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What T+1 Settlement Means

As of May 28, 2024, settlement cycles on stock trades and other securities go from two days to one. Will that affect your portfolio? Here are eight things to know.

May 16, 2024 Nathan Peterson

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

Tradecraft: Iron Condors

Follow a trade consultant as she shows one way to set up and manage iron condors over an earnings report on the paperMoney® feature of the thinkorswim® platform.

May 09, 2024

Market updates

Joe Mazzola

Schwab Market Update: Opening

Joe Mazzola
May 20, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Schwab Market Update: Closing

Joe Mazzola
May 17, 2024
Michael Zarembski

Looking to the Futures

Michael Zarembski
May 20, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Today's Options Market Update

Joe Mazzola
May 17, 2024
Nathan Peterson

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Nathan Peterson
May 10, 2024

thinkorswim basics

Intro to thinkorswim® Desktop

Welcome to thinkorswim®. In this video we'll provide a high-level tour of the most commonly used features of the thinkorswim trading platform.

August 28, 2023

Set Up thinkorswim® for Stocks

In this tutorial, we'll demonstrate ways to set up the thinkorswim® desktop platform for stock trading.

August 28, 2023


Set Up thinkorswim® for Options

How to customize the thinkorswim® desktop platform especially for options—streamlining the option chain based on your trading style, setting up custom options screeners, and more.

August 28, 2023

thinkorswim® Web Overview

In this tutorial, we'll take a tour of the thinkorswim® web platform and show you how to get started.

August 28, 2023

thinkorswim® iOS

Learn how to navigate and place trades on the thinkorswim® mobile app for iPhone.

October 10, 2023

thinkorswim® Android

Learn how to navigate and place trades on the thinkorswim® mobile app for Android.

October 11, 2023

Options trading for beginners

Options Expiration Checklist

Managing options positions on expiration day requires an understanding of the process. Here's an overview of things you should know about options expiration.

May 07, 2024

The Covered Call

Selling covered calls is a strategy that can help traders potentially make money if the stock price doesn't move. Learn how this strategy works.

April 04, 2024

Investing Basics: Options

Options are an alternative way to speculate on the performance of a security, such as a stock or ETF. Learn how options work and the risks associated with trading options.

January 18, 2024

Risks of Options Assignment

Before entering an options trade, traders should consider the possibility of early assignment. Learn more about assignment and how to help reduce the risks associated with it.

October 23, 2023

Vertical Spreads Risk & Reward

When trading vertical options spreads, the maximum risk and profit potential are defined and relatively straightforward to calculate. Here's how to assess the risk parameters.

September 01, 2023

A guide to futures and forex

Overnight Futures Market

Futures and foreign exchange markets have overnight trading sessions. Learn more about how to find opportunities in overnight futures trading.

May 01, 2024

Futures Tick Sizes and Values

Learn how index futures contracts use tick sizes and tick values to track how much positions gain or lose each day.

April 02, 2024

Currency Trading Basics

The foreign exchange (forex) market sees more than $6 trillion change hands per day. Learn the basics of currency trading.

March 28, 2024

Forex Trading for Beginners

The forex market is traded around the globe, virtually around the clock. Learn more about forex trading with this retail forex guide for beginners.

March 28, 2024

Trading with technical analysis

Swing Trading Stock Strategies

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

May 14, 2024

How to Use Bollinger Bands®

Bollinger Bands® help investors determine if conditions are overbought or oversold. They can also help investors determine entries and exits.

May 03, 2024

Using Bull Flag Entries

Learn how to spot a bull flag and why some investors might use a bull flag pattern to identify buy and sell signals.

May 02, 2024

What's new in stock trading

Perspective: Pace of Rate Cuts

Inflation data has continued to fuel uncertainty about when the Federal Reserve will begin to cut interest rates. It's a question with global implications.

May 17, 2024

What T+1 Settlement Means

As of May 28, 2024, settlement cycles on stock trades and other securities go from two days to one. Will that affect your portfolio? Here are eight things to know.

May 16, 2024


Gifting Appreciated Stock

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

May 16, 2024

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

Doors open on retail earnings

Walmart kicks off retail earnings season as high interest rates and inflation raise concerns over continued robust consumer spending.

May 14, 2024

Expand your options trading

Tradecraft: Iron Condors

Follow a trade consultant as she shows one way to set up and manage iron condors over an earnings report on the paperMoney® feature of the thinkorswim® platform.

May 09, 2024

Options Expiration Checklist

Managing options positions on expiration day requires an understanding of the process. Here's an overview of things you should know about options expiration.

May 07, 2024

The Covered Call

Selling covered calls is a strategy that can help traders potentially make money if the stock price doesn't move. Learn how this strategy works.

April 04, 2024

Understanding Futures Options

When trading options, it's possible to trade futures as well as stocks. Learn the similarities and differences of trading options on futures versus stocks.

February 29, 2024

Newest trading videos

Swing Trading Stock Strategies

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

May 14, 2024

Tradecraft: Iron Condors

Follow a trade consultant as she shows one way to set up and manage iron condors over an earnings report on the paperMoney® feature of the thinkorswim® platform.

May 09, 2024

How to Use Bollinger Bands®

Bollinger Bands® help investors determine if conditions are overbought or oversold. They can also help investors determine entries and exits.

May 03, 2024

The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered an individualized recommendation or personalized investment advice. The investment strategies mentioned here may not be suitable for everyone. Each investor needs to review an investment strategy for his or her own particular situation before making any investment decision.

All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice in reaction to shifting market conditions. Data contained herein from third-party providers is obtained from what are considered reliable sources. However, its accuracy, completeness or reliability cannot be guaranteed.

Examples provided are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be reflective of results you can expect to achieve.

Options carry a high level of risk and are not suitable for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options through Schwab. Please read the Options Disclosure Document titled "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options" before considering any option transaction. Call Schwab at 1‐800‐435‐4000 for a current copy. Supporting documentation for any claims or statistical information is available upon request.

Investing involves risks, including loss of principal. Hedging and protective strategies generally involve additional costs and do not assure a profit or guarantee against loss. With long options, investors may lose 100% of funds invested. Spread trading must be done in a margin account. Multiple leg options strategies will involve multiple per-contract charges. Covered calls provide downside protection only to the extent of the premium received and limit upside potential to the strike price plus premium received.

Futures and futures options trading involves substantial risk and is not suitable for all investors. Please read the Risk Disclosure Statement for Futures and Options prior to trading futures products. Futures and forex accounts are not protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Futures, futures options, and forex trading services provided by Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC. Trading privileges subject to review and approval. Not all clients will qualify.

Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC (NFA Member) and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (Member FINRA/SIPC) are separate but affiliated companies and subsidiaries of The Charles Schwab Corporation.

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