. TD Ameritrade helps simplify the hoops that traders and investors need to jump through to get the trading education they need.
Looking for a trading simulator? Try paperMoney®, the free stock market simulator from TD Ameritrade. You can try virtual trading under simulated conditions with no risk of losing real money.
Explore options statistics on thinkorswim—implied & historical vol and percentiles, the Sizzle Index, and the put/call ratio. Learn how options stats can help traders and investors make more informed decisions.
thinkorswim has developed an interface dedicated to researching the effects that earnings announcements have on the prices of stocks and options.
Options trading involves risk, but these risks can be analyzed, monitored, and simulated with the thinkorswim® Risk Profile tool.
Yearning for a chart indicator that doesn't exist yet? Why not write it yourself? All it takes is knowing your thinkScript® ABCs.
Learn the thinkorswim platform's Order Entry tool and how multi-leg trades, or option spreads, can make sense for qualified traders during earnings season.
Trend direction and volatility are two variables an option trader relies on. Combining trend following, momentum, and trend reversal indicators on the thinkorswim platform may help you determine which direction prices may be moving and with how much momentum.
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.
Maybe volatility is low and you believe a breakout is about to happen. But you don’t know which direction price will move. Or maybe you believe the markets are high and you don’t know when they might fall. What options strategies could you trade?
Trading bond futures may not be as risky as you think. A step-by-step guide that explains bond futures contract specs, pricing, and margin can go a long way. Walk through a 10-day bond trade and get a feel for day-to-day price action in the bond futures markets.
A stochastic oscillator measures the distance between a stock’s closing price and the range of highs and lows to help identify turning points.
Explore real examples of initial margin & maintenance margin calls. Dive into the mechanics of margin multipliers in futures contract margin.
Selling call and put options can be risky, but when used wisely, experienced traders can use this strategy to pursue their investment objectives. Learn the basics of shorting options.
Using stock charts and buy-sell indicators can bring a modicum of probability with which to make trading decisions. Here are three that are worthy of attention — the Standard Deviation Channel, Schaff Trend Cycle, and Simple Cloud.
Trade certain securities 24 hours a day, five days a week, excluding market holidays, with TD Ameritrade.
Learn about the three basic trading chart types and their advantages: line charts, bar charts, and candlestick charts.
New advanced time frame tools and extended data for charts may help traders and investors get an edge in the markets.
With the earnings calendar tools available on the TD Ameritrade thinkorswim Platform, you can be in the know when it comes to the earnings season.
Fundamentals research is a core strategy for many traders and the thinkorswim platform makes it easy for traders to browse research in a time-efficient manner
With the scan tool traders can choose from and modify hundreds of predefined scans or create custom scans based your their search criteria.
Learn how using the Volume Profile indicator can help identify potential price trends.
Some economic indicators create more noise than others—learn to create trading strategies based on how markets might react to economic data.
Learn how new drawing tools on thinkorswim can make custom drawing and annotation simple and easily accessible.
The Company Profile tool uncovers what drives a company's value, tests different scenarios, and helps make trading decisions.
Thinking of some liquid assets for your portfolio? Booze stocks may fit the bill.
You know what they day: practice makes perfect! Improve your trading skills by practicing with thinkorswim's paperMoney.
Investment in alternative energy companies and ETFs may offer rewards, but also come with risks. Here are some considerations.
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.
TD Ameritrade is giving you the ability to create your very own candlestick pattern in their latest thinkorswim platform release.
We've all heard the adage, "buy low-sell high," but what about buying high and potentially selling higher?
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.
Investors feeling flooded by all the data generated every day may want to try a new tool that puts all the numbers in one place for comparison and easier unde
The S&P 500 finished August with one of its smallest monthly trading ranges. Learn how the Market Forecast indicator might help you make sense of these ranges
Coffee may wake you up in the morning, and coffee can perk up a portfolio, too. Learn how investors can gain exposure to coffee and diversify a portfolio.
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.
Earnings—a quarterly company check-up— are one of the most important “known” events that allow traders to align a strategy on the thinkorswim platform.
thinkorswim has been completely redesigned in its upcoming reskin, and it's more than just a pretty face.
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.
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.
Traders often think of options in small denominations because that’s how the bid/ask quotes appear. But beginning investors in particular must remember to use a 100x multiplier to help determine correct position sizes.
How to build a chart that displays the ratio of the Dow Jones Industrial average to the price of gold using thinkScript in the thinkorswim platform by TD Ameritrade
Fundamental analysis for momentum traders is easier with the new Fundamentals page for thinkorswim®.
Fundamental analysis for momentum traders is easy with thinkorswim’s new Fundamental page.
thinkorswim platform’s ® Today’s Options Statistics divvies up the market by call and put volume, delta values, historical volatility, and more.
When calculating risk, you can use all kinds of tools to compare a stock's current volatility to its past volatility. However, one of our favorites is fast beta.
If you're new to trading futures, keep your eye on three critical reports: Petroleum Status Report, U.S. Treasury Auctions, and USDA Crop Reports. Here's why.
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