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Today's Options Market Update
by Nathan Peterson
April 27, 2017

Equities Mixed as Investors Digest Earnings & Data.

Schwab Live: Midweek Market Trend for April 26, 2017
by Lee Bohl
April 26, 2017

Regardless of your method in trading the market, establishing and adhering to a plan while doing so can only help the trader improve upon their successes while learning from their failures. 

Schwab Live: Trader’s Outlook for April 21, 2017: Technical resistance stymies equity recovery
by Randy Frederick
April 21, 2017

While encouraging comments on tax reform from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, combined with news that a new healthcare reform bill may be in the works lifted markets on Thursday (4/20), optimism quickly waned on Friday as reality came back to the forefront. Next week could be another bumpy ride.

7 Ways to Adapt Your Trading in Volatile Markets
by Randy Frederick
August 24, 2015

Market conditions can change very quickly. When they do, you may want to adjust your trading.

Short Condor Spreads: Finding Good Candidates
by Randy Frederick
April 22, 2015

Consider range-bound securities trading at a price that falls between two standard option strike prices for this breakout strategy. 

Long Iron Butterfly Spreads: Understanding the Basics
by Randy Frederick
April 17, 2015

A long iron butterfly spread is a breakout strategy you might want to consider when you expect a stock or an ETF to experience a sharp move higher or lower, but you are uncertain which direction.

Short Butterfly Spreads: Finding Good Candidates
by Randy Frederick
February 13, 2015

This 3-legged breakout strategy typically considers range-bound securities that are trading near an available option strike price.

Short Butterfly Spreads: Understanding the Basics
by Randy Frederick
November 21, 2014

This 3-legged breakout strategy is typically used when you expect the underlying security to make a large move in either direction.

Long Condor Spreads: Finding Good Candidates
by Randy Frederick
November 19, 2014

Look for range-bound securities that are trading near the midpoint between two standard option strike prices, but are typically over $50 per share.

Long Butterfly Spreads: Finding Good Candidates
by Randy Frederick
November 10, 2014

Consider range-bound securities that are trading near the price of standard options. 

Bullish Spreads: Finding Good Candidates
by Randy Frederick
October 23, 2014

Find out how to select an expiration date and strike prices for these two-legged option strategies.

Options Strategies for Earnings Season
by Randy Frederick
October 16, 2014

Volatility usually increases during the earnings season—something that traders may be able to use to their advantage. 

Managing Covered Calls
by Randy Frederick
October 01, 2014

When your covered call is expiring, know what your options are. 

Managing Long Puts
by Randy Frederick
September 30, 2014

Learn how to adjust a long put strategy if your trade doesn’t go according to plan. 

Long Condor Spreads: Understanding the Basics
by Randy Frederick
September 12, 2014

This 4-legged strategy is typically used when the underlying security is trading in a narrow range. Maximum profitability can be achieved over a range of prices but the potential reward is lower than that of a butterfly.

Long Butterfly Spreads: Understanding the Basics
by Randy Frederick
September 12, 2014

This 3-legged strategy is generally used when the underlying security is trading in a narrow range. Maximum profitability can be achieved at a single price point but the potential reward is higher than that of a condor.

Risks and Rewards of Margin Trading
by Randy Frederick
August 08, 2014

Margin trading offers benefits for investors, but they need to be careful and avoid carrying too much debt in their account when doing it.

Using Stock Index Futures to Help Protect Your Portfolio
by Daniel O'Neil
June 10, 2014

Learn how trading stock index futures and options can help protect the value of your stock portfolio during uncertain times.

Stock Settlement: Why You Need to Understand the T+3 Timeline
by Joanna Payne
May 21, 2014

What counts as settled funds? If you trade stocks, the three-day, or T+3, settlement period could trip you up. Here's what you need to know to avoid violations.  

How to Understand Option Greeks
by Randy Frederick
April 28, 2014

Option Greeks can help you decide which options to trade and when to trade them.

Options Trading: How to Use Basic Options Strategies
by Randy Frederick
April 11, 2014

Find out how to use basic options trading strategies in your portfolio.

Be Defensive: Use Stop Orders
by Randy Frederick
April 11, 2014

Stop orders may help you obtain a predetermined entry or exit price, limit a loss or lock in a profit.

Comparing Contracts in a Long Call Strategy
by Nathan Peterson
February 14, 2014

Speculating on a stock's upside potential using long call options is difficult. We explore how to look at potential outcomes to decide if it's worth it.

