Markets, as well as economies, run in cycles—sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes sideways—each for an uncertain amount of time. Cycles present risks and opportunities for investors. Here are a few things investors should know about cycles, recessions, and recoveries.
Wild stock market swings? Bear market? Staying invested for the long term may keep you on course.
With so many indicators and charting tools to choose from, it's best to think about what is most important to you and then create a step-by-step approach.
When considering investments, many investors concentrate on the things that make a stock a good candidate. But what about the potential danger signs?
With so many technical indicators to choose from, it can be tough to choose the ones to use in your stock trading. Consider a top-down approach to help you decide whether to use stock momentum indicators, trend indicators, or consolidating indicators.
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.
Animal terms and animal references are prominent among Wall Street slang terms. Here’s a look at bulls and bears, hawks and doves, cats and dogs, sheep and pigs, and even black swans and unicorns.
Socially responsible investing is maturing, growing in assets, and moving into new territory. Find out where ESG investing is heading next.
With millennials and Gen Z more comfortable with sober drinks, beverage companies are looking to cash in on the so-called sober-curious trend.
September means back-to-school time, which could mean shopping for your student and a portfolio of stock investments.
Explore trading multiple time frames to avoid chart head-fakes that might throw you off your strategy. Plus, identify trade entries and exits even as you ride out long-term trends.
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.
In 1960, 13% of all U.S. households were made up of one person. That number has risen to 28%. Companies and industries are taking note. Is your portfolio prepared?
Identifying entry and exit points is crucial for any trading strategy. A simple moving average crossover system can help.
Following trendlines, pennant formations, and other chart patterns can help you identify potential places to enter and exit trades.
The average true range indicator could be a new arrow in your quiver of technical analysis tools.
Structural changes in the loan market over the last decade have shifted many loans from the balance sheets of big banks to those of institutional and retail investors. What risks might these loans pose to investors?
Learn about several emerging macroeconomic risk areas that could impact the financial markets in 2019.
Learn how high-frequency trading affects today's markets, including creating liquidity for retail investors.
Want to learn about commodities trading, or how to invest in commodities? Start with this overview.
Learn how momentum indicators such as MACD, RSI, and CCI can help determine the apparent strength and conviction of a trend.
Check your investment account info and progress toward your financial goals directly from your smartwatch.
The so-called January effect and other seasonal patterns have long been part of market vernacular, but investors need to separate reality from myth.
What we refer to as a “stock market” is actually an intertwined global ecosystem. Learn the “who, what and why” of the stock market and stock exchanges.
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.
As technology becomes more and more integral to our everyday lives, it’s also becoming a more prominent feature in retirement. Learn some of the apps that are improving seniors' lives.
Short-term traders and long-term investors use technical analysis to help them determine potential entry and exit signals for their investments.
Learn how to identify stock market trends using moving averages to help add context, support decision making, and complement other forms of analysis.
Develop a better understanding of stock valuation metrics and how to locate potentially undervalued investment opportunities.
Geopolitical risks come in many forms, and can impact an investment portfolio in a number of ways. Here are a few basic points to consider.
A stochastic oscillator measures the distance between a stock’s closing price and the range of highs and lows to help identify turning points.
Is your pet a member of your family? Learn how our love of animals makes for big business.
Socially responsible investing, which lets you align your portfolio with your values, has grown in popularity in recent years, bolstered by product innovation. Learn more here.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) has scaled all-time high after all-time high this year. But what about transportation index?
Learn about the risks and potential benefits of "socially responsible" fixed income investing, or what some call "green bonds."
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.
Learn about the VIX and other volatility indexes and how some investors use them to assess potential risk.
It’s getting easier than ever for socially conscious investors to monitor companies for their environmental, human rights, and other initiatives.
Some investors draw parallels between the Nasdaq Composite index now versus that of the late 1990s and early 2000, but there may be more to the story.
Self-driving cars could be here soon as many companies work on developing autonomous technology. Experts think some of these industries could be impacted.
Sustainable investing is more popular than ever as we celebrate Earth Day 2017. What can investors do to put more “green” into their portfolios?
Are you a long-term investor hoping to use time to your advantage? Don’t chase trends, and especially don’t try to time the market. There are other ways.
Can trading be taught? The famous “turtle experiment” says it can. And the turtles followed trends.
Does the prevailing political party, Democratic or Republican, really make a difference to the stock market?
We've all heard the adage, "buy low-sell high," but what about buying high and potentially selling higher?
