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New Options for Liquid Trading: Introducing Micro E-mini Options on Futures August 26, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

With Micro E-mini options on futures, option traders can participate in the futures market with less capital and with streamlined risk management.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
How to Trade S&P 500 Futures: A Quick Walk-Through for Investors August 20, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

S&P 500 Index futures can provide investors and traders with exposure to the individual companies that make up the S&P 500 Index. But trading futures is different from trading equities. Understand how they work and how you can trade them.

5 min read  |  Futures
Charting the Course: 3 Ways to Track the Yield Curve on thinkorswim® August 13, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Upward-sloping, flat, or negative? The yield curve is tracked by traders and investors as an economic and inflation barometer. Here are three ways to track yield curve spreads on the thinkorswim® platform.

3 min read  |  Futures
“Smaller-Bite” Micro E-Minis Offer Handy Teammate for Earnings Season August 12, 2020 2:25 PM   |  

Learn about micro e-mini futures contracts and how they could help your portfolio play hard during earnings season.

5 min read  |  Futures
Investing in Commodity ETFs: Agriculture, Oil, Gold ETFs, & More July 8, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Find out more about investing in commodity ETFs, including what they are, things to research, and some of the common types of these investment products.

7 min read  |  Commodities
After-Hours Trading (or After-Hours Thinking About Trading): Managing the Overnight July 7, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Do you ever find yourself lying in the dark, thinking about trading? It might be those open positions in your account getting the better of you. Or you might just need to pop in and do some after-hours trading. Here are some things that keep traders up at night.

5 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Contango or Backwardation: Looking to the Future in the Futures Markets July 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

What are contango and backwardation? It’s all about the future: whether deferred-month futures contracts are priced higher than the front months. Learn why a market might be in contango or backwardation.

5 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Pump Up the Volume: How to Use the Volume Profile June 29, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

The volume profile tool can be used to identify which price is attracting most of the buyers and sellers. It can help identify support and resistance levels and areas where trading volume is accumulating.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Market Stress Throwing a Wrench in Diversification? There Are Alternatives June 25, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When market volatility throws a wrench into diversification strategy, some investors consider alternative investments. Here’s a look at the world beyond stocks and bonds.

5 min read  |  Alternative Investing
Looking for a New Asset Class to Trade? The Case for Options on Currency Futures May 29, 2020 3:10 PM   |  

The global foreign exchange (FX) market is deep, liquid, and traded virtually around the clock. If you’re an option trader in search of a new asset class to trade, consider options on currency futures.

5 min read  |  Futures
Are There Any Safer Havens? Investing in Uncertain Times May 15, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

As the coronavirus pandemic sent markets reeling, many investors wonder if there's such a thing as a safe investment. Technically, no investment is risk-free. But some investment practices can be safer than others.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
Bitcoin Halving: What This Rare Event Could Mean for Futures Prices April 22, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The bitcoin code dictates that the supply of new tokens entering the market should fall by half roughly every four years. Here’s what cryptocurrency investors should consider.

5 min read  |  Futures
Could Silver Shine in Your Portfolio? March 20, 2020 12:01 PM   |  

Investing in silver can be a defensive strategy, especially when equity markets are trending lower or when interest rates are low.

4 min read  |  Commodities
Trading Is Trading? Not Always—Know Differences Between Stocks & Futures March 16, 2020 2:05 PM   |  

Stock trading versus futures trading each pose intriguing possibilities. But although stocks and futures share some common ground, they differ in several ways that investors should understand before diving in to either.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
How to Invest in Gold? Let Us Count the Ways: ETFs, Stocks, Physical, Futures, & Options January 31, 2020 11:15 AM   |  

Are you looking to include gold in your portfolio? Learn about the different alternatives and their pros and cons.

4 min read  |  Commodities
Futures 4 Fun: Which Month to Trade? Follow Vol January 6, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

When trading options on futures contracts, the number of choices available—delivery months and options expiration dates—can be overwhelming. Follow the volatility curve to help you whittle it down.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Beyond the Oil Patch: Basics of Crude Oil Futures & Options December 19, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

The crude oil market is dynamic and global, and it touches all of us as consumers—and as investors, too. Qualified account owners have a new way to play the oil market: weekly options on futures.

5 min read  |  Futures
Not Like Stocks: How Tick Sizes and Values Vary in Index Futures September 13, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Learn how futures contracts use tick sizes to track how much positions gain or lose each day.

5 min read  |  Futures
How the Sneaker Trade Can Teach About Markets and Investing August 1, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

If you're familiar with StockX and similar online shoe reselling platforms, you might see similarities to the financial market system. What can we learn about investing and stock markets from the sneaker trade?

