Carry the Tune: Bank of America Keeps Things Humming as Focus Turns to Netflix October 16, 2019 9:22 AM   |  

Bank of America became the fifth major bank to report so far this earnings season, and it came in with better-than-expected results. The spotlight shines on Netflix this afternoon.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Bank Earnings Quartet Mostly in Tune as JP Morgan, Citigroup Lead Way October 15, 2019 9:40 AM   |  

Earnings season kicks off today with a quartet of major banks reporting. The results so far point to a mixed picture, with strength at some balanced by weakness at others as we await more color from executives on the calls.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Solid Ground: Trade Drama Finally Has Competition as Earnings Come Into View October 14, 2019 9:17 AM   |  

The day starts with investors re-evaluating the meaning of a “phase one” agreement with China amid varying news reports. The earnings season gets underway with a bang tomorrow.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
The Windup and the Pitch: Rally Hats On, But Game Far From Over On Trade October 11, 2019 9:33 AM   |  

The market is in rally mode early Friday as optimism grows about possible progress in today’s trade talks. That said, there’s always a chance things could go south, so keep the seatbelts fastened.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
With Trade Talks Thrown Into Question, Investors Hunker Down October 10, 2019 9:44 AM   |  

It’s been hard to make sense of the news flow, and by this morning equities index futures had pared their losses as investors apparently strap in to see what actually happens.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Flipping the Switch: Investors Return to Optimism Ahead of Trade Talks October 9, 2019 9:49 AM   |  

Investors are once again more optimistic ahead of high-level trade talks that start tomorrow after Bloomberg reported that China is still open to a partial trade deal and a Financial Times article said the Asian nation has offered to boost its yearly purchases of U.S. farm products.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Trade Trepidation: Worries Grow Ahead of Talks, But It’s Early for Doom and Gloom October 8, 2019 9:27 AM   |  

Trade talks start Thursday but the mood is negative on Wall Street this morning as negative reports in the news seem to dominate. A lower than expected inflation read is also in the mix.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
Talking Trade: Back to the Table This Week, But Will Big Issues Be Addressed? October 7, 2019 9:13 AM   |  

With earnings season still a week away and the jobs report behind us, trade talks are likely to take center stage this week as China and the U.S. resume negotiations.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Under the Surface: Job Growth Slows, but Trend Still Firm as Fed Policy Eyed October 4, 2019 9:30 AM   |  

> A volatile week comes to a close with a monthly jobs report that fell a bit short of consensus estimates. But the unemployment rate fell to a level not seen since 1969. How might this reflect on the U.S. consumer and on Fed policy?

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Resilience to the Rescue? Stability Seen as Services Data, Costco Results Ahead October 3, 2019 9:28 AM   |  

Things seem to be getting a bit more stable this morning after two days of dramatic declines. Payrolls data looms large on Friday, but before that we get earnings from Costco later today.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Stumbling Out of the Gate: Q4 Weakness Continues in Broad-Based Selloff October 2, 2019 5:09 PM   |  

All sectors finished lower Wednesday as concerns over weakness in manufacturing and fresh trade concerns weigh stock markets for the second straight day.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Keeping Perspective: Lots of Reasons Not to Get Spooked Over October’s Rough Start October 2, 2019 9:22 AM   |  

We’re seeing the slide continue today and global stocks took it on the chin. Lennar earnings offer some positive energy for the housing sector, and odds of a Fed rate cut are rising.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Flipping Quarters: Stocks Closing Out Q3 with Little Net Change, but Higher Volatility September 30, 2019 9:29 AM   |  

With uncertainty over trade talks, future economic growth, and political developments still lingering over the market, there are still positive elements to monitor such as solid earnings, strong job market, and low inflation.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Pardon the Distraction: Impeachment Hits As Trade Talks Loom, Raising Concerns September 25, 2019 9:31 AM   |  

The main worry with impeachment is whether the process might distract from trade talks or give China an advantage. Meanwhile, Nike earnings looked good and reinforced ideas that consumers are generally healthy.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
Market Gets Some Mojo Back as Trade News Flow Boosts Optimism September 24, 2019 9:40 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
Looking for a Catalyst: With Trade Picture Muddled, Market Seems to Lack Direction September 23, 2019 9:30 AM   |  

Investors appear unsure of what to make of the past couple days of trade developments, as optimism about China and the United States sitting down at the negotiating table has been tempered with some troubling signs.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Which Way? Market Looking Up on Quadruple Witching Day Amid Trade Optimism September 20, 2019 9:38 AM   |  

On Wall Street, investors this morning seem to be a bit upbeat, heartened by developments on the trade front and by yet another major economy cutting interest rates.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
That’s All? Rate Cut Yesterday Doesn’t Appear to Satisfy Market Hungry for Catalysts September 19, 2019 9:37 AM   |  

A Fed rate cut yesterday doesn’t appear to be helping the market much today. Existing home sales are due later this morning and other central banks left rates unchanged.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Second Slice: Fed Cuts Rates Again, But Next Move Uncertain Amid Divided FOMC September 18, 2019 3:23 PM   |  

In a move widely expected by the market, the Federal Open Market Committee lowered the target fed funds rate 25 basis points to a range between 1.75% and 2%. This marks the second cut in as many months. Despite expectations, stocks fell on the news.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Fed and FedEx: Rate Decision Looms As Tariff Repercussions Seen in FDX Q1 September 18, 2019 9:28 AM   |  

The Fed is widely expected to cut rates this afternoon, so there’s not much intrigue there. However, FedEx earnings last night might have raised some eyebrows as trade pressure seems to be affecting its business.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Holding Pattern: Next Twists and Turns Awaited as Fed Meets, Geopolitics Sizzle September 17, 2019 9:27 AM   |  

The Fed meets today with chances of a rate cut still high but down from where they were. Geopolitics are still front and center as people assess crude’s huge rally and wait for more news from the Gulf.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
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  |  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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