Vol Whisperer: Volatility Watch October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

The VIX often makes explosive moves. What do these types of moves mean?

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Same Building Blocks, Different Products: Options on Futures Intro September 26, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn the differences between equity options and options on futures contracts, and how experienced options traders can use futures options to enhance their trading.

4 min read  |  Futures
Geopolitical Risks and Your Portfolio: Navigating an Unpredictable World August 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

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.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
VIX Futures, VIX Options, and VVIX: Casting a Wide Volatility Net August 28, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how the VIX, VIX futures, VIX options and the VVIX work together to help traders increase market awareness and make more informed option trading decisions.

7 min read  |  Futures
Currency Volatility World Tour: Foreign Exchange (Forex) Volatility August 2, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn about the dynamics of foreign exchange volatility, and where to find currency volatility data.

3 min read  |  Forex
Options Volatility Q&A: VIX, Skew, and the Rule of 16 July 25, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Do you follow the VIX as a volatility measure? Ever heard of the rule of 16? How about volatility skew? Learn how to apply these concepts to options trading.

2 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Vol Whisperer: Mean Reversion—What It Means or Doesn't Mean January 7, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Do you know how to measure mean reversions? It's a popular investment strategy used by market traders around the world. Find out how you can use it.

2 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Derivatives With a Twist: Options on Futures vs. Equity Options December 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Options on futures are quite similar to their equity option cousins, but a few differences do exist.

6 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Tempest in a Teacup: Does a Jumpy VIX Have Room to Rise? December 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) has become jumpy in recent days. What might that mean?

3 min read  |  At This Moment
Volanthology World Tour: Foreign Exchange Volatility October 5, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about the dynamics of foreign exchange volatility, and where to find currency volatility data.

3 min read  |  Forex
Neutral Spreads Get Tasty: Diagonals and Iron Condors October 1, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Are you getting the most out of your iron condor stock trades? Double diagonals could help you do just that. Learn more about options trading.

9 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Vol Whisperer: You’re So VIXed—VIX Futures, VIX Options October 1, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Volatility is an important market indicator. If you're making one of these common VIX mistakes, it could cost you a great deal.

3 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Volanthology: A Tour of VIX and Other Volatility Indexes September 15, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about the VIX and other volatility indexes and how some investors use them to assess potential risk.

4 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Term Structure and Covered Calls in a Low-Volatility Environment August 17, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

When stuck in a low-volatility environment, check out the term structure. You might consider alternative covered call strategies.

3 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Black Swans: Part of the Wall Street Menagerie of Bulls and Bears July 31, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn about “black swan” events and how you can attempt to protect yourself and your portfolio from adverse shocks.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Are You Missing the Forest for the Trades? July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Instead of hyper-focusing on one position at a time, look at your entire portfolio and try to figure out a better hedge—here's some tools and tweaks to help.

8 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Vol Whisperer: VVIX and Skew—I’m Watching You April 16, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Can you calculate fear? Certain market measures help traders determine when the market seems “fearful.” Learn to do this for yourself to better evaluate risk.

2 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Clocking In and Out: Trying to Time the Market? There May Be Ways March 16, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

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.

6 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Vol Whisperer: Volatility Unleashed January 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

If you have a futures account and understand VIX, you might be ready for a covered call in volatility—long /VX futures and short VIX calls.

2 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Volatility Tips: When High Tide Is the New Low Tide July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

When trying to select the right option strategies, which do you choose? Looking to IV percentiles for clues to VIX levels may help.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
The Trader's Cure For the Volatility Blues April 12, 2016 4:00 AM   |  

Potential strategies for a depressed VIX—When volatility is low, learn how to hedge a trader's version of "yield" by trading volatility as an asset class.

10 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
With VIX Options, What You See Isn’t Always What You Get December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

When the VIX is not really the VIX… Before trading VIX options, know that options you're trading aren't likely for the chart you're seeing.

2 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Tricks of Traders Fund Managers Only Dream Of December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

A trader's job can be easier than an average mutual fund manager's—A few reasons the playing field for traders is more than leveled.

6 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
Bye-Bye, Open Outcry. In Options, Human Touch Still Matters February 19, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

The complex nature of the options markets means there’s still a place for human-to-human interaction.

3 min read  |  Trading Basics
Option Strategies to Help Protect Your Portfolio February 5, 2015 8:00 AM   |  

Basic options strategies can help investors protect portfolios against inevitable market volatility and market crashes.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Investor Goal-Line Stand: Don’t Outsmart Yourself February 4, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

Whether trading or investing, it’s important to stick to the fundamentals and not try to outsmart yourself.

3 min read  |  Option Trading Basics
VIX Futures: The Unfair Advantage January 1, 2014 4:43 PM   |  

I was happy when CBOE VIX futures were added to TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim® platform. So, it’s not running with the bulls in Pamplona. But I’m a trader...

7 min read  |  Futures
Viewing Option Volatility through a Few Different Lenses October 1, 2013 4:54 PM   |  

Volatility has become easy shorthand for trading talk. But just below the surface, volatility can be confusing. Yet, when you look at it through different lenses, a few basic truths start to clear things up.

7 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Overcoming Fear: Selling Naked Puts with Your Pants On July 1, 2013 5:36 PM   |  

The first step to overcoming any fear is understanding what you're dealing with. With short-naked puts, that means understanding the strategy and the risks.

2 min read  |  Trading Psychology
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