Rally Caps and Mouse Ears: Disney Earnings, Stimulus Hopes Lift Shares in Early Trading August 5, 2020 9:38 AM   |  

Disney shares are up solidly in the premarket after delivering solid earnings and subscription numbers. Meanwhile, an analyst downgrade of Apple has some questioning whether the recent runup in tech shares has gotten ahead of itself.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Is Fun Still Allowed? Disney, Wynn Resorts on Tap After Close, but Virus Worries Predominate August 4, 2020 9:45 AM   |  

Today’s post-session earnings lineup includes results from Disney and Wynn Resorts. However, we’re about three-quarters of the way through earnings season, and some of the investor focus seems to be turning back toward worrisome virus headlines.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Earnings Barrage, Part Two: Another 130 Firms on Deck Ahead of Critical July Jobs Data August 3, 2020 10:34 AM   |  

In addition to earnings, investors will be focused on any news from Washington that has to do with the next round of stimulus. Another piece of information expected today is ISM manufacturing data.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
How ‘Bout Those FAANGs? Big Day at the Plate for Mega-Caps, But Rest of Market Shrugs July 31, 2020 9:40 AM   |  

Stocks have a slightly stronger tone this morning after FAANGs reported blowout quarters late yesterday. Still, it’s unclear if the market can build on their momentum, with major indices fading a bit ahead of the opening bell. Focus could be on Congress and any last-minute stimulus moves.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Sharpen Your FAANGs: Amazon, Facebook, Alphabet and Apple Line Up For Post-Bell Barrage July 30, 2020 9:33 AM   |  

You don’t see this often: Four of the most widely-held and talked about companies all report today after the close. Meanwhile, there’s a weaker tone early as investors digest GDP and initial claims.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Washington Field Trip: Tech Executives Face Capitol Grilling as Fed Meets Across Mall July 29, 2020 9:19 PM   |  

Eyes turn toward Washington today as tech executives testify to Congress while the Fed meeting wraps up. Facebook reports after the close, and lots of other earnings reports are being digested this morning.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Mixed View: Fed Combines Hint of Optimism with New Worries as it Leaves Rates Alone July 29, 2020 3:35 PM   |  

As expected, Fed decides to keep interest rates unchanged. There was a slight optimistic tone from Chairman Powell in his discussion of the overall financial situation, which appears to be showing signs of improvement.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Gold Stars and Golden Arches: Mixed Earnings, but Tech Shares, Pharma, Metals Shine July 28, 2020 9:44 AM   |  

The earnings barrage continues, gold makes a new high, and eyes turn to the Federal Reserve—specifically Wednesday's post-meeting press conference—for clues on the central bank's economic and policy outlook.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Wild Ride: Four FAANGs Report this Week, Fed Meets, Congress Debates Fresh Stimulus July 27, 2020 10:23 AM   |  

It’s the busiest earnings week of the year, and that’s not all. There’s a Fed meeting and congressional debate of a fresh stimulus, too. The market is coming off its first negative week in the last four.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
Friday Uncertainty: Trade Tensions Back on Front Burner; Eyes on Big Tech Earnings After Intel Guidance July 24, 2020 9:40 AM   |  

In addition to earnings, investors remain focused on the virus situation and stimulus news. Tensions between the U.S. and China are back in focus and could put further pressure on the stock markets as the week comes to a close.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Ugly Surprise: New Jobless Claims Go Wrong Way, Offsetting Strong Tesla, Microsoft Results July 23, 2020 9:25 AM   |  

After starting off with some optimism, the tables turned Thursday morning after higher than expected initial jobless claims. Investors continue to digest Tesla and Microsoft, while awaiting Intel after the close.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
From Beijing to Palo Alto: China Tension Early On, But All Eyes on Tesla Results Later July 22, 2020 9:20 AM   |  

The day begins with mounting tensions between the U.S. and China providing some pressure. All eyes are likely to turn toward Tesla, and to some extent Microsoft, later on as those two report after the close.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Stimulus Surge: European Fiscal Package Provides Early Boost, with Hopes for U.S. to Follow July 21, 2020 9:24 AM   |  

Yesterday’s strong performance looks like it could spill over into today’s trading as equity futures are up ahead of the open. Focus will be on earnings and any signs of progress on a coronavirus vaccine.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Warming Up: Wall Street Starts Off Slowly Ahead of Expected Busy Earnings Week July 20, 2020 9:28 AM   |  

With little in the way of major economic data this week, investors might be looking toward Washington and corporate earnings reports to provide a fresh catalyst.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Three-Peat? Despite Weakness in Tech, SPX On Pace for Third-Straight Weekly Rise July 17, 2020 9:35 AM   |  

