Bank Earnings Strong, Wall Street Shaky: Geopolitical Concerns Put Wall Street in 'Risk-Off' Mood April 12, 2024 9:13 AM   |  

Risk-off" sentiment appears to be building on Wall Street ahead of the weekend, characterized by falling Treasury yields and investors backing away from the big tech stocks that rallied yesterday. Geopolitical concerns mounted even as three major U.S. banks reported better-than-expected results.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Mixed Signals: Stocks Pivot Slightly After Key PPI Number Eases, But Report Also Has Bearish Elements April 11, 2024 9:17 AM   |  

Stocks pivoted early Thursday after PPI data suggested U.S. wholesale prices cooled slightly last month. This follows yesterday's hot consumer price report that slammed stocks and sent Treasury yields spinning much higher. Tomorrow brings the unofficial start of earnings season as three major banks report.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
After Strong Q1 for Bank Stocks, Big Bank Earnings Get Underway Friday April 10, 2024 1:16 PM   |  

Big banks kick off Q1 earnings season Friday after a strong quarter for financials as the U.S. economy sprouted some green shoots. Stable rates were another positive, but more recent inflation fears and rising yields could trim optimism.

4 min read  |  Earnings Reports
Fading Away: Hopes for June Rate Cut Recede, Yields Soar, As Inflation Refused to Cool in March April 10, 2024 9:20 AM   |  

Hopes that U.S. consumer inflation might cool in March blew away in the spring wind early Wednesday as the March CPI report came in hotter than expected at 0.4% for both core and headline monthly price growth. Treasury yields quickly soared to five-month highs and stocks retreated as rate cut hopes faded.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Bank CDs vs. Brokered CDs: What’s the Big Difference? April 9, 2024 1:02 PM   |  

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 bank CDs.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Fingers Tapping: Investors Anxiously Await U.S. CPI and PPI Inflation for Hints on Fed's Rate Path April 9, 2024 9:06 AM   |  

Stocks are little changed early Tuesday, but trending slightly higher, as yields give some ground and the dollar eases ahead of tomorrow's crucial CPI inflation data. Another hot report could diminish June rate cut hopes, but economic resilience has stocks near all-time highs.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Is Strong Economy Eclipsing Rate Cut Potential? Jobs Growth, Coming Inflation Data Could Shine Light April 8, 2024 9:08 AM   |  

Treasury yields climbed this morning, helping keep major indexes from building on Friday's rally. Trading could be choppy and anxious the next day or two ahead of Wednesday's critical CPI data, while FOMC minutes and an ECB meeting later this week keep rates in focus.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
No Slowing This Economy: Robust March Jobs Growth of 303,000 Sends Yields Up Again Following Thursday's Wall Street Sell-off April 5, 2024 10:06 AM   |  

A surprise 303,000 gain from the Nonfarm Payrolls report far exceeded Wall Street expectations of only around 200,000. Yields popped nine basis points on the news, while equities pulled back from premarket gains following the report after having rebounded from yesterday's sharp sell-off.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Catalysts Ahead: Friday's Jobs Report, Next Week's Inflation and Earnings Could Help Reset Direction April 4, 2024 9:10 AM   |  

A day before the crucial March U.S. jobs report, major indexes added to yesterday's gains in premarket trading as rallies in Treasury yields and the dollar slowed. Job cuts last month reached the highest level for any month since early 2023, a potential sign of the labor market losing steam. Analysts expect tomorrow's jobs data to show 200,000 jobs created and unemployment of 3.8%.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Speakers Bureau: Fed Chairman Powell, Other Central Bank Policy Makers, Could Set Tone Along with Robust ADP Jobs Data April 3, 2024 9:17 AM   |  

Yields continued their climb to start the quarter Wednesday ahead of several Fed policy maker speeches, including one later today from Fed Chairman Powell. The ADP jobs report this morning showed growth well above expectations at 184,000, adding to worries about inflation as wage gains remained strong.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Unyielding: Quarter Off to a Rough Start as Investors Grapple with Rising Rates, Dollar, and Crude Oil April 2, 2024 9:17 AM   |  

