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.
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.
Successful traders have rules and stick to them, whether those rules are based on volatility, probability, technical analysis, or other factors.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
September means back-to-school time, which could mean shopping for your student and a portfolio of stock investments.
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.
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.
The average true range indicator could be a new arrow in your quiver of technical analysis tools.
Trading stocks? Learn basic price chart reading to help identify support and resistance and market entry and exit points.
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.
Learn the difference between implied and historical volatility, and find out how to align your options trading strategy with the right volatility exposure.
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.
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.
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