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Trading is (Not) Gambling: Why the Naysayers are Wrong

Trading is (Not) Gambling: Why the Naysayers are Wrong

The principles of successful trading are also rooted in the professional side of the card table rather than pure luck. The trick isn’t just knowing when to hold 'em...

How to Trade Long Options with a Safety Net

How to Trade Long Options with a Safety Net

Despite their siren songs, buying calls and puts is how most traders jump into the options market. So when the allure has taken hold, and you can't look away...

Show Me the Money: Volatility Dispersion—A New Way to Sell

Show Me the Money: Volatility Dispersion—A New Way to Sell

When dull markets are a drag on your P/L, don’t wait for the market to come to you—go after its components. In geek-speak, welcome to “vol dispersion.”

Reading the Alt Crowd: Gauging Stock Momentum with Options

Reading the Alt Crowd: Gauging Stock Momentum with Options

To gauge a stock trend, it's all in the charts. But what about its options? You may not be trading options, but ignore them, and you may be missing the bigger picture.

The Deal with Large Bid/Ask Options Spreads

The Deal with Large Bid/Ask Options Spreads

Wide bid-to-ask spreads are part of trading options during volatile markets. The question to ask is, Why? Blame it on the humans.

Ask Trader Guy: Truths about Long In-the-Money Verticals

Ask Trader Guy: Truths about Long In-the-Money Verticals

Our resident trading answers your tough questions about long, in-the-money vertical spreads, why VIX and VXX diverge, and when it's okay to text and drive.

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Teaching Goblins to Trade: Using Futures to Hedge Stocks

Teaching Goblins to Trade: Using Futures to Hedge Stocks

The idea of hedging a stock portfolio with index futures might make you feel anxious. Something spooky and unpredictable with every trading day, right? Maybe not.

Associate Spotlight: From Russia with Love with Anna Lempert

Associate Spotlight: From Russia with Love with Anna Lempert

Anna Lempert translates human-speak into computer code, with the goal of ruling the trading world with thinkorswim. She might be onto something.

Ask the Suit: Big News for Your Beloved Trading Platform

Ask the Suit: Big News for Your Beloved Trading Platform

The question I get most often is some form of "What's coming next for thinkorswim®?" Are you sitting down? Good, because I need to break it to you...

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