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Transition Transmission: Market Downshifts Ahead of Bank Earnings, Inauguration January 14, 2021 9:17 AM   |  

Big banks are set to kick off earnings season tomorrow, and next week a new administration is set to take over. Markets could be in for a sort of "transition day."

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
Pogo Stick: Drop, Rebound, Repeat as Direction Seems Hard to Find Ahead of Earnings January 13, 2021 9:18 AM   |  

The traditional start of earnings season is just two days away, and in the meantime Wall Street has its eyes on events in Washington and a pretty mild inflation reading. Crude is up and small caps have been leading the charge lately.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
On the Mend: After a Tough Monday, Wall Street Attempts to Turn Things Around January 12, 2021 9:24 AM   |  

The market looks like it’s attempting another turnaround Tuesday with many investors anticipating a strong earnings season. Data and earnings are a bit light today, so Washington could remain in focus.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Morose Monday: Week off to a Rough Start Amid Political Tension, Virus Concerns January 11, 2021 9:27 AM   |  

A thin data and earnings picture to start the week could put a lot of the focus on events in Washington. That’s potentially contributing to the early rise in volatility and slump in stocks.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Job Growth Fell in December, But Some Bright Spots Deeper in Report Could Blunt Blow January 8, 2021 9:24 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
Sigh of Relief: As Political Tensions Ease, Wall Street Turns to Earnings Season January 7, 2021 9:37 AM   |  

Investors apparently have more clarity now that the results of Georgia’s Senate runoffs are known, solidifying Democrat control in Washington and increasing expectations of more stimulus to come.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Peaches and Green (and a Bit of Red): Yields Rise, Tech Soft on Senate Runoff Results January 6, 2021 9:25 AM   |  

As results from the Senate runoff in Georgia come in, markets begin to reflect what may be the new order. Early winners include banks and small caps, but Big Tech begins the day in the hole.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
The Market Train to Georgia: Wall Street Frets Over Tax Policy with Senate Vote Underway January 5, 2021 9:15 AM   |  

The market is taking a train down to Georgia today, with investors focused on voting results there and possible ramifications for U.S. tax policy. In the meantime, things could be a bit wobbly today after a selloff to start the year. A test of yesterday’s lows is possible.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
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
Round Up the Usual Suspects: 2021 Kicks Off Stronger as Moderna, Tesla Climb January 4, 2021 9:30 AM   |  

The new year appears to be kicking off right where the old one ended, with strength in stocks. Volatility is up a little, however, so caution could be the watchword, especially ahead of tomorrow’s Georgia Senate elections.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Calm After The Storm: Market Looks to Round Out 2020 In Quiet Fashion December 31, 2020 9:19 AM   |  

Trading volumes might be light today as it’s the last trading day of the year and many investors and traders have closed the books for the year.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Countdown to 2021: Everything Coming Up Green with Two Days Left in Old Year December 30, 2020 9:17 AM   |  

The day starts with most of the indicators pointing higher. Crude, stocks, yields all are in the green early, and focus could again be on Washington as the Senate contemplates a bigger stimulus check.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
The $2,000 Question: After Passing House, Will Higher Direct Payments Die in the Senate? December 29, 2020 9:16 AM   |  

Washington is in focus today after the House passed a bill raising direct payments to $2,000. Senate approval seems less likely. Meanwhile, hotel and airline stocks shined yesterday, and the 737-MAX takes to the skies.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Entering the Final Turn of 2020: Week off to Solid Start Amid Decreased D.C. Drama December 28, 2020 9:29 AM   |  

Stocks appear poised for a positive beginning to a short holiday week. There’s little data and basically no earnings of note to track, but thin volume could cause sharper market moves at times.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Tying a Ribbon Around Brexit: After Four Years of Uncertainty, Deal Looks Near December 24, 2020 9:22 AM   |  

In a shortened session ahead of the Christmas holiday, markets are getting an early lift as a Brexit deal looks close. Aside from that, the same worries around stimulus and the virus continue to be front and center.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Unwrapped: More Wrangling Ahead for Stimulus Package, but Markets Take It in Stride December 23, 2020 9:47 AM   |  

Yesterday's news stories about the 'done-deal' relief package may have been premature, as the president and House speaker take the conversation to social media. Meanwhile, it's still case counts-vs.-vaccine in the market's coronavirus narrative.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
All Over but the Signing: Wall Street Encouraged as Congress Passes Stimulus Deal December 22, 2020 9:45 AM   |  

Investors seem to be cheering the stimulus agreement, in hopes that the package might be enough to stave off the worst economic damage until vaccines can be widely distributed.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
What’s Old Is New: Worries Over New COVID Strain Dampen Vaccine, Stimulus Optimism December 21, 2020 9:47 AM   |  

Coronavirus worries have ramped up over a new strain that seems to spread faster, dampening optimism over a congressional stimulus deal and emergency authorization of another vaccine.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Rally Pause: Stocks Still on Pace for Positive Week with Stimulus, Nike Earnings Awaited December 18, 2020 9:16 AM   |  

The long rally is on pause this morning, but stocks are still trending higher for the fourth week in five. Crude is also down slightly but on pace for its seventh straight week of gains.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Full Plate: Bitcoin, Claims, Vaccine Panel, and Of Course, Stimulus, Vie for Attention December 17, 2020 9:14 AM   |  

Hopes for a stimulus deal getting done gives investors something to be hopeful about. Bitcoin is also showing strength today as it soars above 23,000. Investors should also keep an eye on volatility as we approach quadruple witching.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
Dovish Holiday Greetings from The Fed: Zero Rates Through 2023, Bond Purchases to Continue December 16, 2020 3:13 PM   |  

The Federal Reserve offered up some dovish holiday greetings Wednesday. In a move that likely surprised no one, the central bank held the line on interest rates and promised to keep its bond purchase program intact.

5 min read  |  Daily Market Update
A Portfolio Tune-Up: What Economic Recovery Means for Your Investments December 2, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

During a major economic event, it may be a good time to revisit your portfolio. It could mean rethinking long-term objectives, reexamining your risk tolerance, or taking a moment to self-reflect.

5 min read  |  Investment Strategies
December Outlook: A Whipsaw Year Approaches Finish Line with Pendulum Balanced November 24, 2020 12:07 PM   |  

It’s been a wild year on Wall Street, but December could bring a bit more calm. The market is roughly balanced between hopes for 2021 strength thanks to vaccines, and worries about mounting virus cases and slipping economic data.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
November Outlook: Market Braced For Possible Election Night Turbulence, Risk-Off Trading October 28, 2020 7:30 AM   |  

The night of Nov. 3 and any aftermath of the election is likely to set the tone for November. Look for possible “risk-off” trading if results are close or contested, but also be on the watch for retail earnings, the Fed, and possible vaccine data as the month continues.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
October Outlook: After a Shaky September, Volatility Looms Ahead of Election, Earnings September 28, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

It’s been a wild year so far with the pandemic, and now a presidential election is just a few weeks away. Between election news, earnings season, and hopes for a vaccine, October seems to promise plenty of action. And volatility.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
September Outlook: Summer Rally Could Face Challenge From Potential Rise in Volatility August 26, 2020 9:56 AM   |  

Investors see volatility rising in September as election approaches, meaning the market might start to feel the impact.

5 min read  |  Market Insights
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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