August Surprise: Month Marked By Fresh Trade Woes, Flight to Safety August 29, 2019 11:14 AM   |  

August—typically a quiet month when families head to the beach or the mountains, and gear up for back-to-school time—was quite the opposite this time around. Fallout from the Fed's first rate cut in 11 years, plus new volleys in the ongoing trade war, helped spark an August flight to safety.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
What to Consider Watching in September: Tariff Moves, Bond Yields, Fed Talk August 28, 2019 8:26 AM   |  

Heading into September, investors appear to be on edge about bond yields as tensions between the U.S. and China heat up. These signs, as well as uncertainty surrounding interest rate cuts, potentially point to ongoing volatility in the month ahead.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Luck of the Draw? There's a Lot More to Trading and Investing than Luck August 19, 2019 11:07 AM   |  

Investing results may depend to some extent on luck, but research and science play a larger role in portfolio strategy.

2 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Market Volatility: Can Robo-Advisors Help Avoid Emotional Trading? April 29, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Trading with your emotions during times of market volatility? Explore whether a robo-advisor may be able to help.

5 min read  |  Investment Guidance
Singing the Low-Volatility Blues? Try Calendar Spreads April 15, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how a long calendar spread can be effective in a low-volatility trading environment.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
What’s the VVIX and Why Does It Matter? April 1, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

The volatility of volatility, or VVIX, could be helpful to add to your Watchlist. VVIX indicates how to create options strategies in VIX options.

4 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Post-Election: Why Long-Term Investors Might Want to Consider a Portfolio Review November 13, 2018 2:00 PM   |  

A leadership change in the House could mean a shift in policy priorities, but if you're a long-term investor, other factors such as earnings and interest rates may be larger concerns.

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Four Big Myths About Volatility and How to Debunk Them October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

When markets are volatile you may hear the media come up with different explanations. But how reliable is that information? There are four myths about volatility you may often hear and why they may not necessarily be true.

6 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
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  |  Options 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 Options 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 Options Strategies
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 Options 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 Options 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  |  Options 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 Options 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 Options 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  |  Options 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 Options 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 Options 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 Options 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  |  Options 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
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 Options 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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