Volatility

Asian Stocks Rally as China Cuts Key Interest Rate—U.S. Equity Futures Follow May 20, 2022 9:56 AM   |  

The People’s Bank of China cuts key interest rate, sparking an Asian market rally that could boost to U.S. stocks.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Kohl’s Adds to Retailer Woes as S&P 500 Futures Point to a Lower Open May 19, 2022 9:56 AM   |  

Investors could be in for another tough day as equity index futures point to a lower open. Retailer woes may continue with mixed earnings from Kohl’s and BJ’s Wholesale.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Stocks Plunge as Inflation Pinches Profit Margins May 18, 2022 5:57 PM   |  

Stocks fell hard on Wednesday after back-to-back earnings reports from Walmart and Target raise concern over consumer goods profit margins.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Investors Lose Their Aim as Target Misses Big on Earnings May 18, 2022 9:41 AM   |  

Investors hoping to build off of yesterday’s rally may find it difficult because of big earnings miss by Target.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Walmart and Home Depot Earnings Split as S&P 500 Futures Rise on Weaker Dollar May 17, 2022 9:55 AM   |  

Stocks could trade higher on Tuesday despite mixed reports from retailers and retail sales. Weakness in the U.S. dollar appears to be pushing equity index futures higher.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Retailers Taking Center Stage This Week on Economic and Earnings Calendars May 16, 2022 10:14 AM   |  

Retail sales and earnings reports from Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, and many more will bring the industry group in focus this week.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Musk has Investors Aflutter Over a Pause in His Twitter Deal May 13, 2022 9:45 AM   |  

Elon Musk tweets concern over Twitter paying bot and spam accounts, then putting the deal at risk. However, equity index futures are still pointing to a higher open.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
S&P 500 Futures Lower as Investors Flee to the Safety of Treasuries May 12, 2022 10:17 AM   |  

Investors appear to be buying up bonds as S&P 500 futures point to a lower open.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
April CPI: Has Finding a ‘Soft Landing’ Strip Gotten Tougher? May 11, 2022 11:50 AM   |  

April’s inflation numbers stay at a stubborn 40-year high as food and energy prices rise and real wages fall.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Stocks Look to Bounce Back Ahead of Wednesday’s CPI Report May 10, 2022 11:29 AM   |  

The 10-year Treasury yield pulls back in premarket trading allowing equity index futures rise as sellers await tomorrow’s Consumer Price Index report.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Nasdaq Falls Another 4.29% as Tech Mega-Caps Keep Losing Ground May 9, 2022 5:35 PM   |  

Stocks continued their decline and today were joined by energy stocks falling with plunging gas and oil prices.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Risk Off: Investors Continue to Dump Riskier Assets as Yields Move Higher Again May 9, 2022 9:37 AM   |  

Nasdaq futures led other equity index futures lower in premarket trading as rising yields continue to put pressure on growth stocks—particularly in the technology and consumer discretionary sectors.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
S&P 500 Tries to Hang Tight to March Lows Despite Mixed Jobs Numbers May 6, 2022 10:14 AM   |  

The Employment Situation report was a mixed blessing with an increase in nonfarm payrolls and a higher unemployment rate. Will these less-than-stellar numbers push stocks lower?

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Stocks Give Up Wednesday’s Gains in Sell-Off Driven by Tech and Treasuries May 5, 2022 6:29 PM   |  

What rate rally? Major indexes give back Wednesday’s gains and more as investors rethink the impact of higher borrowing costs on consumers and businesses.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Stock Futures Fall, but Outlook for Potential Lower Rate Hikes Calms Investors May 5, 2022 10:56 AM   |  

After Wednesday’s Fed move and rally, investors consider the possibility of a more modest-than-expected June rate hike announcement might be.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Stocks Try to Piece Together a 3-Day Win Streak Ahead of the Fed Interest Rate Announcement May 4, 2022 9:54 AM   |  

It’s been a battle, but the bulls are working on a three-day win streak. However, the Fed could slaughter the bulls depending on how aggressive today’s rate announcement might be.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
As Fed Countdown Begins, Equity Futures Tick Higher in Premarket Trading May 3, 2022 9:53 AM   |  

On the eve of a crucial Federal Reserve rate meeting, equity index futures turn mixed after Monday’s dramatic late-session gains.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Investor Uncertainty Rises Ahead of Wednesday’s Fed Meeting May 2, 2022 12:05 PM   |  

China and Europe are reporting economic slowing, but the Fed’s interest rate announcement on Wednesday is capturing the most attention.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
April Showers Turned to a Downpour on Friday Ending a Tough Month for Stocks April 29, 2022 5:33 PM   |  

An unexpectedly inflation report sends stocks spiraling as investors fear how the Fed might react in their meeting on interest rates next week.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Big Tech Week Ends with a Big Miss from Amazon and Supply Chain Worries from Apple April 29, 2022 9:42 AM   |  

Big Tech week is ending on a sour note as Apple may be feeling the supply chain issues other companies like Amazon have reported.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Meta Leads Parade of Positive Earnings Reports, but Negative GDP Report Could Be a Drag April 28, 2022 9:57 AM   |  

Equity index futures point to a higher open against a slew of positive earnings from Meta, Qualcomm, Merck, McDonald’s, and more. But negative GDP could spoil the party.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Can Microsoft Counter Alphabet to Avoid Another Major Sell-Off? April 27, 2022 11:49 AM   |  

Equity index futures get a boost from Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Visa, but Alphabet and Boeing aren’t making it easy after Tuesday’s sell-off.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Crude Oil Futures Make Strong Rebound After 5-Day Sell-Off April 26, 2022 11:04 AM   |  

U.S. index futures open lower despite strong earnings reports from UPS and PepsiCo.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Bank CDs vs. Brokered CDs: What’s the Big Difference? March 22, 2022 12:45 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
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
Rethinking Risk: Comparing Investment Returns with the Sharpe Ratio August 17, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Sharpe ratio is a metric that can help you compare investments from a risk-adjusted return perspective. Learn about calculating Sharpe ratios here.

3 min read  |  Trading
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
Inflation vs. Volatility? It’s a Balance, Not an “Either/Or” Question for Investors June 21, 2021 9:37 AM   |  

Market volatility and inflation can both be effective at destroying investment value. Here’s how investors can account for both in their long-term portfolio strategy.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Volatility Indicators: A Handy Addition to Trend and Momentum Indicators May 24, 2021 10:15 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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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