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Pile on With Multi-Spread Organic Trading October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

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?

8 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
Practice Trading with paperMoney® Free Stock Market Simulator August 23, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Use paperMoney®, TD Ameritrade's free stock market simulator, to practice stock trading on a virtual stock exchange with no risk of losing real money. Try it.

4 min read  |  Paper Trading
Overbought or Oversold Stocks: Stochastic Oscillators Can Help Time Trades August 14, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

A stochastic oscillator measures the distance between a stock’s closing price and the range of highs and lows to help identify turning points.

4 min read  |  Charting
Futures Margin Call Basics: What to Know Before You Lever Up July 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Explore real examples of initial margin & maintenance margin calls. Dive into the mechanics of margin multipliers in futures contract margin.

5 min read  |  Futures
The Short Option: A Primer on Selling Put and Call Options July 13, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

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.

5 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Getting False Charting Signals? Try Out Indicators Off the Grid June 25, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

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.

5 min read  |  Charting
Learn How To Trade Stocks: Trader and Investor Education April 30, 2018 7:00 AM   |  

Learning how to trade stocks can seem complex. TD Ameritrade helps to simplify the hoops that traders and investors need to jump through to get the trading education that they need.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Why Sleep When You Could Be Trading? New Extended Hours January 28, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Trade certain securities 24 hours a day, five days a week, excluding market holidays, with TD Ameritrade.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Let’s Get Technical: 3 Indicators to Help Find and Follow Trends December 17, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

How to spot a market trend? Here are three technical indicators to help.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Line, Bar, and Candlestick: Three Chart Types for Traders December 11, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Learn about the three basic trading chart types and their advantages: line charts, bar charts, and candlestick charts.

4 min read  |  Charting
New Charting Tools: Advanced Time Frames and Extended Data November 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

New advanced time frame tools and extended data for charts may help traders and investors get an edge in the markets.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Earnings Calendar Tool to Help Investors Navigate Earnings Season October 30, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

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.

4 min read  |  Web Platform
Confidence Boost: Tools to Help Hone Your Options Strategy October 12, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how three trading tools and services can help newcomers and veterans alike with trade selection and risk management.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Trade Confidently with thinkorswim Fundamentals September 29, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

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

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
How Do You Find Potential Opportunities in a Huge Market? Scan It September 28, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

With the scan tool traders can choose from and modify hundreds of predefined scans or create custom scans based your their search criteria.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Monitor Tab on thinkorswim: Quick Access to Your Trading Activity September 26, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

When you’re looking for critical information about your trading account, holdings, and activity, you don’t want to have to go poking around for key figures and stats.

1 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Assess Your Positions’ Risk with Beta Weighting on thinkorswim September 26, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Traders can use the beta weighting tool on the thinkorswim platform to assess their various positions in terms of volatility or market risk.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Market Maker Move: A Handy Way to Monitor Possible Price Fluctuations September 21, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Find market maker moves when researching trades with earnings announcements. Just use this handy TD Ameritrade thinkorswim® trading platform tool.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Can You Hear It? Hidden Market Activity with Volume Profile July 27, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how using the Volume Profile indicator can help identify potential price trends.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Technical Drafting Class: Making Drawings Easy and Accessible July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how new drawing tools on thinkorswim can make custom drawing and annotation simple and easily accessible.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
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
Company Profile Tool Provides Insight Into a Stock's Value May 19, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

The Company Profile tool uncovers what drives a company's value, tests different scenarios, and helps make trading decisions.

1 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Swim Lessons: Option Melting and Theta Decay Strategies May 18, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

An option's value tends to decay as expiration approaches. Learn how to incorporate time decay ("theta") into a trading strategy.

4 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Blockchain: Is the Financial Sector Ripe for Technology Disruption? May 16, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Technology has been disrupting firms in many industry sectors in recent days. Could financials be next?

3 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Taking a Spirited Look at the Booze Industry? Here are a Few Thoughts April 21, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Thinking of some liquid assets for your portfolio? Booze stocks may fit the bill.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
You Have Nothing to Lose When Playing With paperMoney® April 20, 2017 8:00 PM   |  

You know what they day: practice makes perfect! Improve your trading skills by practicing with thinkorswim's paperMoney.

2 min read  |  Paper Trading
Swim Lessons: Lost at Sea? The Risk Profile Tool Can Be Your Message in a Bottle April 6, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

While options trading involves risk, these risks can be analyzed, monitored and simulated with the thinkorswim® Risk Profile tool.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Caution to the Wind…and Solar, Hydro and Geothermal? March 7, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Investment in alternative energy companies and ETFs may offer rewards, but also come with risks. Here are some considerations.

