Prices and A Pause: J&J Vaccine Halt, Inflation Read Under Scrutiny As Bank Earnings Loom April 13, 2021 9:22 AM   |  

One day before the start of earnings season, a pause in J&J’s Covid vaccine due to blood clots is weighing on “reopening stocks” early on. However, trading could be slow and muted today ahead of the big bank earnings due first thing Wednesday.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
On the Cusp: With Earnings Season Just Days Away, Major Indices Retreat from Records April 12, 2021 9:19 AM   |  

The new week picks up where the old one left off—with markets in slow motion ahead of earnings season. Big banks including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and other megabanks report later in the week.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Scaling the Heights: SPX Appears Poised For Another Record Day Despite Small Gains April 9, 2021 9:37 AM   |  

Futures activity this morning suggests the S&P 500 Index may take another page out of this week’s playbook by rising a little bit yet still closing at a record.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Can Protective Puts Provide a Temporary Shield? April 8, 2021 10:48 AM   |  

Protective puts are one way to hedge stocks against a significant price drop. But investors should consider factors such as time decay and volatility.

3 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Buying the Dips: Big Tech-Related Stocks Back In Favor as 10-Year Yield Under 1.7% April 8, 2021 9:24 AM   |  

Tech-related megacaps look to be back in favor, and investors seem confident in the market given the Fed’s reiterated easy monetary policy stance.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Have a Minute(s) for the Fed? FOMC Meeting Notes Loom Large as Market Seeks Direction April 7, 2021 9:15 AM   |  

Stock markets appear to be flat ahead of the open with investors eagerly awaiting Fed minutes later today. Tomorrow’s initial jobless claims is another piece of data investors are likely to focus on this week.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
The News is Out: With Slim Pickings on Data Front, Focus is on Fed, Infrastructure, Vaccine Progress April 6, 2021 9:17 AM   |  

The News is Out: With Slim Pickings on Data Front, Focus is on Fed, Infrastructure, Vaccine Progress

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Got Vol? Trade Around It. April 5, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Do the headwinds of time decay turn you off from buying single options on volatile stocks? Find out how you may be able to turn the headwinds into tailwinds by trading those stock moves.

5 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
Worth the Wait: Three Days After Monster Jobs Report, Market Jumps at the Chance to React April 5, 2021 9:15 AM   |  

Three days later, the market finally gets a chance to react to Friday’s jobs report, and so far it appears to be getting a nice reception. Earnings are light this week, but key data include Fed minutes and ISM non-manufacturing. VIX and yields relatively steady.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Big Shoes to Fill: After Promising Q1, New Quarter Starts Firmly Amid Infrastructure Optimism April 1, 2021 9:23 AM   |  

The new quarter appears to be starting firm, right where the old quarter left off, amid support from the infrastructure plan and Micron’s earnings. The market is closed for the holiday tomorrow, but all eyes could be on the payrolls report.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Short and Strange: Weird Week Continues Amid Infrastructure Focus; Jobs Data Due Friday With Market Shut March 31, 2021 9:20 AM   |  

The last trading day of the quarter could feature focus on Washington as President Biden unveils an infrastructure plan. Micron reports later today, and investors await employment data on Friday.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
A Different “Reopening Trade:” Suez Canal Cleared, But Rising Yields Clog Wall Street March 30, 2021 9:22 AM   |  

The reopening of the Suez Canal appears to be putting pressure on crude, while stocks see pressure from rising yields. Key earnings later today are expected from lululemon and Chewy, with Micron tomorrow.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Flip the Quarter: Choppy Ride Possible in Final Days of Q1 As Banks, Media Stocks Eyed March 29, 2021 9:28 AM   |  

The final week of Q1 is going to be jam packed, with the market coming just slightly off of Friday’s fresh highs. Media stocks could be in the spotlight again, with pressure possibly extending to Financials.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Back and Forth: Ping Pong Game Between Cyclical, Growth Stocks Continues March 26, 2021 9:32 AM   |  

While the market has been encouraged recently by the vaccine rollout in the United States, snags in Europe have kept that optimism in check and contributed to some of the volatility we’ve been seeing.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Weakest Link: Market Eyes Suez Blockage as Selling Pressure Continues From Yesterday March 25, 2021 9:32 AM   |  

Better-than-expected weekly jobless claims add some optimism in the stock markets but the blocking of the Suez Canal is likely to further disrupt supply chains and put a dent in global trade.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
April Outlook: Growth Vs. Value Could Grip Market as Earnings, Fed Awaited and Yields Eyed March 24, 2021 10:03 AM   |  