Stocks are under pressure for the second day in a row amid a host of concerns, namely rising yields, crude oil, and the dollar. Robust U.S., European, and Chinese manufacturing data early this week raised inflation concerns and pushed back on rate cut hopes. Tesla's delivery numbers and February U.S. job openings data are awaited.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
PCE of Mind: Friday's Inflation Data Met Expectations, Lifting Stocks to Start Quarter with Jobs, Factory Climate in Focus April 1, 2024 9:24 AM   |  

The new quarter begins with major indexes modestly higher in premarket trading and investors looking ahead to this morning's ISM manufacturing data. Yields are a little higher but not dramatically so following an in-line PCE inflation number released Friday. Mega caps trended slightly higher overnight. Focus this week is on Friday's Nonfarm Payrolls report.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Edge of Seats: Investors Await Friday's PCE Inflation Data, Digest Q4 GDP Rise Ahead of Tomorrow's Holiday Closure March 28, 2024 9:16 AM   |  

Stocks are mixed ahead of tomorrow's holiday closure and PCE inflation data as investors focus on a surprise jump in Q4 GDP to an annualized 3.4%. All eyes are on tomorrow's report, but with markets closed no one can trade it until futures trading opens Sunday night. Look for lots of data from Japan and China starting tonight.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Comeback Trail: Major Indexes Attempt Rebound After Three-Day Losing Streak, but Fresh Catalysts Look Thin March 27, 2024 9:03 AM   |  

Stocks are making a comeback attempt following three consecutive days of losses for the S&P 500 index. Mega caps, which weighed on Wall Street recently, inched higher overnight, and falling Treasury yields also provide a tailwind. Little earnings or data news is on tap.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Change in Tone: Stocks on Recovery Path After Two Weaker Sessions, Helped by Falling Yields, Dollar March 26, 2024 9:19 AM   |  

Stocks looked to recover from the wounds of the last two sessions, and are up early as tech stocks climbed. A tragic bridge collapse in Baltimore is getting some attention, as it could have supply chain implications. Investors await March Consumer Confidence data later this morning.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Rally Loses Steam as Tech Hits Roadblocks, but Boeing Climbs as CEO Plans Departure March 25, 2024 9:36 AM   |  

Tech stocks came under pressure from regulatory and market share concerns abroad this morning even as Boeing jumped on news its CEO plans to step down. New Home Sales are on tap later this morning, while eyes also turn to Fed speakers and Treasury auctions.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Broken Records: Stocks Cap Strong Week Fueled by Rate Hopes March 22, 2024 9:40 AM   |  

The S&P 500 index is capping a record-breaking week propelled by confidence the Fed will lower benchmark interest rates.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Connecting the Dots: Rate Hopes Keep Stocks on Record Track March 21, 2024 9:40 AM   |  

The new Fed dot-plot maintained three expected cuts this year, which helped propel the SPX to yet another all-time high. Initial jobless claims were below expectations.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Fed Keeps Pace Slow on a Bumpy Road to Lower Rates March 20, 2024 6:43 PM   |  

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  |  Federal Reserve
Closing Market Update: Stocks Gain as Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged March 20, 2024 5:18 PM   |  

Expectations for three rate cuts in 2024 helped bolster investor sentiment in the wake of the Federal Reserve's March meeting.

4 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Spring Forward: Investors Eagerly Await Fed’s Latest Look-Ahead March 20, 2024 9:40 AM   |  

The SPX hit its 18th high of 2024 ahead of the FOMC's two-day meeting, where Fed Chair Powell's press conference and a new dot plot are highly anticipated.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Main Event: Focus Shifts From Nvidia to Washington for FOMC Meeting March 19, 2024 10:24 AM   |  

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced a new generation of artificial intelligence chip Monday ahead of the Fed's two-day meeting that's widely expected to conclude with no change, though three rate cuts still possible in 2024.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Fed Drops Tightening Bias, but Powell Indicates No Rush to Cut January 31, 2024 6:02 PM   |  

The Fed held rates steady in January. Find out the likelihood of when the Fed will cut rates.