Using Covered Calls and Covered Puts to Manage Risk
by Randy Frederick
January 30, 2014

Covered calls and covered puts have the potential to increase profits and limit losses. Find out how to set up these trades. 

Options Trading Strategies: How to Hedge Known Events
by Randy Frederick
January 17, 2014

A step-by-step guide on how to use options trading strategies to help reduce the risk of known events.

Ex-dividend Dates and How to Find Them
by Randy Frederick
January 14, 2014

Ex-dividend dates can be your friend or your foe, so make sure you know when they occur.

How to Use Schwab Stock Tools
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
January 06, 2014

Learn how to manage your stock portfolio using Schwab Equity Ratings®, the Equity Scorecard, the Portfolio Checkup®, Schwab Stock Lists™ and the Stock Screener.

The Trader's Toolbox: Technical Analysis
by Mark Eidem
December 30, 2013

Learn about the tools of technical analysis and how to make the most of them. First in a series.

Commodity ETFs: Spot and Futures Prices
by Michael Iachini
December 23, 2013

Knowing whether an ETF tracks spot prices or futures prices will help you better understand its performance.

Understanding Order Types: Part II
by Mark Eidem
October 28, 2013

Are you using the right order type for your trade? Find out how to use stop-limit and trailing stop orders.

Want a Low-Cost Way to Play the Upside? Try a Risk Reversal
by Nathan Peterson
October 10, 2013

A risk reversal is a bullish option strategy that can be established for a minimal cost but requires the underlying security to move in order to be profitable.

Calculating Potential Profit and Loss on Options
by Randy Frederick
September 23, 2013

Want to calculate potential profit and loss levels on an options strategy? Our new Trade and Probability Calculator can help.

Getting Started With Options
by Randy Frederick
May 29, 2013

Calls and puts form the foundation of options trading. Here's a look at the basics. 

Combine a Covered Call and a CSEP
by Randy Frederick
April 23, 2013

A CSEP and a covered call can complement each other in an actively managed, income-oriented portfolio.

5 Myths of Volatility Options
by Randy Frederick
December 31, 2012

Volatility options are very different from regular index options—proceed with caution. 

Bearish Spreads: Finding Good Candidates
by Randy Frederick
December 19, 2012

How to structure a bearish spread to help match your level of bearishness.

Long Strangles: A Breakout Strategy for Volatile Markets
by Randy Frederick
December 13, 2012

A strangle can position you for profit whether a stock rises or falls, and even help you take advantage of volatility swings during earnings season.

Screening for CSEP Candidates
by Randy Frederick
December 10, 2012

There are almost always good CSEP candidates out there. Here's how to search for them.

Reducing Risk With Credit Spreads
by Randy Frederick
December 10, 2012

Credit spreads allow you to substantially limit risk by forgoing a limited amount of profit potential.

Short Strangles: Making the Most of Sideways Markets
by Randy Frederick
December 10, 2012

A short strangle, which combines a short call with a short put, is another way to take advantage of a sideways market or decreasing volatility.

Understanding Adjusted Options
by Randy Frederick
December 05, 2012

Find out why options are adjusted and how to identify and deal with adjusted options.

Options Screeners at Schwab
by Randy Frederick
November 21, 2012

Can't decide which option to trade? Find out how these Schwab.com screening tools can help.

Chart Studies for Options Traders
by Randy Frederick
November 21, 2012

Volatility and trader-sentiment studies can help you assess where an option may be heading.

How to Use StreetSmart Edge Tools
by Randy Frederick
October 25, 2012

Eight more reasons to use StreetSmart Edge. Part two of a two-part series.

Tools in StreetSmart Edge--And How You Can Use Them
by Randy Frederick
October 25, 2012

Nine reasons to try StreetSmart Edge.

Managing Risk Using Options: Equity Collars and Cash-Secured Equity Puts
by Randy Frederick
October 24, 2012

Part three of a three-part series: How to use collars and cash-secured equity puts (CSEPs) to help limit the risks of equity positions.

Point and Figure Charts
by Daniel Garces
October 11, 2012

Find out how these charts may help you track broad market trends. Plus, learn how to set them up in StreetSmart Edge®.

Order Entry Enhancements
by Daniel Garces
August 02, 2012

Find out how to take advantage of schwab.com's order entry enhancements. 

Take Advantage of Notes in StreetSmart Edge
by Daniel Garces
May 31, 2012

Learn how to use the Notes tool in StreetSmart Edge® so you can track what's working and what's not. 


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