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Beware Tax Drag

Excessive turnover in taxable accounts can lead to tax consequences.

April 12, 2024 Hayden Adams

Understanding Stock Settlement

Learn about main types of settlement violations, their consequences, and how to avoid them.

April 10, 2024

Trading on Vacation

Not sure what to do with your trades while on vacation? Here are four questions to consider when deciding whether—and how—to trade during your trip.

April 08, 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

Market updates

Joe Mazzola

Schwab Market Update: Opening

Joe Mazzola
April 12, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Schwab Market Update: Closing

Joe Mazzola
April 12, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Joe Mazzola
April 12, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Today's Options Market Update

Joe Mazzola
April 11, 2024
Stock Graph

Looking to the Futures

Tom Essig
April 11, 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

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

Credit vs. Debit Spreads

When deciding between trading credit spreads or debit spreads, it can be helpful to align the options strike prices and expirations with the level and direction of implied volatility.

September 01, 2023

A guide to futures and forex

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

Financing Rates on Forex

When a forex position is carried from one day to the next, the position is adjusted to reflect the interest rate differential between the currencies. Learn how forex rolling works.

March 28, 2024

Learn About Forex Trading?

Forex trading—or foreign-exchange trading—is the buying and selling of global currencies. Learn more about what forex trading is and how it works.

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

Identify Stock Trend Changes

Identifying potential changes in trends with highs and lows is important for every investor. Learn the basics in this video.

April 02, 2024

Popular Trading Proverbs

When navigating the world of stock trading, what kernels of truth can you take from some of the most ubiquitous trading proverbs?

February 05, 2024

Fundamentals vs. Technicals

Find out how you can use these two stock-picking strategies together.

January 25, 2024

What's new in stock trading

Perspective: Rolling Recovery?

There are signs that some previous "rolling recessions" are starting to turn into rolling recoveries.

April 12, 2024

Preferred Stock Shares

If you're considering adding preferred stocks to your portfolio, know the benefits, characteristics, and risks.

April 12, 2024


Understanding Stock Settlement

Learn about main types of settlement violations, their consequences, and how to avoid them.

April 10, 2024

Bank Earnings Ahead

The first quarter was strong for major U.S. investment banks as the economy grew and M&A and IPO activity accelerated.

April 10, 2024

Use the Sharpe Ratio to Gauge Risk

Learn how to calculate the Sharpe ratio to gauge risk, compare investments, and make informed decisions based on risk-adjusted returns in your portfolio.

April 03, 2024

Will Rising Debt Slow Growth?

Over the past 70 years, rising government debt generally has been accompanied by weaker economic activity. But it's not a simple relationship.

March 29, 2024

Expand your options trading

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

Put Ratio Options Spreads Intro

Discover the advantages and risks of implementing an options put ratio spread strategy to help pursue your specific financial objectives.

February 14, 2024

How a Risk Reversal Options Strategy Works

Having a risk reversal options strategy provides downside protection to the level of the purchased put option but limits the upside potential of a long stock position to the strike of the short call option. Here's how this strategy works.

January 10, 2024

Newest trading videos

Identify Stock Trend Changes

Identifying potential changes in trends with highs and lows is important for every investor. Learn the basics in this video.

April 02, 2024

Futures on thinkorswim® iPhone

Learn how to trade futures on the thinkorswim® mobile app.

February 29, 2024

Futures on thinkorswim® web

In this video, we'll demonstrate how to place futures trades on thinkorswim® web, including advanced features such as real-time pricing information and where to find open contracts.

February 29, 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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