4 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Spot Bitcoin ETFs Approved: Key Issues to Know January 11, 2024 6:19 PM   |  

The SEC decision marks a potentially significant shift in how cryptocurrencies are viewed and traded by the investing public.

4 min read  |  Market News
2024 Planning and Wealth Management Outlook December 20, 2023 4:51 PM   |  

Investors likely face turning points in interest rates and the economy in 2024. Manage stress and uncertainty by broadening the lens to focus on personal goals and wealth plans.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
The Federal Reserve Pivots to Easing December 13, 2023 6:27 PM   |  

The Federal Reserve's latest decision suggests that policymakers are encouraged by lower inflation and may pivot to rate cuts in 2024.

4 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Dow Ends at Record High as Fed Fuels Broad Rally December 13, 2023 5:11 PM   |  

The Fed ended its two-day policy meeting with interest rates unchanged and signaled slower growth and lower inflation may lead to multiple rate cuts in 2024.

4 min read  |  Federal Reserve
2024 Global Outlook: The Big Picture December 4, 2023 7:03 PM   |  

Our outlook for 2024 is a potentially volatile though gradual U-shaped recovery. Here is how big-picture perspective may benefit global investors.

9 min read  |  Market Insights
U.S. Outlook: One Thing Leads to Another November 27, 2023 3:54 PM   |  

Economic pain is likely in 2024, but that doesn’t mean stocks will struggle all year, especially if there is a continuation of the rolling recessions that have hit the economy.

9 min read  |  Market Insights
Another Rate Hike Bites the Dust November 1, 2023 7:14 PM   |  

With unanimity, the Fed opted to keep the fed funds rate unchanged but remains attentive to the idea that inflation risk should still be paid attention to.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Where Is the U.S. Dollar Headed? October 2, 2023 1:36 PM   |  

Expectations of "higher for longer" U.S. interest rates has helped drive the dollar's recent rally.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Congress Averts Government Shutdown October 2, 2023 1:24 PM   |  

A surprising last-minute deal on Capitol Hill averted a government shutdown—for now. But lawmakers face a new mid-November deadline that will be just as tricky to navigate.

5 min read  |  Market News
Fed Pauses but Projects One More Hike This Year September 20, 2023 8:26 PM   |  

The September Federal Reserve meeting provided few surprises, but ongoing uncertainty about the Fed's next move may mean more volatility ahead.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Understanding Historical and Implied Volatility Ranking Through IV Percentiles September 12, 2023 12:38 PM   |  

Discover how to calculate historical volatility (HV) and implied volatility (IV) rank using percentiles on thinkorswim to assess normal or unusual changes.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Use the Sortino Ratio to Gauge Downside Risk in Your Portfolio August 30, 2023 12:41 PM   |  

Learn the calculation process for the Sortino ratio formula and discover new skills to evaluate downside volatility and potential losses in your portfolio.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Market Doldrums? Five Options Strategies for Low-Volatility Environments July 27, 2023 10:00 AM   |  

Explore five options strategies designed for low-volatility markets, including two bullish, two bearish, and one neutral, to help traders adapt their strategy.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Fed Raises Rates, Leaves Door Open to More Hikes July 26, 2023 6:14 PM   |  

In a unanimous decision, Federal Reserve policymakers raised the federal funds rate to 5.5%, the highest point since 2001.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Want to Check Out a Fund—or a Fund Manager? The Information Ratio Offers a Close-Up on Performance Over Time July 19, 2023 10:26 AM   |  

What is the Information ratio? The Information ratio (IR) measures the risk-adjusted returns of a particular asset or portfolio against a benchmark. Learn more.

3 min read  |  Investing
Looking Beyond Returns: Using the Sharpe Ratio to Gauge Risk June 29, 2023 10:03 AM   |  

Learn how to calculate the Sharpe ratio to gauge risk, compare investments, and make informed decisions based on risk-adjusted returns in your portfolio.