Year-to-date, value stocks have been outpacing growth. Whether that trend continues in April could depend on Treasury yields and the pace of vaccination progress.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Wind in Sails: Market Looks To Recover Some Ground; Intel News Helps Sentiment March 24, 2021 9:31 AM   |  

Markets seem to have calmed in the early going after a Tuesday selloff that hit the Industrials and Materials sectors, as well as crude oil and the small-cap Russell 2000. The heads of Treasury and the Fed enter day two of virtual testimony on Capitol Hill.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Unhappy Anniversary: New Covid Fears Hit Stocks, Yields a Year After Virus Low Point March 23, 2021 9:08 AM   |  

Although stock markets have rallied strongly since a year ago when markets hit the Covid selloff low, investors remain cautious. Powell and Yellen take the spotlight today as investors await to hear their comments about the economy.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Yields at the Wheel: Interest Rates Still Driving Market, with Dip Helping Tech March 22, 2021 9:21 AM   |  

The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield has risen seven consecutive weeks, and it’s this number that could continue being the day-to-day force driving equities higher or lower. Existing home sales due later this morning, and Powell heads to Congress tomorrow.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
What’s Your Portfolio’s Risk Level? Beta Weighting on thinkorswim® May Offer Clues March 19, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Traders can use the beta-weighting tool on the thinkorswim® platform to view the overall risk of all their positions as a whole instead of looking at risks of individual assets.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Yields Yield, Stocks Stabilize: Witching Day on Wall Street Starts Out Quiet after Treasury Rate Pullback March 19, 2021 9:40 AM   |  

It's quadruple witching day in equity markets, but it seems all eyes are on the bond market, as the waves from this week's Fed meeting continue to reverberate. A slight pullback in Treasury yields has stocks pointed higher in the early going.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Fed Waves Green Flag, but Yields Flash Red: Tech Under Pressure As Bond Selloff Continues March 18, 2021 9:17 AM   |  

The relentless rise in Treasury yields continues, putting pressure on the Tech sector. Volatility is back up as uncertainty spikes following the Fed meeting and ahead of quadruple witching.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Want to Speak the Language of Option Traders? Here’s an Options Trading Terminology Guide March 16, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Return on capital and liquidity mean specific things in finance. But they can mean something different to an option trader. Read this options trading terminology guide to find out.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Volatility Ranking: Using IV Percentiles to Put Movement in Perspective February 19, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Trying to select the right options strategies, strikes, and expirations? Learn how to rank volatility using IV percentiles and see if changes are normal or unusual.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
What’s a Black Swan Event? How to Spot and Prepare for this Outlier “Animal” February 11, 2021 10:30 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
Six Things to Watch for in February: Fed, Earnings and Stimulus Compete for Attention January 28, 2021 11:17 AM   |  

February begins with investors focused on the Fed’s latest observations, progress on vaccinations, and the fight in Congress over a new stimulus.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Tesla Q4 Earnings in the Headlights. What's Next for this New Addition to the S&P 500? January 25, 2021 9:39 AM   |  

Looking ahead to this week’s earnings report and conference call, investors likely will want to hear more details about production and a recall request from U.S. regulators.

5 min read  |  Earnings Reports
What Does the Post-COVID-19 Investing World Look Like? January 13, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

2020 was a challenging year for investors. But 2021 might be a challenge as well—for different reasons. Here’s a look at the opportunities and risks.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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
A Portfolio Tune-Up: What Economic Recovery Means for Your Investments December 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

During a major economic event, it may be a good time to revisit your portfolio. It could mean rethinking long-term objectives, reexamining your risk tolerance, or taking a moment to self-reflect.

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
December Outlook: A Whipsaw Year Approaches Finish Line with Pendulum Balanced November 24, 2020 12:07 PM   |  

It’s been a wild year on Wall Street, but December could bring a bit more calm. The market is roughly balanced between hopes for 2021 strength thanks to vaccines, and worries about mounting virus cases and slipping economic data.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Options Building Blocks: Why Should Investors Consider Covered Calls and Cash-Secured Puts? November 23, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Selling covered calls and cash-secured puts can help investors generate additional income, increase their probability of success, decrease their volatility of returns, and lower their overall risk when compared to buying stock.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
November Outlook: Market Braced For Possible Election Night Turbulence, Risk-Off Trading October 28, 2020 7:30 AM   |  