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
How Investors Can Use Futures to Hedge Against Market Downturns June 24, 2019 11:30 AM   |  

Learn how futures contracts can help experienced traders and investors manage portfolio risk with a beta-weighted hedging strategy.

5 min read  |  Futures
React to Real-Time Tariff News with Expanded List of Overnight ETF Products from TD Ameritrade June 21, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

With TD Ameritrade offering an expanded list of ETFs available for overnight trading, investors can react to tariff-related and other overseas news as it happens.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Exploring a New Road: The Basics of Futures Margin & Strategies April 19, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Thinking of futures as just another asset class, let's start with the basics: how to use capital efficiently, speculate, and hedge with futures.

7 min read  |  Futures
Investor’s Manual: What Are Futures? April 2, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Understanding the basics of futures. This is a brief futures 101 defining what are futures.

1 min read  |  Futures
The Exciting World of Trading Treasury Bonds (Seriously) February 27, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Treasury bonds are boring, right? Wrong. For traders, they represent a market that can be bigger than stocks.

11 min read  |  Futures
The Hidden Risks of Index Trading January 7, 2019 3:00 AM   |  

SPX and S&P 500 futures don’t always move up and down together. Which one should you look at if you want to know what the market might be doing?

3 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Food, Energy, & More: Commodity Definition and Basics December 6, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Want to learn about commodities trading, or how to invest in commodities? Start with this overview.

5 min read  |  Commodities
A Day in the Life … Of a Bond Trade October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

Trading bond futures may not be as risky as you think. A step-by-step guide that explains bond futures contract specs, pricing, and margin can go a long way. Walk through a 10-day bond trade and get a feel for day-to-day price action in the bond futures markets.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Same Building Blocks, Different Products: Options on Futures Intro September 26, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn the differences between equity options and options on futures contracts, and how experienced options traders can use futures options to enhance their trading.

4 min read  |  Futures
Crude Comparison: WTI vs Brent Crude Oil Benchmarks July 24, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

West Texas Intermediate and North Sea Brent: What’s the difference between these two global crude oil benchmarks?

5 min read  |  Commodities
Futures Margin Call Basics: What to Know Before You Lever Up July 20, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Explore real examples of initial margin & maintenance margin calls. Dive into the mechanics of margin multipliers in futures contract margin.

5 min read  |  Futures
Burning Questions on Futures: Notional Value, Tick Size, and Other Contract Specs July 12, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Interested in learning about futures contracts? Here's a primer on multipliers, tick size, and other futures contracts specifications.

5 min read  |  Futures
Fun with Futures: Basics of Futures Contracts, Futures Trading June 7, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

At first glance, futures trading may seem complex. Let's explore what goes into trading futures contracts.

5 min read  |  Futures
Trading Global: Foreign Exchange (Forex) Trading for Beginners June 5, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

The foreign exchange or forex market is traded around the globe, virtually around the clock. Find out if the forex market is right for you with this retail forex guide for beginners.

5 min read  |  Forex
Derivatives With a Twist: Options on Futures vs. Equity Options December 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Options on futures are quite similar to their equity option cousins, but a few differences do exist.

6 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Can You Spot a “Weather Market?” Corn, Crude, Other Commodities August 2, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn the fundamentals of grain, energy and other markets, and how to follow prices using futures markets.

4 min read  |  Futures
Maximize Efficiency with Futures? A Capital Idea July 18, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how futures contracts can help experienced traders and investors pursue their objectives while tying up less capital.

4 min read  |  Futures
While You Weren’t Sleeping: Trading the Overnight Session May 30, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Is trading the overnight session in futures or foreign exchange right for you? Find out volume patterns, international open and close times, and more.

4 min read  |  Futures
Are Exchange Rates Foreign to You? Here's a Currency Primer May 23, 2017 4:00 AM   |  

The foreign exchange market is large, global, and generally liquid. Find out if the forex market is right for you with this primer.

5 min read  |  Forex
Trading Futures: Futures Scalper’s Guide to the Galaxy September 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Arbitrary entry and exit points in futures trading can be futile—learn how to place your trades using a price range based on volatility and probability.

8 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Uncover Hidden Price Levels with Volume Profile July 5, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Volume profile provides clues about price in different ways, use it to take a peek at support and resistance levels by looking at high and low volume nodes.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Commodity Play? Perk Up a Portfolio with a Global Cup of Joe June 24, 2016 12:05 AM   |  

Coffee may wake you up in the morning, and coffee can perk up a portfolio, too. Learn how investors can gain exposure to coffee and diversify a portfolio.

