Volatility

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 Option 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
Volatility in February: Markets Recover After Unexpected Sell-Off February 26, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Find out what factors may have led to one of the most volatile weeks in the history of the U.S. stock market in early February.

3 min read  |  Market Insights
What’s Going On? Market Q&A With Our Chief Market Strategist February 21, 2018 8:18 AM   |  

Volatility came roaring back and many investors were wondering what was going on over the past few weeks. Chief Market Strategist JJ Kinahan weighs in.

7 min read  |  Market Insights
Hey Millennials: Should Market Drops Be Something to Fear? February 13, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

Markets go up, the markets go down, but historically the stock market has trended up. For young investors who may have never seen a sizable market drop, recent volatility may provide a valuable lesson.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
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  |  Option Trading Basics
Tempest in a Teacup: Does a Jumpy VIX Have Room to Rise? December 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) has become jumpy in recent days. What might that mean?

3 min read  |  At This Moment
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  |  Option 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
Swim Lessons: Surf’s Up! Catch A Wave With These Volatility Products March 30, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Looking for volatility exposure? Learn about the alternatives including VIX options in this Swim Lessons article.

6 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
Singing the Low-Volatility Blues? Try Calendar Spreads March 23, 2017 3:00 AM   |  

This follow-up article to the introduction of calendar spreads demonstrates how the strategy can be effective in a low-volatility trading environment.

4 min read  |  Advanced Option Strategies
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
How Bollinger Bands Measure Volatility, Overbought, & Oversold August 25, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Learn to use the Bollinger Bands volatility indicator when measuring overbought and oversold conditions in stocks and indexes.

3 min read  |  Technical Analysis
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  |  Option 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
Retirees: Is Your Investing Plan Built for Market Volatility? February 15, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

Build a retirement portfolio that reduces volatility risk and enhances opportunity. Here’s how.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
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 Option 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  |  Option 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  |  Option 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 Option Strategies
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