The night of Nov. 3 and any aftermath of the election is likely to set the tone for November. Look for possible “risk-off” trading if results are close or contested, but also be on the watch for retail earnings, the Fed, and possible vaccine data as the month continues.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Five Option Strategies for High-Volatility Trading Environments October 6, 2020 12:53 PM   |  

When faced with high volatility, many options traders turn to these five strategies designed to capitalize on elevated volatility levels.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
It’s About the Algorithms: Is a Robo-Advisor Right for You? October 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Like most financial advisors, robo-advisors recommend portfolios based on investors’ long-term financial goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance. Because robo-advisors generally use algorithms to make investment decisions, they avoid emotions and generally charge lower fees.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Options Volatility Skew: Why Off-Balance Isn’t All Bad October 1, 2020 11:16 AM   |  

How can skew offer insight into market sentiment? Implied volatility between out-of-the-money put and call options is almost always skewed depending on whether there’s panic to the downside or upside.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Is the FIRE Movement Burning Out? Financial Independence, Retire Early in 2020 August 25, 2020 10:26 AM   |  

The “financial independence, retire early” (FIRE) movement was all the rage in 2018 and 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about a lot of things. Has the upheaval in 2020 changed the desire to FIRE? And how might retirement plans be affected by the current situation?

5 min read  |  Retirement Planning
Facts on SPACs: What to Consider Before Investing in Blank-Check Companies August 20, 2020 10:38 AM   |  

Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around awhile, but they’ve gotten some new attention in 2020. Here’s a look at the mechanics and risks for investors involved in blank-check companies.

5 min read  |  Alternative Investing
Avoid the Knee Jerk: Financial Planning, Market Volatility, and 4 Signs It’s Time to Pivot July 24, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Trying to figure out your financial planning during a time of market volatility? Learn how to stick to your financial goals.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Putting Up a Good Defense: Defensive Sectors & Stocks Strategy for Investors June 22, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

A good defense is the best offense, right? It’s sometimes true for investing as well. Here’s what investors should know about defensive investing and defensive sectors.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Outcome-Based Investing During Market Downturns June 18, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Are you an investor who follows the daily or weekly ebb and flow of your retirement accounts? If so, market downturns might be a bit unsettling at times. But what if instead of focusing on today’s bottom line you focused instead on outcomes—your progress toward your goals? Here’s how.

5 min read  |  Goal Planning
Facing a Recession and Bear Market? Avoid 3 Mistakes Many Investors Make May 1, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The escalating coronavirus pandemic that triggered a bear market in U.S. stocks in early 2020 looks to have tipped us into a possible recession. How can you prepare for and invest during a recession and bear market?

5 min read  |  Economic Trends
Bollinger Bands: What They Are and How to Use Them March 23, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Learn about the Bollinger Bands technical indicator and how it can help identify volatility and overbought/oversold conditions in stocks and indices.

3 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Surfing the Jobs Report: Why It Matters and Strategies for Trading It February 10, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The monthly U.S. Employment Situation report—commonly called the jobs report—is perhaps the most closely watched fundamental indicator for traders and investors. Here’s why.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
What Are Tariffs and Who Really Pays For Them? November 19, 2019 2:48 PM   |  

Tariffs have been part of American economic history from the country’s origins. Are tariffs good or bad for investors?

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
Ask a Trader: When High Volatility Hits, Should I Switch from Long to Short Options Strategies? November 12, 2019 3:39 PM   |  

Should you switch from trading long options strategies to short options strategies when volatility levels are high? Sometimes prices are high for a reason.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
As You Wind Down the Road: Market Volatility, Risk, and Your Retirement Portfolio October 18, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

All investments experience market volatility, which is why retirement portfolio strategies should focus on allocating assets across investments of different risk levels.

3 min read  |  Retirement Planning
Weathering Earnings and Managing “Idiosyncratic” Risk October 11, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

When companies report quarterly earnings, the stakes can be high. A single earnings miss can dent an investment portfolio that’s concentrated. Here are a few ideas for managing idiosyncratic risk.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Ask the Coach: This Volatility Is Scaring Me. Should I Be Cashing Out Stocks? October 7, 2019 1:53 PM   |  

When volatility rears its occasional head, some investors consider cashing out stocks. But are there better ways to ride out market volatility? Cameron May explains.