Stocks look like they’re attempting a comeback early Friday after yesterday’s virus-related weakness. However, bonds are up and crude is down, possible signs that caution continues.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Full Plate Club: More Bank Earnings, Retail Sales, Jobless Claims Compete for Attention July 16, 2020 9:20 AM   |  

There’s a full menu for investors today as Netflix awaits after the close. This morning includes earnings from Bank of America and Morgan Stanley, along with retail sales and jobless claims. Market has a weak tone early, but pattern lately has been to bounce back.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Market’s Rally Continues as Investors Cheer Vaccine News, Goldman Earnings July 15, 2020 9:50 AM   |  

Sentiment seems to have shifted markedly since Monday, as some good news on the vaccine front, combined with an upbeat start to earnings season, helped turn things around after a rough start to the week.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Bank Struggles: Despite Mostly Beating Estimates, Industry Had a Tough Q2 Amid Headwinds July 14, 2020 9:25 AM   |  

Earnings season starts with JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup reporting today. Although earnings were less than year-ago results, some of the stocks in the Financial sector seem to be moving up. The big question is if the broader markets will trade above critical support levels.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
On the Cusp: Earnings Week Starts with a Bang as Stocks Spike Despite Caseload Rise July 13, 2020 9:19 AM   |  

Earnings week starts with a green tone despite caseloads spiking in Florida over the weekend. There’s optimism about possible treatments and vaccines, and China’s market was up again earlier Monday.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
April Markets: Curtain Raising on Earnings, but Guidance May Take Center Stage March 27, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Earnings data typically grab the headlines in April, but this year, markets are still weighing the impact of coronavirus on the economy, as well as the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary stimulus.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
March Outlook: Political Season Starts to Sizzle, but Coronavirus Still Hogs Headlines February 26, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Political season really takes off in March with a host of Democratic presidential primaries. This might become more of an influence on market action as the weeks go by, along with some late-breaking earnings, coronavirus fears, and a Fed meeting.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
February Outlook: Virus Fears + Earnings + Fed Policy = Volatility January 29, 2020 2:38 PM   |  

As the 2020 calendar flips to February, volatility has returned to the market in the form of deadly virus. Meanwhile, earnings season rolls on, as do impeachment hearings. Fed testimony also ahead.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
2020 Outlook: Fasten Seatbelts as Election Year Could Help Dial Up Volatility December 17, 2019 11:30 AM   |  

Volatility could return to the picture in 2020 as the U.S. election approaches even while Brexit and China trade issues continue to spin their webs.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
Leveraged Loan Market: An Emerging Risk in 2019? February 8, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Structural changes in the loan market over the last decade have shifted many loans from the balance sheets of big banks to those of institutional and retail investors. What risks might these loans pose to investors?

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
Things to Watch in February: Earnings, Brexit, and Volatility January 31, 2019 10:00 AM   |  

February’s market seems poised for more possible volatility as investors watch how geopolitical issues like Brexit and U.S.-China tariff tensions unfold. Meanwhile, Q4 earnings season, now underway, is presenting a mixed bag and the government shutdown continues.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
January Markets: Fed Stays ‘Patient’ and Earnings Brew January 30, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Though January was marked by a steady climb in the stock market after a December selloff, the month seemed charged with uncertainty as major geopolitical questions remained unanswered and consumer confidence appeared to waver.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Emerging Risk Trends: Potential Market Drivers for 2019 January 21, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn about several emerging macroeconomic risk areas that could impact the financial markets in 2019.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
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
December Markets: Stocks Slide as Fed Hikes Rates, Tariff Tensions Continue December 28, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Turmoil struck the markets in December as the Fed raised interest rates again. Stocks sank sharply amid worries about the economy, China tariffs, and more potential rate hikes next year.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
Volatility, the Fed, and the Holidays: Here’s How Investor Portfolios Could Be Impacted in December November 19, 2018 9:00 AM   |  

Investors can expect more volatility in December, when the stock market could react to a number of events.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
October Markets: Volatility Amid Geopolitics, Interest Rates and Earnings October 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The October's stock saw volatile trading that had investors on a rock ride as earnings season got underway. The Nasdaq plunged into correction territory in a sudden late-month slide.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
Six Options Strategies for High-Volatility Trading Environments October 30, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The recent rise in volatility means it could be time to talk about strategies designed to capitalize on elevated volatility levels.

3 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
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
Mid-Year for the Stock Markets and Sectors: Time for a Checkup July 5, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Looking ahead to the second half, it’s possible that politics in Washington and Q2 earnings could help set the tone. Can strength seen in the first half conti

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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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