Trading Strategies

Backtesting: Harnessing the Past to Test Your Trading Strategies March 30, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Backtesting with past data can help determine the likelihood of a trade playing out a certain way. OnDemand on thinkorswim can backtest stocks, options, futures, and forex trading strategies.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Trading Oil Futures: Basics on the Most Global Commodity of All January 28, 2021 1:28 PM   |  

Crude oil futures are one of the most actively traded in the world. Understand the different ways an investor might participate in the crude oil market.

5 min read  |  Futures
New Year, New You: Hitting the Reset Button January 4, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Starting the new year fresh can be a great idea. Despite the drop and pop we saw last year, it may still be a good time to think about resetting your trading strategies and get a fresh start.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Don’t Get Caught in a “Bull Trap”—Tips to Avoid Getting Tricked May 12, 2020 10:46 AM   |  

Some call it a bull trap; others use the more colorful term suckers' rally. Either way, traders don't want to get caught. Is a bounce off the lows for real, or just a ruse?

5 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Spread Trading Strategies: Different Strokes for Different Folks August 16, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

What is a spread trade? It depends on the products you trade. For a stock trader it could be a pairs trade, and for an options trader there are plenty of ways to put on a spread trade.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Back-to-School Season Means Shopping for Kids—and Your Portfolio? August 13, 2019 10:00 AM   |  

September means back-to-school time, which could mean shopping for your student and a portfolio of stock investments.

2 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Looking for Summertime Portfolio Sizzle? Market Sectors to Watch July 15, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Just as families tend to dial it back a bit during the summer months, so do markets and market participants. Here are a few potential opportunities and pitfalls to consider when searching for summertime sizzle.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Seeking Short Term Opportunities with a Swing Trading Strategy May 22, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Swing trading strategies attempt to capitalize on price fluctuation over the short term—a period of days or weeks—but not intraday movement. Learn how swing trading is used by traders and decide whether it may be right for you.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Average True Range: Using the ATR Indicator in Your Trade Exit Strategy March 15, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

The average true range indicator could be a new arrow in your quiver of technical analysis tools.

2 min read  |  Technical Analysis
How to Read Stock Charts: Trusty Technical Analysis for Traders February 25, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Trading stocks? Learn basic price chart reading to help identify support and resistance and market entry and exit points.

10 min read  |  Charting
Annual Vol Is Nice. What About Tomorrow? January 7, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

Volatility data is focused on the long term. Traders are focused on the short term. There is a way to convert volatility data so it can be useful for the trader.

4 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Implied Volatility: Spotting High Vol and Aligning Your Options December 26, 2018 4:01 AM   |  

Learn the difference between implied and historical volatility, and find out how to align your options trading strategy with the right volatility exposure.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Options Expiration: Definitions, a Checklist, and More February 18, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Options expiration day can be a time of volatility, opportunity and peril. Trading and selling options on expiration day requires an understanding of the process, here are a few things you need to know.

7 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Calendar Spreads: Options Strategies for Quiet Markets March 16, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Calendar spreads, an options trading strategy, could be the answer if you are looking for high probability opportunities amid a low volatility trading environment. Learn more about option opportunities in a quiet market.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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