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Trying to Buy Stocks for Less and Potentially Selling Higher

Trying to Buy Stocks for Less and Potentially Selling Higher

Stocks don’t usually move in one direction. There’s generally some price action back and forth, higher and lower. That’s just the natural rhythm of the market in the shorter term. And this gives the stock trader the potential to buy low and sell high as a market moves. But if you’ve ever tried to buy lower, or sell higher, ...

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Volatility Update: 3rd Quarter Winners and Losers
October 6, 2016

Volatility Update: 3rd Quarter Winners and Losers

Overall levels of market volatility picked up a bit in September, but finished well below the levels seen at the end of the second quarter. Of course, financial ...

Volatility Update: VIX Dips Back to 12 as Fear Subsides
September 29, 2016

Volatility Update: VIX Dips Back to 12 as Fear Subsides

In life, there’s perception and then there’s reality. For instance, you might perceive yourself to be the same athletic superstar that you were in your youth. But ...

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Volatility Update: September Market Volatility Sizzles
September 22, 2016

Volatility Update: September Market Volatility Sizzles

You probably noticed that levels of volatility in the first two weeks of September stand in stark contrast to the pattern during July and August. For instance, through ...

Volatility Update: Volumes Slump as Volatility Drops
September 8, 2016

Volatility Update: Volumes Slump as Volatility Drops

After several weeks of relatively quiet trading, many measures of market volatility were back at low levels in the early days of September. Indeed, the S&P 500...

Volatility Update: VIX Creeps Higher from Recent 52-Week Low
September 1, 2016

Volatility Update: VIX Creeps Higher from Recent 52-Week Low

Labor Day is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Celebrated on the first Monday of September, the holiday is a tribute to ...

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Volatility Update: Home on the Average True Range in S&P 500
August 25, 2016

Volatility Update: Home on the Average True Range in S&P 500

There’s more than one way to skin a cat. That familiar (and somewhat troubling) adage is used when somebody wants to say that there’s more than one ...

Income Options: Selling Covered Calls, Selecting Strategic Strikes
August 24, 2016

Income Options: Selling Covered Calls, Selecting Strategic Strikes

Selling covered calls is a staple strategy for investors who are looking to generate income from long stocks. But there are some basics about this strategy that you ...

Volatility Update: At About 12, Is It Possible VIX Is Too … High?
August 18, 2016

Volatility Update: At About 12, Is It Possible VIX Is Too … High?

Investors are navigating the summer doldrums in quiet fashion as the S&P 500 has been setting a series of record highs through mid-August. The large-cap index ...

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Options for Risk Management: How to Protect a Stock with a Put
August 17, 2016

Options for Risk Management: How to Protect a Stock with a Put

Few things are as beautiful as learning new ideas. Especially when it’s a stock that gets hitched to a put option, creating the “married put.” Of all the benefits...

Volatility Update: VIX Dips, Volumes Slip, Stocks Rip Higher
August 11, 2016

Volatility Update: VIX Dips, Volumes Slip, Stocks Rip Higher

It’s interesting to note some of the similarities between early August 2016 and one year ago before a major spike in volatility. For instance, the CBOE Volatility ...

More than Meets the Eye: Reading Put/Call Options Ratios
August 9, 2016

More than Meets the Eye: Reading Put/Call Options Ratios

The put/call ratio (p/c ratio) is probably one of the most recognizable option statistics among traders and investors, even by those who don’t regularly trade ...

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Portfolio Margin: How It Works and What You Need to Know
August 5, 2016

Portfolio Margin: How It Works and What You Need to Know

Portfolio margin is available to TD Ameritrade clients who currently have a margin account and meet requirements like a certain equity level and options...

Volatility Update: Tales of a Mixed Tape and Dropping Correlations
August 4, 2016

Volatility Update: Tales of a Mixed Tape and Dropping Correlations

The S&P 500 recorded gains in July and finished the month setting record highs. The rally in the last two weeks of the month was slow and methodical.

Volatility Update: Looking Ahead With the VIX Curve
July 28, 2016

Volatility Update: Looking Ahead With the VIX Curve

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) notched 2016 lows last week after falling below 12 for the first time since August 2015. The market’s so-called “fear gauge” is now ...

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Can Long Call Options Substitute for Stock? Getting In the Money
July 25, 2016

Can Long Call Options Substitute for Stock? Getting In the Money

Nothing’s better than the feeling of riding a stock market rally. And nothing’s worse than having to watch it from the sidelines because of limited funds. Stocks can be ...

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