4 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Swim Lessons: How Volatility and The Rule of 16 Can Offer Perspective March 2, 2017 7:00 AM   |  

Comparing implied and historical volatility, and using the Rule of 16, can help give you perspective in your options trading.

4 min read  |  Option 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  |  Option Trading Basics
New Earnings Features on thinkorswim November 28, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

thinkorswim has developed a new interface dedicated to researching the effects that earnings announcements have on securities and derivatives pricing

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
On/Off Ramp: Your Guide to Trade Entry and Exit November 27, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

The success of every trade involves three elements: the entry, the exit, and what happens in between. This series explores the trade life cycle.

3 min read  |  Trading Basics
New Candlestick Pattern Tool on thinkorswim November 21, 2016 4:00 AM   |  

TD Ameritrade is giving you the ability to create your very own candlestick pattern in their latest thinkorswim platform release.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Finding Trade Candidates on the 52-Week-High List October 27, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

We've all heard the adage, "buy low-sell high," but what about buying high and potentially selling higher?

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
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
Data Deluge: Using Economic Reports to Inform Your Trading Plan September 14, 2016 10:21 AM   |  

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

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Market Forecast: Stocks Break Winning Streak with Tight Range September 9, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

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

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
New Economic Data Tool on thinkorswim September 1, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Charting in thinkorswim's Economic Data Tool September 1, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Commodity Play? Perk Up a Portfolio with a Global Cup of Joe June 24, 2016 12:05 AM   |  

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.

2 min read  |  Commodities
Trading Futures in an IRA? Getting Oriented to the Retirement Future May 18, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Have you ever wondered what else can be traded in an individual retirement account (IRA) besides stocks and bonds? Learn how to trade futures in an IRA.

3 min read  |  Futures
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  |  Option Trading Basics
Volume: One of the Most Important Technical Indicators March 15, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Learn to interpret trading volume and its relationship with price moves. Understanding volume is a useful skill for both day traders and long-term investors.

3 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Tools of the Trade (Earnings Trade That Is) November 23, 2015 8:20 AM   |  

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.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
New thinkorswim Reskin is More Than Just a Pretty Face September 18, 2015 11:00 AM   |  

thinkorswim has been completely redesigned in its upcoming reskin, and it's more than just a pretty face.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
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
Cash Is King: Follow the Money Flow to Begin Your Stock Analysis June 3, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Use easy-to-find company cash flow data as you survey stock investments. It’s a basic, fundamental measure of potential earnings and dividend growth.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
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
Exploring Options: An Introduction to Multipliers April 9, 2015 9:50 AM   |  

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.

2 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Cool Scripts: Create Your Own Dow-to-Gold Ratio July 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

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

3 min read  |  Charting
Fundamentals Even a Trader Could Love February 28, 2014 7:00 PM   |  

Fundamental analysis for momentum traders is easier with the new Fundamentals page for thinkorswim®.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
How Much Will It Move? Calculating Risk with Fast Beta January 12, 2014 9:20 PM   |  

Fundamental analysis for momentum traders is easy with thinkorswim’s new Fundamental page.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Easy Coding for Traders; How to Build Your Own Indicator January 1, 2014 4:50 PM   |  

10 min read  |  Charting
How Your Trading Platform Can Help with Math: Stats on Stats November 12, 2013 8:31 PM   |  

thinkorswim platform’s ® Today’s Options Statistics divvies up the market by call and put volume, delta values, historical volatility, and more.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Gear Head: How to Get a Better Read on Beta October 1, 2013 5:39 PM   |  

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.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Options Rolls: New Tools That Work Your Complex Strategy June 5, 2013 3:22 PM   |  

thinkorswim’s Strategy Roller™ takes out some of the guesswork for when and how to roll options positions.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Screening For Sizzle: Revealing Secrets of Options Volume May 5, 2013 2:42 PM   |  

Tracking unusual flare-ups in options volume can uncover investing ideas.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
How Might Your Strategy Fare? Backtest with thinkOnDemand® October 23, 2012 9:11 PM   |  

thinkorswim's thinkOnDemand is a DVR of the market's every move. See how you might have fared during the last market bombshell.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Three Must-See Reports for Futures Traders March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

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.

2 min read  |  Futures
Opposites Attract: The Short Version on How to Pairs Trade March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

Two chip stocks look attractive. Which one do you buy? How about both. Confused? Welcome to the world of pairs trading. Where you don't have to decide.

12 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
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