Stimulus Showdown: Fiscal Deadline Looms Today with Netflix, Snap Earnings in the Wings October 20, 2020 9:16 AM   |  

It’s the final showdown in Washington on deadline day for a fiscal stimulus. Netflix earnings are up after the closing bell, while tomorrow brings the latest quarterly report from Tesla.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Weekly Optimism Dose: Stimulus Hopes Rise Ahead of Election as Street Braces for Earnings Flood October 19, 2020 9:15 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Seeking Momentum: Retail Sales, Vaccine News, Europe Set Firm Tone After Impressive Comeback October 16, 2020 9:29 AM   |  

There’s a firmer tone on Wall Street early on after impressive retail sales, strength in Europe, and some positive news on the vaccine front. The question is whether momentum can carry through into the weekend.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
European Connection: Jitters From Europe Compound Concerns Over U.S. Stimulus October 15, 2020 10:04 AM   |  

Jitters from Europe seem to be compounding domestic worries about a federal coronavirus aid package that have helped lead stocks lower for two days in a row and look like they could contribute to a third day of declines.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Banking on a Rebound? Market Weighs Decent Earnings Against Discouraging COVID-19 News October 14, 2020 9:44 AM   |  

After stocks slid Tuesday, futures were essentially flat this morning as investors weighed solid bank earnings against disappointing news from the fight against COVID-19.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Solid Bank Results Key Recovery From Overnight Dip Ahead of Amazon Prime Day, Apple Event October 13, 2020 9:22 AM   |  

There’s a lot to look forward to today in the stock markets. Earnings season starts with strong results from Citigroup and JP Morgan, Amazon’s Prime Day starts, and Apple has its iPhone event.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Jam-Packed Week Includes Earnings Kick-Off, Stimulus Hopes, Apple and Amazon Events October 12, 2020 9:10 AM   |  

It’s one of the busiest weeks of the year on Wall Street featuring the start of earnings season, an Apple (AAPL) event, and Amazon (AMZN) Prime Day. The week starts with a stronger tone amid continued hopes for a fiscal stimulus.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Surprise Rally? Markets Advance, Volatility Ebbs Ahead of Election, Earnings Season October 9, 2020 9:29 AM   |  

A market rally enters its third day amid fresh optimism regarding stimulus talks. Meanwhile, a pickup in M&A activity could be a sign of confidence going forward. But earnings season and an election are around the corner.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Worried? Markets Don’t Seem to Be, Clawing Upward Despite Recent News Tsunami October 8, 2020 9:19 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Buy the Dip? After Fresh Trump Tweet, Market Regains Some Lost Ground on Airline Hopes October 7, 2020 9:18 AM   |  

Volatility stepped back and stock futures trended higher this morning on new hopes for the airlines to possibly get some fiscal assistance. Two Fed speakers are scheduled for later, and tomorrow brings the latest weekly new jobless claims data.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Rally Crusher: Stimulus Postponement Snuffs Out Market Exuberance, Raises Fear Levels October 6, 2020 4:59 PM   |  

Stock markets saw accelerated selling after President Trump said he would halt stimulus talks. This reversed today’s earlier rally with most of the S&P 500 sectors taking a hit, especially airlines, which got hit the hardest.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
On Edge: Volatility Meter Running as Powell Speech, Sudden Bond Market Move in Focus October 6, 2020 9:22 AM   |  

After yesterday’s strong close and with the president back home, focus turns to the economy. Investors are likely to focus on developments in stimulus talks, bond market performance, and Fed Chairman Powell’s comments.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Extra! Extra! Headlines Could Keep things Choppy As Focus Remains on Trump’s Health, Covid October 5, 2020 9:29 AM   |  

Uncertainty continues to loom with President Trump still hospitalized. Investors are likely to focus on news related to the virus, election, and stimulus hopes. All this could mean lots of ups and downs this week.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
Step Aside, Payrolls: Trump Diagnosis Reinforces Election Concerns, Triggers Early Selloff October 2, 2020 9:29 AM   |  

Overnight news of the president and first lady having tested positive for COVID-19 rocked the pre-market, and a relatively disappointing payrolls number failed to impress in the early going.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
Beltway on Speed Dial: Wall Street Senses New Stimulus Amid Threats of More Layoffs October 1, 2020 9:19 AM   |  

Banks, travel, and leisure stocks could get a lift today as investors sense better chances of another fiscal stimulus package emerging from Washington. Meanwhile, jobless claims remain high ahead of tomorrow’s payrolls report.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Quarter Flip: As Q3 Ends, Investors Focus on Contentious Debate That Failed to Resolve Concerns September 30, 2020 9:20 AM   |  

The quarter ends with markets pointing downward following last night’s contentious debate that failed to paint a real picture of what candidates see for the future. Disney layoffs add another negative element.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
“Flat Tuesday” Could Follow “Merger Monday” as Caution Emerges Ahead of Presidential Debate September 29, 2020 9:18 AM   |  

It could be a slow day on Wall Street as trepidation ahead of tonight’s debate forces the market to drift around looking for direction. Fed speakers are lined up, along with Micron earnings.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
October Outlook: After a Shaky September, Volatility Looms Ahead of Election, Earnings September 28, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

It’s been a wild year so far with the pandemic, and now a presidential election is just a few weeks away. Between election news, earnings season, and hopes for a vaccine, October seems to promise plenty of action. And volatility.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Momentum Monday: Encouraging Chinese Data, Stimulus Hopes Help Boost Market September 28, 2020 9:29 AM   |  

The market seems to be seeing momentum carry over from Friday’s strong session. Investors appear to be encouraged by Chinese industrial profit data and stimulus bill comments from key leaders.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Set Adrift: Market Lacks Direction as Election-Related Caution Starts to Take Hold September 25, 2020 9:51 AM   |  

The volatile trading week winds down with uncertainty still in place. Election jitters, weaker than expected durable goods data, virus fears still seem to be front and center.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
On a Cautionary Note: Gloomy Start as Weak Claims Data, Lack of Stimulus Weigh September 24, 2020 9:17 AM   |  

After a volatile overnight trading session, caution seems to be the sentiment today. There’s lots to watch—jobless claims, new home sales, Fed testimony, coronavirus concerns, and earnings—all of which could influence the markets.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
September Outlook: Summer Rally Could Face Challenge From Potential Rise in Volatility August 26, 2020 9:56 AM   |  

Investors see volatility rising in September as election approaches, meaning the market might start to feel the impact.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
June Market Outlook: Optimists Face Key Test in New Month Amid State Reopenings May 27, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As June begins, focus may increasingly turn toward virus caseloads amid the tentative reopenings of all 50 U.S. states. Any sign of a major new wave of cases might be more market-moving than typical earnings and data.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
Straddles and Strangles: Basic Volatility, Magnitude Strategies October 31, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how option straddles and strangles can give you exposure to implied volatility.

5 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
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
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
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
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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