5 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Smart-Beta ETFs: Alternative Portfolio Allocation Beyond Market Cap September 24, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

What is a smart-beta ETF? Explore what qualifies as a smart-beta fund and what systems define this type of ETF.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Reaching for Yield: “Vanilla” Investments Can Be Risky, So Know What to Watch August 27, 2019 11:35 AM   |  

In these times of stock market volatility, many investors are looking for yield in fixed income and dividend stocks. However, there’s risk in these investments, too, so know what you’re getting into.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Want to Trade War-Proof Stocks? Ways to Aim for Tariff Protection June 17, 2019 11:28 AM   |  

As trade war fears heat up between the U.S. and some of its major trading partners, some investors may be looking for tariff protection. Here are some things to consider as you aim for a “trade-war-proof” portfolio.

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
Market Doldrums? Five Options Strategies for Low-Volatility Environments April 30, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

When volatility falls, many option traders turn to these five strategies designed to capitalize on depressed volatility levels.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
Surf’s Up? 3 Ways to Catch a Wave with VIX and Volatility Products April 9, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Looking for volatility exposure? Learn about volatility products including VIX options.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Average True Range: Using the ATR Indicator in Your Trade Exit Strategy March 15, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

The average true range indicator could be a new arrow in your quiver of technical analysis tools.

2 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Retirees: Is Your Investing Plan Built for Market Volatility? March 14, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Temporarily protect your retirement against volatility risk. Here are some retirement- planning strategies.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Three Things to Consider for Your Equity Compensation Plan February 7, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Got stock options? Set goals and have a plan. Here are three steps to consider for your equity compensation plan.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Bank CDs vs. Brokered CDs: What’s the Big Difference? February 4, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

CD investing isn’t limited to walking into your local bank branch and opening an account. Learn the potential benefits and risks of brokered CDs and how they differ from bank-issued CDs.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
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
Tips for Riding Out Volatility in Your Company’s Stock December 21, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Does volatility worry you when it comes to the stock you've received as compensation? Learn tips to help manage this valid concern.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Grow Your Retirement Savings to Keep Up With Inflation November 26, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Here’s why you need to keep your retirement money growing even when you’re already using it (hint: inflation and longevity).

7 min read  |  Retirement Planning
Basics of Investing in Stocks: What is a Stock? July 31, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

New to stock investing? Learn the basics of stocks, earnings, dividends, and how a stock’s value is determined.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Tips for Portfolio Diversification Amid Market Volatility July 2, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The recent wave of volatility might serve as a reminder of the importance of using a diversified investment trading approach. Here are some tips to avoid possible traps in these choppy markets.

5 min read  |  Margin
Not All Big Moves Are Created Equal: Volatility and Probabilities January 7, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Using volatility and market statistics is one of many keys to successful stock market trading. Learn how to incorporate them into your investment strategy.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Earnings Calendar Tool to Help Investors Navigate Earnings Season October 30, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

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.

4 min read  |  Web Platform
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
U.S. Presidential Election Cycle & Stock Market Performance August 30, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

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?

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Reversion to the Mean: Taking Volatility to a New Level July 7, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Implied volatility tends to be mean reverting. But what does that really mean? Learn how options traders can potentially benefit from monitoring implied volat

4 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Income Investing with Exchange-Traded Funds: Can It Be Done? March 8, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

ETFs have matured but they’re not done evolving. Morningstar’s Scott Burns urges income-seeking investors to expand their minds and their research.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Option Strategy Throw Down: Selling Strangles vs Iron Condors October 7, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Volatility’s tendency to level out after a spike can present strategy opportunities, especially selling strategies found with strangles and iron condors.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Market Grudge Match: Enter a Trade Using Volatility or Price? October 1, 2015 6:03 PM   |  

Use volatility to pick an options strategy to speculate on a given direction, rather than to replace fundamental analysis and charts to determine potential.

7 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Intermarket Clues: Are Bonds a Leading Indicator for Stocks? August 9, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis, specifically bonds, for potential clues on the next leg for Federal Reserve policy and stock market reaction.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Is Market Timing Possible? Try Sentiment Analysis to Get Closer July 5, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Trying to time the market? Add sentiment analysis to your stock trading approach to help narrow the time horizon around an underlying security’s move.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Size Up Option Straddles for a Reading on Earnings Volatility May 20, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Check out short-term options pricing to gain a sense of how the underlying stock could move around an earnings release. You can track straddles or use the TD

3 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
How “Out” is Out of the Money? Options for Fear and Volatility April 29, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Out-of-the-money call options may be hard to trade when volatility is low, but there are good opportunities for cheaper options trades during market extremes.

4 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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