Halloween spending looks to be on the rise, and that could give investors a hint about the key Christmas shopping season and how it might affect retailers’ bo
Who needs a huge house and yard to take care of in retirement? Learn about the new try-before-you-buy approach to retirement housing.
Like the changing leaves outdoors, fall signals a change in the historical patterns of the stock market. Learn what the “best six months” has in store.
The S&P 500 is in a short-term trading range, but remains in a long-term bullish trend. Here’s how some investors are trading the range.
The U.S. presidential election cycle theory of the stock market says that the market moves based on the year of the president's term. Is there any proof?
Technical analysis and drawing trendlines can keep you informed about the trends unfolding in your investments and may even support your decision making.
Is the stock market overvalued or undervalued? Let’s take a look at the S&P 500’s valuation and the sectors that might offer investors value.
Oftentimes economic reports can move markets, which means you might want to brush up on your macroeconomics.
Feeling confused by pages of tiny numbers in a company’s earnings report? Here are three metrics investors can easily find in quarterly data.
Many have heard of “sell in May and go away.” What other seasonal factors, both well known and obscure, are out there and perhaps moving the markets?
Learn why the Fed and traders follow the personal income and spending reports, especially the Personal Consumption Expenditures Index.
For retirees, the recent dip to record low U.S. bond yields poses a challenge. Will investors be forced into more dangerous investments?
Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.
The U.S. dollar index (/DX) is strong. Since early May, the /DX has climbed 5.30. What might this mean for stocks?
There’s about $174.9 billion of untapped real estate in America. Are you ready to rent out a spare bedroom?
In recent years, passively managed index funds have attracted big money flows. What are the advantages and risks of investing in index funds?
Negative interest rate policy is a fact in the eurozone and Japan. How has it affected those economies, and what might investors expect if such policy ever ar
You might assume green initiatives are the core of socially responsible investing, but there’s a long list of factors that go into evaluating a company’s ethi
Immunotherapy aims to harness the body's immune system to fight disease. Biotech and pharma firms constantly bring possibilities to market—some may even work.
Are you too obsessed with stock benchmarks? You may be indirectly and directly following results that are far removed from your portfolio’s long-term aim.
When will a stock trend end? There are a few stock chart indicators that make spotting trend reversal warning signs a little easier.
Investors might rethink risk and consider picking less popular stocks for better long-run historical performance.
History shows that Democrats have been kind to stocks. Surprised? Find out which stock sectors stand to improve under a Democratic president.
Economists and investors toss around the term “secular stagnation” to describe the below-trend slow-growth economy.
Study intermarket analysis for a more complete investing picture. Pull in bonds, currencies, and commodities with typical stock market research.
How companies fix skilled and unskilled labor shortages impacts the health of their bottom lines and share value. On-the-job training needs a new look.
Monitor maturing cloud technology as consolidation dominates a sector occupied by tech powerhouses and as providers look for what’s next in security and data.
Scrutinizing financial stocks? Crowdfunding and other alternative funding methods are growing fast, and are even challenging traditional banking.
Beta, a method of measuring an investment’s volatility relative to the broader market, is one way to gauge risk. It works even better when you remember to re-measure.
With benchmark U.S. interest rates poised to climb, fixed-income investors should consider the implications for muni bonds.
Creating a new way of looking at a simple moving average to track stock momentum through thinkScript in thinkorswim.
The Dow has long been viewed as a proxy for the U.S. market and economy, but investors should be mindful of its limitations.
Market bubbles will always happen, but it’s important for investors to recognize herd mentality and other signs of speculative frenzy.
Inflation signals are evident in a host of everyday household items, and investors should learn what to look for and how to seize potential opportunities.
The price-to-earnings ratio has its critics, yet it remains a metric worth watching for valuing stocks and making investment decisions.
Even if you're a seasoned thinkorswim^®^ user, odds are, some of its tools are unfamiliar. Dig in for some features with a big bang for your buck.
Index annuities popularity is on the rise and that’s a little scary. Put in your due diligence before you jump in.
The line between “good” and “bad” inflation is a thin one and tough to recognize. We grade the standard inflation measures.
The Relative Strength Index is technical analysis indicator that may hold clues for the end of a market trend.
You can’t fight the Federal Reserve, but at the rate things change today, that doesn't mean you should bury your head in the sand. Fed indicators matter, too.
It is said no one can pick tops and bottoms. However, Heiking Ashi bars could get you closer. Getting the information needed to make an informed decision.
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