5 min read  |  Investing
Fed Holds but Projects More Hikes to Come June 14, 2023 6:44 PM   |  

With unanimity, the Federal Open Market Committee held the federal funds rate in its current range, but updated projections suggest this rate-hike cycle is not yet over.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Options Volatility Skew: Why Off-Balance Isn’t All Bad June 8, 2023 10:07 AM   |  

Discover options volatility skew (vol skew), which refers to the variation in implied volatility (IV) between out-of-the-money (OTM) calls and puts.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Debt Ceiling: House Bill Passes, Impasse Continues April 28, 2023 1:31 PM   |  

Although the House narrowly approved a bill designed to jumpstart negotiations, the issue is far from resolved.

5 min read  |  Economy
Can Protective Puts Provide a Temporary Shield? April 19, 2023 3:55 PM   |  

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
A Portfolio Tune-Up: What Economic Recovery Means for Your Investments April 19, 2023 11:45 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
Avoid the Knee Jerk: Financial Planning, Market Volatility, and 4 Signs It’s Time to Pivot April 19, 2023 11:35 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
Weathering Earnings and Managing “Idiosyncratic” Risk January 25, 2023 11:25 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
Putting Up a Good Defense: Defensive Stocks & Sectors Investing Strategy November 8, 2022 10:35 AM   |  

A good defense is the best offense, right? It’s sometimes true for investing as well. Learn more about defensive stocks and defensive sector investing.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Stock Volatility Indicators: A Handy Addition to Trend and Momentum Indicators November 3, 2022 10:58 AM   |  

In technical analysis, many traders start with trend and momentum indicators. But don’t forget volatility indicators, which track the magnitude of price movements.

5 min read  |  Technical Analysis
What’s Your Portfolio’s Risk Level? Beta Weighting on thinkorswim® May Offer Clues October 12, 2022 11:46 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
Using the Average True Range (ATR) Indicator in Your Trade Exit Strategy July 26, 2022 10:56 AM   |  

The average true range (ATR) indicator could be a new arrow in your quiver of technical analysis tools. Learn how the ATR indicator helps traders set their exit strategy.

2 min read  |  Technical Analysis
What’s a Black Swan Event? How to Spot and Prepare for This Outlier July 12, 2022 11:28 AM   |  

What is a black swan event? Learn about black swan events and how you can attempt to protect yourself and your portfolio from adverse shocks.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Market Volatility and Market Inflation: A Balance for Investors June 2, 2022 1:51 PM   |  

Market volatility and market inflation can destroy investment value. Here’s how investors can account for both in their long-term portfolio strategy.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Options Trading Strategy to Consider During Earnings Season: Iron Condors October 7, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Earnings season can create volatility in price movement. Learn how to spot potential options trade candidates by assessing straddle price versus average earnings moves.

6 min read  |  Trading
Portfolio Diversification Redux: Think Like a Trader September 27, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Diversification isn’t just about stocks, bonds, and cash. When hedging risk for an options portfolio, think price, time, and volatility.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
thinkTank: Think Outside the Box September 27, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

When you look beneath the Analyze tab on thinkorswim®, you may find some features you may not have known about.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Vol Whisperer: How to Spot a New Volatility Regime September 27, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Understanding the nature of volatility regimes and recognizing when it’s shifting could help unlock potential trading opportunities.

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
It’s a Special Relationship: Intermarket Analysis in the Current Rate Environment August 6, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Understanding the relationships between stocks, bonds, commodities, and currencies can help you identify economic trends and better manage your investments.

5 min read  |  Investing
Short-Term Trading in Slow Motion: The Swing Trade July 20, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Want to try your hand at short-term trading? Consider swing trading: holding positions for a few days to try to capture a larger intermediate-term price swing.

4 min read  |  Trading Strategies
Risk Profile Tool: The Option Trader's Travel Companion June 28, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Learn how the Risk Profile tool in the thinkorswim platform can help options traders visualize different scenarios and make trading decisions a little simpler.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Trade Winds: An Options Strategy Styled For You June 28, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

With many options trading strategies to choose from, how do you find the right one? Consider a three-step process to help with your decision.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Options Straddles vs. Strangles: The Basics of Volatility and Magnitude Strategies May 6, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Options straddles and strangles are a way for advanced traders to get long or short exposure to volatility (vega), but the volatility needs to be weighted against time decay (theta). Here are the basics.

6 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.

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