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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 20, 2022

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Randy Frederick
May 20, 2022

Market commentary

Looking to the Futures: Does oil have more room to run?

Oil markets continue its volatile ride while traders attempt to assess the fundamentals within the industry to gain insight into futures prices of the product.

May 20, 2022 Kevin Green

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Volatility begets more volatility.

May 20, 2022 Randy Frederick


Signs Point to Rising Recession Risk

Rising inflation, rate hikes, supply-chain problems and the Russia-Ukraine war have contributed to growing recession fears. While recessions are impossible to predict, we think the risk of one—sooner rather than later—has picked up.

May 20, 2022 Liz Ann Sonders

7 Investing Strategies to Prepare for Bear Markets

Bear markets occur with some regularity. Is your portfolio ready? Get prepared with these seven investing tips.

May 20, 2022

Today's Options Market Update

Stocks reverse course and give up early gains.

May 20, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Schwab Market Update: S&P 500 Near Bear Territory After Seventh Week of Losses

U.S. equities revved higher into the close to finish mixed in the final session of a volatile week that saw some key retail sector earnings reports exacerbate inflation worries.

May 20, 2022

Options

Today's Options Market Update

Stocks reverse course and give up early gains.

May 20, 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

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

Calculating Potential Profit and Loss on Options

Want to calculate potential profit and loss levels on an options strategy? Find out how our options calculator works.

November 05, 2021 Randy Frederick

Futures

Looking to the Futures: Does oil have more room to run?

Oil markets continue its volatile ride while traders attempt to assess the fundamentals within the industry to gain insight into futures prices of the product.

May 20, 2022 Kevin Green

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

VIX ETFs: The Facts and Risks

Investors are fascinated by the VIX Index due to its tendency to spike during market turmoil. VIX ETFs exist but they track VIX index futures, instead of the index directly. Find out why this can be an issue.

August 24, 2021 Michael Iachini

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

Trading Tools: Combining Indicators

Find out how you can how you can bring several technical and fundamental indicators together to help you decide which stocks to trade and which to avoid.

October 29, 2020

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

Stock Settlement: Why You Need to Understand the T+2 Timeline

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

December 10, 2021 Joanna Payne