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Covered-Call ETF: What to Know

Exchange-traded funds that combine equity market exposure with a side of options may seem appetizing, but there are risks worth considering before adding one to your plate. For many investors, straightforward dividend ETFs may be a better choice.

June 18, 2024 Emily Doak

Election Risk Returns

A top risk for investors, elections may see a shift from centrist to more populist policy that could slow exports, raise inflation, and increase volatility in the global markets.

June 17, 2024

Weekly Market Outlook

Chief Global Investment Strategist Jeffrey Kleintop's 90-second take on the markets for the week ahead.

June 17, 2024

Robo-Advisors and Emotions

Trading with your emotions during times of market volatility? Explore whether a robo-advisor may be able to help.

June 14, 2024

Perspective: Mid-Year Outlook

Diverging economic data and changing expectations for rate cuts have continued to complicate the market outlook.

June 14, 2024

Market updates

Alex Coffey

Schwab Market Update: Opening

Alex Coffey
June 18, 2024

Today's Options Market Update

Nathan Peterson
June 18, 2024
Quin Fields

Looking to the Futures

Quin B. Fields
June 18, 2024

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Nathan Peterson
June 14, 2024

Popular in trading

What to Watch as You Trade

To participate more actively in the market, it's important to know what kind of trader you want to be and which metrics to follow. Schwab's veteran traders share some ideas.

May 15, 2024

Swing Trading Stock Strategies

Learn some of the basic entry and exit signals and money management techniques used in swing trading.

May 14, 2024

Ins and Outs of Short Selling

Make sure you understand the risks of short selling before taking the plunge.

March 11, 2024

Futures Trader on thinkorswim®

Learn how to trade futures using the Futures Trader tab on thinkorswim® desktop.

February 29, 2024

Pattern Day Trader Rules

If you're a frequent trader, you could face permanent restrictions if you fall afoul of pattern day trader rule.

May 12, 2023

Understanding Option Greeks

Learn how option Greeks can help you evaluate the risks and rewards of options contracts.

November 02, 2021

Planning and retirement

Estate Tax and Lifetime Giving

If you have a large estate, consider gifting during your lifetime as a strategy to help reduce estate taxes.

June 17, 2024

The Future of Cybercrime

Artificial intelligence is quickly reshaping cybercrime. Here, two cybersecurity experts discuss the future of internet fraud and what individuals can do to keep their data safe.

June 14, 2024

What Is Estate Planning?

Learn what goes into an estate plan and why everyone—regardless of age, health, or wealth—can benefit from creating one.

June 14, 2024

Gifting Appreciated Stock

A look at the potential tax advantages of gifting appreciated stock to new grads.

June 14, 2024

529 College Savings Plans

The 529 savings plan provides several tax advantages when used for education expenses.

June 14, 2024

Protecting Your IP

Artists, inventors, and other creators may have valuable intellectual property (IP) that must not be overlooked in estate planning. Here's how to identify, value, and incorporate your IP into your estate plan.

June 14, 2024

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