Trading Strategies

Trading Oil Futures: Basics on the Most Global Commodity of All June 23, 2022 11:56 AM   |  

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
Looking for Summertime Portfolio Sizzle? Market Sectors to Watch May 10, 2022 11:06 AM   |  

Stock market trends and seasonal patterns happen throughout the year. Here are a few potential market sectors to consider when searching for summertime sizzle.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Spread Trading Strategies: Different Strokes for Different Folks March 29, 2022 12:30 PM   |  

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 option trader, there are plenty of ways to put on a spread trade.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Risk Management: The Un-Fun, Must-Know Part of Trading January 10, 2022 10:15 AM   |  

Your risk-management strategy could decide whether you survive the next market turn. If you don’t have a trading plan in place, here are some ideas to help you get started.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Capiche: Three Lessons from a Meme-Stock Boomer January 10, 2022 10:15 AM   |  

Should you focus your attention on those meme stocks or look the other way? Here are some tips to consider.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
As Market Structure Evolves, Consider Adapting with Stop-Order Strategies August 31, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

With high-frequency trading algorithms frequently attempting to “sniff out” stop orders, it may be time to adjust how you place such orders.

2 min read  |  Trading Basics
Four Steps to Finding Your (Trading) Zen June 28, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

When your trading life pulls you in all directions, it can be difficult to find your center. Consider these four steps to help you develop your trading mindset.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Think Ahead by Looking Back: Using the thinkBack™ Tool for Backtesting Options Strategies May 31, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

The thinkBack™ tool in thinkorswim® can help backtest options strategies. Compare strategies, run entry and exit scenarios, and become a more informed option trader.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
“Sell in May and Go Away” and Other Trading Myths: Why Seasonality Draws Skepticism May 7, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

The so-called “January effect” and other seasonal patterns like “sell in May” have long been part of market vernacular, but investors need to separate reality from myth.

7 min read  |  Charting
How to Exit a Trade (Without Losing Your Mind) April 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

The next time you find yourself in a winning trade and think you can squeeze a little more, consider a few strategies to reduce your risks without giving up on more.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Capiche: Why Are You Getting In a Trade? April 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Successful traders have rules and stick to them, whether those rules are based on volatility, probability, technical analysis, or other factors.

1 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
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
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
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
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
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
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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