2 min read  |  Commodities
Trading Futures in an IRA? Getting Oriented to the Retirement Future May 18, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Have you ever wondered what else can be traded in an individual retirement account (IRA) besides stocks and bonds? Learn how to trade futures in an IRA.

3 min read  |  Futures
The Trader's Cure For the Volatility Blues April 12, 2016 4:00 AM   |  

Potential strategies for a depressed VIX—When volatility is low, learn how to hedge a trader's version of "yield" by trading volatility as an asset class.

10 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Futures 4 Fun: Hedging Against Tsunamis April 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Don't be caught on the wrong side of a trade—consider managing risk in futures trading with certain options spreads, futures and calendar, to hedge.

2 min read  |  Futures
How To Trade Futures In 3-D: Basis Trading December 31, 2015 11:00 PM   |  

Basis trading is a third dimension open to aspiring futures traders to trade without speculating on direction, working with the gamut of futures products.

9 min read  |  Futures
“F” is for Forecasting the Fed Funds Rate by Following Futures October 19, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Economists and pundits like to pontificate on if and when the Federal Reserve will raise ultra-low short-term interest rates. But there’s an easier way to get a reading on Fed moves, and it’s right under your nose.

3 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: A Survival Guide for Locked-Limit Futures October 1, 2015 7:32 AM   |  

If you’re in a position you can’t access while in a locked-limit scenario, consider constructing a synthetic futures contract to offset your position.

2 min read  |  Futures
Sophisticated Traders: Consider Futures Spreads to Manage Risk September 23, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Look to futures market calendar spreads and intermarket spreads to potentially lower the risk of fast-moving, directional markets.

4 min read  |  Futures
Unscrambling Futures Settlement: A Primer for the Neophyte August 31, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Just what happens when futures contracts expire? Understanding settlement is one of the biggest hurdles to learning futures trading.

5 min read  |  Futures
Trying Out Futures Options? Here are Key Differences vs. Equities August 5, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Thinking about taking your options knowledge into the world of futures? Keep these differences in mind as you get started.

4 min read  |  Futures
Party With The Fed: Explore Ways to Trade Interest Rates July 1, 2015 5:43 PM   |  

Only pros care about interest-rate trading, and bonds are boring, right? Not so fast. There’s more to them than meets the eye. Pros don't have all the fun.

6 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Teaching Goblins to Trade: Using Futures to Hedge Stocks April 28, 2015 12:38 AM   |  

3 min read  |  Futures
How to Blow (Off) Bubbles July 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

Market bubbles will always happen, but it’s important for investors to recognize herd mentality and other signs of speculative frenzy.

7 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Floor Trader Pearls: Burned by Oil Rolls July 31, 2014 8:00 PM   |  

2 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Futures-Trading April 1, 2014 5:13 PM   |  

If you recently started trading futures, you may have some burning questions. Burn no more...

3 min read  |  Futures
VIX Futures: The Unfair Advantage January 1, 2014 4:43 PM   |  

I was happy when CBOE VIX futures were added to TD Ameritrade’s thinkorswim® platform. So, it’s not running with the bulls in Pamplona. But I’m a trader...

7 min read  |  Futures
Sizing Up (and Breaking Down) a Futures Calendar Spread October 1, 2013 5:45 PM   |  

The nuts and bolts of futures calendar spreads are a bit different than their equity-option cousins.

2 min read  |  Futures
Futures 4 Fun: Trading Futures with Monkey Bars July 1, 2013 5:42 PM   |  

If you’ve been around the futures-trading universe, you might’ve heard of Monkey Bars. Funny name. Serious chart concept for swing traders.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
The Big, Bad Q&A On Index Futures July 1, 2013 5:15 PM   |  

If you've ever wondered what index futures are, how to trade them, or why you'd trade them in the first place, wonder no more.

7 min read  |  Futures
Options on Futures: Familiar Ground … Sort Of October 1, 2012 12:31 PM   |  

Yes, you can have a derivative on a derivative. But don’t let that scare you. Options on futures may be easier to understand than you think.

13 min read  |  Futures
Three Must-See Reports for Futures Traders March 31, 2012 8:00 PM   |  

If you're new to trading futures, keep your eye on three critical reports: Petroleum Status Report, U.S. Treasury Auctions, and USDA Crop Reports. Here's why.

2 min read  |  Futures
Futures Trading: To Hedge or Speculate? Tips For Investors September 30, 2010 10:25 PM   |  

Futures’ time has come. And with it, so has the technology to trade them. If you're new to futures, let's start with the basics.

13 min read  |  Futures
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