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Trading basics

What Are Leveraged & Inverse ETFs & ETNs & How Do They Work?

Learn about the complexities of leveraged and inverse exchange-traded products (ETPs) and their potential risks and benefits.

April 13, 2022

Trading and Social Media

Social media is full of trading tips—but should you listen?

April 07, 2022 Randy Frederick


Cryptocurrencies: Should You Invest in Them?

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been growing in popularity, but if you're considering investing in them, there are some key things you should know first.

March 25, 2022 Schwab Center for Financial Research

How to Make Rational Buy and Sell Decisions

Schwab experts explain how to tune out market noise and make more deliberate investment decisions.

March 14, 2022

Common Pitfalls for New Options Traders

When it comes to options trading, education and awareness are important for establishing a strong foundation. Consider these common mistakes that traders often encounter.

January 24, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Earnings Season: What to Look For

Find out what traders should watch for during earnings season.

January 14, 2022

From our trading experts

Today's Options Market Update

Nathan Peterson
May 19, 2022

Looking to the Futures

Colton Tanner
May 19, 2022

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Randy Frederick
May 13, 2022

Market commentary

Current Winners and Losers in the Global Economy

U.S. financial markets are rocky, but that’s not true for all markets across the globe. Why the discrepancy, and where are potential opportunities?

May 19, 2022

Today's Options Market Update

Stocks struggle to find bid support amid elevated uncertainty.

May 19, 2022 Nathan Peterson


Looking to the Futures

Wheat faces more uncertainty.

May 19, 2022 Colton Tanner

Schwab Market Update: Conviction Remains Restrained, Stocks Finish Lower

U.S. equities finished in the red, but off the lows of the day, amid a choppy session after yesterday's sharp drop amid concerns about inflation pressures weighing on corporate profit margins.

May 19, 2022

Stock Market Volatility: Schwab's Quick Take

What our experts think about the recent stock market drop.

May 18, 2022 Schwab Center for Financial Research

Doom and Gloom: When Will It End?

Bearish sentiment is becoming a contrarian support; but for now, aggressive Fed action, tightening financial conditions, and the liquidity drain may keep downward pressure on stocks.

May 16, 2022 Liz Ann Sonders

Options

Today's Options Market Update

Stocks struggle to find bid support amid elevated uncertainty.

May 19, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Reducing Risk with a Credit Spread Options Strategy

Learn how credit spreads allow you to swap a limited amount of profit potential for the opportunity to reduce risk.

January 28, 2022 Randy Frederick

Option Strategy Spotlight: Long Call vs. Bull Call Spread

With so many bullish options strategies to choose from, how do you know which is right for your next trade? In this article, we'll compare two bullish options strategies in order to assist you with the decision-making process.

January 26, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Common Pitfalls for New Options Traders

When it comes to options trading, education and awareness are important for establishing a strong foundation. Consider these common mistakes that traders often encounter.

January 24, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Futures

Looking to the Futures

Wheat faces more uncertainty.

May 19, 2022 Colton Tanner

Cryptocurrencies: How You Could Invest in Them

There are multiple ways to access the cryptocurrency market, including over-the-counter trusts, mutual funds and ETFs, futures, and the stocks of companies involved in cryptocurrencies.

March 24, 2022 Schwab Center for Financial Research

What Is a Micro E-Mini Future?

Micro E-mini futures offer traders exposure to four leading U.S. stock indexes in bite-size contracts.

September 16, 2021 Michael Zarembski

Technical analysis

Trading Volume as a Market Indicator

Sometimes stock price trends aren't quite what they seem. Here's how to use volume to confirm or refute a trend.

November 12, 2021

The Ins and Outs of Short Selling

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

September 10, 2021 Lee Bohl, CMT

Identifying Head-and-Shoulders Patterns in Stock Charts

Identifying so-called head-and-shoulders patterns can be tricky but profitable.

August 20, 2021 Lee Bohl, CMT

Trading Up-Close: Stop and Stop-Limit Orders

Learn the difference between a stop order and a stop-limit order and how to decide when to use one over the other

August 16, 2021

Fundamental analysis

How to Pick Stocks Using Fundamental and Technical Analysis

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

August 12, 2021 Lee Bohl, CMT

Time to Sell Your Dividend Stocks?

Picking your dividend-paying stocks is half the battle. How do you know when it's time to sell? Consider following these three steps.

April 20, 2021 Michael Rawson, CFA®

Trading tools

Trading and Social Media

Social media is full of trading tips—but should you listen?

April 07, 2022 Randy Frederick

Reducing Risk with a Credit Spread Options Strategy

Learn how credit spreads allow you to swap a limited amount of profit potential for the opportunity to reduce risk.

January 28, 2022 Randy Frederick

Option Strategy Spotlight: Long Call vs. Bull Call Spread

With so many bullish options strategies to choose from, how do you know which is right for your next trade? In this article, we'll compare two bullish options strategies in order to assist you with the decision-making process.

January 26, 2022 Nathan Peterson